We were upstaged by a master prankster

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist When I was a kid, April Fools’ Day lasted all month. It was unwritten law in those days that guys got to seek revenge for tricks played on them. To limit that activity to only one day was blatantly unfair. (That edict always ceased at midnight, April 30, which was […]

Cultural entertainment walks, jousts and stomps its way to Clovis in Prairiedoggapalooza

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Local bands, medieval jousting, a community 5K run/walk and an ethnic dance group are on the list of entertainment at this year’s Prairiedoggapalooza. The fourth annual Clovis Community College festival April 23 will feature The Rhythm Cartel, a fraternal stepping group from the University of New Mexico. Noudjal Gamaugoun, an […]

Students observe day of silence

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor For Eastern New Mexico University freshman Jenny Gheer, the sign hanging from her neck said everything she needed to say. And if it didn’t, she had a pen to help. Gheer was one of many in the community who took part Wednesday in Day of Silence, a national program […]

Reactions differ on Day of Silence

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Some Eastern New Mexico University students are trying to make a statement today — by staying silent. The Day of Silence is a national youth movement organized to protest harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people. Those participating in the Day of Silence will wear a red T-shirt […]

April 13 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Darwin Chenault. Upcoming events • Seniors meet Thursday night for games and friendship. Back Porch Pickers The Floyd Back Porch Pickers will meet this Sunday at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attended, with the only requirement to love music. Bring an instrument, voice, or just come to listen. Contact […]

State employees receive half-day off

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is giving state workers a half day of leave Friday to remember Pope John Paul II. The governor declared Friday at day of remembrance for the life of the pope. In issuing the executive order Wednesday granting leave to state employees, he said he hopes […]

Pope remembered for leading by example

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist When we lived in Abilene, Texas, my daughter, Laura, called me from a youth conference at the archdiocese in San Angelo and excitedly exclaimed, “I met The Pope!” I was like “What?” and then I started rolling in laughter. When I told this to my friend, Debra Vasquez, who was […]

Women’s event set for weekend

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Women will find plenty of activities to do in Portales on Saturday during the First annual Women’s Day Out in the College of Business on the Eastern New Mexico University campus. There will be more than 60 seminars from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the categories of home […]

April Fool’s Day: Historically speaking

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Since we survived Friday’s April Fools’ pranks, it’s time to look forward to the spring rebirth in our annual cycle. By the way, the first day of spring (two weeks ago today) and April Fools’ Day have much in common. April Fools’ Day, or All Fools’ Day, began in France […]

Student enjoys good friends, sun, ocean

Name: Christy Fields Your job: Student Your age (and Birth Date): 16; May 1, 1988. Your hometown: Portales  Your family: Parents Philip and Janet, my brother Stephen, and a sister Janay. Your Hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: “I’m a Sunday school teacher for the 3 and 4 year olds at Trinity Family […]

Whispers can mean so much

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist He first saw me in front of a grocery store… a 13- year- old fat girl wearing ugly glasses eating an ice cream cone. That this tall lanky, handsome kid should even notice me made me believe in miracles. He smiled at me and I smiled back thinking, Was […]

Businesses are ‘primo’ family affair

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Victor and Rosario Garcia had dreams of a better life and they came to the United States from Mexico 18 years ago in pursuit of them. Through an unexpected combination of businesses, they’ve accomplished some of those dreams. Rosario Garcia is the co-owner of La Paz Authentic Mexican Food […]

March 30 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael There was a little moisture in the south county area Saturday, but no snow accumulation and no muddy roads to hamper school bus routes for this week. Some of the irrigation farmers are preparing to sow oats around the fields so when they get young crops up there won’t be sand blowing […]

Mitchell knows no other home

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Your name: B.J. Mitchell. Your job: History Teacher and coach at Portales Junior High. Your age (and Birth Date): 26 years old; March 5, 1979. Your hometown: Portales. Occupation: I teach U.S. history and reading and I coach eighth-grade football, basketball, and track. Your family: Wife: Erin, Son: Brent, daughter on the way in July […]

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 […]

March 20 Dora School News

Because of the snow, Dora students missed school on Tuesday. With the day off, the children created snowmen and snow angels, and some had snowball fights. On Wednesday, there was a short day because of a two-hour delay. Things went as scheduled for the rest of the week. Birthdays Elementary: March 16, Micah Massey; 17, […]

RGH ready to open addition

PNT Staff The addition to Roosevelt General Hospital is scheduled to be in operation Monday, according to reports from Thursday’s hospital board meeting. The building will include additional room for 11 physicians, medical staff and the patients. Also mentioned at the board meeting was a room for use in education programs on diabetes and ways […]

Contemporary music performer, conductor travels throughout the country.

By Freedom Newspapers A conductor and performer in contemporary music, David Felberg’s recitals and chamber music presentations have taken him around the country. The associate concertmaster of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra will perform tonight in Clovis at the Town Hall as a part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Art Series. He will be accompanied […]

Personalities Plus: Don Thomas

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Your name: Don Thomas Your job: The Print Shop Your age (and Birth Date): 38; Oct. 16, 1966 Your hometown: Portales. Your family: My Parents; Leroy & Gaynelle, two sisters; Cozetta & Thom Moore (they have 4 kids & 2 grandkids) Alowetta & Marc Terrien (3 kids, no grandkids) and one brother; Stan & Lorna […]

Covert knowledge from my mother

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist When I was a kid, I stayed alert to the whims of the Axis power, namely my mother, and I found she had a vast array of covert knowledge hidden beneath her quaint farm-girl homilies. Her views on some of mankind’s most endearing areas of scholarship stick with me to […]