ENMU names new Vice President for Academic Affairs

PNT Staff Report Jamie C. Laurenz has been named vice president for Academic Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University. Laurenz, who will begin Aug. 1, is currently associate vice president for Research and Academic Support at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He has served in various positions at Kingsville since 1996. “Dr. Laurenz should be an excellent […]

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Editorial: Texas custody case warrants examination

It’s easy to look at the situation in West Texas — where

Intervention sometimes needed in sports

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Once upon a time, in a far, far away land called New England, a group called the Patriots played the game of football very well. They won championship after championship in the National Football League, and almost seemed to anticipate their opponents’ actions in the biggest games. But maybe, […]

Albuquerque man drowns at Conchas

By Chelle Delaney, Freedom New Mexico CONCHAS — A 25-year-old Albuquerque man died Sunday in Conchas Lake after cliff diving near Conchas Dam, New Mexico State Police said. Julian Sanchez was diving with friends and did not come up from a dive about 4:30 p.m.,

Portales marks Memorial Day

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Freedom does not come without sacrifice and those who have sacrificed their lives shall never be forgotten. Those were the words of Col. Timothy Leahy, Commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, as he spoke during the Memorial Day program on Monday at Portales […]

Dora graduates 14 on Sunday

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Be smart! Read often! Exercise your mind! And learn a skill so you can support your family and your future! These were words of advice from retiring teacher JoBeth Massey to 14 Dora High School graduates on Sunday. Marching in to the tune of “Against the Wind,” the graduates, […]

Residents urged to be cautious of rabies in animals

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter The number of confirmed rabies cases in New Mexico has risen over the past three years, increasing the need for awareness and keeping

Events Calendar May 27, 2008

TodayPortales Municipal School Board special meeting — noon, Central Office board room 501 S. Abilene ThursdayAfricanized bee seminar — 9 a.m. first-responders training, 7 p.m. general public, Jake Lopez Community Center at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds SaturdayOld Tyme Music Festival — 7 p.m. Oasis State Park The events calendar is a daily listing that contains […]

It’s Their Job: Alvin Elvik

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Cowboys like to ride

Humans like to ride. They climb onto anything that can move and “go for a ride.” Even inveterate “hikers” catch a ride to the trailhead, the faster the better. It begins when we’re little, with tricycles, and really never ends. The milk cow was one of my favorite rides when I was young. While her […]

Floyd graduates urged to make good choices

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Relying mostly on Will Ferrell movie analogies, Donald “Doc” Elder advised 18 Floyd High School graduates on Saturday to make good choices, choose their significant others in life carefully and give back to their communities. Dressed in white gowns and adorned with blue medals, a dozen-and-a-half Floyd Broncos were […]

Memorial Day observance set for Monday

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Myrtie Smith has not missed a single Memorial Day program in Portales since her son, Lloyd E. Smith, was killed during the Vietnam War in 1967 at the age of 22. “Lloyd was in the 173rd Airborne. They dropped out of a mountain and the Viet Kong were already […]

Summer lunch program expects more participants this year

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Record-high fuel and grocery prices may translate into more children seeking free meals in a summer lunch program, sponsored by Portales Municipal Schools, which begins on Tuesday. “I’m actually anticipating our participation to go up this year because of high gas prices and grocery prices,” said Shirley Chatterton, food […]

Spring rains too little, too late for dryland wheat

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico l Spring rainfall too little, too lateMost area farmers will be unable to take advantage of this year’s record wheat prices as their dryland crops withered away this winter and spring from lack of moisture. Most dryland farmers had to abandon their dryland wheat crop and collected crop insurance […]

Local Brief May 25, 2008

AARP offers driver safety program The AARP Driver Safety Program is offering a two-for-the-price-of-one

Editorial: Take a moment to remember on Memorial Day

Robert Green Ingersoll served in the Union army during the Civil War. As a veteran, he knew and appreciated the sacrifice his brothers in arms made for their country. Ingersoll, who died in 1899, had this to say about fallen veterans: “These heroes are dead. They died for liberty — they died for us. They […]

Political season engenders allergic reaction

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Right now it seems we’ve entered the allergy season of politics. Political pollen is everywhere. I first noticed it as the political signs began to bloom in yards around town. Soon the infestation of noxious signs had invaded every major street corner in our fair city Like a sinus […]

Think before commenting on woman’s pregnancy

By Anita Doberman When a woman is pregnant, people around her develop an uncontrollable urge to tell her what to do.

Swimming safely

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By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico With warmer temperatures and summer on the way, more and more children and adults will be seeking refuge from the heat and fun in the sun at pools and lakes throughout the region. Potter Park Pool has been cleaned and inspected and is opening at 1 p.m. today. The […]