ENMU makes capital choices

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With a power grid that they fear could blow and leave the university in the dark at any time, along with other projects on their minds, Eastern New Mexico University administration officials discussed capital infrastructure needs with regents Friday during their regular meeting. ENMU President Steven Gamble and Vice […]

Thanksgiving time for family and friends

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist This Thanksgiving my husband will not be with us. Like countless other families whose loved ones are serving in the armed forces, we’ll do our best to keep the holiday spirit alive, and show our children that we have lots to be grateful for, despite the fact that Daddy is […]

Gamers line up for PS3

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The next generation in video gaming has hit Portales. At 12:01 this morning, video game console, PlayStation 3 hit shelves in time for the holiday season, and soon after, they quickly disappeared. Following the same pattern set out by Microsoft’s release of the X-Box 360 last year, the demand […]

Local writer remembered

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor World-renowned science fiction writer and Eastern New Mexico University professor Jack Williamson cut a diverse and pioneering path in the 98 years of his life. Friends, fans and family filled the ENMU Campus Union Building Thursday to celebrate that life. The crowd assembled reflected Williamson’s own diversity — from […]

Melrose interested in ethanol plant

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers If one community shuts its doors to an ethanol plant, another may open its arms. The Melrose City Council wants partners who have proposed an ethanol plant for Clovis to consider rural Melrose as a site, according to city documents. “There are a lot of people that seem to […]

Arts and Crafts Fair starts Saturday

Freedom Newspapers Area residents can wrap up their holiday shopping all under one roof during this weekend’s Arts & Crafts Fair. The event, which is sponsored by the Clovis News Journal, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Clovis Civic Center. Admission is […]

Thanksgiving is time to count life’s blessings

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist “Thanksgiving” is just that … a day of giving thanks. It’s a special day to give heartfelt thanks to a God who provides every blessing. So I’m thankful for life! Aren’t you glad you’re alive? Can you hardly contain the joy of knowing your birth was planned by God and […]

Parents must warn children about ‘Sock Monster’

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I don’t believe in outlandish things like aliens from outer space, the Boogeyman, La Llorona and bad luck on Friday the 13th. I have more important things to worry about, like the Sock Monster. I have become totally convinced that there is a Sock Monster. While some people are trying […]

Even cowboys can make mistakes sometimes

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Whereas the average cowboy is a person of good intentions, generous to a fault and kind to women, children and animals, and whereas said cowboy is often in the right place at the wrong time and driven by an over-developed sense of chivalry, bravado and/or tradition, and whereas you may […]

Timid gestures won’t slow congressional spending

Editorial Just as it took the anti-Communist Richard Nixon to go to China, because anyone else would have been accused of cuddling up with the Reds, perhaps it will take congressional Democrats — a party never associated with fiscal discipline — to help put a halt to the abuse of pork-barrel earmarks. Or perhaps Speaker-in-waiting […]

Firefighters fear nasty fire season

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A fire that began on the north end of the Melrose Bombing Range on Wednesday had area firefighters concerned for a while that a fire disaster similar to the 35,000 acre fire that roared through the community of Floyd last December could be on their hands. Wednesday’s fire was […]

Fireworks for the birds

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With the participants armed, watches synchronized and everyone issued portable two-way radios, it could have been a scene out of a caper movie. Instead the plan was a bit of bird roosting aversion therapy. More than 25 volunteers gathered Wednesday evening at the Roosevelt County Courthouse for a briefing […]

Annual Jana Stanfield charity concert comes to Portales

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By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Singer, songwriter and inspirational speaker Jana Stanfield will be back in Portales Saturday for her annual concert sat the Portales High School Auditorium. The event benefits children with muscular dystrophy. “I am looking forward to seeing old friends, family, and making new friends, as well as performing with the […]

District 3-1A names all-district

Freedom Newspapers ALL-DISTRICT 3-1A VOLLEYBALL First team Elida: Lindsey Ward, Sr.; Lindsey Smith, So.; Alicia Cross-Smith, Sr.; Janice Taylor, Jr. Fort Sumner: Bree’Anna Lucero, So.; Racheal Chavez, So.; Kaylynn Johnson, Sr. Melrose: Zanessa Dodd, Sr.; Toni Burdine, Jr. Floyd: Alexis Benoit, Jr.; Blair Jaramillo, Sr. Dora: Audra Pinkston, So. Honorable mention Elida: Nicole Jasso, So.; […]

Tour debuts in Clovis

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By Ashley Lee: PNT staff writer Growing up at Taos Pueblo, Robert Mirabal says he celebrated the holidays in all his culture’s indigenous ways as well as a good Santa-fearing Christian. He’ll share some of those traditions with a Clovis Community College concert series crowd at 4 p.m. Nov. 26 as his album “Pueblo Christmas” […]

Zias re-building with new leader

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer A quick glance at the ENMU Zia basketball team’s roster would reveal that the team has six seniors returning, including four starters, so you might assume that this is a veteran team with girls who have played several minutes together. That’s perfectly reasonable to assume, but you’d be wrong. […]

Mayor’s tree shines bright

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By Casey Peacock A medley of Christmas carols filled Portales city council chambers as members of the community gathered for the annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree that took place Tuesday night. “It’s a great event, tonight is the kickoff for the holiday season for the community,” said Mayor Orlando Ortega. “It gives us […]

Williamson considered one of science fiction’s greats

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor While Portales people knew him as “Jack,” the Eastern New Mexico University professor and all-around nice guy, Jack Williamson cast a large shadow in the science fiction community. Terms and even ideas adopted by science or Hollywood often had their roots in science fiction. Williamson coined or made popular […]

Oasis Park receives award

By Casey Peacock Recently honored with the “Exemplary Park” award, Oasis State Park will host the 16th annual “Kids Fishing Clinic” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Honored at an awards banquet in October, Oasis received the award based upon the park’s overall performance and commitment to providing a quality place for visitors […]

Holiday handbells will ring

By Ashley Lee To celebrate the holiday season the First United Methodist Church will be host the 14th annual Eastern New Mexico Fall Handbell Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday in the church sanctuary. Selections to be played will come from holiday, folk, sacred and classical music. There will be about 96 ringers from 10 different […]