Ruidoso tops Portales for third place in Roswell tourney

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent ROSWELL — If it’s true that the third-place match at the Zia Classic volleyball tournament might be a preview of things to come, it could be one wacky battle between Portales and Ruidoso for the District 4-3A crown this season. The district rivals, each playing their second contest of the […]

Jury selection on schedule in death penalty case

PNT Staff Report Jury selection is still on schedule in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. So far, District […]

May 13, 2007 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Chad Messick, 29, of Ruidoso and Kendra K. Wall, 27, of Portales. • Thomas C. Nash, 21, of Portales and Erica N. Ramos, 18, of Jal. • Dan L. Greathouse, 50 and Kathleen F. Donalson, 40, both of Portales. • Samuel J. […]

Split enough to give Rams district title

Freedom Newspapers RUIDOSO — Portales needed a split to win the District 4-3A title. After coming up on the short end of a 43-run slugfest in the opener, the Rams rode the steady pitching of senior right-hander Phillip Danbom to a 13-5 win over Ruidoso Friday in the nightcap to wrap up the district title. […]

Portales tennis team dominates Ruidoso

PNT Staff RUIDOSO — The Portales Lady Rams followed a dominating performance against St. Michael’s earlier this week with a similar crushing of Ruidoso in District 4-3A action Friday, beating the Lady Warriors 8-1. “We played very well,” Lady Rams coach Michelle Wallis said. “It was a very valuable win for us.” Portales’ supremacy showed […]

Wind-blown Lady Rams win two

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Lady Rams battled the Ruidoso Warriors and an angry southeastern New Mexico wind Tuesday afternoon at the Portales softball field and whipped them both. Senior second baseman Amanda Terry went a combined 7-of-8 from the plate in the District 4-3A opening doubleheader leading the Portales offense to a […]

Lady Rams advance to semis

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams knew they could beat District 4-3A rival Ruidoso — heck, they’d already done it three times this season by double-figure margins. The fourth one, in a Class 3A state quarterfinal game on Tuesday at The Pit, came a little harder before the defending champions […]

Portales heading to quarters

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Lady Rams used long-range shooting and stifling defense to punch their ticket to a 25th consecutive Class 3A state quarterfinals appearance. Senior shooting guard Briana Hernandez poured in 23 points, including six 3-pointers, as the defending state champions overwhelmed Cobre 74-31 in a first-round game of the […]

Portales snares 4-3A title

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Lady Rams rode a potent first-quarter offensive attack to a 69-48 victory over Ruidoso and wrapped up the District 4-3A championship Friday at Ram gym. The win assures the defending state champion Lady Rams (16-9) of hosting a home game next week in the first round of […]

Lady Rams ‘ready’ for Ruidoso

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Only a handful of games separate the Portales Lady Rams from their goal of repeating as New Mexico Class 3A girls basketball champions. Having already clinched a berth in the state tournament, the Lady Rams host the Ruidoso Lady Warriors tonight with a District 4-3A championship on the line. […]

Rams victorious in Ruidoso

PNT Staff Writer RUIDOSO—The Portales Rams beat the Ruidoso Warriors four out of five times last season. Saturday night, the Portales boys continued that trend with a 60-46 district win in the mountains. “Offensively we did a good job,” Portales head coach Mark Gallegos said. “We didn’t have the same kind of defensive intensity that […]

Rams open district with hard fought win

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Nobody said it was going to be easy. Tuesday night, the Portales Rams began defense of their District 4-3A championship with a hard fought 49-43 victory over the New Mexico Military Institute Colts at Portales High School. The Colts finished last season in last place in District 4-3A, but Portales […]

Ruidoso stuns Lady Rams

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By Mickey Winfield: CNJ staff writer David marched right into the heart of the enemy, raised her sling shot — took aim, and fired a deadly shot right between the eyes of Goliath, Saturday night at the Portales High School gymnasium. The Portales girls won both matches against Ruidoso during the district regular season, going […]

Portales receives 7th seed

PNT Staff Report The District 4-3A champion Portales Rams were given the seventh seed Saturday in the state football playoffs and will host Cobre at 7 p.m. Friday. The lower seeding in a four district conference came as a bit of a surprise to both Ram Coach Andy Correll and Portales Athletic Director Don Gomez. […]

Rams rush past Ruidoso

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers The Portales Rams grabbed the lead early, and rushed their way to a district-opening win Friday night at Greyhound Stadium, 27-7 over Ruidoso. Portales gained 314 yards on the ground, including 121 yards and two touchdowns from senior running back Cruz Ontiveros. “We executed at a level that we know […]

Rams ready for Ruidoso

By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer Nevermind that this is Andy Correll’s first season as head football coach at Portales. Or that the Rams are entering district play this week with a junior quarterback having thrown four interceptions last week in a 25-0 loss at Roswell High. Put all that aside for a moment. If […]

Lady Rams rolling

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer As the November postseason approaches, the defending class 3A state volleyball champs are headed for familiar territory. The Portales Lady Rams clinched the top seed in the District 4-3A volleyball tournament by beating Ruidoso in four games at Portales Tuesday evening, 25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20. Portales head coach Ruth […]

Day Trip: Cowboy Symposium

Freedom Newspapers The 17th annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso will take place Friday through Oct.15 in Ruidoso Downs. According to Jim Kofakis, special events and fund-raising coordinator for the Hubbard Museum of the American West, a few Ruidoso residents started the event 17 years ago. The Hubbard Museum and Ruidoso Downs Race Track […]

Day Trip: Ruidoso Downs Racetrack

“And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more gambling fun […]

Billy the Kid Scenic Byway offers daytrip through the old Wild West

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Compiled By Paula M. Cronic: Freedom Newspapers For anyone seeking out a historical adventure and a day of exploring the area that old Wild, Wild West outlaws called their own, The Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway is a perfect experience. Starting in Ruidoso Downs, the byway travels through Fort Stanton and Capitan, into the […]