Magic altered perception of HIV

Basketball was on my mind as I turned on the TV Sunday night, but I wasn’t even thinking about a bracket. While Selection Sunday was upon us for the NCAA tournament, my mind was at the Great Western Forum, and a speech Nov. 7, 1991. In its latest production, ESPN Films has created, “The Announcement,” […]

My turn: Prize wins turned into computer woes

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“Hit any key to continue.” It seems that every time I have a deadline or project that just has to be finished, something goes wrong with my computer. It might have something to do with the fact that I always look into all of the pop-ups that show up on my screen. It is too […]

Green thumb no match for drought

If I ever had a green thumb it has turned black. I’ve lamented recently the condition of my front yard but I have to report with the recent rains it’s starting to green up. Of course the green parts are grass burrs. The rose bushes decided to emerge from their drought-induced dormancy long enough for […]

Their view: Congressman witness to White House celebration

Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., joined the celebration at the White House on Sunday night, and composed the following reflection: Just arriving in D.C. from New Mexico at about 10:30 p.m., I almost missed the announcement that bin Laden was dead. My Blackberry was buzzing with the news of the impending presidential message. I was frustrated, […]

My turn: Tragedy turned into life lesson

Ten seconds… If it had taken Jo Laney’s husband of eight years, Tom, that much longer to buy coffee at a West Texas convenience store, he would be alive and Jo would not be in Portales. Under drizzly, darkening skies around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2004, Tom, 57, was headed home to Roanoke, Texas, […]

Hounds drop LSC opener

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Rarely has a game turned so quickly from a contest into a blowout. West Texas A&M broke open a 3-3 contest with nine runs in the top of the fifth inning, then added five more in the sixth for a 17-3 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over Eastern New […]

Marriage has been good to me

The year was 1982. June was starting out hot like most Junes in eastern New Mexico. The spring I turned 23 is the one I’ll never forget. My wife and I celebrated 28 years of marriage this weekend. We’ve both remarked over the last few years that it sometimes seems like it was just yesterday […]

District attorney reviewing fatal wreck case

PNT staff reports District Attorney Matt Chandler is still reviewing information turned over by the Portales Police in the case of a 71-year-old Portales woman who died after being struck by a vehicle on Oct. 30. Chandler said Monday his staff is still reading through a huge file submitted by Portales police concernign the death […]

Mammogram screening recommendation riles cancer survivors

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Danielle Swopes was 41 years old when her first mammogram turned up the result most women fear: Positive for breast cancer. Because the lump that turned out to be a cancerous tumor was discovered early, the Portales city library employee has continued on with her life. When Swopes thinks […]

ENMU hires seventh softball coach

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Eastern New Mexico University turned to the Midwest for the seventh softball coach in the program’s history. Lauren Sigwing will leave Fort Scott Community College in Kansas to take over the Division II Zias, according to a Monday release from the university. She replaces Amber Daniel, who went 78-78 in two full seasons and two […]