High school level tests to undergo makeover

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Public Education Department is remodeling standardized tests for high school students designed to map out their academic lives after graduation. State education officials say the tests will follow the progress of individual students, instead of comparing the progress of an entire class. Portales school officials say […]

Selective Service System has opening for board member

PNT Staff Report The Selective Service System has an opening for a volunteer to serve with its Roosevelt County local board. Local board members are citizen volunteers appointed by the director of the Selective Service System, on recommendations made by their respective state governors or an equivalent public official. Local board members go through an […]

1-18-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: Kirk Wilson Job: Patrolman for Portales Police dept Time on the job: Eight years Background: Volunteer for police department in Arcadia, Calif. Beginning in 1997 for two years. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Enforcing traffic laws. I’m also coordinator for the Portales Adopt-a-Cop program. Q. What is a typical day on the […]

Republican ideology missing in several conservative candidates

Republican voters are having a hard time settling on presidential candidates, now that the party has three separate winners after its first three major primaries. In Michigan on Tuesday, Republican Mitt Romney salvaged his political campaign, which had been withering following losses in New Hampshire and Iowa. Arizona Sen. John McCain failed to attract the […]

Real men not afraid to hold purses

By Helena Rodriguez Recently, I spotted a masculine-looking hombre at the store wearing a nice pair of ostrich-skin boots, a bulky belt buckle and a cowboy hat. To complement his outfit, he was carrying a pink purse. “Now, that’s a real man!” I thought to myself. This hombre, of course, was holding the purse for […]

Squeeze chute can involve toying with fate

By Baxter Black Early in my veterinary career I developed a respect for the machinery used to restrain large beasts. No, I’m not thinking of ropes, twitches or even classic music in the dairy barn, although at one time or another I have used them all. In particular I am thinking of the devil’s playtoy […]

God has plan for everyone, including you

By Joan Clayton Have you ever wondered if God really is in control of your life and if he knows every detail? Have you gone down a dark trail of pain and asked, “Why me?” If you have, you are not alone. Many of the biblical giants (“heroes of faith”) had the same feelings. Think […]

Former Broadway performer takes show to Clovis

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico David Geist doesn’t just want to play music. He wants to teach others why he loves it so much. “I infuse dramatic intent when I play my music,” Geist said, “and that’s what I feel is part of the offering I am able to give.” Geist is playing at […]

A mother’s story: Living with autism

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico Brenden Webb just celebrated his fifth birthday. The curly-haired bundle of energy likes finding rocks, playing with his laptop and exploring the world around him at full speed. But he keeps his impressions of people and things locked deep within. Brenden is autistic. Autism is a complex developmental disability […]

Cannon, Holloman may receive new aircraft

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By Sue Major Holmes: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The skies above New Mexico could see very different military aircraft in the future under a “road map” for the Air Force that means potential changes for the state’s three bases. The document, released Wednesday, offers hints about what aircraft might be based at the reconfigured […]

Regents converge on capital

PNT Staff SANTA FE — Eastern New Mexico University Regents were in Santa Fe for their regular board meeting Wednesday to coincide with the opening of the 30-day legislative session. According to ENMU President Steve Gamble, regents were able to meet with various legislative contacts during the morning and hold their meeting during the afternoon. […]

Legislators aim to tackle wage exceptions

Staff and Wire Reports Lawmakers are moving quickly to help cities and counties avoid millions of dollars in overtime pay for police, firefighters and some other workers. The Senate approved a bill on Wednesday to fix a problem that occurred last year when the state enacted a higher minimum wage. The bill now goes to […]

Zia rally not enough on the road

Freedom New Mexico KINGSVILLE, Texas — Sophomore guard Kayla Naylor hit two clinching free throws with one second left and Texas A&M-Kingsville held off Eastern New Mexico University 66-62 Wednesday night in the Lone Star Conference South Division women’s opener for both teams. The Javelinas (5-9, 1-0) led all the way, but nearly blew a […]

Javelinas dominate Greyhounds

Freedom New Mexico KINGSVILLE, Texas — Texas A&M-Kingsville went on an 18-7 run over the final 5 1/2 minutes of the first half and the Javelinas defeated Eastern New Mexico University 74-65 Wednesday night in the Lone Star Conference South Division men’s opener for both teams. Senior center Stephen Story came off the bench for […]

Bush administration misfires on gun regulation issue

In a brief filed last week with the Supreme Court, the Bush administration paid lip service to the idea that Americans have an individual right to possess a firearm. But the practical implications of its argument show the government is speaking with a forked tongue. Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District […]

Troops need protection during ‘bonus limbo’

By Tom Philpott Pentagon officials and congressional staffs are working together to try to ensure that thousands of bonus-qualified recruits, and thousands of careerists ready to re-enlist, aren’t harmed financially by the current suspension of bonuses and incentive pays. Bonuses and many special pays stopped Jan. 1 because President Bush vetoed the fiscal 2008 defense […]

Hospital board ties feasibility study vote

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With the reorganization of the board at Roosevelt General Hospital an old argument reared its head Tuesday — the merits of offering obstetric services at the hospital. In the end, a discussion of more than two hours came down to a tie vote over whether to spend $28,000 on […]

Portales Police Department applies for re-accreditation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When the Portales Police Department received state accreditation, it became the state’s first police department to do so. Now, the department will be another first — the first to apply for re-accreditation through the New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police, the New Mexico Municipal League and the New […]

1-16-08 Floyd News

Transitions Birthdays Wednesday — Jake Buzard Thursday — Chet Chenault, Don Beard, Jeanie Terry Tuesday — Alice Gossett Upcoming events • Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Pot Luck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. • There will be no school Monday in […]

United Way looking for help to meet goal

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico needs the community’s help to reach this year’s campaign goal of $565,000. The campaign is $73,000 short of its goal and the drive ends Friday, said Christina Martinez, assistant director for the United Way. Of that money, about $61,000 is designated for […]