Pioneer Association honors local community members

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With roots running deep in the community as their prerequisite, three Roosevelt County residents accepted pioneer honors Thursday at the Roosevelt County Fair. The occasion was the Roosevelt County Pioneers Association’s annual awards presentation. Held at the Jake Lopez Community Center. The association has met for more than 35 […]

Brown Early Childhood to have more space for expected higher enrollment

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Best-selling author Robert Fulghum says, “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten” and at L.L. Brown Early Childhood Center in Portales, there will be more room for learning during this critical stage. When pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students begin filling the halls on Aug. 21, there will be […]

Teacher looks forward to new school

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Sandy Belden will be a new kindergarten teacher at Brown Early Development Center in Portales this upcoming school year. Having taught first grade at La Casita Elementary School in Clovis for the past two years, Belden said she is looking forward to teaching at Brown. She and her family […]

U.S. special ops commander outlines future

By Mladen Rudman: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s Note: Mladen Rudman is a staff writer for the Northwest Daily News, a Freedom Newspaper in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — One of the keys to taming insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan is ensuring that each country has a military that can handle itself, said the […]

Charter school sought

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some Portales residents are proposing a charter school for the 2007-08 school year to focus on math, science, technology, and college preparation. Joan Brown, one of the organizers, submitted a proposal Thursday afternoon to the Portales school district for the Horace Mann charter school. The school would be an […]

PHS netters preparing for state singles, doubles

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer When Portales High’s Ella Erf and Bethany Self take the No. 1 seed into doubles competition in this weekend’s Class 1A-3A state individual tennis tournament in Albuquerque, they’ll be shooting for perfection. Neither has lost a match all season in singles, and they’ve compiled a 14-0 record in doubles […]

You’ll shoot your eye out Dick

By Karl Terry Call it a premonition or just good judge of character, but I called Vice President Dick Cheney’s hunting style into question just a few weeks before his ill-fated and much-recounted hunting accident. The descriptions published about the vice president’s infamous hunt pretty much back up the assumptions I made about Cheney’s hunting […]

Woman offers to shave head for Relay For Life

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By William Thompson A Portales woman will shave her head Feb. 24 if she raises $500 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Greyhound Arena. Joan Brown, a math instructor at Eastern New Mexico University said she thought the possibility of shaving her head would raise big-time funds for cancer research. Brown has […]

Mustangs hold off rally to beat Zias

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Senior post Katherine Maples scored 27 points and pulled down 19 rebounds and senior forward Angie Faurot hit a tie-breaking 3-point shot with a half-minute left Saturday night as Midwestern State edged Eastern New Mexico University 81-78 in Lone Star Conference South Division women’s basketball at Greyhound Arena. Katie Robertson […]

Brown’s treys prove crucial in Zia win

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University guard Heather Brown is money from the free throw line — she leads the Lone Star Conference, shooting at a 92-percent clip. On Thursday, the Hereford grad also proved she could knock down 3-pointers when it counted, hitting a pair of treys in the final four […]

Buzard looking for improved health in 2006

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer After enduring 14 months of chemotherapy, Zia basketball coach Dan Buzard and his family are hopeful that 2006 will bring good health and a return to regular routines. Buzard said he has a scheduled doctor’s appointment in Albuquerque in March. He said the progression in his health could mean that […]

Miracles: Area residents recount unexplainable events

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By Marlena Hartz The night was dark and the highway seemingly empty. Two men inside a truck had the radio on and the windows rolled up, the vents of the vehicle pumping out a stream of cool air. From behind a bank, a woman in red appeared. She yelled “stop.” The men heard her, and […]

Zias need solid play from pair of friends

By Kevin Wilson: PNT staff writer Whether it’s on the basketball court or in a conversation, Tiana Bryant knows exactly where Heather Brown is, and vice versa. With three players — Rochelle Vance, Elizabeth Richards and Riikka Lehtonen — suffering season-ending ACL injuries within a week of each other — the Brown/Bryant familiarity is something […]

Zias blow out Western

Freedom Newspapers SILVER CITY — Senior post Tiana Bryant had a double-double and Eastern New Mexico University put four players in double figures in rolling to a season-opening 87-61 victory over Western New Mexico Tuesday night. Senior forward Riikka Lehtonen went 6-for-7 from the field en route to a team-high 17 points for the Zias, […]

Experts say pollution trend needs reversing

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Experts in the fields of political science, meteorology, geology and science for the most part felt that air pollution is causing global warming but also felt it would be difficult to change the mindset of government officials and general public members to conserve energy and stop air pollution. Ken Leap, […]

ENMU professors explore freedom and rights at conference

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer More than 130 people showed up at the Becky Sharp Auditorium on Tuesday evening on a quest for answers to the question, What is the price of freedom? Many of those in attendance were Eastern New Mexico University students who showed up to listen to communications professors talk about the […]

FEMA director steps down

Darlene Superville: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mike Brown, the subject of blistering criticism after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and overwhelmed the government’s response, quit Monday as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The White House moved quickly to replace him, installing a top agency official with three decades of firefighting experience […]

University provides new home for alligator

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By Tony Parra Portales residents and school children won’t have to go across the country to the Florida swamps to see an alligator. They can just travel across the city and the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. The Caiman crocodylus, a South American alligator, will be living in the Natural History Museum on the […]

Tennis teams advance to state

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PNT Staff ROSWELL — Portales made a strong showing at the weekend’s District 4/1-3A tournament this weekend at New Mexico Military Institute, as both the boys and girls team made the state tournament along with six individual players. The Lady Rams, who have won the last two state team championships, will go in as the […]

State police officer files two discrimination complaints

Staff and Wire Reports State police officer James Brown has filed two Equal Opportunity Commission complaints against his employer for what he describes as a hostile work environment. The 42-year-old state police patrolman stationed in Clovis since August 2003 says he was unable to resolve the problem internally. Brown’s latest complaint, filed with the New […]