Political campaigns have history of being dirty

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A few years ago, I needed to call the Department of Motor Vehicles and dialed the corresponding 800 number. Imagine my surprise when I got a phone sex line. I redialed to make sure it was a phone book misprint (it was), hung up and visited the local DMV instead. […]

Rams line anchors offense

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer You won’t see their names in the box score, and rarely do you hear their names in the radio broadcast, but ask anybody who knows, the Portales offensive line is the centerpiece of the 2006 Ram football team. In three games this season, the Portales rushing attack has churned […]

Gas line breaks along U.S. 70

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A labyrinth of cable and telephone wires hampered work Wednesday on a broken natural gas line along U.S. 70, according to officials. Attempts to cork the gas leak on the PNM line on Kimberly Drive stretched into the evening. By 8 p.m. Wednesday, the gas leak had been sealed, according […]

Lady Rams fall to Santa Fe Indian

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Santa Fe Indian School softball coach Paul Abeyto said he had a premonition. Actually, it was more like wishful thinking that worked out. Sam Pasena hit a line drive to right that bounced past Portales’ Santana Brito and went for a game-tying, two-run homer with two out in the […]

A little bit of fiber can do wonders

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A little more fiber in our lives would be a good thing. Right? I hope so. This week I signed up for the fiber optic package that Yucca Telecom just started peddling. They’re supposed to come out next week and run the fiber under my yard and replace traditional […]

Gas line break causes partial evacuation at Brown Elementary

By Tony Parra Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students had to be evacuated for an hour from portable buildings because of a gas leak noon Tuesday. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said no one was hospitalized or injured and the ambulance didn’t have to respond. Scott Arnold, general manager for Yucca Telecommunications, confirmed a main gas line […]

Offensive line big focus for ENMU this spring

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With four starters to replace from a year ago, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is trying to sort things out in its offensive line during spring drills. Offensive line coach Draco Miller said the Greyhounds are making progress as they head into the final week of spring work. “Every […]

Portales left high and dry

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By Karl Terry Portales residents went without showers and flushes for nearly 24 hours on Saturday due to a major water-main break. Water remained off throughout the city until 9 p.m., but officials said they expected it would be flowing again from residential taps before midnight. City officials said a 24-inch major distribution line broke […]

God watches over those he loves

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Remember the day you enclosed your tiny baby’s hand into yours? Remember holding that toddler’s hand when he or she took their first steps? Remember the first day of school when you had to let go? Remember that teenager driving for the first time? I well remember that. Remember the day […]

XBox marks the spot for holiday shopping headaches

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer For Heidi Foshee, it seemed like the emptiest promise she would ever make. “It was a deal between us,” she said of the pact between her and 13-year-old son Michael Foshee. “If he could cut grass and save $200, I told him I would wait in line for 12 […]

Mobile stroke screening service visits Portales

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Mobile service health care workers will be in Portales on Friday doing screenings to help people detect early warning signs of diseases which cause strokes, the third-highest killer of Americans, according to the National Center for Health Services. Life Line Screening medical technicians will be conducting screenings to help people […]

Offensive line’s age coming in handy

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Age is a relative thing, but Eastern New Mexico senior tackle T.J. Cobb thinks it has helped the Greyhounds’ offensive line mesh into a cohesive unit this season. “Up front we’re pretty old,” said Cobb, a senior from Alvin, Texas, who had to sit out in 2004 after suffering a […]

Wildcats win another late

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers RIO RANCHO — Clovis rolled the dice twice in the final minutes and came out winners of its fourth straight game. In what turned out to the winning drive, senior quarterback Devin Sweet kept the drive on a short fourth-down run and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews […]

Rush helps form experienced O-line

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Tyson Rush doesn’t think you can put much stock in Eastern New Mexico University’s 28-0 win over Southwestern Oklahoma on Saturday at Weatherford, Okla. After all, there’s another game coming up. “I’m looking forward to Saturday,” the 6-foot-6, 315-pound senior guard said of this week’s Lone Star Conference crossover matchup […]

Cell phone behavior can be improved

By Kevin Wilson A few years ago, I was on a date with my friend Stephanie. We’d decided to go to the movies. I only had two regrets from that night. The first was that I was given the honor of picking the movie, and I chose the unwatchable “K-Pax.” The second was that I […]

Hounds must replace entire defensive line

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By Dave Wagner With all four starters lost to graduation, it’s almost like starting over for Eastern New Mexico University defensive line coach Todd Wallis. Still, Wallis believes the Greyhounds can be solid in that area next season. “We had a pretty good recruiting class two years ago,” said Wallis, a former ENMU fullback who […]

April 1 Letter to the Editor

My old pal Noam Chomsky wrote, “The United States is unusual if not unique in the lack of restraints on freedom of expression. It is also unusual in the range and effectiveness of the methods employed to restrain freedom of thought.” In other words, Ye may babble, but don’t dare to think. If diplomacy is […]

Don’t fear airplanes, fear airports

By Jim Lee A couple of weeks ago, I flew for the first time (on an airplane) since 9/11. I expected to enjoy myself about as much as a giraffe with strepthroat, but I looked forward to finding something to complain about. It all started with my deciding to attend a Kiwanis district conference. As […]

Roswell turns back Lady Rams

PNT Staff ROSWELL — Playing their fifth game on the road in six nights, including their second in two nights in Roswell, the Portales Lady Rams fell short Tuesday night when Roswell High held on late for a 54-48 victory. Portales (3-5), which beat Roswell Goddard 58-32 on Monday night, erased a nine-point deficit at […]

Some holiday hits are worth watching

By Kevin Wilson Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people. Some enjoy the time with family, while others look forward to eggnog, mistletoe and presents. I look forward to most Christmas things as well, like the 24-hour broadcast of “A Christmas Story” or the annual repackaging of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” […]