Ute Water Project manager named state engineer

Staff and wire reports Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield thinks the appointment of Scott Verhines as the state’s new top water manager is nothing but positive for the Ute Water Project. Verhines was named state engineer Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez. He is a civil engineer from Albuquerque and project manager for the Eastern New Mexico […]

Local color shows in sayings

My wife thinks I just like to embarrass her in public but it’s probably just the way I was raised. We were out of town in a restaurant recently and while we waited on our food I was busy looking around at all the vintage decorations. You know the type popular in restaurants these days, […]

Fair hosts first Special Needs Day

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Anyone who thinks a well written letter sent to the right people won’t make a difference needs to talk to Garrett Dodson. The 17-year-old special needs student at Portales High School decided other young people like himself with special needs deserved their own activities at the Roosevelt County Fair. […]

Republican candidates ensuring Democratic president in 2008

In Tuesday’s Republican presidential panel presentation — to call it a debate is to do serious injustice to a respectable format — on business and economics, most of the candidates reverted to tried-and-true Republican tropes. Almost all of them say they are for low taxes, “reasonable” regulation and reduced government spending. After experiencing six years […]

Hounds test unbeaten Buffs

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Mark Ribaudo thinks this year’s West Texas A&M football team is the best he’s seen in his 16 years in the Lone Star Conference. Still, that may bode well for Ribaudo’s Eastern New Mexico University squad, which is hoping to break a two-game losing streak when it takes on […]

Learn to be satisfied with what you’re good at

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Sometimes the best advice one can get is the least appreciated. I’m reminded of this observation when I hear of the honest, some would say cruel, comments the English judge Simon makes to mediocre contestants on American Idol. But blunt doesn’t necessarily have to be cruel. I had a nice […]