Carthel has new start in IFL

By Dave Wagner It’s been nearly 13 years since Don Carthel walked away from his last head football coaching position. The Friona native spent seven seasons (1985-91) at the helm of Eastern New Mexico University, compiling a 44-28-1 record with the Greyhounds. But with his two children growing up, he wanted to spend more time […]

Greyhounds survive at Midwestern State

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Jamaal Hunnicutt is starting to accept a preseason challenge by his coach to step up his game. Hunnicutt scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his latest solid effort as Eastern rallied from an eight-point deficit late in the second half and beat Midwestern State 79-76 on Thursday […]

South team will feature 3 Rams

Kevin Wilson It never really occurred to T.C. Nusser that he’d be following in his brother’s footsteps this summer. Three years after his brother Dusty played in the inaugural North-South 3A All-Star football game, T.C. now has his turn in the annual senior-only game. He’ll represent Ram football one final time and make friends out […]

Lady Rams lose third to Clovis

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — In a matchup between the Portales guards and the Clovis posts, it was a Clovis guard that helped make Tuesday’s game not much of a contest. Sophomore guard Tori Quintana had a game-high 16 points and seven assists, and the Lady ‘Cats took advantage of poor Portales shooting in the […]

American calendar system needs rethinking

Jim Lee Welcome to 2004. Are we ready to start another year of wondering which months have 30 days and which have 31? It seems easy when we say long and short alternate, starting with a long one. It’s a matter of 31, 30 and so on, right? Well, not quite. There is the matter […]

Dog saves owner’s life

Jack King By all accounts, Jenny was just a mutt. A little less than a year-old, black and brown, with floppy ears, a large head and big feet attached to a puppy’s body, she was rescued from the Clovis Animal Shelter. But John Samuel Kelm will always remember Jenny as a lifesaver. John Sam, a […]

New Mexico wetlands are more alive than you rhink

Jim Lee My wife Saundra suggested I write about the little-known wildlife native to the vast New Mexico wetlands. I suspect she offered this advice simply to hear the response of our friend who happens to be a retired biology professor and an expert in New Mexico wildlife. I won’t mention Dr. Tony Gennaro’s name, […]

Rams off to 2-0 start

Freedom Newspapers SHALLOWATER, Texas — For the second time in three seasons, the Portales Rams are in the championship game of the Shallowater Shootout. The Rams (2-0) won a pair of games on Thursday, beating Tulia 51-39 and host Shallowater 46-45. Portales will face Trinity Christian (Lubbock) at 7 p.m. (MST) tonight at Shallowater High […]

James Kratzer — Personalities Plus

James A. Kratzer has lived in Portales eight years. He is active with the Friends of the Library chapter for the Portales Public Library and enjoys reading, sports, bowling, cycling, volleyball and looking for books. What do you think about Portales? “I really like it here! Since I frequently moved around while with the United […]

ENMU News and Notes, Nov. 4

By Dave Wagner SINCE BUD ELLIOTT WAS unable to achieve the 200th win of his 36-year college coaching career against longtime conference power Texas A&M-Kingsville, getting it this week against rival West Texas A&M would be almost as satisfying. Elliott said Eastern New Mexico played pretty well in Saturday’s 44-26 Lone Star Conference South Division […]

Q&A: Greyhound football coach Bud Elliott

By Kevin Wilson Harold “Bud” Elliott is Greyhound football, and Greyhound football is Bud Elliott. Elliott is in season No. 10 with Eastern New Mexico University, at the tail-end of a career that has taken him through 36 years at numerous levels of college football. Elliott, 71, entered Saturday’s game at Texas A&M-Kingsville one win […]

Huskey has career finish

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By Dave Wagner Karissa Huskey had just finished running the race of her life, and she looked like she was ready to go again. Huskey placed fifth overall with a time of 23:44.6 over 6 kilometers to lead Eastern New Mexico University’s women to a fifth-place team finish in the Lone Star Conference cross country […]

Ex-Texico star not returning to Zias hoop team

Eric Butler By Eric Butler PNT Correspondent Jennifer Strebeck, who helped lead Texico to three straight state girls basketball championships, has decided to leave the Eastern New Mexico University program. A psychology major, the 5-foot-8 Strebeck was a backup guard for the Zias last year as a freshman. Eastern coach Dan Buzard said that Strebeck, […]

Portales fire chief to retire in spring

Mike Linn A few weeks before his first day as the Portales fire chief Steve Beaty dropped in at the fire station hoping his future employees could provide him directions around town. But instead of introducing himself as the new boss-to-be, Beaty just asked for the directions and “listened.” What he heard then makes him […]

Best to hang up his hat after 30 years

By Kevin Wilson In a sense, Wendell Best traded one set of children for another. Best, 70, recently retired from his post as the national director for the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association. He leaves behind 30 years of service to what he considers his extended family throughout high school rodeo. “When I decided […]

Wedding brings unexpected joy

Jim Lee Well, here it is the sixth of July. It doesn’t seem possible, does it? It’s hard to believe history has claimed half of the year 2003 already. A year sure goes by quickly when we’re having a good time. And I’m having a real good time this year. A highlight of the first […]

Tele-auction succeeds

Kevin Wilson Two weeks after the KENW Tele-auction, event organizers say the desired results were met — just like the 26 auctions before it. While exact figures are not yet calculated, tele-auction coordinator Sheryl Borden said the annual event brought in about $75,000 to 80,000 in net profits for the station. “I would say that […]

Dinosaurs once roamed near Clayton

Angela Peacock Less than a three-hour drive north of Clovis is one of the largest discovery of dinosaur tracks in the world. Clayton Lake State Park, located 12 miles north of Clayton, is home to more than 500 dinosaur tracks. The prehistoric footprints, which experts say were made more than 100 million years ago, were […]

Maypole a source of pride for PHS seniors

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By Angela Peacock Choosing a partner to waltz in circles while weaving pastel-colored ribbons in the sky has been a tradition at Portales High School for 76 years. Originally a simple winding of one pole, Portales’ Maypole celebration began in 1929 when dancing was prohibited at the school. Now it’s believed to be the longest […]

Mother’s joy played out in son

Joan Clayton “Guess what Mom? He followed me all the way home from school. Isn’t he cute? Can I keep him Mom? He won’t eat very much, and I really promise, I’ll be the one who feeds him!” “You know what Mom? You’re the best Mom in the whole world. Will you marry me when […]