Seminar explores online sex crimes

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Sexual predators eyeing young children no longer need a crowbar and a window to get into a child’s room. All they need is a computer. Organizers of the Ensuring Children’s Online Protection held a seminar for Portales residents in the Pecos Room on the Eastern New Mexico University campus […]

School investigation not all it’s wrapped up to be

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — A concerned citizen spotted a male juvenile carrying a suspiciously concealed item into Marshall Junior High School early Thursday morning. Police were called. The school was locked down. Adjacent streets were closed and law officers were perched on roofs with weapons. The drama ended about two hours later […]

Portales coasts by Roswell

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PNT Staff Tiebreakers didn’t go Portales’ way on Tuesday when the high school girls tennis teams needed them. They broke Portales’ way on Thursday, when the Lady Rams didn’t need them. Morgan Erf played a role in two of four tiebreaker wins for Portales, and only a defaulted match kept the host Lady Rams from […]

Many go for broke

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer If anyone is gonna go for broke, they’re gonna do it now. At least that’s what U.S. Bankruptcy Court clerk for New Mexico Norman Meyer predicts will happen in droves from now until Oct. 17 when a new bankruptcy law goes into effect. Officially called the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention […]

Rams finish second at Clovis

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Even though the Portales High boys golf team again came up short against Clovis in Thursday’s Clovis Invitational, Rams coach Patrick Crowley likes the way his team is playing. Portales shot a four-man score of 307 to finish three shots behind the host Wildcats, who rallied down the stretch to […]

Right choices make happy living

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Each dawn brings a brand new day … one that has never been lived before. It comes tiptoeing through my window with spectacular splendor. The hues of pink streaked with rays of sunshine make an indescribable painting of beauty. The mockingbird’s overture begins as he cheerfully bows before nature’s audience. […]

U.S. needs to defuse conflicts instead of exacerbating them

Freedom Newspapers C hina and Japan have been feuding of late, with an estimated 10,000 protesters surrounding the Japanese embassy in Beijing over the weekend of April 9-10, shouting, “Be ashamed of distorting history.” The ostensible reason for Chinese anger is Japanese textbooks, not yet officially adopted, that downplay Japanese war crimes during the World […]

You can’t extinguish a stack of burning hay

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Jessie Winchester wrote a song called “Mississippi on my Mind.” It contained the line, “Where the dogs are hungry all the time.” The same can be said about team-roping steers. They’re bred to stay thin and rarely are they overfed. Shannon had a little arena and always kept a handful […]

Month celebrates Hispanics, history does not

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Someone asked me the other day what has been the most exciting story I’ve written during my 15-year journalism career. Without a second thought, I knew it was the story about a forgotten Mexican folk hero in an unmarked grave in Anson, Texas, which I wrote in 2001 for the […]

Carthel returns to college coaching

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — Former Eastern New Mexico University football coach Don Carthel has returned to the Lone Star Conference. Carthel was introduced Wednesday as the new head coach at West Texas A&M University to succeed Ronnie Jones, who resigned the position last week after a university investigation concluded that he used state and […]

Picazo chosen as top newcomer

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Tori Picazo has been chosen to the All-Lone Star Conference South Division first team in softball as a designated player in selections announced this week by the conference. Picazo was also chosen the division’s newcomer of the year. Picazo, a transfer from West Texas College […]

Portales officials gain feedback on pothole program

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Portales city officials have reported fair results so far from a different type of adoption program — one where the items adopted are wanted by nobody. The city’s adopt-a-pothole program has been underway since March, and City Manager Debi Lee has been pleased with the participation from Portales citizens […]

Man sentenced on molestation charges

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Freedom Newspapers has opted to withhold some names from this report in an effort to protect the victim’s identity. A Clovis man on Wednesday was sentenced to 33 years in prison for sex acts committed against an 8-year-old girl. Prosecutors allege Derrick Vincent Ervin, 27, married the […]

Groups work to ‘save the prairie chicken’

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Imagine southeastern New Mexico as it once was — lacking in cars, bustling with grasslands, and hopping with prairie chickens. Although the small foul still pepper the state in isolated regions — enough to hold an annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in their core area of Milnesand — […]

Dual language program may become trend in border education

By Marlena Hartz; CNJ staff writer Upon first glance, the colorful ink numbers in Francis Duarte’s classroom, printed on cardboard, appear to be typical decorations in a typical kindergarten classroom — except below each numerical value is the corresponding Spanish word. In this classroom, Spanish is spoken 90 percent of the time; the goal is […]

¡Celebramos el Cinco de Mayo!

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “The Fifth Of May,” commemorates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It has become increasingly popular in the U.S. among those with a Hispanic background. It’s celebrated by family and friends through Mexican culture […]

4/28 Obituaries

Services Pending Marie Fenton, 85, of Portales, died Tuesday, April 26, 2005, in Friona. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Raydean Terry, 82, of Portales, died Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at her home. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

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 […]

Cow dumping on rise

By Marlena Hartz Dust storms, blowing tumbleweeds and reckless drivers are normal nuisances associated with highway driving in eastern New Mexico. Now Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher says we can add one more to the list — cow carcasses. “We have increased incidences of dead cattle being dumped on right-of-ways and highways. It’s mostly Holsteins […]

Meth Watch program gains fans across state

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While prosecuting a methamphetamine manufacturer in 2002, District Attorney Matthew Chandler heard the words that inspired him to attack the drug head-on. After the Albuquerque man was convicted for manufacturing methamphetamine in a Clovis hotel, the judge asked him why he’d set up shop in Clovis. His response, according […]