Business feature: Couple gets inside track on opportunity

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The rattle and hum of dirt bikes is a constant at the Dixon Motocross track. What started a small practice track for the Dixon family has now grown into a full-fledged race track, luring motocross races from across New Mexico. The track is eight miles outside of Portales on […]

ENMU faces No. 17 Tarleton State

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico On paper, it gets a little easier this week for the Eastern New Mexico University football team this week — but not much. After facing the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in NCAA Division II in two of their previous three games, the Greyhounds take on No. 17 […]

Clovis gets ready for plenty of bull

By Eric Butler Sometimes it’s not easy working your way to the top of the Professional Bull Riders circuit. Just ask cousins Sterling Bowers and Rusty Patrick, a pair of Texico residents, who recently met up with six other cowboys in Oklahoma and drove some 900 miles to a tiny town (Herreid, pop. 466) in […]

Raton gets racino nod

By Eric Butler Though quite a bit of money was at stake in their bid to land a racetrack in eastern New Mexico, Tucumcari representatives were sportsmanlike Monday after getting the bad news. The New Mexico Racing Commission voted down the proposal from Coronado Park Partners, the group led by Albuquerque businessman Don Chalmers that […]

Ram soccer gets new leader

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After more than a year since its conception, the Portales High School boys soccer team finally has their leader, Jonathan Smith. This is Smith’s first time coaching high school soccer, but like the Portales girls coach, Traci Sievers, Smith has spent several years coaching soccer at the youth league […]

Lujan wins Democratic nomination, East gets GOP nod, in 3rd District

By DEBORAH BAKER ALBUQUERQUE — Public Regulation Commissioner Ben Ray Lujan won the Democratic nomination for a northern New Mexico congressional seat, while Rio Rancho contractor Dan East got the Republican nod. They will face each other in the November general election for the seat now held by Democratic Rep. Tom Udall. It’s expected to […]

Senior gets diploma after more than 60 years

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Howard Vaughn Luckett is different kind of senior than the ones he will graduate with Sunday. While it took most of Clovis High School’s graduating class of 338 about four years to earn their diplomas, it has taken Luckett more than 60 years. Luckett, 81, dropped out of high […]

ENMU gets provisional qualifier

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University earned a fourth provisional qualifier to NCAA Division II national competition on Thursday when the men’s 400 relay team of freshman Josh Browning, sophomore J.T. Thompson, freshman Brian Smith and junior Tim Hamett ran a time of 41.32 seconds for third place in Abilene Christian’s […]

Special video gets surprise reaction

By Anita Doberman I fully expected my children to be ecstatic when we put on a recording my husband sent from Iraq. But I was surprised by my 4-year-old daughter’s reaction. We received the DVD through a program called “United Through Reading.” The deployed military member visits a USO center and the staff records him […]

Some things worth thinking about

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Food for thought: — Chicken. I only wish it tasted more like chicken. — Hungry people don’t protest genetically modified foods. — What is the difference between the people who worked for F.E.M.A. in the wake of Hurricane Katrina vs. the reporters, politicians and movie stars who jostled each other […]

Officials ignoring recommendations

Freedom Newspapers One of the most frustrating realities about government is that no matter how much money it gets to deal with a problem, that money usually goes to the wrong places, and the problem rarely gets effectively addressed. At the national-security level, the dollar figures are so high and the agencies are so large […]

Daily reminder: This is as good as it gets

By Baxter Black : PNT columnist I am writing this column on my veranda. The heat of the day is dissipating. Shadows are growing longer in the canyon to the south. The bottoms of the clouds are turning pink and the mountains to the east of the valley are glowing purple. Cindy is bustling in […]

Vocabulary is fun and fundamental

By Bob Huber A few weeks ago the Washington Post published its annual Pulitzer Prize winning list of wacky word definitions. It was a slow news week. But I enjoy lists like that. This particular file was sent my way by Maurice and Ethel Trimmer of Santa Fe, because as old friends they knew I […]

No matter what the reason, going bald is not easy

Bob Huber No matter how you look at it, the only solution to baldness is hair. That’s what I keep telling my wife Marilyn these days, because recently she came under the auspices of modern medicine and overnight lapsed into what’s known in medical circles as the Michael Jordan Syndrome, or “Slickem Skullatus.”  You see, […]

Tele-auction succeeds

Kevin Wilson Two weeks after the KENW Tele-auction, event organizers say the desired results were met — just like the 26 auctions before it. While exact figures are not yet calculated, tele-auction coordinator Sheryl Borden said the annual event brought in about $75,000 to 80,000 in net profits for the station. “I would say that […]