Weed out the negativity in your life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist My husband bought me a present … a weed eater. In fact he bought me three. He finally found one that I can start all by myself. Now I can “weed eat” any time I want to do so. He’s glad because he doesn’t have to crank up the […]

Hooker wins sheriff’s race

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Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer There’ll be a new sheriff in town. Challenger Darren Hooker easily defeated incumbent Thomas M. Gossett in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Sheriff Republican primary. Hooker received 939 votes to 625 for Gossett with all 23 precincts reporting. With no challenger on the Democratic ticket, Hooker will be unopposed in the general […]

Pool opens, offers splashing good summertime fun

Cannon’s Liberty swimming pool opens Saturday for a summer season of water fun. The pool will be open noon to 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Janet Taylor-Birkey The days of summer may not be as lazy as they were a few generations ago, but many people still […]

By giving a little, we receive so much more in return

Lt. Col. Roseanne Warner I’m sometimes asked why I would volunteer outside the workplace given the constant 24-7 demands on my time/life/family. I could easily agree that “Yes, my time is so limited I don’t want to ‘waste’ another minute from my personal life.” After all, I work hard and I deserve a break. This […]

Letters to the Editor for April 23, 2006

??r: Immigration is growing into a major issue. Demonstrations have been held in hundreds of cities. When people take to the streets it is often a sign of democracy beginning to flourish. Democracy requires the public be informed and involved, and movements must be inclusive and vibrant. Segments of the business community want access to […]

Village neglecting its duty to children

By Helena Rodriquez We all know the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” But what happens when the village doesn’t want to raise the child? What happened to the old days when children were taught to listen to adults and other figures of authority? And what happened to the days when people […]

Lady Rams feel slighted by seeding

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer The Portales Lady Rams dominated Class 3A all season, never losing to a team in their own class. Heading into the state tournament, Portales thought they would be the overwhelming favorite. The seeding committee thought otherwise — the Lady Rams were seeded second. “That is huge motivation to us,” […]

Local officials perplexed by voter apathy

By William Thompson Portales and Roosevelt County officals are dismayed so many registered voters don’t exercise their contitutional right to vote. Only 473 voters participated in a recent school district-sponsored mil levy election in Portales, and just 357 voters went to the polls in the last municipal election in 2004. Debbi Zurzulo, finance director for […]

Municipal candidates square off in Monday forum

By Tony Parra Portales residents wanting to know more about the candidates for the municipal election will get their chance during a candidate forum on Monday sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Portales. All 12 candidates are scheduled to talk about their views on different topics dealing with the […]

Fall enrollment down at Clovis Community College

By Marlena Hartz Enrollment at the Clovis Community College dwindled slightly in the fall, but college officials anticipated the decline and are campaigning to patch the gap. The number of credit hours logged at the college last semester was 6.6 percent lower than the 2004 fall figures, according to Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness David […]

Letters to Santa Claus

Editor’s Note: More letters to Santa Claus will be featured next week. Letters are not edited. Sent in to the News-Tribune Dear Santa, My name is Cree Barber. I am 3 years old. I would like a gumball machine and a new robot. Please bring my mommy a teddy bear and my daddy tools. My […]

Ruidoso hosts festival of lights

Compiled by Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff writer For most people — and anyone who enjoyed National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — a big part of the holiday season is the variety of lighting displays. A few hours down U.S. 70, Portales and Clovis residents can enjoy the lights of homes and businesses in nearby Ruidoso, and […]

Be thankful for life even when you don’t understand it

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Thanksgiving always becomes a year in review for me as I look back at the events in the news and in my personal life and try to find reasons to give thanks. Yeah right. Well at least I try to think of things to be thankful for, but sometimes it’s just […]

Different philosophies work at Wagon Wheel

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Unbeaten West Texas A&M’s 52-51 overtime win over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday before a record crowd of 22,993 at Kimbrough Stadium in Canyon, Texas, was not a typical shootout. Instead, it was a battle of offensive philosophies — ENMU’s punishing ground game versus West Texas A&M’s spread passing […]

Former ENMU player takes reins as baseball coach

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers After five years as an assistant coach for the Clovis baseball team, Brian Cronk has headed out on his own, taking the reins as head coach at Herschi High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Cronk has had many stops in his baseball journey, but the latest one will present his […]

Pay attention or Sandra Bullock awaits

Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor It was a bittersweet Tuesday at my mailbox. After turning the key to my postal unit as I do most afternoons, I opened the door to reveal a pair of DVD shipments. The first was the final season of Homicide: Life on the Street on DVD, meaning three years of […]

Rams ready for season opener

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A pair of high school teams will step onto the field tonight at Greyhound Stadium looking for complete reversals of last season’s outcomes. The Portales Rams will go up against the West Las Vegas Dons in their home season opener at 7 p.m. “It means a lot to me,” starting […]

Area youth earn berth in national karate tournament

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Learning the ins and outs of karate is a serious task. But excelling at it can lead to some serious fun, too — as several area youngsters learned this summer. Seven karate students qualified for the AAU national karate championships, held June 27 through July 3 in Lakeland, Fla. The […]

Crane relies on diversified experience

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Editor’s note: This is the fifth of five interviews with the finalists for the Portales schools’ superintendent position. Officials are expected to name a new superintendent on Monday: Bobby Crane is a science teacher at Muleshoe High School. Q: What aspects of your job will translate to the superintendent […]

We need to concentrate on our resources

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Last week I spouted off about the proposed closure of Cannon Air Force Base, but I still haven’t used up all my hot air on the issue. This is because practically nobody accepts that the closure is a done deal. We have to change the minds of five Base Realignment […]