TexAnns hand Zias 3-game loss

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer Zia head coach Mike Maguire remained in his seat, staring at the court, nearly 10 minutes after the Zias lost to Tarleton State Saturday afternoon at Greyhound Arena. Maguire seemed to be lost in his thoughts after the loss, and at the same time, soaking up the moment, just […]

Hounds creamed by TSU

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Things didn’t start out well for Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday, and they only got worse. The Greyhounds fumbled the ball away on their first play from scrimmage against Tarleton State — one of three fumbles they lost in the game. On their second possession, junior quarterback Michael Benton […]

District 3-1A tourney starts, Elida waits in top seed

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer In District 3-1A volleyball this season, there has been one constant. Elida wins. In fact, Elida has finished their 2006 regular season, a perfect 20-0. The Lady Tigers first undefeated season that anyone in Elida can remember, and that earns them a pass to the district tournament championship at […]

Lelei and Boit lead Hounds in cross country

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Junior Nimrod Lelei and sophomore Felix Boit finished eighth and 11th, leading Eastern New Mexico University’s men to a fourth-place team finish in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference cross country meet, hosted by Tarleton State. Lelei’s season best performance earned him All-LSC honors. Abilene Christian posted a near-perfect score of 17, […]

Pumpkin crop pops up

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Lining fences and decorating yards, pumpkins provide a splash of vivid color to the landscape and are a sure sign that fall has arrived. Pumpkin harvest is in full swing for Davis Farms near Clovis, where pumpkins have grown for the last 18 years. Jacqueline Davis said they ship […]

Altrusa hosts 36th annual home tour

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Featuring four homes and one business, 36 years of tradition will continue as the annual Altrusa Home Tour takes place next Sunday in Portales. It’s a fund-raiser for us to support our community projects that we do,” said Dannah Brown, home tour chairperson. Word of mouth, uniqueness or a […]

Golden oldies don’t seem that old

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Shortly after midnight, somewhere on a turnpike in southeastern Kansas, I found out I was officially an oldie. No, I wasn’t struck by a sudden and desperate need for a bathroom. I deal with those problems during the morning thanks to blood pressure medication. This was an assault on […]

Rapidly growing population not biggest problem

Editorial America hit a milestone this week: 300 million residents. So many of the discussions about this growth make the assumption that a rapidly growing population is necessarily a bad thing. Regional discussions of growth tend to focus on increasing congestion, crowding and other problems. There is another side of this debate. Granted, more people […]

Military families have much to offer

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My husband and I adopted our son Matteo from Ethiopia. Our adoption journey has been exceptional. It has taught us things about ourselves and others, and surprised us in unexpected ways. Being a military family, we had to overcome practical obstacles. Finding references who lived in our area and had known […]

The art of healing

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In a metal chair on a chilly stage, ViolaMontoya closed her eyes and heard the beat of horse hooves in crisp snow. She imagined, as concert pianist Davide Cabassi pounded on a piano in the Clovis Community College Town Hall, his entire body — his fingers bending, his head swaying […]

Rams rush past Ruidoso

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers The Portales Rams grabbed the lead early, and rushed their way to a district-opening win Friday night at Greyhound Stadium, 27-7 over Ruidoso. Portales gained 314 yards on the ground, including 121 yards and two touchdowns from senior running back Cruz Ontiveros. “We executed at a level that we know […]

Cranes return to refuge

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By Ashley Lee: PNT staff writer There is a wildlife refuge a short journey away. The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest refuge in Texas and home to 250,000 sandhill cranes during the winter season. And winter is the best time to visit, according to refuge manager Harold Beierman. “We have the largest concentration […]

Colorful quilting

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By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Full of color and rich with history, dozens of quilts are being displayed this weekend at the High Plains Quilt Festival at the Memorial Building in Portales. Festival chairwoman Elizabeth Lawrence said turnout for the event has been good. Vendors are also reporting that they are happy with the […]

Impact report suggests airspace increase

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Training airspace near Cannon Air Force Base could be expanded by the end of November, according to Air Force officials. A report on the impact of increasing airspace near Cannon was officially released Wednesday. Before the Air Force can make a decision on whether to expand airspace, federal environmental law […]

Clovis High band plays on

By Eric Butler From the first day of summer practice, Clovis High band members have one competition constantly on their minds: the Zia Marching Festival. Clovis and 31 other bands from New Mexico and neighboring states participate today in Albuquerque in the state’s premier marching competition. “This is what we aim for from the beginning. […]

Rams ready for Ruidoso

By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer Nevermind that this is Andy Correll’s first season as head football coach at Portales. Or that the Rams are entering district play this week with a junior quarterback having thrown four interceptions last week in a 25-0 loss at Roswell High. Put all that aside for a moment. If […]

Maguire Announces retirement from Zias

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers Mike Maguire has had an impressive run as Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach. Maguire, who has been the program’s coach for 20 seasons and has doubled as the school’s athletic director for the past six years, made official Thursday his intentions to give up his coaching duties after the […]

Soccer Hounds make playoffs

Freedom Newspapers Despite a 4-2 loss at home to West Texas A&M on Wednesday, the three-year-old Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team clinched its first Southwest Soccer Conference tournament berth when last-place Missouri Southern managed a 0-0 tie against Northeastern State at Joplin, Mo. The Greyhounds (4-10-3, 1-5-2 SSC), who finished their league slate […]

Pornography sting nets ENMU student

PNT Staff Report Freedom Newspapers An Eastern New Mexico University student is among more than 100 arrested in connection with a nationwide child pornography investigation, according to a press release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler’s office. Matthew Coker, 21, a 2004 Clovis High graduate, was taken into custody by federal Immigration and Customs […]

Roosevelt County Literacy Council undergoes changes

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Providing a foundation for learning, the Roosevelt County Literacy Council has undergone some recent changes to provide more accessibility of its programs to Portales and surrounding communities. Restructuring and revitalizing the program is what new executive director Pete Martinez has been doing since taking the post a little over […]