Portales renews rivalry with Clovis Lady Cats

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis and Portales girls basketball teams have enjoyed plenty of success over recent seasons. Portales has reached the Class 3A state championship game in each of the last six campaigns, winning four times, while the Lady Wildcats were Class 5A state titlists in 2005 and have won 67 of […]

Hound turnovers lead to loss

By Greg Price Eastern New Mexico University’s Mikal Monette matched Southwestern Oklahoma’s Nate Perry in points and rebounds, but not in turnovers. On a night featuring 27 ENMU giveaways and poor outside shooting, the Bulldogs took advantage to beat the Greyhounds 80-65 Thursday night in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game at Greyhound Arena. […]

Elida basketball

The Elida boys and girls basketball teams participated in the Anton Invitational basketball tournament Thursday. The Elida boys (1-1) got their first win of the young season, beating the hosts of the tournament, Anton, Texas 60-52. “We had great hustle, great defense, and an overall good team effort. We got lots of kids into the […]

Zias rout Bulldogs

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers It’s early in the season, but the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team might want to bottle the formula from Thursday’s Lone Star Conference crossover game against Southwestern Oklahoma. The Zias clicked on all cylinders for much of the game and, with no one playing more than 24 minutes, […]

Portales shows pep

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Hundreds of Ram fans huddled together outside of the Roosevelt County Courthouse on a frigid Thursday night, bundled in their warmest red clothes while cheering on their hometown Rams at a community pep rally. Lance Hill, a lieutenant with the Portales Fire Department, was among the Rams’ supporters. “I’m […]

Garcia receives five-year sentence

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales woman was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday on charges related to the embezzlement of $139,164 from two employers, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Tammy Jo Garcia, 34, of Portales pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement, one count […]

Holiday Happening set for Saturday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Gaynelle Thomas was there when it began nine years ago and she’ll be in the middle of the preparations Saturday as Altrusa’s annual Holiday Happening gets under way at the Campus Union Building ballroom at Eastern New Mexico University. Thomas, and her daughter, Cozetta Moore, will each decorate two […]

Winter weather leads to slippery roads

PNT Staff Report The recent snowfall impacted driving in Roosevelt County but no serious accidents were reported. According to Portales Police dispatcher logs there were about 10 accidents in a 24-hour span. “I assume that the accidents are weather-related since the number of accidents that we have had is a little unusual,” said Sgt. Brack […]

God’s love shines in child

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist The following column about Lane, our youngest son and his young daughter, Kallie gets to the heart of Christmas. I use it here with the permission of both as the story was told to me. Needless to say, I am one proud “Mawmaw!” It was Lane’s turn at church to […]

Color red connotes many things

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’ve been seeing a lot of red lately, and I’m not referring to my bank account. Yes, it has something to do with the red bows, lights and candy canes of Christmas, but there’s more. Have you ever noticed there is something about the color red that puts people on […]

Power of suggestion can can cause optical illusions

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Sammi is one of those children for which parents have great expectations but a healthy dose of apprehension. In other words, her self-confidence was bound to get her into trouble now and then. As a 13-year-old ranch kid, she could rope and ride, do the chores, cook, read, shoot, and […]

Capitalist Mexico would be mutually beneficial

Editorial Prosperity is advancing in Mexico – but only to the most wealthy and those working in government-linked industries, according to a study released this week by the World Bank. It found great inequalities in wealth stemming from “concentrated wealth in the business sector; and unions in protected sectors, the heritage of corporatist institutional arrangements.” […]

Snow delays schools

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico awoke to the season’s first snowfall and temperatures in the teens this morning. Icy road conditions led most area schools, including Portales, to delay starting times by two hours, officials said. Classes at Eastern New Mexico University were set to open at 11 this morning. Most area roads were open, […]

Blessing Tree event raises $675

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Raising awareness for their program, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico hosted the second annual Blessing Tree event Wednesday in the Roosevelt County Enterprise Center. For a donation of $20 or more, community members could write their wish for a Roosevelt County family or program and place it […]

F-16 pilot identified

Staff and wire reports The American pilot whose F-16 crashed in Iraq earlier this week has close ties to Clovis. Major Troy L. Gilbert, 34, identified by the Air Force on Wednesday, is the son-in-law of Clovis residents Jay and Judi Gurley, according to longtime family friend Martha Hardwick. Jay Gurley is a former Clovis […]

Portales schedules pep rally

PNT Staff Report With just three state football championships to its credit, the last one in 1988, Portales is poised to cheer its team on with a community pep rally at 5:30 p.m. tonight on the Roosevelt County Courthouse steps. According to Ram Booster Club President Shelley Stanley the club always works to support the […]

People in the News

Today’s focus: “Ms. P” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is a single mother who works hard to make ends meet. She has no extra income for Christmas. Her holiday hopes: To have Christmas presents for her children. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 12. Girls pant size 12. Girls shoe size 3. […]

The Three Irish Tenors take Clovis stage

Freedom Newspapers The stage at Marshall Junior High in Clovis will be transformed to Dublin, Ireland, Wednesday as Clovis Community College presents “Christmas From Dublin” as part of its Cultural Arts Series. The central attraction of the show will be the Three Irish Tenors, a Dublin vocal group with a long list of professional accomplishments. […]

Rams hope to ‘run’ to a championship

By Mickey Winfield They ran their way to the District 4-3A championship and right on through the Class 3A playoffs. Now the Portales Rams will take a run at the state championship on Saturday afternoon against Las Vegas Robertson. “I think right now, we have a lot of confidence that we can run it at […]

Robertson will see a changed Rams team Saturday

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Yes, Portales lost to Las Vegas Robertson, 13-2, in the season opener on Aug. 25. But for the Rams, that seems like an eternity ago, you see the Rams were still learning a new system under first-year coach Andy Correll. The Portales team set to square off with Robertson […]