ENMU implements new safety plan

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With advances in technology, Eastern New Mexico University has implemented a plan to alert students, faculty, staff and parents of emergencies and weather-related activities that affect the welfare of the campus. The effort to update emergency procedures, in particular communication came about in the wake of the Virginia Tech […]

Work hard to leave behind

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I don’t get a real vacation this summer because I don’t have a real job … yet. But when I did have one, I remember how hard it was to get away from work completely. I always remember what it was like going back to work on Monday morning, in […]

Chain e-mail won’t lower gas prices

By Kevin Wilson With this election year that’s not really an election year, it’s amazing to see the impact of people-powered politics. Candidates like Barack Obama can solicit small donations online and put 100,000 people behind his political movement. At debates for both Republicans and Democrats, moderators can quickly change the direction of a candidate […]

Boeing tests definite at Melrose range

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Flight training for a Boeing-designed robotic airplane, dubbed the ScanEagle, will be conducted at the Melrose Bombing Range beginning this summer, according to Boeing spokesperson Chick Ramey. The range is a 66,000-acre swath of land located west of Cannon Air Force Base, which serves as the primary training site […]

Another lesson from Miss Manners

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I may not exactly be Miss Manners, but when it comes to social etiquette, I’ve got a few things to say. I’ll call these Helena’s mannerisms. When someone sneezes, any proper, caring individual should say “Bless you!” If the person sneezes again, it is only proper to sigh and say […]

Beware what passes through the mailbox

Helena Rodriquez How stupid do they think I am? That’s what I ask myself when I get these annoying $5 or $10 checks in the mail from credit card companies, when I get e-mails saying I’ve won dinners at restaurants or gift certificates from department stores. And then there’s the e-mail I got this week […]

Craig Sheppard: Ah, we meet again

By Karl Terry I first became acquainted with Craig Sheppard about 15 years ago. At the time he was an 8-year-old boy suffering from terminal brain cancer. I received more news on Craig last week. Now he’s a 7-year-old, still suffering from a brain tumor and still hoping to get included in the Guinness Book […]

How you can help locally

Freedom Newspapers • To donate items for the hurricane-displaced families now in Baker, La., children’s clothes and diapers, toys, books, crayons and coloring books, teddy bears and dolls, towels, washcloths, soap and items for personal hygiene, T-shirts for all sizes and ages are received at the North Plains Mall in Clovis, the Roosevelt General Hospital […]

Technology nothing to be afraid of

By Kevin Wilson And so the conversation went on my phone one evening, as I spoke with a friend I hadn’t talked to for about two months. “So,” she queried, “do you have a girlfriend right now?” I answered, “No, I have something better.” “Fiancee?” she blurted out, with a combination of happiness and anger […]

April 20 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Tommy Goff, Colin Chandler, Bertha Gregory. Upcoming events • Seniors meet Thursday night for games and friendship. • The school’s spring program will be May 3. Church news Wayne Boydston will be delivering the sermon for the Floyd Baptist Church this Sunday. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. and Church […]

Proof of humanity required, no contact necessary

by Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I had to provide proof the other day that I am a human being — and to a machine of all things. I was sending out e-mails for a class project to people — you know, those real-life, in the flesh-and-blood creatures that have overtaken this planet. Anyway, I was […]

E-mail on Cannon, BRAC a hoax, officials say

By Mike Linn A group of e-mails that list military bases likely scheduled for retirement in the upcoming base realignment and closure (BRAC) process are nothing more than a hoax, officials say. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici said Tuesday that information regarding base closures won’t be available until after the BRAC Commission has […]

City, relative tries to rekindle Portales ties for soldier

By Tony Parra One American soldier in Iraq wanted to get back the hometown feeling, and Portales residents are putting together of package to rekindle the Portales hometown feeling for him. Sgt. Ernie Aguilar of the Medical Section of the 133rd Engineer Combat Battalion is currently in Iraq this Thanksgiving. Aguilar provides medical care and […]

Time isn’t always worth saving

By Jim Lee As anyone who knows me realizes, I am not the handiest fellow in the world. In the jungle of home repair and maintenance, my competence can be compared to that of a fairly intelligent orangutan with a broken wrist. In mathematics I’m still trying to master the concept of checkbooks and ATM […]

Teacher questions dismissal

By Tony Parra Portales school board members met Tuesday to discuss the budget and bid concerns, but those issues took a back seat to discussion of the termination of a long-time Portales school teacher. Kay Jilek, a teacher with Portales schools for 25 years, told the school board Monday she was given no reason for […]

ENMU presidential race runs its course

By Michelle Seeber Brett Trembly, a senior at Eastern New Mexico University, recently was named student body president — but not until waves created by students opposing his election were smoothed out by the student body’s supreme court. Gary Musgrave, vice president of Student Affairs and Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University, said there […]

ENMU student body election final, but candidates still have issues

By Darrell Todd Maurina After confusion, accusations of impropriety and the disqualification of one candidate, Brett Trembly has been elected Eastern New Mexico University’s student body president. Trembly received 278 votes while the incumbent president, Bob Cornelius, received 217 votes. Fabian Guzman received 159 votes and said he was disqualified because of an e-mail sent […]

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers would like to offer a reward for information on the recent vandalism to several mail boxes in Roosevelt County. Several county residents have had their mail boxes damaged in the last several weeks and the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crimes. If any one has information on this crime, please call […]

City considers mail-out voting for beer, wine

Mike Linn An election to decide whether to allow beer and wine licenses for restaurant owners in Portales may come as soon as April. The Portales City Council authorized a search for city funds to conduct a mail-out election that would cost the city roughly $13,500. According to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, the mail-out election […]

Eating undercooked meat is not rare

Jim Lee Why is undercooked steak called “rare” when it’s so commonplace? Isn’t “rare” supposed to indicate something unusual? There’s nothing unusual about undercooked steak. A lot of people like it that way, but I ain’t one of them, friends and neighbors. Some people like it downright raw in my estimation. Why don’t they just […]