Some thoughts not worth entire column

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’m in a fortunate position where I can spend 500 to 600 words reflecting on whatever I want. Sometimes, a thought of mine simply isn’t enough to fill that word amount. So here’s a bunch of things that are good enough to share, but not good enough for their own […]

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 […]

Life without pain leaves one numb to joy

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist When you were just a plan in the mind of God, what if he were to ask you some questions about your journey on earth? With incredible technology having been accomplished already and the God given intelligence to master such feats, it is not inconceivable that God could show […]

Taming talking tough task for New Year

By Anita Doberman: Local Columnist I am a big talker. I love to speak my mind. When I get in a discussion with someone, I can go on for a while, especially if I feel strongly about an issue. My easygoing husband, knowing me as well as he does, senses when I am about to […]

Board approves soccer program

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Answering the cries of several local soccer moms and dads, the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the development of a boys and girls soccer program at their regular meeting Monday night. But with the program set to start in the 2007-2008 school year, school officials say […]

Bosses must earn respect of employees

By Helena Rodriguez : Freedom Newspapers It’s time to say hail to our chiefs! Long live our fearless leaders! Our head honchos! Our top dogs! Our sometimes ruthless dictators! Our jefe de los jefes or boss of all bosses. Monday is National Boss Day, an ancient ritual that dates back to the caveman days. During […]

Zia senior believes soccer right choice

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers It’s hard to imagine Eastern New Mexico University senior forward Megan Dozier not playing soccer, but after years of throwing her body around on the pitch she admits she’ll be ready to give it up with the Zias’ season ends in a few weeks. One of ENMU coach Travis McCorkle’s […]

Rams host Rattlers for homecoming game

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Portales Ram head coach Andy Correll wants the Rams to “stop stopping themselves.” They’ll have that opportunity tonight, as the Rams (1-3) host the Tucumcari Rattlers (1-4) for Portales’ homecoming game, 7 p.m. at Greyhound Stadium. The Rams’ defensive focus will be centered on Tucumcari senior running back Brian […]

Portales Municipal School board votes down proposed charter school

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Organizers of the proposed Horace Mann School were dealt a blow Wednesday as the Portales Municipal School board voted down its application to become the district’s first charter school. “It’s not a huge surprise,” Joan Brown, one of the school’s organizers, said following the meeting. “We will be appealing […]

Not all rest on Labor Day

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Labor Day is just how it sounds to many people in Roosevelt County. The first Monday in September has long been designated as Labor Day, a creation of the labor movement giving workers an extra day off during the year, but many people work whether they choose to or […]

Child-rearing is anything but boring

By Anita Doberman: Local Columist USA Today published an article about a freelance writer, Helen Kirwan-Taylor, who wrote an essay on how her children bore her to death, and how she would rather do anything than spend time with them. Having five children, you can imagine I had many thoughts after reading this article, not […]

Linebackers back and better

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Jeremy Mullins and Tony Johnson were part of an Eastern New Mexico University defense which struggled mightily at times last season, giving up 30 points and just over 380 yards a game. As two of nine regulars returning on that side of the ball, though, the Greyhounds’ inside linebackers are […]

New instructor wants students, parents involved in class’ direction

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers A hands-on learning environment is what Gwyn Del Toro hopes to create in her fourth-grade classroom. A first-time teacher, Del Toro is beginning her career at James Bickley Elementary. “I’m excited but nervous,” she said. The new teacher is hoping for a school year full of learning and fun. “It’s […]

Weed out the negativity in your life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist My husband bought me a present … a weed eater. In fact he bought me three. He finally found one that I can start all by myself. Now I can “weed eat” any time I want to do so. He’s glad because he doesn’t have to crank up the […]

Hooker wins sheriff’s race

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Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer There’ll be a new sheriff in town. Challenger Darren Hooker easily defeated incumbent Thomas M. Gossett in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Sheriff Republican primary. Hooker received 939 votes to 625 for Gossett with all 23 precincts reporting. With no challenger on the Democratic ticket, Hooker will be unopposed in the general […]

Letters to the Editor for April 23, 2006

??r: Immigration is growing into a major issue. Demonstrations have been held in hundreds of cities. When people take to the streets it is often a sign of democracy beginning to flourish. Democracy requires the public be informed and involved, and movements must be inclusive and vibrant. Segments of the business community want access to […]

Village neglecting its duty to children

By Helena Rodriquez We all know the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” But what happens when the village doesn’t want to raise the child? What happened to the old days when children were taught to listen to adults and other figures of authority? And what happened to the days when people […]

Lady Rams feel slighted by seeding

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer The Portales Lady Rams dominated Class 3A all season, never losing to a team in their own class. Heading into the state tournament, Portales thought they would be the overwhelming favorite. The seeding committee thought otherwise — the Lady Rams were seeded second. “That is huge motivation to us,” […]

Local officials perplexed by voter apathy

By William Thompson Portales and Roosevelt County officals are dismayed so many registered voters don’t exercise their contitutional right to vote. Only 473 voters participated in a recent school district-sponsored mil levy election in Portales, and just 357 voters went to the polls in the last municipal election in 2004. Debbi Zurzulo, finance director for […]

Municipal candidates square off in Monday forum

By Tony Parra Portales residents wanting to know more about the candidates for the municipal election will get their chance during a candidate forum on Monday sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Portales. All 12 candidates are scheduled to talk about their views on different topics dealing with the […]