State releases school report cards

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Nearly two-thirds of New Mexico’s schools received a grade of C or better under new ratings announced Tuesday by the Public Education Department. Portales High received a C; Portales Junior High had a D. The state plans to use the A to F grades to replace a federally mandated […]

Local leaders helped state thrive

As New Mexico celebrates its 100th year as a state it’s easy to daydream about what life in our portion of the state was like back in 1912. Portales had been around just over a decade, Texico was 10 years old and Clovis had been established six years earlier when a division point for the […]

New Mexico celebrates 100 years as state

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s celebrates its 100th birthday Friday with a host of events that kick off a yearlong Centennial party. An official birthday party will be held from 11 to 1 in the Roundhouse, to be followed by Centennial Ball Friday night at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Communities around the […]

Local groups plan state centennial anniversary events

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PNT staff report The state of New Mexico turns 100 today and statewide celebrations will be going on all weekend in commemoration of this historical centennial. In Portales, the history class at Portales Junior High plans to throw New Mexico a grand birthday party next week with cake and ice cream and the students will […]

No. 9 Texans outlast Hounds

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Freedom New Mexico Senior guard Chris Harrell scored 21 points, hitting 5-of-7 from 3-point range, and Tarleton State held on late for a 55-52 Lone Star Conference men’s basketball victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Wednesday night at Greyhound Arena. The Texans (12-1, 4-0 LSC) won their ninth in a row, but it didn’t […]

TexAnns hold off Zias’ comeback

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Freedom New Mexico Tarleton State went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the final 46 seconds, including four from sophomore guard Brianna Bledsoe, and the TexAnns held on for a 78-70 Lone Star Conference women’s basketball victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Wednesday night at Greyhound Arena. Senior guard Kiara Tate, who scored […]

Lawmakers’ focus change as redistricting map takes effect

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Alisa Boswell Local state representatives say big changes are in store for state House districts under a new redistricting plan declared law Tuesday by Santa Fe Judge James Hall. “My district currently stretches from Portales to the Colorado state line but in the new map, I would take on a bigger portion of Portales, almost […]

My turn: Century brought many changes to state

At 1:35 p.m. on Friday, our fair state officially becomes 100 years old. Although Pat Thatcher swears I did not pay attention during her seventh-grade New Mexico history class at Dora School, I vividly remember noting that our statehood centennial would happen in my lifetime, even if dates that started with the words “two thousand” […]

My turn: Happy birthday, New Mexico

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The state of New Mexico turns 100 on Friday. Here’s some trivia: • President William Howard Taft signed the declaration of statehood at 1:35 p.m. on Jan. 6, 1912, in his private office at the White House. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported about two dozen people witnessed the event, half of them from New […]

Zia capsule

Dave Wagner ENMU (2-8) at Oklahoma Panhandle State (3-10) • When: 6 p.m. (MST) Monday at Goodwell, Okla. • Radio: none • Last time out: The Zias lost to Abilene Christian 92-85 in two overtimes on Dec. 17 at Greyhound Arena. The Lady Aggies beat Henderson State 125-111 in Goodwell on Saturday. • Last meeting: […]

Separate crashes claim lives over holiday

Freedom New Mexico Wintery Christmas day weather is being blamed for two separate but deadly crashes that have claimed the lives of three Clovis children and a young mother. Mya Gonzales, 4, of Clovis died of injuries suffered in a late night Christmas day rollover crash about 16 miles north of the city, according to […]

Engagements —

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Hight-Lee Chris and Katie Hammack of Socorro wish to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kayla Leigh Hight of Las Cruces, formerly of Portales, to Garrett Shannon Lee of Las Cruces, formerly of Portales, son of Shannon and Tammy Lee of Portales. The couple will exchange vows Jan. 6, 2012, at the […]

Cell phone ban distracts from true danger

The Nanny State is wagging its finger at us again. This time it’s the National Transportation Safety Board, which wants to ban all use of cellphones by drivers — even the “hands-free” kind that are increasingly popular — supposedly to cut down on traffic accidents. Many new cars even come with Bluetooth devices that automatically […]

Angelo State outlasts Zias

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Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Neither the Angelo State nor Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball teams could find the range with any consistency Thursday night. The Rambelles simply struggled a little less than the Zias. ASU got a 3-point play from sophomore forward Lauren Holt in the first minute and, except for a brief tie […]

ENMU facing Angelo State in Clovis

Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Lone Star Conference basketball is coming to The Rock tonight. Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams welcome Angelo State to Rock Staubus Gym for a Lone Star Conference doubleheader, beginning with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m. ENMU men’s coach Andrew Helton said the games were originally scheduled for San Angelo, […]

Their view: Focus on solution instead of blame game

Natalie Caine-Bish, an associate professor at Kent State University and licensed dietitian, offers this view on childhood obesity:

Their view: Payroll tax cut would spur economy

James Bostwick, state committee chairman for the New Mexico Farm Service Agency, offers this view on the payroll tax cut being extended:

One killed in crash north of Portales

One man was killed and his wife and 9-month-old child were taken to Roosevelt General Hospital with serious injuries in a crash on U.S. 70 about 5:30 tonight.

My turn: Don’t need snow for sled

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I have been looking at lots of ads for the upcoming holiday. I have been amazed at the amounts and types of toys that are offered. I do not remember having things like that when I was a kid. I also think that the best toys were the ones we made. I had always wanted […]

ENMU/OPSU men’s basketball capsule, Nov. 26

Freedom New Mexico ENMU (5-1) at Oklahoma Panhandle State (1-3) When: 6 p.m. (MST) today Where: Goodwell, Okla. Last time out: The Greyhounds outlasted New Mexico Highlands 104-98 in a game played on Wednesday at Santa Rosa High School. The Aggies haven’t played since Nov. 18 when they lost at Colorado-Colorado Springs 91-77. Radio: KSEL-FM […]