PHS, Floyd volleyball teams fall

PNT Staff ROSWELL — Roswell High opened its 2004 volleyball season Tuesday night with a 25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18 victory over the Portales Lady Rams. Stephanie gomez had nine kills, Sugar Tarin seven and Samantha Matta six for the Lady Coyotes. Meantime, Elizabeth Bennett chipped in five kills and three blocks and Lena Lucero pounded [...]

City officials celebrate new railroad crossings

By Laurie Stone City and county officials on Tuesday celebrated the grand opening of North Main Street as repairs were completed on railroad crossings. For the past two years, city, county and state officials have worked with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad officials seeking funding to fix the North Main crossing and its approaching roadways. [...]

Success at fair means returns for some events

By Tony Parra Good crowds will likely mean a return performance for the Spanish Musical Fair and Demolition Derby at Roosevelt County’s fair, officials said on Tuesday. Scott Tucker, Demolition Derby organizer, said there were approximately 2,500 people for the derby’s second year. Fair board president Kent Best said there were approximately 1,500 people for [...]

First-year Hounds waste little time getting into win column

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — It didn’t take long — just two matches — for the first-year Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer program to break into the win column. Of course, ENMU coaches Carlos Elizondo and Travis McCorkle thought it could’ve been even sooner. The Greyhounds scored just 61 seconds into their history on [...]

Carter to interview for public defender

By Mike Linn The outgoing district attorney and a longtime public defender are vying for the top position in the district defender’s office, which will become open after Oct. 29. Assistant public defender Jim Wilson, an Idaho native, and District Attorney Brett Carter are scheduled to meet with the state’s top public defender in two [...]

Portales schools fail state standards

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Two-thirds of New Mexico’s schools met basic requirements for student performance and participation under a new federally mandated system for rating schools. None of Portales’ eight public schools reached the goal of making adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The 2004 school [...]

New additions bolster cross country teams

By Dave Wagner Joel McMullen thought his first Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team would be respectable. If everything falls into place, the Greyhounds could be more than that. Kenyans Kennedy Baiywo (pronounced “bi-E-woe”) and Felix Boyt, nephews of former ENMU cross country and track standout Mike Boyt, arrived on campus Friday and [...]

Blessid Union of Souls rocks ENMU

By Tony Parra The Blessid Union of Souls started out Saturday night’s festivities by singing the national anthem before the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds football game against Central Arkansas at Greyhound Stadium and they capped off the night with a concert at Greyhound Arena. Blessid Union of Souls made a tour stop in Portales [...]

First day has mixed feelings for ENMU

By Laurie Stone Monday was the first day of school for those attending the fall semester at ENMU. As some students were confident beginning the semester, others were uncomfortable because of the changes they were facing. Margaret Estrada, the records clerk at ENMU said everything was going smoothly in her opinion. “The kids have had [...]

Ex-ENMU athlete recalls Olympic dream

By TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — When most people turn on their televisions this week to tune into to the 2004 Olympics from Athens, they see little more than a gathering of athletes competing for awards and recognition. For oneformer ENMU student, however, watching the Olympics is different. It is different because he represented his country [...]