PHS baseball team converts second chance into title run

By Dave Wagner Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of five stories highlighting the top Portales-area sports stories of the year. Coming into the 2004 season, the Portales High baseball program had never won a Class 3A state championship. With the schedule winding down, that didn’t appear likely to change. The Rams […]

Truck crashes into car, business

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By Kevin Wilson A collision on Sunday involving a car and a milk truck left two teens hospitalized and damaged a local business. A Milk Transport Services truck was traveling south on East First Street about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday and failed to negotiate the curve just before Abilene Avenue, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry […]

Christmas decorations not the biggest holiday fire hazards

By Tony Parra People during Christmas time may be focusing on Christmas trees and lights as a fire danger, but in Roosevelt County, they will need to turn their attention to what keeps them warm more than anything else. Portales Fire Marshal Mike Running said his major concerns in Portales are space heaters and fire […]

Cannon puts training on display

By Mike Linn CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As I walked toward the wounded with a medical bag in hand Friday, I couldn’t help but shudder at how badly one of the victims looked. Her eye was dangling out of its socket a good 6 inches (at least the makeup and fake eye made it […]

Dec. 21 Obituaries

Noel Lanci, 22 Noel Paige Lanci, 22, of Portales, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, in Portales. She was born on Dec. 20, 1978, in St. Francis, Kan., to Tom Lanci and Taunia Locker. She attended school in Great Bend, Kan., where she was active in 4-H and orchestra, as well as spending hours training and […]

Elida posts sweep over Lovington JVs

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — The Elida basketball jumped over the .500 mark on Monday with a sweep of the Lovington junior varsity squads. Elida won the boys game 50-35 while the Lady Tigers came away with a 44-28 victory. Dylan Radcliff scored 22 points for Elida’s boys, including a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers. His other […]

Hounds make total turnaround in rout

Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan didn’t know the team he coached on Saturday in the High Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. He didn’t really expect the team he saw on Sunday. Dominating a good opponent from start to finish, the Greyhounds (4-6) thrashed St. Mary’s 79-41 to gain a split […]

Lady Rams hang on to beat Moriarty

PNT Staff MORIARTY — The Portales Lady Rams struggled through a second half in which they scored just 11 points, but they still had enough on Saturday to hang on for a 33-30 victory over Moriarty. Portales (4-5) led by 10 points early in the second half before the Lady Pintos closed to within a […]

Unbeaten Pitt State romps past Hounds

PNT Staff LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Junior guard Eddie Jackson scored 26 points — all but three in the second half — to lead undefeated Pittsburg State (Kan.) to an 83-63 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday in the High Desert Classic at the McDermott Physical Education Center on the campus of the […]

Coyotes unable to overcome Farwell’s spurts

By Dave Wagner FARWELL, Texas — Dora’s boys recovered from Farwell’s first haymaker, but not the second. Down 11-0 in the first three minutes, the Coyotes battled back to within a point in the third quarter before the Steers ran off a 20-1 blitz that cemented a 65-49 victory on Friday night. Senior guard Tate […]

Farwell girls beat Lady Coyotes

By Dave Wagner FARWELL, Texas — In a physical game with neither team having much depth, outside shooting gave the Farwell Lady Blue a big lift Friday night against Dora. Sophomore guard Dellani Jones kept Farwell close with three first-half 3-pointers, and fellow sophomore Salida Edwards helped the Lady Blue take control by scoring nine […]

Floyd sweeps Logan

PNT Staff FLOYD — Sophomore Blair Jaramillo scored a career-high 22 points Friday night to lead the Floyd Lady Broncos to a 71-60 victory over Logan. Floyd (5-5) used its pressure defense to force several turnovers and key a 27-11 fourth-quarter run that erased a 49-44 lead for the Lady Longhorns (3-6). Juniors Kelli Johnson […]

Rams rally for victory over Pintos

PNT Sports MORIARTY — If nothing else, the Portales High boys basketball team found out this weekend that it is resilient. The Rams, who dropped a last-second heartbreaker on Friday night at Los Lunas, saw a 13-point lead after one quarter on Saturday turn into a three-point deficit early in the final stanza before rallying […]

Farmers upset with tumbleweed problem

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By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — Sharon Russell and her mother don’t come out to the family house northwest of Floyd much anymore. But they still love the small group of farmers that live near the Melrose Bombing Range. “This is a good community,” Russell said. “We stick together.” Today, those community members are bonded by […]

Regents pleased with year so far

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University president Steven Gamble reported a good fall semester for the university with enrollment up, the passing of General Obligation Bond and the success in athletics. “It has really been a great year,” ENMU Board of Regents President Marshall Stinnett said during Friday’s board meeting. “We were able to […]

Graduation a family affair for Smalls

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By Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble summed up the graduation in way that you’d expect. “I think every one of our graduates has a unique and interesting story of how they arrived here today,” Gamble said in his closing statements. Though he meant all of the 220 receiving degrees from the […]

Tuesday the only day to file for school board

PNT Staff PNT Staff Roosevelt County residents will have their only opportunity to file for a school board member position on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The school board elections will take place in February, according to Joyce Fraze, Roosevelt County clerk. Those from Portales, Dora, Elida and Floyd who want to declare […]

Chandler: Kids affected too many times by meth labs

By David Irvin Yellow space suits, high-powered rifles and your parents screaming as some stranger drags them away. The methamphetamine bust as seen by the child on the inside, officials say, is a frightening thing. But according to statistics from the New Mexico State Police, this unfortunate drama is fairly common. When a methamphetamine lab […]

Meadors enjoyed finer things

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent J. E. Meadors enjoyed the finer things of life. A carpenter by trade, he made candlesticks, cabinets and homes — but his most important treasures were those built through friendship. Family members said he lived by the belief that helping people was more important than focusing on yourself. Meadors grew […]

Dec. 19 Obituaries

Albert C. Gonzales, 84 Albert C. Gonzales, 84, of Fort Sumner, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell. He was born on Aug. 26, 1920, in Guadalupe, to Coldoveo Gonzales and former Amadita Casaus. As a young man he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the final construction […]