ENMU security at new levels

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Students, faculty, administrators and campus police at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales are more aware and better prepared for an emergency than they were a year ago, officials say. One year ago today, a student at Virginia Tech University shot 32 students and faculty members, then himself. Students [...]

Faith-based outreach program in Clovis celebrates anniversary

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico When Sistar G. Yancy traveled from California to Clovis about seven years ago to speak at a church-related workshop about prison ministry, she never dreamed she would move here. Now, Yancy is inviting people in the community to help celebrate the second anniversary of her faith-based education, training, counseling [...]

Officials hoping flu outbreak has passed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Gripped by a flu outbreak with assessment tests scheduled this week, local school officials are crossing their fingers and hoping the worst of the outbreak has passed. “It’s been pretty bad, we’ve had a lot of students and faculty out with it,” said Randy Fowler, Portales Schools superintendent. “I’ve [...]

Square dancing unique social opportunity

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico David and Alyse Josiwak danced on their first date 39 years ago. About 15 years ago the couple learned ballroom dancing. They spent Saturday afternoon twirling, promenading and dosidoing. In a seamless transition of figure eights, they switched with six other dancers in the Baxter-Curren Senior Center dance hall [...]

Board approves sale of $4.5 million in bonds

PNT Staff Report The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education approved the sale of $4.5 million in bonds to help finance the new Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School at a special meeting Tuesday, allowing the project to proceed at full steam. “This is a proud time for you folks,” said Al Clemmons of George K. Baum and [...]

Rules would change if columnist in charge

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A few years ago, I did a few pieces on how different a planet could be if I controlled the rules — a planet Kevin, based on the “Planet Charlie” standup routine of Charlie Viracola. Consider these rules of Planet Kevin, with explanations. More to come in the next [...]

Zia, Hound soccer looks to season

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team set a goal of making the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament a year ago, and the Zias accomplished that by finishing sixth. Now, picked for sixth again this season, they’re looking to get past the first round. “I think we’re hopefully getting [...]

Treatment of media setting China back

Editorial Just now the Chinese government is focused on U.S. media, claiming they (we) have exaggerated the extent to which Chinese food products are tainted in the wake of all those dogs and cats dying horrible deaths a few weeks ago. This aggressive defense of Chinese quality standards is considered important not only to bolster [...]

Grenade’s origin may stem back to boyhood antics

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Apparently last week’s story about a couple who dug up a grenade in a Portales front yard isn’t the first time hand grenades have made news in our burgh. I may have the answer to how last week’s grenade got there as well. Few recent stories have captured the [...]

Police suspect knife-wielding woman has struck again

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A knife-wielding robber who held up a real estate office a few weeks ago may have struck again Thursday, according to Portales Police. Police received a report of an armed robbery at discount store Quality Sales, 612 E. Second St., shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. According to police, a female [...]