Snacks coming on next show

By Sheryl Borden: PNT Columnist Information on making after school snacks, gifts ideas for kids to make, and recipes and ideas to “spice up” your next party will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday. “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico […]

A century to celebrate

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Red, white and blue decorations filled the pavilion as several generations of Roosevelt County families and community members gathered to celebrate 100 years of fairs in Roosevelt County Friday at the fairgrounds. “It’s an important part of our history,” said Tim Allison, event organizer and fairboard member .“The fairs […]

Floyd alumni fill Hound roster

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer By Mickey Winfield PNT Staff Writer mickey_winfield@link.freedom.com Bobby Reed is one of three players from Floyd to make the jump from six-man football to college football at Eastern New Mexico University. Reed, a 6-foot, 185-pound junior outside linebacker, teamed with senior running back Fide Davalos to lead the Broncos […]

ENMU football workouts boast numbers

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University football team should have plenty of time to get ready for its first game. Around 140 players reported Wednesday for the start of preseason workouts, which begin today. School doesn’t start until Aug. 28, with the Greyhounds scheduled for a Thursday night season opener (Sept. […]

Kids’ College on the grow

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Each summer Eastern New Mexico University’s Extended Learning department holds Kids’ College, a program in which children can participate in both educational and fun activities during the weekdays. This summer the program is being held throughout June and July for the price of $60 per week. Parents can drop off […]

Bonem House set to open

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A new youth shelter facility opening in Portales this month will give children who are out of options a safe place to live. The new Bonem House will open July 18 in Portales as an eight-bed treatment facility for children between the ages of 7 and 12. The just-completed […]

Roosevelt Little Leaguers ready for playoffs

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County Little League all-star baseball teams have been drafted and players and coaches are currently preparing for the upcoming district playoffs in July. Cynthia Martinez, secretary of the Little League Board, said the all-star teams will be facing teams from the American and Zia Leagues of Clovis as […]

Fostering Fathers

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer At the Baptist Children’s Home and the Christian Children’s Home in Portales, there are men who devote their days and nights to raising children in need of a father figure. These men are called houseparent dads. Being a houseparent is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week job. They raise child after child, […]

Ram basketball mentors players of the future

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams basketball staff conducted a four-day camp with help from players from the high school varsity team. “The kids are out here to learn the basics, the building blocks of what it takes to be a good basketball player,” said Portales head coach Mark Gallegos. The camp focused […]

Zia coach happy with spring recruiting

Freedom Newspapers Linden Weese is going slowly in his new job as Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach. The longtime assistant to Marsha Sharp at Texas Tech admits he’s still trying to sort things out a bit at the Division II and Lone Star Conference level. “I think we’ve had a good spring,” said […]

Youth summer track program hitting its stride in Portales

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer As she stood demonstrating to seven or eight pairs of watchful eyes on how to throw a shot put at the Portales High School track, 14-year-old Samantha Ochoa encouraged the girls to do a couple warm up throws so they could get the hang of it. “It’s okay just […]

Summer reading program starts Monday

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Joining the list of local places that will be providing summer entertainment for children is the Portales Public Library. Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Levin said the activities are designed to combat boredom and maintain reading skills. “Every year we have a summer reading program for the kids when school is […]

Free kids’ lunches offered for summer

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer With her three daughters in tow, Jamey Gallegos attended Tuesday’s free summer lunch program at Portales Junior High School. Not only does it give her children the chance to get out of the house, but it makes them feel as if they are eating out instead of at home, […]

ENMU football players lend hand

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer It has been head coach Mark Ribaudo’s mission to strengthen ties between Eastern New Mexico University football players and the community. During the spring semester, ENMU players totaled more than 5,000 hours of community service in the Portales/Clovis area. Community projects included helping kindergartners at Brown Elementary in Portales […]

Base readies for kid’s day of fitness and fun

Janet Taylor-Birkey Children and their families are invited to take part in Cannon’s Sports and Fitness Day beginning at noon on Saturday. The day will feature attractions such as carnival games, a bouncy castle, sports events and prizes. All events will be at the Youth Center, unless otherwise noted. Schedule: Armed Forces Kids Run The […]

Cannon volunteers mentor nation’s future

Janet Taylor-Birkey Stationed on the high plains of eastern New Mexico, some Airmen may fume and complain there is nothing to do. But something must be happening somewhere nearby to keep more than 500 Cannon volunteers in demand. “I tell them if they’re bored to come visit me. I’ll keep them busy,” said Ellen Saccoia-Smith, […]

Love goes beyond the pocketbook

By Helena Rodriguez Tuesday is V-Day, a holiday like Christmas that started out as a religious observation but has been turned into a commercial campaign in which we’re told to buy our affection from others. Know what I mean? Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Say “I love you” with roses, but keep in mind, […]

Pay for schools now, or jails later

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Just exactly what is the trade-off between crime and education? How do the two interconnect? What happens if we spend more on one and less on the other? In our combined Saturday issue, Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico reporter Marlena Hartz did a good job in asking the question […]

New youth fitness director has BIG plans for Youth Center

Janet Taylor-Birkey “Mr. Lionel! Over here, Mr. Lionel!” These are the screams heard entering the gym at the Cannon Youth Center — especially when children are trying to persuade Mr. Lionel Alston, new Youth Fitness Director at the Youth Center, to play dodgeball with them. Having always been involved in sports, Mr. Alston brings his […]

Even Santa has occupational hazards

By Karl Terry “No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.” — New York Sun Editor Francis P. Church Little 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote the New York Sun […]