Season’s spirit in giving, but getting’s fun

By Helena Rodriguez The spirit of Christmas is in giving rather than receiving. I must confess though, that being on the receiving end has made for some memorable Christmas gifts. Like many parents, Mom and Dad liked to surprise us girls with special toys. But after peeking into Mom’s stash of yet-to-be-wrapped gifts one year, […]

Cannon good first home

Jennifer Laurent Cannon Air Force Base has been good to me. It was our first home as a married couple. I made friends that I will never forget. I found a job that I loved and, due to a deployment, was forced to remember that while I am happier with my husband at my side, […]

Thanksgiving brings back fond memories

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom New Mexico My husband and I are lucky. We are among a handful of local military couples based within driving distance of our families. For now we can get in a car and, within 11 hours, be home. So it came as no surprise when last November his family accepted an […]

Zias end season with loss, winless in LSC

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Trying to escape the Lone Star Conference cellar Thursday night, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team came up short. ENMU bolted to a 7-0 lead in a decisive fifth game, but the Zias couldn’t hang on and lost to Southeastern Oklahoma 30-26, 23-30, 30-24, 28-30, 16-14. Sophomore outside […]

Hounds get another challenge

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico The challenge for the Eastern New Mexico University football team was already significant. This week, facing 10th-ranked and unbeaten Tarleton State at Blackwater Draw, it has gotten even tougher. The Greyhounds (4-3, 0-3 South) came out of Saturday’s 62-31 loss at West Texas A&M beaten up, especially on offense. […]

Lady Rams 2-0 in district, beat Lovington

PNT Staff Report Some good teams win despite sloppy play, while others win big district games on the road in a tough atmosphere. The Portales Lady Rams (14-8, 2-0) did both Tuesday night, beating the Lady Wildcats (6-11, 1-2) in three games at Lovington; 25-20, 25-18, 25-18. The Portales girls were coming off wins at […]

Years of a clown

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Dale “Gizmo” McCracken keeps his audiences guessing every time he steps into the arena. Sometimes he’s dressed as an overweight country police officer, other times he’s a long-haired rock musician, a safari hunter or a horse head on a man’s body. These are the characters inside McCracken’s head when […]

Emergency causes neighborhood excitement

Jennifer Laurent I have learned I am terrible in an emergency. Well, at least one that involves me. Recently I realized we were more than halfway through my husband’s deployment and nothing all that terrible had happened. The lawnmower hadn’t broken, the sewer had not backed up and neither of our cats had fallen ill. […]

Life meant be be lived

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Remember those wonderful childhood dreams … when I grow up, I’m going to be …? As a small child I dreamed of my knight in shining armor sweeping me away on that beautiful white charger. That “someday” finally came for me. I married my tall, dark and handsome knight and […]

ENMU graduates take final step

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor 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 […]

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 […]

Cannon B-Ball places 2nd at Holloman AFB tournament

Courtesy of the Cannon Men’s Varsity Basketball team The Cannon Men’s Varsity Basketball team, the Lethal Hoops, came in runner up at a Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., double-elimination tournament Sunday after a startling comeback from a first game loss. Three weeks earlier they lost two games to Holloman as part of team tryouts. When […]

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 […]