Baskett’s friends excited about pal’s NFL success

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent J.C. Pacheco can easily remember one of the first times that Hank Baskett was tried out at wide receiver. He recalls the pure athleticism, the jumping ability, the good hands, the overall potential. Of course, it’s a fonder memory for Pacheco than most defensive backs because the two were teammates […]

ENMU hosting state’s future journalists

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Twenty-two high school students from around the state scrambled around a computer lab Monday afternoon desperate to meet their Tuesday evening deadline for The Future Press, a small newspaper students produce in the New Mexico Press Association’s yearly journalism workshop. In its 26th year, the workshop at Eastern New […]

Home sales on the rebound

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The area housing market has experienced a major revitalization in the last three months, according to area real estate agents. The spirited sales come on the heels of a prolonged period of plunging sales after the Pentagon announced a year ago today Cannon Air Force Base was being targeted for […]

U.S and China talks may produce more than staged theatrics

Editorial Highly public meetings between heads of state, like the meeting in the White House on Thursday between President Bush and Chinese president Hu Jintao, are “90 percent political theater and about 10 percent substance,” says Ted Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. But symbolic or theatrical […]

Texico bull rider will compete on TV this weekend

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Friends of 18-year-old Texico bullrider L.J. Jenkins will get to watch the erstwhile high schooler compete professionally this weekend in New Mexico. For those close to Jenkins, seeing him at the PBR Ty Murray Invitational is quite a leap from where the young man was just a couple […]

Love goes beyond the pocketbook

By Helena Rodriguez Tuesday is V-Day, a holiday like Christmas that started out as a religious observation but has been turned into a commercial campaign in which we’re told to buy our affection from others. Know what I mean? Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Say “I love you” with roses, but keep in mind, […]

Reforms should establish small government

Freedom Newspapers To paraphrase Lord Acton, Big Government corrupts, and absolute Big Government corrupts absolutely. In the case of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., who pleaded guilty Monday to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense companies, the corruption was reported to have included Persian carpets, silver candelabras, a Rolls-Royce, antique furniture, travel and […]

Nov. 23, 2005 Letters to the Editor

Staying the course may be path to disaster George W. Bush repeated last week his intent to stay the course in Iraq. Left unstated is that invading forces have no rights, only responsibilities.  One of the crucial responsibilities is to abide by the will of the people under occupation.  In Iraq, according to British Ministry […]

TV producer gives students dose of reality

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A television producer’s message to university students on Thursday was clear — anyone can be a success in the entertainment business, but it takes hard work and a belief in yourself. David Wallach, a six-time Emmy-winning television producer, spoke to Eastern New Mexico University students at the Becky Sharp Auditorium […]

Small conveniences not always convenient

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Once in awhile, OK more like often, I get on a soap box and take note of things that really annoy me. Then I see a pattern emerging and presto … I A) Realize I have better things to do and move on or B) Ignore my conscience and write […]

Floyd senior aims for future in law

By: Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent Floyd High School graduate Richardo Navarrete will be looking at the high plains from his rear-view mirror after he gets his high school diploma. “I will be going off to school at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces to major in pre-law,” says Navarrete, who will be of 17 […]

Friends, breakfast part of Newmans’ routine

By Kevin Wilson Those who knew Odis and Doris Newman well said the longtime Portales couple had a routine life they loved. Part of that routine was fishing at Oasis State Park and Conchas Lake, part of it was playing games at the Senior Citizens Center. Before most Portales residents had started their days, the […]

Proof of humanity required, no contact necessary

by Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I had to provide proof the other day that I am a human being — and to a machine of all things. I was sending out e-mails for a class project to people — you know, those real-life, in the flesh-and-blood creatures that have overtaken this planet. Anyway, I was […]

Brian Moore guest column

Editor’s note: The Portales News-Tribune asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A billion dollars here, a billion dollars there … pretty soon you’re talking real money. Even though our budget is one of the […]

Students unite for bible study

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By Laurie Stone Four students affiliated with The Thomas Moore Outreach Ministry on Campus at Eastern New Mexico University have stepped into a place of leadership to unite people for God in a nondenominational Bible study. Rev. Tobin Hitt encouraged Rodrick Chambers of Victory Life Church, Lucero Tirado and Fide Davalos of St. Helen’s Catholic […]

PHS drama club ready for new season

By Laurie Stone The act of engaging in theatrical drama is something everyone has practiced whether they are wise to it or not. Bill Strong, the Drama teacher at the Portales High School, said, “Acting is an imitation of life and life teaches people how to perform.” Strong said acting exists everywhere. If a child […]

Man pleads not guilty to shooting Realtor

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A 27-year-old Albuquerque man has pleaded not guilty to shooting a well-respected real estate agent in the back of the head and leaving his body in a closet inside a home he was trying to sell. Mario Lucas Chavez entered his plea Friday, the same day family members buried […]

Portales byciclists ride to Muleshoe

By David Arkin For Robert Lepard, it all started with bad knees. The Muleshoe dentist of 19 years, who will take part in Saturday’s Tour of Muleshoe, simply couldn’t take the pain the constant pounding on the pavement was causing his knees. He had been running for years and lettered in track at Texas Tech […]

Alexander made friends anywhere he traveled

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The local dances weren’t just for hip wiggling for the social, gentle and charismatic Calvin Alexander, family and friends said. Alexander, who died on Jan. 19 at the Roosevelt General Hospital, was fond of meeting new people. His daughter, Betty Jo Dever, said her father stressed […]

Local reaction to Bush’s State of the Union address

“I thought it was an excellent speech myself. I thought he covered a lot of the things the folks in the United States are concerned about and would like to hear the president’s thoughts on. That’s the best speech I’ve ever seen him give. He used to kind of pause a little bit and fidget […]