Lady Rams trying to stay focused

By Kevin Wilson: PNT sports writer One’s a junior, the other a freshman. One’s a defender, the other a setter. Sisters Montana and Dallas Russell do have one thing in common — they’re both soft-spoken. “We have fun together and we play hard,” said Montana Russell, who spoke lightly before looking at her sister and […]

Choose your battles carefully to avoid hardships

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A former editor of mine invited myself and other minority reporters to her home for lunch and asked for feedback. One reporter remarked, “How do I say something without coming across as an angry black woman?” The response this editor from Texas gave has stayed with me: “It’s like your […]

April 20 Letter to the Editor

I participated in the Day of Silence at Eastern New Mexico University on April 13. To those who feel threatened by the gay lifestyle, or think it is morally wrong, I can only say that my participation in this day is not about supporting (or not supporting) any particular lifestyle. For me, the Day of […]

Brian Moore guest column

Editor’s note: The Portales News-Tribune asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A billion dollars here, a billion dollars there … pretty soon you’re talking real money. Even though our budget is one of the […]

Archibeque wins at Sun Country

By Rick White Not much bigger than the average Callaway driver, pint-sized Portales golfer Will Archibeque is adjusting to playing with the big boys. Riding back-to-back birdies on the back nine, Archibeque fired a 4-over-par 75 en route to his first Sun Country Junior PGA 18-hole tournament title Wednesday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. In […]

Longtime coaches host camp

Kevin Wilson Within the four walls of the old Portales Junior High gym, and within four walls of the new PJHS gym, longtime girls coaches are trying to make sure their students don’t hit a wall when it comes to basketball. About 45 girls are taking part in this week’s girls fundamentals camp, taught by […]

Local veteran appointed to district task

Kevin Wilson Stephen Kemp never really expected to be appointed as a national aide-de-camp with the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The longtime accountant knew the percentages weren’t really in his favor. “I was surprised when I opened the letter,” Kemp said. “I wasn’t expecting it … I wasn’t even trying to work for it. I […]

News gathering will always have its detractors

Mike Linn Sunday’s story on an Eastern New Mexico University group that calls itself pagans has spurred a few interesting e-mails and one phone call. I’d like to reinforce that the group has chosen to use “pagans” as an acronym meaning “people achieving goodness and nurturing spirituality.” The dictionary’s definition of pagan is one who […]

Rattlers shaking county residents

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Mike Linn Don’t get rattled, but the snakes are out. Just ask Elida resident Scott Beard, bitten by a rattlesnake this month while fixing a flat tire. Or the youth group at Dora Baptist Church. They stumbled on one coiled and nervous on the church sidewalk a week ago. Or ask pharmacist Doyle Potter, who […]