Melrose couple wins $50,000 lottery

PNT staff report A Melrose couple who won $50,000 from a scratch lottery ticket Sunday plan to install new floors in their home and share their winnings with their children. Mary Vineyard told lottery officials she was watching TV and scratching off tickets her husband purchased that night. “Real quick, I saw that the same […]

ENMU poised to reach enrollment milestone

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Eastern New Mexico University is heading toward topping 5,000 in enrollment for the first time, and is growing in several segments of its student population as well, university officials have said. The numbers won’t be finalized until the completion of the university’s fall census Sept. 3, but estimates and preliminary numbers indicate the growth. ENMU […]

Regulations won’t benefit economic recovery

Freedom New Mexico America’s jobless recovery was dealt another body slam Thursday when the Senate passed the financial “reform” bill. Also passed by the U.S. House last month, the bill is supposed to prevent another financial meltdown such as the one that struck the country in the fall of 2008. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., chairman […]

Lottery luck hits family second time

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Argen Duncan By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer aduncan@pntonline.com Less than a year after an Elida resident won $1.1 million in the New Mexico Lottery, his son and daughter have claimed their own lottery prize this week. Monica Baca of Portales and Brantley King of Elida, children of lottery winner Aurbra King of Elida, won […]

State cigarette tax jumps 75 cents on Thursday

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Not everything in Texas is bigger. The state’s cigarette taxes are less than New Mexico’s as of July 1.That’s one of several new laws that have taken effect from the state’s 2010 legislative sessions.Last week, a pack of cigarettes that cost $3.25 before taxes ran a smoker $4.16 after […]

Roosevelt County farmer wins Republican seat for land commissioner

Roosevelt County farmer and cattle rancher Matthew Rush on Tuesday won the nomination in the Republican primary for land commissioner — a position among the most powerful in New Mexico state government. Rush defeated former Bernalillo County GOP executive director Bob Cornelius. Unofficial returns showed Rush with nearly 66 percent of the votes with 65 […]

Three ENMU athletes named to LSC track all-conference team

Freedom New Mexico Three Eastern New Mexico University athletes were named to the Lone Star Conference All-Conference team Wednesday. Senior thrower Steven Aragon and sophomores Bill Squire and Nicole Reid marked the first time in seven years the squad had multiple athletes named all-conference. To qualify, an athlete must score at least 14 points at […]

Roosevelt County sweeps EMS awards

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Floyd Fire Department and three Roosevelt County individuals won awards at the Region 3 Emergency Medical Services Conference earlier this month in Ruidoso. Roosevelt County took all of the awards at the conference, which includes EMS providers from across eastern New Mexico. Colleen Tollett of Causey Fire Department […]

Portales Past: May 4, 1955

May 4, 1955: The Elida Tigers won the regional Class B baseball championship with a 13-3 win over Forrest. Ronald Berry had a first-inning grand slam to set the pace for Elida, which qualified for the state tournament with the win.

Zias notch sweep against OPSU

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Freedom New Mexico Senior catcher Michelle Anderson drove in four runs with a two-run homer in the first and a go-ahead, two-run double in the fourth and Eastern New Mexico University completed a softball doubleheader sweep of Oklahoma Panhandle State with a 9-4 win on Tuesday at Zia Softball Field. ENMU (12-30) won the opener […]

Dora student wins gold in national writing contest

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer An intelligent young heroine, a mysterious redheaded girl and straw turning to gold star in the story that won a national award for a Roosevelt County eighth-grader. Katie Bickley, a Pep resident and Dora Consolidated Schools student, won a gold medal in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards […]

Portales student places in chicken festival poster contest

Freedom New Mexico Kambrey Blakey, 12, of Portales won in her age category in the 2010 High Plains Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Blakey topped the kindergarten through fifth-grade division to win $50. Lauren Bennet of Corrales took the sixth- […]

Valencia students take top prize in Destination Imagination

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By Zuo Yang: PNT staff writer One team from Valencia Elementary school won first prize in the 2010 New Mexico Destination Imagination on Feb. 20 in Albuquerque. “This is the third year that we participated in the tournament. We were given the challenges,” said Katrina Prince, the team advisor. Prince said one team from Lindsey […]

Oscar pick blends sci-fi, westerns

By Karl Terry: Freedom Columnist I probably won’t watch the Academy Awards tonight but I do have a favorite for Best Picture. “Avatar” has my vote. To establish my immense credibility as a movie reviewer here, I’ve only seen two of the nominated movies but I feel pretty safe in making this call. If you […]

Old time music very much alive

By Don McAlavy: Freedom Columnist Old-Time music is very much alive. But you won’t hear it on “country” radio. There is another Nashville, with a kind of music so distant from what the city’s commercial center cranks out as to be from a different planet. It thrives in the community’s nooks and crannies like a […]

Angelo holds off Hounds

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Reggie Nelson won the battle. LaMarshall Corbett and Angelo State won the war. Corbett scored 27 points to lead four Rams in double figures and had a key three-point play in Angelo State’s 92-88 squeaker over Eastern New Mexico University Saturday night at Greyhound Arena. Derrick Webster added 16 […]

Work to save Dems needs to begin now

Freedom New Mexico The surprise victory — well, it wasn’t a surprise by election day, but virtually nobody except the most Pollyannaish Scott Brown adviser would have predicted it a month ago — by Republican Scott Brown over Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley in Massachusetts last week has politicians and pundits alike scrambling to find […]

Miep Gies’ heroism won’t be forgotten

Freedom New Mexico For millions of people, “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” has provided insights into the suffering of some of the victims of the Nazis’ vicious campaign of state-supported terror against Jews. But the book would never have seen the light of day if not for the courage and resourcefulness of […]

Troop surge won’t bring end to war

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama officially took personal possession of the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, announcing that 30,000 additional U.S. troops will be hustled into Afghanistan over the next six months. He’s hoping for another 10,000 or so from other NATO countries. The president said his first objective is not setting up […]

Implementing strict environmental policies unwise

Freedom Newspapers In a major blow to the campaign against the presumed threat of global warming, world leaders acknowledge that a legally binding global treaty won’t be approved at next month’s 192-nation climate conference in Copenhagen. The concession significantly delays U.N. efforts to orchestrate a treaty to limit greenhouse gases to replace the Kyoto Treaty, […]