Zias rally for win

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Eastern New Mexico University Zia’s Lone Star Conference volleyball match against Angelo State began at 2 p.m. Saturday at Greyhound Arena, but by ENMU head coach Mike Maguire’s estimation, his Zias didn’t arrive until about 3:30. After dropping the first two games, the ENMU women took the final […]

Homecoming hiccup for Hounds

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — The Eastern New Mexico University football team could get precious little going Saturday night. A fumble set up an early Abilene Christian score and the Wildcats punched over another touchdown shortly before halftime in rolling to a 21-0 victory over the Greyhounds in the Lone Star Conference […]

Man shot outside Clovis eatery

By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers An adult male sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his leg midafternoon Friday outside a Clovis eatery, according to police. A witness told police the shooting followed a verbal confrontation, according to a Clovis Police incident report. Eddie Torres sustained four wounds to his left leg and was treated at Plains […]

Students go nuts for fund-raising project

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University and Sunland Peanuts officials have decided to throw peanuts at the task of raising scholarship money at the university — a whole bunch of peanuts. At a press conference Friday, the Peanut Project Program was formally launched. “Investing in Education: One peanut at a time” […]

Prized possessions

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Freedom Newspapers The way people decorate their desk or office can reveal a lot about them. We asked several Curry and Roosevelt county workers to share with us their most prized office possessions. • • • The smiling face of Mickey Mouse covers Curry County Deputy Treasurer Debbie Spriggs’ desk. Spriggs, who has worked for […]

Rams edge Rattlers in homecoming scare

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer Portales held on to beat Tucumcari 7-6 in a defensive struggle Friday night at Greyhound Stadium in the Rams’ homecoming game. Minutes after a 55-yard field goal attempt by Tucumcari (1-5) fell short, Portales coach Andy Correll said the Ram defense deserved the credit for the win. “The defense […]

Day Trip: Live museum only short drive away

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By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer The Amarillo Botanical Gardens provides visitors with an opportunity to experience the sights and smells of a variety of plants and foliage. “A botanical garden is a museum with a living collection,” said Jackie Wilson, executive director of the gardens. Featuring a 6,000-foot tropical conservatory that houses a rain […]

Greeks pool talents

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By Casey Peacock:PNT Staff Writer Tucked away in various locations throughout town, organizations are preparing floats for Saturday’s Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming parade. Combining forces, the Chi Omega Sorority and Kappa Sigma Fraternity are hard at work building their float at an undisclosed location. Chi Omega President Malia Rummell said the two organizations joined […]

Portales sweeps West Las Vegas in pre-district tuneup

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams seem to be peaking at just the right time, as District 4-3A play looms. The Lady Rams swept the West Las Vegas Lady Dons in three games in a rare afternoon match at Portales High School, Thursday; 25-19, 25-20 and 25-23. Portales head coach Ruth […]

Rams host Rattlers for homecoming game

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Portales Ram head coach Andy Correll wants the Rams to “stop stopping themselves.” They’ll have that opportunity tonight, as the Rams (1-3) host the Tucumcari Rattlers (1-4) for Portales’ homecoming game, 7 p.m. at Greyhound Stadium. The Rams’ defensive focus will be centered on Tucumcari senior running back Brian […]

Abilene Christian sweeps Zias

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers For most of the first game, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team hung with Lone Star Conference South Division leader Abilene Christian on Thursday night. Then, with the score tied 29-29, a borderline call on a Wildcats attack went the visitors’ way after originally it appeared it would go […]

ENMU opens new broadcast center

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Many current and former Eastern New Mexico University Broadcast Center employees say it’s about time. Today at 2 p.m., a ribbon will be cut on the new ENMU broadcast center, directly across from the old building. The new facility will replace the 32-year old building that housed KENW-TV and […]

Zias edge Dixie State

Freedom Newspapers Senior Megan Dozier scored in the first minute and junior Stephanie Sanchez provided solid play in goal, especially late, as the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team held off Dixie State 2-1 on Thursday at the ENMU pitch. Dozier dribbled around several Rebels defenders to score with only 32 seconds gone and […]

City starts grant application process

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales is in the preliminary stages of applying for a Community Development Block Grants to improve streets in the north side of town. The grant, if awarded, will provide funding to replace existing curbs and gutters and install new curbs and gutters where they are needed, […]

Corn crop shows good yield despite weather

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Fields of corn baked in the sun all summer, and late in the growing season, were pounded by rain. But local corn growers have reported good yields, despite less than desirable weather conditions. “Most growers got very little help from Mother Nature during the growing season,” said Mark Marsalis, […]

Forgetfulness can be sign of brain overload

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers What kind of a child forgets their own parents’ wedding anniversary? A self-centered, ungrateful, spoiled brat, right? Or in my case, a normally organized and occasionally thoughtful daughter suffering from brain overload. Yes, I’m guilty as charged. Line me up before the firing squad. But I have a perfectly justifiable […]

Data is necessary when determining fact

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist I was having a nice visit with the proprietor of Family Meats in his butcher shop in Caloundra, Queensland. His specialties included chopped beef and kidney pie makings, barbecue ronelli and lamb loin chops for $16.99 a kilo. A sign at the counter said, “Antibiotic and Hormone Free!” We discussed […]

Perpetual fear means terrorists win war

Editorial As we enter our fifth year in the so-called war on terror, we have reacted to the 9/11 attacks about as destructively to our deeply held principles as the terrorists could have hoped. If Osama bin Laden and his ilk wanted to destroy our way of life, as President Bush repeatedly claims, we are […]

Faith helps us get through life

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Does life ever seem to be one battle after another? Do you manage to survive one hurdle only to be confronted by another one? Welcome to the club. The world has many problems we cannot deny. It seems we hear bad news every day. So many good things are hardly […]

Death row survivor speaks out

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder in 1983, former death row inmate Juan Melendez is devoting his time to speaking out about abolishing the death penalty. “I survived. I’ve always been a survivor,” Melendez, 55, said Wednesday as he related to a small audience at Eastern New Mexico University the […]