South volleyball spikes North

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Two words can accurately describe the South’s performance in the Class 1A-2A All-Star Series — utter domination. Although the South only breezed through one game, it won for the 21st time in the 24 years of the series on Tuesday as Tularosa’s Sabrina Herrera put away 16 kills [...]

Sun Devils take third at Lubbock tourney

PNT Staff Report After jumping out to a 2-0 start at a Lubbock 10-and-under girls softball tournament last weekend, the Portales Sun Devils finished the tournament 4-2 to take third place. “We did OK,” head coach Ben Rodriguez said. “We took third. Our girls wanted to go further but that’s an achievement for them. We [...]

Zia volleyball picked last in LSC

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team was chosen for last place this season in the Lone Star Conference’s new 13-team, one-conference format. Voters in the preseason poll included LSC head coaches and sports information directors, plus members of the media. West Texas A&M, which went 10-0 in the South Division [...]

Hound soccer picked fourth SSC poll

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women, who made the Lone Star Conference soccer tournament for the first time last season, were chosen for sixth place in the league’s preseason poll released this week. In the five-team men’s Southwest Soccer Conference, ENMU was picked for fourth place. Polls were voted on by [...]

Road woes

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A section of New Mexico Highway 206 between Portales and Dora is experiencing a significant deterioration of its pavement even though the highway was repaved less than a year ago. Residents, who regularly drive the road, say a section near Portales has become progressively worse over the spring and [...]

Bovine TB outbreak funding OK’d

The Associated Press After pushing the Bush administration to release millions of dollars to address the latest cattle tuberc ulosis outbreak in eastern New Mexico, the state’s two U.S. senators announced Tuesday that federal officials will make $37 million available. The funding will be provided through the Commodity Credit Corporation and would allow the U.S. [...]

Hospital working to address ER staffing problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital administrator James D’Agostino told hospital board members he is making a vigorous review of the hospital’s emergency room physician contract services after problems last week. D’Agostino said he made the decision to go on diversion (refer emergency room patients) to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis [...]

AYP results to be discussed

PNT staff report Portales Municipal School District will hold a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. today at the board room at the Administration Building to discuss the release of the Adequate Yearly Progress results, and answer questions about the reports that are required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Superintendent Randy [...]

Tax-free holiday begins Friday

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Parents of school-aged children and New Mexico shoppers in general will be able to take advantage of the third annual state-wide tax holiday this weekend. The tax holiday begins Friday and ends Sunday and nontaxable items include clothing, footwear costing $100 or less, school supplies costing $15 or less, [...]

Kos criticism proving costly for Fox

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers My coworkers have to hear me talk about TV and movies all the time. The way I figure, why deprive readers that same joy? With that in mind, here are four things I think about TV, movies and media: 1. The tit-for-tat continues with Fox News analyst Bill O’Reilly and [...]