Smoking cessation help offered

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Smoking cessation has a 90 percent success rate of people quitting smoking or reducing the amount they smoke. The free program is sponsored by Roosevelt General Hospital, and the Amercian Lung Association, and gives clients a chance to change their lives by being smoke-free. The eight-week course is held […]

Programs gives offenders second chance

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Alternative Sentencing Programs and Educational Networks of New Mexico (ASPEN) has been giving people convicted of crimes the chance to turn around their lives for the last seven years. District, magistrate and municipal judges in Roosevelt County often sentence offenders to attend the program in conjunction with paying […]

Birds of prey exhibit to come to Clovis

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By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents will get a chance to learn about America’s birds of prey up close. They’ll even have an opportunity to see the birds fly. “We’re kind of giving a biology lesson while interacting with the birds. We teach people where the birds are, what they eat, how to […]

County extension classes keep seniors healthy

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Two free classes in Portales are offering diabetics a chance to learn how to use exercise and good cooking habits to stay healthy. Roosevelt County Extension is holding “Keep Moving, Keep Healthy” and “Kitchen Creations: A Cooking School for Diabetics and Their Families” classes starting in March. Extension Home […]

Livestock show gives 4-H youth chance to show off

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico At a wispy 4-feet-10-inches-tall, Heath Hadley barely peeks out above his steer’s woolly body. But the 10-year-old Parmer County boy had little trouble Saturday leading his 1,200-pound project around the show floor behind the Farwell Community Center. Heath was among the dozens of Farwell FFA and 4-H members showing […]

Bee colony latest addition at Natural History Museum

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A colony of buzzing insects will mind their own bees wax when they arrive at their new home inside the Natural History Museum at Eastern New Mexico University. However, the public will get a chance to check into the bees’ business. A bee hive has been constructed inside the […]

Neither party in any shape to advance cause of liberty

He talked about wanting to do what was best for the party and for the country and at some level he was no doubt quite sincere. But last week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acted like the businessman he was while amassing the fortune that made it possible for him to play politics, and decided […]

More wintry weather coming

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Friday’s snowfall was just the beginning of a wintry weekend, according to the National Weather Service. By Saturday, 1 to 4 inches of snow are expected fall in Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca counties with similar conditions expected through the Texas Panhandle. Residents on Friday woke to flurries and […]

Extreme makeover for Zia basketball

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers To say the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team will have a different look in 2007-08 could be considered a serious understatement. Only four players who were active on last year’s 14-12 squad (5-9 Lone Star Conference South) will be back, plus redshirts Erica Cook and Vanessa O’Neal. Second-year […]

U.S. strategy for Iraq might stand chance

Editorial In his State of the Union message, President Bush made it clear that his current strategy in Iraq is not up for negotiation. “Our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options,” he said. “In the end, I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance of success.” So the […]

Even cowboys can make mistakes sometimes

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Whereas the average cowboy is a person of good intentions, generous to a fault and kind to women, children and animals, and whereas said cowboy is often in the right place at the wrong time and driven by an over-developed sense of chivalry, bravado and/or tradition, and whereas you may […]

Heritage Days all fun and games

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer The Heritage Days parade, filled with everything from horses and John Deere tractors to water-spraying puppets and the Rat Pack Jeep Club, drew a crowd of Portales residents Saturday. Attending the parade has become part of tradition for Vicki Aguilar and her family. “We come every year, for the […]

Clovis steer wrestler posts night’s best time

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — As Chance Pettigrew waited for his chance in steer wrestling on the first night of the Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo, the public address announcer reminded the crowd that these athletes have only one chance to get it right. Pettigrew didn’t need any reminders, although he wasn’t listening anyway. […]

Zoo keeper: Baby birds in trouble best left alone

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The nests are built, the eggs are hatched and baby birds are chirping, tweeting and screeching from nooks, crannies and branches. Inevitably an infant bird will take an untimely plunge to the ground and be picked up by a well-intending Samaritan, according to Laura Shepler, a clerk at Hillcrest Zoo […]

Ram baseball to rely on pitching

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With a solid rotation coming back and a larger playoff field, the Portales Rams have little doubt that they’ll make the Class 3A baseball playoffs in May. Their biggest doubt is if they’ll score enough runs when they get there. “I think we’ve got a pretty good chance,” said […]

Boit ENMU’s best chance for national slot

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s Felix Boit knows his work is cut out in Saturday’s NCAA Division II South Central Region cross country meet at Abilene, Texas. The redshirt freshman from Kenya — a nephew of former ENMU track and cross country standout Mike Boit — is ENMU’s best chance at […]

Governor plans to stick to facts

By Marlena Hartz/Freedom Newspapers For Gov. Bill Richardson, today’s Base Realignment and Closure hearing is symbolic of chance. It is the Clovis-Portales area’s chance — Richardson has been handed the task of giving closing arguments — to help save Cannon Air Force Base from closure, as recommended by the Department of Defense. In a telephone […]

Cannon supporters to focus on facts

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers For Gov. Bill Richardson, today’s Base Realignment and Closure hearing is symbolic of chance. It is the Clovis-Portales area’s chance — Richardson has been handed the task of giving closing arguments — to help save Cannon Air Force Base from closure, as recommended by the Department of Defense. In a […]

ENMU gets Alcohol 101 Plus

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Patricia Madrid thinks tougher laws, including ignition locks for convicted drunken drivers and felony charges for those who provide alcohol to minors, will be effective in combating underage and binge drinking. But New Mexico’s attorney general thinks that’s only part of the solution. “We have to change the culture, […]

May 23 Floyd School news

Upcoming Events Last day of school is Wednesday! School will let out early on this day. Elementary Awards Assembly will be Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday is a teacher in-service day. Report cards will be mailed on Friday. Library Books Please return any library books to the library ASAP. If books are not returned […]