Fuller testifies against Bedford

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller said he felt remorse seconds after setting a car on fire with his aunt and uncle locked inside, and characterized an accused accomplice as a drug pusher who’d “try to cheat you constantly.” Fuller, serving a 127-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to murder in connection […]

City soaked

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor More than half the city of Portales was without water until noon Monday, after a water main break at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday forced shutdown of parts of the water system. Similar to an incident that occurred in February of 2006, city officials say the emergency response and shutdown […]

Zias earn big split against Abilene Christian

Freedom Newspapers Give the Eastern New Mexico University softball team credit for bouncing back. Abilene Christian rode a nine-run seventh inning to beat the Zias 17-8 the first game of their Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader at Zia Softball Field. ENMU rallied behind five RBIs from freshman second baseman Rebecca Quinones and a solid […]

Lady Rams sweep Dexter

PNT Staff Report DEXTER — Portales Lady Ram head softball coach Robbie Crowley knows her girls have to clean up their errors, but the Portales offense battered Dexter enough Thursday afternoon to come away with a District 4-3A doubleheader sweep. Senior pitcher Sasha Parker allowed two earned runs on five hits and struck out 12 […]

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, […]

Zias drop LSC doubleheader

Freedom Newspapers SAN ANGELO, Texas — Things started out pretty well for Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday, but they went downhill pretty quickly. The Zias scored three times in the top of the first in the opener of a Lone Star Conference South Division softball doubleheader with Angelo State, but the Rambelles took control […]

Zias drop 2-OT contest

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Junior guard Stacey Staten hit two free throws with 30 seconds left to tie the score in the first overtime, then converted a 3-point play at the start of the second OT and Midwestern State went on to claim an 81-75 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday […]

Greyhounds win LSC south opener

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Junior Justin Redman-Trotter hit four late free throws, including the two clinching shots with five seconds left, as Eastern New Mexico University held off Abilene Christian 86-82 on Thursday in the men’s Lone Star Conference South Division opener for both teams. Senior guard Stephen Wilson went 10-of-14 from the field […]

Navajo Pine handles Rams

By Eric Butler: Freedom Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Portales thought it played at the opponent’s preferred tempo in the semifinals of the Hope Christian tournament on Friday. Navajo Pine, meanwhile, thought it played at the Rams’ pace. Whatever was the truth, it was Navajo Pine that came away with a 48-44 victory over Portales to move […]

Pursuit of death penalty OK’d

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. A district judge ruled Monday probable cause exists to pursue the death penalty in the first-degree murder trial of a former Clovis dentist. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker made the ruling after the prosecution presented testimony Monday […]

Shopper stories

Freedom Newspapers Some shoppers got everything they wanted in a matter of minutes. Others fought through crowds to discover their targeted items were sold out. We talked with a few shoppers on their Black Friday experiences in eastern New Mexico. Ashly Baccas, shopping in the afternoon with family, said she has never done the early […]

Maybe humans shouldn’t always understand

By Baxter Black: Guest Columnist Anthropomorphism is a word that has often been used in a negative context by people in the livestock business. By definition it is the ascription of human characteristics to things not human — particularly animals. In our continuing effort to raise animals for meat purposes humanely we confront huge moral, […]

Portales Adkins wins MVP in All-Star game

Paula Chronic Chris Adkins scored 23 points and ultimately led the South to their 92-87 triumph over the North, winning the MVP for his performance during the Class 3A North-South All-Star basketball game Friday at Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. The win marks the South’s second victory in a row over the North All-Stars […]

Clovis, Portales gain semifinals

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Cade Wheeler didn’t get off to the kind of start on Friday that he’d hoped for on the mound. Leave it to an older hand to help him get on track. Wheeler, who will be a senior at Clovis High in the fall, was touched up for three […]

Fiction makes vacations better

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I stumbled upon a school report by my older sister Becky in elementary school titled “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” and was shocked. According to the report, she went to Disneyland and Six Flags. Funny, I didn’t remember going to those places that summer. I just remembered riding in […]

Lady Rams split, finish second in district

PNT staff LOVINGTON — The Portales Lady Rams crumbled in the first game Thursday. To their credit, they bounced back from a 13-0 District 4-3A loss to rival Lovington to salvage a split with a 4-2 victory. Still, they had to settle for second place in the district behind the Lady Wildcats (9-15, 6-2 district). […]

Gas prices may teach us to sacrifice

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Is everybody out there ready for $5-a-gallon gasoline? Evidently it won’t be long before a gallon of gas will be selling for more than a gallon of milk. Then again, with the price of fuel rising I suppose the price of milk and just about everything else will go […]

Elida stays unbeaten in district play

FLOYD — Thomas West went 4-for-5 with two doubles and Austin Shrock added three singles, leading a 12-hit attack for Elida as the Tigers beat Floyd 13-3 on Friday in a District 6-1A baseball game. Wesley Gilmore went the distance for the Elida (7-4, 3-0 district), striking out 13 and allowing six hits and a […]

Wants no part of daylight savings

Here at the Ministry of Pesky Problems we’ve stated again and again that we’re not putting up with daylight-saving time anymore. If the powerful daylight-saving time lobby wants to make something of it, so be it.       This straightforward decree came about because the entire civilized world went totally wacko this month over clock juggling. This […]

Wayland Baptist blasts ENMU

PNT staff Wayland Baptist’s Jonathan Reynoso homered on the second pitch of the game and went on to hit for the cycle, and the Pioneers never looked back Tuesday night in a 17-4 rout of Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Field. Wayland Baptist (24-20), which lost at home to ENMU 15-14 early in the […]