Tough to make adult choice

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She never actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that choice […]

Their View: Jennings says tough times ahead

State Sen. Tim Jennings, D-Roswell, is not pleased with Gov. Bill Richardson’s veto of the state gross receipts tax on food. Here’s a snippet from a recent editorial he sent to newspapers around the state: “The already wobbly balance of income to expense in the state budget for the 2010-2011 budget year became more precarious […]

Zias have tough day at LSC crossover

Freedom New Mexico DURANT, Okla. — Suffice it to say, Saturday was a tough day for Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team. The Zias ran out to a 12-2 lead against Northeastern State in the Lone Star Conference crossover tournament, but the RiverHawks rallied for 13 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to claim […]

Tough punishment taught me lessons

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Remember being sent to the principal’s office when you were in school? If you don’t then you came along after the days of corporal punishment in public schools because the sting of a wooden paddle will be seared into your memory if you grew up in that time. Even if […]

Weight loss tough resolution to keep

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico With the new year approaching one thing is certain — resolutions will be made, and broken. Among the more popular goals: Quit smoking, manage debt and maybe even get a better job. But the big one seems to be losing weight. “People try to get back in shape and […]

Respiratory virus tough on toddlers

By Sharna Johnson Around this time every year the majority of Plains Regional Medical Center’s 12-bed pediatric ward is full with babies and young toddlers and often there’s a single culprit to blame — Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus or RSV. “When a child has RSV, they’re pretty sick little kids,” said Janna Flores, director of […]

Frugality easier than you think

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Tough economic times require tough action. A check of the daily headlines or your 401K statement will tell the time for that action is now. Sales are down in lots of businesses, wage freezes or layoffs are occurring and the job market is tight. One of the best […]

Tough to have eight-track mindset

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Sometimes I wonder whatever became of my 8-track tapes. I’ve wondered, but not enough to go search the closets at my mother’s house to see if they’re still there. The collection, prized by me through high school, but not all that impressive compared to others, was safely nestled […]

Husbands not so tough about women’s issues

By Anita Doberman Men, and military men in particular, can take a lot. They are tough, hard working and have high tolerance for pain. Take my beloved hubby. He almost died of a burst appendix because he didn’t go to the hospital right away — he preferred to take the pain than go to the […]

Weather tough on seedlings, crops

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor High winds and hot temperatures have tested the skills of gardeners and farmers and tried the patience of everyone this spring. “We’ve certainly seen our share of warm and windy weather,” said Todd Shoemake, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “We’re getting a little sick of it […]

ENMU cowboy tough enough for ESPN event

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter An Eastern New Mexico University Rodeo student, might not have won the Fox Sports Network’s 2008 Toughest Cowboy contest, but he’s still pretty tough. Jared Green made it to the semifinal rounds of the contest in Nashville, before being eliminated by Shane Proctor, of Grand Coulee, Wash., who won […]

Shafer expected tough decisions

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer After 34 years in city politics, former Portales Mayor D.K. Shafer, jokingly says he’s now a “has been” in local government. The recently retired councilor has had his share of battles over the years. “When Portales was dry for a long time and then became wet in the 1980s, […]

Country needs dialogue on pros, cons of immigration

Anti-immigrant tough talk has failed, once again, as it did in the 2006 election. The toughest of the tough-on-immigration candidates — Colorado’s Tom Tancredo — didn’t get to New Hampshire before his campaign fizzled. John McCain and Hillary Clinton, two of the weakest tough-on-immigration candidates, stole the show in New Hampshire, where immigration never became […]

Hounds end losing skid

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Going up against the conference’s leading rebounder, Midwestern State’s 6-foot-9 center Eric Dawson, Eastern New Mexico knew it was in for a tough night in the post. “The only gameplan was, we didn’t want him to have a career night against us,” ENMU coach Shawn Scanlan said. “And he didn’t.” […]

Elida sweeps Tucumcari

PNT Staff ELIDA — After saying goodbye to a friend and teammate, Elida had a prayer answered Tuesday night aginst Tucumcari. Sophomore Trenton Chenault stole an inbounds pass at halfcourt with one second left and hit a desperation 3-points as the Elida Tigers claimed an emotional 54-51 win over the visiting Rattlers. Elida took the […]

Hounds survive tough match-up with Adams State

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Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds shook off the effects of an L-tryptophan hangover and injuries to the starting lineup to defeat the Adams State College 69-57 Saturday at Greyhound Arena. ENMU (3-1) got all it could handle early in the game from a greatly improved Adams State squad. It […]

No sense comments from the Black side

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist An Associated Press headline caught my attention: Crime rate falls, but prisons still full. Well, duh … where do you think the criminals are? Here are some more well, duh, comments: • “I train my horses with a 2-by-4, but they won’t let me touch their head.” • “We built […]

Tough to live without “Tough Crowd”

By Kevin Wilson Last week I said goodbye to something on television, something I had grown to know for more than a year-and-a-half as a basis for analysis, a challenge to my belief system and a way to be informed. I’m not talking about the presidential election, though. I’m talking about Tough Crowd. As I […]

Portales area team competes in own high school rodeo

PNT Staff Three members of the Portales area high school rodeo team earned top-two finishes in the team over the weekend in the team’s rodeo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Tori Bilberry of Elida was second on Saturday in breakaway roping, while Kassandra Clark of Dora and Kodi Armitage of Elida finished 1-2 in Sunday’s […]

Elida teams looking to fill holes

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By Kevin Wilson Any team that wants to unseat Class 1A girls champion Des Moines has a tough task ahead of it. Elida coach Dan Howard knows that, but he’s also got enough respect for the District 3-1A opponents to know that the Lady Tigers will be hard-pressed just to reach their third state tournament […]