Soldiers’ humbleness lesson to be learned

By Baxter Black: Humor columnist This year-end marks a political changing of the guard. It was a year of mixed blessings. The economy is booming, unemployment is down, the results of “No Child Left Behind” accountable education are encouraging, the prescription drug benefits program is a big success, we mark the fifth year post 9/11 […]

Ruidoso stuns Lady Rams

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By Mickey Winfield: CNJ staff writer David marched right into the heart of the enemy, raised her sling shot — took aim, and fired a deadly shot right between the eyes of Goliath, Saturday night at the Portales High School gymnasium. The Portales girls won both matches against Ruidoso during the district regular season, going […]

Lady Buffs toss Dora from tourney

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer MELROSE — The fourth-seeded Melrose Lady Buffaloes are headed to the second round of the District 3-1A tournament after beating fifth-seeded Dora in three games, 25-13, 25-8, 25-20, in the opening round of the tournament Tuesday night at Melrose. Melrose was without two starters Tuesday night. Starting setter Zanessa […]

Hounds drop conference game to Midwestern State

Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team easily played better than it did in an early-season loss to Midwestern State at Wichita Falls, Texas. Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, the result was the same — a shutout loss. The Mustangs, who won the team’s first matchup 6-0, scored twice in the first half […]

NCOs are the ones who make things happen

Lt. Col. Michael Deitz I recently attended the base’s NCO promotion ceremony where I listened to the oaths of the new NCOs, SNCOs, and Chief. I’ve attended these ceremonies many times before and I can’t remember how many times I’ve heard the oaths. This time, however, I paid closer attention. Instead of smiling and being […]

Zias win home opener

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico Zia volleyball team (3-2) won their home opener Tuesday night in three straight games over Oklahoma Panhandle State (0-3), 30-19, 30-19 and 30-22. Zia head coach Mike Maguire thinks his girls have a statement to make. “I think (our girls) really wanted to show the […]

We carry a lot of spiritual baggage

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I just returned from an unforgettable trip to Tucson, Ariz., which made me realize 1) I don’t understand the concept of “light packing,” and 2) I also carry a lot of “spiritual baggage.” My daughter Laura and I went with the youth group of St. Helen’s Catholic Church to a […]

Zias split with Angelo, stay alive for tourney bid

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team attempted to ride senior pitcher Rosemary Moreno to the brink of a berth in next week’s Lone Star Conference tournament. Moreno kept the Zias alive on Friday with her 22nd complete game of the season, a 5-3 win in the opener, but Angelo […]

Christ took all sins upon him at crucifixion

By Joan Clayton Since my childhood, I have always heard that we “have an Easter spell,” meaning bad weather before or around Easter time. I like to think of this time as being nature’s way of complaining about Jesus’ crucifixion. Have you ever thought of the excruciating pain rejection and sorrow that Jesus endured for […]

Highlands erupts late to knock off Hounds

PNT staff report Eastern New Mexico University’s struggles continued Tuesday night. The Greyhounds carried a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning, but New Mexico Highlands scored four runs without hitting a ball out of the infield and the Cowboys went on to an 8-3 victory at Greyhound Field. Highlands improved to 21-14 with its second […]

Zias rally to take second game

PNT Staff Report ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University scored three times in the top of the seventh, capped by Tina Whitt’s sacrifice fly, and beat Abilene Christian 7-6 to earn a split of a Lone Star Conference South softball doubleheader. The division-leading Wildcats (28-8, 10-2 South) rode a three-run fourth to win the […]

ENMU baseball team sweeps Northeastern

Freedom Newspapers TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University rode hot hitting of second baseman Mike McDuffie and stellar relief work by sophomore right-handers Charlie Ward and Keith Balderaz to a sweep of Northeastern State in a Lone Star Conference crossover doubleheader Saturday at Rousey Field. The Greyhounds won the opener 7-6 and scored twice […]

Grass fire scorches prairie southeast of Portales

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PNT Staff Area fire fighters were able to put out a grass fire which traveled approximately five miles southeast of Portales on Sunday avoiding injuries and structure damages. Portales Fire Dept. Chief Raul Muniz said Portales fire fighters responded to the fire which started around 1 p.m. The fire took place eight miles southeast of […]

Father knew how to fly

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Dad always used holidays and birthday celebrations as an excuse to climb into his cups. One time I even heard him give a toast, “Here’s to the groundhog, God bless him.”  Hardly a 24-hour period went by without Dad recognizing some festivity or other. Dad favored that condition until one winter’s […]

Hound harriers second

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University finished second in men’s competition and third in women’s standings on Friday in the season-opening Buffalo Stampede cross country meet, hosted by West Texas A&M. Angelo State took both team titles, edging ENMU by three points (26-29) for men’s honors. The Rams and Greyhounds were the […]

Deputy arrested on alleged sex charge

By Kevin Wilson A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday following accusations he took a prisoner out of the Roosevelt County Detention Center and had sex with her. Gary Adkins faces a second-degree charge of criminal sexual penetration. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said Adkins could face a maximum sentence of nine years […]

Paths converge at graduation

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Two Portales residents took two different paths throughout their lives, two paths that were a part of 330 different paths that intersected Saturday at Greyhound Arena. The arena was the site of spring graduation for Eastern New Mexico University, and it was the newest mark in the paths of […]

Coaly represented regrettable challenge

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist I once had a rude experience with a horse named Coaly. He was a plow plug, a big, black Percheron with the combined disposition of a medieval executioner and Jack the Ripper. They don’t make animals like him anymore, and we’re lucky that way. To be more specific, he was […]

Poinsettia placement a problem

By Bob Huber When Christmas dust settles, I always face a colossal quandary — what do I do with the poinsettias? They never come with directions. In many cases, I don’t even know who sent them. To my way of thinking, they’ve turned into a national dilemma. Do I transplant them in the garden? Hack […]

Rogers valued work ethic all of her life

By Laurie Stone Vera Rogers was a quiet woman but not one that let hard work intimidate her. Born on July 20, 1915, in Goldthwaite, Texas, she was the second child born out of nine. She and her family moved to Elida while she was still young. She graduated from Elida High School in 1934 […]