Zia basketball signs five players

Freedom New Mexico Five players have signed national letters of intent to play women’s basketball at Eastern New Mexico University in the 2008-09 season. They include guards Chelsea Nichols of Lazbuddie, Alex Ortiz of El Paso and Karen Grant of Lubbock, and forwards Kassie Daugherty of Bridgeport, Texas, and Celeste Belizario of Amarillo. “Overall, it’s […]

Airman publishes book of letters

Sarah Meyer, Cannon Connections A simple exchange of letters with a class of fifth-grade students made a big difference for a deployed airman and the children. Capt. Tyler Moore, assigned to Cannon Air Force Base, exchanged letters with students in Debra Dale’s class at Eyestone Elementary School in Wellington, Colo., while he was deployed in […]

Tricare security breached

Air Force News FALLS CHURCH, Va. — A limited amount of Tricare beneficiary data may have been placed at risk through a violation of internal computer security practices at Science Applications International Corporation. Analysis shows the chance any data was compromised is low, but action is being taken to ensure that affected Tricare beneficiaries are […]

Rejection can be positive thing

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Let the rejection begin. I recently began looking for a full-time job in the academic arena, which I can hold while continuing work on a second master’s degree in English, and voila, I’ve received my first rejection letter. It reads: “While your skills are certainly impressive, we have decided to […]

Grade-schoolers urge PHS seniors to party safely

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By Tony Parra Lindsey sixth-graders don’t want high school seniors to drink and drive this Saturday after the Portales High School prom and they put it down in writing. The Lindsey Elementary sixth-graders wrote letters to the seniors asking them not to drink and drive as part of the festivities on Saturday. The Portales High […]

Floyd School News: 3-26

Upcoming Events Spring break is all this week. Fundraisers scheduled The Love Soup Extravaganza will be April 3. Fundraiser cookbooks will be on sale for $5. Both will benefit the fine art and athletic booster club. Spring athletics continue State cheerleading competition will be Friday and Saturday at The Pit in Albuquerque. The Floyd cheerleaders […]

Craig Sheppard: Ah, we meet again

By Karl Terry I first became acquainted with Craig Sheppard about 15 years ago. At the time he was an 8-year-old boy suffering from terminal brain cancer. I received more news on Craig last week. Now he’s a 7-year-old, still suffering from a brain tumor and still hoping to get included in the Guinness Book […]

Area hopeful letters help stop closure

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Kenneth Realty Inc. agent Maureen Burns said she hunched over mounds of letters for three consecutive days last week. She wrote the names of the nine Base Realignment and Closure commissioners in blue ink over countless envelopes, addressing letters written by fellow community members to the Virginia-based Commission that will […]

ENMU succeeds with letter campaign

By Kevin Wilson Like others in the enrollment office, Christina Gregg-Cherry spends most days at Eastern New Mexico University trying to recruit students to come to the college. A two-day effort last week saw Gregg-Cherry and other employees of ENMU recruiting letter-writers for the purpose of keeping Cannon Air Force Base, along with the economic […]

City promotes letter campaign to keep Cannon

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer In these days of fast e-mails which are only a click away, Kim Huffman said that nobody ever throws away hand-written letters. According to Huffman, the community development director and executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, a letter-writing campaign that is being launched by the City […]

Cross country members earn awards

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University cross country coach Joel McMullen and assistant Matthew Gordillo have announced winners of the inaugural Mike Boit Award as the program’s runners of the year. Award winners for 2004-05, based on their placings in cross country meets during the fall, were freshman Jason Garcia of Alamogordo for the men […]

Marine visits letter-writing students

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By Tony Parra Valencia Elementary fifth-graders received a pleasant surprise on Thursday afternoon when one of their letter-buddies serving in Iraq greeted them in the elementary gym. Larry Long, staff sergeant of the 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion of the 7th Marines, answered questions from a group of fifth-graders eager to ask about his experiences in […]

Cannon firefighter talks with students

By David Irvin CLOVIS — When roughly 150 young students Monday asked what it was like to be in war, Cannon Air Force Base Staff Sgt. David Sanchez answered with an illustration: The Air Force firefighter asked the after school students at James Bickley Elementary to close their eyes and imagine themselves sitting on a […]

Let’s put an end to curses, internet chain letters

By Helena Rodriguez If you don’t download this column from our newspaper Web site immediately and forward it to 12 people, you will be struck by lightning. Then as you get up and try to walk away, a bulldozer will run over you. Wait, that’s not all. Before you take your last breath, your lover […]

PISD sends termination letters to suspects

Tony Parra Termination letters were sent today to two employees of the Portales Income Support Division arrested in a scheme to embezzle money from the state agency. Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis and Julia Tapia, 49, of Portales are accused of stealing at least $2,900 from fraudulent accounts. They were arrested Aug. 1 at an […]