Hounds ride hot start, move into fourth place

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers After coming off the bench for a few games, Eastern New Mexico University junior forward Ira Cross got a chance to start again on Wednesday night. His friend, Donald Young, also made a notable appearance. The two former Alabama junior college rivals teamed up for 32 points and 14 rebounds […]

Elida girls lock up top seed, Grady sweeps Floyd

PNT staff The Elida girls locked up the top seed in District 3-1A by beating second placed Fort Sumner 46-41. Kodi Armitage scored 17 and Jewlie Paiz added 15 for the Lady Tigers (19-2, 7-0). “It was a big win for us tonight,” Elida coach Dan Howard said. “It feels good to put that one […]

Lady Rams dominate Ruidoso

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer It’s hard to play basketball with your jaw on the floor. After the Portales Lady Rams dominated Ruidoso 70-32, Lady Warriors coach Becky Austin said her team played more like star-struck fans than challenging opponents. “We were a little bit, I guess you would say, in awe when we […]

Hounds win 29-run shootout with Wayland Baptist

Freedom Newspapers PLAINVIEW, Texas — Tim Crafton’s two-run single highlighted a seven-run eighth and Eastern New Mexico University rallied for a 15-14 victory over Wayland Baptist on Tuesday. Jeff Roemer (2-0), the fifth of seven ENMU pitchers, picked up the win despite giving up four runs in the seventh which put the Pioneers in front […]

One down, one to go for Rams

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By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer With their destiny in their hands, the Portales boys took care of business on Tuesday by defeating the Lovington Wildcats, 52-34. The Rams’ win improved their district record to 3-2 and dropped the Wildcats to 3-2. The victory means, if the Portales Rams win on Friday night at home […]

Water main break leaves residents dry

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By William Thompson Workers for a contractor of Yucca Telecom broke an underground water main in Portales leaving about ten square blocks without water for about four hours, according to Portales City Manager Debi Lee. Portales High School and the Broad Horizons Alternative School let students go home at 12:20 p.m. due to the water […]

La Casa offers clarity on Medicare D program

By Tony Parra Cutting through the confusion surrounding the new Medicare D prescription drug program, La Casa de Buena Salud healthcare officials want to offer enrollment help for those who have not signed up. Debra Herman, pharmacist clinician and director of pharmacy services for La Casa de Buena Salud, said since the start of enrollment […]

ENMU’s Festival Romanico celebrating silver anniversary

By Helena Rodriguez Festival Romanico at Eastern New Mexico University has become a festival of the arts in Spanish and will mark its silver anniversary when the annual event is held on the ENMU campus on Friday. Hundreds of high school students from Eastern New Mexico and West Texas will once again participate in this […]

Lee says improving quality of life will attract future growth

Editor’s note: The following is one part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Jim Lee will be running for election in Ward D. He will face Eddy Hiner and incumbent Dianne Parker for the Ward D position. […]

State lawmakers sweeten their own pensions

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, lawmakers sent the governor something to sweeten their pensions. Tucked into a bill dealing with mileage rates for state workers is a provision that would change the formula for calculating the pensions of members of the Legislature. The measure went to Gov. Bill […]

Senate approves paper ballot voting systems in close vote

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — A requirement that every New Mexico county use paper ballot voting systems passed the Senate on a party-line vote Monday. With less than three days left in the legislative session, the bill headed to the House. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson is pushing for the change, saying paper ballots would […]

Senate panel OKs proposal for minimum wage

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson opposes a proposal heading to the Senate that would boost the state minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6 in 2007 and then phase in additional increases for some experienced workers. Under a measure approved Monday by the Senate Finance Committee, a worker who had […]

Johnson resigns as Portales High School football coach

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By Tony Parra Randy Fowler, Portales School District Superintendent, announced the resignation of Portales High School football coach Glenn Johnson during Monday’s school board meeting. Johnson has been the head football coach for the Rams’ football team for the last seven years. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator for the Eastern New Mexico University […]

Young valentines delight today

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By William Thompson Kindergarten students at Brown Early Childhood Center were busy Monday putting the finishing touches on homemade valentines and treats. Today students in Jean Harberts’ class will exchange store-bought valentines with their classmates and eat heart-shaped cookies they baked in class Monday. “I told the students that Valentines Day is a day to […]

Senate approves capital money

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Senate unanimously approved a measure on Monday to finance nearly $144 million worth of capital improvements for universities, colleges, senior citizen centers and libraries. Projects for Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College are included in the measure. Senate Bill 301 authorizes general obligation bond financing, if […]

Municipal candidates sound off

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By William Thompson Portales city council candidates shared hope for continued ecomomic growth at a political forum Monday while differing on ways to achieve that growth. About 50 people attended the forum sponsored by city government and the Portales Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Monday night at the Memorial Building to hear candidates for city […]

Rams look for first win of crucial week

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By Jesse Wolfersberger Heading into the final week of the regular season, three out of the four boys teams in District 4-3A are still alive for the top seed in the district tournament and the automatic state playoff berth that comes with it. Lovington (17-9, 3-1 in district), Ruidoso (16-9, 3-1), and Portales (11-11, 2-2) […]

Slugging Zias grab two wins in WT tourney

Freedom Newspapers AMARILLO — Despite bringing out the big bats on Sunday, Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team could only manage two wins in three games in the West Texas A&M Invitational. That’s because Regis outslugged the Zias 16-12 in the middle contest, belting seven home runs — including two each by three players — […]

Walkoff double gives Hounds series

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh got what he was hoping for in the Greyhounds’ four-game set against Colorado School of Mines — a series victory. Senior right fielder Justin Gee hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh, then beat out a fielder’s choice with two out in the bottom […]

N.M. Ag Expo preparing for 14th year

By Tony Parra The New Mexico Ag Expo held each year can be best described as the face of the community. The 2006 New Mexico Agricultural Expo will feature everything from old tractor driving games, quilt and fashion shows to important, up-to-date industry developments for dairymen, ranchers and farmers. There are also several demonstrations and […]