Portales past: Dec. 11, 1956

Dec. 11, 1956: The Portales Daily News: The Rogers girls basketball team held a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter of their game. However, victory wasn’t assured until the final buzzer, as the Dora girls came back to tie the score 31-31 in the third quarter before falling 40-33.

Halloween festivals more fun

Karl Terry Trick-or-treating was a big part of the fall season when I was a kid but the annual Fun Festival at L.L. Brown Elementary School was a fall classic. When I was trick-or-treat age we lived in the country and so that activity wasn’t as big for us as it was for city kids […]

ENMU sophomore Chase Kyser proves lack of size doesn’t matter

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Dave Wagner Chase Kyser wasn’t necessarily high on Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo’s radar screen two years ago. He just kept hearing about the then-Roswell Goddard senior. Eventually, Ribaudo went to see him play and came away impressed. “I just thought he was a different kind of player,” Ribaudo said of the […]

No. 13 Mustangs set to test Hounds

Dave Wagner Midwestern State got off to a flying start last weekend, pounding host New Mexico Highlands 52-6 in a game that really wasn’t that close. The rout moved the Mustangs from 17th to 13th in this week’s NCAA Division II rankings. Still, Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill said he isn’t sure what to make […]

Special needs children tour fair

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Argen Duncan During his field trip to the Roosevelt County Fair, Portales third-grader Nathan Rose said he was able to pet every kind of animal, except a chicken. He wasn’t allowed to pet chickens because they bite, he explained. Nathan also helped with County Commissioner Bill Cathey’s rope and whip trick performance for the group. […]

Students get settled in

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Amanda Straub wasn’t expecting the “Woo” when she approached the tent. “A lot of people are screaming at me,” Straub, an education major from Albuquerque, said with a laugh, “but I didn’t do anything wrong.” It certainly won’t be the last unexpected event for Straub, or for the hundreds of people who make up Eastern […]

In search of ponies: Primal instincts should not shock us

Sharna Johnson Poor JoJo. It wasn’t his fault. “I feel bad about it, but I can’t help that I’m just upset with him,” my mother told me. My mother and step-father had chased and hunted the bird, until finally, thinking they had flushed it out of the house, settled in to relax — until JoJo […]

Woman’s ENMU tenure spans more than 40 years

By Jared Tucker: PNT Staff Writer When the registrar wanted a word with her, Sherrye Burleson was concerned her graduation application was in trouble. It wasn’t. Turns out, she’d already lined up a job. Burleson is currently the assistant to the media librarian in the Golden Library, and has been since 1997. But her education […]

Family is in harmony

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Brown family enjoys playing music and shares a strong family bond. Wesley said he wasn’t wired to play music like the rest of the family. He started making violins about five years ago, he said. Wesley mentioned to Linda that he wanted to start making fiddles one day […]

Jan. 31, 1965

According to the Portales News-Tribune, an Atlas missile moved through Portales just before noon Saturday, heading south on Highway 70. There was no explanation of where it came from, or where it was headed. Walker Air Force Base officials said it wasn’t one of theirs, and wasn’t’ headed for the Roswell area.

Chance of snow again Thursday

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico Old man winter wasn’t expected to bring much snow overnight to eastern New Mexico. But look out. National Weather Service forecaster Mark Fettit said overnight and most of today not much in the way of snow should be happening in Clovis and Portales. “Once we get this one system […]

Despite surroundings, we can all bloom

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist As a columnist, from time to time I get tipped off to things that leave me scratching my head. What can I do with this little nugget? This past week I had one of those calls. A reader whom I know personally called me up one evening and told me […]

My essence: Eau de self doubt

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist I had no essence. This wasn’t something I was concerned about. I was more concerned with having no girlfriend, no vacation house, no HBO subscription, no basketball ability and no reasonable hopes to retire before age 79. Oh, and no ability to stop making self-depricating comments. No train of thought […]

State facing foster home shortage

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Ten years of being foster parents in Nebraska wasn’t enough for the Stacys. Four months ago, the couple became foster parents again in Clovis, filling a need every community deals with, Marti Stacy said. Stacy said the couple learned from a friend that the area was short on foster […]

Sandra Bullock and the five stages of grief

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I had never walked out on a movie, and I wasn’t starting now. The following is a true story. The names of the people involved are changed, the names of the movies involved aren’t. Sunday. 4:38 p.m. In one hand I hold my soda; the other, two tickets for the […]

Pastor: Calling was chosen for me

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Pastor David McFadden. First Baptist Church What did you choose to be a pastor? It wasn’t so much something I chose. It was something that was chosen for me. During summer break while attending college, I was invited to a Bible study by a young lady. I went more for the lady than the Bible […]

Domestic violence bills move forward

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Domestic violence wasn’t one of the big topics mentioned much at the start of this legislative session, but bills to crack down on offenders are already making progress. The House on Tuesday approved a measure that would prohibit anyone convicted of domestic violence offenses from becoming a police officer […]

Most committee chairmen stay despite pro-tem fight

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican It was the Senate committee chairmen shake-up that wasn’t. After Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings was re-elected Tuesday with the help of 15 Republicans and eight Democrats, including himself, some expected that chairmanships would change hands Wednesday. That didn’t happen, although some current chairmen sweated whether they’d keep […]

Balanced Zia squad holds off Southwestern Oklahoma State

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When Cat Clay wasn’t knocking down big shots, her teammates were more than willing to give her another chance. Clay scored 13 points, including three points on a key possession late, to help Eastern New Mexico University post a 59-53 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State Monday night at Greyhound […]

Bulldogs use hot shooting to hold off Hounds

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Effort wasn’t the problem for Eastern New Mexico University’s men Monday night. Southwestern Oklahoma, coming in shooting nearly 40 percent from the season from 3-point range, hit 10 of its first 13 shots from beyond the arc and were 15-of-24 overall and the Bulldogs held on for a 79-74 […]