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 […]

Dating difficult at any age

Tonya Fennell I’m raising a tween. You know one of those kids who is no longer a child, but not quite a teenager. In other words — I’m watching as my 12-year-old, black clothes clad, faux-hawk wearing, bass guitar playing , wishes he could get his lip pierced son, Riley, is experiencing growing pains. This […]

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 […]

Air Force stays true to original mission

Commentary by Lt. Col. Thomas Doyle: 27th Comptroller Squadron commander CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — One might say that I’m another air guardsmen finding oneself on active duty trying to do my part for the Global War on Terror. First, I would like to convey my appreciation to wing leadership and Maj. Randolph Toris for […]

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 […]

Change is inevitable

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections May is a month where change is evident in more ways than one. The weather heats up, the grass turns green and schools release the students for a couple of months of relaxation. And around the Fennell house there has been much change as well. Our oldest child, 17-year-old Josh, has […]

Whining not an option

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Dr. Laura Schlessinger, host of a radio advice call-in show, recently came under fire for a comment she made about military wives. Schlessinger said “I’m tired of all the complaints from military wives who say they’re lonely and overwhelmed.” She went on to add, “You’re not dodging bullets, so I […]

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 […]

Local prairie chickens get unique protection

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sitting in the dark in the middle of nowhere with people I’d just met, everyone in the van was focused on one thing — prairie chickens. Soon, we started hearing them. I grew up around the prairie gobblers but their numbers were never great and I never paid them […]

Portales tennis team dominates Ruidoso

PNT Staff RUIDOSO — The Portales Lady Rams followed a dominating performance against St. Michael’s earlier this week with a similar crushing of Ruidoso in District 4-3A action Friday, beating the Lady Warriors 8-1. “We played very well,” Lady Rams coach Michelle Wallis said. “It was a very valuable win for us.” Portales’ supremacy showed […]

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 […]

Portales residents asked to conserve water, in wake of tornado

PNT Staff Report Portales residents are being asked to conserve water after a tornado snapped poles and cut off electricity to most of the city’s well field east of town, according to a press release from the Portales Police Department. The tornado, apparently the same one that struck Clovis, passed through the well field located […]

Community InfoFair Thursday

27th Fighter Wing staff report Cannon leadership will host an Information Fair for military housing residents from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at The Landing to answer questions and address concerns in response to a letter provided to First Sergeants Wednesday for distribution to their Airmen. The letter, signed by Col. Scott West, 27th Fighter […]