Cleanup crews put a big dent in local litter

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By William P. Thompson: William_Thompson@link.freedom.com A wide array of trash and junk was picked up from alongside Portales streets and yards Saturday as city officials and the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce held the city’s fourth annual Great American Cleanup. Amie Franz of the chamber said about 200 area residents helped out in the litter pickup. […]

Obituaries for April 23, 2006

Ollie Vernon Services: 2 p.m. Monday at Portales Cemetery Ollie Vernon, 88, of Portales died Friday, April 21, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. Born Jan. 13, 1918, in Sentinel, Okla., to Ethel and William A. Moore, she grew up in Dell City, Okla. She married D.C. Vernon on July 16, 1934. In […]

U.S and China talks may produce more than staged theatrics

Editorial Highly public meetings between heads of state, like the meeting in the White House on Thursday between President Bush and Chinese president Hu Jintao, are “90 percent political theater and about 10 percent substance,” says Ted Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. But symbolic or theatrical […]

Letters to the Editor for April 23, 2006

??r: Immigration is growing into a major issue. Demonstrations have been held in hundreds of cities. When people take to the streets it is often a sign of democracy beginning to flourish. Democracy requires the public be informed and involved, and movements must be inclusive and vibrant. Segments of the business community want access to […]

Gas prices may teach us to sacrifice

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Is everybody out there ready for $5-a-gallon gasoline? Evidently it won’t be long before a gallon of gas will be selling for more than a gallon of milk. Then again, with the price of fuel rising I suppose the price of milk and just about everything else will go […]

Avoiding grandkids

By Bob Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Here at the Great Thoughts Institute, we’re pursuing our never-ending quest for bliss in the American family. Today’s lesson is, “How to Avoid Grandchildren, and Is It Possible?” Ask any grandfather, and he’ll say it’s easier to give up tobacco and booze, even cussing, than it is to shuck […]

All in a day’s work

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By William P. Thompson: PNT Staff Writer Portales waitress Ruby Burden began her serving career at Jimmy’s Cafe 36 year’s ago. She hasn’t skipped a beat, going to work for the Donut Hut, Nell’s Cafe and then Judy’s Cafe before becoming one of the first employees of the Wagon Wheel Cafe in 1986. Wagon Wheel […]

Abilene Christian takes two from Hounds

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PNT staff Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh got reasonably good pitching performances from left-handers Seth Clabaugh and David Swinconos on Friday. What he didn’t like what his team’s overall approach in 9-3 and 9-1 Lone Star Conference South Division losses to seventh-ranked Abilene Christian at Greyhound Field. ENMU (22-28, 4-10 South) managed […]

Elida stays unbeaten in district play

FLOYD — Thomas West went 4-for-5 with two doubles and Austin Shrock added three singles, leading a 12-hit attack for Elida as the Tigers beat Floyd 13-3 on Friday in a District 6-1A baseball game. Wesley Gilmore went the distance for the Elida (7-4, 3-0 district), striking out 13 and allowing six hits and a […]

New ENMU coach not getting in a rush

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer As new Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese tries to put a team together, he figures it’s better to take his time than to make snap decisions. Weese, who spent more than 20 years as an assistant to Texas Tech women’s coach Marsha Sharp, is busy […]

Zias split with Angelo, stay alive for tourney bid

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team attempted to ride senior pitcher Rosemary Moreno to the brink of a berth in next week’s Lone Star Conference tournament. Moreno kept the Zias alive on Friday with her 22nd complete game of the season, a 5-3 win in the opener, but Angelo […]

Making life a little more bearable

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers Tucked away in fire trucks, ambulances and emergency rooms, the brightly colored bears are valuable tools for helping children deal with traumatic events. Called “Hugga-Bears,” the soft, pillowy animals are often successful in drying up tears and helping a child smile in the midst of an otherwise bad situation, according […]

Legacy of early ranch life awaits visitors in Muleshoe

Compiled by William P. Thompson, Freedom Newspapers The Muleshoe Heritage Center takes visitors back in time to the age of the cattle barons. The center has two early-20th-century ranch houses on-site as well as a cookhouse/bunkhouse, a small hotel from the early 1900s and even a log cabin. The main ranch house was built by […]

Fugitive escapes PRMC on bike in hospital gown

Freedom Newspapers A 29-year-old Clovis man wanted on a bench warrant was arrested Thursday after he fled Plains Regional Medical Center wearing a hospital gown and boxer shorts, according to police. Alfred Sena was located by police about 20 minutes later pedaling a small, light blue girl’s bicycle on Dartmouth Street. A bench warrant was […]

Wind farm powering region with electricity

By Tony Parra, Freedom Newspapers Some aspects of operating the 120-megawatt wind farm can be as easy as doing it from a personal computer at home, that is if you are authorized and have a password from Edison Mission Group. Members of the Edison Mission Group held an open house at the San Juan Mesa […]

CCC women’s conference focuses on empowerment

By Marlena Hartz , Freedom Newspapers She settled into a seat in the front, hugging her oversized sweater closer in the chilly, air-conditioned classroom. Practical, with steady, dark brown eyes, Denita Wilson is planning for her future, so the topic of discussion in the chilly classroom, “Understanding your Finances,” fit. The finance session was one […]

‘Unconfirmed’ reports of mumps reported in N.M.

By William P. Thompson, Freedom Newspapers A mumps outbreak that has blazed through the Midwest may be knocking on New Mexico’s door. The New Mexico Department of Health has issued a release stating that two “possible” mumps cases have recently been discovered in New Mexico, although the release is quick to add that New Mexico […]

ENMU employees to get 5.5 percent raise

By William P. Thompson, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University employees and faculty will earn at least 5.5 percent more for the 2006-2007 school year. The board of regents approved adding at least 1 percent to a state-funded 4.5 percent pay raise for ENMU faculty and made the 5.5 percent total raise effective for […]

Portales choirs rate high at district

By Tony Parra, PNT Staff Writer Choir director Franklyn Smith said he was happy with the performances from the Portales High School and Portales Junior High choir students this week at district competitions, but it is the “journey” which makes him most proud. “It was a very good showing for Portales students,” Smith said. “My […]

What Supreme Court ignores tells as much as what it addresses

Editorial Sometimes the cases the U.S. Supreme Court does not agree to review tells as much about the high court’s mood as those cases it decides to hear. That’s the situation this week as the high court continued to proceed with a caution that is becoming familiar in the weeks since a new member and […]