In search of ponies: Dove had one last ride

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It looked a little like a seasoned sailor, oblivious to the motion of the world beneath its feet. Puffed up twice its natural size, with its head scrunched tight into its body, the dove didn’t seem to notice anything at all as it was moved from right to left, forward and backward. Nor did it […]

Finding ways to help others better than gifts

Freedom New Mexico Give thanks to God during Christmas and as we head toward and New Year’s Day. These are good times, and here’s why: • All over the country, people are walking into retail stores and paying off layaway items for perfect strangers. ABC’s “Nightline” on Tuesday featured a video from our sister paper, […]

Hounds name new football coach

Former Eastern New Mexico University player and graduate assistant Josh Lynn plans to hit the ground running in his new position as the school’s football coach. Lynn, who will turn 33 on Dec. 23, was named ENMU’s 15th head coach on Monday, replacing Mark Ribaudo. “I think Eastern New Mexico is a good place, and […]

In Search of Ponies: Animals can eat themselves to death

Feeling a little stuffed? Having just survived the Thanksgiving holiday, you may be beating yourself up from that comfy spot on the couch, filled with guilt about how much food you managed to consume despite your best intentions. Even sitting there with your belt loosened, entertaining the thoughts tumbling around in your head about another […]

McGee: Catching up with Catfish

Funny how long-ago things stick in your head. Someone you haven’t thought of for years pops up, or an old phone number of a long forgotten friend or an old pal’s birthday. It’s weird to me that I have trouble remembering my grandkids’ birthdays but I remember my buddy Catfish’s birthday. This year I decided […]

McGee: Head-banging music

Tooling down the road on a fine High Plains Saturday, the Lady of the House and I were listening to the radio. On came the heavy guitars and rockin’ beat of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. She cranked it up. While I drove, the Lady of the House was […]

Drought leading to large number of cattle sell-offs

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Alisa Boswell Livestock owners have been selling their cattle at an alarming rate recently, according to local cattle brokers and ranchers. They cite the lack of feed because of drought conditions for the sell-off. According to Clovis Livestock Auction sales representative Rustin Rowley, in just the last two months, weekly livestock sales have almost tripled, […]

Military mama: Still searching for miracle workout

I have determined that I am far more of a wimp in reality than I am in my own head. In my brain I’m practically Xena warrior princess, but that can’t possibly be the truth since I’ve begun to feel my muscles ache over simple tasks like squatting to interact with my toddlers. Let’s be […]

ENMU narrows field for baseball position

Freedom New Mexico From a field of nearly 100 candidates for its open baseball head coaching position, Eastern New Mexico University has pared it down to nine. Athletic director Jeff Geiser said Monday that he will try to interview all of them by phone beginning on Wednesday, with three to five to be invited for […]

ENMU hopes to fill baseball spot by June 15

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University hopes to fill its open baseball head coaching position by June 15, athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday. ENMU is looking to replace Phil Clabaugh, who resigned after 20 seasons last month and was the program’s only coach after the sport was revived at the school in 1992. […]

Police: Man shot in head

PNT Reports A 25-year-old man found dead Sunday in a home on Avenue O was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, police say. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry identified the man as Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya. Berry said Montoya had a local address for the last year but is from Mexico, where […]

Artists create in different ways

I wonder if he starts at the head? I mean to sculpt a horse that will one day stand in front of the stockyard gate. Or does he picture in his mind the kind of horse it will be? Would he start at the hooves instead, one leg at a time, stroking, flexing, molding, making […]

Zoo officials: Giraffe died after fall

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Sharna Johnson Clovis zoo keepers believe Jay the giraffe slipped on ice and fell, suffering a head injury. That injury followed by exposure to cold prompted a decision to euthanize him. The giraffe was found Saturday on the ground of his pen around 7:30 a.m. with a wound to his head that was, “bleeding profusely,” […]

My turn: Next bestseller could be in my head

I was hard put to come up with something to write for my column this week, because due to being ill last week, I haven’t done anything since New Year’s Eve. Not going to events definitely puts a damper on writing about them. Then as I thought, it occurred to me that I had experienced […]

Press release: Padgett selected as third head coach of Zia soccer program

PORTALES, N.M. — Eastern New Mexico University athletic director, Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced that Todd Padgett has been selected as the new head coach of the Zia soccer program, and will begin his duties in January. Padgett comes to Eastern very familiar with the level of competition in the region, having helped Fort Lewis […]

Engagements —

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Sites-Head Amy Sites and Marshal Head will be married Dec. 19, 2010, at Muleshoe Methodist Church. The bride-elect is the daughter of John and Deborah Sites of Portales. She is the granddaughter of the late John Sites and his wife, Norma of Roswell; and Carl and Mary Skrobrak of Dalhart, Texas. The prospective groom is […]

Portales woman honored by Head Start; family plans to start memorial scholarship

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent For more than four decades, Gloria Ortega was a familiar face at Eastern Plains Head Start. Though she retired as site manager in 2007, Ortega continued, up until her illness over a year ago, to be an active volunteer with the program. Ortega began her association with Head Start in […]

Enhanced concussion rules great step

Freedom Newspapers After a particularly bad weekend for head injuries on the football field, Monday’s announcement by Texas’ University Interscholastic League regarding head injuries seems reasonable. The UIL, which governs extracurricular activities at Texas public schools, announced that any athlete who suffers a head injury cannot return to the activity on the same day, and […]

Story helps put modern problems in perspective

Glenda Price Times were hard. In desperation, George decided to gather a herd of cattle and head west with them — to California. This was in the 1850s, and folks in Texas had heard talk that gold miners in California (the 49ers) were a great market for beef. George and his wife, Inez, had been […]

Triathlon: Community competition

Cannon Connections photo: Jared Tucker Twelve-year-old Case Shaap of the Clovis High School swim team completes the 500k swim portion of Cannon Air Force Bases’ annual mini-triathlon Saturday. Shaap’s total time completing the event was 1:08:00, according to Coach Vincent DeMaio. By Jared Tucker: Cannon Connections The Clovis High School Wildcats swim team went head-to-head […]