Portales Past: July 15, 1950

July 15, 1950: Two area residents were unsure what to do with a discovery they made hunting arrowheads northeast of Portales. Oscar Shay and Jim Warnica found what they believed to be an 8-foot elephant tusk buried in the sand at Blackwater Draw. Archaeologists were notified because the men were concerned they could destroy the […]

Roping event grows

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Four things draw ropers to Clovis’ Joe’s Boot Shop calf roping event: • Good prize money • Comfort • Fresh calves • A well organized competition The event has quickly grown into the largest calf roping event in the country, according to Chris Weber, drawing participants from across the […]

Offense dominates in ENMU scrimmage

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — The Greyhounds coaching staff didn’t like the sight of the offense scoring at will Saturday morning. So they made the defense watch the same thing. Saturday marked a win for the offense in the final Eastern New Mexico University football scrimmage before the upcoming Green and […]

Tough questions during pay review

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Should military pilots who have been reassigned from cockpits to ground-based computer consoles to fly remotely piloted vehicles continue to draw the same flight pay as pilots who still fly jets and helicopters? Should reserve component personnel on lengthy overseas assignments in locales like Germany continue to draw the same […]

Concept of giving not lost on farm

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The week before Christmas the farmer announced to the animals that he would not be giving them the traditional cheese and sausage box. The pig was relieved. The farmers suggested instead they should draw names. “Does that include non-domesticated animals, too?” asked the armadillo. “Yes, But only warm-blooded,” was the […]

Blackwater Draw museum closing for winter break

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Blackwater Draw Museum will close for winter break from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 10 a.m. Jan. 4. The museum is on U.S. 70 approximately 7 miles north of Portales near Greyhound Stadium. Information: Matt Hillsman at 562-2202.

Hounds pull out late win in finale

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — Name a college, take away their most prolific passer in school history, give them a deficit and it’s probably a disaster. It very well could have been for Eastern New Mexico, had Wes Wood not been waiting in the wings. Wood, a 6-foot-1, 155-pound freshman gunslinger, […]

No. 13 Tarleton State rallies past Hounds

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — Having outscored their opponents by a 77-8 clip coming into Saturday, Tarleton State has earned a reputation as a third-quarter team. Against a depleted Eastern New Mexico squad, the Texans proved to be a pretty good fourth-quarter team as well. The 13th-ranked Texans scored 23 unanswered […]

Angelo State smothers Hounds

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — With homecoming upon it, Eastern New Mexico suffered a power outage. Visiting Angelo State held the Greyhounds’ high-powered offense scoreless until late in the third quarter, and salted the game away with a pair of defensive touchdowns in the fourth period for a 47-23 victory Saturday […]

Dominoes championships draw contestants to Texico

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Plenty of versions of dominoes may exist around the world as evidenced by the 25 kinds of games listed on one Web site. But in the corner occupied by states such as New Mexico and Texas, the variety often favored resembles a card game. It’s called 42, or Texas […]