Valencia wins state appeal

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Valencia Elementary’s school rating jumped from probationary status to meets state standards following an appeal from Portales Municipal School officials in August. Portales school officials received a letter on Wednesday from the New Mexico secretary of education informing them that the previous ranking was flawed and […]

Animals entertain, educate students

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Tony Parra There is something you can get from seeing a real-life bird or snake that you can’t get anywhere else — not in books, not on television. That’s the experience Lindsey Middle School sixth-graders received on Wednesday when the Rio Grande Zoo-to-You program out of Albuquerque brought exotic animals for viewing. Jan Dosch and […]

Look out behind!

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Tony Parra Coffins, ghosts, goblins and mummies are waiting for adults and children at the three haunted houses this Halloween in Portales. These are just some of surprises in store for those who go to the Portales Recreation Center for the second annual “Spooktacular” is held inside the center with different themes. Halloween enthusiasts will […]

Dora advances to second round of tournament

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By Kevin Wilson DORA — The Dora Lady Coyotes started their District 3-1A playoff match slow. But they sure finished it quick. D’Shawn Pettigrew had three of her match-high seven kills in the final stretch of the third game, and Dora recovered from a slow start to sweep Floyd 25-19, 25-17, 25-19 in a first-round […]

Former prep stars control Zia fortunes

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By Kevin Wilson They were separated by one year, one classification and 28 miles. Now, they’re together with a determination to revive Zia basketball. Eastern New Mexico University junior guard Laci Lee and sophomore forward Elizabeth Richards represent some of the best talent from the last few seasons of New Mexico high school basketball, but […]

Portales-based band hits No. 1 on Mexican music chart

Helena Rodriguez A new record label and a new singer, but an old song, have helped a Portales-based Norteño music band land the No. 1 spot on Billboard magazine’s Regional Mexican music chart. The band, Los Huracanes del Norte – who live on a ranch at the Midway Convention Center, between Portales and Clovis – […]

Suspect nabbed in Web sting

Darrell Maurina A three-week undercover sting operation led to the arrest of George Ford, 28, who police say used the Internet to lure what he thought was a 14-year-old girl into a meeting. Ford actually had been corresponding with a state police agent via e-mail and arranged to meet her in the Clovis area, according […]

Smooth Sailing

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Mike Linn A pothole half a foot deep at the intersection of 9th Street and South Globe Avenue harbored about a quart of water Tuesday afternoon. Several feet from the pothole on Globe was a crooked mound that would slightly shake the most sturdy of cars. And on the side of the road a two-inch […]

Hounds face toughest test

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By Dave Wagner THE EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY football team has lost its two toughest tests of the season — 24-14 decisions on the road against Abilene Christian and Midwestern State. To stay in contention for an NCAA Division II playoff berth, the Greyhounds must win at fifth-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville (6-1) in a Lone Star […]

Student Advisory Council seeks longer Thanksgiving break

Tony Parra The Eastern New Mexico University President’s Student Advisory Council will hold its second meeting of the semester, today at noon, to discuss topics concerning ENMU organizations and students. One of the topics of concern is the absence of a break in between the beginning of the semester and Thanksgiving break. The Associated Students […]