Hounds hand Mustangs first loss

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Dave Wagner If you’d told Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Andrew Helton that his team would have 28 turnovers and just 10 assists in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference game against unbeaten and 11th-ranked Midwestern State, he’d have figured there’s no way to win. “I certainly would’ve thought we’re in trouble,” he said. On […]

Local groups plan state centennial anniversary events

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PNT staff report The state of New Mexico turns 100 today and statewide celebrations will be going on all weekend in commemoration of this historical centennial. In Portales, the history class at Portales Junior High plans to throw New Mexico a grand birthday party next week with cake and ice cream and the students will […]

Program helps locate dementia patients

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Alisa Boswell There was silence as Portales Police Department Animal Control Sgt. Wally Chambers focused on static coming from a radio in his hand. Chambers was participating in an exercise to find people suffering from dementia who are lost. Project Lifesaver is a program that trains first-responders to locate people with the disease who wander […]

McGee: Broken bones lesson in journey of life

A family member recently broke his hand. I felt for him, he was in a lot of pain. I remember how bad that felt because I’ve had a couple of broken bones in my time. How about you? For instance I broke one of my little fingers a few years ago. I had a Siberian […]

My turn: Coffee shop seeking local artwork

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I got to be in my very first flashmob Monday for Halloween and as nervous as I was before hand, I was surprised at how well it went. My group got compliments on our performance, which was one and a half minutes of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and we had a good time doing it. Another […]

McGee: No shame in taking help

This is a message for the young man who came walking down the street the other day and offered to lend a hand as The Lady of the House and I were unloading a massive computer desk we bought at a yard sale. Hey amigo, thanks for offering a hand; it turns out we needed […]

Economy more pressing issue at hand

Freedom New Mexico Leave it to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is known to have an old-fashioned hankering to stamp out illicit drugs, to keep pushing for a solution to yet another problem that’s already well on the road to solving itself. The problem: illegal immigration. Gov. Scott told The Associated Press he hopes the […]

Reader-submitted content: Dairy course offers first-hand experience

Audry Olmsted When Merel Rodenburg first attended New Mexico State University’s Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium in Clovis in 2010, she expected to get technical book knowledge to supplement her studies in animal production. What the University of Arizona senior didn’t expect was the intensive hands-on experience she would get — as well as the […]

My turn: Fears pondered after dad’s accident

To shoot a musician in the hand is as cruel as piercing a sword through his heart. That is the sad ending in Robert Rodriguez’s 1995 movie, “El Mariachi.” The villain takes away El Mariachi’s livelihood. Last week my dad had a near fatal accident with an electric handsaw. The saw bounced back from his […]

Photograph demonstrates bullish sport

The photograph is spread across two pages of the Rodeo Sports News. In the upper right hand corner is written “Worth a Thousand Words.” The subjects in the photo are the bull, bull rider and bullfighter. The rider, wearing his helmet and protective vest, appears to be coming out from under the bull’s front legs […]

Ticket feature: Cirque Montage performing in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Clovis audiences are expected to be wowed Sunday when Marshall Auditorium becomes the playground of Cirque Montage. A group performing traditional and cutting-edge circus acts, Montage features former members of Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere, O, and Saltimbanco Alegria and Quidam. Acrobats, balancers, contortionists, pole climbers, jugglers and duo hand balancers and aerial […]

My turn: Nickname matter of personal preference

On Avenue I, near the tracks, is a painted hand pointing right with the words, “T-Town.” I don’t know who nicknamed North Portales “Taco Town.” I’ve heard it for decades, mostly used by Hispanics. In today’s politically correct world, is the name racist? Does it matter whether it’s a Hispanic, white person or other using […]

Beer pong put on hold

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Sharna Johnson The question at hand is whether it’s skill or chance that gets the little white ball across the table and into the cup. If you ask beer pong players, they will tell you most definitely skill. But the state of New Mexico isn’t so sure. Thursday the Alcohol and Gaming Division said it […]

God inhabits your praise

All of us have more blessings than problems. Everyone can look back upon life and see the hand of God guiding a path through difficult circumstances. Being thankful for blessings evokes praise. The book of Psalms blesses me. One of my many favorites is the first verse of chapter 34: “I will bless the LORD […]

Elida residents aim to revive town square with Christmas spirit

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Alisa Boswell The sights and sounds of Christmas will make their way to the Elida town square Friday night. The village is holding its inaugural Christmas on the Square event, starting at 6 p.m. Shops surrounding the square will be open for business. Each shop will display Christmas lights and hand out free refreshments. The […]

My turn: Compassion is real issue at hand

My basketball/golf/war-history buddy John Kirby recently asked whether I’d considered writing about the Florida preacher threatening to burn Korans. I told the Connecticut Yankee on the Court — who insists that I shoot three-pointers even when I’m not feeling it and thinks it unusual that I carry four fairway putters — that simple condemnation of […]

‘Blowing up’ happens to everyone

Grant McGee Have you ever had enough on the job? Blown up at a customer? Lately folks have been talking about this since that airline attendant cussed out passengers, then slid down an emergency chute into his 15 minutes of fame, two brewskis in hand. I blew up at a customer once upon a time, […]

Hand-free device better on animals

Glenda Price My friend and I were strolling through the local farmers’ market one day, when she suddenly began talking. I tried to answer her, even though I really didn’t know what she was talking about. This went on a few minutes — her talking, then me talking — when she finally turned toward me […]

Custom Classic gets upgrade, but legacy remains

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico he and staff would do Custom Classic brackets by hand, cutting and pasting typed-out team names on each bracket to give the brackets a little bit of class. Now, technology has cut the clutter to Jackson’s laptop and a couple of tournament binders. But the mission remains to uphold […]

PHS students learn food service first-hand

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Through folding napkins and filling tea glasses, a group of Portales High School students are getting first-hand experience in food service. Students in the ProStart food service class and the extracurricular organization Family, Career and Community Leaders of America have been serving meals at various events, including last week […]