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 […]

F-16 Phase Dock keeps Cannon’s fighter fleet flying

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Staff Sgt. Matthew Teets, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron phase avionics technician, checks the security of several conduits in the engine bay of the F-16. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Routine flight line maintenance keeps Cannon’s F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet at maximum warfighting capability, but the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s phase dock keeps that very same fleet […]

Guide to the Fighting Falcon

Detachment 9 instructor, Staff Sgt. Walter Lansford points out switches that Airman 1st Class Stacey Blackburn (right), 27th Equipment Maintenence Squadron, will use for the flight control operational checkout. Melanie Salazar Classes are always in session in building 785, where the 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 9 instructors equip many Cannon Airmen with the knowledge they […]

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” […]

Energy providers, legislators, leaning toward wind power

By Tony Parra From energy providers to legislators to energy plant manufacturers, it seems that the consensus is that the United States is heading towards more energy being provided from clean energy providers. Tracy Broeder, a wind technician for Florida Power and Light, talked about wind energy on Wednesday and how feasible it would be […]

Sunland expansion hits snags

By Tony Parra Sunland Inc. executives and workers are anxious to have a new building in full operation to accommodate the growing demand for peanut butter and despite the delays, they hope to have the new building fully operational by late November or December. Sunland Inc. president Jimmie Shearer said in mid-April he was hoping […]

Big changes in store for Rams’ offensive line

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By Dave Wagner The Portales Rams have only one starter returning this season in the offensive line — and he’s playing a different position. Still, veteran Rams line coach Patrick Crowley is more concerned that the psyche of his linemen becomes more aggressive. “We’re going to run more of an attack scheme this year,” Crowley […]

Melrose upsets Floyd in Region B

By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — The last time Casey Pack won two games in a row at Floyd, it gave his team a regional championship. History repeated itself over the weekend, but this time Pack was coaching the Melrose Buffaloes, who beat his former Floyd Broncos 65-51 Saturday for the Class 1A Region B championship. […]

Ram turnovers prove costly

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By Kevin Wilson RUIDOSO — Like a football on a fumbled handoff or an intercepted pass, a chance for a second-straight District 4-3A title has very nearly slipped out of the collective grasp of the Portales Rams. Portales’ district opener saw turnovers by both teams in the first half, but the host Warriors held onto […]

Partners reap rewards racing reptiles

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Mike Linn The last foot-long stretch of the turtle race at Saturday’s Roosevelt County Fair had one turtle owner leaping in the air, yelling like an NFL football coach on Super Bowl Sunday, and waving his cowboy hat in an attempt to coax his new pet to victory. It worked. Sixto Paiz, 11, and Randall […]

Peanut butter causes rough ride, sticky contest

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Mike Linn You could be strong, agile, a skilled horseback rider and fleet of foot, but if you couldn’t inhale a peanut butter sandwich there was no hope of winning the Roosevelt Rough Rider Challenge Saturday at the Portales City Park. As a matter of fact, the contest’s winner, Lalo Aranda Jr., said his love […]