Free advice for high school grads

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist My nieces, Marili and Anisha, will be among the Portales High School graduates on Friday night. As they modeled their graduation gowns recently, I hummed “Pomp and Circumstance.” You know, “Tahn, tahn, tahn, tahn, tahn …” and started on how “Today is the first day of the rest of your […]

Young bucks

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When her dad asked her brother if he wanted to try bullriding, Krystal Juare said she spoke up and said she wanted to. Friday night, the 15-year-old from Lubbock was one of a kind among her junior bullriding peers as the group of nine kids prepared to ride mini-bulls. […]

My turn: Pickles among my pet peeves

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By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico A few things that annoy me: • E-mails marked “urgent” that clearly are not urgent. Especially those that come from royalty who need my help transferring millions of dollars out of their politically troubled countries. I can’t help everybody. • Junk mail telling me I’ve “qualified to […]

Jamboree draws young and old

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Young and old came out for music and a special anniversary for the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. Among many guests for the event’s 60th year was Rebecca Lawson. She started performing in the jamboree in 1973 but moved to Oregon for a job three years later “When I […]

Taco Box celebrates inclusion in green chile cheeseburger trail

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail runs right through Portales and Clovis. Taco Box celebrated its recent election to the New Mexico Department of Tourism Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail on Wednesday. Taco Box owner Tom Martin said his restaurants were among the 20 independent establishments and chains voters, mostly visitors […]

Study: Roosevelt County among healthiest in state

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt and Curry counties are ranked among the 10 healthiest in the state. The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the results of their nationwide study of counties’ health Wednesday. The study included factors such as individual behavior, quality of and access […]

Baskett’s misplay among several Colts gaffes

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — Hank Baskett heard the words, “Blue ball.” And with that, he thought he had recovered his muff for his blue-clad Indianapolis Colts on the onside kick that started Super Bowl XLIV’s second half Sunday in Miami. That’s when he relaxed in the pile, he said, and a […]

Hounds looking for line help

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is hoping to sign 15 to 20 prospects today, the first day players can sign a letter of intent to play college football. Among them will be Portales’ running back Jesus Davalos, who looked at the University of New Mexico briefly before making the hometown […]

PRMC provides region’s sole obstetrics department

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Plains Regional Medical Center has a unique distinction among the hospitals that dot eastern New Mexico and neighboring West Texas towns — they are the sole facility with an active obstetrics department. Dr. Bruce Cross, who has been practicing obstetrics in Clovis for 22 years, said that obstetrics department […]

U.S. realizing pitfalls of big government

Freedom New Mexico Quitting must be a cool new trend among leading Democrats. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter became the latest, announcing Jan. 5 he won’t seek re-election next fall. He cited family concerns, but maybe he considered a re-election bid futile. It should be a great time to be a Democrat. One of the left’s […]

Floyd High School listed among best in America

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Floyd and Texico high schools are listed among the U.S. News and World Report’s picks for America’s Best High Schools. They earned a Bronze Medal based on data from the 2007-2008 school year. Floyd and Texico are two schools out of 19 in New Mexico and 1,201 in the […]

Elida woman inducted to 4-H Hall of Fame

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Glenda Parrish Anthony of Elida was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame earlier this month for working at something she just might enjoy more than anything. Anthony was among 13 given a place of honor Dec. 15 for their service to the program. Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist […]

Program combats high tobacco use rates among county youth

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout takes place on Thursday, much attention will be paid to helping people with a bad habit try to quit. In Roosevelt County, Theresa Teti is trying to reach out to those who aren’t quite set in their ways. Teti is […]

Urban newcomers welcome to farm

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The phenomenon of backyard animal husbandry is spreading among urban folks with no farm background. They are choosing to raise fowl and small mammals to eat. The economy is the main factor but it apparently appeals to the “homegrown is better” mentality. This rediscovery of the truth in the human/animal […]

ENMU designated as ‘military friendly’

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer In services for military members, their spouses and veterans, Eastern New Mexico University is among the top 15 percent of post-secondary schools in the nation, according to the magazine G.I. Jobs. The magazine has given ENMU the “Military Friendly School” designation. “At Eastern New Mexico University, we very much […]

State pledge credited to Portales women

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico, the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures. Current students in New Mexico’s public school systems are likely very aware of the salute to the flag of New Mexico, having to recite it along with the pledge of […]

Teen summit encourages active lifestyle among youth

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Teen Summit, with the theme of “Nothing To Do, Says Who,” may have suffered from the Columbus Day holiday just a little bit on Monday, but participants had positive comments. Only four participants signed up for the event at the Portales Recreation Center and, in fact, were […]

Area farmers eligible for disaster aid

PNT staff U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom J. Vilsack has declared Roosevelt County a disaster area in a move that also affects Curry and Quay counties. Roosevelt is among seven New Mexico counties listed as disaster areas because of production losses from high winds and drought, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Curry and […]

Pizza chain among other businesses lured to Portales

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer What do you get when you combine dough, tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni? Economic development. Well, pizza, too. Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza is one of about 20 new businesses the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation has helped locate in Portales since Greg Fisher took over as director […]

Cowboy services offered at church

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Brad Morgan has been the pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Portales for just over a year. Among the different services he conducts at the 18th Street place of worship is “Cowboy Church” every Tuesday night. Morgan, 37, previously served in various capacities at Bethel Baptist and Emmanuel Baptist churches in Portales. Are there real […]