WT in, ‘Hounds out of playoffs

West Texas A&M will compete for the NCAA Division II football championship. The Buffs, 9-2, will play at Indianapolis on Saturday.   Lone Star Conference co-champions Eastern New Mexico University and Tarleton State, both with three losses, were not among the 24 teams selected for the playoffs.   None of the playoff teams have lost […]

Birds could stand to be a little neater, quieter

I first thought it was a rattling water pipe and ignored it. There the noise was again. Maybe it’s the coffee maker? No, not that either. Looking out the window I glimpsed a red-headed woodpecker of some type. He was atop a pole in the alley. That’s a good place for a woodpecker. One morning […]

Tea towels, decorating frames to be featured

Information on making boutique tea towels, decorating frames and cooking with dry beans will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Designer Laura Bray is going to demonstrate how to make no-sew boutique tea towels using an adhesive for the appliqué technique. These can be made at a fraction […]

Gratitude should extend beyond Thanksgiving

I’m pretty sure, if I have done the math correctly, that Thanksgiving is as late as it can possibly be this year. Nonetheless, the thoughts or awareness of gratitude should not be confined to a short season in November, like a Thursday and the couple of days before that. Even more to the point, it […]

Amtrak return to Clovis gaining traction

By Robin Fornoff CMI projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com The once remote possibility of passenger train service returning to Clovis for the first time in more than 40 years is apparently picking up speed and barreling toward reality. An Amtrak spokesman’s recent suggestion the railroad might relocate its Southwest Chief passenger train south to Amarillo — with […]

Greyhounds cruise by Southwest


CMI staff Eastern New Mexico University’s men put five players in double figures and scored the most points in a game in 16 years on Saturday night in a 114-62 rout of University of the Southwest at Greyhound Arena. Fourteen of ENMU’s 15 players broke into the scoring column, led by senior point guard Rodney […]

Elida claims fourth-straight Class B title


By Kenn Rodriguez CMI correspondent RIO RANCHO — Top-seeded Elida made history Saturday in the Class B state volleyball championship match, but the school’s fourth consecutive title did not come easily. The Lady Tigers played tight for much of the match and at one point it looked very much like their opponent, the Carrizozo Lady […]

Vacancies can take big toll at RGH


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com There are no full-time openings for nurses currently open at Roosevelt General Hospital but that can change in the matter of days, according to the Director of Nursing Services Mercedes Lopez. Staffing levels fluctuate in cycles, according to Lopez, and it takes a toll on the nursing staff […]

Club targets first-timers


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Arrows were flying both on and off target Saturday morning at the Portales Recreation Center. The Portales Bowhunters put on a workshop for any and all interested in the historical craft of bowhunting. Archery enthusiasts and youthful beginners were both present to take lessons from members of […]

Police blotter — Nov. 17

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:   Thursday: • 9:57 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 600 block of East Amazon. • 10:05 a.m.: Warrant service, Portales. • 10:30 a.m.: Animal complaint, 400 block of South Avenue G. • 10:40 a.m.: Articles lost or stolen, 1900 block of South Avenue I. • 11:42 a.m.: Vehicle theft report, […]

Events calendar — Nov. 17

Today BPA Brisket Lunch — 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dora High School cafeteria. Information: 477-2211.   Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Special Food Bank distribution — 1 p.m., Memorial Building. Open to qualified individuals who are not currently being served at another food distribution site. Information: 763-6130. Step aerobics — 4 […]

Road construction — Nov. 17

Area road construction and closure information for this week:   Portales • Traffic flow is greatly reduced due to construction work on eastbound Second Street near Main Avenue. Expect driving lanes to move slowly and have intermittent delays due to the temporary stoppage of traffic. This will continue through this week. Anyone with questions or […]

Police: One arrest, no injuries in shooting

PNT staff Portales police said no one was injured and an arrest was made Saturday by officers responding to reports of shots fired at a home between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on West 17th Street. Police declined to provide details about the suspect, citing a pending an investigation. According to witnesses, the street was […]

Fort Sumner gets best of Tatum for 1A title

Joshua Lucero: PNT correspondent
Fort Sumner senior Shelby Mobley gets low for a dig during the third set of Saturday’s Class 1A state volleyball championship match against Tatum at Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center. The Vixens took the title with a four-set win over the Lady Coyotes.

By Kenn Rodriguez CMI correspondent RIO RANCHO — In three previous meetings over the past four years in the Class 1A state volleyball championship match, the Fort Sumner Vixens were unable to break the grip of four-time defending champion Tatum. But Saturday afternoon at Santa Ana Star Center, the Vixens made the fourth time count, […]

Hounds edge Commerce, gain LSC title shard

CMI staff COMMERCE, Texas — When it comes to Eastern New Mexico University football this season, the slogan could be “never fear, the second half is near.” ENMU continued the second-half domination it has shown most of the season on Saturday, holding Texas A&M-Commerce to just seven points in rallying for a 42-35 Lone Star […]

Zias drop regular-season finale to TWU

CMI staff DENTON, Texas — With Eastern New Mexico University threatening to get back in the match, Texas Woman’s went on a 10-1 run to close out the fourth set and finish off a 25-8, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15 Lone Star Conference volleyball victory over the Zias on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams. […]

Elida completes “un-B-feated” run in volleyball


By Kenn Rodriguez CMI correspondent RIO RANCHO — There are other volleyball teams in New Mexico that have won more state volleyball titles than Elida. But the history books will always show that not only are the Lady Tigers four-time champions in Class B, but they will forever be the only champions in that class. […]

Robertson ousts Portales in first round

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Portales junior Matt Martinez, right, turns the corner on Robertson sophomore Amos Rivera after a catch during the first half of Friday night’s Class 3A first-round playoff game at Blackwater Draw.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Any resemblance to the season-opening meeting between the Las Vegas Robertson and Portales High football teams was purely coincidental. Senior running back James Gonzales III and junior running back Dominic Lucero combined for 399 yards rushing and all five touchdowns as the Cardinals rolled to a 36-0 triumph […]

My vocabulary? It’s very efficient


My editor, David Stevens, dislikes me using his name in print.  However, for readers, I am risking the ire of one of my favorite writers to share the “Wendel’s Notes” version of tips Stevens presented at a recent workshop for local writers. The following words should be deleted from most sentences: “just,” “really,” “very,” “perhaps/maybe,” […]

State must educate first, retain when needed

Never let it be said that Gov. Susana Martinez quits on a favored initiative. With her Department of Public Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera, Martinez has been pushing education reforms based on policies tried in Florida — and the drive to hold students back in third grade if they can’t read well enough will be back […]