My turn: Making the Dalai Lama proud

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By Sandy Field PNT columnist The Dalai Lama said, “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” I think that’s a grand idea. I’m not sure I do that every year, but I’ve certainly had some success with this suggestion. There are many places within a few hours’ drive that I still need to […]

Peanut growers in bind

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Peanut farmers have a different pay schedule than most. Once they harvest their peanuts in the fall, typically about mid to late-October, they are paid for their crop for the entire year. When Sunland Inc., declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy early in October, growers in eastern New Mexico and […]

Oasis hosts annual fishing clinic

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The 23rd Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic was up and running bright and early Saturday morning at Oasis State Park. Youth anglers brought their poles, tackle boxes, and listening ears as they took in the fundamentals of fishing from volunteers representing various organizations. The Kids Fishin’ Clinic was […]

Rams beat Lovington in regular season for first time since 1994

CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero
Ram wide receiver John Young snags a long pass over Lovington's Laden Blythe in the first half of the Rams Friday evening game against the Lovington Wildcats at Greyhound Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Matt Martinez was taking a nap at home Thursday afternoon when a teammate came to tell him he was Friday’s starting quarterback in the Portales Rams’ must-win game against the hated Lovington Wildcats. “I thought,” the Ram junior said, “I might still be dreaming.” Well, don’t wake him […]

Literacy gets focus

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Eastern Plains Community Action Agency Head Start has proclaimed November as their Literacy Awareness Month in an effort to focus on literacy for Head Start students and prepare them for kindergarten. “This is a statewide literacy awareness event,” said Susan Zamora, Head Start director for EPCAA. […]

Costumed kids get safe sweets

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Olivia Low did not want to be a princess or anything that girls would stereotypically be. She wanted to take one small step for candy but a giant step for girl power with her astronaut costume. “I wanted to be an astronaut because everyone else is something girlie,” […]

My Turn: Miss Jan’s manners best Halloween tradition

Betty Williamson

My friends Jan and Rick Hauptmann lived in a beautiful home on East 17th Street in Portales, a broad road that bisects one of the most popular trick-or-treating neighborhoods in town. Jan, known as “Miss Jan” to my young daughter and hundreds of area youngsters, was the queen of Halloween. Early each Halloween evening, Miss […]

ENMU Library holds film history

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library’s Special Collections Librarian Gene Bundy said Star Wars Creator George Lucas provided his hand-written shooting script for the “Empire Strikes Back,” to accompany the original script written by Leigh Brackett.

CMI staff A few dedicated sci-fi fans are in on the secret about Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library’s gem in the Special Collections section. Upon request, there are original movie scripts and screenplays available for public viewing from Leigh Brackett, an author and screenwriter who was good friends with ENMU legend and science fiction […]

13th year for spear contest

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The 13th Annual Fall Atlatl Competition Saturday morning at the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site drew participants from across New Mexico and Texas. Nicholas Unger made a trip from San Marcos, Texas, with his two grandsons. “I’ve been coming to this event for the past four years,” said […]

Blood drives crucial for community benefit

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com While most people were sitting down to a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, Exie Price Williams was in the hospital that Thursday in 2008. She was there with a stomach virus she says saved her life because while there, her blood work revealed she had aplastic anemia, a bone […]