Bull riding off my bucket list

Staying aboard a 2,000-pound bovine for eight seconds. Yes sir, I can now scratch that one off my bucket list. OK, I wasn’t exactly aboard a raging bull in a rodeo arena, hell-bent on throwing me off his back. Instead it was a docile Texas Longhorn steer complete with a comfortable Western saddle. It was […]

Time for some GOP candidates to call it a day

Freedom New Mexico The TV networks declared Mitt Romney the winner in New Hampshire about five seconds after the polls closed, so commentators had to scramble to find something interesting to say the rest of the night. It wasn’t easy. Mr. Romney had been expected to win Tuesday’s GOP primary and did. Jon Huntsman tried […]

Rodeo spectators in for wild ride

Rodeo as a spectator sport has been growing in attendance. Maybe it is because it is live-action, close to home, reasonably priced and rated PG. NASCAR has a similar appeal. As rodeo moves into the ranks of other professional sports, you notice a consistency in the show. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association runs a tight […]

Seconds matter in team roping

Julie Bryant CLOVIS — In team roping, seconds can mean thousands of dollars to be won, or lost, and that was the case for more than 200 team ropers who made their way on Saturday to the Curry County Event Center to compete in the United States Team Roping Championships Southwest Regionals. Among them was […]

My turn: Tragedy turned into life lesson

Ten seconds… If it had taken Jo Laney’s husband of eight years, Tom, that much longer to buy coffee at a West Texas convenience store, he would be alive and Jo would not be in Portales. Under drizzly, darkening skies around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2004, Tom, 57, was headed home to Roanoke, Texas, […]

Food at the speed of life: Recipe may have you back for seconds

Joe Blair, a life-long Portales resident and World War II veteran, told me you can’t have just one bowl of his red beans. Here’s how Joe does it: • First, he doesn’t believe in soaking the beans. • Put 2 cups of beans in a pressure cooker with a 2-inch chunk of salt pork. Add […]

Feb. 16, 1982

The Ramettes basketball team beat the Clovis Lady Wildcats, asserting their winning record of 11-9. The victory was finally won when Sharon Gamble scored four points in the final 46 seconds to lift Portales to a 50-47 win.

Hounds earn tie with UT-PB

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Freedom New Mexico Twenty seconds away from victory, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team had to settle for a 2-2 double-overtime tie against Texas-Permian Basin Tuesday at the ENMU pitch. Sophomore midfielder Edgar Bear scored his first goal of the season and added an assist later for the Greyhounds (1-1-1), who played to […]

Pioneers Days Rodeo results

At Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, Clovis Bearback riding: 1. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash. 86; 2. Chauncey Kirby, Fort McDowell, Ariz. 83; 3. Forest Bramwell, Pagosa Springs, Colo. 80; 4/5. Tim Shirley, Conifer, Colo. and Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo. 79. Steer wrestling: 1. Tony Larson, Sheridan, Wyo. 3.9 seconds; 2/3. Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. and […]

Greyhounds fall in overtime

Freedom New Mexico TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Junior guard Ricky Branham hit a go-ahead 3-pointer early in overtime and Northeastern State pulled away for a 77-68 Lone Star Conference men’s crossover victory over Eastern New Mexico University Thursday night. The Greyhounds (2-6), losing their fifth game in a row, dug themselves out of a 17-point, first-half […]

Rams take 10th at state track

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Tyler Anderson has quietly provided a significant boost for the Portales boys track team this season. The junior, who transferred from Elida in the fall after finishing second in last year’s Class 1A state 100, scored 10 points in three events on Saturday to help the Rams to […]

Floyd girls fifth at state

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Sophomore Kelsi Gray placed in two individual events and the Floyd girls scored in three relays on Saturday as the Lady Broncos scored 26 points and tied Cliff for fifth place in the Class 1A state track meet at the University of New Mexico. Gray was third in long jump (15-9 […]

Hounds fare well at Albuquerque track meet

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s track team took multiple places in several field events in Saturday’s Don Kirby Memorial Invitational track meet, hosted by the University of New Mexico. No team scores were kept. Freshman Steven Aragon led a 2-3-4-5 Greyhounds finish in javelin, throwing 190 feet, 2 inches. Two-time […]

Lady Rams beat St. Mike’s in semifinals

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The butterflies in Tara Johnson’s stomach belied her confident approach. Johnson made two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, leading Portales into the girls Class 3A championship game for the seventh straight year as the Rams beat St. Michael’s 32-31 in the semifinals Thursday. “I was so nervous. […]

Elida Tigers advance to semifinals

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers RIO RANCHO — For most of Wednesday’s Class 1A boys state quarterfinal game, Elida played more like the No. 1 seed than did top-seeded Cliff. The Tigers, competing in a state tournament for the first time since 1983, showed that they may have been underappreciated coming in at No. 8. […]

Dora edges Springer at state

By Eric Butler; PNT correspondent RIO RANCHO — After Dora’s thrilling 55-54 victory over Springer in a Class 1A quarterfinal game, Coyote Kyler Smith said he had heard of a famous NBA moment when Dennis Johnson stole a pass and fed Larry Bird for a winning bucket. Maybe Smith was just doing his best D.J. […]

ENMU Men’s rodeo team wins competition

Senior Stetson Hererra finished first in the bareback riding and Ty Foster won the tie-down roping to lead the Eastern New Mexico University men’s rodeo team to a first place finish at the recent first-ever New Mexico College-High School Challenge Rodeo in Farmington. The women’s team turned in a fourth-place finish. Herrera won all three […]

Pair key ENMU rodeo

Freedom Newspapers VERNON, Texas — Senior Stetson Herrera tied for third in bareback riding and junior Cody Heck tied for fourth in steer wrestling, helping Eastern New Mexico University men’s team to a sixth-place finish with 143 1/3 points in last weekends Vernon College Rodeo. Herrera scored 148 points, including 73 in the short-go and […]

Floyd girls finish fifth in 1A

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — Senior Kelli Johnson earned a second runnerup finish on Saturday to help the Floyd Lady Broncos to a fifth-place team finish in Class 1A girls state track competition at the University of New Mexico. Johnson ran a time of 5:43.74 in the 1,600, a personal best by about three seconds, to […]

ENMU victorious, on to LSC tourney

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Freshman guard Joshua Jackson’s baseline jumper with 1.4 seconds left in overtime Saturday lifted Eastern New Mexico University past Midwestern State 84-82 in a battle for the Lone Star Conference South’s fourth and final berth in next week’s LSC tournament. The Greyhounds (12-15, 6-6 South) will travel Tuesday to […]