Melrose couple wins $50,000 lottery

PNT staff report A Melrose couple who won $50,000 from a scratch lottery ticket Sunday plan to install new floors in their home and share their winnings with their children. Mary Vineyard told lottery officials she was watching TV and scratching off tickets her husband purchased that night. “Real quick, I saw that the same […]

ENMU poised to reach enrollment milestone

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Eastern New Mexico University is heading toward topping 5,000 in enrollment for the first time, and is growing in several segments of its student population as well, university officials have said. The numbers won’t be finalized until the completion of the university’s fall census Sept. 3, but estimates and preliminary numbers indicate the growth. ENMU […]

Regulations won’t benefit economic recovery

Freedom New Mexico America’s jobless recovery was dealt another body slam Thursday when the Senate passed the financial “reform” bill. Also passed by the U.S. House last month, the bill is supposed to prevent another financial meltdown such as the one that struck the country in the fall of 2008. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., chairman […]

Lottery luck hits family second time

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Argen Duncan By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer aduncan@pntonline.com Less than a year after an Elida resident won $1.1 million in the New Mexico Lottery, his son and daughter have claimed their own lottery prize this week. Monica Baca of Portales and Brantley King of Elida, children of lottery winner Aurbra King of Elida, won […]

State cigarette tax jumps 75 cents on Thursday

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Not everything in Texas is bigger. The state’s cigarette taxes are less than New Mexico’s as of July 1.That’s one of several new laws that have taken effect from the state’s 2010 legislative sessions.Last week, a pack of cigarettes that cost $3.25 before taxes ran a smoker $4.16 after […]

Roosevelt County farmer wins Republican seat for land commissioner

Roosevelt County farmer and cattle rancher Matthew Rush on Tuesday won the nomination in the Republican primary for land commissioner — a position among the most powerful in New Mexico state government. Rush defeated former Bernalillo County GOP executive director Bob Cornelius. Unofficial returns showed Rush with nearly 66 percent of the votes with 65 […]

Three ENMU athletes named to LSC track all-conference team

Freedom New Mexico Three Eastern New Mexico University athletes were named to the Lone Star Conference All-Conference team Wednesday. Senior thrower Steven Aragon and sophomores Bill Squire and Nicole Reid marked the first time in seven years the squad had multiple athletes named all-conference. To qualify, an athlete must score at least 14 points at […]

Roosevelt County sweeps EMS awards

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Floyd Fire Department and three Roosevelt County individuals won awards at the Region 3 Emergency Medical Services Conference earlier this month in Ruidoso. Roosevelt County took all of the awards at the conference, which includes EMS providers from across eastern New Mexico. Colleen Tollett of Causey Fire Department […]

Portales Past: May 4, 1955

May 4, 1955: The Elida Tigers won the regional Class B baseball championship with a 13-3 win over Forrest. Ronald Berry had a first-inning grand slam to set the pace for Elida, which qualified for the state tournament with the win.

Zias notch sweep against OPSU

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Freedom New Mexico Senior catcher Michelle Anderson drove in four runs with a two-run homer in the first and a go-ahead, two-run double in the fourth and Eastern New Mexico University completed a softball doubleheader sweep of Oklahoma Panhandle State with a 9-4 win on Tuesday at Zia Softball Field. ENMU (12-30) won the opener […]