Holiday Happening set for Saturday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Gaynelle Thomas was there when it began nine years ago and she’ll be in the middle of the preparations Saturday as Altrusa’s annual Holiday Happening gets under way at the Campus Union Building ballroom at Eastern New Mexico University. Thomas, and her daughter, Cozetta Moore, will each decorate two […]

Free society must tolerate even offensive publications

Editorial Those who think government is necessary to uphold public morals and even put limits on offensive speech ought to pay attention to the controversy over O.J. Simpson’s book and TV special, “If I Did It.” The publisher, Judith Regan, said she viewed the book — a supposedly fictional account of how O.J. might have […]

Rams win another playoff nail-biter

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer SANTA FE — The Portales Rams unexpected ride through the Class 3A playoffs continues, all the way to the state championship game. Down by a point late in the fourth quarter in Saturday’s semifinals, junior quarterback Chris Mosier led Portales on a 12-play, 71-yard drive capped by an Eric […]

Hospital explores walking trail

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital Board members gave Cardiac Rehab Manager Bill Rice, RN, approval to seek outside funding for the implementation of a walking trail that would benefit not only the hospital but the community. “There seems to be a good opportunity to improve the grounds around the hospital,” said […]

New cell requires complicated decisions

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers As if it happened through cosmic fate, my little-used cellular phone decided to stop functioning properly right when I was due a rebate for a new cell phone. It is only through fate that I get a new cell phone, and yet one more affirmation that I hate getting new […]

County ag agent enjoys work

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With roots running deep in the community and a lifetime of agriculture experience and knowledge, Floyd McAlister, has traveled a path that has led to many accomplishments and achievements. McAlister received a degree from Texas Tech in Agriculture and Extension Education, and taught vocational agriculture for three years before […]

Portales FCCLA chapter outpaces others in fund-raising

By Casey Peacock: Portales High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc. (FCCLA) has captured national distinction for fund-raising efforts connected with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The PHS chapter was honored for its achievement at the FCCLA 2006 National Leadership Meeting, held in July, in Nashville, Tenn. The group received […]

Hounds squander 2-0 lead, settle for tie

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By: Mickey Winfield The Embry-Riddle Eagle soccer team rallied for two second-half goals to earn a tie against the Eastern New Mexico men at the ENMU soccer field Saturday afternoon. It didn’t take long for the Hounds to take the lead, just over two minutes to be exact. Sophomore forward Jared Morris took a through […]

Weather prediction not difficult

By Bob Huber: PNT Columnist You’d think America’s scientists would have better things to do than conduct fruitless research into global warming and the expanding universe. Instead they should tackle problems vital to the nation’s welfare, such as when to stop mowing our lawns. A few years ago my attention became focused on cutting grass […]

Child-rearing is anything but boring

By Anita Doberman: Local Columist USA Today published an article about a freelance writer, Helen Kirwan-Taylor, who wrote an essay on how her children bore her to death, and how she would rather do anything than spend time with them. Having five children, you can imagine I had many thoughts after reading this article, not […]

The heat is on in Clovis rap music scene

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers When Clovis native Christine Oborny decided to start a record label, she didn’t have to dig too deep to find a name. “I get on stage, and I guess they expect me to sing,” she said. “I start spittin’ and they’re like, ‘Wow.’” Oborny, 25, is the founder and an […]

Coach Stockton fondly remembered

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By Jesse Wolfersberger Benny Stockton is remembered as a fierce competitor, a great coach, a practical joker, and a loving father. Stockton died on Thursday. He was 68. He was a boys basketball coach at Dora and Portales High Schools, was the athletic director at PHS for 15 years and, after his retirement in 1990, […]

Don’t forget the human athlete

By Karl Terry It’s good to be a winner, but sometimes we learn more when we fall short of our goal. Portales experienced both emotions Friday as one of its state-tournament teams won a championship and the other lost a hard-fought semifinal game. As we continue to celebrate our basketball successes this week as a […]

Arrest made after hostage standoff

By Andy Jackson A Clovis man was arrested early Friday morning after police said he held his 19-year-old girlfriend captive and assaulted her and a dog, according to Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel. The arrest followed a three-hour hostage negotiation at the victim’s residence at 1113 Prince St. The standoff ended about 4 a.m. Police […]

N.M. Ag Expo preparing for 14th year

By Tony Parra The New Mexico Ag Expo held each year can be best described as the face of the community. The 2006 New Mexico Agricultural Expo will feature everything from old tractor driving games, quilt and fashion shows to important, up-to-date industry developments for dairymen, ranchers and farmers. There are also several demonstrations and […]

Drury’s hot shooting too much for Hounds

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, Nev. — For the second night in a row, Eastern New Mexico University’s men were in contention late against a quality opponent. But just as Central Missouri State had done Friday night, Drury spoiled the fun in Saturday’s High Desert Classic matchup, rallying from an eight-point deficit to post an 81-63 […]

Highland beats Portales in Mel Otero opener

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent RIO RANCHO — Though one preferred to press and run and the other was content in the half-court game, the Highland and Portales girls basketball teams had one thing in common for most of the afternoon on Wednesday — the score. Tied at half and at the end of the […]

They’re cowards, not master thieves

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Dirty little coward. That’s the best description I can come up with for someone who would steal from the elderly. If you missed it in the paper this week, I’m talking about the recent bear caper that occurred at The Bee Hive assisted living home on South Main. Someone stole […]

Music always played role in Jonsson’s life

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Jon S. Jonsson was rememberd as a man of great integrity that esteemed and admonished others before himself. He was a composer of music that dedicated his life’s work and his love for music to the world. According to family members, his greatest contribution to life was demonstrated in his desire […]

America provides the ‘Home of the Free’ to the brave

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Since childhood I have been fascinated with politics. As a high school sophomore I worked on John Kennedy’s campaign. I was only a kid, of course, and I just did whatever the local organization needed me to do. I learned a lot. I saw our presidential candidate in person when he […]