Shawn Watson sworn in as new city councilor

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Local real estate agent Shawn Watson was sworn in Thursday as the new city councilor for Ward C. Watson replaces Don Shafer, who retired in March, shortly after being re-elected, because he was moving to Clovis. Mayor Orlando Ortega appointed Watson to the seat, and the City Council ratified […]

Editorial: FBI should focus on real threats

The mistrial last week in the case of the “Liberty City Seven” highlights the foolishness of some of the government’s tactics in trying to track down domestic terrorists. The defendants were a group of ne’er-do-wells in a poor neighborhood of Miami who talked foolishly, were infiltrated by the FBI and then were charged with being […]

Meager rainstorm welcome

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer It was the real thing this time! A 24-inch water main rupture flooded some downtown streets in Portales on Monday, making it look like it had rained. But when residents awoke on Wednesday morning to water-filled streets, it was the result of an unexpected downpour. And it was the […]

Writers possess real talent

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico I’m going on strike. Didn’t think the Writer’s Guild of America strike in Hollywood would affect you? Well, in support of my fellow writers, who I’m sure are likewise grossly underpaid and underappreciated for their sarcasm and — occasionally intellectually profound words of wisdom — this local columnist is […]

All-Stars head to state tourney

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Little League coach Sammy Villanueva is taking his fourth consecutive Roosevelt County All-Star team to the New Mexico state tournament. This year, he’s taking the 10-and-11 year-olds to Taos. As the District 3 champions, the Roosevelt County boys will play Albuquerque Mile High in the first round Saturday morning […]

Roosevelt routs Quay

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PNT Staff Report The rain, wind and lightning didn’t seem to be an issue for the Roosevelt County 9- and 10-year-old Little League All-Stars Monday evening as the Roosevelt County boys threw a two-hitter in shutting out the Quay County All-Stars 10-0 in four innings. “They all played good,” Roosevelt County All-Stars coach Carleton Casey […]

Everyday heroes deserve acknowledgement

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Every day we hear bad news about bad people who do bad things. Amidst all of this we seem to forget the real heroes, those good people who do good things. You will find them in everyday situations. They stand for honesty and integrity. Faith and courage enable them to […]

Rams bounce back with domination win over Lordsburg

PNT staff The Portales Rams rebounded from a first-round loss in Las Vegas’ Stu Clark basketball tournament to dominate the Lordsburg Mavericks Friday afternoon 62-37. The Rams spread the ball around, as center Chance Sherburne led Portales with 9 points, followed by fellow senior Cruz Ontiveros posting 8 points. “I feel real good because our […]

Guv appoints local realtor to growth organization

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate broker Gayla Brumfield of Clovis was chosen by the governor last month to serve on a volunteer organization to consider growth issues that may arise with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a spokesperson for the governor, Jon Goldstein. The […]

Baskett’s friends excited about pal’s NFL success

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent J.C. Pacheco can easily remember one of the first times that Hank Baskett was tried out at wide receiver. He recalls the pure athleticism, the jumping ability, the good hands, the overall potential. Of course, it’s a fonder memory for Pacheco than most defensive backs because the two were teammates […]