Officials: Traffic lights pose safety risk

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales leaders are concerned traffic lights in Portales may present a safety risk to workers — an issue they plan to take up with the state, which owns the lights. Issues of faulty wiring and outdated equipment surfaced during a Clovis Public Works Committee meeting Wednesday. At […]

Shout out: Four local delegates attend state PEO convention

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Submitted by Miriam Deen Four delegates from Portales attended the 81st state Philanthropic Educational Organiza-tion convention May 6-8 at the Hilton Hotel in Albuquerque. They were Ginger Creighton and Janine Elder from Chapter BE and Miriam Deen and Iris Johnson from Chapter R. All 71 chapters in the state were represented, with two delegates from […]

Portales High students taking on ‘Les Miserables’

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales High School students present Les Miserables this weekend at the PHS Performing Arts Center. “It is very difficult,” said William Strong, PHS dramatic arts teacher. “The music is hard. It is basically an operetta, with maybe three lines that are actually spoken. Everything is done with music and […]

Thanksgiving expression of gratitude

Freedom New Mexico If the pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, who were present at the original Thanksgiving feast, somehow were transported to modern times to take part in the holiday as we know it today, even they would wonder why we have to suffer through another Detroit Lions football game. Thankfully, since NFL announcer and video […]

Some fair traditions fade, others still going strong

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Whatever new-fangled innovations might be present in the exhibits or on the midway, the Roosevelt County Fair is like many other county fairs across the nation: a bastion of tradition. On entry day in Portales, when local residents officially enter livestock, food, crafts and more for competition, the vanguard of the past was there to […]

Regents present Richardson with ENMU letterman jacket

PNT staff Eastern New Mexico University Regents Chad Lydick and Randy Harris and President Steven Gamble recently presented New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson with a personalized ENMU letter jacket in his Santa Fe office. “We wanted to thank the governor for all he has done for Eastern,” said Chad Lydick, member of the ENMU Board […]

Didn’t shoot my eye out, but …

In the sporting goods department of a discount store my eyes fell on the most sought-after Christmas present of my childhood — a Daisy BB gun. Just seeing it brought back memories. Yeah, that’s right, Ralphie from the 1983 movie “The Christmas Story” and I had a lot in common. We both wished for a […]

PHS students ready to present ‘Peter Pan’

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The cast of “Peter Pan and Wendy” is ready to fly. The Portales High School production premieres tonight, but the performers have been on stage in front of school audiences this week. “I think we’re finally ready,” said student teacher DeAnna Gonzales, who is directing the play. “I was […]

History lesson lies behind competition

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Thousands of years ago, man invented a crude tool to help them more efficiently kill prey for food and pelts. Saturday morning, present-day people will gather at Blackwater Draw to learn about and compete with the hunting tool. It’s called an Atlatl, and it changed the way prehistoric man […]

When in doubt about present, pray

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist Sometimes I ask myself, “Am I the only one who sees the impinging danger for this country? Am I the only one who cares, who sees America on the edge of the precipice? Will we care when our freedoms are gone? Will we care if our possessions are taken away […]