Intervention in Venezuela is problematic

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s threat to go to war with Colombia is almost certainly more bluster and opportunism than a real thirst for battle. Machiavelli formulated long ago what rulers have known since the dawn of time: A leader facing problems and potential opposition at home can often prosper by turning peoples’ attention to a […]

Demolition, abatement set for housing

The demolition of 278 Gemini Housing units, an asbestos abatement plan in 250 Chavez Manor units and the relocation of 90 military families will be the focus of two town hall meetings Feb. 28. Base personnel and their families are invited to the meetings that will begin at 11 a.m. and at 6 p.m. at […]

Knockout

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This trio of Portales boys, left to right, Nathan Chavez, Peyton Chavez and Eduardo Banda, found time after school Monday to play a game of “Knockout” on a carport basketball goal on South Abilene. Temperatures were mild and springlike both Sunday and Monday but winds were high earlier in the day Monday.

Portales man dies in wreck

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old Portales man died in a two-vehicle accident Thursday evening, police said. Travis Freeman, a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his wife, died at the scene, according to State Police Lt. Ron Chavez. Jezika Shumate was listed in critical condition Friday afternoon at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Chavez said. […]

Portales man dies in car crash

Freedom New Mexico A 19-year-old Portales man died in a two-vehicle accident Thursday evening, police said. Travis Freeman, a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his wife, died at the scene, according to State Police Lt. Ron Chavez. Jezika Shumate was listed in critical condition Friday afternoon at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Chavez said. […]

2-1-08 Local Briefs

Woman hospitalized after accident An Albuquerque woman remained hospitalized in stable condition Thursday evening in Lubbock after a two-vehicle accident near St. Vrain, according to Senior Patrolman Ron Chavez of the State Police. Officers from the New Mexico State Police and local agencies responded around 2 p.m. to a head-on vehicle collision west of Clovis […]

Airmen extend advice to students

By Greg Allen: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — For nearly two dozen airmen here, their weekly regimen includes a regular return to junior high school. Not as students mind you, but for at least one hour a week, they serve as mentors to students at Yucca Middle School. The […]

Fort Sumner police officer arrested

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Fort Sumner police officer and his wife have been arrested on charges they conspired to take and trade a vehicle seized by the De Baca County Sheriff’s Department, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police. Robert Roybal and his wife MaryAnn Sanchez were arraigned Tuesday […]

Portales takes crown

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — Portales is once again championship central when it comes to Class 3A state volleyball. The Lady Rams defeated Las Vegas Robertson Saturday afternoon at the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Center in four games, to solidify and cement Portales’ state volleyball legacy in recent years. “(Our seniors) […]

Aide: Udall’s in race for Senate

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — U.S. Rep. Tom Udall has decided to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Pete Domenici, according to an aide. “He’s definitely running,” Tom Nagle, Udall’s chief of staff told The Associated Press. The congressman will make a formal announcement when he’s back […]

Ruidoso sweeps Portales for top seed

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Ruidoso Lady Warriors claimed District 4-3A’s top seed in Portales Saturday afternoon and left no doubt in sweeping the Lady Rams in three games 25-22, 25-15, 25-22. “(Our girls) are ecstatic. To come in here and win in three on their court — it’s just awesome,” Ruidoso head […]

Ruidoso outlasts Portales in five games

PNT Staff Report RUIDOSO — The lines are clearly drawn for District 4-3A volleyball. At the top are Ruidoso and Portales, while Lovington and Dexter battle for third place. Tuesday night, Portales faced off against the Lady Warriors in a battle of district unbeatens with sole possession of district first place on the line, and […]

Lady Rams deck Dexter

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales volleyball coach Ruth Chavez says her girls haven’t peaked yet, and at the midway point of the Lady Rams’ district schedule, she hopes they begin to play at their highest level as the state tournament approaches. The Lady Rams stayed undefeated in District 4-3A Thursday night at the […]

Lady Rams 2-0 in district, beat Lovington

PNT Staff Report Some good teams win despite sloppy play, while others win big district games on the road in a tough atmosphere. The Portales Lady Rams (14-8, 2-0) did both Tuesday night, beating the Lady Wildcats (6-11, 1-2) in three games at Lovington; 25-20, 25-18, 25-18. The Portales girls were coming off wins at […]

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 sweep Demons

PNT Staff Report Portales volleyball coach Ruth Chavez looks at the Lady Ram’s district schedule as a new season, and Tuesday night, the Portales girls started the second season with a strong win sweeping Dexter 25-12, 25-15, 25-16. “We look at the district season as kind of a second season,” Chavez said. “We kind of […]

Goddard girls sweep Lady Rams

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Lady Ram volleyball team gave Goddard two close games, but the Lady Rockets took both and dominated in the third game for a road sweep Tuesday night at Portales High. Scores were 28-26, 27-25, 25-12 in favor of Goddard. “(The problem) was the serve-receive,” said Portales coach Ruth […]

Lady Rams pushed to five games in win at Roswell

PNT Staff Report For their second consecutive match, the Lady Rams won another nail-biting five-game contest — this one was at Roswell High Tuesday night. The Portales girls won the decisive Game 5, 15-8. “I thought in Game 5, we just completely took control of the game,” Portales coach Ruth Chavez said. The scores were […]

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 […]

Goddard dispatches Lady Rams

PNT Staff Report The Portales Lady Rams visit to Roswell Tuesday night lasted about an hour, as the Goddard Lady Rockets quickly dispatched the Portales girls in three games, 25-9, 25-14, 25-9. “We just didn’t serve, receive or pass the ball,” Chavez said. “I think (Goddard) is better than us right now, but I don’t […]