Senior happenings —

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities quilting and sewing Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities quilting and sewing; 10:30 a.m., Indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 8-10:30 a.m., Free blood sugar and blood pressure check; 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Thursday: […]

Kiwanis swim meet rescheduled

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Kiwanis Club annual swim meet, held for ages nine to 18, was canceled Wednesday because of weather. The event has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Portales City Pool.

Help kids stay safe in the pool this summer

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Niesha Lofing I’ve done it more than once. My two preschool-age children are happily splashing around in the wading pool just outside the screen door to our backyard when something calls me inside. A ringing phone, a buzzing oven timer, a lemonade request from one of the kids. I dart into the house to fetch […]

Summer time to enjoy

The pool is up and ready to go; has been for several weeks. I purchased a mechanical piranha, which Jason and Mikayla are having a lot of fun being chased around in the water by. It is especially fun when we are playing with lights out, and with the flashlight that works underwater. So far, […]

ENMU hopes to fill baseball spot by June 15

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University hopes to fill its open baseball head coaching position by June 15, athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday. ENMU is looking to replace Phil Clabaugh, who resigned after 20 seasons last month and was the program’s only coach after the sport was revived at the school in 1992. […]

Congress should consider downsizing their pensions

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I learned to swim a few weeks ago, but I still stay in the shallow end of the pool. I think I’ll stay in the shallow end of these arguments as well: • It looks like the new victim of attacks from Congress is the public employee, and the unions that help them acquire pensions […]

McGee: Makeshift pool keeps us cool

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I heard that someone actually stole one of those blue pools you see all over the place. You know the ones; they’re huge plastic blobs with an inflatable ring at the top to support it. I guess it wouldn’t be too hard, come to think of it. Just collapse the […]

It’s their job — June 22

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Portales City Pool lifeguard Daniela Gomez demonstrates duties in the baby pool. She is working a a lifeguard for the first time this summer and enjoys her co-workers and seeing the children. Gomez said the job isn’t as easy as it looks.

ENMU pool renovation near completion

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer To say the swimming pool at Eastern New Mexico University is a well-kept secret may be a bit of an understatement — especially since being closed for well over a year has added to its awareness camouflage. “Yeah, it’s an inside pool, isn’t it? I don’t know where it’s […]

Kiwanis to host swim meet

PNT Staff Report The Kiwanis annual swim meet is 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Portales City Pool, 320 E. Seventh St. Anyone ages 10-16 is eligible. All participants get ribbons, and money prizes are available in the diving competition. The meet is open to the public with no fee to participate or watch. No pre-registration […]

Deployment stress results in gray hairs

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist Gray hair is taking over my dark brown head at a rapid pace. It’s an invasion that I fight with all my might, but one that is met with large obstacles, such as the expense of getting to a salon every six weeks to keep the enemy at bay. I […]

Anti-cancer bills get new focus

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Activists are renewing their push for bills that target cancer screening and treatment in the wake of the death of Patty Jennings, the director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool. Jennings, wife of Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, died this weekend after battling breast cancer. She was […]

Choices are ours, not government’s

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The Oakland Worldwide apartments in California do not ban smoking around the pool frequented by renters. John Birke thinks the smoke his child is inhaling there is hurting her. But instead of taking the trouble of moving to a place where no smoking is permitted by the pool, […]

Greyhounds hope to have larger player pool for weekend

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan is hoping to have closer to a full roster this weekend. The Greyhounds, with only eight players in uniform, upended Lubbock Christian 68-67 on Monday night at Greyhound Arena and return to Lone Star Conference crossover play at 4 p.m. […]

Swimming safely

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By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico With warmer temperatures and summer on the way, more and more children and adults will be seeking refuge from the heat and fun in the sun at pools and lakes throughout the region. Potter Park Pool has been cleaned and inspected and is opening at 1 p.m. today. The […]

ENMU natatorium renovation costs surpass regent-approved funding

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PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University Regents learned Monday that the cost of renovating the natatorium will likely cost more than what was OK’d at an October regents meeting. Meeting in a special session with the natatorium as the only business item on the agenda, regents gave the OK for the administration to request […]

Regents OK Natatorium renovation plans

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A $1.5 million renovation of Eastern New Mexico University’s natatorium received formal approval Friday from the board of regents at their regular meeting. Scott Smart, vice president for Business Affairs at ENMU, told regents an inadequate heating and cooling system installed when it was built in 1958 has resulted […]

Portales girls start Lubbock tourney with two wins

PNT Staff Report The Portales Sun Devils 10-and-under girls fast-pitch softball team won their first two games in pool play at the Regional softball tournament in Lubbock and earned a bye in the first round of bracket play. The Sun Devils beat the Hobbs Rangers 16-3 late Friday night in the first game of pool […]

Summer is a time to sink or swim

It’s the first day of swimming lessons. In my house, the commotion starts at 6 a.m., when my three older girls wake up ready to go, never mind that lessons don’t start for another three hours. They can’t contain their excitement and demand to put on their bathing suits immediately. “No,” my 4-year-old yells, holding […]

Portales pool opens today

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Pool patrons are sure to notice a few changes as they get ready to dive in at the local swimming hole this summer. With school letting out at noon today, the pool officially opens an hour later at 1 p.m. Phase I of renovations at the pool […]