Initiatives established to improve retention

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents briefly discussed freshmen retention during a meeting Friday, an issue President Steven Gamble said is an ongoing problem. Gamble passed out a list of initiatives the campus would like to improve to increase ENMU’s freshmen retention rate. The endeavors include: —Employing […]

ENMU regents discuss construction

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer For Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and administration, the fall semester ended Friday. For construction contractors, the holiday break is time to get busy. Construction was a focal topic during Friday’s ENMU Board of Regents meeting. In addition to updates on current and upcoming renovation projects, many of […]

Day Trip: Classic theater hosts holiday performances

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Nestled in the Depot District of Lubbock is the Cactus Theater. Starting life in 1938 as a motion picture theater, the facility was remodeled in 1993 and has since become a performance theater. “We now do live musical productions and plays,” said Tasha Starkey, Don Caldwell Productions administrative director. […]

Dec. 16, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. F”

Today’s focus: “Ms. F” Household members: 8 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. F” is raising her grandchildren. After paying rent and utilities, she has no money left for gifts. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to smile and be happy like other children on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 6 […]

Lady Rams edge Goddard

PNT Staff Writer ROSWELL — The Portales Lady Rams beat Goddard in Roswell Thursday night, 49-46. Kaycee Quick led the Lady Rams with 13 points followed by senior Briana Hernandez with 12. “We were better defensively than we have been in other games, but Goddard didn’t have the ball handling skills that other teams we’ve […]

Fate of charter school to be decided Monday

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The fate of a proposed charter school in Portales rests with an appeals hearing Monday before the New Mexico Public Education Department. After the Portales school board denied the proposed Horace Mann Charter School a charter in September, organizers appealed the ruling to the state’s Charter Bureau, according to […]

Fugitive reportedly sighted in area

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A fugitive wanted in connection with the shooting death of a 9-year-old Clovis boy more than a year ago has been spotted in New Mexico recently, area law enforcement officials said. In response, Curry County Crime Stoppers officials more than doubled the reward for information leading to the capture of […]

Christmas is more than commercial holiday

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist What is it about this time of the year that makes it so different from any other? Why are our spirits lifted to the strains of “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World?” Why do friend’s and family’s thoughts turn toward home? Could it just be the Christ Child brings […]

‘Nativity’ reminder that Christmas requires work

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Seeing “The Nativity” movie this busy holiday season really helps put this whole Christmas thing into perspective. The greatest story every told didn’t happen in a Hallmark card setting. There was cow poop and all. My daughter Laura and I went to see “The Nativity” last weekend and I […]

Life changing moments happen often

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist The lecture on animal behavior at the North Carolina veterinary meeting was well attended. Dr. Tom and I were standing in the hallway when he told me he witnessed one of the most astonishing spectacles he had ever seen. By chance he had witnessed a young Holstein calf regurgitate her […]

Russia demonstrates ambition for grandeur

Editorial The Russian government has successfully pressured Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil company, into reducing its stake in a promising but difficult oil and natural-gas field in Siberia from a majority share to a minority share. Gazprom, the Russian state-owned energy group, which has invested little or nothing in exploiting the energy resources on and around […]

Ski season launches

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer With five ski resorts operating in New Mexico and more scheduled to open in the coming days, this ski season is shaping up to be much improved over last year’s, according to ski resort officials. Officials said they hope the colder weather will bring more snow and improve snow-making […]

Lifesaving lift

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By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer A ride with Southwest Med Evac is not one you want to make, but according to paramedics it’s a ride that can save a life in time of medical emergency. In business since 1994, Southwest Med Evac has been servicing the local area with a fixed wing aircraft since […]

Dec. 14, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. S”

Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. S’s” husband has been ill since January, but he has been unable to receive Social Security. The family is currently living off the SSI check received for their son, who was born with Down syndrome. Ms. S is unable to work because she is their son’s caretaker. […]

Rejuvenated toys make gifts of joy

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Spending time to refurbish used toys throughout the year, Brenda Fenton says she hopes she’s helping to spread joy to area children and families who are in need, this holiday season. A secretary for the Portales Fire Department, Fenton stated that she has received calls for several years, asking […]

Portales deals Cards a loss

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales had four players score in double figures, as the Rams survived a late Robertson charge to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season Tuesday night at Portales High School 57-54. “I was proud of our kids for gutting it out,” Portales head coach Mark Gallegos said. […]

Smith prison bound

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. Laura McNaughton’s family had strong words for the Clovis woman’s convicted killer during a sentencing hearing Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Maria Beardmore, the victim’s mother, asked defense counsel to move so she could see James Smith […]

Children get early visit from Santa

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Santa Claus arrived early for some children Tuesday night as jolly old Saint Nick and his helpers took gifts and surprised 180 local children whose names were placed on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree, now in its 22nd year, is an annual project designed to help […]

Couple completes degrees

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer John and Betty Ellis ironically met in a marriage and family class at Eastern New Mexico University in 1986. They had differing views on marriage, yet they tied the knot and put their education on hold. Twenty years later, following a 17-year hiatus from college, careers in restaurant management, […]

Five-day work week not unreasonable

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Not that anyone missed me or even knew, but I have been out of New Mexico for the past few days. I left the office Thursday night and flew back to see my family in Montana, then flew back on Monday morning so I’d be ready for work on Tuesday. […]