Church offers presentation on Islamic faith

Darrell Maurina NOTE: An article with a response by a representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations follows this story. When a missionary to the Islamic world told Pastor Rob Hollis of First Baptist Church of Texico that he’d be available to speak, the church jumped at the chance to offer a presentation on Islam […]

Area programs team up to help Ag students

Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University and Ag New Mexico of Clovis are working in conjunction to give ENMU agriculture students opportunities in the area. Ag New Mexico has an internship program set up with ENMU. Ag New Mexico will be looking for qualified individuals or trainees to become professional lending officers for farmers and […]

Soul-stirring ‘Passion of Christ’ vivid for viewers

Darrell Maurina Painful. Violent. Graphic. So was described “The Passion of the Christ,” which opened at theaters around the country on Wednesday. Mel Gibson’s new film about Christ’s death played to sellout crowds at Clovis’ North Plains Cinema — emotional, appreciative crowds who applauded its realism. “It’s graphic,” said Pastor Rob Hollis of First Baptist […]

Ag Expo ends on a sunny note

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PNT Staff Vendors promoting a bevy of products to help endorse, maximize and reinvent the business of agriculture closed their booths and headed home on Wednesday as the New Mexico Ag Expo came to an end. Organizers say the event that started on Tuesday with a light, wind-driven snow and ended on a cool, cloudless […]

Company keeping cows cool

Mike Linn Cool cows produce more milk — and more calves. Dairymen seeking increased production visited a New Mexico Ag Expo vendor promoting a cooling system that protects cows from excessive heat. Michael Klaseen of the Mesa, Ariz.-based Korral Kool company said excessive heat not only thwarts milk production among cows but is also a […]

Quilters display fabulous fabrics

Tony Parra LaMoin Gentile displayed a white quilt spotted with holes around the edges. But instead of repairing the holes, Gentile instructed a group of 40 at Wednesday’s New Mexico Ag Expo to replace the border altogether. Gentile also displayed a quilt which was made in the 1880s and contained silk fabric, which needed repair. […]

Weather doesn’t put damper on Ag Expo

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Tony Parra Attendants of the New Mexico Ag Expo on Tuesday fought off a brisk blanket of snow and sludged indoors for a better understanding of the latest technologies in agriculture. Early in the day, some 50 people heard New Mexico State University’s Clay Mathis speak on the current U.S. Animal Identification Plan, a proposed […]

Snow wets city, soaks state

Mike Linn Light snow showers on Tuesday prompted residents to scrape ice off automobile windows and tread slowing on city streets adorned with rain puddles shin deep in some areas. But snowfall in Portales was relatively minor compared to other areas of the state, where some mountain ranges received up to 20 inches. Local law […]

Group hopes for tree-mendous impact

By Tony Parra Officials with the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Resources Department will be on hand at the 12th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo to try to persuade Texans and New New Mexicans to plant more trees. “We don’t suggest buying trees unless you know what you are looking for,” Dan Ware, a public […]

ENMU to host drama festival

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting the annual High School Drama Festival on Thursday through Saturday at the University Theatre Center. More than 500 students from 23 high schools will be participating. Roughly 40 Portales High School theater students will participate at the festival, according to Bill Strong, theater instructor at […]