Hunger growing problem

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The number of people visiting food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters is growing, according to the executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Nancy Taylor said a survey showed more than 89,000 people a month sought help last year in Curry and surrounding counties. “The numbers (of […]

Happiness is a choice we should all make

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist It has been said, “The happiest heart is one that beats for others.” I agree. Preoccupied with oneself brings selfish misery. I’ve also heard that when a baby is born his or her little fists are clinched and they are crying. But when one dies their hands are open and […]

Perfecting art of coffee drinking takes time

By Helena Rodriguez : Freedom Newspapers I’m a novice when it comes to the art of coffee drinking. As a somewhat new sipper of this perked beverage, I’m envious of the grace and skill my parents exhibit in drinking coffee. My first attempts to become a coffee drinker in my early 30s resulted in a […]

Legends are born from wild bullock tales

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist “I’ve finally caught the wild bullock,” Marian told Dave over the phone. “Bring a big gun!” she said. It was a bright summer morning when Dave pulled into Marian’s stock farm in the northern part of New South Wales bush country. “He’s real nervous,” she explained. “He’s with the bull. […]

Support of Kurds could be mutually beneficial

Editorial In all the reporting on the Iraq war it is too seldom noted that one region of the country can tentatively be called a success story. The northern portion of the country dominated by Kurds, Muslims who are neither Persian nor Arabic but a separate ethnicity with a long history, is generally calm and […]

Greyhound soccer falls by 1 at WT

CANYON, Texas — Itamar Keinan scored with 12 seconds left in the second half and the game-winner early in overtime to lead West Texas A&M to a 3-2 win over Eastern New Mexico University in a Southwest Soccer Conference men’s match Wednesday at Kimbrough Stadium. Freshmen Keith Vargas and Dustin Flores scored for Eastern (2-5-1, […]

‘College Daze’ rodeo in town

Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team hosts the 43rd annual ‘College Daze rodeo’ beginning tonight and continuing through Saturday at Lewis Cooper Arena in Portales. ENMU rodeo coach David Browder describes the rodeo as a family event. “For the three-day total there will be over 750 runs and rides out there for […]

Rams line anchors offense

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer You won’t see their names in the box score, and rarely do you hear their names in the radio broadcast, but ask anybody who knows, the Portales offensive line is the centerpiece of the 2006 Ram football team. In three games this season, the Portales rushing attack has churned […]

Hospital installs new CT machine

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Healthcare is advancing rapidly in Portales with the placement of a new Computerized Tomography Imaging (CT) machine at Roosevelt General Hospital this week. According to hospital officials, the new CT machine has the ability to scan images five to 10 times faster than older machines. “Scans will be more […]

Fuel spill causes evacuations

By Sharna Johnson:Freedom Newspapers About a dozen homes and businesses had to be evacuated and vehicular and train traffic curtailed Wednesday morning in Texico after a tractor-trailer overturned and spilled about 6,000 gallons of fuel, officials said. The tanker, carrying gasoline and diesel fuel, rolled over about 8 a.m. at U.S. 60 and State Street, […]

Charter school application voted down for second time

PNT Staff Report The Portales Municipal Schools board had a quick redo on its earlier denial of the proposed Horace Mann School charter Wednesday. But the result after the formality was the same: Application denied. Organizers for the Horace Mann School proposed a charter school in June. After an internal and external evaluation of the […]

Age just a number for veterans group

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers In 1947, Richard “Gene” Pershall of Clovis was infatuated with the military and wanted to follow in his older brother’s footsteps. At the age of 15, he pestered his father to let him join the Army Air Corps. Reluctantly, his father agreed and signed a consent form stating Pershall was […]

ENMU gridders preparing for UCO

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Sure, the Eastern New Mexico University football team was happy with its 24-15 win over East Central on Saturday at Ada, Okla. But as far as the Greyhounds are concerned, it’s all in a day’s work. “At practice (Monday) there was a good attitude, but you still have to focus […]

Lady Rams lose at home to fierce Roswell High

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Portales Lady Rams (8-5) continued their tour through District 4AAAA, losing at home to the Roswell Lady Coyotes (8-3) in four games Tuesday night; 25-15, 20-25, 25-17, and 25-15. “We just had a meltdown, it was horrible play tonight,” Portales head coach Ruth Chavez said. “There really wasn’t […]

City council signs off on grant application

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors signed off on an application for a 2007 Community Block Development Grant that could provide street improvements in east Portales next year. Community Development Director Jeremy Sturm presented a resolution to city council Tuesday that allows the mayor to sign off on the final CDBG application, […]

Majority of bees in local area Africanized

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The chances of eastern New Mexico residents encountering Africanized honey bees is increasing exponentially with each new colony, according to pest control experts. Those experts are concerned encounters with the aggressive bees could lead to serious injuries or deaths. Lewis Hightower of Southwestern Pest Control and New Mexico state […]

Hospital announces large August profit

PNT Staff Roosevelt General Hospital administration reported a huge profit for the month of August during the regular board meeting Tuesday. Board members also discussed improved helicoper transport service and the addition of a new MRI. The hospital announced a profit for the month of August of over $96,000. Hospital CFO Eva Stevens said the […]

Small talk more than minor irritant

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I felt naked as I left for work Monday, but it was a good feeling. A few blocks into my drive to work, I realized I left my cell phone at home, and it felt as if I were going to work while missing an item of clothing. I never […]

Good Samaritans truly appreciated

Letters to the Editor My husband and I came to Portales for a family reunion. While we were there our truck broke down at a red light out by the college. We were clear across town, no cell phone or anything. Then these two young men came and hooked us up to a nice new […]

Deteriorating ground conditions indicate Iraq still needs attention

Editorial President Bush describes Iraq as a young but hopeful democracy with a “unity government,” a country in which “the sight of an old man pulling an election lever” terrifies al-Qaida members and other terrorists and sectarians. We can all hope these and other optimistic assessments may prove valid in the long run, even if […]