Glider makes unexpected stop

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A young Dora girl got a scare Thursday when she looked up and saw what appeared to be a crashed plane in a field just off Main Street in Dora. It turned out to be a glider that had to make an unscheduled landing. Dispatchers received a report by […]

Tragedy prompts prayer

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone is talking about the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are shocked as individuals and as a society. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and anguish families and students must be experiencing. I then think about the young man’s family and the anguish they must be going through. I can’t […]

Children wise beyond their years

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist She had moved back to our school in the spring after an absence of several months. “I’m so glad to be back in your class again,” she said, throwing her arms around me. I soon discovered she had missed many important concepts, especially in math. I took time during […]

Hounds win, improve postseason chances

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers They still have work to do, but Eastern New Mexico University’s men took a big step on Wednesday in their bid to reach the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament. Senior forward Donald Young scored a career-best 21 points off the bench on 8-of-10 shooting, leading five Greyhounds in double figures […]

Theater department prepares for ‘Nightingale’

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Scattered throughout the Eastern New Mexico University costume shop is a dedicated group of students and their director working feverishly to put the remaining touches on costumes for the upcoming production of “Eccentricities of a Nightingale.” Written by Tennessee Williams, the play takes place in 1910 and is set […]

Life changing moments happen often

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist The lecture on animal behavior at the North Carolina veterinary meeting was well attended. Dr. Tom and I were standing in the hallway when he told me he witnessed one of the most astonishing spectacles he had ever seen. By chance he had witnessed a young Holstein calf regurgitate her […]

Home business goes world wide

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Shipping products to places such as Australia, Switzerland and Sweden has taken Webb Direct 2U.com Children’s Apparel and Specialty Store from a home-based business to an international company. “We are an international business but we can offer comparable prices for an area like this,” said owner Suzi Webb. Started […]

Parents should be more involved in preventing teenage drunk driving

Editorial Victims of burglaries or violent crimes have long complained that police are never around when you need them, that they seem to be too occupied addressing victimless crimes or that they too often have to play babysitter to unsupervised youth who are creating a nuisance. One case in point in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley […]

Teens’ summer work spruces up city

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer For the next six weeks the streets of Portales will have young teens with orange vests floating around picking up trash and painting over graffiti as part of a city summer work program. “I enjoy working with people I know,” Andrew Seales, 14, of Portales, said. “I took this […]

Anti-Wal-Mart campaign hurting poor

Editorial Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, a longtime civil-rights activist who helped draft the 1964 Civil Rights Act, is facing criticism that he usually has not had to endure. Union activists are calling him a “corporate shill.” One African-American commentator was even more vicious: “How many more times will other Andys and Amoses of our […]

Hound gridders getting their licks in this spring

Freedom Newspapers Nearly two weeks into spring drills, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo likes the look of his team. The Greyhounds are slated to have the first of two game-style intrasquad scrimmages at 3:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Stadium. Ribaudo said the scrimmage should last about two hours and is open to […]

Locals have their own take on Oscar

By Jean Verlich Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is tonight when the Academy Awards are presented. But Hollywood insiders are predicting low ratings for the ABC broadcast because four of five best-picture nominees did not have the benefit of a big studio’s big marketing budget. It’s a mixed bag for area movie buffs, some […]

Patchwork of new generation

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By Helena Rodriquez The Red Barn Quilters shatter the image of the Quilted Northern Quilters, a group of old ladies in a TV bathroom tissue commercial who quilt together around a big table. The Red Barn Quilters is a new group of quilters designed for the young working women of Portales. They meet once a […]

Committee shelves bill to speed up tax cuts

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A proposal to speed up the phase-in of personal income tax cuts was derailed Thursday by a House committee on a party-line vote. The measure by Rep. Justine Fox-Young, R-Albuquerque, would lower the top marginal tax rate to 4.9 percent this year rather than waiting until 2008 under the […]

Quinceañera not a coming out, but reaffirmation of faith for Sigalas

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Noelle Sigala celebrated her 15th birthday on Saturday with a quinceañera, an elaborate formal affair often confused as a “coming out party,” in which a young girl reaffirms her faith in Jesus Christ. Just as many girls dream of their wedding day since childhood, many Hispanic girls also dream about being […]

Serviceman evokes feelings of faith, volunteerism

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Just before I start to lose faith in the human condition and get swept away in a torrent of apathy, I usually meet someone who restores my faith. James Montgomery, a young National Guardsman from Portales did that for me this week. James is home for a short two weeks, […]

Hurricane victims relocate to Muleshoe

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The house Annie Young grew up in is gone. So is much of city she calls home. So are photographs of her childhood. Hurricane Katrina took much, but it spared her family. Her parents, three siblings and their four dogs are currently staying in her Muleshoe home. The full house generates […]

The young and the wireless

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Inside 16-year-old Kristin Smothermon’s purse is a flip-top Motorola cellular phone. The Albuquerque teen takes it with her most places she goes — school, weekend trips, basketball and track practice. The palm-sized phone has even become a bed-time companion. “I talk to my boyfriend for hours at night,” said Smothermon, […]

CASA seeks help

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Court Appointed Special Advocates from Clovis and Portales are trying to combat the child abuse in Roosevelt County with the help of volunteers. April is considered National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month. There are more than 380 children abused or neglected in Curry and Roosevelt Counties. Workers and […]

Newspapers help educate

It’s hard to think of any ingredient to success as important as a good education. Unique talents, be they athletic, artistic or scholastic, certainly play their roles. Hard work always has its place. Even dumb luck leads some to success. Whatever other factors help a person find success, none has played a leading role for […]