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. […]

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 […]

The Crucible comes to town

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Based upon the Salem witch trials of 1692, The Crucible performed by the Portales High School theater group will open at 7 p.m. on Saturday, in the Performing Arts Center. The play continues Sunday and Monday. Written by Arthur Miller in 1953, the play deals with the repercussions of […]

ENMU presents Carroll classic

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University’s theatre and dance department will present Alice and Wonderland for their first play of the season. The play will be held at the University Theatre Center and will start this Thursday and run through Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. every evening. This play is roughly […]

Senator praises local economy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sen. Jeff Bingaman told members of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce on Friday that eastern New Mexico has a lot going for it economically these days, but the lawmaker didn’t paint as rosy a picture for the economy nationally. “I think everyone is aware that the economy is […]

‘College Daze’ rodeo in town

Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team hosts the 43rd annual ‘College Daze rodeo’ beginning tonight and continuing through Saturday at Lewis Cooper Arena in Portales. ENMU rodeo coach David Browder describes the rodeo as a family event. “For the three-day total there will be over 750 runs and rides out there for […]

Memorializing Mireya

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer She loved lipstick, Bratz dolls and sunglasses. She voluntarily completed household chores. She loved to help others. Family and friends of 7-year-old Mireya Zapata Rascon shared stories about her too-short life on Saturday, mostly remembering her smile and charisma. “She was very vibrant, very electrifying. There was never a […]

Homes sweet homes . . .

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Portales resident Joyce Davis had home economics as a career for much of her life, but involvement with Habitat for Humanity for the last seven years has given home economics a whole new meaning for her. She says her involvement in altruistic efforts, consumer science and housing throughout her […]