Brown second at tae kwon do world championships

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales resident Audra Brown came home from the tae kwon do world championships last month in Birmingham, England, with a silver medal and plenty of smiles. The 18-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student captured second place in third-degree black-belt female patterns. “I was thrilled to win second,” Brown said. […]

Honor important to maintain

Anita Doberman This past week, I took a short vacation with my children and some relatives visiting from Italy. We headed to Disney World for one of the hottest and fun-filled weeks of our lives, and greeted Mickey, Pluto, Shrek and the many characters circulating the amusement parks. While I was gone, I made arrangements […]

Area couples tapped as pioneers

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Roosevelt County Pioneers welcomed four new members, and countless stories, as Buster and Joann Blakey were honored, along with Elton and Ruby Parkinson at the Jake Lopez building at the Roosevelt County fairgrounds Thursday morning. “What it meant to me is to reminisce and go back through their […]

Temporary disability changes perspective

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Life came to a standstill this past week as I went under the knife and had surgery as far down as you can go, on my foot. It didn’t matter what pressing matters I needed to attend to or not. I wasn’t going to be going anywhere, at least not […]

Former coach succumbs to cancer

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Former Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team coach Dan Buzard lost his three-year battle with brain cancer early Tuesday morning at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. A Portales native, Buzard, 39, served as the Zias’ head coach for four seasons. He also spent 13 seasons as an ENMU […]

Dora to join county foes on gridiron

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Sports Writer The Dora Coyotes are joining Floyd, Melrose and Clovis Christian in area 8-man Friday night football frenzy. Dora may be fielding its first football team, but the Coyotes expect to win. “We set high expectations,” Dora football coach Pablo Pena said. “We plan on going out there and not […]

Woman earns independence

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BY Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Having autism has not stopped 29 year-old Portales resident Tabby Taylor from having a positive and upbeat outlook on life and she passes that on every day at her job. “I’ve done so good with my disability. I’m managing it real well,” Taylor said. Ever cheerful, Taylor holds down […]

It’s their Job: Bill Rice

PNT staff Name: Bill Rice Job: Cardiac Rehab Director at Roosevelt General Hospital Time on the job: Five years, on board since before the hospital opened. Background: Started working as an orderly in 1978, has been a nurse since 1984. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. “My job is an interesting job. I get […]

Elida High student returns from Swedish sabbatical

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Like any true New Mexican, 18-year-old Shawn Bird said the thing she missed most about home during a one-year stay in Sweden was good Mexican food. But the Kenna resident worked through her craving and went on to have a very special experience, she says. “It was wonderful,” Bird […]

University hires new vice president

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PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University has hired Judith Haislett as the new vice president for student affairs. She succeeds Gary Musgrave, who retires Sept. 30. Haislett, who has been the vice president for student affairs at Black Hills State University in South Dakota since 1994, is expected to start at ENMU in mid-August. […]

Area woman turns 100

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Nell Morgan never set out to reach the age of 100. Her friends and family said she had more important pursuits to conquer — but she did reach the milestone age Saturday, surrounded by loved ones at Portales’ Heartland continuing care center. “It is a big deal,” Nell’s granddaughter […]

Floyd bids adieu to graduates

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — Moments after watching her daughter receive her high school diploma, Kathy Hale’s eyes welled up with tears when she talked about the child she once taught in a home-school setting. “I’m very, very proud of her. She’s come a long way,” Hale said. “It’s just the beginning […]

Lady Rams fall in finals

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer ALBUQUERQUE — It was a day of ups and downs for the Portales Lady Rams tennis team Saturday at the Class 1A-3A team tournament at Albuquerque Academy. Following an emotional 5-4 morning semifinal victory over St. Michael’s, the Lady Rams were quickly swept by top-seeded and top-ranked Bosque School […]

Portales tennis team dominates Ruidoso

PNT Staff RUIDOSO — The Portales Lady Rams followed a dominating performance against St. Michael’s earlier this week with a similar crushing of Ruidoso in District 4-3A action Friday, beating the Lady Warriors 8-1. “We played very well,” Lady Rams coach Michelle Wallis said. “It was a very valuable win for us.” Portales’ supremacy showed […]

Floyd student chosen for national conference

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Floyd High School senior Adriana Abaraca will represent New Mexico at a Hispanic student conference to be held this weekend in Albuquerque. She was chosen from 10 applicants to participate on a panel during the Celebrating Educational Opportunities for Hispanic Students Conference, according to Elizabeth Egelhoff, programs director for […]

Britton appointed to ENMU Board of Regents

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales native Charles Britton has been appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson as the new student representative on the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents. “I’m very excited and very, very honored for the opportunity to be a regent,” said Britton, a junior theatre and digital cinema arts major. […]

Cannon lieutenant takes soccer to All Air Force level

Janet Taylor-Birkey His recent experience would be a dream for many, but a couple of weeks in Florida during the January winter weather became 1st Lt. Jeremiah Kirschman’s reality. The 27th Fighter Wing Contracting Squadron lieutenant competed in the six-day Armed Forces Soccer tournament that began Jan. 24. As a player for the Air Force […]

Recovered girl reunites with family

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Though visibly exhausted, the parents of a missing 10-year-old girl recovered Friday in Clovis were in high spirits when they met with the media to share their relief and joy at the return of their daughter. Marissa Graham’s parents battled poor road conditions to be reunited with their daughter, who […]

Abducted girl rescued in Clovis

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A missing 10-year-old Texhoma, Okla., girl was found safe Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to authorities who were still seeking her abductor. Marissa Marie Graham was able to escape when her abductor stopped at the Allsup’s convenience store on Mabry Drive, according to Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair. Police said […]

Graduates look toward future

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Amid cheering friends and family, 250 graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas during commencement ceremonies at Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday. Sprinkling his commencement address with humor, KENW Director of Broadcasting, Duane Ryan, sent the graduates off with bits of wisdom and advice, as they […]