Day Trip: Sacramento mountains, Ruidoso invite you to 60th annual Aspenfest

Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers The Sacramento mountains are waiting for you in the cool pines of Ruidoso during the weekend of Oct. 1-2 for the town’s annual Aspenfest weekend. There will be plenty of events throughout the weekend to keep you busy, and cool at the same time. Where is it? Ruidoso is approximately 160 [...]

School start delayed due to construction

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer he start of classes at Dora Consolidated Schools has been delayed from Thursday to Aug. 18 because of ongoing construction, according to superintendent Jim Reed. Reed said construction is taking place on a new complex between the high school and elementary buildings. The complex will have the school library, a [...]

City celebrates freedom

By Kevin Wilson They gathered together with coolers and portable chairs, 14 in all. They had come from Clovis, Portales and Amarillo — and gathered to celebrate their independence. While in wording it might have seemed like a contradiction in terms, that’s just what one particular group did as part of its annual tradition at [...]

Oct. 10 Elida School News

Elida Elementary and Elida High School will host a parent-teacher conference on Friday from 1-4 p.m. All parents and legal guardians of students at Elida are encouraged to come interact with teachers to be informed about the progress of their children’s school work.  The elementary PTO will be sponsoring their annual Fall Festival on Saturday. [...]

ENMU set to honor traditions for annual homecoming

By Laurie Stone reparations are underway as Eastern New Mexico University prepares to celebrate its 66th homecoming. This year’s theme, “Spirit, Pride, Tradition” recognizes ENMU for its 70th year as a University. The week of events leads up to one of the biggest traditions for ENMU, the “Wagon Wheel” game against West Texas A&M. The [...]

Nothing changes in the NEA

By Neal McCluskey For an instant, the National Education Association (NEA) seemed poised to turn a corner. “Let me send my kids to the schools where yours go,” NEA president Reg Weaver exhorted a Florida crowd in May, sparking hope that the leader of the nation’s largest teachers union was about to demand school choice. No [...]

Local briefs

Staff reports Second annual Rough Rider motorcycle rally planned Motorcyclists from across the area are invited to attend the second annual Rough Rider Rally held in conjunction with the 20th Annual Heritage Days scheduled June 19 at the Portales City Park at Seventh and Abilene. A poker run will take place at the Memorial Building [...]

Prices could rise at Oasis State Park

Mike Linn State officials are proposing price increases at Oasis State Park, and all state parks in New Mexico, to help supplement low admissions across the state due to drought conditions. Oasis State Park Director Jim Whary briefed the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting about the proposed changes, claiming the state is in the [...]

First United Methodist Church celebrates 50 years of serving turkey

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Helena Rodriguez Forty roasted turkeys, 24 tubs of dressing, 250 pumpkin pies, 80 gallons of green beans, 500 apples, 100 stalks of celery and 14 gallons of cranberry sauce. Sounds like enough to feed an army — or about 1,400-plus hungry people expected to attend the 50th annual First United Methodist Church Thanksgiving Dinner and [...]

Senior center hosts annual chili cookoff contest

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Mike Linn Thirteen pots of red chili adorned a table at the Portales Senior Citizens Center Monday night. A hot, seasoned aroma hovered lightly in the room. And a spicy zing painted the taste buds of some 45 seniors and six judges. The Fourth Annual Chili Cookoff and first annual pie baking contest raised an [...]