Local fighter inspired by Rocky

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Andrew Tapia was just 7 years old when the last Rocky movie hit theaters, but like many fighters, the story of the million-to-one shot helped inspire Tapia into the gym. Tapia, 23, a cousin of five-time world champion Johnny Tapia, trains under the tutelage of 83-year old Chuck Haas [...]

Career on the rise

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Quiet and unassuming, Eastern New Mexico University head baker Julio Rodriguez spends his work days rolling out pastries and breads to feed hungry students, faculty and staff. Starting in 1966, Rodriguez began working in the dish room, then later moved to the kitchen, washing pots and pans. His hands [...]

New sheriff prepares office

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sheriff-elect Darren Hooker says he always politely corrects anyone who refers to the organization he works for as the sheriff’s department. He says he works for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office — a distinction he says is important. Hooker says the organization isn’t a department of anything — instead [...]

Williamson considered one of science fiction’s greats

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor While Portales people knew him as “Jack,” the Eastern New Mexico University professor and all-around nice guy, Jack Williamson cast a large shadow in the science fiction community. Terms and even ideas adopted by science or Hollywood often had their roots in science fiction. Williamson coined or made popular [...]

Days of the week should be reversed

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers We have it backward, says my Spanish professor, Dr. Vitelio Contreras of Eastern New Mexico University. Monday is the best day of week, he says, because we’re rested from the weekend. By Friday, we’re exhausted. It’s a psychological thing, he says, about dreading Mondays. Many of us take on an [...]

ENMU adopts mascot to oversee major construction project

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor There’s a new dog on campus at Eastern New Mexico University, and indications are he’s going to be one busy pooch. With more than $37 million in construction and improvements planned over the next three years at ENMU, a faculty group decided a mascot image to oversee the construction [...]

Threading memories

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Laura Merrick proudly and carefully displays the two 1860s vintage antique quilts that were made by her paternal grandmother, Martha Jane Land, and reflects on their importance. Completed through a struggle and made entirely by hand, Merrick says the quilts are a precious memento that has been handed down [...]

Wagon Wheel rivalry game Saturday

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds are set to face the West Texas Buffaloes Saturday evening at Greyhound Stadium in the 20th annual Wagon Wheel rivalry game, an exclamation point to a day full of music and meat. The ENMU Associated Students Activities Board is hosting a pre-game show, [...]

ENMU student detailing state park history

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico State Park No. 5 is almost forgotten, but an Eastern New Mexico University graduate student believes its history is an important link to the area’s past and the recreation residents enjoyed 70 years ago. The state park was located on land that now belongs to ENMU, [...]

9-11 history still evolving

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Five years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the event Americans call 9/11 is still affecting people’s lives. According to local historians, the event is probably still in search of its place and perspective in history. “It really made us aware that we [...]