Pays to enter new year with hope, expectation

By Joan Clayton The cedar tree in our front yard has gone through many wind storms through the years. One year the wind bent it over to the ground. We straightened and tied it to a strong anchor, and it just kept growing in spite of the storms of life. Its limbs have grown in […]

The day for deals

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Many stores opened as early as 4 a.m., offering “Black Friday” discounts on a variety of merchandise. Weather officials said temperatures were in the 20s early Friday, with wind-chill factors in the mid-teens. Officially, Clovis received .01 inch of snow. Brushing off snowflakes and wincing from the biting wind, […]

Concert marks 40th year

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Forty years of tradition will be celebrated Saturday evening during the annual POPS Dinner Concert presented by University Friends of Music. For Portales resident Jan Smartnick, attending the event has been a tradition since she moved back to the area in 1974. In the last 33 years, Smartnick has […]

Energy bill in need of major overhaul

We oppose most of what’s in the energy bills awaiting Congress’ return from recess because they favor mandates over markets, pie in the sky over practicality and are largely disconnected from reality. It turns out they’re disconnected in a literal sense, too. In a case of putting the renewable energy bandwagon before the horse, Congress […]

Ram golfers come back to win tourney

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer ROSWELL — Wind? What wind? The Portales golfers used the strong April gusts to their benefit Tuesday afternoon at Roswell’s Spring River golf course to come from behind and win the Roswell-NMMI championship. The result, however, rests upon a possible scoring discrepancy that could hand the trophy to second […]

Wind-blown Lady Rams win two

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Lady Rams battled the Ruidoso Warriors and an angry southeastern New Mexico wind Tuesday afternoon at the Portales softball field and whipped them both. Senior second baseman Amanda Terry went a combined 7-of-8 from the plate in the District 4-3A opening doubleheader leading the Portales offense to a […]

Richardson promotes renewable energy, film

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Renewable fuel and film. Gov. Bill Richardson is optimistic New Mexico can be a key state for both, and he highlighted Tucumcari’s role during a Monday town hall meeting. Richardson spoke to a packed crowd at the Tucumcari Convention Center’s meeting room, where the governor heard concerns on […]

Wind farm powering region with electricity

By Tony Parra, Freedom Newspapers Some aspects of operating the 120-megawatt wind farm can be as easy as doing it from a personal computer at home, that is if you are authorized and have a password from Edison Mission Group. Members of the Edison Mission Group held an open house at the San Juan Mesa […]

‘Windy City’ title in dispute

By Ryn Gargulinski Whomever dubbed Chicago the “Windy City” had it all wrong. That nickname should have been reserved for Clovis, and other eastern New Mexico places with equally windswept plains, where someone once told me the wind whips so hard it blows over freight trains. (I believed them for months and refused to drive […]

Zias salvage split against Texas Woman’s

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Texas Woman’s pitching held the potent Eastern New Mexico University offense well in check on Friday. Despite that, the Zias found a way to get a key Lone Star Conference South Division split. Senior Rosemary Moreno allowed only two first-inning singles and retired the final 17 Pioneers in order […]