Zias open with home win

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University senior Megan Dozier found the third time to be the charm. Stymied on two previous penetrations into the scoring zone moments earlier, Dozier slipped inside to score on a give-and-go type of play with junior forward Amy Wilcox with just over a minute left, giving the […]

Hound soccer wins opener

PNT Staff Report The Eastern New Mexico mens soccer team opened their season on the road Thursday afternoon with a 2-0 win at Colorado Christian. Andrew Perez got the Hounds on the board first with a first half penalty kick. Jared Morris added to that total after capitalizing on a one-on-one showdown with the Colorado […]

Zia volleyball returning three starters

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers At 5-foot-3, Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Kara Killian isn’t one to leave opponents shaking in their boots. Still, as one of just three returning players this season, Killion wants to help prove the Zias are a team to be reckoned with this season. “It’s a little different (team),” said […]

Pioneer Association honors local community members

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With roots running deep in the community as their prerequisite, three Roosevelt County residents accepted pioneer honors Thursday at the Roosevelt County Fair. The occasion was the Roosevelt County Pioneers Association’s annual awards presentation. Held at the Jake Lopez Community Center. The association has met for more than 35 […]

County fair kicks off new home arts competition

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A new competition added to the home arts and crafts portion of the Roosevelt County Fair had contestants preparing their baked goods and homemade delicacies in advance. This was the first year for the overall home arts sweepstakes competition. The winner of the competition is based on a points […]

Green chile is the best chile

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist We have a state of emergency. Flooding in Hatch has damaged a good part of that town’s claim to fame. While our beloved green chile did all right elsewhere, Hatch is the Chile Capital of the World. Our official New Mexico state question is : “Red or green?” which refers, […]

Maybe humans shouldn’t always understand

By Baxter Black: Guest Columnist Anthropomorphism is a word that has often been used in a negative context by people in the livestock business. By definition it is the ascription of human characteristics to things not human — particularly animals. In our continuing effort to raise animals for meat purposes humanely we confront huge moral, […]

Congress, courts need to take action in death penalty cases

Editorial R obert Charles Comer wants to take responsibility for the murders, kidnapping, robbery and rape he committed nearly 20 years ago at Arizona’s Apache Lake and face the ultimate punishment — state execution by lethal injection. But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals won’t let him. Instead, a three-judge panel has refused to rule […]

Rabbit show hops with activity

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Gates opened at 8 a.m Wednesday, as the 100th Roosevelt County Fair got under way. The fairgrounds were abuzz with activity, as exhibitors attended to last-minute details and fairgoers got an early look. In the pavilion, there was a swarm of activity as children and adults alike were preparing […]

Portales man sentenced on child sex charges

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A Portales man was sentenced to 51 years in prison Tuesday on child sex charges, according to a press release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Darrell Casillas, 36, of Portales was found guilty by a jury July 18 of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual penetration of […]

Zias begin soccer season today

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers In her first three years, senior midfielder Anna Funck has helped the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer program make steady improvement. This season, she hopes to get extra help from her sister, April. The Funcks, both graduates of Amarillo High, are the first pair of sisters to play in […]

Portales sweeps Hobbs to open season

PNT Staff The Portales volleyball team began their pursuit of a fifth state championship in seven years on the road Tuesday night by sweeping Hobbs 25-21, 25-11, 25-15. Portales coach Ruth Chavez liked her team’s effort against the Class 5A team. “Game One was a little shaky. The girls made some errors, and those led […]

Floyd alumni fill Hound roster

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer By Mickey Winfield PNT Staff Writer mickey_winfield@link.freedom.com Bobby Reed is one of three players from Floyd to make the jump from six-man football to college football at Eastern New Mexico University. Reed, a 6-foot, 185-pound junior outside linebacker, teamed with senior running back Fide Davalos to lead the Broncos […]

Poultry show for the birds

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Chaos reigns for a moment in the poultry barn as a chicken flies into the rafters. A crowd gathers to catch the hen, and she flies out and into the arms of a woman. With a surprised look and a cheer from the crowd, the woman hands her off […]

Clovis youth given opportunity to attend MDA camp

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Clovis’ Daniel Maes rides his motorized wheelchair in a circle up and down a slight slope in the floor, pausing only long enough to change directions. Joe Garcia watches his 8-year-old grandson motor around the Portales Fire Department with joy. “He’s everything,” Garcia said. “He loves music. He can […]

Hospital upgrades diagnostic equipment

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital will receive two new diagnostic imaging machines in the next three months, according to the hospital’s chief financial officer. CFO Eva Stevens reported at Tuesday’s board meeting the hospital purchased a CT scanner and an MRI machine. Stevens said the new CT scanner allows staff to […]

Lessons learned while traveling

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers As I prepared for my 10th high school class reunion, I couldn’t help but think about the class motto we’d decided on that fateful senior year: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.” A decade later, I realize that’s a load of bull. If you’re a […]

Unexpected is expected in military families

By Tom Philpott: Guest Columnist By July 26, Jennifer Flower had resigned from her civilian job at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. With her husband, Army SSgt. Brian Flower, expected home within days after a tough year in Mosul, Iraq, Jennifer planned to welcome him home and then to pack for reassignment to Fort Knox, Ky. That […]

Officials should pay for taking people’s property

Editorial Politicians, environmentalists and professional planners all claimed the 2004 passage of Measure 37 in Oregon, which forces governments to compensate people when zoning rules or development restrictions lower a property’s value, would mean the end of the world. And it has spelled the end — for cost-free regulating. But the empowerment of property owners […]

Lady Ram opener tonight

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Ram volleyball team begins their quest for a fifth state championship in seven years tonight as they travel to Hobbs for their 2006 season opener. Portales hits the court with most of their defending class 3A state championship team intact. “We only lost two seniors to […]