James teacher wins newspaper award

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer James Elementary third grade teacher Maria Villanueva has been chosen as the Portales News-Tribune Newspapers in Education teacher of the year. “I just couldn’t believe that I was chosen. We have a lot of great teachers out there and it was a great honor to be chosen,” said Villanueva. […]

Freedom founder’s legacy will endure test of time

Editorial In a long life of 91 years, R.C. Hoiles saw it all. From the “rugged individualism” that still marked America at the time of his birth on Nov. 24, 1878, to the rise of socialist and communist ideas and policies in the 1920s and 1930s – especially in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia – […]

Gallegos named Portales NIE Teacher of Year

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Mark Gallegos strives to get students to learn using all modalities, which helped earned the Portales High government and economics teacher the Portales News-Tribune’s Newspapers in Education Teacher of the Year Award. A Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico committee determined Gallegos best utilizes newspapers in his classrooms to help […]

Lewis named NIE Teacher of the Year

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Leslie Lewis, who teaches at Portales Junior High and Broad Horizons Educational Center, won the Newspapers in Education Teacher of the Year Award for Roosevelt County. Lewis teaches a Taking Charge and Life Skills class for seventh- and eighth-graders at the PJHS and Anatomy and Physiology at BHEC. Lewis […]

United Way recognizes volunteers

By Leslie Radford CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — It was the first time in two years Lynn Berry wore a tie. His timing was perfect as he dressed for the occasion while accepting the 2005 United Way Campaign Volunteer of the Year on Tuesday at The Landing. “I told (a co-worker) I was going to […]

Newspapers help educate

It’s hard to think of any ingredient to success as important as a good education. Unique talents, be they athletic, artistic or scholastic, certainly play their roles. Hard work always has its place. Even dumb luck leads some to success. Whatever other factors help a person find success, none has played a leading role for […]

Brown tabbed to head circulation

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico has hired a new circulation director for its three publications, the Clovis News Journal, the Quay County Sun and the Portales News-Tribune. Gary Brown, 55, began work on Jan. 3, moving to Clovis from the Odessa American, a Freedom newspaper, where he oversaw bulk and rack sales and […]

PNT wins award for investigative reporting

The Portales News-Tribune has won the New Mexico Press Association’s second place investigative reporting award for newspapers under 10,000 circulation. Staff members Tony Farkas, Mike Linn, Gary Mitchell, and Kevin Wilson received their award for the paper’s coverage of a conflict between the Portales police department and the Portales municipal judge. During the association’s Saturday […]

Strong opinions are worth fighting for

We’ve heard from a number of readers over the past few months who expressed anxiety and concern about what might happen to the views on these pages if our parent company, Freedom Communications, were sold. We hope they are as pleased as we are at the news Tuesday that Freedom will remain in family control. […]

It’s time to thank your bosses, past ans present

Helena Rodriguez In case you haven’t checked your calendar, next Thursday is National Sarcastic Columnist Writers of America Appreciation Day. Forward flowers, candy, large cash donations and cases of imported wine to me, in care of this newspaper. Wait … sorry folks … I looked at my calendar wrong. Next Thursday is actually National Boss […]