One last Halloween adventure for the boys

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, Halloween was the high-water mark on the calendar of my life. Oh sure, I fiddled with Christmas to please parents, but Halloween allowed me to shake down neighbors, tip over outhouses, and remain anonymous. Oh, it was a wonderful time. Costumes were no big problem. They […]

Oct. 23 Births, Birthdays, Engagements, Honors

Births Cody and Ashley Varnell of Portales are the parents of a 7 pound 1.9 ounce girl born on Sept. 26, 2005 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Saylor Paige Varnell is the only child of the Varnell’s. The grandparents are Jamie and Suzanne Cooper of Portales and Dale Varnell of Rogers. Birthdays The […]

Los Abuelitos: A time for senior citizens to feel young, dance, reminisce

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Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer It’s Sunday afternoon, a time when most people rest from the weekend and prepare for another work week. For Liz Sena though, it’s time to kick up her heels and head to the Los Abuelitos Senior Citizens’ Center dance. An average of 60 people — including Sena and her male […]

Rams lose district opener, running back

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — By looking at their pre-district schedules and records, one could reason that Portales and Lovington’s football teams started their district seasons on even ground. After Friday’s 48-16 Lovington win, it seems the two have started on opposite paths in the Class 3A playoff race, and the […]

Hounds set to face angry Kingsville squad

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Told of Texas A&M-Kingsville’s shocking 41-14 loss at Midwestern State last Saturday moments after his own team’s setback against Tarleton State, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo cringed. Kingsville doesn’t lose often — and rarely are the Javelinas embarrassed. With that in mind, Ribaudo knows the Greyhounds face […]

Central Oklahoma avoids upset by zias

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Two shots off the crossbar. That was how close the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team came to putting itself in position for a major Lone Star Conference upset on Friday at the ENMU pitch. Unfortunately, close doesn’t count, and Central Oklahoma broke through on a goal by junior […]

Farwell loses in “comedy of errors”

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers FARWELL — The Steers collapsed under the pressure of a superior foe, unable to even punt effectively. Twice they snapped the ball over the punter’s head and once the punter’s shoe came off. Nazareth (8-0, 3-0) continued to steamroll all oncomers with a 50-0 shutout at Farwell (3-5, 2-1). “It […]

Base planners say protecting state’s bases not limited to BRAC rounds

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The importance of protecting not just Cannon Air Force Base, but all New Mexico military bases was underscored Friday at a meeting of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. The cumulative economic impact of even a gradual withdrawal of jets at Cannon Air Force Base sans a new mission […]

Day Trips: Ballet offers ‘Romantic Evening’

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Compiled by Mike Jimenez For couples in search of a romantic evening, why not drive to the Lone Star Ballet in Amarillo on Nov. 5 and see the San Diego Ballet perform its version of “A Romantic Evening.” The performance is a night of contemporary dance set to the sounds of Arthur Murray, Nat King […]

Sisters add creativity, bring life to crafts

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Janice Lee believes a little paint can bring her hand-crafted wooden characters to life. “I love to paint people and Santas. They come to life when you paint on their mouths, noses and eyes. You get a good feeling as the Santa comes to life in your hands,” Lee said. […]

Cannon honored for excellence

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base was honored as the top base among Air Combat Command installations for the second straight year, according to an Air Force press release. Cannon was named as the command-level winner of the 2006 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence Award on Friday in a ceremony at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. […]

10/22 Local Roundup

Staff reports Clovis man sentenced for forgery, fraud A Clovis man on Friday was sentenced to four years in jail for forgery and fraud, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Lawrence Caldwell, 42, signed his name to a check his former employer reported missing in January 2004, according to […]

Oct. 22, 2005

Victoria “Vicky” Pinson Victoria “Vicky” Pinson, 68, of Vaughn died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis following an illness. She was born April 26, 1937, to the home of Cleofes and Elvira Duran Rael. She attended schools in Vaughn. She worked as a cook for the various restaurants in Vaughn […]

Installation Excellence evaluation team visits Cannon

Headquarters Air Combat Command’s Installation Excellence Evaluation Team visited Cannon Oct. 11 through 13. Cannon is one of only two bases nominated for the ACC level award. Airman Thomas Trower Cannon has been named as a finalist for the Air Combat Command Installation Excellence Award (IEA) for 2006. The 27th Fighter Wing hosted the 2005 […]

Domestic violence leaves an ‘empty place at the table’

Melanie Salazar On a purple table cloth in the Landing sits a plate, a centerpiece, a teddy bear, a golf ball and a few other things that make the place setting unique. But behind all these personal items is an empty chair. This exhibit, aptly named the Empty Place at the Table, uses an abandoned […]

First impressions are lasting impressions

Master Sgt. Gary McCarty First impressions make a lasting impact on us and more importantly, they only happen once. It is part of our human nature. We are programmed to immediately make assessments on an individual’s appearance, speech and personality, and how we treat and are treated by those we meet the first time. We […]

Cannon receives Green Zia award

Col. John Posner, 27th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with New Mexico Lt. Governor Diane Denish and New Mexico Secretary of the Environment Department Ron Curry at the Green Zia award ceremony held at the governor’s mansion in Santa Fe. Airman Thomas Trower Cannon has done it again. The base added to the highly decorated walls […]

Portales sweeps Lovington

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With nothing to actually play for, Portales’ volleyball team chose Thursday night to make a statement. With the top spot in the District 4-3A tournament already in hand, Portales cruised to a 25-12, 25-12, 25-9 sweep against Lovington in its final regular season district match. Portales (16-3) needed just […]

West Texas beats ENMU for seventh-straight win

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M extended its winning streak to seven matches and completed a season-sweep of Eastern New Mexico University Thursday night with a 30-24, 30-28, 30-18 victory over the Zias in Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball at The Box. Rachel Altman collected 15 kills, eight digs and five block […]

Program promotes after school activities

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Recreation Center was constructed to provide something to do for the children of Portales, and Thursday the children took full advantage of it. Portales children had light bulbs painted on their faces, decorated pumpkins, had their hair spray-painted as part of the first Lights on Afterschool program. Sabrina […]