Christmas provides us with many memories

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist We have lived in the same house for 43 years. Every rock and every tree in the yard has a story. If I sit in my swing long enough and listen hard enough, I can hear basketballs dribbling and skateboards skating. “Look Dad, I can do this with one hand!” […]

Christmas form letter simplifies annual tradition

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’m running behind schedule this Christmas season. I’m just getting around to writing, or should I say, filling in my annual multiple-choice Christmas letter. It’s the ultimate form letter. Just circle the category that applies and bah hum bug! This standard letter is as personalized as a White House Christmas […]

Bulls can’t be cajoled into behaving

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist I withdrew my plastic-sleeved arm from the cow and looked back down the alley. It was empty but I could see into the big crowding pen where a large bull stood placidly. My teenage son and my neighbor’s teenage daughter stood behind him trying to push him toward the chute. […]

Immigration laws do little to deter illegal immigrants

Editorial We still don’t know enough to assess certain aspects of last week’s dramatic raids on six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. The raids, conducted in six different states including one near Amarillo, led to 1,282 suspected illegal immigrants being arrested and more than 100 being charged with various serious crimes, including identity […]

Lady Buffs outmatch Zias

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Linden Weese knew his Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team would have matchup problems against West Texas A&M Wednesday night. Trying to minimize that, and stay out of foul trouble as well, the Zias went to a 2-3 zone for much of the game. But the Lady Buffs had […]

Winter weather woes

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Stormy conditions caused some problems for Portales and Roosevelt County as a winter storm that produced ice, rain, lightning, two inches of snow and winds that ranged up to 35 mph moved out of the area Wednesday. The Portales Police Department responded to a few accidents that occurred in […]

City plans to buy downtown property

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors gave approval Tuesday to a proposal allowing Portales MainStreet to purchase several properties downtown to aid in redevelopment of the historic Yam Theater. Council gave the OK for MainStreet to use $100,000 to purchase five properties on South Main in Portales. The properties include the two […]

City OKs wildland fire agreement

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council gave their OK on a new joint powers agreement with the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department pertaining to reimbursement of wildland firefighting costs at Tuesday’s regular meeting. But it came on a split vote. Portales Fire Department Chief Raul Muniz was present to […]

Holiday entertainment industry booming

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers You may have heard about The Jingle Bell Rock, but what about a holiday rock opera? The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Trilogy, a CD and DVD collection, is not your typical Christmas music. Fernando Garcia, assistant manager of Hastings Books Music & Video in Clovis, describes this popular holiday release as […]

Residents brace for more ice

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County residents were caught up in winter’s icy grip Tuesday with icy roads and sidewalks and temperatures that didn’t climb much above freezing. Residents were bracing for another day of bad weather today. Forecasts were for increased precipitation Tuesday night and warmer and wetter conditions today. Up to […]

Informational TB meeting scheduled

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Representatives from the New Mexico Livestock Board and U.S. departments of Agriculture and Veterinary Services will host an informational meeting on cattle tuberculosis testing in Roosevelt and Curry counties today at the Memorial Building. Since 2003, area dairy and cattle producers have been required by the federal government to […]

United Way extends annual campaign

Freedom Newspapers United Way of Eastern New Mexico is razor close to making its annual campaign goal. In hopes of achieving that goal, the campaign has been extended, according to a United Way of Eastern New Mexico press release. The 2006-2007 United Way Annual Campaign will last until Jan. 19, the release said. “UWENM leaders […]

One contested race in county school board elections

PNT Staff Report Only one Roosevelt County school board race will be contested come the Feb. 6 elections. Floyd Municipal Schools’ board of education member, Lisa Schmidt, faces opposition from challenger, Jack W. Moore, a retired long-time school administrator and coach. The incumbent currently holds the Position 5 seat. A total of 12 people, which […]

Local fighter inspired by Rocky

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Andrew Tapia was just 7 years old when the last Rocky movie hit theaters, but like many fighters, the story of the million-to-one shot helped inspire Tapia into the gym. Tapia, 23, a cousin of five-time world champion Johnny Tapia, trains under the tutelage of 83-year old Chuck Haas […]

All I want for Christmas is an explanation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s that time of year that has become an annual source of frustration for most of my relatives. Since I have the ability to buy things I need and want, and my family’s too far away to know first-hand of my possessions, I’m one of the hardest people in the […]

Plan for unified medical care rejected

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Air Force opposition has scuttled Army and Navy plans to merge the three services’ large medical bureaucracies, led now by three surgeons general, into a single Unified Medical Command. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England decided this month not to endorse such a major streamlining of the military health care system […]

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan won’t be missed

Editorial We hardly expected Kofi Annan’s last public speech as Secretary-General of the United Nations to be an introspective summing-up of the manifold failures and weakness of the organization he headed for 10 years and of his abject failure — nay, resistance — to any semblance of reform in one of the most unaccountable organizations […]

Undefeated Wildcats host Rams

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer With several key players back from injury, Portales basketball coach Mark Gallegos wants to see if his Rams can deliver against a quality program. He’ll find out tonight as the Rams face the undefeated Clovis Wildcats at Rock Staubus Gym in Clovis. Clovis (6-0) features a three-guard lineup of […]

Zias beat Highlands Cowgirls for fifth win in six games

Freedom Newspapers Senior guard Heather Brown hit five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points Monday to lead the Eastern New Mexico University Zias a 75-56 win over New Mexico Highlands. It was Zias fifth win in six games. The Zias (7-2) pulled away early in the second-half as Brown hit her fourth 3-pointer of the […]

HDTVs go mainstream

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Sports writer High-definition, flat-panel televisions are in demand in Clovis and Portales, even though the availability of high-definition programming is limited to satellite providers. HDTV offers higher resolution and better clarity than traditional formats, a difference Butch Dunn, owner of Towne Crier Home & Car Stereos in Clovis, said his customers […]