My turn: Students learn importance of ‘prairie coal’

I spent an afternoon recently with fifth- and sixth-graders from various local schools who were exploring a dry playa lake bed near Dora. The pasture we were in held cattle all summer. While they had been moved out long before our visit, there was still plenty of evidence they’d been there. Cattle are generous that […]

Hounds win MSU meet; Zias fifth

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Senior Casey Robertson led five Eastern New Mexico University men in the top nine, finishing fourth in 34 minutes, 55.8 seconds over 10 kilometers on Saturday as the Greyhounds stormed to the team title in Midwestern State’s Cross Country Carinval. ENMU finished with 33 points to easily outdistance second-place […]

ENMU men win MSU meet; Zias fifth

Freedom New Mexico WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Senior Casey Robertson led five Eastern New Mexico University men in the top nine, finishing fourth in 34 minutes, 55.8 seconds over 10 kilometers on Saturday as the Greyhounds stormed to the team title in Midwestern State’s Cross Country Carinval. ENMU, ranked ninth in NCAA Division II, finished […]

Hounds eighth, Zias fifth in Cowboy Jamboree

Freedom New Mexico STILLWATER, Okla. — Junior Isaiah Samoei and sophomore Adrienne Montoya led Eastern New Mexico University’s cross country teams to solid finishes on Saturday in the Cowboy Jamboree, hosted by Oklahoma State. The Greyhounds, competing in the university men’s division, finished eighth with 282 team points. Oklahoma State took the team title with […]

Businesses offer entertainment venues for Fifth Friday events

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Alisa Boswell City officials and residents’ ambitions to make downtown Portales “alive after five” begins Friday night with the MainStreet Program’s first Fifth Fridays event. The MainStreet Program Manager Sandy Van Der Veen and local business owners involve all said they anticipate a good turnout for the first event, but they believe the number of […]

Friday morning briefing: Fifth Friday, blessing the beasts and a reason for neckties

Good morning. The Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing is the best way to start your day: Celebration Fifth Friday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. today features special sales at stores open late, food and entertainment in downtown Portales. Information: 356-8541. Hot cars There’s a car show 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Sands Shopping Center in […]

My turn: Not afraid to tell truth

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Recently, several young people asked me if I ever inhaled. They wanted juicy details about my high school and college days. Instead of pleading the fifth, I told the whole truth and nothing but. “Yes, I’ve inhaled,” I said. With no plans for an Oval Office run, I also admitted to exhaling, cigarettes that is, […]

Fifth Fridays joint community event

The Portales Arts Council, Portales MainStreet and City of Portales Cultural Affairs have teamed up to bring city residents Fifth Fridays, a new Portales event which will happen on the last Friday of every five-week month The first “Fifth Friday” is Sept. 30, with potential followups Dec. 30 and March 30, 2012. Event Chair Dawn […]

ENMU squads place third, fifth at Tarleton rodeo

Freedom New Mexico STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women finished third while the men were fifth over the weekend in the Tarleton State rodeo, the final outing of the year for the Zias and Greyhounds. Freshman Logan Medlin teamed with New Mexico Junior College’s R.H. Whitten to post a total time of 12.4 […]

ENMU men finish fifth in Western Texas College rodeo

Freedom New Mexico SNYDER, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s men finished fifth over the weekend in the Western Texas College rodeo. Sophomore Billy Good of Portales and freshman Pecos Thomas of Plainview, Texas, finished second in the avarage in team roping afer winning the first go with a time of 5.5 seconds and taking […]

Editorial: Military action in Libya not justified

Now in the fifth day of America’s third war, President Barack Obama has failed to offer Congress or the American people a reasonable and thorough justification for Operation Odyssey Dawn, or a definition of the mission and success in Libya. He sought support from European nations and the Arab League in concert with the United […]

Lindsey-Steiner fifth-grader saves fellow student

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Alisa Boswell Jesus Lavalle, a fifth grade elementary student at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary, may be an example of how heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Lavalle, 10, was eating lunch in the school cafeteria Monday afternoon when another fifth grade student began to choke on a corn dog at the other side of the table. […]

Martinez records third hole-in-one

Marty Martinez recorded his third hole-in-one Thursday at Portales County Club. Martinez aced the 143-yard, par 3 fifth hole using a five wood and a Titleist golf ball. Witnesses were Cecil Cook, Jerry Knoll and Glen Howl.

Mock elections teach students about politics

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer While adults were voting Tuesday, Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School students held their own mock governor election. The votes were expected to be counted Wednesday. Social studies vertical team leader Sharon Rowley organized the mock election. The fifth- and sixth-graders learned about candidates platforms and voting procedures before the mock election, […]

Fifth-grade class wins poster contest

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Argen Duncan Markers, glue, pom-poms and creativity have earned a fifth-grade Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School class a pizza party. Art teacher Carol Ainsworth’s fourth-period class has won the Infection Control Week poster contest at Roosevelt General Hospital. The winning class gets a pizza party, and Ainsworth’s other five participating classes receive cookies. Miya Hernandez, Brianna Brooks, […]

Men’s soccer: Hounds win fifth straight

Freedom New Mexico WICHITA, KAN. — Emerson Rodrigues had two goals and an assist, propelling the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team to a 3-2 win Sunday over Newman University. The win was the fifth straight for the Hounds (7-1), eclipsing the previous team record of four set last season. Rodrigues, a senior forward […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A winner, local 4-H hall of famers and the death of a princess

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Final winner John Zitzelsberger is this fifth, and final, winner in the drawing for The Freedom New Mexico newsletter contest.

Peterson fifth in 15-16 Sun Country Junior PGA event

Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s Ethan Peterson shot a second-round 78 Tuesday to finish fifth at 9-over 155 in the boys 15-16 division of the 2010 Sun Country Junior PGA Championship at Four Hills Country Club. Portales’ Paige Hartman, meantime, finished eighth in the girls 15-16 division, shooting a 96 on Tuesday for […]

Teacher’s story one of success

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Valencia Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Becky Duran was chosen as the Newspapers In Education teacher of the year in Portales. She uses newspapers in her bilingual classroom to teach reading skills such as reading comprehension and word definition, and to showcase different types of writing. Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party and why? My […]

Fifth-grade teacher wins award

By Linda Long: PNT Correspondent Becky Duran, a fifth-grade teacher at Valencia Elementary School, has received the Newspapers in Education Teacher of the Year Award. She received the award last week. Valencia Principal Michael Terry recommended Duran for the award. “I recommended her in about February or March,” Terry said. ““Ms. Duran works with students […]