Meals made simple

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Eli takes center stage

By Eddie Pells, The Associated Press PHOENIX — Baby brothers across America know hardship. They grow up playing “permanent center” while the bigger kids get to be quarterbacks and wide receivers. They lose every game of Monopoly and Risk, every wrestling match and household power struggle until their 15th birthday — if they’re lucky. And […]

House helping power Super Bowl

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By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Among all the excitement and hype of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLII, the little community of House in Quay County has become a player. Its wind turbines are helping the National Football League produce a “green” Super Bowl event in Phoenix. The NFL calls it the “greening of the Super […]

Former Hound coaching Charger running backs

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer With the AFC’s top two teams duking it out today, one of the NFL’s best running backs is being coached by a Greyhound. Eastern New Mexico alum Matt Simon, running backs coach for the San Diego Chargers, played linebacker for the Greyhounds before becoming a graduate assistant under then […]

NFL doing viewers grave disservice

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico “Turn to page 38,” Shawn told me. I was holding Shawn’s copy of the NFL Shop catalog, and was considering a new 49ers jacket until he alerted me to the collectible Super Bowl book on page 38. It was quite a book, leatherbound with a case and handling gloves, […]

Goddard thumps Portales 35-0

The Goddard Rockets shutout the Portales Rams (0-5) Friday night at Roswell’s Wool Bowl 35-0. The Rockets led at the half 28-0.

Bowl market offered

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By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers MMM!! It’s that time of year again and the smell of simmering chili will soon permeate the air at Portales High School. Portales High School art teacher Lou Sikes and her art students have been busy throwing pots for the upcoming annual Chili Bowl Cook-off that will start at 5 […]

Any publicity is good publicity

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Sunday’s Super Bowl led me to many questions, more so than other Super Bowl games I’ve watched. I struggled back and forth on whether or not Peyton Manning deserved the MVP award (he did) and whether or not it was that important to mention the first time two black coaches […]

Manning potshots belie team concept

By Karl Terry He can’t win the big game. That’s the big knock on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. That argument is hogwash and has nothing to do with Manning’s greatness or his team’s chances today in the Super Bowl. Another great quarterback wore the same tag around his neck — even longer than Manning […]

Food fuels football fun

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Every year, sports fans around the globe gather with friends and loved ones to watch the Super Bowl, and the communities of Portales and Clovis are no different. In addition to the various decorations, jerseys and drinks, another necessary component of a proper Super Bowl fest is food. Michelle […]

One Super Sunday

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The 1985 Chicago Bears went 15-1 in the regular season, outscored their three playoff opponents 91-10, and were so confident they recorded a song for charity called “Super Bowl Shuffle” before the playoffs began. They gave opponents nightmares, but they gave then-12-year-old Darren Keith some of the greatest moments of […]

Dust bowl days stay in memories

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Traces of their frontier life are hidden. They share two rooms, Nos. 19 and 21, at the end of a sterile hallway in a home for the old. When she digs the photo album from its resting place, the bottom of a drawer, those times drift into the room. “There […]

PHS ‘Chili Bowl Cook-off’: Food for artists

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By William P. Thompson: PNT Staff Writer The taste forecast is mild to hot for Friday’s Chili Bowl Cook-off inside the Portales High School cafeteria. Ten entrants will bring pots of chili to compete for the best, the hottest and the mildest chili at the competition, and the $5 admission fee will net guests a […]

In defense of Joe Montana

By Kevin Wilson It was a long time ago at my home; about 17 years ago to be exact. The family was gathered around the television, and the final outcome of the country’s premiere sporting event hung in the balance. Jim Breech had just hit his third field goal of the game, a 40-yarder with […]

Super Sunday often equals super problems

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By Tony Parra Football fans around Portales will be doing what millions of people will be doing on Sunday, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. However, winning and losing may not be the only concern on that day. Local law enforcement will keep a watchful eye on that […]

l Far-flung football fans prepare to cheer their teams through the Super Bowl

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By Tony Parra Robert Montoya, Jr. a die-hard Pittsburgh Steeler fan from Portales, in a friendly, gesture extended an invitation to John Vestal Jr. an excited Seattle Seahawk fan from Clovis, to watch Super Bowl XL with the Montoya family on Feb. 8. However, Vesal said he’s going to devote Super Bowl Sunday to his […]

Baskett gets ready to go bowling

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Clovis High School graduate Hank Baskett III has a lot of running in front of men with clipboards and stopwatches in his future. The University of New Mexico all-conference receiver will play in the 55th annual Senior Bowl Jan. 28 in Montgomery, Ala., and has accepted an invitation to the […]

Turkey Bowl more than ordinary game

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As the family sprawled around the living room watching Denver beat Dallas after Thanksgiving dinner, I was thankful. I was thankful no one called or knocked on the door to tell us the Turkey Bowl was on at Lamb Field that afternoon. I was stuffed to the gills with dressing […]

Club uses chili to help children

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By Kevin Wilson Dave Russell thinks he’s got a patent on his hands. Russell, a Kiwanis club member in his first experience with the group’s annual chili supper fund-raiser, explained his findings. “You take the bowl, put in the chili,” Russell said while demonstrating, “then put a tortilla on top of the bowl” to keep […]

Grace period for 49ers fans long gone

By Kevin Wilson It’s time I come to grips with it. I’ve denied it for as long as I could, but I guess you have to hit rock bottom to fully realize your shortcomings. My problem isn’t with alcohol, or smoking, or playing too many video games. It’s a question of loyalty, and what it […]