Greyhound baseball team peaking late in season

By Kevin Wilson After a 1-6 start, including a 25-18 loss to division rival West Texas A&M, it seemed unlikely that a playoff run would be happening for the Greyhound baseball team. Now, after a three-game sweep over those same Buffaloes last weekend, the Greyhounds have given themselves a chance to capitalize on a regular […]

Portales boys golf team snowed out

Freedom Newspapers The weather had its way with the Portales boys golf team Monday at Ruidoso, but it wasn’t enough to stop Cassidy Merrick from hitting a qualifying leg across town. Snow put a stop to the boys portion of the Leroy Gooch Invitational at Alto, but the Portales girls still managed to get in […]

Zia softball team snaps 10-game skid

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Senior Maegan Rhoten hurled a three-hitter and right fielder Kyleigh Harris drove in the winning run Monday as Eastern New Mexico snapped a 10-game losing streak. Harris’ singled capped a two-run fifth inning as Eastern beat Abilene Christian 3-2 in the opener of a Lone Star Conference South doubleheader. Heather […]

Spanish professor shaken by Madrid terrorist attacks

Helena Rodriguez Diana Cordova has a black bow pinned to a flag of Spain inside of her office in Multicultural Affairs, located in the basement of the Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University. For Cordova, the black bow is a constant reminder to the deadly act of terrorism committed against her native country […]

Col. Posner takes over as Cannon’s commander

Col. John D. Posner took over as commander at Cannon Air Force Base on Friday, and hopes to maintain the success outgoing base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates helped establish. Last week CNJ Staff Writer Darrell Todd Maurina spoke with Posner for about 20 minutes on his future goals for Cannon and his family. Until […]

National health week aims for awareness

Tony Parra Roosevelt County public health experts are trying to get the word out on health awareness during National Health Week. Mayor Orlando Ortega has proclaimed that the county recognizes this week as National Health Week. The proclamation defines the week as providing the opportunity for public and public health professionals to acknowledge successes in […]

Hometown hero tells of time in Iraq

Ryan Lengerich MELROSE — In his hometown Sgt. Jeremy Black is a hero, and the town’s children let him know — letter by letter. The 24-year-old Army reservist returned to the United States last month from a 14-month tour in Kuwait and northern Iraq. On Monday he returned to the school he attended as a […]

Obits April 6

Doris Elcine Bush Wright, 83 Doris Elcine Bush Wright, 83, died Friday, April 2, 2004, in Tomball, Texas. She was born Aug. 15, 1921, in Floyd. She was formerly of Portales and was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Wright. Survivors include her son, Gerald L. Wright (and wife Peggy); a daughter, Della […]

Archers take their best shot

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By Kevin Wilson Oasis State Park saw a portion of people braving the slight winds to enjoy a day of fishing, and others walking their dog. In another corner of the park, though, a handful of people were trying to prove that they, in fact, know bow. The park is playing host to a True […]

Four vying for tackle spot

By Dave Wagner Even though he started all 11 games at left offensive tackle last fall for the Eastern New Mexico University football team, T.J. Cobb knew his job would be up for grabs this spring. He says he was ready for it. “At the end of the season, I expected it because I knew […]

Greyhounds sweep West Texas

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team brought out the big sticks this weekend. The Greyhounds also threw some pretty good pitching at Lone Star Conference South Division rival West Texas A&M. ENMU pounded out 48 hits while its pitching staff limited the Buffaloes to 10 runs in 25 innings […]

Cameron beats Zia tennis squad

Freedom Newspapers Cameron University won five of six singles matches in straight sets Friday and the Lady Aggies handed Eastern New Mexico University a 7-2 loss in a women’s tennis dual matchup at Zia Tennis Complex. Senior Bethanie Nix posted the Zias’ only win in singles, a 6-1, 6-4 decision over Sandra Leigh-King. In doubles, […]

Officials doubt exposure to rabies

Kevin Wilson State health officials say a few Eastern New Mexico University students may have been exposed to rabies last week, but it’s unlikely any will become the state’s first reported human case in 48 years. Dr. Paul Ettestad, a public health veterinarian with the New Mexico Department of Health, said he was notified of […]

Practical jokes take ridicule to the extreme

Jim LeeWell, it looks like we survived April Fool’s Day this year. Why does this date become an excuse for practical jokes? I ne Well, it looks like we survived April Fool’s Day this year. Why does this date become an excuse for practical jokes? I never have understood that. Why do we need practical […]

Newspaper ratings would give readers a choice

Bob Huber If you’re watching TV these days, you’re in good hands, because television now has rated shows just like the movies. But the ratings are a little different. Among others, they have “R,” “PG-14”and “NR.” • R stands for Raunchy. You can tell it’s wicked, because parts that caused the R rating have been […]

Area tornado chasers say their hobby is ‘fascinating’

David Arkin Severe weather involving tornados and lightning can lift fish out of lakes, snap utility poles like soggy toothpicks and force cows to scatter like bowling pins in all different directions. So it’s no wonder storm chaser Jerome Provencio says he might be a little bit crazy. And you can’t really blame him for […]

Obits April 4

Donald Ray “Okie” Alexander, 63 Donald Ray “Okie” Alexander, 63, of Clovis died Friday, April 2, 2004, at his home. He was born Aug. 8, 1940, in Erick, Okla., to Lawrence Ray and Vada Jones Alexander. He graduated from Muleshoe High School in 1959 and married Donna Elliott on Jan. 24, 1963, in Portales. He […]

Col. Yates says leaving Cannon a ‘bittersweet moment’

Darrell Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Military officers rarely cry in public, and commanders crying in front of their troops is even less common. But that didn’t prevent Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, outgoing commander of the 27th Fighter Wing and Cannon Air Force Base, from choking back tears with a breaking voice during Friday’s […]

Catholic Center upgrades facility

Tony Parra There will be a new University Catholic Center for Eastern New Mexico University students on the western horizon and members of the St. Helen’s Church are excited about the possibilities. “We (St. Helens Church officials) feel the old building is inadequate,” Father Tobin Hitt of the St. Helen’s Church said. “We want to […]

Habitat for Humanity helps families own homes

Kevin Wilson Randy Lee is working off 500 hours of community service, and he couldn’t be any happier to have the obligation. Lee, an employee for the city of Portales, was one of several Habitat for Humanity members that spent Saturday morning working on the construction of what will be his new house at 301 […]