People exhibit wish to be fooled

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist I write this column against better judgment, because it may find its way into my performance review. It’s proof I goof around on company time and damage coworker egos. It’s better that I don’t start this story, but instead leave it to Michael Caine and his opening quote from the […]

Area fire departments seeing red

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor State requirements calling for higher levels of firefighter certification for reimbursement on wildland fires have area fire departments poised to jump from the frying pan into the fire. Local fire departments recently learned that their agreements with New Mexico State Forestry will be canceled in the next 90 days […]

North Korea no reason to panic

Editorial We should know a great deal more in a few days and weeks about the underground blast in North Korea that is widely viewed as a test of a nuclear weapon. Supposed experts are still pondering the evidence of what seems to have been, from an initial analysis of the seismic data, a low-grade […]

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Know what to do during severe weather season

Clovis Emergency Management officials test their sirens every Wednesday at 4 p.m. This test usually lasts 1-3 minutes and the sirens are heard throughout Clovis. 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office Tornado season is almost upon us and since Cannon is approximately 18 miles from “Tornado Alley,” it is important for local residents and Cannon […]

New job skills test offered

By William P. Thompson A new federally funded job skills assessment test is now available to Portales and Roosevelt County residents at the New Mexico Workforce Connection (formerly the One Stop Career Center) on FIrst Street in Portales. Trina Miller of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments told Roosevelt County Commissioners about the tests at […]

College, base library partner in English program

Janet Taylor-Birkey Clovis Community College and the Cannon library have partnered to offer a distance-learning program to learn English as a second language, with videos that can be checked out from the library and viewed at home. After watching a video, and completing a worksheet, the student can then check out the next video. Worksheets […]

Local man accidental witness to first A-Bomb explosion near Roswell

Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers John Ellison’s mission that morning focused on endurance. The B-29 commander, along with a flight engineer and four trainees, took off from Roswell Air Field just before 5 a.m. on July 16, 1945. Their purpose, Ellison said, was to condition the trainees for their World War II bombing missions over Japan. […]

Signs that you may be over the hill

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist I was rocking my chair last week when it dawned on me that I might be over the hill — a hair-raising experience for someone as young and vibrant as I am. So I called my daughters to confirm my youthful status: “What brought this on?” they asked. “Well, things are […]

Progress test put pressure on schools

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers When La Casita Elementary did not make Adequate Yearly Progress last year, school officials had to change the way they taught. According to AYP scores, a federal measure of math and language arts proficiency and a part of the president’s No Child Left Behind push for accountability, La Casita fourth graders […]

AYP standards could be more flexible

By Marlena Hartz Individual schools and school districts in New Mexico will be rated on a more flexible system when it comes to the performance of special education students in Adequate Yearly Progress, under a temporary scoring calculation reprieve granted by the federal government. “We felt we should apply for it (testing flexibility) because we […]

Abuse charge added on marijuana case

PNT Staff A Portales woman faces child-abuse charges after her child tested positive for a chemical found in marijuana, according to police reports. Catherine Houston-Sprayberry, 23, of Portales, faces charges of abandonment or abuse of a child, possession of paraphenalia and possession of marijuana. The abuse charge is resulting from the 2-month-old child’s positive test […]

Steroids not a problem yet in area

By Dave Wagner With steroids becoming a bigger problem at the professional sports level, the NCAA is trying to take more preventative measures to head off potential problems. Ed Kabrick, athletic trainer at Eastern New Mexico University, said that as of the 2004-05 school year the NCAA randomly tests athletes for the use of “performance-enhancing” […]

Feb. 27 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon Choir competition Congratulations to the following choir students who recently participated in the Southeastern District Vocal Solo and Ensemble Competition. These students all received a superior rating at the festival;  Kaitlyn Stratton and Sarah Sutton both received “1”s for solos. Hannah Stroud, Natalie Salas, and Tatiana Torres also received a superior rating […]

Jan. 30 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon Future careers Principal Steve Harris and teachers express their appreciation to businesses and employers who hosted an eighth-grade student last week for the job shadowing program. Almost all of the eighth-grade students worked with a person in a career they wished to investigate for future possibilities. That same day GEAR-UP and Eastern […]

Rams get set to test powerful Clovis

By Dave Wagner The Portales boys basketball team has been steadily improving, but the Rams know they have their work cut out tonight. Portales puts a four-game winning streak on the line against the Clovis Wildcats, one of the top teams in Class 5A, in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at the PHS gym. Clovis (13-1), […]

Spelling test one of many “triumfs”

By Bob Huber Each fall I’m reminded of my heroic attempts to pass the spelling test at the University of Colorado. I’m legend in the faculty lounge at Boulder where they say, “Do you remember that rocket scientist who couldn’t spell CAT?” Back then, CU believed in an 11th Commandment that said students couldn’t become […]

Oct. 17 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael Things at the Dora School are moving along as usual and preparations are being made for our annual family fun night. This will be on Oct. 29 in the Rogers Gym. Booths and Bingo opens at 7 p.m. and the booth and ticket sales will close at 9 p.m. The bingo games […]

In education, all parties need to be accountable

By Kevin Wilson It was probably troubling to Portales citizens to find out that all of the public schools in the Portales district failed to meet adequate yearly progress from the state’s perspective. After all, it was troubling to me, and I don’t have a kid in the school systems. School officials have told us […]

Half of New Mexico students graded “not proficient”

By Ryan Lengerich Barely half of New Mexico’s high school juniors were proficient in reading and less than half were proficient in math, according to results of a standardized test released Friday by the state Public Education Department. The first-time assessment test, taken by more than 19,000 students in November, will be used to rate […]