Cowboys knew how to have fun at work

My mother was a teenager during the 1930s. That decade was one of the busiest for the cattle and sheep raisers in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. In 1885, the railroad company built a spur line from Socorro to Magdalena. Livestock growers then had a market for their cattle and sheep. They drove their […]

Hobo stew brings people together

Argen Duncan I learned about hobo stew when I lived in Socorro and went to First Baptist Church there. The congregation made the interesting stew every year. Everybody brought a can of … whatever. It just had to be edible. It didn’t even have to come in a can. Everything from potatoes to enchilada sauce […]

BNSF train derails south of Socorro

The Associated Press SOCORRO — A Burlington-Northern Santa Fe train, traveling to Belen from El Paso, Texas, derailed around 6:40 a.m. (MDT) just outside of Socorro. Authorities say there are no injuries. About 19 cars have derailed. There was a fuel-oil car that broke during the derailment and officials are concerned about the leak’s proximity […]

Rams help South prevail

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent LAS VEGAS, N.M. — It was an offensive standstill or a defensive slugfest, depending on the point of view, but for the South, the result was just fine. The South earned a 7-6 victory in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 3A all-star game, claiming its fifth triumph […]

Portales golfers place seventh at Hobbs

PNT Staff Report HOBBS — The Portales Ram golf team shot a combined 329, finishing in a tie for seventh in a nine-team field Tuesday at Ocotillo Golf Course. Sophomore Donavin Sanchez shot the best round for Portales with a 4-over-par 76. Senior Jefferson Powers shot an 82, sophomore William Archibeque an 85, sophomore Rick […]

Rams second in state Class 1-3A golf tourney

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales High boys golf team played Tuesday the way it had hoped to play Monday in the state Class 1-3A tournament at UNM South. The Rams simply had too much ground to make up. Portales’ five players cut a total of 17 strokes from their first-day output, shooting Tuesday’s best […]

Rams in distant tie for second at state meet

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales High boys golf team knows it has its work cut out, but coach Patrick Crowley says the Rams are ready for the challenge. Socorro put together four sub-80 scores Monday and the Warriors stormed to a 20-shot lead after the first day of the Class 1-3A state golf tournament […]

PHS boys finish third in meet

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — For the second time in a week, the Portales High boys saw what figures to be some of their toughest competition in Class 3A postseason play in Grants and Socorro. After beating both teams soundly in last week’s Leroy Gooch Invitational at Ruidoso, the Rams settled for third place this time […]

Lady Rams win another state crown

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By Jesse Wolfersberger ALBUQUERQUE — As Portales’ players lined up to receive their medals for winning the Class 3A girls state tournament on Friday night, the PA announcer started calling names from the wrong team. It turns out, he’s not the only one who got the two teams mixed up. Motivated by the state seeding […]

Lady Rams feel slighted by seeding

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer The Portales Lady Rams dominated Class 3A all season, never losing to a team in their own class. Heading into the state tournament, Portales thought they would be the overwhelming favorite. The seeding committee thought otherwise — the Lady Rams were seeded second. “That is huge motivation to us,” […]