In search of ponies: Death part of owning animals

“What did you kill this week?” It’s the question I hear every week when I turn in my column for editing — asked in jest of course. In response I usually joke back that I’ve set a limit of one a month or some such thing. But it does highlight an often unspoken truth about […]

My turn: Long-time hunter offers advice

Clarence Plank Rod McDermid, 61, of Portales, has been hunting most of his life. He offers people who want to become hunters a little advice when it comes to getting their first kill. • Head to class: McDermid said the most important thing is attending and passing a certified hunter’s education class because this will […]

Zias cruise past Permian Basin

Freedom New Mexico Sophomore outside hitter Amber Durand and junior middle blockers Jessica King and Kristen Beck combined for 34 kills Tuesday night as Eastern New Mexico defeated Texas-Permian Basin 25-18, 25-17, 25-18 in a non-conference volleyball match at Greyhound Arena. The Zias (7-7) trailed only briefly early in each game before quickly taking control […]

Don’t need feds to kill my bugs

By Glenda Price: State columnist I’m afraid of centipedes, the big ones. By the time one has grown to 11 or 12 inches long his color becomes grayish brown with yellow streaks. Plus those things are really hard to kill. We cut one’s head off once and laid him on the windowsill. Five days later […]

My turn: The one that got away

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Charley Johns and his son Peter, from Lubbock, went hunting in Texas a few years ago. Peter was looking to get his first kill. After a lot of waiting and changing locations, they finally saw a huge buck coming their way. Charley wasn’t close enough to get a clean […]

Midwestern St. sweeps Zias

Freedom New Mexico Alysha Pritt collected 12 kills Saturday and Midwestern State led virtually all the way in a 25-15, 25-17, 25-20 Lone Star Conference volleyball victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Arena. The Mustangs (22-7, 6-3 LSC) used strong front row play to maintain control, compiling 52 kills in the match against […]

Newman downs Zias in five

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Freedom New Mexico Angie Bennett got three of her match-high 15 kills in the deciding fifth set, and the Newman Jets rallied from a 2-1 deficit to edge Eastern New Mexico University in a five-game non-conference match Thursday at Greyhound Arena. Scores were 25-23, 10-25, 13-25, 25-23, 15-12 in favor of the Jets, a first-year […]

Tobacco and bulls can both kill you

By Baxter Black There they stood out on the loading dock at the back of the administration building. Huddled behind a Dumpster to protect themselves from the biting wind, they shivered, occasionally glancing over their shoulders at the solid metal door. People that walked by glanced at them then quickly looked away. It could have […]

Tatum drops Lady Rams to third at Clovis tourney

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By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Success or disappointment? For the Portales volleyball players, a third-place finish at the 16-team Wildcat Invitational was a little bit of both. While the Rams could look proudly at a 28-26, 25-21, 19-25, 25-18 victory over Class 5A Los Lunas in the consolation match, they also couldn’t help but wish […]

Portales volleyball squad rallies for win

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By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Portales and Roswell hit the volleyball court Tuesday night wearing almost identical uniforms. In fact, the only difference between the squads — attired in red shirts and black shorts – was the “RHS” on the Coyotes’ jerseys. By the end of the contest, the squads were also just as even […]