Breastfeeding best left to mother’s judgement

By Anita Doberman I am not a show-your-boob-while-you-breastfeed type of mom. But I respect anyone’s personal style, full view, partial view or no view at all. The way a mom decides to breastfeed her child is her own business and not mine to judge. This said, I was extremely surprised when, while discretely breastfeeding my […]

National debate no substitute in Senate race

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Since last November, both Tom Udall and Steve Pearce have been racing toward this November, and the election for the Senate seat left vacant by Pete Domenici’s retirement. They’ve disagreed on many issues as they’ve met people across New Mexico, and they’re set to disagree on “Meet the Press.” […]

Editorial: Helms left mark on U.S. politics

Some politicians are controversial without being important. The history books and newspaper pages are littered with the names of also-rans who managed to snag a few headlines by virtue of scandal rather than substance. You can’t say the same about Jesse Helms. Love him or hate him — and quite a few people fall inextricably […]

Amateur dinosaur hunter strikes it rich

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By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico North of Clovis, in the Tucumcari Basin, dinosaurs roamed a tropical swamp 225 million years ago. Teresa Allsup, an amateur paleontologist from Clovis, collects the skeletons left behind. On a recent dig, Allsup’s passion for hunting for dinosaur fossils emerged in a series of “awesomes” and “wows” as she […]

Art Admirers

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Judy White, left, and two of her granddaughters, 8-year-old Abby, middle, and 9-year-old Brittney McDowell, right, take a break from Saturday’s hot temperatures to enjoy student works of art at the Portales Schools district-wide art show in the PHS cafeteria.

Hounds struggle at home

Freedom New Mexico Junior first baseman Trey Wingo slugged a three-run homer and senior right-hander Luis Estrella pitched a complete-game five-hitter as Southeastern Oklahoma beat Eastern New Mexico 7-2 in the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series at Greyhound Field. Wingo’s homer, his first of the season, came with one out in […]

Knockout

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This trio of Portales boys, left to right, Nathan Chavez, Peyton Chavez and Eduardo Banda, found time after school Monday to play a game of “Knockout” on a carport basketball goal on South Abilene. Temperatures were mild and springlike both Sunday and Monday but winds were high earlier in the day Monday.

Novak trial: Day 9 — Defense tactics irk judge

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations was the brunt of defense ire and sarcasm on Wednesday, accused of a botched and careless investigation in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. Under cross-examination, OSI Agent Thad […]

Ex-Portales man charged in 1976 homicide

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A former Portales man was arrested in Colorado on Friday after a cold-case homicide lead was developed through a DNA database. Officers from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Clear Creek County, Colo., deputies arrested Ricky Lee Harnish, 52, in connection with the 1976 death of 16-year-old Holly Marie […]

Zia rally not enough on the road

Freedom New Mexico KINGSVILLE, Texas — Sophomore guard Kayla Naylor hit two clinching free throws with one second left and Texas A&M-Kingsville held off Eastern New Mexico University 66-62 Wednesday night in the Lone Star Conference South Division women’s opener for both teams. The Javelinas (5-9, 1-0) led all the way, but nearly blew a […]

Zias calm Savage Storm

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico A switch from man-to-man to a 2-3 zone worked wonders Saturday for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. Southeastern Oklahoma struggled to find any outside shooting, and the Savage Storm went the final 8 1/2 minutes of the half without a point as ENMU notched a 67-55 […]

Portales Past

Jan. 4, 1961 • The Portales City Council officially adopted the State of New Mexico traffic code as the official code for the city. • Farmers were preparing to meet with a commodity expert from the New Mexico Farm Bureau to investigate growing sugar beets in the area. The Cuban crisis was cutting off traditional […]

Hounds edge Tigers

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Senior guard Justin Redman-Trotter converted a backcourt steal into a layup with five seconds left Thursday night, capping Eastern New Mexico University’s rally from a 12-point deficit with under 14 minutes remaining for a 63-61 Lone Star Conference men’s victory over East Central at Greyhound Arena. Redman-Trotter scored a […]

Zias’ rally comes up short

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico The young Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team was poised for a stunning comeback Thursday night. Then East Central senior Lacey Goldwire put the rally to rest, scoring a clinching basket from the lane with 20 seconds left to secure the Tigers’ 62-58 Lone Star Conference women’s crossover […]

Hounds claim third win

Freedom New Mexico LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Junior guard Marquis Ruffin scored a season-best 19 points and Eastern New Mexico University overcame a 10-point, first-half deficit to beat New Mexico Highlands 80-65 Monday night in men’s college basketball. ENMU (3-7), which snapped a six-game losing streak, had only seven players in uniform. But all seven […]

Students go a-caroling

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Leslie Roberts, left, gets to experience Christmas carolers from Steiner Elementary School up close as a portion of the youngsters crowds around her desk at Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative. The students and their teachers were making a tour of downtown businesses Monday afternoon. The first-graders, left to right are: Taylor Creekmore, Kara Young, Tyler Underhill, […]

Regis tops Hounds

Freedom New Mexico DENVER — Regis University shot 61 percent from the floor, including 75 percent after halftime, and the Rangers rolled to a 96-71 victory over Eastern New Mexico University’s men on Saturday night. Senior forward Jeremey Gibson posted career highs with 39 points and 15 rebounds for the Rangers (2-0), who opened their […]

Hounds pull to .500 on hoops season

Freedom New Mexico CASA BLANCA, N.M. — Senior guard Justin Redman-Trotter bounced back from an off-night in Thursday’s season opener at Emporia State to compile team highs of 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists Saturday, helping Eastern New Mexico University beat Western New Mexico 78-72. The game was the second half of a doubleheader […]

Air guitar filled with purple haze

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I realized lying awake one morning about 4:30 that I played the air guitar left-handed. Or maybe not. Since I couldn’t sleep I was thinking about column ideas and I recalled a story on handedness and how science was trying to figure out what makes you right- or left-handed. […]

Act should be reformed in non-election year

Editorial In what appears to be a desperate attempt to salvage some semblance of a legacy from a lame-duck period, President Bush indulged in a bit of political theater last week. He assembled a group of civil rights leaders at the White House and herded them into the Rose Garden to plead with Congress to […]