Ram track meet, at long last

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer It’s been 10 years since Portales witnessed their Rams and Lady Rams run, jump and throw on their home track, but that silence will be broken this afternoon at the Portales High School track. Portales is hosting district foes Lovington and Dexter today, with track events scheduled to begin […]

Parents: There’s no such thing as normal

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Parents seem to obsess about what’s normal for their children, wanting to make sure little ones fall within the right parameters for their ages. This obsession is not placated by the pediatrician’s reassurance that our children are indeed more than normal. We hope that they are and will be better […]

Exercise your body and it will thank you for it

Melissa Bruggeman You have a busy schedule. Between work, kids and your social life, you convince yourself that you don’t have time to work out. Your body isn’t in that bad of shape, you silently tell yourself. Besides, you’re too tired or depressed. You think you get enough exercise in your normal day to day […]

Hound baseball a work in progress

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers With virtually no outside work yet due to the recent winter weather, the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team is a work in progress as a season-opening series approaches against Sul Ross State on Friday and Saturday in Alpine, Texas. Of course, the Greyhounds are in better shape than they […]

Ram handles hoops and horns

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Portales senior Skyler Partin goes from blocking out defenders on the basketball court, to blowing on his baritone as a member of the Portales High School band. The third of four siblings, music and athletics are in the Partin family genes. He grew up hearing his brother, sister and mother […]

Educator retires after more than 4 decades

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Since the beginning of her career with Head Start in 1965, Gloria Ortega, of Portales, has witnessed many changes in the preschool program, most for the better, a few for the worse, says the recently-retired educator. More children are coming from single parent homes, being raised by grandparents or […]

Bills slated for first 100 hours of House better left undone

By Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the worst aspect of new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s promise to pass a passel of poll-tested bills during the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress is that the exercise will not be over after 100 hours as ordinary mortals count them. The countdown doesn’t begin, as Democrats calculate matters, until […]

Christmas form letter simplifies annual tradition

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’m running behind schedule this Christmas season. I’m just getting around to writing, or should I say, filling in my annual multiple-choice Christmas letter. It’s the ultimate form letter. Just circle the category that applies and bah hum bug! This standard letter is as personalized as a White House Christmas […]

Lady Rams edge Goddard

PNT Staff Writer ROSWELL — The Portales Lady Rams beat Goddard in Roswell Thursday night, 49-46. Kaycee Quick led the Lady Rams with 13 points followed by senior Briana Hernandez with 12. “We were better defensively than we have been in other games, but Goddard didn’t have the ball handling skills that other teams we’ve […]

Portales deals Cards a loss

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales had four players score in double figures, as the Rams survived a late Robertson charge to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season Tuesday night at Portales High School 57-54. “I was proud of our kids for gutting it out,” Portales head coach Mark Gallegos said. […]

Rams derailed

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor BLACKWATER DRAW — As the clock began to run out on the Portales football team’s chances of winning its first state title in 18 years Saturday, their principal, Melvin Nusser, knew there was still some fight left in the team. As the former coach turned-principal spoke, the Rams proved […]

Immigrants make U.S. better place

Editorial Immigration won’t destroy America — rather, it built America and made it great. No one knows that truth better than George W. Bush, whose international vision was clear back when he was Texas governor and wasn’t shackled by conservatives at the national level. So it might seem that in signing the bill earlier this […]

Zias snap losing skid

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Whatever Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team did Monday night, junior Randi Egley hopes the Zias can sustain it. Mired in a nine-match losing streak, ENMU finally broke away from Wayland Baptist with a 17-3 run to end the third game and the Zias went on to a 30-27, 23-30, […]

World needs creative thinkers

By Helena Rodriguez : Freedom Newspapers As I begin what may or may not be my last semester of college for awhile, I think about a recent Time Magazine article I read titled “Liberal Arts vs. Business Degrees. ”The article states that more American students are opting for so called “easy” degrees in the liberal […]

MSU-Billings hands Zias first loss

Freedom Newspapers The Montana State-Billings women’s soccer team had already earned two wins on a season-opening three-match road trip, although neither was a cakewalk. After consecutive 1-0 victories at Colorado School of Mines on Thursday and over Fort Lewis in overtime on Saturday in a match played at Eastern New Mexico University, the Lady Yellowjackets […]

Back-to-school scramble going well during tax-free holiday

Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Bargain hunters flocked to Clovis and Portales stores this weekend to take advantage of the state’s second tax-free holiday weekend. Randy Dayhoff, owner of Randy’s Shoes, said his store has done really well during previous tax holidays with customers looking for back-to-school items or even just back-to-work shoes. “It (tax-free holiday) […]

Killing unnecessary kilowatts a quality of life issue

Janet-Taylor Birkey One of the “bennies” of living in base housing is that Airmen don’t see utility bills in their mailbox or deduct them from their bank accounts. So why should Airmen care what it costs to cool, heat and light their homes? Why should Cannon’s annual $6.2 million utility bill even faze them? Simply […]

Leave it better than you found it with AFSO-21

Maj. Matt Powell Two years ago I wrote an article for the Mach Meter and advised readers to “Leave it Better Than You Found it.” To support that advice I described the following scenario: You just arrived in your new shop at your new base of assignment. You walk in on your first day, full […]

Air Force Smart Ops 21 already on track

Maj. Lisa Pike We’ve all heard the saying “change is the one constant in life.” Think about it and you’ll see it’s true; the one constant in our lives is change. If you think back over your life, you will no doubt have more changes than you can count. Go back over the last century […]

Offensive line big focus for ENMU this spring

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With four starters to replace from a year ago, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is trying to sort things out in its offensive line during spring drills. Offensive line coach Draco Miller said the Greyhounds are making progress as they head into the final week of spring work. “Every […]