Communities should get a little ‘self pride’

By Clyde Davis: Freedom columnist There are lots and lots of jokes about hearing voices in one’s head, a supposed sign of instability. I have seen T-shirts and bumper stickers which proclaim “I Hear Voices in my Head, but at Least they Like Me,”and similar sentiments. More serious, of course, is the reality behind the […]

My essence: Eau de self doubt

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist I had no essence. This wasn’t something I was concerned about. I was more concerned with having no girlfriend, no vacation house, no HBO subscription, no basketball ability and no reasonable hopes to retire before age 79. Oh, and no ability to stop making self-depricating comments. No train of thought […]

Self-searching reveals plenty

By Karl Terry: PNT Columnist Have you ever Googled your own name? Admit it. We’re all curious to see what’s out there on the Internet with our name on it. My name returns a jackpot of results when it’s plugged into a search engine. The other night it returned 8.25 million results while my wife’s […]

Portales man reflects on 50 years with children’s home

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Jack Self has put his heart into serving at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home for 50 years. He said he was driven by the “satisfaction of seeing children grow up and make citizens of themselves and knowing that they’re assets to their community now instead of liabilities.” Self […]

Lady Rams eliminated

ALBUQUERQUE — Santa Fe Indian School ended Portales’ string of reaching the Class 3A girls state championship game at seven, beating the Lady Rams 41-35 on Tuesday morning in a quarterfinal game at The Pit. Bethany Self and Gabby Garcia led Portales with 10 points each. More details will be reported as they become available.

Jan. 13, 2008 Library Books

The following books are now available at the Public Library: The Lemonade Club by Patricia Polacco Traci and her best friend Marilyn were both in Miss Wichelman’s fifth grade class — a good thing, since the two were inseparable. Miss Wichelman was one of those teachers who brought out the best in her students. Her […]

Portales takes crown

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — Portales is once again championship central when it comes to Class 3A state volleyball. The Lady Rams defeated Las Vegas Robertson Saturday afternoon at the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Center in four games, to solidify and cement Portales’ state volleyball legacy in recent years. “(Our seniors) […]

Citizens must protect freedoms guaranteed by U.S. government

Editorial Each year, Americans celebrate the independence of our nation on July 4, remembering the conflicts and patriots who died to preserve our ideals. This week, we will again remember those men and women and gather with family under the sheltering umbrella of the United States of America. But let us remember more. Let us […]

Lady Rams advance to semis

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams knew they could beat District 4-3A rival Ruidoso — heck, they’d already done it three times this season by double-figure margins. The fourth one, in a Class 3A state quarterfinal game on Tuesday at The Pit, came a little harder before the defending champions […]

Rams ready to serve more power

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales tennis team brought home plenty of hardware from last year’s state tennis tournament, and they hope to have a repeat performance this spring. Senior Ella Erf and junior Bethany Self compose the meat of the Portales girls lineup. Erf and Self combined to go undefeated and win […]

Lady Rams dominate Dexter, undefeated in District 4-3A

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers The Lady Rams were never threatened by the Dexter girls Saturday night, but they weren’t absolutely pleased with their performance either in the 66-33 district win. Portales junior Bethany Self scored 13 of her 15 points in the fourth period, as the Lady Rams maintained a healthy 20-30 point margin […]

Body image shouldn’t be focus of sports

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Three of our five children play soccer. My husband and I believe any sport they practice will help them develop self-esteem, discipline and focus. But according to my husband, no “sport” includes dance, cheerleading or ice skating. Not only do I love to watch these three “sports,” I also studied […]

Portales two wins away from another state title

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Apparently, Bethany Self makes an appreciable difference in the Portales Lady Rams’ lineup. Held out of Wednesday’s pool play after sustaining a strained right MCL in last week’s District 4-3A tournament championship loss to Ruidoso, the 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter returned with a vengeance on Thursday. After helping […]

Lady Rams’ duo takes state

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Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Even an inadvertent serve in the behind couldn’t stop Portales’ top-seeded girls doubles team on Saturday. Junior Ella Erf and sophomore Bethany Self completed a perfect season with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Bosque sophomores Allie Coleman and Casey Manzanares in the finals of the Class 3A state individual tennis tournament […]

STATE 1A-3A TENNIS: PHS sends boys, girls doubles to semis

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PHS staff ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s Ella Erf and Bethany Self are right where they expected to be after Friday’s play in the Class 1-3A state individual tennis tournament. Matt Tucker and Kyle Adams are right where they hoped to be. Erf and Self, seeded No. 1 in girls doubles, improved to 15-0 for the […]

St. Michael’s downs PHS in semifinals

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams will have to wait another year for a shot at a Class 3A state tennis championship. Portales played competitively for the most part, but couldn’t match Santa Fe St. Michael’s depth on Saturday in dropping a 6-3 semifinal decision to the Lady Horsemen at Sierra Vista Tennis […]

ENMU hosts rape awareness forum

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By Tony Parra More than 130 women at Eastern New Mexico University were taught how to fight back and some walked away feeling more comfortable if they ever have to deal with an attacker. Erin Weed, a motivational speaker for Girls Fight Back, informed a large crowd of college female students about attackers’ tendencies, made […]

Portales pushes win streak to three

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer They were the type of numbers that Roswell should have been happy with heading into the second half. The visiting Lady Coyotes had just four turnovers and held host Portales without a field goal for a 7:20 stretch. The only numbers that mattered, however, belonged to Portales with a […]

Lady Rams finish strong against Ysleta in 56-16 win

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers As easy as their first-round game turned out to be, the Portales Lady Rams know the rest of Plateau Holiday Classic will be more challenging. Portales spotted El Paso Ysleta leads of 5-0 and 8-6, then controlled the rest of the contest in cruising to a 56-16 win in the tournament’s […]

Commission to visit Eastern’s campus

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University will be getting a visit on March of 2007, but the importance of the visit is signified by the more than two years of preparation by university officials for the visit. The Higher Learning Commission members of the North Central Association will be touring the campus […]