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 […]

Portales sweeps by Roswell to move to 8-1

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com One team, Roswell High, has kept the Portales High volleyball squad from being unbeaten to this point in the season. On Tuesday night, the Lady Rams made amends for that setback with a 25-14, 25-22, 25-13 thrashing of the Lady Coyotes at the Ram Athletic Center. Senior Kristen […]

School Menus — Sept. 22

Editor’s Note: The school menus regularly run in the Lifestyles section, but were moved due to space constraints.   Clovis elementary schools Monday: Breakfast — egg & cheese biscuit. Lunch — chicken spaghetti, garden salad, mini carrots & ranch, orange smiles. Tuesday: Breakfast — banana bread. Lunch — goldfish turkey & cheese sandwich, sweet potato […]

Fugitive captured in Texas

CMI staff A tip to Crime Stoppers has ended with the capture of a murder suspect and fugitive who was the subject of a manhunt in Texas and eastern New Mexico. A deputy at the Parmer County Sheriff’s office confirmed Alejandro Rodriguez, 20, was caught Friday by U.S. Marshals at a motel in Potter County. […]

Rainfall helps crops, hinders construction

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
A large truck drives through a puddle on the corner of South Avenue D and 17th Street on Wednesday afternoon during the rainstorm.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County farmer Greg Burris knows that any rain in the area is a timely rain since the drought has plagued farmers for the past three years, but Wednesday’s showers specifically helped save his wheat crop. “It will tremendously help it,” Burris said. “We were getting on the […]

Portales City Sports gets new athletic director

Atheletics

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Portales City Sports is under new management. Strawberry Robinson, who has been employed at the Portales Recreation Center for more than four years, is now running the show as the sports athletic director.   What is the difference between your former position and your current position? There […]

New Zias basketball coach adds pair of signees

CMI staff First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Josh Prock has added two prospects to the returnees from a year ago. Signing with ENMU were Breanna Conway, a 6-foot-1 junior post from Murrieta, Calif., and a transfer from Prock’s old stomping grounds, Howard Payne University, and Rodneisha Milum, a 6-foot junior post from […]

ENMU’s Terry takes baseball post at Regis

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com As the new school year begins, Eastern New Mexico University is looking for a new baseball coach. Chris Terry, who has been the Greyhounds’ coach for the past two seasons, on Monday informed the school that has accepted the same position at Regis University in Denver, a Division […]

Hounds expecting 130-140 prospects for first practices

CMI staff Second-year Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn isn’t sure how many candidates will be on hand for the start of practice, but it’ll be a large number. Lynn said Monday the Greyhounds expect “between 130 and 140” prospects when preseason practice commences today. The returning players are scheduled to go from […]