ACU pounds Hounds

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University coach Mark Ribaudo knew it would be tough for his team to just line up and play with fourth-ranked Abilene Christian, so he decided to throw a few things at the Wildcats. Like an onside kick to start the game (it didn’t […]

Fourth-ranked Abilene Christian cruises past Greyhounds

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BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University coach Mark Ribaudo knew it would be tough for his team to just line up and play with fourth-ranked Abilene Christian, so he decided to throw a few things at the Wildcats. Like an onside kick to start the game (it didn’t work), a 2-point conversion off the […]

Editorial: Debate shows few differences

From a political perspective, the big debate Friday night was probably a draw. Given that the electorate is nearly evenly divided on which candidate to choose, the debate results will only reinforce this indeterminate status quo. Republican John McCain had better answers on the economy. But Democrat Barack Obama had better answers on foreign policy […]

Greyhounds’ new offense shines in Saturday scrimmage

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — These are not your father’s Greyhounds, for sure. Fourth-year coach Mark Ribaudo and his staff are implementing an uptempo-style spread passing attack in preparation for the 2008 season. Everything went pretty well in Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium, he said, helped by an unseasonably cool, […]

Another man’s treasure

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Like a huge yard sale but with more noise and more mystery, public auctions draw crowds. Eastern New Mexico University’s surplus auction Saturday attracted more than 175 potential buyers with registered numbers and twice that many or more onlookers gathered in a parking lot amid rows of castoff equipment. […]

Racino could benefit region

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Area residents said while having a racetrack and casino in Tucumcari would draw more people and money to this part of the state, some say the risks could outweigh the benefits. During Thursday’s hearing at the Tucumcari Convention Center, proponents of the Coronado Park Race Track and Casino, said […]

Business owner hopes to draw new neighbors

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer Local business owners are trying to attract new and existing businesses with the construction of new office and retail space in the 400 block of South Avenue C. There will be 11 units constructed for retail or office use, said project owner Max Merrick. There is no date set […]

Greyhounds manhandle Alumni in shutout

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Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — There wasn’t much suspense in Alumni Bowl II. Freshman quarterback Carl Bouldin threw three first-half touchdown passes and Eastern New Mexico University cruised past the Alumni 27-0 on Saturday at Greyhound Stadium. In the first version of the event a year ago, the Greyhounds had their hands full before […]

Hounds complete second scrimmage of spring

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — Kyle Wilson figures with the Eastern New Mexico University offense converting to a spread attack this spring, the defense is getting an early taste of what it’s likely to see in the fall. ENMU conducted its second spring scrimmage on Saturday morning at Greyhound Stadium, and […]

Ribaudo: Air attack is shaping up

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — So far, so good, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo says. The Greyhounds’ transition from a triple-option offense to one which will rely more heavily on the passing game continued Saturday morning during a two-hour scrimmage under brisk conditions at Greyhound Stadium. “I was […]

Museum dedicates new signs, shelter

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Early man and the way he likely lived got a sharper focus at a local National Historic Landmark as new interpretive signs and a group shelter were dedicated Friday. Representatives from New Mexico State Parks and Eastern New Mexico University came together for the ceremony marking the completion of […]

Project completion to be marked with ceremony

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks will celebrate the completion of a project to improve visitor facilities at Blackwater Draw near Portales with a public ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to an ENMU press release. Using funds requested by Gov. Bill Richardson and appropriated by the New Mexico […]

The bone keeper

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers An early morning rain has made the earth soft. On days like this, Joanne Dickenson strolls through her back yard, searching for treasures revealed by the rain. She bends down and examines something, shifting her glasses from her neck to her nose. The bottoms of her white sneakers sink into […]

Power of suggestion can can cause optical illusions

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Sammi is one of those children for which parents have great expectations but a healthy dose of apprehension. In other words, her self-confidence was bound to get her into trouble now and then. As a 13-year-old ranch kid, she could rope and ride, do the chores, cook, read, shoot, and […]

Students seek to unearth club

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Hollywood archaeologist Indiana Jones never visited eastern New Mexico in his movies, but if he had arrived on the scene at Blackwater Draw in the 1960s, he would have sought out the members of the El Llano Archaeology Society. Archaeology students at Eastern New Mexico University and a few […]

ENMU hosts atlatl throw

ENMU Communications Registration for the 2006 Blackwater Draw Atlatl Throw will be held at Eastern New Mexico University’s Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The site is located along the road to Cannon Air Force Base (N.M. 467), about six miles north of Portales and one mile north of the turn to […]

Blackwater Draw offers history

Compiled by Mike Jimenez For a daytrip that is much closer to home and doesn’t require much more than 15 minutes of driving time, visit the Blackwater Draw Museum outside Portales. This museum was opened to the public in 1969 as a means of displaying artifacts found at the Blackwater Locality No. 1 site. These […]

Hounds seek better result against Buffs

By Dave Wagner With consecutive wins under their collective belt, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott believes the Greyhounds are starting to hit their stride. But as they found out last year, rival West Texas A&M is perfectly capable of throwing up a major roadblock. The Lone Star Conference South Division foes clash […]

Blackwater Draw site showcases Clovis people

Michelle Seeber Evidence of Blackwater Draw’s Clovis people was hidden for centuries before Dust Bowl winds revealed their existence 75 years ago. Ridgley Whiteman, a teenager who regularly explored the site in search of those who came before him, is credited with discovery of Clovis Man. In 1929, Whiteman sent three letters, accompanied by a […]

Fun takes center stage at town square

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By Mike Linn A wisecracking stuffed dog wheeling around the Portales square in a fire truck? It earned a plethora of attention from curious children — and a few adults — on Thursday. But many of the interested onlookers were unaware of how a stuffed animal could be so witty and such a talented driver. […]