Personalities Plus — Segundo Pena

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What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Being alive.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “I was shocked.” What is your theme song? “‘If I Make It Through December’ by Merle Hagard.” Who’s invited to your ideal dinner party, and why? “Loretta Lynn (cause she’s a woman).” What do you think about Portales? […]

Funck scores twice in Zia victory

Freedom Newspapers PLAINVIEW, Texas — Freshman midfielder Anna Funck scored a pair of goals Saturday as Eastern New Mexico University’s first-year women’s soccer program claimed its first win by blanking Wayland Baptist 4-0. Funck scored an unassisted goal near the end of the first half to put the Zias (1-2) in front. She added another […]

Price is right for Greyhounds

Freedom Newspapers ALAMOSA, Colo. — Lee Price was perfect on a day when his teammates far from it. Price drilled a 36-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining to lift the Greyhounds to an 18-17 win over the Adams State College Grizzlies in Saturday’s season-opener for both teams. Price, a native of Holliday, Texas, tied […]

Conquerors cruise to first win

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By Kevin Wilson School was in session for Faith Triumphant on Saturday, as its veteran team taught Six-Man Football 101 to Evangel Christian Academy. The host Conquerors were never challenged against a team playing its first six-man game, as sophomore Luis McCain accounted for 198 yards of offense and five touchdowns in a 62-6 rout […]

Rams lose top receiver for season

PNT Staff Portales improved to 2-0 with a 22-14 win at Tularosa on Friday, but lost its No. 1 receiver for the rest of the season. Senior Manuel Sisneros suffered a torn spleen in the second half of Friday’s game against the Class 2A Wildcats. Portales football coach Glen Johnson said that Sisneros will likely […]

There’s lots to celebrate in September

Bob Huber Here at the American Institute for Bigger Calendar Pictures of Milk Cows, we’re celebrating the month of September with this theme song (sung to the tune “St. Louis Woman” or “America the Beautiful,” whichever comes up first): “Rooty-toot-toot, rooty-toot-toot, we’re the guys from the Institute. We don’t smoke, and we don’t chew, and […]

Labor Day weekend is well deserved by all

Jim Lee Well, here we are a week into September. How did that happen so fast? School has started and last weekend was the last hurrah of summer. I hope everybody enjoyed that three-day Labor Day weekend. While we enjoyed that day off, I wonder how many of us gave a thought to how it […]

Obits 9/7

Arthur Littlejohn, 81 Mr. Arthur Littlejohn, 81, of Portales, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Dec. 11, 1921, on the family farm 12 miles south of Portales, to Virgie and Jimmy Littlejohn. He grew up on the family farm and attended school at Rogers, graduating […]

Depo reflects on manager term cut short

Mike Linn After 31 years in the field, Gerald Depo says he’s done working in local government. Depo, stripped of his city manager stripes Tuesday by unanimous vote from Portales’ city council, said the field is extremely demanding: The issues are more complex, city council members are more involved and the atmosphere of the profession […]

Students enjoy reading lounge thanks to grant

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Mike Linn It’s a small room at Lindsey Middle School, adorned with bright colors, neon fixtures, balmy lava lamps and an array of reading material along its outer walls. On Friday mornings, students kick back they like they’re football fans on game day, sprawled out on shag-carpet-covered futons and purple bean bags. Enter the school’s […]

Suspect arrested in armed robberies in Clovis

Gary Mitchell Clovis police detectives arrested a 21-year-old Clovis man Friday suspected to be involved in the armed robberies Thursday night at two fast-food restaurants. Police said Samuel Guerrero, 21, is also a suspect in a series of armed robberies at Clovis movie theater this summer, though he has not been charged. Guerrero has been […]

Rams ready for Tularosa

By Kevin Wilson Other than a victory, there weren’t a lot of things the Portales Rams would like to replicate from Friday’s opener against West Las Vegas. But if there is one thing the Rams would like to keep the same from Friday’s 19-7 win, it would be the defense. Under a rain that helped […]

Make sure not to ‘fall’

By Helena Rodriguez I know why they call it fall. Right about this time of year, everything starts falling into your lap like a tree that comes crashing from nowhere. Every year — just before the leaves turn to rusty orange, lemon yellow or dirt brown — those lazy days of summer transform into a […]

Greyhounds prepare for unknown with Adams State

By Dave Wagner Not only are the Eastern New Mexico University and Adams State College football teams facing the unknowns of a new season when they clash in a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday at Alamosa, Colo., they’re also looking at relatively unfamiliar opponents. Coaches Bud Elliott of ENMU and Wayne McGinn of Adams State […]

Obits 9/5

Loretta Looper, 56 Mrs. Loretta Looper, 56, of Portales, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003, at her home. She was born on Sept. 15, 1946, in Tucumcari, to Mary and Sam W. Beck. She grew up in Tucumcari. She moved to Belen in 1964 and was a 1966 graduate of Belen High School. She married John […]

Cannon airman critically injured in car crash

Darrell Todd Maurina A Cannon Air Force Base airman was flown to a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday afternoon following a crash that shut down traffic on Mabry Drive in Clovis for nearly two hours. Staff Sgt. Stewart W. Hughes of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron was flown to a Lubbock hospital via air ambulance. As […]

Local schools promote student integrity

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Tony Parra Character and responsibility are what Portales Public School officials are trying to instill in students with a nationwide program implemented in Portales schools. The Character Counts Organization promotes activities to instill characteristics of a student. Each state and each school has it’s own Character Counts Program, and various schools in each state implement […]

City looking for new city manager

Mike Linn City officials have already begun the process of searching for a new city manager, of whom they hope to have hired within 30 to 60 days. The beginning stages of the search comes less than 24 hours after the Portales city council fired former city manager Gerald Depo, leaving Public Works Director Tom […]

Valencia to appeal probationary status

Officials at Valencia Grade School are appealing the probationary status the school received from the New Mexico State Department of Education this summer. The 2002/2003 California Achievement Test scores for Valencia students were incorrectly tallied by the NMSDE, which affected the school’s overall grade, school officials say. Valencia received a below-standard score from the NMSDE, […]

Roswell sneaks past Portales

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By Kevin Wilson In 2002, these were the matches that Roswell would invariably give away. In the late hours of Tuesday night, it became the type of match the Lady Coyotes somehow won, and the Portales Lady Rams somehow lost. Roswell won its season opener with a roller coaster five-set win over Portales. “My kids […]