Shorthanded Zias fall shot against Lady Buffs

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Already playing shorthanded much of this season, Eastern New Mexico University’s women learned on Sunday they had lost another player. The Zias entered Monday’s Lone Star Conference South Division clash with West Texas A&M at Greyhound Arena minus Portales High grad and sophomore guard Erika Cook, who suffered a broken […]

Portales teams have momentum

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer It’s safe to say that both Portales teams built a little bit of momentum with Friday victories. It’s an even safer bet that neither squad is looking to lose any of the new-found momentum with homecoming only a few days away. Both teams have games later this week against […]

Zias drop non-conference game to St. Edward’s

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With her team down 10 points, St. Edward’s women’s coach Jennifer White issued a challenge. Her team responded with a dominant second-half performance. In a game of runs, the Hilltoppers made the final one, outscoring Eastern New Mexico University 20-2 to take control en route to a 60-52 victory Saturday […]

Losses help lead Portales on winning path

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer In high school volleyball, 22 wins say a lot about a team. In Portales’ case, three losses said just as much. After Portales survived five-game battles against St. Michael’s and Pojoaque to claim its fourth Class 3A title in six years, it could be said those three losses that […]

Dairies are a way of life, not just business

Sharon Lombardi: Guest columninst Apples are not oranges and Eastern New Mexico isn’t the San Joaquin Valley. It’s unfair and inaccurate to discuss issues that may appear to be similar but really are different. In response to some dairy-industry critics: Yes, there has been an influx of dairies from California to New Mexico. They came […]

Legend of ‘Ooo’ fills out holiday

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Let’s take a look at Sasquatch in New Mexico, because October is Halloween Month — a 30-day celebration commemorating the grand opening of the first Wal-Mart Scary Costume and Candy Store, a time when traditional gangs of masked dwarves roam the streets, extorting candy from their neighbors. And that’s just the […]

Group helps victims

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Kevin Wilson:PNT Staff Writer Unbreakable, a local music group, and other artists who perform with the group spent Sunday afternoon using soap, hoses, water and brushes to do their part for Hurricane Katrina survivors. It started last week when Tony Montoya (performing name T-Loked) called up other group members and brainstormed ways to do their […]

ENMU riders fall short of rodeo finals

Freedom Newspapers CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Dusty Higgins and sophomore Brittany Bennett came up just a little short of reaching Saturday’s short-go finals in the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center. Higgins finished 13th in bull riding — the top 12 go to the finals — with his […]

Four score for Portales

By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s track teams were relegated to four scoring finishes over the weekend in Class 3A state competition at the University of New Mexico. PHS posted three sixths for three points in boys competition while the girls came up with a fifth-place finish, good for two points, when eighth-grader Kelsi […]

On VE Day reflect on waste and pain of war

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Sixty years ago today, one of the worst events in human history came to its long-awaited end. The allies called it Victory in Europe, and the annual remembrance is called VE Day. The day commemorates the end of World War II in Europe. With still a war to be won […]

I lost my funny bone in surgery

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist If you’re a dinner party hostess who wants to save money on hors d’oeuvres so you can donate to the Martha Stewart Relief Fund, allow me to offer some help. I know a sure-fire way to curb appetites. I’m talking about steering the dinner conversation into a detailed discussion of […]

Reflections on Easter

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Many thoughts come to mind when I think of Easter. I prefer to call it “Resurrection Day.” I think of the great sacrifice Jesus made for you and me. I think of the pain, the shame and the agony he endured. He came to give us “life and to […]

Ideas I have had for columns

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist Here at the Bureau of Very Important Essentials, we’re often asked where in the world we get ideas for our columns. So, allow me to come out of the closet today and tell you. After long, arduous, scholarly hours in front of a computer, I steal them. Still, that routine […]

Feb. 16 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Dora area residents are thankful for all the moisture that continues to come. It gives great hopes for the crops this yea and for pasture grass too. Banquet The Valentine Banquet Sunday evening at the Dora Baptist Church was well attended. The funds from those attending and other promised contributions will go […]

Elida posts sweep over Lovington JVs

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — The Elida basketball jumped over the .500 mark on Monday with a sweep of the Lovington junior varsity squads. Elida won the boys game 50-35 while the Lady Tigers came away with a 44-28 victory. Dylan Radcliff scored 22 points for Elida’s boys, including a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers. His other […]

Gesture reflects Christmas spirit

By Margaret Kirby: Guest Columnist I would like to thank a young lady — whose name I don’t know — from the Dora Baptist Church. She gave my 3-year-old daughter a candy cane at the Portales Christmas parade on Dec. 3. I know that collecting a ton of candy is not what Christmas or parades […]

Do you have your gift from God?

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist A special memory of my first Christmas as a newly wed still warms my heart today. We lived in Eastern University’s “Vetville.” Vetville (rows of army barracks converted to apartments) housed married veterans for $25.00 a month. Everyone seemed to be in the same boat … going to school on […]

Floyd wins battle of unbeatens from Melrose

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By Eric Butler FLOYD — Jonathan Chavez wasn’t happy with the support his teams was getting so he marched over to the home stands and exhorted the faithful to stand up and cheer. TheFloyd senior gave the Broncos faithful something to holler about midway through the fourth quarter, hauling in a 10-yard touchdown lob from […]

‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ mentality needed for recent rain

By Helena Rodriguez How many of you actually got some of your “save it for a rainy day” things checked off your list during this week’s rainstorms? That’s a good way to know whether someone is sincere about doing something. Nothing like a little bit of rain to bring out the truth. And nothing like […]

Like a cow out of water

By Baxter Black If God intended cows to swim, he’d give them all flippers. You rarely see a mermaid calf or Holstein skinny dippers. But in their battle to survive, I’ve seen cows come unraveled, and to escape the cowboy’s loop they will choose the path less traveled. Now Randy wasn’t brilliant, but he was […]