Former Lady Ram Morgan Hill’s Navy bunch to be broadcast today on ESPNU

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Another year at the Naval Academy means more confidence, more playing time and more exposure for Portales native and former Lady Ram Morgan Hill. Hill is a sophomore at the Annapolis military academy, and this year, she’s better prepared to tackle the unique hardships that playing a sport at […]

Password protected

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Computer passwords. They’ve become a part of every day life as computer technology continues to grow. Nearly every Web site requires a username and password to view some, if not all, of its content. Then there’s the bank or e-mail account. Al Noblett, manager of an electronics store in […]

1-23-08 Floyd News

Transitions Birthdays and Anniversaries: Wednesday — John and Mary Lou Kropp Sunday — Heather Buzard Tuesday — Eddie and Janice Lee Upcoming events • Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Potluck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. • There will be school this […]

It’s their job: Steven Cain

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Name: Steven Cain Job: Firefighter and paramedic at Portales Fire Department Time on the job: Eight years Background: Cain grew up around Portales and graduated from Dora High School. By the time he graduated, he already had his Emergency Medical Services certification and went to work at PFD at age 19. Job description: Firefighting, ambulance […]

Fires don’t care if you’re famous

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist I followed with great interest and apprehension the California fires, not only because I fear any kind of atmospheric phenomenon, but because I empathized with those who lost their homes and left behind their possessions. Having lived in hurricane prone areas for a few years, I know that it can […]

There’s power in being bossed

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Once upon a time, a warlord rampaged throughout the countryside, killing every peasant until only a monk remained. Furious, he ordered the monk brought before him and shouted, “Do you know who I am?” “I am he who can run you through with a sword without even batting an eye!” […]

Dawg Days kick off

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer If you set foot on the Eastern New Mexico University campus this weekend, you’ll probably be asking yourself, “Who let the dawgs out”, as ENMU’s freshman orientation program, Dawg Days, sends the green newcomers to various get acquainted events. “It gets them involved in the campus,” Rebecca Valdez, co-director […]

Meth series hits home

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A popular piece of advice for writers is to write about what you know. But writing about what you know can be extremely painful when you’ve been affected by the destructive demon of methamphetamine . Crank. Ice. Chalk. Tweek. Nose candy. There are many ways to label this man-made drug, […]

Preparation pays off

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With bumper wheat harvest winding down for farmers in the area, I’m thankful for the success of the crop and the price it will command but glad I’m not making my living directly off the amber waves of grain. For years, my family depended on wheat harvest as a […]

Business offers one-stop shopping

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Moving from a home-based business to a storefront was the next logical step for the recently opened Fiestas y Mas, located at the corner of Main and Second streets in Portales. Fiestas y Mas specializes in providing all the services needed for events such as quinceañeras, weddings and other […]

La Hacienda reopens popular location

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After nearly a third of a century as a Mexican food fixture on North Avenue K in Portales, family-owned La Hacienda has moved to the 1001 W First location, where Tastee Freeze and the Wagon Wheel Cafe were formerly located. “We wanted to get on this side of town […]

Everything’s easier with Mom around

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If somebody accused me of returning to Portales after nearly 30 years away because I was a momma’s boy, I’d probably have to agree with them. I could tell you coming back made good sense financially or that the opportunity to pursue journalism in my home town was just […]

Kids get cow know-how

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Children, cows and mud came together at the Curry County Fairgrounds Tuesday and Wednesday for Kids, Kows and More. Approximately 1,000 area fourth-graders attended the annual program, sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Farmers, which is designed to acquaint the students with production agriculture. Children and teachers trudged through muddy walkways […]

Portales tennis heads to state

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls tennis teams both battled to team district championships this spring. This weekend, they hope to bring home a blue trophy for a state championship. The Lady Rams enter the tournament seeded number two, behind Bosque School. The Portales girls face seventh-seeded Cobre in the […]

Baby showers not just for women anymore

By Helena Rodriguez: Columnist The host of my sister Crisanta’s baby shower didn’t know we were supposed to play games until 10 minutes before the shower. Couldn’t blame him. How many men host baby showers? My cousin Eric staged his first baby shower last weekend, an event he promised to never do again despite the […]

Victim’s rights forum set

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers In an effort to acquaint community members with local resources available for crime victims, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office is hosting a public forum tonight. A panel of representatives from multiple judicial and victim’s services in Roosevelt and Curry counties will be on hand to talk with residents and […]

Time to resurrect true meaning of Easter

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer And then he bowed his head and died. John 19:30 sounds like a great ending to a dramatic story, but for billions of Christians worldwide, it marks a new beginning. The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were open and […]

911 tornado call transcripts

The following conversations are samples of calls being taken simultaneously by four Clovis 911 dispatchers during the March 23 tornado: Dispatcher: Debby Blankenship 7:55 p.m. Dispatcher: Clovis 911, what is your emergency? Caller: Just calling to report what appears to be a tornado having passed through just south of Clovis. Dispatcher: Where at? Caller: If […]

Class 1A capsules

Boys Quarterfinals No.1 Cliff vs. No. 8 Elida, 8:30 p.m. When: 8:30 p.m. today. Where: Rio Rancho High School Records: Elida 25-4; Cliff 23-3 How they got here: Elida beat Desert Academy 72-29. Cliff beat Gallup Catholic 76-36. Last state title: Elida last won the Class 1A state crown in 1995. Magdalena has never won […]

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 […]