Amateur dinosaur hunter strikes it rich

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By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico North of Clovis, in the Tucumcari Basin, dinosaurs roamed a tropical swamp 225 million years ago. Teresa Allsup, an amateur paleontologist from Clovis, collects the skeletons left behind. On a recent dig, Allsup’s passion for hunting for dinosaur fossils emerged in a series of “awesomes” and “wows” as she […]

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 […]

Three-hour standoff ends peacefully

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An armed Clovis man surrendered to police Saturday after a standoff that lasted almost three hours and encompassed multiple locations on Clovis’ west side. The 34-year-old pulled a .45-caliber handgun from his glove compartment, pointed it at his head and drove away when police asked for a driver’s license […]

11-11 Library books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain By Peter Sis. Peter Sis was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia at the beginning of the Cold War. An acclaimed illustrator of children’s books, Sis uses the medium of pen and ink to tell the story of his […]

Act should be reformed in non-election year

Editorial In what appears to be a desperate attempt to salvage some semblance of a legacy from a lame-duck period, President Bush indulged in a bit of political theater last week. He assembled a group of civil rights leaders at the White House and herded them into the Rose Garden to plead with Congress to […]

Educators respond to Richardson’s plan

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Presidential hopeful Gov. Bill Richardson revealed Thursday a $60 billion education plan to overhaul the national education system which nixes No Child Left Behind. Richardson said he would pay for the plan by cutting Cold War-era weapons systems and ending subsidies to private banks, and still have money left […]

Lady Rams finish undefeated in district

LOVINGTON — Even with the district championship in hand, the Portales Lady Rams refused to give up when they fell behind late in their district finale. After winning the first game of the District 4-3A doubleheader 10-1 behind solid pitching from senior Sasha Parker, Portales rallied from a late 3-0 deficit to beat the Lady […]

U.S. falling behind in entrepreneurial activity

Editorial Our nation was founded by people risking their lives to personally profit. They became people who risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to establish a never-before-attempted form of governance, also for individual and mutual profit. America emerged as the world leader in innovation, risk-taking and optimism, the most profitable country on Earth. Calculated […]

History shouldn’t be optional subject

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers While I was on a dinner break last week, I went to a fast-food restaurant for a quick bite. While in line, I heard a teenager behind me sitting and joking with his friends. The teenager was not willing to trade seats with another friend. He said with laugh, “I’m […]

Bulls can’t be cajoled into behaving

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist I withdrew my plastic-sleeved arm from the cow and looked back down the alley. It was empty but I could see into the big crowding pen where a large bull stood placidly. My teenage son and my neighbor’s teenage daughter stood behind him trying to push him toward the chute. […]

Lelei finishes 12th, Greyhounds third at NMSU meet

Freedom Newspapers LAS CRUCES — Junior Nimrod Lelei finished sixth and sophomore Felix Boit was 12th in New Mexico State’s Kachina Classic cross country meet on Saturday, leading the Greyhounds to a third-place team finish. Lelei placed sixth with a tiime of 23 minutes, 4.3 seconds — behind five runners from team champion Texas-El Paso, […]

Include safety in your summertime fun plans

Master Sgt. Patrick Mehmert Good old summertime means fun at the lake, camping, and swimming. At Cannon, this often means spending a bit of time behind the wheel. There aren’t many lakes or mountains in our immediate area, so we often hit the wide-open New Mexico highways in search of family fun. Unfortunately, along the […]

We carry a lot of spiritual baggage

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I just returned from an unforgettable trip to Tucson, Ariz., which made me realize 1) I don’t understand the concept of “light packing,” and 2) I also carry a lot of “spiritual baggage.” My daughter Laura and I went with the youth group of St. Helen’s Catholic Church to a […]

Nusser relies on leadership skills and 20 years of experience

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Editor’s note: This is the fourth of five interviews with the finalists for the Portales School Superintendent position. The superintendent will be announced at Monday’s school board meeting: Melvin Nusser is the Portales High School principal and has been principal for three and a half years. Q: What aspects […]

In this play, the butler did too much

By Bob Huber Now comes the post-holiday clamydamps, which always reminds me of high school Christmas productions and my rookie Thespian career. They were epic moments in theatrical history ranked up there with performances by Larry, Moe, and Curly. The one I remember most was the result of a unique blend of blonde hair and […]

Lady Tigers defeat Melrose

PNT Staff ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers opened District 3-1A play Thursday night with a 25-19, 25-15, 25-17 victory over Melrose. Elida coach Darrell Chenault said the Lady Tigers fell behind in the first game, but took control behind strong serving. For the match, theh had just five errors on 61 serves. “We served […]

Latinas try to shatter stereotypes

By Helena Rodriguez Somebody said something the other day that ticked me off. I was apologetically five minutes late for an interview. I even called my boss to tell this person I was going to be five minutes late. When I got there, this guy said, “Latinas are always late!” He happened to be a […]

Summer adventures are coming to an end

Bob Huber When I was a kid, the end of July was a time of the jitters. Summer was waning, and already I could hear the forlorn tolling of school bells. I mentioned that fact to my friend Smooth Heine one morning as we smoked grape leaves in snakeweed pipes behind his father’s barn. “It […]