Pet finds place in columnist’s heart

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The way our society cares for animals, especially our pets, is maybe a sign we’ve become highly evolved. Or maybe we’re just crazy. I’m by no means an animal rights activist or anything like that. I grew up on a farm and I know where that hamburger came from. […]

Cannon airman slated for rugby tourney

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The grass feels soft on your face as you lay there peacefully, until, suddenly, someone’s cleat-covered foot slowly, but not gently, scrapes down your unprotected side, awakening you to the game you find yourself in. The game is rugby, and it’s […]

Program gives kids head start

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Every July, a sometimes empty schoolhouse on Sheldon Street in Clovis becomes busy as children from South Texas and surrounding areas migrate here with their families and attend preschool while their parents harvest crops. The Texas Migrant Council (TMC) Head Start offers a unique and fast-paced preschool program from July […]

New Portales girls basketball coach announced

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PNT Staff Report Clay Stout has been hired to replace Brenda Gomez as the Portales girls basketball head coach. Stout has 30 years experience in coaching high school basketball and was the basketball athletic director at Texico last year, as well as an assistant with the Lady Wolverines basketball team.

Daycare, educational facility looks to expand

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Councilors, during their regular meeting Tuesday, gave the go-ahead for Eastern Plains Head Start to expand its facility at 501 E. First St. onto adjacent city land currently being used as a park. EPHS plans on placing a modular building on the location and expand parking and […]

Portales native to take over at Rio Rancho

PNT Staff According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Portales native Michael Worley has been offered and accepted the position of head football coach at Rio Rancho High School. After leaving Portales, Worley served as defensive coordinator at Artesia for 12 years helping the Bulldogs win nine state championships in that period. Worley reportedly beat […]

Educator retires after more than 4 decades

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Since the beginning of her career with Head Start in 1965, Gloria Ortega, of Portales, has witnessed many changes in the preschool program, most for the better, a few for the worse, says the recently-retired educator. More children are coming from single parent homes, being raised by grandparents or […]

Coaching news tops Portales’ spring sports

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series about the year in sports locally. The birth of a new sports year in Roosevelt County began with the death of a local coaching legend, followed by the announcement of a new Zia basketball coach and a tennis state […]

Bulls can’t be cajoled into behaving

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist I withdrew my plastic-sleeved arm from the cow and looked back down the alley. It was empty but I could see into the big crowding pen where a large bull stood placidly. My teenage son and my neighbor’s teenage daughter stood behind him trying to push him toward the chute. […]

Elida basketball

The Elida boys and girls basketball teams participated in the Anton Invitational basketball tournament Thursday. The Elida boys (1-1) got their first win of the young season, beating the hosts of the tournament, Anton, Texas 60-52. “We had great hustle, great defense, and an overall good team effort. We got lots of kids into the […]

Struggling Hounds, Javelinas clash

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Richard Cundiff is about to end a 22-year run as a coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville, the last seven as the head coach. This season hasn’t gone the way he’d hoped, but he certainly has company in Eastern New Mexico University coach Mark Ribaudo. Kingsville, which won four consecutive Lone Star […]

Legends are born from wild bullock tales

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist “I’ve finally caught the wild bullock,” Marian told Dave over the phone. “Bring a big gun!” she said. It was a bright summer morning when Dave pulled into Marian’s stock farm in the northern part of New South Wales bush country. “He’s real nervous,” she explained. “He’s with the bull. […]

Ex-PHS assistant named head coach

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Former Portales High offensive coordinator Andy Correll has been hired to be the Rams’ new head football coach. A native of Knox City, Texas, Correll was chosen from seven candidates interviewed by the school. He was the offensive coordinator at PHS from 1999-2001, under outgoing head coach Glenn Johnson. […]

ENMU to announce women’s coach Monday

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University has scheduled a press conference Monday at Greyhound Arena to announce its new women’s head basketball coach. ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Friday three candidates were brought in this week for interviews, but he and other school officials declined to release names. The school announced the press conference […]

Woman offers to shave head for Relay For Life

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By William Thompson A Portales woman will shave her head Feb. 24 if she raises $500 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Greyhound Arena. Joan Brown, a math instructor at Eastern New Mexico University said she thought the possibility of shaving her head would raise big-time funds for cancer research. Brown has […]

Greyhound hoops squad set to begin

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University basketball teams are scheduled to begin practice at 7 p.m. today, the earliest starting time possible, at Greyhound Arena. Shawn Scanlan begins his sixth season as the men’s head coach while women’s coach Dan Buzard, who sat out last year with a cancerous brain tumor, returns for what will […]

Former ENMU player takes reins as baseball coach

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers After five years as an assistant coach for the Clovis baseball team, Brian Cronk has headed out on his own, taking the reins as head coach at Herschi High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Cronk has had many stops in his baseball journey, but the latest one will present his […]

Career on the mark for ENMU coach

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor In Mark Ribaudo’s office there are several different clues to untold stories — from family newspaper clippings to thank you letters from parents to framed photos of current and former players at Eastern New Mexico University. Another story lies about 15 feet away, in an office that belonged to former […]

Klafka leaving Zias

By Dave Wagner Dustin Klafka, who as acting head coach last season led the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team to a 13-14 record, has accepted an assistant coaching position at a junior college in his hometown of Levelland, Texas. An ENMU graduate, Klafka stepped in last year while head coach Dan Buzard was […]

No sense comments from the Black side

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist An Associated Press headline caught my attention: Crime rate falls, but prisons still full. Well, duh … where do you think the criminals are? Here are some more well, duh, comments: • “I train my horses with a 2-by-4, but they won’t let me touch their head.” • “We built […]