Surrounded by signs of spring

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist The signs are a bit mixed but spring may be lurking out there somewhere. I began to ponder spring the other morning as I left the warmth of my home to brave 19-degree temperatures and frost on my windshield that took a lot longer to scrape than I anticipated. After […]

Events set to celebrate Black History Month

By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Black History Month events at Eastern New Mexico University Black History Month will be a little raw, said African-American Affairs Director Jordan Anderson. “This is the first year that I’ve had control of all the events,” Anderson said. “I really wanted to make it pretty straight forward. I didn’t want […]

Organizer plans for ‘raw’ Black History Month celebration

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Black History Month events at Eastern New Mexico University Black History Month will be a little raw, said African-American Affairs Director Jordan Anderson. “This is the first year that I’ve had control of all the events,” Anderson said. “I really wanted to make it pretty straight forward. I didn’t […]

Holiday season is celebration of Jesus

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Is it any wonder that Jesus came to earth as a little baby? And is it any wonder Jesus loved the little children? Their innocence, forgiveness, love and compassion fill their hearts. At Christmastime I think of the Babe of Bethlehem and the stable, the star in the east and […]

Little Miss Merry Christmas candidates

By Sharon King: Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce This year’s Little Miss Merry Christmas contest has a record number of contestants with 20 young ladies vying for the crown. Competitors must be between 4 and 10 years old. The winner is determined by the most money raised through donations, bake sales, silent auctions and whatever […]

Little Miss Merry Christmas contest seeks contestants

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Little Miss Merry Christmas contest is searching for contestants before the cut off date Monday. Right now, five girls are in the running for the spot. Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce Manager Mandi Park said people can call her or come by the chamber to fill out registration forms […]

Intelligence better weapon in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico As he continues to stretch out the timetable on a decision about whether to escalate the U.S. commitment to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama has asked for a province-by-province assessment of the tribal and other local leaders in that mountainous country. The ostensible reason is to try to figure out which […]

Little Wranglers keeps Portales youth busy

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Little Wranglers Junior Association gives children a chance to compete in rodeo style events for fun. Little Wranglers was created 42 years ago for children 6-18 years old from Roosevelt County. Josett Evans said it is a good activity for her daughter. “The beginning, it was so she […]

Oct. 31, 1971

According to the Portales News-Tribune, the local weather was: Increasing high cloudiness Sunday and Sunday night and warmer. Partly cloudy and a little warmer Monday. Portales high Sunday 68, low Sunday night 63.

ENMU grew from humble beginnings

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It may have been a little slow going at first, but Eastern New Mexico University has evolved into the institution envisioned by its founders. That would be one providing higher education to the residents of the east side of state and, this weekend, many former ENMU students are taking […]

Being tightwad proves to be expensive

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Cheap never seems to work out for me. I should know better than to try and save on eyewear. A little bit of personal history is in order here I think. I’ve been wearing glasses about 38 years now. I first learned my eyesight wasn’t so great after an exam […]

Local car dealers sign up for federal trade-in program

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico New car dealers in Clovis and Portales spent a little time on Friday trying to register their businesses to be part of the federal government-sponsored Car Allowance Rebate System, formerly

Pizza chain expanding to Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The story is getting a little cheesy, but that’s only because of the pizza. A Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza store is on its way to Portales. The White family, owners of the Clovis Papa Murphy’s, plans to open a second store here within weeks, probably in mid-August, said Adrian […]

All-star tournaments start Monday

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Roosevelt County Little League all-star teams start play Monday in the New Mexico District 3 tournaments. Sammy Villanueva returns for his sixth year coaching the 11-12 year-old Roosevelt All-Stars, who won the District 3 title last season. Assistant Coach Clint Walker said the core of the 11-12 years […]

A father’s love is greatest gift

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist I heard a story about a daddy and his two little girls, ages 9 and 5, who lived close to the beach. One day they all decided to go for a swim just a little way out into the ocean. Before the daddy realized it, a current had taken them […]

Rumors spread quicker than flu

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist When the announcement came that the New Mexico Activities Association was suspending athletic events due to swine flu outbreak concerns, I have to admit I was on the fence. From my platform as a media representative, I saw a positive in that it makes immediate coverage a little bit easier. […]

Mrs. New Mexico: We all make mistakes

By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor She says she wants to make a difference in the lives of others, especially little girls. “A lot of little girls don’t have a role model. I want to be that role model,” Clovis’ Noel Hunt said. And so, having sought a public spotlight and earned the Mrs. […]

A little tax trivia to chew on today

Freedom New Mexico Deadlines? Don’t you hate them? Today is one of the biggest deadlines of the year for taxpayers. It’s when Uncle Sam orders you to turn over a large portion of the money you earned so he can stuff his pockets with it and give it away to whomever he chooses. This has […]

Lujan fields questions on health care, water project during ENMU visit

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Health care and a major water improvement project dominated questions Congressman Ben Ray Lujan fielded from Eastern New Mexico University students. Lujan said he was a little surprised to see a large turnout of students for his visit. “Students have a lot of responsibilities,” Lujan said. “Typically when you’re […]

That wonderful place called ‘Home’

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist When our youngest granddaughters were young, our son and his wife often returned to their home at night after visiting us. They dressed their little girls for bed, and after the good-bye hugs and kisses, they tucked their children in their “car” bed and drove the two hours home. Our […]