Chavez’s antics shouldn’t be taken lightly

By Freedom Newspapers Despite the oppressive nature of his totalitarian government, Cuba’s Fidel Castro still gets a warm welcome in the United States by many American leftists. But as Castro fades, the revolutionary left needs a new hero — and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez apparently is fitting the bill. We couldn’t help but chuckle at […]

Lady Rams lose at home to fierce Roswell High

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Portales Lady Rams (8-5) continued their tour through District 4AAAA, losing at home to the Roswell Lady Coyotes (8-3) in four games Tuesday night; 25-15, 20-25, 25-17, and 25-15. “We just had a meltdown, it was horrible play tonight,” Portales head coach Ruth Chavez said. “There really wasn’t […]

Portales sweeps Hobbs to open season

PNT Staff The Portales volleyball team began their pursuit of a fifth state championship in seven years on the road Tuesday night by sweeping Hobbs 25-21, 25-11, 25-15. Portales coach Ruth Chavez liked her team’s effort against the Class 5A team. “Game One was a little shaky. The girls made some errors, and those led […]

Lady Ram opener tonight

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Ram volleyball team begins their quest for a fifth state championship in seven years tonight as they travel to Hobbs for their 2006 season opener. Portales hits the court with most of their defending class 3A state championship team intact. “We only lost two seniors to […]

Lady Ram volleyball reloads

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By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers In four years of playing volleyball at Portales High, recent graduates Megan Kabrick and Morgan Hill showed they had all the natural physical gifts to play the sport. In their second of two championships, a knock-down, drag-out battle with Pojoaque in the 2005 Class 3A title game, Kabrick and Hill […]

Gas prices expected to climb

Freedom Newspapers Area residents could see higher gas prices in the coming weeks, according to AAA New Mexico spokesperson Jeanie Chavez. The recent announcement that an Alaskan oil company has shut down in order to replace a corroded pipe line is the latest in a string of events that led to record gas prices in […]

La Casa celebrating 30th anniversary

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Numerous activities are planned for La Casa Family Health Center’s fourth annual Health Care Center Celebration held this year in conjunction with its 30th anniversary in Portales. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the center. The center is hosting the event during […]

Local volleyball teams ready for action

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Portales Lady Rams will have to overcome a heavy hit from graduation to top last year. Meantime, the Clovis Lady Wildcats are still striving for the blue trophy. Portales was pushed to five games by Pojoaque last November before nailing down its fourth Class 3A state volleyball title in […]

School supply programs sponsored

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Several local businesses and organizations are holding back-to-school supply programs and drives so that families and children in need can be prepared for the upcoming school year. Jeanette Chavez, the director of marketing and public affairs at La Casa Family Health Center, said La Casa is giving out backpacks full […]

June 24, 2006 Obituaries

Richard Dassero Services: None. Richard D. Dassero, 55, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Monday, June 19, 2006. He was born April 14, 1951, in Norfolk, Neb., and grew up in Colorado Springs. He attended Palmer High School and graduated from Colorado Technical University with a bachelor’s degree. A 20-year veteran of the Air Force, he […]

Youth summer track program hitting its stride in Portales

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer As she stood demonstrating to seven or eight pairs of watchful eyes on how to throw a shot put at the Portales High School track, 14-year-old Samantha Ochoa encouraged the girls to do a couple warm up throws so they could get the hang of it. “It’s okay just […]

Area Spanish spellers travel

By Tony Parra Three students from eastern New Mexico will face their fears of getting up in front of a big crowd Saturday as well as the best Spanish spellers in New Mexico. The New Mexico Spanish Spelling Bee competition is the ultimate goal for the student spellers who speak Spanish. The spelling bee is […]

911- Stay on the line

Courtesy 27th Security Forces Squadron Dialing 911 is the fastest way to receive emergency police, fire or medical assistance. But many still call 911 to ask non-emergency questions such as weather information or correct time. If you call 911 by mistake, stay on the line. Dispatchers treat all 911 calls — even hang-ups — as […]

Downtown street lights on the way

By Tony Parra New street lights down the sidewalk off of First Street in front of Portales City Hall and extending past the Doerr and Knudson attorney offices are in the near future for Portales. Jeremy Sturm, economic development director for the city, said during Tuesday’s city council meeting that light posts have been ordered […]

De Baca county names new sheriff

Staff Reports Mike Chavez, Fort Sumner’s chief of police, will be sworn in as sheriff of De Baca County on Dec. 30, De Baca County Commissioner Powhatan Carter III said Monday. De Baca County citizens voted to recall former Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 10 after a citizens group petitioned to remove him from office. […]

Lady Ram Kabrick nabs North/South All-Star slot

By Tony Parra Portales Lady Ram volleyball coach Ruth Chavez feels Megan Kabrick was the best volleyball player in Class 3A in 2005 and the New Mexico High School Coaches Association members felt strongly enough about her play to make her the only Class 3A player on the 2006 North/South 5A/4A/3A All-Star Volleyball Team. Kabrick […]

Kabrick signs with Angelo State

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer When newly-hired Angelo State coach Ruth Lawanson came to run a medium-sized volleyball camp during the summer at Portales High School, PHS senior Megan Kabrick felt it was a sign. Months later, sign is exactly what Kabrick did, as the four-year varsity member and two-time state champion put her […]

Losses help lead Portales on winning path

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer In high school volleyball, 22 wins say a lot about a team. In Portales’ case, three losses said just as much. After Portales survived five-game battles against St. Michael’s and Pojoaque to claim its fourth Class 3A title in six years, it could be said those three losses that […]

School board commends Lady Rams for state title

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales School District Board members and Randy Fowler, Portales superintendent, took their time during a school board meeting to congratulate the newly crowned 2005 Class 3A New Mexico State Volleyball champion Portales Lady Rams. Many of the girls were in attendance from the volleyball team which went 22-3 this […]

Lady Rams outlast St. Michael’s, advance to 3A volleyball finals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — It was a match so good that both teams cried. Portales won the first two games, nearly collapsed, then rallied in the fifth to defeat St. Michael’s 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 11-25, 16-14 on Friday at University of New Mexico’s Johnson Gym and advance to the finals of the […]