History lesson lies behind competition

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Thousands of years ago, man invented a crude tool to help them more efficiently kill prey for food and pelts. Saturday morning, present-day people will gather at Blackwater Draw to learn about and compete with the hunting tool. It’s called an Atlatl, and it changed the way prehistoric man […]

Youngsters learning about fire prevention

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PNT Staff Report Portales kindergartners, first-graders and some preschool students are touring the Portales Fire Department during Fire Prevention week. Fire officials want youngsters to learn more about fire safety and prevention, said Battalion Chief Gary Nuckols. He said an estimated 300 children will tour the fire station this week and next. “One of the […]

Dora graduates 14 on Sunday

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Be smart! Read often! Exercise your mind! And learn a skill so you can support your family and your future! These were words of advice from retiring teacher JoBeth Massey to 14 Dora High School graduates on Sunday. Marching in to the tune of “Against the Wind,” the graduates, […]

Taboo subjects always game for discussion

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Two things I always get in trouble for discussing too passionately are sports and politics. I never learn. l My favorite episode of “Cheers” prominently involves the Boston Celtics, as former Celtic great Kevin McHale loses his on-court focus due to a bar-room conversation about the number of bolts […]

Womans Day offers fun, information

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Women will be shown how to get it together. Learn how to look good and feel good. Talk it up and be “You and Improved” during the fourth annual Woman’s Day Out. The fourth annual Woman’s Day Out will once again be all about woman on Saturday as it […]

Parents learn to jump start education

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Ready To Learn workshops are helping to jump start children’s education in Eastern New Mexico. Improving a child’s learning skills and vocabulary at an early age are two of the reasons that Isabel Zupancic, the Ready To Learn coordinator, conducts the workshops, a service of the Public Broadcasting System. […]

11-25 Library Books

The following books are available in the Portales Public Library: The Watkins Dictionary of Dream By Mario Reading Thousands of in-depth entries explore and explain the stuff of dreams in this book by Mario Reading. What does it mean if you dream of a white elephant? Of flying, dolls, or dentists? This book offers a […]

AYSO introduces sport of soccer to youth

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Each week, hundreds of Roosevelt and Curry County children burn off energy and learn life-long lessons as they run up and down area soccer fields in the American Youth Soccer Organization. According to AYSO regional commissioner Jolene Nauman, approximately 350 children from 4 to 13 play on about 50 […]

Camp Correll kicks off

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The future of the Portales High School football program is on display this week in the annual Ram football camp at the Ram practice field. Following a season in which the Rams played in the state championship game, second-year head coach Andy Correll has two goals for this camp. […]

ENMU hosts choir camp

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer High school students from across the state spent the past week on the Eastern New Mexico University campus participating in the school’s annual choir camp. Not only does the camp help to prepare students for the upcoming All-State auditions, it is also instrumental in helping the students improve their […]

For some, Texas is exotic enough

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnists When people mention exotic places they would like to visit, Texas is probably not the first one that comes to mind. But to me, growing up in Rome — which seemed so ordinary — Dallas was the most exotic place I could think of. As a teenager I fantasized about […]

Roosevelt County kids learn hunting safety and competition

By Tony Parra Some may be asking, if a 10-year-old can abide by the hunting safety rules and not harm anyone then why can’t Vice President Dick Cheney? Too bad Cheney is too old to enroll in the Roosevelt Youth Hunter Educational Challenge which is for the Roosevelt County youth between the ages of 10-18. […]

We must care in order for our leaders to care

Jim Lee: Local Columnist As a human being I choose to live as a participant rather than exclusively as an observer. To me, this means trying to understand what I don’t understand, particularly when thinking about my own species. Sometimes this turns out as something kind of funny, sometimes something kind of sad. But it […]

Influence of Spanish goes beyond Mexican holiday

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers If you’re a regular reader, you probably feel like my comadre and know all about me, from my family and adventures going back to school to raising a teenager and going to Mexico to learn Spanish. Since I began writing a column in 2000, first for a newspaper in Abilene, Texas, […]

Time is of the essence to learn Spanish

By Helena Rodriguez; PNT columnist I guess I was destined to learn to speak Spanish late in life like many gringos. I read last week that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three other guys who want his job have been busy learning to roll their Rs so they can hablar en español. According […]

Young QBs in competition at ENMU

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University special teams coach Michael Walton has added quarterbacks coaching duties to his plate for the 2005 football season, and he knows his work is cut out. The Greyhounds, who completed the first of four weeks of spring practice on Saturday, must replace a two-year starter in Steven Hinson. […]

It’s never too late to be bilingual

By Helena Rodriguez Habla español? Yo no espeako espanish, but as for Spanglish – a mixture of Spanish and English – si, yo espeako most of that. After a lifetime of speaking broken Spanish, slang and Spanglish, I’m finally on the road to learning Spanish once and for all. There have been all kinds of […]

The older you get, the easier it is to learn

Helena Rodriguez Well, I’m now halfway through my first full-time semester back in college after 13 years of working in the “real” world. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t cracked open a book since walking off that Eastern New Mexico University stage with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1989. In fact, that’s […]

Resolutions easy to keep with open options

By Helena Rodriguez Another Christmas has come and gone, Now I’m already starting to think about my New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because I need something to fill this space in between Christmas and the new year. Many of you probably wouldn’t have even thought about New Year’s resolutions until next week, but, (you can thank […]

Program aimed at improving communication

Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University officials are taking steps toward better communication between the university and local community. “The leadership training program was started so that full-time ENMU professionals could be more aware of the community,” Trisha Maguire, ENMU leadership advisory council member, said. “We also want to make them aware of the leadership […]