Artesia police investigating Portales grad’s homicide

Freedom New Mexico A former Portales woman is the victim of a homicide in Artesia. Police said Brandy Capps, 32, died at Artesia General Hospital Saturday of at least one gunshot wound. Capps is a 1996 graduate of Portales High School. Eddy County Sheriff Captain Jeff Zuniga said police have a suspect but have not […]

Residents identify election issues

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer With just three days left until the general election, some Portales residents are sharpening their opinions and focusing on the issues they care about most. Dusty McKee cited the war on terror and the economy as the two biggest issues important to him. McKee and his family are visiting […]

11-28 PJHS news

Students make All-District Honor Choir Choir Director Suzanne Cottrell took 15 students to Artesia Nov. 16 to perform in the All-District Honor Choir. Seventh grade students Lynne McDonald, Audriana Underhill, Monica Vicuna, Megan Sutton, Hannah Christensen, Emily Benavides and Samantha Sawyer joined eighth grade students, Kabrina Abyeta, Grady Beachum, Ryan Doolady, Ashley Holmes, Kim Manquero, […]

Wildcats flood Bulldog Bowl

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By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent ARTESIA — Custodians of the parking lot at Artesia’s Bulldog Bowl made sure to get out to the stadium hours before Friday night’s game between Clovis and the host Bulldogs began. The reason? To block off certain prime parking spaces until two hours before kickoff. But they were hours and […]

Local crowds cheer Wildcats on TV

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The tables at Kelley’s Bar and Grill were filled Friday night with football fans and at every fumble, interception and touchdown, the crowd groaned and/or cheered. Kelley’s Manager Lisa Heenan said the bar is usually full Mondays for Monday Night Football, but this game hit closer to home. The […]

Lady Rams bully Lady Bulldogs

PNT Staff Report ARTESIA — The Portales Lady Ram volleyball team concluded its non-district schedule Thursday night in Artesia, dominating the Lady Bulldogs 25-12, 25-15, 25-18. “They played great,” Lady Ram head coach Ruth Chavez said. “We had a heck of a game. They played really well.” “I could tell we’ve improved a lot (since […]

Lady Rams win five-game thriller

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams scored eight of the last nine points to win a decisive fifth game 15-11 to beat Artesia three games to two, in a back-and-forth match Thursday night in Portales. The scores were 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-11. “We were too up-and-down,” Portales head coach Ruth […]

Portales soccer sweeps Artesia

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls shut out the Artesia junior varsity on the Portales soccer pitch Thursday, sweeping Artesia in advance of a rain storm. The Rams took a quick 1-0 lead in the first half thanks to a Martin Santebanez goal. “I thought we played pretty well,” Ram […]

Sept. 2 Weddings

Gonzalez, Lopez Bianca LeeAnn Gonzalez of Portales and Matthew “Mateo” R. Lopez of Artesia were joined in marriage June 15, 2007, at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort in Ruidoso. The Rev. Herbert Robbins performed the lake-side double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Manuel and Hilda Gonzalez of Portales. She is the […]

Lady ‘Dogs double up Lady Rams

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Artesia scored four unanswered runs and spoiled Portales’ state tournament tune-up Monday evening at Portales 4-2. The Portales girls posted an early 2-0 lead before a collection of Portales errors and Artesia hits swung the balance to the Lady Bulldogs. Portales assistant coach Scott Parker says he likes playing […]

PHS boys second at Lovington

PNT Staff Report LOVINGTON — The Clovis Wildcats edged the Portales High School boys golf team in a playoff Wednesday to win the Murphy Black Invitational. After 18 holes, the two teams were tied at 305, but experience and good putts made the difference in a one-hole playoff, according to PHS coach Patrick Crowley. Artesia, […]

Artesia Bulldogs bite Rams

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales Ram coach Mark Gallegos knows if his team is to succeed this season, they’re going to have to give a better effort than they did Thursday night at home against Artesia. The Bulldogs sank nine 3-pointers and outscored the Rams 21-12 in the fourth period as Artesia won […]

Cats cruise into tourney finals

Freedom Newspapers Artesia — Senior guard Cody Thornsbury hit five 3-pointers for 15 points and the Clovis High boys basketball team cruised into the finals of the Artesia Invitational on Friday with a 63-44 victory over Roswell Goddard. Junior guards Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Wildcats (2-0), […]

Artesia Bulldogs win 25th state championship

The Associated Press ROSWELL, N.M. — Artesia halfback Jeremy Duran ran 6 yards for a touchdown to lift the Bulldogs to a 30-23 victory over Goddard in the Class 4A championship game Saturday. The TD, with nine minutes remaining in the game, gave Artesia (13-0) its 25th state football title — more than any other […]

June 14, 2006 Obituaries

Jeffrey Townley Services: Have been held Jeffrey (Scott) Townley, 44, of Capitan, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, in Capitan. He was born on Nov. 24, 1961, in Portales, to Sam and Lela Jo Townley. He moved to Capitan in 1971 and attended Capitan schools. He graduated in 1980. He attended New Mexico State University. He […]

Clovis beats Portales in third-place game

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Jarod Kiser and Jordan Jacobs delivered two-run singles in a six-run third that lifted Clovis past Portales 9-0 in the third-place game of the Clovis Invitational summer baseball tournament on Saturday night at Bell Park. Emery Sierra tossed a two-hit shutout in a contest called after 4 1/2 innings because of […]

Lady Rams capture Artesia tourney

PNT Staff ARTESIA — The Portales Lady Rams swept the top three divisions in singles on Friday and the top two in doubles on Saturday to capture the championship in the eight-team Artesia Invitational tennis tournament. Portales finished with 60 team points, with Artesia coming in second and Lovington placing third. In boys competition, New […]

Obituaries for April 2, 2006

Elaine Marie Whitaker-Miller Services: Will be held at a later date. Elaine Marie Whitaker-Miller, 66, of Clovis, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born April 19, 1939, to Harold and Iva Livermore, she lived in Newberry Springs, Calif., for eight years and retired from Desert Springs RV Park in Daggett, Calif. […]

Guards carry load for Rams

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Artesia had one statistic that was imposing for the host Portales Rams — 6-5, the height of sophomore center Landry Jones. Portales had control of two other statistics — 43 points from its starting backcourt and 10 fewer turnovers — to make the difference in a 58-55 win in […]

Portales teams ready for annual Shootout

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer One team will be dealing with contrast, another working with confidence. Both of the Portales teams expect good pre-district challenges in this weekend’s Portales Shootout, which includes eight games between eight different teams. The action starts Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m., with each day featuring four games. The […]