Lady Rams edge Roswell High in five-game match

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams went the distance Tuesday night against the Roswell Lady Coyotes and came out on top in five games at the Portales gymnasium: 25-16, 13-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-8. After the visitors opened the tiebreaker with two straight points, the Lady Rams scored eight consecutive points to […]

Portales opens with sweep of Hobbs

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams volleyball team began the 2007 season with a three-game sweep of the Hobbs Lady Eagles at the Portales High School gymnasium Tuesday night. “I think it was a good start; we got all of our nerves out,” senior Bethany Self said. “We were just trying […]

Celebrity touts dictator, country

Editorial It would be fascinating if not so dismaying that so many of our celebrities who believe that being actors or singers means we should care what they think about world affairs have such poor taste in foreign leaders. Earlier this month aging bad-boy actor Sean Penn traveled to Venezuela, exulted that he had discovered […]

Lady Rams look to upcoming season

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Ram volleyball team wasn’t happy with their semifinal exit from the state playoffs last season, and despite some key losses, they seem ready to stake their claim as one of the best in the state once again. The Lady Rams are in the middle of a […]

Cordova bats Zia past Roosevelt County

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Leave it to the girl on the team to save the day. Trailing 4-3 and down to its final out, Zia’s Niki Cordova blasted a first-pitch, three-run double to the center field fence in the top of the sixth to lift the Clovis squad past Roosevelt County 6-4 […]

Roosevelt no-hits Quay 11-12 year olds

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Reyes Chavez pitched a five-inning no-hitter and got home run support from Will Murdock and Reyes Chavez Tuesday night as Roosevelt County beat Quay County 10-0 in an elimination game of the District 3 Little League 11-12 year old tournament at Dickenson Field. Chavez recorded nine strikeouts and […]

Elida quarterfinal comeback spells defeat for Questa

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent LOS LUNAS — Despite scoring runs at an average of more than one per inning, there was a time on Wednesday when things didn’t look so good for Elida in the Class 1A state baseball quarterfinals. But the Tigers rebounded from a three-run deficit and moved into today’s semis with […]

ENMU graduates take final step

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor One was looking for a voice and found it at Eastern New Mexico University. Another became the voice of ENMU. Paul Hahn and Betsy Chavez represent two different ends of the spectrum for the 368 students who graduated from the college Saturday morning. Hahn, who first came to ENMU […]

Students find, become voices at ENMU

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers One was looking for a voice and found it at Eastern New Mexico University. Another became the voice of ENMU. Paul Hahn and Betsy Chavez represent two different ends of the spectrum for the 368 students who graduated from the college Saturday morning. Hahn, who first came to ENMU in […]

Totalitarian government begins with baby steps

Editorial Nothing else has turned a majority of Venezuelans against dictator-in-making Hugo Chavez; maybe his Easter Week booze ban will do the trick. Chavez recently won re-election, despite a string of policy shifts that are moving the country in the direction of a Cuban-style dictatorship, with Chavez reprising the role of Fidel Castro. He’s nationalized […]

Dictatorship won’t help social improvement plan

Editorial The Venezuelan National Assembly confirmed what has been in the works for more than a month: President Hugo Chavez, an avowed socialist who sees Cuban dictator Fidel Castro as his role model, has been handed virtually unlimited power to rule by decree for the next 18 months. This new era of what Chavez calls […]

Legal office faces possible closure

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Lucy Lopez has spent 29 years guiding Curry County’s low-income residents through the legal system maze. But now the Clovis paralegal’s job is in peril. The New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis where Lopez works is being recommended for closure. “We are needed (in Curry County),” Lopez said. “Some […]

Socialist leaders have propensity to become dictators

Editorial Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s recent strong-arm moves illustrate a couple of truths we’re weary of seeing illustrated. The first is that those who proclaim themselves socialists — avatars of “the people” and battlers for the underprivileged — all too soon end up taking the maximum possible power unto themselves, to the point of becoming […]

Civil rights leaders must be remembered

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer My sister Julie jokes that the national holiday on Jan. 15 is in honor of her birthday. Sorry Julie! Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it falls on Monday this year, the date of the legal observance. Since 1986, the United States has rightfully honored King, […]

Lady Rams roll

Freedom Newspapers The Portales Lady Rams capped off a dominating run through District 4-3A volleyball Thursday night beating Lovington on the road in three games: 25-16, 25-17, 25-10 to finish district at a perfect 6-0. “It was a little sluggish of a game, because it was kind of quiet,” Chavez said. “It just didn’t seem […]

Lady Rams rolling

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer As the November postseason approaches, the defending class 3A state volleyball champs are headed for familiar territory. The Portales Lady Rams clinched the top seed in the District 4-3A volleyball tournament by beating Ruidoso in four games at Portales Tuesday evening, 25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20. Portales head coach Ruth […]

Portales punishes Lovington

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Portales Lady Rams took another step toward defending their class AAA state championship Tuesday night in a three game victory over Lovington at home, 25-11, 25-11, 25-16. Portales head coach Ruth Chavez said it was a total performance by the Lady Rams. “I thought they played well, because […]

Clovis to take on Cibola

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By Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers Judge Chavez spent more than half of his 28 years of coaching at Highland High School. Chavez said he has fond memories and worked with tremendous players while at the Highland helm. With numbers on the decline at Highland, however, Chavez decided in the spring to take the Cibola job […]

Lady Rams deal defeat to Dexter

By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer Dexter Lady Demons, welcome to New Mexico District 4-AAA volleyball. The Portales Lady Rams dominated in winning their district opener against group newcomer Dexter, Tuesday night at Portales High School three games to zero, 25-11, 25-16 and 25-12, in a match that lasted just 42 minutes. “We didn’t really […]

Portales sweeps West Las Vegas in pre-district tuneup

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams seem to be peaking at just the right time, as District 4-3A play looms. The Lady Rams swept the West Las Vegas Lady Dons in three games in a rare afternoon match at Portales High School, Thursday; 25-19, 25-20 and 25-23. Portales head coach Ruth […]