Area prep football standings — Sept. 18

District 4-4A     Dist.    All     W-L    W-L New Mexico Military    0-0    3-0 Ruidoso    0-0    3-0 St. Michael’s    0-0    3-0 Portales    0-0    0-3 Friday’s games Hagerman at New Mexico Military, 7 p.m.; St. Michael’s at LV Robertson, 7 p.m.; Eunice at Portales, 7 p.m. Saturday’s game Santa Rosa at Hope Christian, 1 p.m. 8-man District […]

Q & A: From Fiji to Portales: Gibbons a boost to Zias

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Agatha Gibbons (4) never played much volleyball until coming to school at New Mexico Military Insititute in 2010, but she is leading the ENMU volleyball team in blocks for the second consecutive year.

Agatha Gibbons is a senior middle blocker for the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team, hailing from Suva, Fiji. She came to the United States in 2010, spending five semesters at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and playing volleyball there. She sat out the 2011 campaign at NMMI after tearing an ACL, played the […]

ENMU hosts ‘College Daze’ rodeo this weekend

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Open the gates. It’s rodeo time. Eastern New Mexico University kicks off its season with the “College Daze” rodeo tonight through Saturday at Lewis Cooper Arena. Performances begin at 7 p.m. each day. About 450 participants are expected from 15 schools, including Texas Tech, Tarleton State and South Plains […]

Rain on the way

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Portales can expect up to 3 inches of rain over the next 48 hours, National Weather Service officials said on Wednesday night.

Staff report The National Weather Service is warning New Mexico to watch out for flash flooding. But Roosevelt County is mostly just looking to enjoy the rain. “We need this rain and I’m glad we’re getting it, especially with the drought we’ve been under for the last few years,” Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger said […]

New county manager named

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Amber Hamilton, a Roosevelt County native, has been named its new county manager. County Commission Chairman Kendell Buzard said commissioners offered the job to Hamilton on Wednesday and she accepted. “I want to serve the community in a broader way than I have and I’m excited for this new […]

To do list — Sept. 18

Today Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 10 a.m., Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Avast, Me Hearties! Information: 575-356-3940 Josh Sullivan performance — 7 p.m., Yam Theatre. Admission is $5 at the door. This is part of the Yam Music Series. Information: 575-607-9261 College […]

Portales knows all about being neighborly

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Good neighbors aren’t necessarily good mathematicians. You do the numbers. Hestands Floral in Portales participated in last week’s “Good Neighbor Day,” an event sponsored by FTD florists across the United States. Here’s how it works: Individuals who come to a participating flower shop receive a dozen roses, one to keep […]

Sporting new kicks

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Portales Police Detective Charlie Smart hands out new shoes to brothers on Sept. 8.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Charlie Smart says Portales police are here to serve and protect. “And helping the community is part of the serving,” the police detective said. That’s why Smart has started “A Walk in Their Shoes,” which provides shoes to Portales school students in need of new footwear. The money for […]

Lady Rams fall to Goddard; Floyd tops Dora

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Portales High volleyball team faced its toughest opponent so far this season on Tuesday night at the Ram Athletic Center and took one on the chin, losing to Roswell Goddard 25-9, 25-15, 25-14. The Lady Rockets (7-2) took control of the match right away, running out to a […]

ENMU’s Buurma leads D-II in passer efficiency

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com After two weeks, the Eastern New Mexico University football team has a national statistical leader. Junior quarterback Jeremy Buurma’s completion percentage may not be all that impressive, but everything else that factors into “passer efficiency” is good enough to have him No. 1 in that category in NCAA Division […]

Zias win in soccer, lose in volleyball

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ENMU senior Alyssa Prince’s shot is deflected by Southern Nazerene goalkeeper Natasha Fuentes during the second half of Tuesday’s match at the ENMU pitch. The Zias beat the Crimson Storm 1-0.

Staff report Senior defender Victoria Perez scored her first goal of the season early in the match and the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team made it hold up for a 1-0 victory over Southern Nazarene on Tuesday at the ENMU pitch. The Crimson Storm (2-3) was on the attack early with three corner […]

Making a plan

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday passed a resolution to support a plan they hope will help preserve the Ogallala aquifer. Clovis Mayor David Lansford presented measures Clovis plans to adopt to keep the region’s only drinking water supply viable — financial incentives for farmers to switch from irrigation to […]

City fire call volumes on the rise

Staff report Portales City Coun-cil members on Tuesday approved a grant that could lead to a new substation for the city fire department. The $25,000 De-partment of Finance and Administration grant will allow the city to begin surveying and planning for potential substation locations after it is signed by Mayor Sharon King. Fire Chief Gary […]

Enter the realm of fan fiction

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer It’s time for a confession. I have said before that I love “Sherlock.” Well, that is an understatement. I know this because I have gone to the deepest, darkest realms that fandoms can go and that is fan fiction. Fan fiction has been around since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed off […]

Meetings watch — Sept. 17

Water Utility Authority The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales. Items on the agenda include: • Consideration/action for change that would be increasing the Ute Water Project’s contract to allow for setbacks such as windy days, according to program manager Paul […]

Cowboys gathering in Nara Visa

Staff report The Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering, recognized as one of the more genuine assemblies of cowboy poets and musicians anywhere, is scheduled Friday through Sunday at the Nara Visa Old School Community Center on Route 54. The format will be the same as always, which means that, except for some scheduled meals and performance […]

County manager interviews finished

Staff report Roosevelt County Commissioners on Tuesday interviewed their last candidate for county manager, but have not made a decision. Commission Chairman Kendell Buzard said commissioners may have a second round of interviews, but no decision has been made. Buzard said interviews went well and commissioners felt like they have “good candidates.” The position became […]

To do list — Sept. 17

Today Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Avast, Me Hearties! Information: 575-356-3940 Mexican Identity — 2 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building’s Sandia Room. This lecture is a part of Multicultural Affairs Hispanic Heritage Month. Information: 575-562-2451 Tween Programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Tween Wii-Tweens’ […]

Bet you I won’t be doing that again

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist “How,” I asked myself, “did I type my way into this one?” I went to the ends of the earth, bottles and candy bar in the passenger seat, wondering that very question. Answer: That’s what happens when you wager with your sister. Well, Holly’s not really my sister, and 12 […]

Federal agencies can’t justify overspending

This federal government boondoggle falls into the “you would never do this with your own money” category. If you’ve ever been to former copper mining town Ajo, Arizona, population 3,300, you know it’s not a high-dollar real estate market. In fact, the average price of a home in the hamlet about 40 miles north of […]