State academic achievement gap long-running problem

The Albuquerque Journal Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera is once again the target of criticism, this time by Hispanics who are rightly concerned about the large achievement gap in New Mexico between Anglo and minority students, which has remained static for years. Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Skandera shortly after the 2010 election to reform the state’s […]

Time to find sources of gratitude

The autumn months are, not creeping, but barreling, through, and Thanksgiving looms large, in spite of the mostly unseasonably warm weather. It’s a wake-up call time for most teachers, as we realize how much we hoped to get covered first semester, and the reality of how much we probably did not get covered. Not sure […]

Halloween not for mocking other cultures

Freedom New Mexico Halloween is in large part an escapist holiday, allowing people of all ages to dress up for scares or for laughs. But the joking stops and damage is done when costumes center on racial or cultural stereotypes. As reported by the CBC News, Ohio University’s Students Teaching About Racism in Society, or […]

Doll making featured on show

Information on making sculpted dolls, creating large craft items and cooking turkey will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Author and doll maker Terese Cato says all of the doll bodies she makes are made with Kona Cotton fabric. She’ll also show some ideas for dressing the […]

Reader-submitted content: Big plans for Fort Sumner airfield

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Along with the many extraterrestrial mysteries and legends of New Mexico is the towering white building rising above concrete at Fort Sumner municipal airport. With NASA painted on its sides and a crown of antennae and communication dishes, this mysterious building is closed to all but a select few. More mysterious but open to all […]

Food Bank meets money match for refrigeration space

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Liliana Castillo Small individual donations and a few hefty ones helped the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico match a near $150,000 donation almost two weeks before their deadline. A total of $270,000 will be used to build a large refrigerator and freezer with an attached garage area at the back of the bank’s building […]

Fixing private property not government’s job

News outlets are reporting heavily about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Mississippi coast on Aug. 29, 2005. Heavy rain from the huge storm overwhelmed the levees surrounding New Orleans, causing flooding that destroyed much of the city. Five years later, much of the damage still exists, and thousands of people are still […]

Small budget calls for homegrown fun

Our summer began with a wonderful trip into unknown places, at least unknown to me, though familar to many from this area, as we went to southern Colorado. However, that will probably be the extent of our travels this summer, as like many families, our budget is small. We have found, though, small celebrations can […]

Residents get glimpse of Cannon aircraft

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Air Force participants and attendees to the 27th Special Operations Wing open house Saturday felt interaction between the base and surrounding communities was a positive. Col. Stephen Clark said the base is a large part of Clovis and Portales. “Our airmen are a part of the community,” said Clark. […]

Portales Past: March 28, 1945

March 28, 1945: Portales Drug Co. offered the following for sale: large tube of Lifebuoy shaving cream for 27 cents, deck of oversized playing cards for 45 cents, bottle of 100 Aspirin for 33 cents, package of 20 business envelopes for 4 cents.

Handful of accidents reported in Portales

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By Sharna Johnson and Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Clovis police responded to 35 weather-related crashes in the city Thursday in a little more than two hours. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the accident calls started coming in just after 7 a.m. and continued until nearly 10 a.m. Of the morning crashes, only one had a […]

Thankful I can count many blessings

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things large and small. For instance, on the world stage I am thankful that Saddam Hussein finally got what he had coming. But I’m also thankful for more personal things like the fact that there are still airports and convenience stores that have […]

Hand crafts featured at peanut festival

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University celebrated a little legume that has a large impact on Roosevelt County and much of eastern New Mexico. The 36th Peanut Valley Festival Saturday featured arts and craft vendors from across the region and west Texas. Sandy Anthony-Beaty of Portales has been coming out to […]

Communities committed to prep football

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Large cheering crowds, sponsorship posters, t-shirts in school colors … enthusiasm for football is easy to see in Portales and Clovis. This time of year, Friday night is high school football night for many across the region. People have different ideas about why the support exists, but a number […]

Rabbit show keeps fair hopping

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer A bunch of bunnies gave it their all and kept judges hopping Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fair Rabbit Show. The special interest rabbit competition makes it possible for children to show animals when they might not be able to raise cattle, pigs, or other large animals. “I’ve been […]

Pastor was quick to condemn

A few days ago a friend of mine invited me to her church, a large, spectacular and impressive conglomerate of buildings and fun. From the moment the usher opened the door, the churchgoers welcomed us with friendly smiles and open arms. The place was impressive, with a coffee shop, (Starbuck’s coffee), a bookstore, a large […]

Officials brace for fire season

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Firefighters and emergency management teams across eastern New Mexico are preparing for a disaster many believe is just one careless mistake away. All ingredients are in place in eastern and northern New Mexico for an active and potentially dangerous wildfire season, fire officials said. “You just have to drive […]

Broadcaster: TV switch won’t affect Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Unlike in large cities, the end of analog television signals from transmitters Feb. 17 won’t affect Portales and Clovis-area residents much, the KENW director of broadcasting said. Duane Ryan said viewers in this area are served by cable, satellite or translators near Clovis. Cable and satellite companies handle the […]

Five still at large from escape

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Multiple law enforcement agencies continued Tuesday evening to pursue leads on the whereabouts of five escaped Curry County inmates, according to Sheriff Matt Murray. Law enforcement believes at least some of the escapees are still in the Clovis area, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Federal agencies including the […]