My turn: Count on columnists to entertain

As I sat yesterday reading three different columns written by three different co-workers, I realized that since becoming a journalist, one of my favorite past times has become reading columns. I must admit, before starting this job, I had not paid much attention to columns in the newspaper. I have always been more interested in […]

My turn: Hunter has eye for job

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You might say Jude Smith, manager at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and Grulla National Wildlife Refuge, has a real eye for his job. On the job, he’s making use of spotting skills honed by hunting. As an example, Smith said he and two younger refuge employees were recently surveying the deer population, counting how many […]

Winter storm may bring region’s first snow

Freedom New Mexico A winter storm heading toward eastern New Mexico will likely bring the first snow of the season. National Weather Service meteorologist David Craft in Albuquerque said there is a winter storm watch in effect for Thursday evening through Friday morning. He said the watch means there could be “a few to several […]

FFA members recognized

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Argen Duncan Local FFA members recently stepped into national events, and in some cases, the national spotlight. Texico, Elida and Dora students participated in the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, and Texico FFA members competed in the American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City, Mo. Both events were in late October. Texico FFA adviser Tod […]

Martinez has won rewarding job

I want to offer my congratulations to governor-elect Susana Martinez. As she will soon find out, being governor of New Mexico is one of the most demanding jobs anyone can have. But it is, by far, the most rewarding job for anyone wanting to serve the people of this great state. Eight years ago, I […]

Press release: Freeze Watch for Oct. 27-28

FYI All: Lower Rio Grande Valley-Tularosa Valley-Union County-Harding County-Eastern San Miguel County- Guadalupe County-Quay County-Curry County-Roosevelt County-De Baca County-Chavez County Plains-Eastern Lincoln County-Southwest Chavez County Wed, Oct. 27, 2010 The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a freeze watch which is in effect from late tonight through Thursday morning. • Temperatures — Lows will […]

Club notes — Oct. 17

Daughters of the American Revolution The El Portal Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, met Oct. 9 at the Miles Anthropological Museum at ENMU in Portales with Cori Snobble and Pam Wallace as hostesses. The program was presented by John Montgomery, professor of anthropology at ENMU and director of Blackwater Draw Museum. Miles […]

Press release: Greyhounds remain in national poll

PORTALES, N.M. — For the second consecutive week, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team is in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Hendrickcars.com NCAA Division II poll, coming in at 23rd. The Greyhounds also rank third in the South Central region poll. Last week, ENMU played to a 2-all double-overtime tie against 11th-ranked […]

Principles more important than sympathy

Baxter Black Sometimes you have to choose between personal principles and sympathetic understanding. For example, as a public personality, I have deliberately chosen to decline invitations to do political fundraisers. Although I have strong opinions, I leave those national issues to pundits with thicker skin. Once I had a request to make a commercial for […]

Greyhound soccer debuts in national rankings at No. 17

PORTALES — For the first time in the history of the program, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team finds itself nationally ranked. A team-record five-match win streak has the Greyhounds’ record at 7-1 and tied for 17th in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Hendrickcars.com NCAA Division II poll. They share the […]

Leave politics out of climate debate

Freedom New Mexico A consortium of national scientific academies has scolded the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for down-playing uncertainties about global warming, failing to point out when its claims of catastrophe were based on weak evidence and misrepresenting some findings as peer-reviewed by scientists, when they weren’t. The findings of the InterAcademy Council […]

Wednesday morning briefing: National Night Out and lifeguards needed

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. School help needed The Lighthouse Mission needs your help supplying Clovis children with school supplies. There goal is collecting enough to hand out to 200 students. Call 575-762-1933 for more info and a list of what’s needed. Kitchen tip of the week Add a small […]

Officials at odds over lack of new businesses

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Argen Duncan The national credit crunch is affecting Portales, although opinions differ on how. Several local businesses — Papa Murphy’s, Movie Gallery and La Hacienda — have closed their doors for different reasons during what Roosevelt County Community Development Director Greg Fisher calls a tough time for retail. In addition, Fisher believes strict credit requirements […]

Press release: Flood advisory for Roosevelt, Curry

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

Their view: National PTA joining fight against childhood obesity

The National Parent Teacher Association issued a press release Thursday supporting federal government efforts “to improve child nutrition.” U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., introduced the Nutrition for America’s Children Act. Here’s the PTA release:

Students learn about cultures through dance

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Students entertained and taught their families about the history of the dances Wednesday at James Elementary School as part of Festival Primavera. Some 55 students performed regional dances from Mexico as a part of the dual language program at the school. The students covered Mexican, American and other national […]

Shout outs: Area gymnasts win medals

Area gymnasts recently competed in the 2010 USA Gymnastics New Mexico State Championships with more than 50 teams and 1,200 competitors. Gymnasts ranged from ages 5-25 and varied in experience. Categories included trampoline, synchronized trampoline, double mini, and tumbling. Eleven athletes from the area competed at the state Championships in their age and level for […]

Young artist wins international competition

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales boy has taken third place in an international art competition. Nolan Riggin, 9, won the placing in the 6- to 9-year-old age division of the 2010 International Aviation Art Contest. Nolan, son of Ronda Hutcherson and Caid Riggin, said he learned of the award late last month. […]

Thursday morning briefing: National Day of Prayer and return of the wind

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Prayer info It’s National Day of Prayer. Some things you might not know about this annual observance: • Participants are asked to focus prayer on seven “centers of power”: Government, military, media, business, education, church and family. • It was created in 1952 by a […]

Corn grower tops yield contest

Freedom New Mexico Portales corn grower Craig Breshears has been named a state winner in the 2009 National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association. Breshears placed first in the state in the “A No Till/Strip Till Non-Irrigated” class with a yield of almost 39 bushels per acre, according to a news […]