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 […]

Cliff Cowgirls rope Elida Lady Tigers

By Eric Butler; PNT correspondent RIO RANCHO — Based upon results in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A girls basketball tournament, Elida’s followers might suspect that their Tigers would stand a pretty even chance with Cliff in the semifinals. But everything’s an inexact science in the state’s smallest classification, where teams from different corners […]

Community reels in excitement

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It would have been a great enough experience for Juan Garza just to play a bit role in “Believe in Me.” However, when the Clovis and Portales restaurant owner sees himself in a bit part in the movie about a 1960s Oklahoma girls basketball team, he’ll think of the time […]

March 15, 1971

Scores of persons enjoyed the waffle supper served in fellowship hall of Presbyterian Church Friday evening under the sponsorship of Mariners Club of the church. This is an orfanization of married couples with Mr. and Mrs. Richard Davidson serving as skippers. Children of some members gave their time as waiters during the evening and with […]

Elida, Fort Sumner part III

PNT Staff Writer The District 3-1A top-seeded Elida Lady Tigers have been dormant for more than a week but they’ve got to be on their game tonight as they host Fort Sumner in the girls district championship. The Elida girls (21-3, 7-1) last played on Feb. 15, their regular season district finale, beating Melrose on […]

Zias fight back for win

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers For as many close games as have gone against them in Lone Star Conference South Division play, Eastern New Mexico University’s women got one back Thursday night. Fighting to stay alive for a berth in the conference postseason tournament, the Zias faced an early double-figure deficit for the fourth time […]

Zia softball on-deck for Friday

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Kelsey Kubik didn’t know what to expect last spring when she came to Eastern New Mexico University to play softball, and she admits her teammates weren’t sure either. Suffice it to say, things went pretty well for her. She posted a Lone Star Conference-leading .439 batting average with eight home […]

Zias suffer heartbreaker at Tarleton State

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — For a brief moment, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team had its first Lone Star Conference South Division victory in sight. Then, just like that, Tarleton State took it away. ENMU senior Heather Brown’s basket gave the Zias a one-point lead with just over six seconds left Saturday […]

One person’s culinary disaster another’s treat

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer I’ve been thinking about burnt toast and tortillas lately, staples of my childhood. Before you label me weird, there’s a Web site advertising a Museum of Burnt Food which celebrates “The art of culinary disaster.” My childhood wasn’t exactly a culinary disaster. In fact, I thought I was a […]

Lady Rams fall at Clovis

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — While Clovis High girls coach Miles Watters is still looking for consistency on offense from the Lady Wildcats, he’s pretty happy with their play on defense. The Lady Cats, struggling early on, used pressure defense to fuel a 9-0 run and take the lead for good in a […]

Undefeated Wildcats host Rams

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer With several key players back from injury, Portales basketball coach Mark Gallegos wants to see if his Rams can deliver against a quality program. He’ll find out tonight as the Rams face the undefeated Clovis Wildcats at Rock Staubus Gym in Clovis. Clovis (6-0) features a three-guard lineup of […]

Cats cruise into tourney finals

Freedom Newspapers Artesia — Senior guard Cody Thornsbury hit five 3-pointers for 15 points and the Clovis High boys basketball team cruised into the finals of the Artesia Invitational on Friday with a 63-44 victory over Roswell Goddard. Junior guards Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Wildcats (2-0), […]

Lady Rams get win in Carlsbad

The Portales Lady Ram basketball team opened their 2006-07 season with a 47-41 win Tuesday night at Carlsbad. The Portales girls led 12-8 after the first quarter, and took a 23-17 advantage into the half. Senior Kaycee Quick led Portales with 24 points. “We played okay,” Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez said. “I expected […]

Kerry comment won’t blow over anytime soon

By Freedom Newspapers John Kerry is the gift that just keeps on giving — to the Republicans. He did come around with an apology Wednesday to any service members who might have been offended by his remarks at Pasadena City College last week. The question is whether that will be enough to make this episode […]

Floyd Broncos end tough season

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer The Clovis Christian Eagles soared in a squashing of the Floyd Broncos, 70-12, at Floyd High School Saturday afternoon, and punched their ticket to the New Mexico 8-man football playoffs in the process. The Eagles earned the No. 8 seed and will face top-seeded Gateway Christian next weekend in […]

Elida taking ownership of water

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County commissioners gave approval to a Community Development Block Grant application last week that could complete a water improvement project in Elida if approved. The project will allow Elida to own its own well field and provide infrastructure that will improve the quality of the water, say town […]

Rested Rams play Coyotes

By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Portales Rams have had two weeks of preparation, leading up to tonight’s pre-district finale against the Roswell High Coyotes at Roswell’s Wool Bowl. With the district schedule just a week away, both teams have objectives they’d like to check off their list. First-year Rams head coach Andy Correll […]