My turn: Nicknames make all difference

My grandfather could give some really cool nicknames. I don’t know what it was, but he could give you a moniker that you could be kind of proud to have yelled at you in a large crowd. I think it was from his days playing baseball, when many players had colorful and creative nicknames. I […]

New twist: Let’s remake bad movies

A few weeks ago, I wrote about social networking, and the difference between Facebook and Google+. In brief, the starting point is the difference, because Facebook starts with the concept that everybody sees everything and Google+ starts with everybody sees nothing unless you say so. Over the past few weeks, I’ve found starting points everywhere […]

Cuts in gifted education hurt kids’ potential

Aisha Sultan “How can we measure the sonata unwritten, the curative drug undiscovered, the absence of political insight? They are the difference between what we are, and where we could be as a society.” — James Gallagher, former director of the FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. There is a well-tolerated discrimination in our […]

Zias turn tables on Javs

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Freedom New Mexico What a difference a day can sometimes make. Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team rode solid defense, the complete-game pitching effort of junior Erin Roufosse and third-inning home runs from Tessa Fioritti and Kate Medrano to an 8-3 Lone Star Conference South Division victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville, salvaging the finale of the […]

No room for double standards

The recent tragedy in which a Clovis police officer seems to have run a stop sign and caused an accident that killed a woman illustrates the difference between the way statists and libertarians see things. Make no mistake: I don’t believe for an instant the officer wanted to cause the accident. (Hence the word “accident.”) […]

My turn: Friendly text message can make a difference

A lot of people tease me for sending what I call “mass inspirational” text messages. At least once a week, I send a text to everyone in my phone, saying things like “Don’t forget to smile today, because you’re amazing” or “Have a great day knowing someone thinks you’re special.” As cheesy as these messages […]

High heat setting records

A few degrees, and a little bit of humidity, makes a big difference. It’s not a surprise that it’s hot. In August. In New Mexico. However, Clovis and Portales are experiencing a heat wave in which the average high for the first 15 day so August has been more than 3 degrees warmer than normal. […]

Hounds sweep twin bill, win series

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Freedom New Mexico What a difference a week makes. Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team, outscored 37-3 in an embarrassing season-opening doubleheader loss at New Mexico Highlands on Feb. 6, bounced back to take three of four from Southeastern Oklahoma to open Lone Star Conference play this weekend, capped by Saturday’s 8-7, 6-2 sweep at […]

Old veterans daunted with current wars

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist A small group of U.S. war veterans, the age difference among them as wide as 70 years, gathered this month at American Legion Post 177 in Fairfax, Va., for a special event at the annual Veterans Day Community Fair. They had agreed to participate in a “living history,” co-hosted by […]

Groups aim to make a difference

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer In honor of Make a Difference Day, two Portales organizations are offering the community a hand, or rather coats and flu prevention kits. Altrusa International Inc. of Portales is holding a coat drive with the distribution set for Saturday. Friday, the Community Services Center and its senior programs are […]

Elida grad elected state FFA president

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer As the new state FFA president, an Elida High School graduate is aiming to make a positive difference in others’ lives and go on to national FFA office. Ryan Best, Elida’s valedictorian this year, was elected in June to his new office at the 81st Annual New Mexico State […]

Mrs. New Mexico: We all make mistakes

By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor She says she wants to make a difference in the lives of others, especially little girls. “A lot of little girls don’t have a role model. I want to be that role model,” Clovis’ Noel Hunt said. And so, having sought a public spotlight and earned the Mrs. […]

Study: Guys talk as much as girls

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A hot-off-the-press study shatters the myth that women talk more than men. Did you hear that men? We are not chatterboxes. Although the more-than-likely over-funded, waste-of-taxpayer-money study is flawed because it was limited to college students, I’m inclined to believe it because, well, because I’m a female, and because I’ve […]

Mother’s message carries session

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Using a sophisticated machine that makes an experience seem real is one way to teach a hard lesson. But sometimes the best way to communicate the message is on a personal level from the heart. That was the case Friday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union […]

Altrusa teams up with Habitat for Humanity

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Saturday was National Make a Difference Day. The Portales chapter of Altrusa International, some service members from Cannon Air Force Base, and the community came out to make a difference at a home being built with Habitat for Humanity. Altrusa members were working on landscaping for the front yard […]

Speaker says ‘moral intelligence’ vital to youth

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Michelle Borba said she tells parents, teachers and community leaders she doesn’t care what they stand for as long as they stand for something. The internationally recognized educational consultant pounded that and other concepts home to teachers and community members Friday in what she calls building moral intelligence in […]

Friday’s prep capsules

Freedom Newspapers Muleshoe 42, River Road 7 Records: River Road 1-4, Muleshoe 6-0 Impact: Mulehsoe will take an unbeaten record into District 2-3A play Difference: Muleshoe scored two touchdowns in the last 50 seconds of the first half to take a 21-7 halftime lead, including a 15-yard pass from Brant Hamilton to Rudy Gonzales with […]

Prep football capsules

Freedom Newspapers Bovina 7, Texico 0 Records: Texico 1-1, Bovina 1-1 Impact: Bovina ends Texico’s 25-game winning streak Difference: Michael Ortiz threw a 19-yard TD pass to James Lara with 4:38 left after Bovina recovered a fumble at the Texico 35. Difference makers: Junior defensive lineman spearheaded a Bovina defense that held Texico to 30 […]

Prep Capsule

Muleshoe 35, Friona 0 Records: Muleshoe 1-0, Friona 0-1 Difference: Brady Black scored twice for Muleshoe in a 21-point second quarter. Difference makers: Junior Brant Hamilton threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and senior Brady Black rushed for 130 yards and three scores. By the numbers: Nine Mules caught passes, led by Caleb Heinrich […]

Spilca too much for Lady Rams

PNT Staff In the end, a five-time state singles champion was the difference in making sure Portales didn’t become a three-time team champion over the weekend. Mariana Spilca claimed wins in both the singles and doubles category, giving Sandia Prep a 5-4 win over Portales for the Class 1-3A girls tennis title Saturday in Albuquerque. […]