Texico teacher to run for District 9 seat

Freedom Newspapers A high school teacher from Texico, Dennis J. Roch, has announced his candidacy for the District 9 seat on the Public Education Commission. The new board replaces what was previously known as the State Board of Education. The Public Education Commission was formed in September after voters approved Constitutional Amendment 1 in a […]

Alternative punishment changes lives

Mike Linn For almost 30 years Terry Hileman described himself as a casual substance abuser, someone who would raise cheers with friends and co-workers in area taverns on the weekends. But two years ago, after the 48-year-old Albuquerque resident was arrested for his third DUI, he began to reevaluate that description of himself. On that […]

Lady Rams regrouped to win state

Kevin Wilson Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of 2003’s top 10 sports stories in the Portales News-Tribune. Stories No. 10 and No. 9 ran on Tuesday, while stories No. 8 and No. 7 ran on Wednesday. One story will follow in each issue until the top story on Jan. 1. Pilar […]

Dora boys’ home streak extended to 23

Kevin Wilson The Dora boys basketball team has done a lot of things over the last few seasons: won a Class 1A championship, ended a 30-year EPAC title drought and they have a former player (Matt Carpenter) playing for the Eastern New Mexico men’s team. There is something the Coyotes haven’t done lately, though — […]

District 4-3A football teams chosen

Freedom Newspapers Ram offensive players made up a bulk of Portales’ selections to the All-District 4-3A team, released this weekend by district officials. Portales (3-7, 1-2 district), which finished the season third in district, had seven first-team selections. Of those seven, four played on the offensive side — quarterback Seth Clabaugh, fullback Cole Parrish, receiver […]

Elida teams looking to fill holes

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By Kevin Wilson Any team that wants to unseat Class 1A girls champion Des Moines has a tough task ahead of it. Elida coach Dan Howard knows that, but he’s also got enough respect for the District 3-1A opponents to know that the Lady Tigers will be hard-pressed just to reach their third state tournament […]

D.A. Carter seeks funding, office space

Mike Linn The Roosevelt County District Attorney’s Office has been so cramped for space that at one point employees there used an area near the kitchen sink to file their cases. A similar shortage of personnel and funds for the district attorney’s office are allowing criminals, especially drug offenders, to receive light sentences and thus […]

Tatum sweeps Elida in 1A quarterfinals

By Eric Butler ROSWELL — Elida was making its first trip to the state volleyball tournament in 13 years and it showed. With the Lady Tigers battling nervousness early, Tatum got out of the gate quickly en route to 25-9, 25-20, 25-23 victory Thursday in the first round of the Class 1A tournament at Goddard […]

Lady Tigers to face Tatum in first round

Tony Parra The Elida Lady Tigers are already one step closer to a Class 1A state volleyball title than they were last year. The Lady Tigers meet Tatum Lady Coyotes in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Roswell Goddard gymnasium. Tatum is the District 8-1A regular-season and tournament champion. […]

Elida may face Vixens again

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer tony_parra@link.freedom.com FORT SUMNER — The Elida Lady Tigers and Fort Sumner Vixens are looking at a possible fourth matchup this season when they compete this weekend in the Class 1A Region B volleyball tournament. The teams split their District 3-1A regular-season matches, necessitating a playoff last […]

Rams’ game changed to earlier time

Kevin Wilson Whether The Portales volleyball team makes the state tournament or gets eliminated on Saturday is still up in the air. But everybody will know three hours earlier now. The New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body of state high school athletics, wanted Portales’ regional championship match against Grants to start at 4 p.m. […]

Lack of personnel at D.A. office causes concern

Mike Linn Local law enforcement officials say they are concerned about a perceived shortage of personnel at the Roosevelt County District Attorney’s Office. Officers say they sometimes have to act as attorneys when prosecuting crimes such as shoplifting and disorderly conduct. In an effort to seek remedy, police officials and members of the local Crime […]

Portales volleyball team wins district title

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By Kevin Wilson Volleyball is a game of momentum — enough momentum to decide whether Erika Cook has a championship-winning kill off the hands of Jesika Jameson, or if it’s the other way around. It’s a game of joy — enough joy that a quick set can make a sophomore lose track of the fact […]

Lady Tigers play ‘waiting game’

Kevin Wilson Safe at home While the rest of District 3-1A battles it out, Elida is playing the waiting game. But that doesn’t mean the Lady Tigers are relaxing. “We’re working harder this week than we’ve worked in a long time,” Elida coach Darrell Chenault said. “We’re doing a lot of conditioning and going back […]

Ram turnovers prove costly

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By Kevin Wilson RUIDOSO — Like a football on a fumbled handoff or an intercepted pass, a chance for a second-straight District 4-3A title has very nearly slipped out of the collective grasp of the Portales Rams. Portales’ district opener saw turnovers by both teams in the first half, but the host Warriors held onto […]

Lady Rams clinch top seed

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By Kevin Wilson Two down, one to go. For the Portales volleyball team, it’s not one season. It’s three. There is the pre-district schedule, the district season, and there’s the playoffs. The Lady Rams ended season one with a 6-10 record last week and ended season two on Thursday with a 25-22, 27-25, 25-21 sweep […]

Rams forfeit two victories

Tony Parra The Portales Rams had to forfeit their first two games of the football season on Wednesday — wins over West Las Vegas and Tularosa — due to the use of an ineligible player. “There was a mixup in the residency of one of our players,” Portales coach Glenn Johnson said. “It’s been cleared […]

Melrose slips by Dora

Tony Parra DORA — A two-game deficit was too much for the Dora Lady Coyotes as Melrose escaped with a 25-21, 25-23, 19-25, 11-25, 15-13 victory Tuesday in a District 3-1A matchup. “We played really hard,” Dora coach Myra Skinner said. “We passed the ball well and we played real aggressive. We didn’t let anything […]

Floyd feels like home to Elida

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By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — It’s safe to say the Elida High volleyball team is more than comfortable playing at Floyd High School. Unfortunately for the host Lady Broncos, Elida needed only four games to prove just that. The visiting Lady Tigers got their second District 3-1A win Thursday night, beating Floyd 25-15, 25-14, 22-25, […]

Clovis man faces first of five rape charges today

PNT Staff A Clovis man is scheduled to go to trial today in Portales to defend the first of five rape charges against him. The allegations stem from incidents that occurred over a three-year span. John Jacobs is charged with criminal sexual penetration and tampering with evidence in today’s case, charges that hold a maximum […]