PHS students bring ‘My Fair Lady’ to stage

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Betty Williamson Poor Professor Higgins. When Portales High School junior Bryan Gore assumes the role of the curmudgeonly phoneticist Henry Higgins in this weekend’s production of Lerner and Loewe’s musical, “My Fair Lady,” he will be faced with the added challenge of refining not one, but two Eliza Doolittles. PHS senior Haley Bonner and junior […]

New facility boosts expo attendance

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The new Roosevelt County Events Arena played a major role in the success of this year’s Roosevelt County Ag Expo, according to expo officials. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce director Karl Terry said in previous years the two-day event had exhibitions divided between as many as seven buildings and areas. “It was like an Easter […]

My turn: Reactions varied on role of women

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The young women in last week’s column who espoused traditional roles for women, based on Biblical principles, received mixed support. Here is a sampling:

Melrose’s Barnard reprises QB role

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Eric Butler Even though he was from a small high school, given that he was big and athletic, it wasn’t a major shock to see Melrose’s Clint Barnard see action at linebacker at New Mexico Highlands during his redshirt freshman season this fall with the Cowboys. But when a slew of injuries at the quarterback […]

My turn: Food columnist delves into videos

Argen Duncan My food columnist role has expanded to include “cooking show hostess.” Sort of. Freedom New Mexico has started a parenting section that runs online and as a magazine, The ParentHOOD. I do a monthly online video demonstration of cooking with kids. The first demonstration, “Fruity Peanut Butter Pitas,” is at www.parenthoodnm.com. I’ve also […]

Their view: Philanthropy should play bigger role in education

Philanthropy should play bigger role in education

U.S. needs to re-examine role in drug war

Freedom New Mexico Officials say the death of Jaime Zapata could lead to a reassessment of U.S. policy for its residents, particularly government employees, in Mexico. That’s probably little comfort to the families of dozens of U.S. citizens whose trips to Mexico have proved fatal, or David Hartley, a Texas resident who is presumed dead […]

Their view: State trust lands provide for its residents

State Land Commissioner Ray Powell talks about the role of his office: New Mexico has been blessed in so many ways, one being our extensive non-renewable resources — oil, natural gas, coal, and potash — on our 13 million acres of public trust lands. The royalties from these non-renewable resources have helped educate every child […]

Former Portales football player inducted into NMAA Hall of Fame

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Kevin Wilson A Portales native who played a role in numerous Clovis High School championships has been given the New Mexico Activities Association’s highest honor. Dale Fullerton, a 1968 graduate of Portales High School, was announced Monday as a 2011 inductee into the NMAA Hall of Fame. Fullerton, now superintendent at Bovina Schools, said he […]

First Amendment still plays vital role

Freedom New Mexico What sprang to life from a quill pen but helps ensure that people can explore cyberspace? What thoroughly secular instrument nevertheless ranks as one of organized religion’s greatest allies? What’s old and wrinkled yet still relevant well into its third century? It’s the First Amendment, contradictions and all, and today it celebrates […]

Student group protesting candidate visit

Argen Duncan A disagreement has arisen among two groups at Eastern New Mexico University as to whether gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez should have been invited to speak as a role model for Hispanic people. Hispanic Heritage Month activities organizers invited Martinez to speak as a role model to encourage students, but a Hispanic advocacy group […]

Habitat for Humanity seeks executive director

Freedom New Mexico Habitat for Humanity, which serves Curry and Roosevelt counties, is seeking a new executive director. Longtime director Joyce Davis has informed the board of directors she plans to step down from the role and remain on in a volunteer role, effected July 1. The executive director is the chief operating officer of […]

Base youth prepares for lead role in Navy, Air Force youth conference play

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A local girl is walking “a pathway to my dream” as she prepares for the lead role in a play to be performed in front of 600 people. Patricia Romero, the 14-year-old daughter of Cannon Air Force Base Forces Support Squadron Marketing Director Yolanda Romero, is portraying Robin Hood […]

School board to discuss test results

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education is set to hear a report on Adequate Yearly Progress test results at their meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the district administration building. The agenda also includes discussion of a revision to the educational assistant salary schedule for next school year; policy changes for […]

New senior center director also leading transit system

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Dawn Kryder has had a wide range of experience trying to aid people through government service. The newest project for Kryder, 48, is her role as the new director for the Portales Senior Citizens Center. Kryder succeeds James “Jim” Good at the director’s job, since he retired to “enjoy […]

Women play significant role in agriculture

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The classic image of a farmer shows a man getting up with the sun, feeding his animals and getting on his tractor. But what if that farmer is a woman? Michelle Heavyside, a dairy farmer’s wife, and LaVerne Scheller, a cattlewoman and one-time farmer, are active in agriculture in […]

Role-player Vanessa O’Neal is key to Zias’ success

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By Mickey Winfield, Freedom New Mexico A jack of all trades and a master of none. The well known phrase may apply to any number of people — including an athletically gifted Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball sophomore who rarely shows up in the headlines, but is considered crucial to her team’s success by […]

Newman’s best role was in charity

Freedom New Mexico America, and the world, lost an exemplary man last week. Paul Newman, who died of cancer at 83, was one of the true legends of cinema. He leaves memorable performances in “The Hustler,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “The Verdict” and more than 60 other films over a five-decade career. Many people in the […]

Film legend, conservative activist Charlton Heston dead at 84

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES – Charlton Heston, the Oscar winner who portrayed Moses and other heroic figures on film in the ’50s and ’60s and later championed conservative values as head of the National Rifle Association, has died. He was 84. The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his […]

PHS students present play

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Amid the chaos and confusion a play is born. Portales High School drama students will be performing the play “You Can’t Take It With You” beginning tonight and running through Monday evening. Set in 1936, the play follows the Sycamore and Kirby families, one wealthy and the other not. […]