Fringes of restaurant reviewer fleeting

Helena Rodriguez In a former life, I was a restaurant critic. Yum! Sounds like an appetizing job, right? Well, this was not always the case. I eventually discovered that one man’s chicken is another man’s tuna. What I really mean is, one reporter’s good restaurant experience one day can be one editor’s bad restaurant experience […]

Former senator to join race

Staff and wire reports A former state senator and magistrate judge is planning to run for a county commission seat. Caleb Chandler, a 12-year state senator and and 12-year magistrate judge said he will be running for District 5 Commissioner Tim Ashley’s seat in the Curry County Commission. “I think it’s going to be a […]

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 […]

2007 was a big year in local sports

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer 2007 brought with it a Portales state championship as well as the departure of a fixture in Portales High School sports. The year also witnessed the birth of two new local high school sports programs, but also heartbreak with the death of a beloved Portales native. The year began […]

Former ENMU student returns to speak of embedded work

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor In his 50s, photojournalist Jim Spiri didn’t have to go to Iraq to fulfill a commitment to an employer. He made up his mind to do it on his own, in his own way. “I felt compelled to share what the average soldier does today,” Spiri said from his […]

October 25, 1970

• St. Helens Church hosted their annual Spanish Dinner. The dinner featured Spanish style food, home cooked by members of the church. Prices were $1.50 for adults and $1.00 for children. • Tom Bolack, former governor of New Mexico, was in Roosevelt County visiting towns and party stalwarts, in support of the state GOP slate. • A […]

Former Clovis firefighter killed in motorcycle accident

Freedom New Mexico A motorcycle accident claimed the life of a Clovis man Friday near Conchas Dam, according to the New Mexico State Police. William “Bill” Blankenship Jr., 52, of Clovis, was thrown from his Harley-Davidson motorcyle on State Road 104, at about mile post No. 60 after losing control on a curve, according to […]

October 4, 1989

• Actor Ronny Cox, former Portales resident, returned home to visit his family. • During the Portales City Council meeting, Roosevelt County rancher P.F. Turner collapsed. Turner, who has a known history of heart problems, was not breathing and had no pulse. Former Portales EMT and PNT managing editor Scot Stinnett performed mouth to mouth […]

Former coach succumbs to cancer

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Former Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team coach Dan Buzard lost his three-year battle with brain cancer early Tuesday morning at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. A Portales native, Buzard, 39, served as the Zias’ head coach for four seasons. He also spent 13 seasons as an ENMU […]

McClure tapped to head state business group

By Freedom Newspapers Former Clovis Community College president Beverlee J. McClure has been appointed president and CEO of the Association of Commerce and Industry following a national search, according to a news release from the statewide business group. McClure has served as the first cabinet secretary of higher education since the Higher Education Department was […]

Former coach spurred alumni

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer A familiar face returned to the Greyhound Stadium sidelines Saturday for the first time in more than a year as coach of the Eastern New Mexico University football alumni team. After the game, a 28-20 loss for the alumni, former ENMU defensive coordinator and former Portales High School head […]

March 20, 1980

The long looked forward to time has arrived. It’s Jamboree time! Starting at 7:00 o’clock Thursday evening there will be three performances and all who have attended in former years know that country and music fans will really get their money’s worth! It’s a great show don’t miss it! Chairs on the floor are $2.50 […]

Jan. 14, 1960

A special basketball treat is in store for local fans tonight when the Eastern New Mexico University freshman basketball team meets the Clovis (KCLV) Rangers former New Mexico State AAU champions. The two clubs will meet in the 6 p.m. curtain-raiser prior to the Eastern New Mexico-Western game at 8. The Rangers feature two former […]

Saddam executed

By Christopher Torchia and Qassim Abdul-Zahra: The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq — Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows and executed Saturday. It was a grim end […]

Still Trottin’

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By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers No longer does he go from gym to gym to the tune of “Sweet Georgia Brown,” but former Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon is still trotting around the globe. Instead of playing basketball, he’s spreading the word of God. “I’m coachable, so when the spirit of the Lord told me to […]

White House needs changes in policies, not faces

Editorial We’ll abstain from clichés about rearranging deck chairs, but the personnel changes at the White House in recent weeks, while they may matter greatly to inside-the-Beltway pundits and the immediate families of those involved, don’t suggest that significant policy changes are in the offing. That’s unfortunate, because changing policy in significant ways would do […]

Words for the wise from the not-so-wise

By Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Here at the Trivia Memorial Library (Motto: If you wish you were young again, think algebra), we’ve been gathering thought-provoking quotes from icons so that someday we can publish them and make big bucks. These samples are gleaned from politicians, industry leaders and bureaucrats, followed by movie stars and sports […]

Vickie Perea seeking secretary of state post

Freedom Newspapers Vickie Perea Candidate for Secretary of State Vickie Perea was born and raised in Los Lunas. Married for 43 years, she has two sons. She is a former president of the Albuquerque City Council and serves on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Q: What is your highest priority if elected? […]

Hall of Fame teacher George clicks with troubled teens in local teen court

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By William P. Thompson From the cottonfields of west Texas to high school classrooms and the halls of justice, Barbara George has impacted the lives of area teens. In 1966, George became a physical education teacher at Portales High School. She left teaching in 1991 but became the Portales Teen Court coordinator in 1997. The […]

ENMU Zias’ softball completes sweep

Freedom Newspapers HOBBS — Behind good pitching and senior infielder Jessica Nocas’ 7-for-9 day, Eastern New Mexico University swept the College of the Southwest 4-0 and 10-2 Wednesday in a softball doubleheader. “I think we played well, although we can play better,” ENMU coach Armando Quiroz said. “For whatever reason, we came out a little […]