Rams win first district match in three straight games

By Derek Major Staff Writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Portales Rams got off to the kind of District 4-4A start they wanted, cruising to a three game win against the East Mountain 25-13, 25-11, 25-7 at the Ram Athletic Center on Saturday. The Rams (5-10, 1-0) also snapped a four-game losing streak with their win over the […]

Portales man pleads in murder-for-hire case

Cody Guss

Staff report A Portales man charged in a murder-for-hire plot in March pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Albuquerque, according to an FBI news release. Police say Cody Guss, 37, agreed to pay an undercover officer $5,000 to kill his wife. The handyman and father of three met with an undercover officer of the […]

Learning their lines

KEVIN WILSON: Staff photo
Portales coach Jaime Ramirez talks to Ram players about the importance of going hard throughout practice Thursday morning at Portales High School.

Staff report Portales High football coach Jaime Ramirez and his staff pretty much know what they have in the skill positions as they prepare for the upcoming season. The offensive and defensive lines, though, are another story. The Rams completed their first week of practice on Friday with their first full day in pads. Ramirez, […]

Changes ahead for Clovis Albertsons

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Hailed as “great business sense” by at least one company official, a change to the Clovis Albertsons is meant to lead to better operations. The change may imply new cash registers, touch screen check-outs and shelf tags; but Albertsons personnel will remain relatively intact. According to a press release […]

Nomadic military lifestyle beginning to take its toll

I recently talked with a captain I hadn’t seen for awhile. The last time I saw him, his skin was pasty white and his hair was too long; he now looked tan and had a fresh haircut. “You look … happy,” I said. He laughed. “Well, I just got off leave.” Military members get 30 […]

Airman remembered for camaraderie

Senior Airman Ericka Engblom: U.S. Air Force graphic 
Airman 1st Class Andrew Padilla, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, arrived at Cannon in April 2013.

By Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Wing is mourning the loss of Airman 1st Class Andrew Padilla, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, who lost his life in a car crash July 13 in Clovis. The thoughts of all within the Cannon Air Force Base community, […]

Roswell school shooter in CYFD custody

By The Associated Press ROSWELL — Mason Campbell, the 12-year-old boy who opened fire with a shotgun inside Berrendo Middle School in Roswell in January, seriously injuring two students, on Wednesday was remanded into the custody of the state Children, Youth and Families Department until age 21. Campbell, now 13, had pleaded no contest to […]

ENMU College National Finals Rodeo qualifiers

This is the last of a five-part series on Eastern New Mexico University’s College National Finals Rodeo qualifiers. The CNFR begins today and runs through Saturday at Casper, Wyo. Logan Medlin • Class: Sr. • Hometown: Tatum • Event: Team roping How did you get started in rodeo? Rodeo is something that I have been […]

In good company if I die on Plains

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist For my final nap, I intend on returning to my east Texas roots. If fate disguised as an irritated reader intervenes and my final breath is on the High Plains, I will be in good company. Since 1982, I have attended funerals of far too many who awed and inspired. […]

Portales man pleads guilty to sex charges

CMI staff A Portales man has pleaded guilty to sex charges related to a 2011 sting operation by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas Morgan, 27, faces up to three years in jail for charges of soliciting a child using an electronic device for the purposes of engaging in a sexual act — a third-degree […]

PHS softball squad reloads

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Mariah Lovato, left, prepares to toss the ball to fellow senior Valerie Villanueva during Portales’ Thursday practice at the Wheeler Park softball complex.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com After a heartbreaking end to last season, the Portales Lady Rams softball team is not dwelling on the past. “When you lose a hard fought battle like the one last year it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, but the girls realize the only way to […]

This week on CannonConnections.com – March 14

Cannon-Women-Mach

Mech Tech molds master mechanics March 14, 2014 By Senior Airman Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The mirror image of the ever-evolving aircraft they maintain, Air Commandos assigned to the 727th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Cannon Air Force Base have made it their mission to roll […]

Escalante upends Dora in overtime

JOSHUA LUCERO: PNT correspondent
Dora sophomore Dalton Privett and Escalante's Joseph Hurd scramble for 
possession of a loose ball in the first half of the Class 1A state championship quarterfinal Wednesday afternoon at Bernalillo High School. Privett scored nine points in the 
contest, a 65-54 overtime defeat. The 
Coyotes ended their season at 24-5.

CMI staff BERNALILLO — Dora had its chances to put away Escalante in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. That wasn’t true in overtime. Reynaldo Atencio and Adam Edwards scored 16 points each as Escalante beat Dora 65-54 in overtime Wednesday in a Class 1A boys state quarterfinal game. Josh Walker scored 15 points […]

Events calendar — Feb. 23

Today FAFSA Free For All — 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Portales High School District Computer Lab. Information: Thomas Tafoya 575-356-7097 ext. 6005. Horn, Soprano, Piano Recital — 2 p.m., Buchanan Hall. Information: Jeanie Wozencraft-Ornellas at 575-562-2561 or email Jean.ornellas@enmu.edu.   Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 […]

Never too late to follow your dreams

Some of our Facebook friends agreed to share their greatest accomplishment in 2013. Here are some of the answers: Taking a job that happens to take me out of New Mexico, and yet still finding ways to celebrate the people and culture of the Land of Enchantment. Jason W Brooks At 61 yrs old I […]

Tuesday area prep summaries — Nov. 27

Boys Dora  87, San Jon 35 San Jon (0-1) — Carl Webb 6, Dylan Bryant 7, Joseph Benevides 3, Jory Byrd 3, Jake Thurman 6, Gage Conway 10. Totals 13 6-11 35. Dora (1-0) — Eddie Arzate 5, Jesus Villegas 5, Jestin Watson 5, Josh Walker 6, Dalton Privett 27, Dylan Privett 32, Koby Cone […]

Brawl mars finish of ENMU loss to Chaps

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
ENMU senior Cornelius Cammock goes up for a layup against the defense of Lubbock Christian freshman Isaac Cardona during Tuesday night’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. Cornelius, a transfer from Abilene Christian, scored 13 points in the Greyhounds’ 72-69 loss to the Chaparrals.

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — For the second time in a week, the Eastern New Mexico University and Lubbock Christian men’s basketball teams played a tight, emotional game that came down to the end. Last week at Lubbock, ENMU scored the final 14 points in Lubbock to pull out a five-point […]

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 […]

My Turn — With friendly neighbors, you’re never lost

Christina Calloway

I want to give credit to our elderly and those who remember a time before the GPS. I have a horrible sense of direction and can’t read a map to save my life. I attempted to find a house in Causey last week using Google Maps. The person’s home, which was nearly 40 minutes from […]

Engagements — Oct. 6

Stroud-Morgan David Stroud of Portales and Virginia Jones of Clovis announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Kathryn Stroud of Portales, to Jesse Morgan of Portales, son of Brad Morgan and Shelly Morgan of Portales. The bride-to-be graduated from Clovis High School in 2012. She is attending Clovis Community College, pursuing a degree in elementary […]