Atwood trades his ropes for notes

By Ferran Lucero Editor’s Note: This story is part of a periodical series about former athletes from the surrounding area. Roping has taken a back seat to singing for former Eastern New Mexico University team roper Marshall “Ky” Atwood. The co-founder of a country band called Marshall Lane, Atwood is pursing his dream of “living […]

Watters somewhat declawed as Lady Cats coach

By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — His salt-and-pepper hair isn’t the only thing that has changed about Miles Watters as he’s grown older. The differences are subtle as the hundreds of shades of white paint, but they’re there. His passion game still burns as hot as the mid-afternoon sun and he accepts nothing less than perfection […]

Student reacts to bombing in Spain

Darrell Maurina A Portales resident spent part of Thursday morning making emergency calls to relatives in Spain to make sure none of them were among the more than 190 killed and 1,400 injured there by a series of terrorist bomb attacks. “We called up and, thank God, nobody was injured,” said Martin Keane, a graduate […]

Jacobs sentenced to probation in sex case

Darrell Todd Maurina Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis to 18 months probation Thursday morning in Curry County District Court on a single count of attempted criminal sexual penetration. The charge stems from a July 26, 2002, incident that was originally prosecuted as a case of date rape. Jacobs was initially prosecuted […]

County United Way groups join forces

Mike Linn Board members of the Roosevelt County United Way voted on Thursday to pursue a joint venture with United Way’s Clovis branch, but not without the dissent of a longtime member. Sharon King, who had been a member of the RCUW for eight years, resigned from the board effective immediately after members voted 8 […]

Lectureship features sci-fi grand masters

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Tony Parra Some people wonder where the ideas for stories from the Star Trek and Stargate shows came from. They come from people such as the trio of grand masters who made their presence at the 28th Annual Williamson Lectureship on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. “You have no idea what it is to […]

Volunteer brings scouts closer to God

Darrell Todd Maurina John Schonberger says he has a simple reason for being involved with the Boy Scouts of America for nearly 51 years. “A three-letter word is fun. If it’s not fun I don’t want to do it,” Schonberger said. Schonberger will soon be 65 but he has no intention of retiring, either from […]

Take the bridge to heaven

Joan Clayton I have always wanted a garden bridge, but not a pond with fish in it. The fish could eat the mosquitoes, but my cats could eat the fish. So I just wanted a cute little bridge in the backyard. To look from my window and envision surrounding it with honeysuckle or roses became […]

The older you get, the easier it is to learn

Helena Rodriguez Well, I’m now halfway through my first full-time semester back in college after 13 years of working in the “real” world. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t cracked open a book since walking off that Eastern New Mexico University stage with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1989. In fact, that’s […]

Lady Rams back in state title game

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By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Kassandra Richards is determined to make the most of every second she has left in her prep basketball career. Forced to the bench by fouls early in the fourth quarter, the Portales senior had a hard time sitting and watching as Robertson made a determined run. She came out firing […]

Former Portales grad leads 4A Wildcats

By Kevin Wilson Thursday afternoon saw Ike Montoya doing the same thing a lot of Portales High alumni were doing in Albuquerque — watching a semifinal win by the Lady Rams. Today, though, Montoya’s at The Pit on business. Montoya, the 1982 Greatest Ram, is now calling plays for the Deming Wildcat boys team. The […]

Clovis sings song of victory

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By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — As Gallup reached the bottom of the ramp leading to the floor at the The Pit for pregame warmups, Gallup players started singing: “Na, na, na, na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye.” Typically an end-of-the-game crowd sendoff to the losing team, the barb was directed at the Clovis Lady Wildcats, who […]

United Way merger draws optimism, concerns

Mike Linn Roosevelt County United Way board members will meet at noon today to discuss joining forces with the Curry County United Way. Many RCUW officials are enthusiastic about the merger. Others are concerned. Board member Leo Lovett of the RCUW said he is for the merger and hopes the board will make a decision […]

Vandals damage school

PNT Staff Vandals broke into Broad Horizons either Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning, causing $700 in damage to glass windows and a glass door, police said Wednesday. The individual or individuals broke three 3-by-5 windows on the west side of the school building and a glass door which led to a classroom. At this […]

Lawmakers seek special session

David Arkin Republican lawmakers are pushing for a special legislative session. They want to discuss a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. But area legislators are doubtful the session is going to happen. And the area’s lone Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Jose Campos of Santa Rosa, called the plan “ridiculous.” Gov. Bill Richardson has said he does […]

Portales aims to finish with title

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By Kevin Wilson Portales girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez hopes and believes that her team will win its second-straight Class 3A title this week. In other news, the sun is very hot. “We’ve been ranked No. 1 all year, which we should have been,” Gomez said after Tuesday’s practice, before the team left for Albuquerque. […]

Elida moves on to 1A semifinals

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Coming out of the locker room at halftime, the Elida girls basketball team Tuesday was greeted by a chant of “offense, offense” from its supporters. Perhaps the Tigers’ fans knew that just a little more offensive production would spell doom for Tatum in a Class 1A state quarterfinal at Valley […]

Roadrunners the team to beat in 1A

By Dave Wagner Temple Baptist’s next close game this season will be its first. The defending Class 1A state runnerup Roadrunners have cruised to a 29-0 record heading into today’s 8 p.m. 1A boys state quarterfinal match against Floyd at Albuquerque’s Valley High School, and only one — a nine-point verdict against Magdalena — has […]

Greyhounds edge Highlands

Freedom Newspapers Joey Aguilar’s one-out, bases-loaded squeeze bunt drove in Mark Wallace with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday night as Eastern New Mexico University edged New Mexico Highlands 7-6 in a non-conference baseball game at Greyhound Field. The Greyhounds (7-11), avenging an 18-9 loss to Highlands at home in February, […]

Writing speaks about people, says local woman

Michelle Seeber Handwriting analysis can be an in-depth, life-long study or entertainment. That’s how Carol Durepos, 67, of Clovis views it. She has studied the art since 1983, she said. “Handwriting can convey health, drunkenness, drug abuse, or whether a person is an introvert or an extrovert,” Durepos said Sunday at the Main ARTeri, an […]