Roswell holds off Rams

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Clarence Cheadle scored a game-high 18 points, and the visiting Roswell Coyotes closed out their regular season on a high note with a 73-54 victory over the Portales Rams. Cheadle led four Coyotes in double figures and hit an early 3-pointer to give Roswell (15-5) a lead they never […]

President deserves an Oscar nomination

By Helena Rodriguez According to Shakespeare, the world is a stage and we’re all actors. According to Marshall McLuhan, the stage is a world and we’re actors. Either way, some of us are better actors than others, like President Bush. When the 2006 Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday, George W. Bush deserves an Academy […]

Movie ‘Glory Road’ got it wrong

By Jesse Wolfersberger The Disney movie “Glory Road” paints an inaccurate picture of 1966 Eastern New Mexico University, school officials said on Wednesday. The movie is about Texas Western College (now the University of Texas-El Paso) and its head basketball coach Don Haskins during the 1966 season, when they became the first team with five […]

Chandler asks legislature for help starting senior safety program

By Tony Parra Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is asking lawmakers for $50,000 he hopes will help spotlight and improve safety for senior citizens in Roosevelt County. “There are many laws to punish those who abuse the elderly that are reactive,” Chandler said. “We want this to be proactive and an innovative approach to […]

Senate floor leader proposes tax break to soften minimum wage increase

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A top Democratic leader in the Senate is proposing a tax credit to help small businesses cope with the costs of paying their workers a higher minimum wage. Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, introduced a measure Wednesday to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 an hour […]

Richardson: Wait a year on lobbying reform

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — New Mexico’s laws regulating lobbying of legislators and state officials need tightening, Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday. However, Richardson doesn’t want the issue considered during the current 30-day session of the Legislature. The governor, in comments at a legislative breakfast reception sponsored by the New Mexico Press Association, said […]

ENMU men come up short against talented Tarleton team

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University played hard enough, just not quite well enough. Talented Tarleton State took the lead for good late in the first half and fought off a feisty effort by the Greyhounds to post a 75-69 Lone Star Conference South Division victory Wednesday night at Greyhound Arena. Guard Norbey Aragon […]

Zias fall to TexAnns at home

By Dave Wagner Guard Katie Crawford led a balanced attack with 14 points and Tarleton State overcame a sluggish first half to beat Eastern New Mexico University 67-47 on Wednesday night in Lone Star Conference South Division women’s basketball at Greyhound Arena. The TexAnns (13-5, 5-0 South) maintained a half game lead over West Texas […]

PJHS team’s perfect season within grasp

By Kevin Wilson It started with an old banner, and has the potential to be a banner year for the Portales seventh-grade “A” team. The Rams (14-0) enter today’s 4 p.m. game against Gattis with a chance to do what no Portales Junior High squad has done in 30 years — finish with a perfect […]

Lady Rams roll over Ruidoso

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Portales didn’t play the way it wanted to in a few stretches of the game. Briana Hernandez did, though, and that was more than enough to beat visiting Ruidoso. Hernandez scored all of her game-high 25 points in the first three quarters, at one point outscoring the visiting Lady […]

ENMU teams ready to enjoy home schedule

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Road warriors to this point in the season, Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams will get a chance to try to put something together at home over the next few weeks. ENMU’s men play six of their next eight at Greyhound Arena — one of the road outings is a […]

Embracing ignorances ensures more dumbing down

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer We always talk about the dumbing down of America. I think of it every time I see an episode of Friends, or each time a comedian gives a routine completely made up from routines done years before by better comedians. There are many signs of the dumbing down of […]

Local Guard switching from artillery to transportation

By Andy Jackson Plans are in place that would change the duties of Army National Guard units based in Clovis and Portales over the next two years, from air defense artillery units to transportation, according to public affairs officer Lt. Col. Kim Lalley of the New Mexico Army National Guard. With the restructuring, recruiters hope […]

Merricks open Ashley Furniture store in Portales

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By Tony Parra June Merrick said one customer entered the Ashley Furniture store this week and said, “It was like she left Portales and entered the big city.” The furniture store has undergone a complete facelift and employees made the transition into the new store this week. Monday was the first day the locally-owned furniture […]

Senate panel OKs marijuana bill

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — Medical marijuana advocates have cleared the first hurdle in an uphill effort to get a bill through both houses of the Legislature during this year’s short session. The Senate Public Affairs Committee — the first of two Senate panels assigned to review it — endorsed the measure unanimously on […]

Committee recommends large education budget increas

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Teachers and other public school employees would be in line for 6 percent salary increases next year under budget recommendations approved by the House Education Committee. State spending on schools, the Education Department and other educational programs would increase by 10.7 percent, or almost $228 million, under the committee’s […]

Officers say goodbye to fallen member

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Law-enforcement officers throughout the region on Monday mourned the loss of one of their own. Clovis native Matt Myrick, a Texas Department of Public Safety officer stationed in Hereford, Texas, died while on duty Friday in a vehicle accident. He was buried Monday at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery in […]

Stewart honored by Pentagon

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — Longtime Clovis civic leader Doc Stewart on Monday received the 2005 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Stewart, who has been a community leader in Clovis for almost 40 years, was selected for the Air Force award for his contributions and support for […]

Tax laws favor military members

By Tom Philpott: Military Update If tax laws mirror a nation’s values, then America clearly values its military personnel, and more so today than a few years ago. Combat-zone tax exclusions, combined with changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and child tax credits, have reduced or even wiped out the tax liability of […]

City officials happy with GRT numbers

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Higher numbers for gross receipt tax revenue than projected for the last part of the 2005 year alleviated fears for Portales city officials that the elimination of the food tax might hurt the GRT revenue. Debi Lee, Portales city manager, said in the last six months of 2005, GRT […]