Advice: Don’t get a bee in your bonnet

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Have the evil killer bees arrived at last in Roosevelt County? Is it time to panic? Shall we call in the National Guard? First of all, they are not “killer” bees. The recent attack near Causey and Lingo was from Africanized honey bees, not “killer” bees. Second, it is never time […]

Grandpa’s delusions create memories

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Before the days of retirement homes, my grandfather Opa lived with us a few years as part of an autumn quest in his life. He wanted to spend his remaining days with his five far-flung sons, one at a time. It was German tradition, he said. I didn’t mind, but my […]

Dog fights: Hounds have many positions open

PNT Staff Pretty much every position is available on the defensive side, but it’s not coach-speak. The Hounds graduated nine defensive starters and numerous backups. The two returning defensive starters, senior cornerback Corey White and junior linebacker Jeremy Mullins. On offense, Howard has three positions he identified as battles: Slot position This is a position […]

Progress test put pressure on schools

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers When La Casita Elementary did not make Adequate Yearly Progress last year, school officials had to change the way they taught. According to AYP scores, a federal measure of math and language arts proficiency and a part of the president’s No Child Left Behind push for accountability, La Casita fourth graders […]

ENMU gears up for fall semester

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Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Although the summer session is about to wind up at Eastern New Mexico University, ENMU President Steven Gamble said this is the college’s busiest time of year as the university aims for another record-breaking fall enrollment. ENMU has reportedly seen a steady increase in fall enrollment since 1997 and last fall […]

Nine to compete for fair royalty

PNT Staff Nine girls are vying to be crowned as royalty during the Roosevelt County Fair, set for Aug. 22-27 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The Roosevelt County Fair Queen contest will begin with horsemanship 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Fairgrounds Arena. The public is welcome to come watch. A new feature, the speech and […]

Police mum on details about injured boy

PNT Staff Portales police responded Friday morning to reports of a person found with head injuries in a residential area of Portales. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry refused to identify the 15-year-old male victim, but did indicate he lived within a five-block radius of where he was found. Berry would not comment on what police […]

Navy’s top admiral to testify at BRAC hearing on Oceana

The Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy’s new chief will testify this week at a defense commission hearing on whether Oceana Naval Air Station should be among military bases it recommends for closure. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, who became chief of naval operations July 15, will appear before the Defense Base Realignment and Closure […]

Residents relive memories

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor KENNA — About one-third of the way from Portales to Roswell along U.S. 70 is the most noticeable thing about Kenna, its Midway Service Station that earlier this year was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another noticeable area exists nearly 200 yards to the north, on the […]

Career on the mark for ENMU coach

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor In Mark Ribaudo’s office there are several different clues to untold stories — from family newspaper clippings to thank you letters from parents to framed photos of current and former players at Eastern New Mexico University. Another story lies about 15 feet away, in an office that belonged to former […]

Low-cal microwave recipes featured on show

By Sheryl Borden Information on low calorie recipes for the microwave and pattern alterations will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at noon and on Saturday at 2 p.m. (All times are Mountain). “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Judy Murray is the […]

Tax-free weekend coming

Marc Schoder: PNT Staff Writer For the first time in the state’s history, New Mexico shoppers will get a break on state and local taxes Friday through Sunday during the state’s first “Back to School” gross receipts tax holiday. The bill passed successfully during the 2005 legislative session. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales introduced the […]

Expansion complete for local plant

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Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Pete Domenici will be guest speakers at Tuesday’s open house celebrating of Abengoa Corp.’s expansion project. The expansion will double the plant’s ethanol production from 15 to 30 million gallons a year, according to officials. Richardson and Domenici, R-N.M., who have expressed concerns over the […]

Helping people a trademark for Wilson

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Carl Earl Wilson was an influential example of how one man’s life reached a nation of people through his own passions for literacy and service. Wilson worked at the Community Service Center volunteering between 54 to 100 hours a week as a tutor depending on how many students he had. […]

Hatch surrounded by accomplishments and art

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Linda Hatch had a sparkle about her that family members called the Midas Touch. She had a radical artistic nature about herself that overflowed into everything she was involved with. According to Marcia Rackley, Hatch’s sister, “Everything that left her hands ended up better and shinier including her family and […]

Swopes known for being humble

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Dan Swopes was a mild-mannered man that was honest and humble. He kept to himself but set a strong example of what a man of character should look like, according to family and friends. Whether at work or with his family, Swopes worked towards what needed to be done and […]

7/26 Obituaries

Iva Brooks Services: Have been held. Mrs. Iva Brooks, 87, of Portales, died Sunday, July 24, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on June 15, 1918, in the Causey-Lingo area at a settlement known as Emzy, to Iva and Reubier L. Waller. She grew up in the Emzy-Lingo area and […]

Portales men cross paths in Iraq

By Marc Schoder Six men from Portales have more than 6,100 miles separating them from home. Though they are now serving their country in Iraq, they now have reason to believe that it is a small world after all. Lt. Darren Hooker is one of those believers. Hooker leads the 32-member, 126th Military Police company […]

Camp has Olympic presence

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By Kevin Wilson After playing volleyball on a collegiate and international level, it could be understood if high school players were unimpressive to Ruth Lowanson. However, that wasn’t the case as the incoming head coach of Angelo State University started the first day of the annual Portales Ram Volleyball Camp. “I think these girls are […]

Wishes sought from community

By Tony Garner The pilot of NBC’s new show “Three Wishes” features a young girl involved in an horrific accident, a sick teacher with a heartfelt wish for her students, and a boy who wants to thank the role model who stepped into his life after the devastating loss of his father. Scheduled to air […]