Cards trip up Rams in quarterfinals

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer ALBUQUERQUE — One day after advancing past Sandia Prep in the Class 1-3A boys state tennis team quarterfinals, the Portales Rams hit a roadblock in Saturday’s semifinals in the form of the undefeated, top-ranked Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals. Robertson dominated the match, winning 9-0 at Albuquerque Academy. “I feel […]

1A Track Results

Wire Reports At Albuquerque The Associated Press Class 1A boys Team standings: 1. Carrizozo 89; 2. Hagerman 56; 3. Fort Sumner 55 1/2; 4. Gallup Catholic 51; 5. San Jon 39; 6. Springer 19; 7. Mountainair 17; 8. (tie) Clovis Christian and Melrose 16; 10. Cimarron 15 1/2; 11. Magdalena 15; 12. (tie) Cliff and […]

Floyd girls fifth at state

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Sophomore Kelsi Gray placed in two individual events and the Floyd girls scored in three relays on Saturday as the Lady Broncos scored 26 points and tied Cliff for fifth place in the Class 1A state track meet at the University of New Mexico. Gray was third in long jump (15-9 […]

Residents celebrate Cinco de Mayo

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Wind-blown and slightly clouded by controversy, Cinco de Mayo festivities at Lindsey Park in Portales were enjoyed by hundreds Saturday. “It started out kind of slow, but here in the afternoon it is picking up,” Los Abuelitos Senior Center director Lupe Montoya said, from her booth where she and […]

RGH paramedic receives top honors from colleagues

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Unexpectedly thrown into a dangerous situation, Shawn Varnell reacted quickly without thought to his own safety. His actions earned him statewide honors at a recent professional gathering. An emergency room paramedic at Roosevelt General Hospital, Varnell was busy taking care of patients when the flashing lights of police units […]

News-Tribune claims numerous awards

PNT Staff Report The Portales News-Tribune picked up six awards on Saturday, including two for first place, at the Panhandle Press Association’s annual contest. Managing Editor Karl Terry earned first place for news writing, while PNT staff took top honors for front-page layout. Terry also earned honors for column writing, sports writing and photos, all […]

Grenade’s origin may stem back to boyhood antics

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Apparently last week’s story about a couple who dug up a grenade in a Portales front yard isn’t the first time hand grenades have made news in our burgh. I may have the answer to how last week’s grenade got there as well. Few recent stories have captured the […]

War should be ended with as little harm to Iraq as possible

Editorial As expected, President Bush vetoed a $124 billion supplemental spending bill for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that included a timetable that could have required the U.S. to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq no later than October. “Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure,” the president said. Whether Congress can […]

Clovis Christian’s Bell wins 1A triple jump

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis Christian Eagles junior Keeson Bell beat his personal best by more than two feet to win Class 1A state boys triple jump competition on Friday at the University of New Mexico’s track facility. He barely missed winning in high jump. That performance gave CCS 12 team points after the first […]

Split enough to give Rams district title

Freedom Newspapers RUIDOSO — Portales needed a split to win the District 4-3A title. After coming up on the short end of a 43-run slugfest in the opener, the Rams rode the steady pitching of senior right-hander Phillip Danbom to a 13-5 win over Ruidoso Friday in the nightcap to wrap up the district title. […]