Little League baseball: It’s all in the genes

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist Now comes Little League Baseball with its millions of fans who are so dedicated that each May they face east and, on cue from Williamsport, Pa., yell at the top of their lungs. The theory is that their howling creates gigantic gales which in turn slows the Earth’s rotation and […]

Coaly represented regrettable challenge

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist I once had a rude experience with a horse named Coaly. He was a plow plug, a big, black Percheron with the combined disposition of a medieval executioner and Jack the Ripper. They don’t make animals like him anymore, and we’re lucky that way. To be more specific, he was […]

College could learn from Head Start

By Helena Rodriguez My 3-year-old niece Marissa wants to bypass Head Start and go straight to graduate school. Unlike her mom, Julie, who marched into the principal’s office in Head Start at age 4 and announced she was quitting school, Marissa simply wants to jump ahead. Marissa is in training right now — potty training […]

Tough to talk about days in Santa Fe

By Bob Huber In case you haven’t noticed, the Legislature is firklytootling again up north, which brings to mind a political alert for all citizens of New Mexico: “Stay in the roundhouse, Nellie. The senator can’t corner you there.” I had occasion to spend several character-building years in that round building we call the state […]

Dog days can be harmful to family

By Bob Huber In the years when I was forming, I attracted several pet dogs of dubious persuasion. One of them was so ugly we named him “Gag.” It was actually my father who named the dog while deep in the throes of a terminal malady called Boozus Griefus, or as they say in medical […]

Ribaudo named ENMU head football coach

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By Mike Linn By Mike Linn Freedom Newspapers Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com In his first public comments as head football coach of Eastern New Mexico University, Mark Ribaudo said he will work to continue the program’s success in graduating players and winning games. His only change: Win more games. Ribaudo, defensive coordinator for the Greyhounds the past eight […]

ENMU to announce Elliott successor today

By Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico University’s new head football coach is already on staff, but officials on Tuesday would not be more specific about who will replace Bud Elliott. The university has scheduled a press conference for 1:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena to announce the successor to Elliott, who guided the Greyhounds for […]

Hotel Clovis statue found in Texas

By David Irvin The Indian chief statue that disappeared in July from atop the Hotel Clovis has been discovered in Texas. The 73-year-old artifact was ditched alongside a road six miles northeast of Littlefield, Texas, said Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. It was first found on Sept. 20 by Texas Department of Transportation workers clearing […]

Burma-Shave ads — Part II

By Bob Huber Last year I wrote a column about that extinct advertising phenomenon called Burma-Shave signs — you know, those little red rhymes by the side of the road that quipped, “Peanut on a railroad track, heart all a flutter. Round the bend came No.10 — Toot, toot, peanut butter.” Well, I opened a […]

Maguire balances dual roles

By Abby Dunn: PNT Correspondent He’s been a head coach at the collegiate level for 18 years, but Mike Maguire still can never get enough of the action. “I love what I do,” said Maguire, “I want to be at all the games; I want to make sure that (athletes) are making academic progress, and […]

Council approves Head Start center

Kevin Wilson The Portales City Council approved three items from the Planning Commission, including a request for a Head Start Child Development Center during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The program has been allocated money to start a child development center to benefit low-income families, primarily teenage mothers. Mary Rose Jimenez of Head Start said that the […]

Man surrenders to police after 16-day disappearnce

By Kevin Wilson Isaac Porras’ restroom break is over. The 21-year-old Clovis man was arrested June 24 on charges of filing a false report with police. Following his arrest, Porras was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital for treatment of a head wound. From there, he walked away from police custody after receiving permission to use […]

ENMU pares down candidate list

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its search for a softball coach to three candidates, including Ron Landschoot, who filled in on an interim basis this spring. The other finalists are Kevin Blaskowski, the head coach at Division II Southern Arkansas, and Travis Scott, head coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State, school officials […]