Hounds look for LSC South repeat

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By Kevin Wilson Three years ago, Irshaun Pinckney wasn’t quite sure where he was going. A senior on the Class 5A state runnerup Clovis Wildcats in 2001, Pinckney wasn’t sure whether his college years would be strictly academic or if they’d be a continuation of his athletics as well. Nearly three years later, Pinckney is […]

Cannon maintainance contends for top award

Darrell Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com Cannon Air Force Base is a finalist for a top Air Force award — the best maintenance group in Air Combat Command. A team of inspectors visited the base last week to decide whether Cannon should be recognized. According to Col. Mark Atkinson, 27th Maintenance Group […]

Two fires burn area homes

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PNT Staff The Portales Fire Department reports no injuries but extensive damage to two homes that burned over the weekend. A single home on Saturday afternoon at 1704 New Mexico 236 was engulfed in flames and is no longer livable, Battalion Chief Darwin Chenault said. The home belonged to Jamie Banda Sr. Chenault said he […]

City welcomes new development director

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The position of community development director has been filled by Darla Wilhoit, who will work in conjunction with Community Development Executive Director Kim Huffman towards the future of economic development of Portales. “This is a great opportunity for me,” Wilhoit said. “I’ve been working for private […]

Zias’ basketball team prepares for new season

Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Players on this year’s Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball roster range from point guards playing shooting guard (and vice versa) to forwards playing center. They also come from as far as California and as close as Portales. Whether new or experienced, small or big, these Zias are bound together with […]

ENMU ends season with 3 straight losses

Dave Wagner By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dave_wagner@link.freedom.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Even doubling the opposition in total yardage couldn’t save the struggling Eastern New Mexico University football team. Four turnovers, including two which set up 10 second-quarter points, were too much to overcome for the Greyhounds as Southwestern Oklahoma escaped with a 17-14 Lone […]

Lady Rams cruise to state championship

Kevin Wilson ROSWELL — A Portales-Lovington volleyball match to end all Portales-Lovington volleyball matches never materialized. Seniors Erika Cook and Kelly Parkey led the way with eight kills each, and Portales capped off another Class 3A state title season — its third in the last four seasons — with a convincing 25-20, 25-20, 25-13 sweep […]

Public Record 11-16

The following marriage certificates were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: l Carl J. White, 60, and Mattie Carolyn Shipman, 57, both of Lubbock. The following dispositions were recently filed in Roosevelt County District Court: l Michael Vidmar, 34, found guilty of possession of firearm or destructive device by a felon. He will serve […]

Obits 11-16

J.D. Freeman, 83 J. D. Freeman, 83, of Causey, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Oct. 9, 1920, in Wade, Okla., to Pairlee and John S. Freeman. Mr. Freeman’s family moved to Honey Grove, Texas, when he was small. After the death of his mother in […]

Scientific names could be simplified

Jim Lee Guess what? I’m confused. That’s no big surprise to anybody who has been reading this column awhile. What am I confused about this time? Well, I recently heard that humans and chimpanzees have been placed in the same genus. How in the world does anybody decide a thing like that? I’ve been accused […]

Decoding phrases for the married man

Bob Huber You ladies undoubtedly want to go in the other room and talk about whatever it is you talk about when you get together, because we guys will be smoking cigars in here, talking football, and we’ll flat out bore you to death. Aw, don’t thank me. We’ll miss you. Have they gone? Can […]

Attorneys have opposing views on sex offender laws

Darrell Maurina New laws passed recently by the New Mexico legislature markedly increase penalties for sex offenders whose victims are children. Two criminal defense attorneys who have handled sex-related cases in the 9th Judicial District have opposite views of the new legislation. Clovis attorney Michael Garrett said the new laws give prosecutors important tools through […]

‘Bubble boy’ doctor enjoys retirement

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Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com Dr. Mary Ann South, a doctor best known for her work on the team that brought to life the “Bubble Boy” in 1971, is no longer involved in the hustle and bustle of the medical field. She said she enjoys her retirement with friends and family […]

RGH expecting— baby delivery services overdue

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Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Portales women on the verge of giving birth know the road to the delivery room. It goes about 20 miles north up a winding U.S. Highway 70 past several traffic lights and westbound to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. It’s been that way for years, […]

Portales sweeps Lovington for state championship title

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Mike Linn The Portales Lady Rams have no love for Lovington. Not in Portales. Not in Lovington. Not even in Roswell. The Lady Rams capped off their season in style Saturday night after sweeping Lovington in three sets in Roswell to win the 3A state volleyball championship. The Lady Rams defeated Lovington four times this […]

Portales hopes third time a charm against Dons

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By Kevin Wilson Based only on the events that have transpired this volleyball season, Portales High is not destined for its fourth-straight state title match appearance. However, the Lady Rams have two reasons to think a victory over West Las Vegas in today’s 1 p.m. Class 3A semifinal is possible, despite going 0-2 against the […]

Service errors cost Zias at LSC tournament

By Dave Wagner CANYON, Texas — In a relatively even match, service problems were costly to the Eastern New Mexico University Zias Thursday night. ENMU had 13 service errors — many at critical times — and just three aces in dropping a 30-25, 30-26, 25-30, 30-26 decision to Texas Woman’s in a Lone Star Conference […]

Greyhounds looking for win to end season

By Dave Wagner Veteran Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott doesn’t talk much about the possibility of winning his 200th game as a college head coach. Right now, he just wants to see the Greyhounds win a game. ENMU has dropped its last two games, leaving Elliott at 199 wins in 36 seasons, […]

Tatum sweeps Elida in 1A quarterfinals

By Eric Butler ROSWELL — Elida was making its first trip to the state volleyball tournament in 13 years and it showed. With the Lady Tigers battling nervousness early, Tatum got out of the gate quickly en route to 25-9, 25-20, 25-23 victory Thursday in the first round of the Class 1A tournament at Goddard […]

Being cheap can pay off in a big way

Helena Rodriguez You’ve heard the phrase, “A penny for your thoughts?” Well, cheapskates like me don’t even want to pay that much. We’d rather wait to see the printed version, assuming it’s free. I’m so cheap, I refused to buy an office planner late in the year because I couldn’t get 12-months use out of […]