Baskett flying high with Eagles

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By Jon Marks: CNJ Correspondent PHILADELPHIA — On Labor Day, Hank Baskett worked. And also packed. He worked for his new employer, the Philadelphia Eagles, having learned over the weekend — while he turned his cell phone off to take a nap — he had beaten the odds and made Andy Reid’s 53-man roster. Hank […]

“Gnaws” will rule the world

By Bob Huber: PNT Columnist Here at the Old Reporters’ Retirement Home, I’m spicing up each day by writing a horror story. It’s a TV documentary inspired by an actual event. Hollywood will love it. It’ll star Arnold Schwarzenegger. I call it “Gnaws.” The actual event went like this: We remodeled our house one time, […]

Valencia school to focus on student success, parent involvement

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers At Valencia Elementary School, one of the first thing students will learn when school bells ring Tuesday is that “Everyone is in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing to learn.” As principal of Valencia Elementary, Todd Morris wants to make sure that fourth- and fifth-graders […]

Make time to forget about time

Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers We’re such control freaks these days. We like to control our time. Control our space. Control how long our meetings last. Control agendas. Control how much input and output we will take from others and so on. I’m an admitted control freak. I control the air conditioner in my car. I […]

‘Windy City’ title in dispute

By Ryn Gargulinski Whomever dubbed Chicago the “Windy City” had it all wrong. That nickname should have been reserved for Clovis, and other eastern New Mexico places with equally windswept plains, where someone once told me the wind whips so hard it blows over freight trains. (I believed them for months and refused to drive […]

Rams earn split in home opener

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PNT Staff Report Although his team took only one out of two games against Lubbock Christian, Portales coach Arturo Ontiveros said he is glad his team’s bats got some use. “The one thing we noticed is — we hit the ball,” Ontiveros said. “We’ve been struggling. The majority of the lineup came up with some […]

Broncos hope to bounce back

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — They practice. And they run. And they practice. And they run. The Floyd Broncos are doing a lot of practice, and a lot of running when they don’t practice right. They practice and run, all while looking for a way out of the District 3-1A basement, which is […]

Sometimes kids should wear the pants in the house

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Who wears the pants in the house? That’s a question often asked today, and I’m not just talking about husbands and wives. I’m talking about parents and children. My teenage daughter Laura and I recently went through a tough ordeal that really tested us as a family. It pitted us […]

Personalities Plus: Lisa Ribaudo

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Your name: Lisa Ribaudo Your job: Elementary School Counselor Your age (and Birth Date): 37 years old; May 2, 1967 Your hometown: Carson, Calif. Your family: Mark Ribaudo (husband), John Ribaudo (son), and Mary Ribaudo (daughter) Your hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: What do you think of Portales? “I enjoy the […]

Nuttall leaves behind memories

By Ryan Lengerich While Clovis schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall spent this weekend in Missouri finalizing the terms for his future at a community college, his colleagues say his years in Clovis were marked by change nationwide and decisions locally. Nuttall accepted an offer to be president at North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Mo., on […]

Time isn’t always worth saving

By Jim Lee As anyone who knows me realizes, I am not the handiest fellow in the world. In the jungle of home repair and maintenance, my competence can be compared to that of a fairly intelligent orangutan with a broken wrist. In mathematics I’m still trying to master the concept of checkbooks and ATM […]

Beginning of May marks end of Cold War

By Jim Lee Saturday was a holiday of sorts, I suppose. Do kids still do the Maypole thing? I remember as a child in elementary school (yes, there were schools back then) we were supposed to grab the ends of long ribbons (crepe paper?) and dance around a pole. Now there’s the thrill of a […]

Stupidity always good for a laugh

By Jim Lee Last week I wrote about some of the dumb things college graduates have done. When I did that, I committed the latest dumb thing in my cerebral repertoire: writing about something too big for the column. So here’s another installment of mental pratfalls from people brave enough to laugh at themselves. I’ll […]

Life is more fun when it’s not so serious

Jim Lee On one of the many occasions I did something quite stupid, someone remarked about it, and I replied, “I don’t have to be smart because I went to college.” I don’t know why I suddenly thought of that moment this long afterward. Maybe it just shows how my mind works (or doesn’t work). […]

Celebration welcomes home troops

Darrell Todd Maurina Ken Huey has vivid memories of the public reaction he received while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. “My wife, then my girlfriend, was a student at (the University of New Mexico) and I remember picking her up in my flight suit,” Huey said. “I was booed, hissed, and […]