Sharpton’s help not needed

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist It’s happened in other lifetimes. Just not mine. A small percentage of me, the part that’s not about common sense, wants to see Rush Limbaugh join the fraternity of NFL ownership. It wants to see African-American players boycott a professional sports franchise. And it wants to see an all-white team […]

Sept. 8, 1955

Roosevelt County needed 500 broomcorn pullers if that year’s crop was to be saved. Robert Dunn, manager of the New Mexico employment office, said in the Portales Daily Tribune. Dunn estimated the broomcorn crop in the county at approximately 30,000 acres that year and said most of it would have to be taken from the […]

Traffic detour planned

PNT Staff Report In order to lay sewer line connecting Sunland Inc. to the City of Portales sewer system, contractors plan to detour traffic on Kilgore Avenue at the intersection with U.S. 70 July 21-22, according to a city news release.Kilgore will be closed between U.S. 70 and East Spruce Street with traffic rerouted to […]

Senior Olympics opens event

This year only, New Mexico Senior Olympics is open to all state residents age 50 and up with no pre-qualifying needed. The organization is also introducing online registration at www.nmseniorolympics.org. Registration deadline is May 6. This year’s New Mexico Senior Olympics is May 27-31 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Competitions include track, […]

Perspective needed on economy

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist As one who tasted a bit of Nazism and communism, today’s economic fiasco strikes me as relatively mild as human disasters go. For starters, many in America remember the Great Depression and World War II, both of which devastated millions of lives, destroying the bulk and arresting even more. The […]

Feb. 9, 1954

A mobile X-ray unit was finishing up its rounds in Portales. At the time, 3,126 chest X-ray tests and 2,412 blood tests were taken. Those who needed new checkups were to be called in again.

Prompt action needed to address Illinois scandal

Freedom New Mexico President-elect Barack Obama at one level emerges with surprisingly clean hands from the scandal surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest for allegedly trying to “sell” the appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Obama. Not only did U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald explicitly say the president-elect was not named in the 76-page […]

Auxiliaries tackle tasks in colorful way

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The women are known as Pink Ladies. The men Red Coats. They volunteer to man the gift shops, front desks, rock babies in the nurseries, make runs for doctors and other errands needed by hospital staff. The Roosevelt General Hospital and Plains Regional Medical Center’s auxiliary stand out at […]

Intervention sometimes needed in sports

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Once upon a time, in a far, far away land called New England, a group called the Patriots played the game of football very well. They won championship after championship in the National Football League, and almost seemed to anticipate their opponents’ actions in the biggest games. But maybe, […]

Nation needs prayer now more than ever

By Joan Clayton Prayer is needed now more than ever. We have many evils attacking within and without. America is at a crossroads. National Day of Prayer is Thursday. The theme this year is “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.” May we come together […]

Snow brings needed moisture, not enough

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer This Sunday is the time to �spring forward,� but a light snow shower on Thursday seemed to be a �spring back� to winter, bringing with it a small amount of much needed moisture. Roosevelt County residents woke to snowfall which was enough to cover the grass, but not quite […]

Ram soccer pitch ready

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Ram and Lady Ram soccer players will be kicking the ball around in their first practice Monday, less than nine months after the Portales school board approved the re-starting of the program. Between the hiring of a coach and the installation of two fields, administrators say they’re ready. “Growing […]

Determination leads to development

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With determination and money from his own pocket, Elton Parkinson set out in 1979 to establish and build a fire department for the Milnesand community. “We were so far down here we were kind of unprotected,” Parkinson said of the decision to start the department. Since the inception of the […]

Any immigration reform better than none at all

Editorial So the grand-bargain “comprehensive” immigration reform bill introduced a few weeks ago in the Senate is dead, having fallen 15 votes short of the 60 needed to close debate and move to a final vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that after some tinkering it could be brought up again, perhaps in just […]

Texans sweep Hounds Sunday

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Phil Clabaugh acknowledged there were good things about Sunday’s Lone Star Conference South Division baseball doubleheader, like solid starting pitching from Evan Courteau and Justin Sergeant. Still, his Eastern New Mexico University baseball team didn’t get what it needed — wins — if the Greyhounds hope to extend season beyond […]

ENMU makes capital choices

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With a power grid that they fear could blow and leave the university in the dark at any time, along with other projects on their minds, Eastern New Mexico University administration officials discussed capital infrastructure needs with regents Friday during their regular meeting. ENMU President Steven Gamble and Vice […]

Blessings can come from encouragement

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist My day had not gone well. Everything that could go wrong seemed to do just that. The children had trouble grasping the regrouping process in math. Several students had been absent and needed my attention for make up work. Others worked on projects while I sorted out supplies required for […]

Oct. 6 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael I just don’t know how it’s possible the dry land milo and hay crops are changing so fast. Just last weekend the milo heads were barely turning a little colored and now some of the fields are so reddish and all is maturing so fast. The hay fields are so thick and […]

Ward always worked overtime for friends, family

By Laurie Stone Bill Ward, age 52, died Sept. 2, 2004, at his home. Family members said he was a man of integrity to all those that were touched by his loving generosity and kindness. He was an employee for the city of Portales, supervising street repairs and the construction of buildings. He was a […]

Christmas memories warm the heart

Joan Clayton Many thoughts of Christmas return to mind this time of year — wonderful memories relived with blessings. I was one of many cousins who descended upon our grandparents at Christmas time. Granny allowed me to sleep on a pallet by the lighted Christmas tree. The aroma of turkey cooking along with apple pies […]