Dickens comes to PHS

By William P. Thompson A slice of Victorian London comes to Portales this week when students from Portales schools take to the stage in a production of the musical “Oliver!” based on the Charles Dickens classic “Oliver Twist.” It’s a Portales High School performing arts department production, but the department’s director, Bob Strong, said he [...]

A new home at last

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By Tony Parra The new 34,000 square-foot Communication Center is full of life with the bustling of with students and professors in the first week of use at Eastern New Mexico University. On Thursday the overall feeling expressed by students was that it’s nice to be going to communications classes in only one building and [...]

Classic opera starts holiday ambiance

Helen Carroll: ENMU Communication Services Amahl and the Night Visitors returns to Eastern New Mexico University after 17 years. Directed by Dr. Roberto Mancusi, assistant professor of voice, this Christmas opera is a favorite of the faculty and members of the surrounding community. It will be presented on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, [...]

Administration is answerless for oil price questions

Freedom Newspapers Environmentalists have been scrambling to spin the spike in gasoline prices as not the fault of their quite successful efforts the past 30 years to slam the brakes on domestic oil production and refining. Yeah, right. It’s time to face reality. And the reality is America’s domestic oil production and refining capacity has [...]

Film pros capture moments

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A family member can film a wedding but having the wedding filmed professionally may be worth the extra cost for a treasured moment for the bride and groom to view the rest of their lives. Entrepreneurs from a business in Portales are making that attempt. Paul Hunton and his wife [...]

Gas prices squeezing people at the pump

Staff and wire reports Crude-oil prices spiked to a new high Tuesday, as traders grew increasingly concerned about the amount of damage Hurricane Katrina did to the nation’s energy infrastructure. The runup in trading prices doesn’t directly affect consumer prices, but the market’s jittery climb suggests U.S. consumers are about to see another surge in [...]

Television show ready to shoot in Clovis

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Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Sometime this fall, when the credits are listed for NBC’s new show “Three Wishes,” Mike Hazan’s name will flash across the screen TV for a millisecond. “If you blink, you’ll definitely miss it,” said the boyish-looking Hazan on Wednesday, an NBC TV production ID hanging from his neck as he supervised [...]

Feds aim to combat meth production

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Federal legislation is in the works that could tightly regulate the sale of ingredients used in the production of methamphetamines. However, similar measures on the state, county and city level could be in place well before a national law takes hold. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., cosponsored on Wednesday [...]

Wheat yields double yearly average

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By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers The end of the wheat harvest is still two weeks away and one area elavator is already overflowing. Jimmy Schell, manager of the Friona Wheat Grower’s Grady station, said in an average year yields from the mostly dryland fields in northern Curry County average about 20 bushels per acre. But [...]

‘Believe in Me’ nearing end of production

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Making a feature-length film is a long, drawn-out process. That’s according to independent film producer John Manulis, who aided in the production of the movie “Believe in Me” in Clovis and Portales last year, and is now working in post-production to get the film perfected. “The process itself might be [...]