Laws still important in flag flaps

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico I’ve heard both sides of the Confederate flag debate, once as a student participating in an online intercultural communication class discussion, and last summer, as an instructor teaching an Upward Bound class in multicultural history. In both debates, the overwhelming consensus was the Confederate flag is more divisive and […]

Lady Rams win five-game thriller

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams scored eight of the last nine points to win a decisive fifth game 15-11 to beat Artesia three games to two, in a back-and-forth match Thursday night in Portales. The scores were 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-11. “We were too up-and-down,” Portales head coach Ruth […]

Zia beats Roosevelt All-Stars

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer As Collin Guthas stepped to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning, a fan yelled, “Just get on base Collin, that’s where you’re most dangerous.” The fan was right, as Collin’s feet helped the Clovis Zia All-Stars in a come-from-behind 9-8 victory over the Roosevelt County All-Stars […]

May 31, 1963

• Two hundred and forty-five students graduated from Eastern New Mexico University during commencement exercises that took place in Greyhound Arena. • The first game of the new 9 – and 10-year-old junior league baseball season took place at the new ballpark for Portales youth. • E & B “Sherwood” carpet was on sale for […]

Elida quarterfinal comeback spells defeat for Questa

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent LOS LUNAS — Despite scoring runs at an average of more than one per inning, there was a time on Wednesday when things didn’t look so good for Elida in the Class 1A state baseball quarterfinals. But the Tigers rebounded from a three-run deficit and moved into today’s semis with […]

Zias sweep, win fifth straight

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers There’s nothing like a little cushion to make a pitcher feel comfortable. Eastern New Mexico University freshman Kristen Cruickshank was the beneficiary of an early onslaught by the Zias in the first game, then took matters into her own hands in the second. Cruickshank picked up wins in both games […]

Lady Rams win Buffalo Relays

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Heading into the first Portales track meet in almost 10 years, the Lady Rams are riding high after taking first place at Thursday’s Buffalo Relays at Melrose. Junior Jordan Roehl put plenty of points on the board for Portales, qualifying for the state tournament once again in the discus […]

Friona residents remember twister of 1995

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Ron Carr had been in Friona for a month in 1995 and was still feeling the place out when he accepted a job as a reporter at the city’s newspaper. “I asked him if anything exciting happened around Friona,” Carr said of his conversation with then-owner Bill Ellis. “He said, […]

Hound batsmen defeated

Freedom Newspapers Third baseman Brett Cook went 3-for-4, scoring three runs and driving in two, and Wayland Baptist took control with a four-run third after the first two hitters were retired to beat Eastern New Mexico University 10-5 on Tuesday in a non-conference baseball game at Greyhound Field. The Pioneers (15-13) finished with 11 hits, […]

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. […]

Bulldogs sweep Greyhound baseball

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team is probably glad to see Southwestern Oklahoma leave town. The Bulldogs (4-9) came to Portales winless, but left with a stunning four-game Lone Star Conference crossover sweep of the Greyhounds after taking 7-2 and 8-6 verdicts on Saturday at Greyhound Field. Southwestern’s Gabe Winn (1-1) pitched a […]

March 11, 1971

Mrs. R.I. Wallingford has returned to her home north of Portales and is happy to see the good old NewMexico sand after experiencing the California earthquake. MRs. Wallingford was in bed at the time of the tremor and her pet cat that slept on the foot of the bed took off in a fast run. […]

Soldiers’ humbleness lesson to be learned

By Baxter Black: Humor columnist This year-end marks a political changing of the guard. It was a year of mixed blessings. The economy is booming, unemployment is down, the results of “No Child Left Behind” accountable education are encouraging, the prescription drug benefits program is a big success, we mark the fifth year post 9/11 […]

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 […]

Lady Buffs toss Dora from tourney

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer MELROSE — The fourth-seeded Melrose Lady Buffaloes are headed to the second round of the District 3-1A tournament after beating fifth-seeded Dora in three games, 25-13, 25-8, 25-20, in the opening round of the tournament Tuesday night at Melrose. Melrose was without two starters Tuesday night. Starting setter Zanessa […]

Hounds drop conference game to Midwestern State

Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team easily played better than it did in an early-season loss to Midwestern State at Wichita Falls, Texas. Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, the result was the same — a shutout loss. The Mustangs, who won the team’s first matchup 6-0, scored twice in the first half […]

Zias win home opener

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico Zia volleyball team (3-2) won their home opener Tuesday night in three straight games over Oklahoma Panhandle State (0-3), 30-19, 30-19 and 30-22. Zia head coach Mike Maguire thinks his girls have a statement to make. “I think (our girls) really wanted to show the […]

We carry a lot of spiritual baggage

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I just returned from an unforgettable trip to Tucson, Ariz., which made me realize 1) I don’t understand the concept of “light packing,” and 2) I also carry a lot of “spiritual baggage.” My daughter Laura and I went with the youth group of St. Helen’s Catholic Church to a […]

Zias split with Angelo, stay alive for tourney bid

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team attempted to ride senior pitcher Rosemary Moreno to the brink of a berth in next week’s Lone Star Conference tournament. Moreno kept the Zias alive on Friday with her 22nd complete game of the season, a 5-3 win in the opener, but Angelo […]

Christ took all sins upon him at crucifixion

By Joan Clayton Since my childhood, I have always heard that we “have an Easter spell,” meaning bad weather before or around Easter time. I like to think of this time as being nature’s way of complaining about Jesus’ crucifixion. Have you ever thought of the excruciating pain rejection and sorrow that Jesus endured for […]