Tragedy prompts prayer

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone is talking about the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are shocked as individuals and as a society. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and anguish families and students must be experiencing. I then think about the young man’s family and the anguish they must be going through. I can’t […]

Local pastors discuss Easter

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: The PNT talked with local clergy about their views on the Easter holiday. David McFadden, First Baptist Church Q. What is the most important message of Easter for our day and time? A. Following the gloom of the cross is the glory of the resurrection. God can […]

Wage hike Richardson’s ‘crown jewel’; business owners disagree

By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers As the clock ticked down on the 2007 New Mexico Legislature, a lobbying effort by Gov. Bill Richardson produced a state minimum wage. Legislation to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 won final approval Friday when it narrowly passed the Senate. Richardson called it the […]

Lawmakers happy to see capital outlay projects approved

Staff and Wire Reports Gov. Bill Richardson faces a tough obstacle as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president. He managed another tough obstacle earlier this week — pleasing a majority of state legislators — by approving nearly $700 million in capital outlay projects. “I have signed this capital outlay package without any vetoes as […]

Rams ready to serve more power

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales tennis team brought home plenty of hardware from last year’s state tennis tournament, and they hope to have a repeat performance this spring. Senior Ella Erf and junior Bethany Self compose the meat of the Portales girls lineup. Erf and Self combined to go undefeated and win […]

Parents who miss teacher conferences are not criminals

Editorial It had to happen. Now there’s a politician who wants to get the law-making process involved in the delicate business of teacher-parent relations. Rep. Wayne Smith, a Republican from Baytown, Texas, has filed a bill that would allow a $500 fine to be levied on parents who miss a meeting with their child’s teacher. […]

State official discusses education

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Editor’s note: The following interview was conducted by Freedom Newspapers with Dennis Roch, chairman of New Mexico’s Public Education Committee. Roch’s district encompasses five counties in eastern New Mexico, including Curry and Roosevelt. Q: What is the commission doing while the Legislature is in session? A: Right now, we are advocating for the PED’s budget […]

Senator Kernan discusses state legislature

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Editor’s note: As a check on the mood and focus of the 2007 New Mexico State Legislature after its first week, Freedom Newspapers conducted an interview with District 42 Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. Kernan represents Roosevelt and Curry counties. Q. What has the overall mood of this Legislature been so far? A. Everyone is getting […]

Lady Rams whip Warriors

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers It may have taken awhile to get going, but once the Lady Rams got their feet moving, they couldn’t be stopped. Portales sophomore guard Tara Johnson scored six of her nine total points in the second period, as the Lady Rams outscored Ruidoso 20-4 in the second quarter to take […]

Gross receipts delight city officials

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If the measure is gross receipts tax collection — business has been good in Portales for the last six months. Collections have outperformed the amount budgeted by the city of Portales by 23 percent or $244,058. That was a rosy enough figure to prompt city staff to ask for […]

Portales clubs Cavegirls

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Vicki Huber and Sabrina Villanueva led the Lady Rams with 11 points each, as Portales dominated the Carlsbad Cavegirls from start to finish Tuesday night at Portales High School and came away with a 62-39 victory. “I think everybody that was in there took care of business,” Portales head coach […]

Christmas is more than commercial holiday

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist What is it about this time of the year that makes it so different from any other? Why are our spirits lifted to the strains of “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World?” Why do friend’s and family’s thoughts turn toward home? Could it just be the Christ Child brings […]

Clovis homicide case marks anniversary

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers It has been a year since Laura McNaughton’s lifeless body was discovered by hunters in a rural county ditch. That discovery, followed by subsequent news a local dentist had been arrested, deeply affected not only those who knew McNaughton, but many who came to know of her in death. Toni […]

Zias win third straight

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Zias have matched their best start in team history thanks to solid free-throwing shooting down the stretch. With Heather Brown leading the way, Eastern converted 11 of 13 free throws in the final 3:13 to hold off pesky Oklahoma Panhandle State 77-70 Thursday in […]

Portales — Robertson II

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By Kevin Wilson It was a sunny day in Las Vegas, N.M., with highs nearing the 80s and a clear night, with temperatures in the mid-50s when the Portales Rams and Robertson Cardinals first met to open up the 2006 Class 3A football season. The days now, are cold and windy in Portales, and snowfall […]

Rams hope to ‘run’ to a championship

By Mickey Winfield They ran their way to the District 4-3A championship and right on through the Class 3A playoffs. Now the Portales Rams will take a run at the state championship on Saturday afternoon against Las Vegas Robertson. “I think right now, we have a lot of confidence that we can run it at […]

Zias re-building with new leader

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer A quick glance at the ENMU Zia basketball team’s roster would reveal that the team has six seniors returning, including four starters, so you might assume that this is a veteran team with girls who have played several minutes together. That’s perfectly reasonable to assume, but you’d be wrong. […]

First Amendment Conference held

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Students and community members alike attended the First Amendment conference Wednesday co-sponsored by Eastern New Mexico University’s department of Communicative Arts and Sciences and the Chase. The panel discussion was designed to encourage people to question American media’s role during wartime, say organizers. Amber Davis a Public Relations Student […]

Lady Rams ready to defend Class 4A state championship

PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams are a handful of state tournament victories from defending their Class 4A state championship from a year ago, and their fifth such championship in the last seven years. “They’re focussed, and anxious, they were excited all day,” Lady Ram head coach Ruth Chavez said upon arriving in Albuquerque […]

Just one county race up for voters

By Ashley Lee and Karl Terry: PNT staff In a general election that is heated nationally, Roosevelt County residents have little to get excited about with just one contested race locally. Despite that fact, the turnout for early voting seems to be strong, according to County Clerk Janet Collins. Early voting ended at 6 p.m. […]