Energy rates set to increase

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Energy company Xcel Energy is proposing a base-rate increase from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The electric and natural gas company is seeking an overall increase of 6.6 percent from all customer classes. Residential rates would increase by 7.3 percent a month for an average household that uses about […]

Zia coaching icon enjoys retirement

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After five years of retirement, the most successful coach in Zia basketball history still feels the competitive fires within, but now the inferno burns on the golf course instead of the basketball court. Wayne Moore registered 327 wins in his 22 years coaching the Eastern New Mexico University Zias […]

Elida High student returns from Swedish sabbatical

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Like any true New Mexican, 18-year-old Shawn Bird said the thing she missed most about home during a one-year stay in Sweden was good Mexican food. But the Kenna resident worked through her craving and went on to have a very special experience, she says. “It was wonderful,” Bird […]

Acosta meets, greets Portales youths

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer 17-year-old Ryan Acosta may be on the verge of fame and fortune with the Chicago Cubs, but Wednesday evening, he chose to spend time with some excited Portales Little Leaguers. The former Portales Ram was drafted in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Cubs […]

Lane Hedeman competes in Clovis

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent All of the contestants for this year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals are from either New Mexico or Texas. But Lane Hedeman comes from such an interior portion of the Lone Star state that he might be considered an outsider to those based in either eastern New Mexico or […]

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 […]

Floyd bids adieu to graduates

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — Moments after watching her daughter receive her high school diploma, Kathy Hale’s eyes welled up with tears when she talked about the child she once taught in a home-school setting. “I’m very, very proud of her. She’s come a long way,” Hale said. “It’s just the beginning […]

Ram track meet, at long last

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer It’s been 10 years since Portales witnessed their Rams and Lady Rams run, jump and throw on their home track, but that silence will be broken this afternoon at the Portales High School track. Portales is hosting district foes Lovington and Dexter today, with track events scheduled to begin […]

Child-like faith is powerful thing

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Faith is a requirement if you’re going to receive something from the celebration of Easter. It’s also required to receive the blessings of a lot things in life. Among the definitions listed for the word faith in the dictionary are: • Confidence or trust in a person or thing. […]

Volunteers invade Grande Vida

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you look on the Grande Vida Dairy east of Portales. Pens that once held 2,500 head of Holstein dairy cows are empty except for the debris. The remains of the milking barn were being pulled down Saturday in the first step of […]

Robinson retires after 22 years with university

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editorial Oscar Robinson’s 40-year career in higher education administration came to an end this week with his retirement as Director of Personnel Services at Eastern New Mexico University but Portales likely hasn’t seen the last of his public service. Friends, family and associates gathered Saturday to honor Robinson on his […]

Movie reminds us to believe in March Madness

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With two teams in the state basketball tournament and a basketball movie that was filmed here premiering this week, we’ve got a bad case of March Madness in Portales. I like sports movies, even if some think they’re all made with the same recipe. “Hoosiers” is my all-time favorite […]

Zia tennis full of fresh faces

Freedom Newspapers There will be a lot of new faces around veteran Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis coach Christine Blaeser this spring. Only sophomore Tracy Hughes saw regular action last season for the Zias. The seven-player roster also includes senior Tracy Williams, who missed most of the 2006 campaign with a back injury, and […]

Ram handles hoops and horns

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Portales senior Skyler Partin goes from blocking out defenders on the basketball court, to blowing on his baritone as a member of the Portales High School band. The third of four siblings, music and athletics are in the Partin family genes. He grew up hearing his brother, sister and mother […]

Baskett headed for playoffs

By Rick White: Freedom Newspapers IRVING, Texas — Hank Baskett had 32 text messages waiting for him when he reached the locker room. Earlier in the night, it was Baskett and the Philadelphia Eagles who sent a message, dominating the Dallas Cowboys 23-7 Monday at Texas Stadium to earn a share of the NFC East […]

Taming talking tough task for New Year

By Anita Doberman: Local Columnist I am a big talker. I love to speak my mind. When I get in a discussion with someone, I can go on for a while, especially if I feel strongly about an issue. My easygoing husband, knowing me as well as he does, senses when I am about to […]

Portales deals Cards a loss

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales had four players score in double figures, as the Rams survived a late Robertson charge to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season Tuesday night at Portales High School 57-54. “I was proud of our kids for gutting it out,” Portales head coach Mark Gallegos said. […]

Black in action

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By Tonya Fennell and Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers Blanche Bentley was up with the sun Friday morning in search of the perfect Christmas present. The 62-year-old Clovis resident was among the hundreds to hit the stores early to take advantage of one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Black Friday gets its name […]

ENMU kicks off homecoming week

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer “Under the Big Top” is the theme for this year’s Eastern New Mexico University homecoming, set to kickoff on Monday. This will be the 68th year of homecoming at ENMU, said Janice Cowen, alumni affairs coordinator. Among Friday’s activities will be the dedication of the new KENW Broadcast Center […]

Airman gets a little help from his friends

Janet Taylor-Birkey CFC helps when unexpected happens Senior Airman Jason McGlawn took a few days in July from his job with the 27 Equipment Maintenance Squadron to go to Arkansas to purchase a new vehicle. He also planned to visit family and spend time with his girlfriend, Clarisa Little, who was within six weeks of […]