Fighter jets staple of younger years

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Like many who grew up on the eastern plains of New Mexico, I can’t remember a time when there weren’t fighter jets in the sky above me. Monday that chapter of history closed at Cannon Air Force Base and a new one opened. It’s bittersweet for some of us […]

Portales senior runs track ‘Down Under’

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer When 17-year-old Tyler Anderson learned he was one of four New Mexico athletes to secure a trip to Australia as part of the Down Under Sports Program, he knew it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. Anderson is going into his senior year at Portales High School and […]

Finding identity can be difficult process

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My cousin M. was recently divorced. During a family gathering, she shared with my sister and me how difficult it was to start a new life as a single woman after having been married for many years. M. joked that her couch cushions permanently show her body imprint because, since getting […]

Tragedy prompts prayer

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone is talking about the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are shocked as individuals and as a society. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and anguish families and students must be experiencing. I then think about the young man’s family and the anguish they must be going through. I can’t […]

First impressions are lasting

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer I’ve had plenty of opportunities to make first impressions in my life because I’ve had so many job interviews. I’m just about an expert in the field. As they say, first impressions make lasting impressions, and yet job experts say it only takes a few seconds for these impressions […]

Robertson will see a changed Rams team Saturday

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Yes, Portales lost to Las Vegas Robertson, 13-2, in the season opener on Aug. 25. But for the Rams, that seems like an eternity ago, you see the Rams were still learning a new system under first-year coach Andy Correll. The Portales team set to square off with Robertson […]

Baptist conference slated

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers First Baptist Church pastor Joel Horne views the 95th Annual Baptist Convention of New Mexico being held in Clovis as an opportunity for him to renew and refresh his beliefs. Horne said the convention, which is rotated to cities around the state, also affords him the opportunity to visit with […]

Cannon schedules public input meetings

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The Air Force has planned a series of public meetings to gather input for an environmental impact study of the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. “These meetings will give the public an opportunity to learn about the proposal and voice their questions and concerns,” said Capt. Rebecca Garcia […]

Laws that hurt the needy are wrong

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Are we separating ourselves from the social reality of our country? Are we ignoring the facts that we are a nation with an aging population and that some cannot make a decent living? I was shocked last week to read that the city of Las Vegas, Nev., has passed an […]

Exchange students attend ENMU

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer They come from a different country where a different language is spoken but they share the same goals as other Eastern New Mexico University students. They want to get a higher education. Andres Chinchilla and Brenda Cordova are exchange students from Mexican universities who attended ENMU. Chinchilla went to the […]

Humans have ability to choose right, wrong

Tibor Machan: Columnist Some ideas have so little merit to them they shouldn’t ever see the light of day — not in intellectually respectable forums. It’s as if we gave Nazis a place at the table when discussing how societies should be organized. Here, once again, I find a notable person, indeed, a Nobel Laureate […]

Students prepare to strut their stuff

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer They take hours of rehearsals. They take years worth of classes. Next weekend, they get to take the stage. The Student Choreographed Dance Concert, an annual event for Eastern New Mexico University dance students, is set for Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 at the University Theatre Center at ENMU. […]

What’s in a name?

By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com When people create a business, it’s not much of a stretch to say it’s like having a new child, with months of planning leading up to uncounted extra responsibilities. Just like coping with a new family member, a business owner must give the new addition a name, and […]

Zias win in five against LCU

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By Dave Wagner Facing a fifth game for the second consecutive match, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team got it right this time. The Zias stayed in control for most of the fifth game Tuesday night to turn back Lubbock Christian 25-30, 30-27, 24-30, 30-25, 15-12 at Greyhound Arena. Coach Mike Maguire said the […]

Volleyball team off to fast start

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer It’s a different feeling for Portales junior Morgan Erf to be a libero. It’s a different feeling for her and her Portales teammates by winning so much so early. A sweep Tuesday night at Goddard pushed Portales to 9-2 on the season, unfamiliar territory for Portales coach Ruth Chavez. […]

Movie makers needs to get a clue

By Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor The 24-hour news cycle gives us a lot of recurring themes, and one undeniable theme is the decline of the American moviegoer. I saw it myself recently when I took in a matinee of the new disappointment called Star Wars and was joined by about seven people in a […]

Paths converge at graduation

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Two Portales residents took two different paths throughout their lives, two paths that were a part of 330 different paths that intersected Saturday at Greyhound Arena. The arena was the site of spring graduation for Eastern New Mexico University, and it was the newest mark in the paths of […]

Children learn from lockin

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By Tony Parra Martin Luther King Jr. said he had a dream that one day “all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing” in the speech he gave on Aug. 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in […]

Tough to live without “Tough Crowd”

By Kevin Wilson Last week I said goodbye to something on television, something I had grown to know for more than a year-and-a-half as a basis for analysis, a challenge to my belief system and a way to be informed. I’m not talking about the presidential election, though. I’m talking about Tough Crowd. As I […]

Most enjoy Roosevelt County Fair

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By Laurie Stone This year’s Roosevelt County Fair seems to be going off without a hitch. For many, this is a time of year when family and friends can come together and enjoy themselves no matter what their interests are. The fair has a little bit of everything for each personality and character no matter […]