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 […]