First impressions key, AD candidate says

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer First impressions are important. Wayne Baker knows that. Just in case he didn’t, a coach he hopes to work with reminded him. “You’ll be surprised the number of recruits that come in the evening,” Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh said, “and (you’ll) go get them for [...]

ENMU football scrimmage important to newcomers

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By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent BLACKWATER DRAW — Saturday’s spring football intrasquad scrimmage may have been no big deal to some of Eastern New Mexico University’s established veterans. But it was the first semi-regular game that Erett Grubbs played back at his old home stadium on Saturday morning. The sophomore lineman was part of the [...]

Oct. 10, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Hospital board race important Please vote on Nov. 4 and don’t forget the importance of positions in our own community. These decisions make a difference in our lives every day. Roosevelt County voters in District 5 will be choosing between Bill Rice and Lonnie Alexander for Roosevelt General Hospital board. Bill was instrumental in getting [...]

ENMU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

PNT Staff Report The Hispanic Affairs Office at Eastern New Mexico University is holding 20 events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Multicultural Affairs Director Diana Cordova believes it is important for individuals to learn the history behind other cultures. “The more we understand each other,” she said, “the better we are going to synergize [...]

Editorial: Court decision, proposed rule favor Second Amendment

Second Amendment supporters got a couple of pieces of good news last month. One, perhaps the most important in a while, was that a federal appeals court didn’t buy New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s argument that firearms manufacturers should be held responsible for firearm violence in his city. The other bit of good news [...]

Lady Rams sweep Demons

PNT Staff Report Portales volleyball coach Ruth Chavez looks at the Lady Ram’s district schedule as a new season, and Tuesday night, the Portales girls started the second season with a strong win sweeping Dexter 25-12, 25-15, 25-16. “We look at the district season as kind of a second season,” Chavez said. “We kind of [...]

It’s their job: Yvette Tapia

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Yvette Tapia Job: Assistant manager at McDonald’s Time on the job: Five years Background: Before being employed at McDonald’s, Tapia was a stay-at-home mom and also worked as a cashier at Wal-Mart. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Everything. Basically I do a lot of cashiering, management, [...]

Letters to the Editor: Pumpkin smashing disrespectful

On Wednesday morning as I was driving to work, I noticed several smashed pumpkins in front of my neighbor’s house and in his driveway. The last few years have been difficult for him; he suffers, as many of us do, from the pain and loneliness that is caused by depression. My neighbor loves Halloween, and [...]

Portales students celebrate National Anthem Day

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A celebration, honoring “The Star-spangled Banner was held Thursday at the Portales Junior High School. At 9 a.m., faculty, staff and community members gathered to hear representatives from the Portales High School Choir sing the National Anthem. “MENC (Music Educators National Committee), a music organization across the United States [...]

Tucker vies for state representative

Editor’s note: Lucille B. Tucker is seeking the Republican nomination for state representative of district 66 in the June 6 primary. She is running against incumbent Keith Gardner. Q. Why are you running for state representative? A. I am a life-long educator concerned about what is happening or not happening within the educational structure of [...]