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 […]

Homefront Quilters

Janet Taylor-Birkey Comprised of local chapters, Operation Homefront Quilts makes quilts for the parents, spouses and children up to age three who had a loved one die in the war effort. Caprock Quilters, Cannon’s local chapter of Operation Homefront Quilts, have made and sent more than 174 quilts in two years, making them the largest […]

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 […]

McVey joins Central Christian

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer David McVey has joined Central Christian Church in Portales as a new pastor this summer. McVey, 50, moved to Portales with his wife, Lola, and their son from Charleston, W. Va in May. There he was the senior minister for the Kinds Way Christian Church in Nitro, a suburb […]

God helps place our lives on higher ground

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Many references to the word “ground” are recorded in the Bible. I find it fascinating that the Lord formed man of the “dust of the ground.” (Genesis 2:7). He breathed the breath of life into Adam and he became a living soul. It’s humbling to know that when our […]

Boys’ State teaches about government

By Paula Chronic: PNT Staff Writer Instead of learning about local and federal government by reading textbooks and sitting through lectures, students who attend Boys’ State this week at Eastern New Mexico University will have the chance to experience democracy first-hand by creating a mock city, county and state. “It gives (the students) the opportunity […]

PHS lists four on softball 4-3A list

PNT Staff Four Portales players were selected to the 2006 District 4-3A All-District team. Senior left-fielder Rebekah Gonzales along with junior catcher Jessica Adkins, junior second baseman Amanda Terry and junior pitcher Sasha Parker were selected to the team. “They are all very well-deserving, very reliable,” Portales softball coach Robbie Crowley said. “They hit the […]

Hounds sign guard to squad

Freedom Newspapers Justin Redman-Trotter, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Milwaukee, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Redman-Trotter was a two-year starter at Northern Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, averaging 16.6 points last season to rank second in the Iowa Community College Athletic […]

City getting ready to request bids on downtown work

By William P. Thompson City of Portales officials now have nearly half a million dollars in funding for renovations to the Roosevelt County Courthouse square. Portales’ Director of Community Development Jeremy Sturm said the state legislature recently gave out $125,000 in capital outlay for the project and the New Mexico Dept. of Transportation was able […]

Letters to the editor: 3-26

Mayor applauds drama students On March 18, I attended a theater performance of “Oliver” at the Portales High School Auditorium. The packed-house performance was the third of four held that weekend. The cast consisted of Portales students of all grades. The music was performed by the high school band. Equally important were the sets, props […]

Lady Rams win another state crown

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By Jesse Wolfersberger ALBUQUERQUE — As Portales’ players lined up to receive their medals for winning the Class 3A girls state tournament on Friday night, the PA announcer started calling names from the wrong team. It turns out, he’s not the only one who got the two teams mixed up. Motivated by the state seeding […]

Parker says water and civic pride city’s top issues

Editor’s note: The following is the first part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Incumbent Dianne Parker is running for re-election in Ward D and will be facing Eddy Hiner and Jim Lee. 1. In your view, […]

It’s a dog’s life: from a canine’s perspective

Meadow (left) and I are looking a lot better now. Our foster humans fed us four meals a day to beef us up and help us regain our health. Now we need a home. Janet Taylor-Birkey “Dog is man’s best friend.” We like to think that is true, but our lives prove that the opposite […]

Largent turning into a good fit for Hounds

By Dave Wagner When approached last spring by Eastern New Mexico University men’s assistant coach Mark Murdock about the possibility of coming to the school to play basketball, Tristan Largent did a bit of a double-take. Playing for Garrett College in McHenry, Md., Largent wasn’t a player on Murdock’s radar when he went to scout […]

Humans have ability to choose right, wrong

Tibor Machan: Columnist Some ideas have so little merit to them they shouldn’t ever see the light of day — not in intellectually respectable forums. It’s as if we gave Nazis a place at the table when discussing how societies should be organized. Here, once again, I find a notable person, indeed, a Nobel Laureate […]

Mission team scheduled to visit Cannon

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer They’re not exactly sure where their trip will end, but supporters of Cannon Air Force Base insist they’re making great time. An eight-member mission team from the Air Force is scheduled to visit Cannon today to begin evaluating possible new missions for the base. The Base Closure and Realignment Commission […]