Ethics reform bills make little progress

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

It’s their job: Kim Butler

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Name: Kim Butler Job: Librarian and art instructor at Steiner Elementary School Background: Butler grew up in Portales, but went to school in Waxahachie, Texas, before attending college at Eastern New Mexico University. Time on job: 19 years What does your job entail? I read to kids, check books in and out and make sure […]

Square renovations making headway

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Renovations at the Roosevelt County courthouse square should make this busy section of downtown Portales at least a little more pedestrian friendly. That’s the goal of city and county officials, who have joined forces and funds to complete the project. Crews spent much of last week tearing up the […]

Little Miss Merry Christmas

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It’s time once again for the Little Miss Merry Christmas contest. The girls serve as the grand marshals of the light parade on Dec. 12 and ride in the lead car. The winner is chosen by penny votes, cast in jars at the sponsoring business. Contestants also can hold fundraisers, such as a bake sale, […]

ENMU faces No. 17 Tarleton State

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico On paper, it gets a little easier this week for the Eastern New Mexico University football team this week — but not much. After facing the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in NCAA Division II in two of their previous three games, the Greyhounds take on No. 17 […]

People always make our fair a success

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Fair Board President Tim Allison stopped his chores in the dairy and beef barn Friday night to chase me down as I strolled through with camera at the ready. He said he appreciated the coverage the PNT had given the fair but I think more importantly he wanted to […]

Economic development update shared

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor After a little more than nine months on the job as economic development director, Greg Fisher gave a progress report at Tuesday’s city council meeting. “Really what this effort has been all about is a partner ship,” Fisher said. “We’ve been prospecting for new business but most importantly about […]

All-Stars continue to roll at state tourney

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County All-Stars will take to the field once again against Carlsbad for a chance to advance in the state 10-11 Little League Championships. The All-Stars defeated Deming 13-0 Tuesday night in the fourth due to the run rule, said All-Star coach Sammy Villanueva.“We took the wind out of them early, […]

Burgers worth going out of the way for

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer It may be a little out of the way and hard to find but JJ’s Burgers has been serving up family recipes for 23 years. JJ’s Burgers manager, Pete Paiz, has been running the business, located at 708 East First Street, since he took it over from his parents […]

Little Leaguers anxious for tournament

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer As summer daylight stretches deep into eastern New Mexico nights, the area’s best young baseball players are using that extra daylight to begin their second season; the Little League All-Star District 3 tournaments. The Clovis American 10-11-year-old All-Stars have been practicing for a few weeks, getting set for their […]

Spring rains too little, too late for dryland wheat

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico l Spring rainfall too little, too lateMost area farmers will be unable to take advantage of this year’s record wheat prices as their dryland crops withered away this winter and spring from lack of moisture. Most dryland farmers had to abandon their dryland wheat crop and collected crop insurance […]

Adventurous youngsters open door for others

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I received an excited voice mail the other day that Travis Pastrana had actually been in Portales and attended a Little League team’s practice.It sounded like a really big deal, though I’d never heard of Pastrana. And as is often the case, his appearance was reported to me after […]

Zias notch win over Pioneers

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University pitcher Kristen Cruickshank was a little shaky in the first inning, but survived. After that, the sophomore was pretty much lights out. Cruickshank pitched a five-hitter and collected three hits at the plate Friday as the Zias bounced Texas Woman’s 9-1 in the opener of […]

Little black prom dress priceless

By Helena Rodriguez I see the little black dress dangling from a hanger in my daughter’s closet. I see the shimmering rhinestones making an elegant pattern across the otherwise bare back. I close my eyes and sense memories it will hold: Memories of prom … Laura’s senior-year prom. On Saturday night, my hita goes to […]

Only a little starry-eyed

Everybody wants to be a celebrity these days. I’m sure there must be some fancy schmancy psychological term for this inordinate hunger for fame, but I just call it “star dumb.” In the old days thespians and so-called entertainers were pretty much the dregs of society. They were the ones curious country people viewed about […]

Meeting neighbors takes effort, trust

By Anita Doberman I grew up in an apartment in a busy section of Rome, and aside from my cousins who lived on different floors of the same building, we never socialized with our neighbors. In fact, we were taught specifically not to trust anyone. There was a lot of crime in Rome and many […]

Hounds split two with Texans

Freedom New Mexico After trading blowouts with Tarleton State in the first two games of their Lone Star Conference baseball series, Eastern New Mexico University needed a little extra-inning magic to take the series lead. Tarleton State pounded the Greyhounds 15-5 in Saturday’s opener at Greyhound Field. In the nightcap, scheduled for seven innings, ENMU […]

Big-city distrust slowly giving way

By Anita Doberman I grew up in an apartment in a busy section of Rome, and aside from my cousins who lived on different floors of the same building, we never socialized with our neighbors. In fact, we were taught specifically not to trust anyone. There was a lot of crime in Rome and many […]

Child's health problems can be frustrating

Anita Doberman Our son Matteo, whom we adopted from Ethiopia about a year and a half ago, has had numerous health problems since arriving in the United States. Matteo had been abandoned by the side of a road, so the orphanage he came from didn’t have any background information, which can be common with international […]

Patience with health care difficult

By Anita Doberman Our son Matteo, whom we adopted from Ethiopia about a year and a half ago, has had numerous health problems since arriving in the United States. Matteo had been abandoned by the side of a road, so the orphanage he came from didn’t have any background information, which can be common with […]