Students find, become voices at ENMU

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers One was looking for a voice and found it at Eastern New Mexico University. Another became the voice of ENMU. Paul Hahn and Betsy Chavez represent two different ends of the spectrum for the 368 students who graduated from the college Saturday morning. Hahn, who first came to ENMU in […]

Nusser no-hits Wingate, Lady Rams advance

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent FARMINGTON — Portales may have gone unbeaten in district and, yes, the Rams were the fifth-seeded team playing the 12th seed in the Class 3A softball state tournament. So, all of those things considered, the Rams merely lived up to expectations by clobbering Wingate 15-0 on Thursday. But Portales was […]

Portales rams Ruidoso, sweeps doubleheader

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Ram bats came alive on the way to a District 4-3A doubleheader sweep over Ruidoso Tuesday afternoon at the Portales Baseball Field 7-3 and 10-5. A complete game, six-hitter by senior pitcher Mario Salazar in game one set the tone for the effort. “These guys have been […]

Lady Rams take second at Roswell Tourney

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer ROSWELL— The Portales Ram rackets came alive in the Roswell High tennis tournament Friday and Saturday as the Portales boys came in third, while the girls took second place behind Farmington. “I have to give credit to Farmington,” Portales girls tennis coach Michelle Wallis said. “Farmington has a great […]

Some resolutions worth keeping

By Ray Sullivan: Freedom Newspapers Publisher This is a personal tale about the only New Year’s resolution I’ve ever made that has stuck. The decision saved me from myself. I write about it not for praise, but in case someone reading it wonders if they should quit drinking like I did 21 years ago. I […]

Lady Buffs outmatch Zias

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Linden Weese knew his Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team would have matchup problems against West Texas A&M Wednesday night. Trying to minimize that, and stay out of foul trouble as well, the Zias went to a 2-3 zone for much of the game. But the Lady Buffs had […]

Golden oldies don’t seem that old

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Shortly after midnight, somewhere on a turnpike in southeastern Kansas, I found out I was officially an oldie. No, I wasn’t struck by a sudden and desperate need for a bathroom. I deal with those problems during the morning thanks to blood pressure medication. This was an assault on […]

Roosevelt pitcher dominates

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By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — It wasn’t long into the game before the Clovis American players realized that Louis Ortiz was something different than they were used to. Ortiz, a right-handed pitcher for Roosevelt County, struck out 16 batters to pitch his team to a 4-1 win in an 11-12-year-old District 3 game […]

Locals express concerns about immigration reform

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By Marlena Hartz This mild-weathered Saturday afternoon, business inside Juanito’s Mexican Food Restaurant is brimming. Customers chat over chips and salsa at tables, while others cluster in the lobby to be seated. The Clovis restaurant is a bright spot on Mabry Drive, with purple porch beams and window trim, a picture of a man in […]

Shorthanded Zias fall shot against Lady Buffs

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Already playing shorthanded much of this season, Eastern New Mexico University’s women learned on Sunday they had lost another player. The Zias entered Monday’s Lone Star Conference South Division clash with West Texas A&M at Greyhound Arena minus Portales High grad and sophomore guard Erika Cook, who suffered a broken […]

Portales teams have momentum

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer It’s safe to say that both Portales teams built a little bit of momentum with Friday victories. It’s an even safer bet that neither squad is looking to lose any of the new-found momentum with homecoming only a few days away. Both teams have games later this week against […]

Zias drop non-conference game to St. Edward’s

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With her team down 10 points, St. Edward’s women’s coach Jennifer White issued a challenge. Her team responded with a dominant second-half performance. In a game of runs, the Hilltoppers made the final one, outscoring Eastern New Mexico University 20-2 to take control en route to a 60-52 victory Saturday […]

Losses help lead Portales on winning path

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer In high school volleyball, 22 wins say a lot about a team. In Portales’ case, three losses said just as much. After Portales survived five-game battles against St. Michael’s and Pojoaque to claim its fourth Class 3A title in six years, it could be said those three losses that […]

Dairies are a way of life, not just business

Sharon Lombardi: Guest columninst Apples are not oranges and Eastern New Mexico isn’t the San Joaquin Valley. It’s unfair and inaccurate to discuss issues that may appear to be similar but really are different. In response to some dairy-industry critics: Yes, there has been an influx of dairies from California to New Mexico. They came […]

Legend of ‘Ooo’ fills out holiday

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Let’s take a look at Sasquatch in New Mexico, because October is Halloween Month — a 30-day celebration commemorating the grand opening of the first Wal-Mart Scary Costume and Candy Store, a time when traditional gangs of masked dwarves roam the streets, extorting candy from their neighbors. And that’s just the […]

Group helps victims

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Kevin Wilson:PNT Staff Writer Unbreakable, a local music group, and other artists who perform with the group spent Sunday afternoon using soap, hoses, water and brushes to do their part for Hurricane Katrina survivors. It started last week when Tony Montoya (performing name T-Loked) called up other group members and brainstormed ways to do their […]

ENMU riders fall short of rodeo finals

Freedom Newspapers CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Dusty Higgins and sophomore Brittany Bennett came up just a little short of reaching Saturday’s short-go finals in the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center. Higgins finished 13th in bull riding — the top 12 go to the finals — with his […]

Four score for Portales

By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s track teams were relegated to four scoring finishes over the weekend in Class 3A state competition at the University of New Mexico. PHS posted three sixths for three points in boys competition while the girls came up with a fifth-place finish, good for two points, when eighth-grader Kelsi […]

On VE Day reflect on waste and pain of war

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Sixty years ago today, one of the worst events in human history came to its long-awaited end. The allies called it Victory in Europe, and the annual remembrance is called VE Day. The day commemorates the end of World War II in Europe. With still a war to be won […]

I lost my funny bone in surgery

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist If you’re a dinner party hostess who wants to save money on hors d’oeuvres so you can donate to the Martha Stewart Relief Fund, allow me to offer some help. I know a sure-fire way to curb appetites. I’m talking about steering the dinner conversation into a detailed discussion of […]