Crushing loss still haunts Lady Rams softball team

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer Last season, the Portales Lady Rams won district for the first time in their history. However, the memory of that accomplishment is overshadowed by a crushing 14-0 loss in the first round of the state tournament. “It was embarrassing,” Junior Sharessa Nusser said. “You didn’t know quite what to […]

Something for everyone at ag expo

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By Tony Parra People gained new ideas from everything from horsemanship to quilt designs during the first day of the 14th annual New Mexico Ag Expo on Tuesday. Some people even left the Roosevelt County fairgrounds with prizes. For the Worthams of Portales, the ag expo offered new hints and tricks from Orin Barnes when […]

City breaks down water crisis at council meeting

By Tony Parra The talk on Tuesday evening during the Portales City Council meeting was remaining concerns of the lack of water valves and a way of allowing water to flow without having to shut water down to the entire city of Portales. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors talked about what concerns arose […]

Hitson says people skills, common sense her strengths as judge

Editor’s note: The following is part of a question and answer series on candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Arla Hitson is running for election to the municipal judge’s position. Hitson will be running against Oscar Robinson and incumbent Fred Arnold. 1. What qualifications, […]

Roosevelt Detention Center inmate population still near capacity

By William Thompson The adult inmate population at Roosevelt County Detention Center stood at 80 yesterday, just two short of capacity. The center’s administrator, Jesse Luera, said he expects county commissioners will adopt an ordinance on March 7 to issue a gross receipts tax revenue bond for an addition to the detention center to relieve […]

Kiwanis Club preparing for annual chili supper

PNT Staff Report The Portales Kiwanis Club will add a little spice to residents’ lives with its upcoming annual chili supper, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in First United Methodist’s Church’s Fellowship Hall. Kiwanis member Bill Wood said he thinks the chilli supper tradition is at least 25 years old. “The recipe was […]

Winning artwork chosen for prairie chicken festival

PNT Staff Report MILNESAND — A watercolor painting by Ranchos de Taos artist Valerie Graves has been selected as the winner of the 2006 High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest. Graves will receive $300 for her winning artwork of lesser prairie chickens at sunrise, which will be reproduced as a poster and distributed at […]

Richardson threatens to veto more than $200 million in spending

By Barry Massey The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday he’s likely to veto more than $200 million from spending bills to balance the main budget account this year and replenish the state’s financial reserves. Richardson delivered the veto warning in a speech in Albuquerque to a statewide business group, and […]

Guantanamo Bay prisoners should be charged or released

Editorial Even if it is the troubled United Nations Human Rights Commission making the request, it is time to consider closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. At the very least all the prisoners held there should be charged and given a fair trial or released. As the prison is operated now […]

Senator happy with 2006 session, budget

Guest Commentary By Stuart Ingle The Legislature had an unprecedented opportunity to address many critical needs of the state and it vigorously grasped the opportunity with both hands during the session that ended last week. We were very deliberate in our decisions. I believe the entire state will benefit from the responsible budget we passed. […]

Dora wins overtime thriller with Elida

PNT staff Elida hit a 3-point buzzer-beater to send the game to overtime. Dora pulled the same trick to win the game in the extra period. Second-seeded Dora survived against fifth-seeded Elida 60-57 Tuesday in the first round of the District 3-1A tournament. In the final 10 seconds of overtime, Dora’s Tyler Wilhoit drove inside […]

Zias split doubleheader, series with Western

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers SILVER CITY — Run-scoring singles by Courtney McClasky and Kristina Goodman in the top of the ninth lifted the Eastern New Mexico University softball team past Western New Mexico 10-7 on Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader. The Mustangs held off a last-ditch Zias rally to prevail 6-5 […]

Agriculture comes to town today

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By Tony Parra Vendors, merchants and organizers were busy on Monday afternoon putting everything in place for the 14th annual New Mexico Ag Expo sponsored by Plateau Wireless and Hamilton Automotive group. The farming and dairy community of Portales is home to the agricultural showcase every year and this year there will be more than […]

Zias salvage split against Western New Mexico

Freedom Newspapers SILVER CITY — Senior Tina Whitt’s second home run of the game, a two-run shot in the top of the seventh, broke a tie and lifted Eastern New Mexico University to an 8-7 win over Western New Mexico on Monday and a split of their softball doubleheader. In the opener, Western got a […]

Hounds fall to Red Raiders

Freedom Newspapers LUBBOCK — Things had already gone badly enough for Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team. The last thing they needed was the ignominy of being no-hit. ENMU senior and Clovis High grad Justin Gee whacked the first pitch from reliever Brian Cloud up the middle for the Greyhounds’ first hit with two out […]

Floyd, Dora girls knocked out of district tournament

PNT staff Floyd’s season is over, but coach Cody May is pleased with his squad for all the progress they’ve made. In the District 3-1A tournament, Schuyler Cochran scored 23 to help Melrose down Floyd 56-39. Darcy Chenault lead Floyd with 17 points, Kelli Johnson chipped in 12. “We’ve had a pretty good season,” May […]

Robinson tauting background in municipal judge run

Editor’s note: The following is part of a question and answer series on candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Oscar Robinson is running for election to the municipal judge’s position. Robinson will be running against Arla Hitson and incumbent Fred Arnold. 1. What qualifications, […]

Rams beat Warriors in tiebreaker

PNT staff The Portales Rams won their second game against the Ruidoso Warriors in four days and now have the top seed in the District 4-3A tournament. The Rams held Ruidoso scoreless in the third quarter and made plays in the final minute to beat the Warriors 40-37 on Monday at the New Mexico Military […]

Big day planned for Portales women

By William Thompson Portales women can sign up for five out of 30 classes offered March 4 at the second annual Women’s Day Out sponsored by the Portales Women’s Club, The Portales Roosevelt Chamber of Comerce and Dillard’s Department Store. The event will be held at Greyhound Arena from 8 a.m. to 3:45 a.m. About […]

District 3-1A tournament schedule

District 3-1A (seeds in parentheses) Boys Tuesday (5) Elida at (2) Dora, 6 p.m. (4) Floyd at (3) Melrose, 6 p.m. Thursday Tuesday winners at higher seed, 6 p.m. Saturday Championship at (1) Fort Sumner, 7 p.m. Girls Monday (5) Dora at (2) Fort Sumner 6 p.m. (4) Floyd at (3) Melrose 6 p.m. Wednesday […]