Regents OK Natatorium renovation plans

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A $1.5 million renovation of Eastern New Mexico University’s natatorium received formal approval Friday from the board of regents at their regular meeting. Scott Smart, vice president for Business Affairs at ENMU, told regents an inadequate heating and cooling system installed when it was built in 1958 has resulted […]

Portales girls start Lubbock tourney with two wins

PNT Staff Report The Portales Sun Devils 10-and-under girls fast-pitch softball team won their first two games in pool play at the Regional softball tournament in Lubbock and earned a bye in the first round of bracket play. The Sun Devils beat the Hobbs Rangers 16-3 late Friday night in the first game of pool […]

Children shouldn’t be rushed into activities too soon

Anita Doberman It’s the first day of swimming lessons. In my house, the commotion starts at 6 a.m., when my three older girls wake up ready to go, never mind that lessons don’t start for another three hours. They can’t contain their excitement and demand to put on their bathing suits immediately. “No,” my 4-year-old […]

Summer is a time to sink or swim

It’s the first day of swimming lessons. In my house, the commotion starts at 6 a.m., when my three older girls wake up ready to go, never mind that lessons don’t start for another three hours. They can’t contain their excitement and demand to put on their bathing suits immediately. “No,” my 4-year-old yells, holding […]

Portales pool opens today

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Pool patrons are sure to notice a few changes as they get ready to dive in at the local swimming hole this summer. With school letting out at noon today, the pool officially opens an hour later at 1 p.m. Phase I of renovations at the pool […]

Daylight-saving time kicks into action

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Some people love it, others hate it. Either way daylight-saving time arrived early this year thanks to a law signed by President Bush in 2005. Officially the change should have been made at 2 a.m. this morning — local time. “It’s good for our business,” Portales Country Club pro […]

Lady Rams get slow start in state pool play

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams finished sixth in Pool A on Wednesday in the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at Tingley Coliseum with a 3-7 record in games. The Lady Rams will play a first-round bracket match at 9:45 a.m. today against Laguna-Acoma, which finished third in Pool B. Portales (14-6) split […]

Elida splits in pool play at state

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Elida Lady Tigers dropped a couple of games in Class 1A state volleyball pool play on Wednesday at Del Norte H.S., but still earned the top seed from Pool B heading into today’s quarterfinal round. Elida, which brings a 20-0 record into bracket play, went 4-2 in games to tie […]

Memorializing Mireya

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer She loved lipstick, Bratz dolls and sunglasses. She voluntarily completed household chores. She loved to help others. Family and friends of 7-year-old Mireya Zapata Rascon shared stories about her too-short life on Saturday, mostly remembering her smile and charisma. “She was very vibrant, very electrifying. There was never a […]

Youth splash at Kiwanis swim meet

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Local children and teens competed in an annual swim meet sponsored by the Portales Kiwanis Club at the Portales City Pool Wednesday afternoon. The event also included a coin diving competition and a watermelon picnic. Nearly 100 participants took part in the event, according to Bill Wood, a member […]

June 4, 2006 AAU tournament scores/schedules

Freedom Newspapers State AAU girls tournament At Clovis Friday’s pool play 10-and-under Pool A Clovis Wildcats 26, Lea County Flames (Hobbs) 0; Navajo Nation (Gallup) 19, Zias (Portales) 13; Clovis Wildcats 37, Eastern New Mexico Pride (Texico-Clovis-Portales) 4; Zias 20, Lea County Flames 11; Navajo Nation 44, Eastern New Mexico Pride 7. 11-and-under Pool B […]

Clovis, Portales gain semifinals

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Cade Wheeler didn’t get off to the kind of start on Friday that he’d hoped for on the mound. Leave it to an older hand to help him get on track. Wheeler, who will be a senior at Clovis High in the fall, was touched up for three […]

Safety major concern at public pools

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By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Public swimming pools are a hot spot for children to spend their summer days. Safeguards, including lifeguards and fences, border the area, but the element of danger is never far away. Rough play, falling, stubbed toes and novice swimmers venturing into water over their heads are some of the more […]

Portales getting set to remodel swimming hole

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Plans to renovate the Portales Municipal Pool are under way with the money received from the 2006 New Mexico Legislature. With even more money than what was requested, the plans are substantial. The aging of the almost 40-year-old pool has become a real problem. Passing Environmental Improvement Division examination […]

Pool opens, offers splashing good summertime fun

Cannon’s Liberty swimming pool opens Saturday for a summer season of water fun. The pool will be open noon to 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Janet Taylor-Birkey The days of summer may not be as lazy as they were a few generations ago, but many people still […]

Everybody in the pool! It’s time for March Madness

Staff and wire reports Every year about this time, Eddie Gontram’s architecture firm becomes one of the most popular in the country. Hundreds of people he doesn’t know — and probably will never meet — check out his Web site, eagerly awaiting the latest news. And we’re not talking about blueprints for that new day […]

PHS girls advance in pool play

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Portales in Class 3A and Texico in Class 2A captured first place in state volleyball tournament pool-play competition on Wednesday, setting up today’s eight-team bracket quarterfinals. At La Cueva High School, Portales swept all six of its games — two games to 15 against three pool opponents — to earn the […]

Portales has target on its back

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With the No. 1 seed, a 10-match winning streak and an undefeated record against Class 3A, there’s no denying that Portales has the target on its back coming into the Class 3A state volleyball tournament in Albuquerque. Though the answers might be different in some ways, it seems that […]

Football team earns No. 11 seed

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Albeit with an expanded field, the Portales Rams are again a playoff team after a two-year drought. Despite losing their final eight games of the season, the Rams (2-8) earned the No. 11 seed in Class 3A and will face Raton in a 7 p.m. Friday game at Tiger […]

Lady Rams struggle at Clovis Invitational

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Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent If the Clovis High volleyball team can become as consistent as Kim Perkins’ serve, this just might be a pretty good year for the Wildcats. Clovis and Portales were among 16 teams in the field when the annual Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament began on Friday. The host ‘Cats won their four-team […]