Christmas festivities take place tonight

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales streets will once again light up as the annual lighted Christmas parade and downtown Christmas Jubilee celebration are set to take place, beginning at 6:30 p.m. today. Sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, various events will be held throughout the evening, said Amie Franz, RCCC. A […]

Bloopers create infamous days in journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I never wanted to drown Little Miss Merry Christmas, but I was accused of plotting this unthinkable crime when my headline came rolling out of our newsroom printer. On this fateful day in the early 1990s, my then colleague Janet Bresenham came waving a piece of paper I had just […]

Teacher was master of sarcasm

By Bob Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Some folks carry grudges all their lives. They don’t leave home without them. They’re just not happy unless they’re blasting governments, churches, school boards, or college football teams. They’re even against actors, neighbors, newspapers, television, lawyers, and relatives. But the weirdest resentment I ever saw belonged to my wife […]

School days over for now in Portales

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff L.L. Brown kindergarten teacher Lynne Walker has mixed feelings about the end of the school year. “It’s exciting, being relieved of some pressure, but then it is also sad to lose our little special ones,” Walker said. “We have a very close-knit family here, and our kiddos showed great growth […]

April fools are made every year

By Bob Huber Today’s topic is April Fools’ Day Hangovers and how to live through them. When I was a kid, the second day of April was a time of thanksgiving, a moment when youngsters across the land turned their eyes skyward and gave tearful thanks for surviving another year of April Fools’ pranks. Everyone […]

ENMU announces retirement of long-time dean Elder

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer When July rolls around Eastern New Mexico University will look different without Thurman Elder roaming the hallways of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building with a calculator and math textbooks in hand. Elder has announced he will retire after more than 37 years of teaching math at Eastern New Mexico […]

Saltclah crowned Miss Native American

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Shannon Saltclah stood proud on Thursday night with her new crown sitting atop her head as the new Miss Native American Queen for the 2005-06 school year. Saltclah, a junior at Eastern New Mexico University, was selected as the new queen in front of a crowd in the Zia Room […]

ENMU student preparing for Miss Rodeo America

By Shelley Gilmore Brittany Bennett of Portales is looking forward to competing in the pageant for Miss Rodeo America. She is taking a semester off from Eastern New Mexico University to compete. Currently Miss Rodeo New Mexico, Bennett will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 27 through Dec. 3 to compete against 26 other candidates. […]

Rodeo lifestyle continues with pageant

By David Irvin One by one, the nine rodeo queen contestants briskly rode their horses across the Mounted Patrol Arena on Monday during the 2005 Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen coronation ceremony. In the end, only four would win the top honors in their age groups. “(Rodeo) teaches kids a lot of responsibilities,” said Texico’s Lacy […]

We were upstaged by a master prankster

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist When I was a kid, April Fools’ Day lasted all month. It was unwritten law in those days that guys got to seek revenge for tricks played on them. To limit that activity to only one day was blatantly unfair. (That edict always ceased at midnight, April 30, which was […]