Theater department prepares for ‘Nightingale’

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Scattered throughout the Eastern New Mexico University costume shop is a dedicated group of students and their director working feverishly to put the remaining touches on costumes for the upcoming production of “Eccentricities of a Nightingale.” Written by Tennessee Williams, the play takes place in 1910 and is set […]

Officials take new approach

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County governmental entities and area state legislators took a new approach toward capital outlay requests this year as they brought the various entities together for the first time at the Memorial Building in Portales Tuesday to present their requests all in one day. In previous years each entitity […]

Zias re-building with new leader

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer A quick glance at the ENMU Zia basketball team’s roster would reveal that the team has six seniors returning, including four starters, so you might assume that this is a veteran team with girls who have played several minutes together. That’s perfectly reasonable to assume, but you’d be wrong. […]

U.N. General Assembly serves as reminder that world is crazy place

Editorial The opening days of the United Nations’ General Assembly debate were unusually entertaining last week. Americans heard Iran’s militant Islamic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rant about the evils of Zionism and Venezuela’s leftist President Hugo Chavez refer to President George W. Bush as the “devil.” Such colorful discussions among world leaders don’t take place every […]

Dia de Las Familias takes place Saturday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A bell rung by Father Idalgo on Sept. 16, 1810, signaled the start of Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain. The ensuing battle lasted for 10 years before independence was gained. Today the celebration marking the day is known as Diez y seis de Septiembre A local event marking […]

Floyd fun day is planned

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer When the Nov. 30 fire roared through the community of Floyd, neighbors and friends rallied together to help one another out and save their community in the ensuing blaze. On Saturday, the Floyd Lions Club will host a community fun day to say thank you to those who helped […]

Some tragedies one never forgets

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Historic events good and bad stick in our memories but tragic historic events and where we were as they happened are burned onto our souls. So it seems with Sept. 11, 2001. Anyone who was school-age or older can quickly recall the horrible details of that day, the despair […]

“… Working on dreams in the streets of Portales …”

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers At a time in his life when people around him were moving on from college and graduation was sneaking up on him, singer and songwriter Andy Mason wrote what would eventually become Portales’ theme song. During one night in May of 2003, Mason took his guitar over to a friend’s […]

Being Julio’s daughter is enough

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Many people mistake me for my mom, but not many have said over the years that I resemble my dad. With that said though, most people do know me as “Julio’s daughter.” I’m proud to be Julio’s daughter, the daughter of a baker, the daughter of a “musico,” the daughter […]

Class of 2006 graduates at Floyd

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer An emotionally charged commencement ceremony filled with moments of saddness and moments of joy took place Saturday at Floyd High School. The group of students came together one last time as the senior class of FHS to receive their diplomas and the right to be called a high school graduate. […]

PHS netters preparing for state singles, doubles

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer When Portales High’s Ella Erf and Bethany Self take the No. 1 seed into doubles competition in this weekend’s Class 1A-3A state individual tennis tournament in Albuquerque, they’ll be shooting for perfection. Neither has lost a match all season in singles, and they’ve compiled a 14-0 record in doubles […]

Prayers lifted up locally

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales residents took part in the National Day of Prayer Thursday with several events designed to bring the community’s faithful together for the purpose of prayer. About 50 people gathered at noon around the gazebo at the Roosevelt County Courthouse to pray. Steve Smith, minister of University Baptist Church, […]

Live music, games, piñatas, to be featured at eastern New Mexico celebrations

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers When a band has been together for more than a dozen years, it’s only natural that every once in a while they get sick of each other. “It’s kind of like being married,” E.J. Rodriguez said. “You have some good days and some bad days.” Zumbale, a Clovis dance band, […]

Zias duo chasing school HR mark

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Coming into this season, seniors Jessica Nocas and Tina Whitt seemed unlikely candidates to threaten Eastern New Mexico University’s home run record in softball. After all, they hit only six between them a year ago. Nonetheless, the high school rivals from Riverside, Calif., head into this weekend’s four-game Lone […]

Hussein’s trial should be least important aspect

Freedom Newspapers There’s a certain satisfaction in seeing a brutal tyrant like Saddam Hussein in the judicial dock, on trial for one of the outrageous crimes he committed against the Iraqi people. Ted Carpenter, vice president for defense policy and foreign affairs at the libertarian Cato Institute, said Saddam’s trial has the potential to be […]

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 […]

Tradition goes on

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales High School girls danced wearing vibrant green, peach, pink and purple dressers as they wound streamers of the same color around two poles, carrying on a tradition which has lasted more than 75 years. The PHS boys in their tuxedos danced along with the females during the […]

Gamers: On the LAN

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers It all started with pinball machines and Atari in the mid-1980s. Then Nintendo in the early ’90s. And when he graduated high school, his “addiction” progressed to personal computer games — Noel Hailey was hooked on video games. “My dad got me started when I was four years old playing […]

Isaacs family has short, but enjoyable, reunion

By Tony Parra It was a Christmas for the entire Isaacs’ family to remember — a holiday in which Galen and Barbara’s sons were all together at the dinner table instead of a foreign country fighting a war. It was the first time in 2 1/2 years all three boys — Corey, 27, Toby, 22 […]

Students unite for bible study

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By Laurie Stone Four students affiliated with The Thomas Moore Outreach Ministry on Campus at Eastern New Mexico University have stepped into a place of leadership to unite people for God in a nondenominational Bible study. Rev. Tobin Hitt encouraged Rodrick Chambers of Victory Life Church, Lucero Tirado and Fide Davalos of St. Helen’s Catholic […]