Any publicity is good publicity

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Sunday’s Super Bowl led me to many questions, more so than other Super Bowl games I’ve watched. I struggled back and forth on whether or not Peyton Manning deserved the MVP award (he did) and whether or not it was that important to mention the first time two black coaches […]

Dictatorship won’t help social improvement plan

Editorial The Venezuelan National Assembly confirmed what has been in the works for more than a month: President Hugo Chavez, an avowed socialist who sees Cuban dictator Fidel Castro as his role model, has been handed virtually unlimited power to rule by decree for the next 18 months. This new era of what Chavez calls […]

Student spells her way to victory

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Valencia Elementary fifth-grader Yesica Saucedo survived an hour-long battle to win the Roosevelt County Spanish Spelling Bee. Saucedo correctly spelled literatura, which means literature in English, to beat Portales Junior High School’s Russell Van Dam on Monday in the board room of the Portales Schools Administration office. The two […]

FFA participants have right to be proud

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist They stood before me as I was signing books in my booth at the National FFA Convention this fall in Indianapolis. The man showed his age but was still holding up. “This is gonna be my last,” he said. I looked at him more attentively. “How long have you been […]

Dendahl seeking governor’s post

Compiled by Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers John Dendahl is the Republican candidate for New Mexico governor. He is running against incumbent Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M. Biography: Dendahl is a fourth-generation Santa Fean. He is married and has five daughters. He and his wife, Jackie, have nine grandchildren. He is a graduate of Sante Fe’s public […]

Pair key ENMU rodeo

Freedom Newspapers VERNON, Texas — Senior Stetson Herrera tied for third in bareback riding and junior Cody Heck tied for fourth in steer wrestling, helping Eastern New Mexico University men’s team to a sixth-place finish with 143 1/3 points in last weekends Vernon College Rodeo. Herrera scored 148 points, including 73 in the short-go and […]

Running can be soothing to body, soul

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I have always played sports, but never particularly enjoyed running. In college, I tried to join the track and field team, and gave up after the first day of practice. I thought it was too hard. Perhaps motherhood has increased my pain tolerance, or military life has made it imperative that […]

Rams face physical test at Slaton

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams have already traveled more than a thousand miles to and from their first two road games, and they’re about to add to that total, with their third road game in four weeks at Slaton, Texas this evening. Head coach Andy Correll is proud of how his […]

DA: Furlough far too long

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers

Blood donors in short supply

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A shortage of blood donors recently hasn’t left local hospitals lacking yet but the trend has area blood service providers concerned enough to step up their efforts. United Blood Services of Lubbock which provides blood to Portales, Clovis, Hobbs and parts of West Texas has recently gone on critical […]

Bosque holds artisans’ festival

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Eleanore Nestlerode captures nature on strands of yarn. In an open-air studio, against a desert backdrop of mesquite and amber, she dunks long coils of cloudy yarn into steaming pots of water. Plucked from their baths, they reveal a spectrum of sunny yellows, poppy reds and indigo blues. The […]

Funerals replacing reunions

By Helena Rodriquez Been to any good funerals lately? These days, funerals seem more like family reunions to me because that’s the only time my mom sees some of her relatives. She was so close to them as a child, but has since grown apart due to time and space. Seeing tios, tias, primos and […]

Lady Rams win Goodman Relays

PNT Staff Report EUNICE — Senior Michaela Alexander and sophomore Kandace Bergseiker each posted a pair of individual wins on Tuesday as Portales High’s girls rolled to the team title with 104 points in the Goodman Relays track meet. Jal was second in the 11-team field with 59 points. In boys competition, Hagerman edged Portales […]

Portales claims district title

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Tony Parra: PNT staff writer It was the third meeting in eight days for the Portales Rams and Ruidoso Warriors, but this time it had more meaning with the same results. The Portales Rams defeated the Warriors, 52-41, to claim the District 4-3A championship on Saturday night. The Rams defeated Ruidoso, 66-40, on Feb. 17 […]

Rams put streak to test

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — It’s been a one-sided matchup for a decade or so, but Clovis High coach J.D. Isler said the Wildcats can’t afford a letdown tonight when they host Portales at Rock Staubus Gym. “We’re going to have to come out with some intensity,” Isler said following Clovis’ 72-46 win […]

Guards carry load for Rams

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Artesia had one statistic that was imposing for the host Portales Rams — 6-5, the height of sophomore center Landry Jones. Portales had control of two other statistics — 43 points from its starting backcourt and 10 fewer turnovers — to make the difference in a 58-55 win in […]

It’s the size of your heart not your house at Christmas time

By Joann Clayton I love it when all my children and families come home for Christmas. In the wee hours of the night our house becomes strangely quiet and I begin to reminisce. Three little boys who grew up so quickly are back in their beds. The same clock chimes its soothing sounds; blessing me […]

Spider answer, a tangled web in local area

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor They may seem like the creepy things that Halloween stories are made of — but according to entomologists, spiders usually do much more good than harm. According to long-held Halloween-related legend, spiders, bats and owls, being nocturnal were said to speak with the devil at night (see page 1B for […]

DeHoyos gets short callup to Royals’ AAA club

By Dave Wagner It’s a long way from NCAA Division II college baseball to the major leagues. Former Eastern New Mexico University pitcher Gabe DeHoyos recently got a brief taste of life just below the bigs when he was called up to the Kansas City Royals’ Triple-A Omaha team for a couple of weeks. He […]

We hold soft spots in our hearts for long shots

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I have been to the Kentucky Derby. That was years ago. Alysheba won. I read the book Sea Biscuit. I’ve been to several racetracks and bet on many a horse. But, I usually place the safe bet — $2 on the favorite. If I had attended the 2005 Kentucky Derby […]