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 […]

Time is of the essence to learn Spanish

By Helena Rodriguez; PNT columnist I guess I was destined to learn to speak Spanish late in life like many gringos. I read last week that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three other guys who want his job have been busy learning to roll their Rs so they can hablar en español. According […]

NBC and Amy Grant want to grant wishes in Clovis

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers NBC and recording artist Amy Grant are looking to grant wishes in the Clovis area as part of “Three Wishes,” a new prime-time television series that will spotlight people or communities with inspiring stories. Senior Casting Producer Traci Green said Grant specifically asked NBC to do a casting call in […]

Our Viewpoint: Emotions become fierce resolve

Hearing Friday morning that the Department of Defense wants to close Cannon Air Force Base after nearly 60 years as a premier training base was shocking, knock-your-breath-out-of-you news. That was Friday. Today, the emotions have evolved into a fierce resolve to keep Cannon open because it is in America’s best security interests. We believe in […]

College could learn from Head Start

By Helena Rodriguez My 3-year-old niece Marissa wants to bypass Head Start and go straight to graduate school. Unlike her mom, Julie, who marched into the principal’s office in Head Start at age 4 and announced she was quitting school, Marissa simply wants to jump ahead. Marissa is in training right now — potty training […]

James students put reading on their lists

By Tony Parra James Elementary students are opening the door to the world of imagination books have to offer this week as part of the Scholastic Book Fair. Some James Elementary students were made their first visit to the book fair on Tuesday. Tina Miller, James Elementary librarian, said James Elementary students will take a […]

April 20 Letter to the Editor

I participated in the Day of Silence at Eastern New Mexico University on April 13. To those who feel threatened by the gay lifestyle, or think it is morally wrong, I can only say that my participation in this day is not about supporting (or not supporting) any particular lifestyle. For me, the Day of […]

Living wills help people deal with issues of death

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico’s Advance Directive for Health Care states in plain lettering: “You have the right to give instructions about your own health care.” The standard 8-by-11 inch document, popularly referred to as a living will, can be obtained from most law firms and hospitals. But as the Terri Schiavo case […]

Ideas I have had for columns

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist Here at the Bureau of Very Important Essentials, we’re often asked where in the world we get ideas for our columns. So, allow me to come out of the closet today and tell you. After long, arduous, scholarly hours in front of a computer, I steal them. Still, that routine […]

CAFB squad set for deployment

By Tony Parra CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Hundreds of pilots, airmen and other Air Force officials on Monday geared up for an upcoming deployment overseas. The personnel will provide war-ready air combat, if the need of support in the Middle East arises. Col. John Posner spoke to roughly 300 members of the 523rd fighter […]