Water infrastructure getting a closer look

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor No matter what happens in Washington with the Ute Pipeline bill later this year, Portales officials say their focus is going to stay on supplying well water for a growing community. “I’m trying to stay positive that we’ll get the federal dollars we need to build the pipeline,” said […]

Intervention sometimes needed in sports

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Once upon a time, in a far, far away land called New England, a group called the Patriots played the game of football very well. They won championship after championship in the National Football League, and almost seemed to anticipate their opponents’ actions in the biggest games. But maybe, […]

Three cheers for cow dogs

Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish).

Local reaction to farm bill mixed

Freedom New Mexico Reaction among local ag producers and lawmakers to a farm bill passed in Congress this week is split. The $290 billion measure will increase food aid for the needy as well as subsidies for farmers. Alva Carter, a Roosevelt county dairy owner, thinks that many people are misunderstanding the farm bill and […]

ENMU rodeo rides well in Odessa weekend events

PNT Staff Report ODESSA, TEXAS — Two Eastern New Mexico University cowboys and a cowgirl made their mark over the weekend in the Odessa Rodeo. Senior Greyhound Jared Green registered a third place finish in bareback riding with 138 points, moving into second place in the region in the bareback riding event. “Jared continued to […]

Hi-tech gadgets can make owners target of crime

Freedom New Mexico Folks who use iPods and higher-end mobile phones in public places may believe the devices enable them to be well connected to the world around them. But such technology seems to be giving off a different signal: Look at me, I’m a future crime victim. As reported in the current issue of […]

Effort often worth more than result

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist I try to focus on living in the moment and not get fixated on results. I attempt to do this with my children, my husband and in all areas of my life. I often fall short of my good intentions and measure myself against others’ accomplishments and successes. And while […]

Portales soccer swept at Ruidoso

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls soccer teams traveled into the mountains Tuesday afternoon to play the Ruidoso varsity, and both the Rams and Lady Rams exited with a 10-0 loss. Both games were cut short, and Ruidoso led both games 8-0 at the half. “We played pretty well,” Ram […]

Stingy Midwestern defense shuts down Hounds

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Freedom New Mexico Staff Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo knew his squad was up against it against No. 13 Midwestern State on Sunday. The Mustangs got a disputed goal early in the match, then scored off a corner kick just before halftime and went on to a 5-0 Southwest Soccer Conference […]

Dora educator readies for deployment

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Family, friends, faculty and staff gathered Wednesday in the Dora Schools Auditorium to wish high school teacher Joe Fletcher well as he prepares to be deployed overseas. Fletcher, a major in the Army National Guard, has been called to serve a 400-day tour in either Afghanistan or Iraq. He […]

It’s their job: Monica Calamaco

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Monica Calamaco Job: Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director Time on the Job: 11 months Background: Before moving to Portales from Arizona, Calamaco was a stay-at-home mom and a part-time bookkeeper for a farm. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. I run the RSVP program. I oversee 72 […]

Hound and Zia cross country gearing up

Freedom Newspapers On the surface, Eastern New Mexico University’s cross country teams may not have seemed to fare all that well in Friday’s season-opening Buffalo Stampede, hosted by West Texas A&M at Canyon. Still, first-year ENMU coach Eric Boll said his teams aren’t exactly in midseason form, and the men in particular aren’t at full […]

Camp Correll kicks off

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The future of the Portales High School football program is on display this week in the annual Ram football camp at the Ram practice field. Following a season in which the Rams played in the state championship game, second-year head coach Andy Correll has two goals for this camp. […]

With age comes wisdom

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Believe it or not advantages come with growing older and you can be happy about it. Our culture puts a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young looking. The underlying message is you are not okay the way you are because […]

All-Stars head to state tourney

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Little League coach Sammy Villanueva is taking his fourth consecutive Roosevelt County All-Star team to the New Mexico state tournament. This year, he’s taking the 10-and-11 year-olds to Taos. As the District 3 champions, the Roosevelt County boys will play Albuquerque Mile High in the first round Saturday morning […]

July 5, 2006

• Methamphetamine use was reported to be the second drug of choice for users in Clovis and Curry County, while offcials reported that meth users in Roosevelt County was down. • Portales received word that they would soon have their own unit of the New Mexico State Guard Company. The unit, Company A, will report […]

Ella Erf takes third in state singles tennis

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PNT Staff Report ALBUQUERQUE — Senior Ella Erf wanted to finish her tennis career at Portales with a singles state championship. She didn’t find a title, but as she exits stage left, she does so with a third place trophy. Erf lost in the 3A semifinals in straight sets Saturday to Bosque freshman Dara McDevitt […]

Rams tied for first after state first round

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Ram golf team has played the state tournament course in Socorro several times this season. Today, they’ll play it one more time — with a historic state championship on the line. Sophomore Donavin Sanchez and senior Jefferson Powers led the Rams to a tie with district rival […]

Portales dominates district tennis tourney

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales’ Ella Erf and Bethany Self combined for an undefeated run through the doubles state tennis tournament last season. Soon, they’ll be headed back to state competing against each other. Erf beat Self in the District 4-3A singles competition Saturday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts […]

Ram golfers win at Socorro

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Ram golf team already had a good idea of the course they’ll play at the Class 3A state golf tournament, and after Thursday’s round at Socorro, they know it even better. The Rams beat the six-team field, shooting a 327, which was 15 strokes better than district […]