Hopping on the train

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A version of dominoes fans say has the ability to tighten bonds and raise blood pressure is quickly finding its niche at senior centers and family gatherings all over the Southwest. “Mexican Train” has caught on quickly in places where “42” and dominoes have reigned. The Portales Senior Citizens […]

Counselors offering support

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Grief-stricken faculty and staff from Steiner Elementary gathered on Tuesday morning to offer support to the classmates of Lorenzo Cabral, Jr., who died on Jan. 4. School counselors were on-site to visit with the students parents about the situation. After a brief meeting with the parents, the counselors then […]

“… Working on dreams in the streets of Portales …”

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers At a time in his life when people around him were moving on from college and graduation was sneaking up on him, singer and songwriter Andy Mason wrote what would eventually become Portales’ theme song. During one night in May of 2003, Mason took his guitar over to a friend’s […]

Saturday night gig

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer They’ve had the same gig for a decade and a half, but for members of the Jake Howard Band, the music just keeps getting sweeter. The band, a pure old-time country and western group of three, plays at the Portales Senior Citizens Center’s “Senior Swingers” dances every Saturday night […]

All jammers welcome at music group

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Anyone who walks past the Wesley Foundation on Eastern New Mexico University’s campus between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. every second and fourth Sunday will likely hear the sounds of traditional old-time, bluegrass and Irish music drifting out the front doors and into the streets. That’s because the Portales […]

Rams look to stay hot

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer The Portales Rams are on a roll. In early February, Portales was two games under .500 and looked to be no threat for a state title. Since that point, the Rams have won five straight games, won District 4-3A, and earned the third seed in the state tournament. Portales […]

Excuses for playing hooky listed

By Helena Rodriquez When it comes to playing hooky from work or school, the names of pros come to mind: Laverne & Shirley and Farris Bueller. Granted these are fictional characters who went through more trouble than it was worth to treat themselves to a day off. I think we can all get away with […]

Floyd, Dora girls knocked out of district tournament

PNT staff Floyd’s season is over, but coach Cody May is pleased with his squad for all the progress they’ve made. In the District 3-1A tournament, Schuyler Cochran scored 23 to help Melrose down Floyd 56-39. Darcy Chenault lead Floyd with 17 points, Kelli Johnson chipped in 12. “We’ve had a pretty good season,” May […]

Healing through science not playing God

Jim Lee: Local Columnist I’ve been hearing a lot about the science-versus-playing-God controversy lately. I don’t exactly understand why it has to be a controversy. Maybe I’m dumber than a lobotomized rock, but I always thought God wanted us to make life better. Don’t we have a duty to work toward ending suffering? When I’m […]

Parade of lights leads off Christmas activities

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales is lit up with Christmas lights and soon enough Christmas lights will be flowing through the streets of Portales as part of the Christmas Light Parade. The Christmas Parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday and will start at the corner of the Trader Horn […]