Rams look to loosen up against Mules

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Junior Chris Mosier is just hours from his debut as starting quarterback for the Portales Rams, but judging by his poise and confidence, you wouldn’t know it. “I’m not that nervous,” Mosier said, “I feel comfortable in myself and the defense to give us good field position and so […]

Woody’s Jewelry gets facelift

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Woody’s Jewelry, a downtown Portales landmark for more than 50 years, is expanding its store, according to owner Danny Woodward. Woodward is remodeling the small storefront the business has occupied for the last half-century along with the building to its immediate west to provide an enlarged showroom and workspace […]

Officials: Cannon personnel dip little threat to economy

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers An impending personnel dip at Cannon Air Force Base carries little economic threat, according to officials. Drawdown of assets and personnel at Cannon will coincide with the establishment of the base’s new mission, buffering the effects of the dip, according to Air Force officials. The Air Force 16th Special […]

Bentley guilty in Clovis murder

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis jury on Thursday found Jimmy Bentley guilty of second-degree murder for the Christmas Eve shooting death of an Oklahoma photo salesman. The announcement capped a four-day trial in the 9th Judicial District Court in which prosecutors argued Bentley’s shooting of Joseph Phillips, 48, outside a Clovis hotel was […]

Life changes are like changing of seasons

By Joan Clayton: Local Columnist Autumn is approaching us. I love the crispy air of fall with chilly nights, football games, pumpkins and homemade chili. It’s the time to leave my outdoor swing and exchange it for the crackling fire in the fireplace. Fall is the time when God takes his master paintbrush and tips […]

World needs creative thinkers

By Helena Rodriguez : Freedom Newspapers As I begin what may or may not be my last semester of college for awhile, I think about a recent Time Magazine article I read titled “Liberal Arts vs. Business Degrees. ”The article states that more American students are opting for so called “easy” degrees in the liberal […]

Airports, sale barns are not that different

By Baxter Black: Guest Columnist We were sitting in the Los Angeles airport waiting for a flight, just watching the local fauna when Will observed the striking similarities between airports and feedlots. We were in a seating area, confined in a controllable number; penned, one might say. Once our area was full, another group was […]

Government hindered rather than helped Katrina victims

Editorial A year ago Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and caused widespread destruction. A year later we’re in the midst of an orgy of media overkill about the Meaning of It All. Why should one hurricane out of several a year that hit the continental United States still stir our memories a year later? […]

Rains cause explosion in weeds

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Recent rains have created an explosion of weeds in the Portales area creating lots of extra mowing and allergy concerns for residents. After a dry summer where weeds and lawns could hardly be coaxed into growing, the wet spell has many residents scrambling to keep up. Marla Foster of […]

Cannon schedules public input meetings

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The Air Force has planned a series of public meetings to gather input for an environmental impact study of the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. “These meetings will give the public an opportunity to learn about the proposal and voice their questions and concerns,” said Capt. Rebecca Garcia […]

Gas line breaks along U.S. 70

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A labyrinth of cable and telephone wires hampered work Wednesday on a broken natural gas line along U.S. 70, according to officials. Attempts to cork the gas leak on the PNM line on Kimberly Drive stretched into the evening. By 8 p.m. Wednesday, the gas leak had been sealed, according […]

Quay County manager dies

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Quay County Manager Terry Turner died on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Officials would not comment on the cause of death for Turner. A family friend said Wednesday night that funeral services had not yet been scheduled. Medics were called to the Quay County Courthouse at 3:35 p.m., where Turner, 60, was […]

ENMU cross country to host own invite

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Joel McMullen feels pretty good about his Eastern New Mexico University cross country program. The Greyhounds and Zias hope to make some noise in the Lone Star Conference and in South Central Region competition this fall. They open their season by hosting the Mike Boit Invitational on Friday at Ned […]

Baskett’s friends excited about pal’s NFL success

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent J.C. Pacheco can easily remember one of the first times that Hank Baskett was tried out at wide receiver. He recalls the pure athleticism, the jumping ability, the good hands, the overall potential. Of course, it’s a fonder memory for Pacheco than most defensive backs because the two were teammates […]

Hounds fall to UT-Permian Basin 3-1

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The University of Texas-Permian Basin Falcons are making the move from NCAA Division III to Division II this season. So far, they’ve shown they can hold their own. UT-Permian Basin scored twice in span of less than 90 seconds Tuesday to beat Eastern New Mexico University 3-1 in men’s soccer at […]

Zias win home opener

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico Zia volleyball team (3-2) won their home opener Tuesday night in three straight games over Oklahoma Panhandle State (0-3), 30-19, 30-19 and 30-22. Zia head coach Mike Maguire thinks his girls have a statement to make. “I think (our girls) really wanted to show the […]

Rams excited about defensive prospects

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer It’s been said that defense wins championships. The Portales Rams are hoping the axiom holds true for their team. In Friday night’s season opener at Las Vegas-Robertson, the Ram defense was one of the bright spots. The Portales defense held the defending state champs to just 57 rushing yards, […]

OT goal lifts Zias to victory

Freedom Newspapers Travis McCorkle doesn’t give the Eastern New Mexico University women’s team many style points, but so far the results have been acceptable. Senior forward Megan Dozier had two goals and an assist, including the game-winning tally in overtime, as the Zias completed a season-opening 3-1 homestand on Tuesday with a 4-3 win over […]

Portales FCCLA chapter outpaces others in fund-raising

By Casey Peacock: Portales High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc. (FCCLA) has captured national distinction for fund-raising efforts connected with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The PHS chapter was honored for its achievement at the FCCLA 2006 National Leadership Meeting, held in July, in Nashville, Tenn. The group received […]

Workshop outlines retail recruiting

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer City of Portales officials along with other entities concerned with economic development are contemplating whether or not to become more proactive in recruitment of retail business for Portales. At a workshop the city hosted Thursday at the Portales City Hall, Joe Fackel, a representative with the Buxton Company of […]