Social work fund established at ENMU

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A new agreement is funding classes and internships for Eastern New Mexico University students planning to work in public child welfare. The university and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department have established at Title IV-E Traineeship Stipend Program. ENMU will receive money from Title IV-E of the […]

Local sports officials pink up for breast cancer awareness

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Local sports enthusiasts are thinking pink. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local teams are joining professional sports teams in attracting attention to the issue by wearing pink. Michael Doerr, athletics director at the Portales Recreation Center, said game officials are wearing white T-shirts with pink ribbon logos […]

Class wins poster contest

PNT staff report Carol Ainsworth’s fourth-period art class at Lindsey Middle School has won the Roosevelt General Hospital Infection Control Poster Contest. Their prize is a pizza party. The other three classes that participated will receive cookies. The contest challenged Ainsworth’s sixth-grade students to design posters with information and graphics on the importance of hand […]

Lawmakers finalize deficit fix, adjourn session

The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers on Friday wrapped up their special legislative session, sending Gov. Bill Richardson a package of measures to repair a $650 million budget shortfall this year. “It isn’t pretty. It doesn’t solve the problem; we know that. But it’s a step forward,” Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, […]

Clovis robotics group competing at Las Cruces

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis High School GEAR-UP program’s robotics group is heading to competition in Las Cruces today. The group has put together a robot and is competing against other high school’s from across the state. The competition is being broadcast live at www.LCPS.tv. Rounds are at 10 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:40 a.m. and […]

Origin of ENMU mascot unclear

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University has long been home to sports teams nicknamed Greyhounds. Exactly how that came about is not clear. Gene Bundy, ENMU’s special collections librarian, said the first football team may have been named for a bus. The story originates during a team practice on a field […]

Zias stun first-place Wildcats

Freedom New Mexico Freshman midfielder Jordan Sjue of Roswell scored her first goal of the season with just over 18 minutes left in the first half and Eastern New Mexico Univesity made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over Lone Star Conference women’s soccer leader Abilene Christian on Friday at the ENMU pitch. Sjue […]

No. 13 Midwestern blanks Hounds

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team made 11th-ranked Midwestern State work hard Friday before the Mustangs prevailed 2-0 in a Lone Star Conference match at the ENMU pitch. The loss was the first in six home matches this season for the Greyhounds (10-4-2, 1-3 LSC). Their last home setback came […]

Senate OK’s budget cuts; bill goes back to House

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate has approved a budget-cutting bill that is the central piece in a deficit reduction package being considered in a special legislative session. The Senate approved slightly less in spending cuts than the $257 million previously approved by the House. Now the bill must go back […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 23

Class 3A Portales 54, Ruidoso 39 Class 2A Texico 26, Tucumcari 7 Class 1A Hagerman 56, Fort Sumner 0 8-man Melrose 62, Logan 6 Clovis Christian 54, Floyd 8 6-man Hondo 68, Elida 20 Texas Farwell 35, Smyer 6 Bovina 63, Claude 0 Muleshoe 34, Childress 26 Go to www.enmvarsity.com for game stories and photos.

Hounds test No. 14 Texas A&M-Kingsville

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico As of Friday afternoon, Mark Ribaudo was still hedging on who would be his starting quarterback today. With Eastern New Mexico University’s football team in southeast Texas to face Lone Star Conference South Division foe Texas A&M-Kingsville tonight, Ribaudo said he wasn’t quite sure if sophomore J.J. Harp, one […]

Lady Tigers notch win over ENMU

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Freedom New Mexico East Central scored five of the final six points in the third game with Eastern New Mexico University at set point, and the Lady Tigers went on to a 21-25, 25-13, 27-25, 25-17 Lone Star Conference volleyball victory over the Zias Thursday night at Greyhound Arena. Holly Hicks had match highs of […]

Churches offering trick-or-treat alternatives

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Reformation Walking Tour will feature scenes like this which shows By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections staff writer With October comes the guessing game of who’s going to dress up as what for Halloween.

Urban newcomers welcome to farm

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The phenomenon of backyard animal husbandry is spreading among urban folks with no farm background. They are choosing to raise fowl and small mammals to eat. The economy is the main factor but it apparently appeals to the “homegrown is better” mentality. This rediscovery of the truth in the human/animal […]

Letter to the editor: Biggest critics have hands held out

Biggest critics have hands held out Several recent stories in the paper highlighted the fact that Clovis and Portales have not been hit nearly as hard by the recession as most of the rest of the country. But there has been little discussion as to why. There are two main reasons. 1. We have a […]

Solutions not found in big government

Freedom New Mexico Political corruption remains a perennial concern for the voting public, and with good reason. Still, this particular brand of dishonesty has something in common with other human failings: People tend to see it clearly in others but not so clearly in themselves. We all know the images associated with ethically challenged elected […]

God, persistence keep us going

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Do you ever have a time when problems seem insurmountable? Is it a time when “quit” looks good? Sometimes we grow weary in the fight. Our strength wanes, and our hope diminishes. The dark cloud of depression obscures our vision and steals our peace. “Joy,” the fruit of the Spirit, […]

House OKs bill cutting education funding

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in recession-wracked New Mexico who are trying to wrap up a special legislative session gave final approval to several deficit reduction bills and moved closer to deciding how much to cut schools and state agencies. They’re trying to fill a $650 million hole […]

Bills would give schools operating leeway

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Pending state legislation could allow New Mexico schools more flexibility in how they handle possible budget cuts, but local administrators are waiting to see what happens and prioritizing. Wednesday night and Thursday, the state Senate passed three bills that, if they pass the House, would allow schools to adjust […]

Getting to know: Pastor enlists in ministry after service

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Donald Hay is a pastor at Church of God in Portales. Background: Pastor Donald Hay and his family first came to Portales in 1982. He was born in Florida, but his father worked in construction and the family moved around a lot. Hay served a 27-year career in the U.S. Air Force as an avionics […]