Artesia Bulldogs bite Rams

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales Ram coach Mark Gallegos knows if his team is to succeed this season, they’re going to have to give a better effort than they did Thursday night at home against Artesia. The Bulldogs sank nine 3-pointers and outscored the Rams 21-12 in the fourth period as Artesia won […]

Northeastern St. runs away from ENMU Zias

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers This isn’t supposed to be the way Northeastern State’s women win basketball games. A team that usually relies on defense put together its best offensive performance of the season Thursday night to beat Eastern New Mexico University 81-69 in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Greyhound Arena. The Lady […]

Northeastern St. defeats Greyhounds

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By Kevin Wilson Northeastern State wasn’t having much luck getting second chances with their admittedly-poor offensive rebounding. Instead, they took their chances from the 3-point line and ran away in the second half. Steve Neal had 17 to lead four Redmen in double figures, and Northeastern State hit four of its six second-half 3-pointers during […]

Police investigating child’s death

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales police are investigating the death of a 6-year-old Portales boy. Emergency personnel found him unresponsive and not breathing about 10 a.m. Thursday in a bedroom of his home at 727 N. Ave. M. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said there was no apparent medical history to explain the […]

Area schools get upgrade

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By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer For some area students and teachers, the second half of the school year will bring some new changes, as Brown Early Childhood Center and Dora schools open up new additions at their schools. Dora schools are getting set to be completely up and running in the new addition of […]

Life without pain leaves one numb to joy

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist When you were just a plan in the mind of God, what if he were to ask you some questions about your journey on earth? With incredible technology having been accomplished already and the God given intelligence to master such feats, it is not inconceivable that God could show […]

Pursuit of happiness worthwhile quest

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s what our United States Constitution guarantees. However, the “happiness” is the tricky part because it’s an inalienable right that is not guaranteed. One must pursue it. It’s this pursuit of happiness that brings a grown man to tears in the moving […]

Past year shows backslide in fight for freedoms

Editorial If there was a stock-market-like ticker that tracked the trajectory of freedom in 2006 — let’s just call it the “Freedom Index” — it would have been an off year. At home and abroad, personal political liberty, free markets, limited government and other quintessentially American values suffered setbacks, with a few notable exceptions. Here’s […]

Rams and Lady Rams host Shootout

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams and Lady Rams ring in the new year with the 2007 Ram Basketball Shootout this weekend at Portales High School. The Rams (5-3), who are without senior guard Skyler Partin at the state band competition, play Artesia tonight in a game that’s not part of the […]

Hounds, Zias prepare for Northeastern St. doubleheader

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers It hasn’t been that long — 2003 — since Northeastern State won an NCAA Division II men’s basketball championship. The Redmen have fallen on hard times the past couple of seasons, going 8-19 last year and are off to a 3-7 started this year. Still. Eastern New Mexico University men’s […]

Elida mashes Melrose

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers TEXICO — It’s not hard to compare the current Melrose Buffaloes to the Elida boys team of a couple of years ago. Extraordinarily young, the Tigers took a few lumps along the way. Now, though, it was Elida dealing out the punishment in a 60-24 rout of Melrose on Wednesday […]

Officials: Emergency pandemic plans in place

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Local health officials have finalized emergency plans for dealing with a potentially devastating flu pandemic in the future and are now working to get that information in the hands of residents, business owners and public institutions. Information packets have been released by the Roosevelt County Local Emergency Planning Council […]

Orchestra honors military with special performance

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Lubbock Symphony Orchestra will present a salute to America’s military, with the “America at War” series at 7 p.m. (MST) Jan. 12 and 13 at the Civic Center Theatre in Lubbock. The performance is part of LSO’s 60th anniversary celebration. Guest conductor will be Jeffrey Pollock, Fort Worth, Texas, […]

Lady Broncos start EPAC with win

By Eric Butler, Freedom Newspapers Correspondent A steal with almost six minutes to play usually isn’t considered a game-sealer. But, in a matchup of young squads struggling to get some consistent offense, that pretty much was the case when Floyd’s Alexis Benoit picked off a pass and went in for a layup to give her […]

EPAC Capsules

Freedom Newspapers Boys • Fort Sumner (2-6) began the EPAC with serious offensive fire power, blowing out Grady 63-43 in a first round match-up. The Foxes earned themselves a second round game against No. 1 seeded Texico today at 8:15 p.m. Berry Stinnett scored 14 points and Cass Dimitroff chipped in 13 points as Fort […]

Friends, family remember area woman fondly

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer When Keri Bechthold’s older sister, Kelly, needed a car, Keri freely handed the keys to her own vehicle over to her sibling rather than trading it in. When her mom’s best friend, Susan Chambliss, was home alone, Keri would go to her house and invite her to a movie. […]

Officials reorganize office

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Reorganization was the task of the day at the regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. The board accomplished it quickly, approving budget changes in the sheriff’s office and electing Paul Grider as chairman. The commission passed without discussion a resolution adjusting the budget for the sheriff’s office by […]

Farmers support proposed initiative

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Local dairy farmers support the idea of turning manure into electricity, and now that Gov. Bill Richardson wants state incentives to encourage the idea, they say it’s more feasible than ever. “Local dairies here have been wanting to do some projects, but we need help,” said Art Schaap, a […]

New county tax assessor officially takes reins

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Tex Belcher officially became the new Roosevelt County tax assessor on Monday. The Democrat, who ran unopposed in November, is switching places with Royene Tivis, the former tax assessor who reached her term limit. Tivis will now become Belcher’s chief deputy, a position that Belcher held for more than […]

Tinseltown needs new movie genre

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers There’s one thing I’m looking forward to about 2007. It’s not the party I’m planning to celebrate the San Francisco 49ers’ seven-win season, and it’s not the 50-something credit card offers I’ll receive (I could have pooled all of my offered credit limits in 2006 and bought a $137,000 house […]