Summer solstice has a deeper meaning

Jim Lee Saturday was the first day of summer and the summer solstice. We’ve been having summer weather for at least a month, so I don’t know why summer is supposedly just starting up. We got more hours of daylight than any other day of the year, but I don’t understand why I need the […]

Schlenker has a kind heart for kids

This is the first in a series of profiles on 2003 Pioneer of the Year candidates. J.R. “Chick” Schlenker’s daughter, Patsy Neely, described her father as a true example of what a good person should be. “He is a man of high integrity and high moral standards of living and helps mankind,” Neely explained. Schlenker […]

Reading program enhances youth

Mike Linn Three first grade girls read children books at the Portales Municipal School Board meeting Monday night, validating the effectiveness of a new program in the area teaching low-level readers techniques for improving. The first-year reading recovery program in Portales has nationwide appeal for the techniques first taught to teachers, then relayed to students […]

Holiday spurs memories of fatherhood

Mike_Linn The first day Jim Wood became a father he had some advice for his first-born child. He said, “T.J., would you stop whining?” The baby boy, T.J. Wood, looked at his father and ceased all the wailing associated with child birth. “That was a special moment,” said Jim, who will celebrate 13 years of […]

Clovis rodeo goes on despite rain

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — A cowboy’s work still has to go on even when it rains. Naturally then, the rodeo does also. The first full night of the 33rd annual Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo went off on Thursday evening at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena — even if it wasn’t all as planned. […]

Balloons prepare for take-off

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Janet Bresenham When 31 hot air balloons get ready to launch from Clovis on Saturday morning, John Sando hopes he will be aboard a special one named “The Desert Dancer.” “That would be awesome,” the Clovis teen said. “I’m like a military brat, so I’ve flown in a lot of things, but not a hot […]

Spelling champ goes on to D.C.

By Janet Bresenham Everyday life in Washington, D.C., usually revolves around the center of American government, political power and the hustle and bustle of bills on Capitol Hill. But today, young people will show the country how to spell success. The 76th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee begins this morning in the Independence Ballroom […]

Portales teams vie for state doubles title

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — It’ll be all in the family when two Portales teams square off for the Class 1A-3A state doubles title on Thursday in Albuquerque. But, well, you know how family relations can sometimes be. The Rams’ duo of Sara Bulls and Kristen Van Wettering will play teammates of Hailey Quick and […]

Dora stops Tularosa

By Kevin Wilson Chris Rolston showed why the Dora Coyotes have counted on him so many times, and catcher Bryce Hays topped all of his defensive gems with a weak grounder to third. Hays’ one-out grounder in the bottom of the seventh scored Tyler Wilhoit to finish off a two-run inning and a 9-8 comeback […]

McMann, Mariner named greatest

PNT Staff Dallas McMann, a senior catcher on the baseball team, and Christabell Mariner, a senior middle blocker on the volleyball team, have been accorded Eastern New Mexico University’s “Greatest Greyhound” and “Greatest Zia” honors for the 2002-03 school year. The awards were presented Tuesday night at the school’s annual athletic banquet at the ENMU […]