Rams derailed

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor BLACKWATER DRAW — As the clock began to run out on the Portales football team’s chances of winning its first state title in 18 years Saturday, their principal, Melvin Nusser, knew there was still some fight left in the team. As the former coach turned-principal spoke, the Rams proved […]

Immigrants make U.S. better place

Editorial Immigration won’t destroy America — rather, it built America and made it great. No one knows that truth better than George W. Bush, whose international vision was clear back when he was Texas governor and wasn’t shackled by conservatives at the national level. So it might seem that in signing the bill earlier this […]

Zias snap losing skid

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Whatever Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team did Monday night, junior Randi Egley hopes the Zias can sustain it. Mired in a nine-match losing streak, ENMU finally broke away from Wayland Baptist with a 17-3 run to end the third game and the Zias went on to a 30-27, 23-30, […]

World needs creative thinkers

By Helena Rodriguez : Freedom Newspapers As I begin what may or may not be my last semester of college for awhile, I think about a recent Time Magazine article I read titled “Liberal Arts vs. Business Degrees. ”The article states that more American students are opting for so called “easy” degrees in the liberal […]

MSU-Billings hands Zias first loss

Freedom Newspapers The Montana State-Billings women’s soccer team had already earned two wins on a season-opening three-match road trip, although neither was a cakewalk. After consecutive 1-0 victories at Colorado School of Mines on Thursday and over Fort Lewis in overtime on Saturday in a match played at Eastern New Mexico University, the Lady Yellowjackets […]

Back-to-school scramble going well during tax-free holiday

Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Bargain hunters flocked to Clovis and Portales stores this weekend to take advantage of the state’s second tax-free holiday weekend. Randy Dayhoff, owner of Randy’s Shoes, said his store has done really well during previous tax holidays with customers looking for back-to-school items or even just back-to-work shoes. “It (tax-free holiday) […]

Offensive line big focus for ENMU this spring

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With four starters to replace from a year ago, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is trying to sort things out in its offensive line during spring drills. Offensive line coach Draco Miller said the Greyhounds are making progress as they head into the final week of spring work. “Every […]

Greyhounds aim for better defense Monday night

Freedom Newspapers Shawn Scanlan hopes his Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team has its defensive problems straightened out. Scanlan noted the Greyhounds gave up 20 layups or dunks in a 93-81 Lone Star Conference South Division loss to rival West Texas A&M Monday at Canyon, Texas. ENMU (9-12, 3-3 South) put together a much […]

Grading the governor

Legislators from Curry and Roosevelt Counties graded the performance of Gov. Bill Richardson — some with ambivalence, because Richardson’s term is not yet over. Richardson is a Democrat. The next general election is Nov. 7. Sen. Clinton D. Harden, R-Clovis: “I give him a C+ for providing better services. There is growth in state government, […]

Legislators grade the governor

Freedom Newspapers Legislators from Curry and Roosevelt Counties graded the performance of Gov. Bill Richardson — some with ambivalence, because Richardson’s term is not yet over. Richardson is a Democrat. The next general election is Nov. 7. Sen. Clinton D. Harden, R-Clovis: “I give him a C+ for providing better services. There is growth in […]

Positive changes lead newspapers into 2006

Ray Sullivan: Publisher Newspaper staffs working hard for customers The year 2005 was a busy time for Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. New publishing initiatives and technical upgrades allowed us to expand and improve on how we provide you with important information in traditional and new ways. And it occurred amidst some of the busiest […]

Floyd fire probably contains heroes, lessons

Karl Terry: Managing Editor Wednesday was a day a lot of folks in Roosevelt County won’t soon forget. There’s no doubt the grass fire near Floyd was historic; it could have been tragic. As I drove to work Wednesday morning I noticed a strange-looking cloud to the northwest. The wind was starting to blow and […]

Clovis routs Portales in early-season matchup

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Although both of the respective head coaches might disagree, Friday night saw 5A Clovis as 19 points better than Class 3A Portales. Aimee Hilburn led all scorers with 15 points and Tori Quintana had a pair of back-breaking threes early in the third quarter as the visiting Lady Cats […]

Red hot lover: PHS’s Cyrano opens to acclaim

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Audience members enjoyed the opening night of the Cyrano de Bergerac theater production by the Portales High School students on Thursday night, but the actors still feel like they could do better. More than 150 people showed up to watch the students perform in the Cyrano de Bergerac play, directed […]

PHS volleyball back home this week

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The Portales volleyball team has had to deal with two unfamiliar things for the last week — not playing, and being at home. A 10-day break in District 4-3A play will conclude Saturday when Portales (15-3, 2-0 district) heads down to Ruidoso. Portales would clinch the top spot in the […]

Zias get shutout against rival CSW

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers On the surface, it was just a sleepy non-league win in the middle of Lone Star Conference play. Eastern New Mexico University’s Megan Dozier, though, said Sunday’s 3-0 shutout of Hobbs-based College of the Southwest meant a little more than that to the Zias. “They’re one of our biggest rivals,” […]

Leadership learned through experience, guidance

Jim Lee: Local columnist On Saturday, I became a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Portales. It was the first day of our club’s new administrative year, and officers serve a one-year term. Elwyn Hulett became our new president. Elwyn will do a great job, and I’ll be able to take a break now. […]

We must care in order for our leaders to care

Jim Lee: Local Columnist As a human being I choose to live as a participant rather than exclusively as an observer. To me, this means trying to understand what I don’t understand, particularly when thinking about my own species. Sometimes this turns out as something kind of funny, sometimes something kind of sad. But it […]

Mileage standards could be much better

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor When I took a look at the CNN Web site on Tuesday morning, I couldn’t help but give a slight amount of approval to the Bush administration, or at least the first sentence of the story I uploaded. “The Bush administration announced new fuel economy rules Tuesday that require […]

Take chances, embrace change this school year

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers It’s a fact of life: You can’t keep doing the same thing and then expect different results. Keep this in mind as you start the new school year. But also keep in mind that while it’s better to get things right the first time, there’s nothing wrong with going back and […]