Clovis man found guilty of murder

Marlena Hartz and Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The man Cindy Gallegos holds accountable for her brother’s death was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday afternoon. Minutes after the verdict was announced, Gallegos, triumphant, said justice prevailed. “I feel somewhat relieved,” she said outside the courtroom, “but it doesn’t bring him back.” A Curry County […]

Locals compete in Junior PGA event

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Jordan Moore is getting ready for a big change next year. After several seasons in the background, the Clovis High senior-to-be will assume a leadership role in the Wildcats’ golf program with the graduation of five-year standouts Travis Reid and Guillermo Chavez. Moore had a good idea of the difference […]

We hold soft spots in our hearts for long shots

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I have been to the Kentucky Derby. That was years ago. Alysheba won. I read the book Sea Biscuit. I’ve been to several racetracks and bet on many a horse. But, I usually place the safe bet — $2 on the favorite. If I had attended the 2005 Kentucky Derby […]

Goddard sweeps Portales tennis squads

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Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers Injuries and tiebreakers proved harmful to the Portales tennis teams, who dropped a pair of home duals against Roswell Goddard. The girls lost a 6-3 decision, while the boys fell 7-2 to the Rockets. The Portales girls drop to 12-3 on the season, while the boys are now 8-7. Portales coach […]

Tennis teams beaten at Ruidoso

PNT Staff RUIDOSO — Ruidoso swept District 4-3A tennis duals from Portales on Tuesday, winning the girls matchup 8-1 and the boys dual 7-2. The Lady Rams (9-2 in duals) played shorthanded, with only four girls participating. They defaulted at Nos. 5 and 6 singles and at No. 3 doubles. Portales’ only win came at […]

Rams tied for seventh in golf event

PNT Staff ROSWELL — Senior Trevor Ferguson shot 38-39 — 77 to lead Portales High in the first day of the Roswell ISD Invitational golf tournament on Monday. Portales shot a four-man score of 323 at the NMMI golf course and is tied with Roswell High for seventh place in a 16-team field. Meantime, the […]

Shootings resonate with officers

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By David Irvin Three Clovis police officers involved in shooting a murder suspect this week will probably be back at work this weekend or by Monday at the latest, Chief Bill Carey said. Officials said Officers Roger Dial and Mike Harmer and Agent Robbie Telles all discharged their weapons when Jerry Fuller approached them in […]

Cause of death not yet released

By Kevin Wilson Funeral services for Odis and Doris Newman are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, but information about how they died remained limited on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a man accused of killing the longtime Portales residents was still in a Lubbock hospital after he was shot by police attempting to arrest him. The condition of […]

Four suspects caught

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By Kevin Wilson Five days after Roosevelt County officials discovered two bodies in the trunk of a burned car, law-enforcement officials shot a man they believe was involved in the slayings. Officials said Jerry Fuller, 32, of Portales, was in critical condition late Tuesday night at Lubbock’s Covenant hospital after police shot him at least […]

Newman case: Four in custody; one shot

PNT Staff Four suspects are in custody, including one who was shot by police, in connection with last week’s suspicious deaths in Portales, officials said on Tuesday morning. A news release from District Attorney Matthew Chandler said a press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. today. Additional information was not immediately available. Portales residents Odis […]

‘Believe’ crew wraps it up for local filming

At 12:17 a.m. on Thursday, First Assistant Director David Cluck called, “That’s a wrap!” for the last time on “Believe In Me.” Six weeks before, in Ned Houk Park just north of Clovis, we took our first shot of the picture as lead actor Jeff Donovan climbed into the blue pickup that would serve as […]

Portales sweeps district golf titles

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Behind medalist performances from Kevin Welch and Cassidy Merrick, the Portales golf teams swept titles in Tuesday’s District 4-1/3A meet at New Mexico Military Institute. Welch shot a 68, helping the Rams post a team score of 301 for a narrow win over the host Colts (303) and Lovington (307). “They […]

Rams split with NMMI on the road

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Ivan Morales scored on a Reid Marley squeeze bunt with one out in the eighth inning, giving the New Mexico Military Institute Colts a 14-13 win in the nightcap of Tuesday’s District 4-3A baseball doubleheader. Portales (15-7, 7-3) won the first game 5-3, and is still in position to win the […]

Portales tennis dominates Clovis

Freedom Newspapers Outside of Patricia Gallegos and Andrea Curry, Portales blanked Clovis in a boys and girls dual meet Thursday at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Complex. Gallegos downed Hailey Quick 6-4, 6-2 in No. 1 singles while Curry needed a pair of tiebreakers to beat Rachelle Self 7-6, 6-4 in the No. 2 singles match. […]

La Cueva girls win at Clovis

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — No one individual dominated the girls division of Friday’s Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium, and that suited La Cueva coach Jim Ciccarello just fine. The Lady Bears spread the points around and had more than enough to successfully defend their team title, rolling up 104 1/2 points to 70 […]

Greyhounds drop home game to Lubbock Christian

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By Kevin Wilson Lubbock Christian’s win could have been easily chalked up to a career day for Zach Barnard. Eastern New Mexico coach Phil Clabaugh chooses inexperience instead. Barnard, a sophomore designated hitter, went 3-for-4 with three homers and eight RBIs, leading a Chaparral team that capitalized on ENMU mistakes Tuesday and left Greyhound Field […]

Portales tennis teams cruise past Hereford

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Portales High boys and girls tennis teams pushed their records to 7-2 overall Monday, taking a pair of 9-0 wins against Hereford. The matches were part of a three-team set previously scheduled for Feb. 13-14, but were delayed due to inclement weather. Portales will finish the series at 3 p.m. […]

Rams end game “one jump shot away”

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By Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Military Institute Colts were just happy to finish off Friday night with a 3-0 district mark. The Portales Rams were disappointed to finish off 0-for-12. The host Rams and the visiting Colts were both held to season lows, but the Colts survived an abysmal shooting night thanks to a […]

Lady Rams hold off Lovington charge

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By Kevin Wilson Roni Gomez, like her Portales basketball team, had her highs and had her lows on Tuesday night. She finished high, off the glass, and Portales survived a monumental comeback from Lovington with a 61-59 overtime win. Gomez scored 12 points for Portales (15-4, 3-0 District 4-3A), including the game-winning shot off the […]

Lady Rams pick up easy win

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By Kevin Wilson A quick glance at the final score would indicate a Portales blowout, 49-35, in Tuesday night’s game against Ruidoso. A closer look, however, would reveal a dichotomy for the Lady Rams and their intensity level. There was the first Portales team, which shot 75 percent in the first half and overmatched the […]