Area woman turns 100

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Nell Morgan never set out to reach the age of 100. Her friends and family said she had more important pursuits to conquer — but she did reach the milestone age Saturday, surrounded by loved ones at Portales’ Heartland continuing care center. “It is a big deal,” Nell’s granddaughter […]

Plastic surgery not instant fix to problems

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few days ago, I was waiting for an aerobics class to start when I casually started chatting with a woman standing next to me. Thirty seconds into our superficial conversation, my new friend couldn’t contain her excitement, and told me that in two days she would have some “work” done, […]

Torture tactics not cure-all

Editorial One of the more troubling aspects of the Republican presidential “debate” last week was that most of the candidates, when presented a hypothetical scenario involving suicide bombers attacking shopping malls (with some terrorists being captured and a new attack expected), implicitly and in some cases explicitly and even eagerly, endorsed torture as a legitimate […]

Server crash endangers ENMU data

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University officials are assessing the scope of a computer malfunction last week and whether lost academic data for thousands of students taking online courses can be retrieved. Data retrieval experts have been brought in to work on the server in hopes of saving some data, according to […]

Commission discusses, stops short of action, on dairy zoning

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners briefly discussed zoning that could allow for control of where dairies and other businesses locate to mitigate nuisances such as odor and insects. They quickly backed away from the issue during their regular meeting Tuesday. The issue has come to light recently with the aid of […]

Local students extend support

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty are showing sympathy and support to those affected by last week’s tragedy at Virginia Tech University by signing a giant card to the university. While watching the news, Jeff Blake felt compelled to do something that would show support for the victims […]

Tragedy prompts prayer

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone is talking about the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are shocked as individuals and as a society. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and anguish families and students must be experiencing. I then think about the young man’s family and the anguish they must be going through. I can’t […]

Local pastors discuss Easter

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: The PNT talked with local clergy about their views on the Easter holiday. David McFadden, First Baptist Church Q. What is the most important message of Easter for our day and time? A. Following the gloom of the cross is the glory of the resurrection. God can […]

Wage hike Richardson’s ‘crown jewel'; business owners disagree

By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers As the clock ticked down on the 2007 New Mexico Legislature, a lobbying effort by Gov. Bill Richardson produced a state minimum wage. Legislation to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 won final approval Friday when it narrowly passed the Senate. Richardson called it the […]

Lawmakers happy to see capital outlay projects approved

Staff and Wire Reports Gov. Bill Richardson faces a tough obstacle as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president. He managed another tough obstacle earlier this week — pleasing a majority of state legislators — by approving nearly $700 million in capital outlay projects. “I have signed this capital outlay package without any vetoes as […]

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 […]

Parents who miss teacher conferences are not criminals

Editorial It had to happen. Now there’s a politician who wants to get the law-making process involved in the delicate business of teacher-parent relations. Rep. Wayne Smith, a Republican from Baytown, Texas, has filed a bill that would allow a $500 fine to be levied on parents who miss a meeting with their child’s teacher. […]

State official discusses education

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Editor’s note: The following interview was conducted by Freedom Newspapers with Dennis Roch, chairman of New Mexico’s Public Education Committee. Roch’s district encompasses five counties in eastern New Mexico, including Curry and Roosevelt. Q: What is the commission doing while the Legislature is in session? A: Right now, we are advocating for the PED’s budget […]

Senator Kernan discusses state legislature

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Editor’s note: As a check on the mood and focus of the 2007 New Mexico State Legislature after its first week, Freedom Newspapers conducted an interview with District 42 Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. Kernan represents Roosevelt and Curry counties. Q. What has the overall mood of this Legislature been so far? A. Everyone is getting […]

Lady Rams whip Warriors

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers It may have taken awhile to get going, but once the Lady Rams got their feet moving, they couldn’t be stopped. Portales sophomore guard Tara Johnson scored six of her nine total points in the second period, as the Lady Rams outscored Ruidoso 20-4 in the second quarter to take […]

Gross receipts delight city officials

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If the measure is gross receipts tax collection — business has been good in Portales for the last six months. Collections have outperformed the amount budgeted by the city of Portales by 23 percent or $244,058. That was a rosy enough figure to prompt city staff to ask for […]

Portales clubs Cavegirls

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Vicki Huber and Sabrina Villanueva led the Lady Rams with 11 points each, as Portales dominated the Carlsbad Cavegirls from start to finish Tuesday night at Portales High School and came away with a 62-39 victory. “I think everybody that was in there took care of business,” Portales head coach […]

Christmas is more than commercial holiday

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist What is it about this time of the year that makes it so different from any other? Why are our spirits lifted to the strains of “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World?” Why do friend’s and family’s thoughts turn toward home? Could it just be the Christ Child brings […]

Clovis homicide case marks anniversary

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers It has been a year since Laura McNaughton’s lifeless body was discovered by hunters in a rural county ditch. That discovery, followed by subsequent news a local dentist had been arrested, deeply affected not only those who knew McNaughton, but many who came to know of her in death. Toni […]

Zias win third straight

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Zias have matched their best start in team history thanks to solid free-throwing shooting down the stretch. With Heather Brown leading the way, Eastern converted 11 of 13 free throws in the final 3:13 to hold off pesky Oklahoma Panhandle State 77-70 Thursday in […]