Lady Rams begin quest for fourth 3A title in five years

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By Dave Wagner Veteran Portales High girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez has a lot of faith in her team, and for good reason — the Lady Rams have won the last two Class 3A state championships, and three of the last four. So, even though they have to replace three starters from last year’s 23-4 […]

Hounds win, Zias split in Colorado

PNT Staff ALAMOSA, Colo. — Forward Jamaal Hunnicutt and point guard Jolen Montoya combined for 45 points, including 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:22, and the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team pulled out a 72-67 win over Adams State College Saturday night. The Greyhounds (1-1), coming off a 31-point […]

Handbells mark holiday tradition

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By Kevin Wilson Before she began conducting the Eastern New Mexico Handbell Festival, Valerie Stephenson asked how many audience members were there to watch a relative — in other words, as she quipped soon after, how many would be in trouble had they not attended. A little more than an hour later, Stephenson said the […]

Groups combine efforts for free meal

By Tony Parra Having Roosevelt County together as one big family is the goal of organizers for the Second Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Building on Thanksgiving Day. Organizers put together the free Thanksgiving feast with the help of the community through donations. Elvia Garcia of St. […]

Elida girls, FTCS boys notch home wins

PNT Staff ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers got off to a fast start Friday night and cruised past the Lovington junior varsity 57-32 in their season opener. Elida roared to an 18-2 lead at the quarter and never looked back. The Lady Tigers opened a 24-point lead by outscoring the Lady Wildcats 14-4 in […]

Late appointment leaves district without D.A. temporarily

By Mike Linn Criminal court cases scheduled for Monday were postponed because Gov. Bill Richardson had not appointed a district attorney in time to replace Brett Carter, whose duties end at 5 p.m. today. Carter has accepted a job to work as the district public defender. Incoming District Attorney Matt Chandler — whose official term […]

Paper collecting for Empty Stocking Fund

PNT Staff The Portales News-Tribune is teaming up with the Salvation Army again this year to help make sure needy families have a good Christmas. Each day, beginning on Thanksgiving and running through Christmas Eve, the stories needy families report to the Salvation Army will be printed — with names changed to protect privacy — […]

Spending package has projects for area

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — Republicans whisked a $388 billion spending bill through the House on Saturday, a mammoth measure that underscores the dominance of deficit politics by curbing dollars for everything from education to environmental cleanups. Lawmakers approved the measure by a bipartisan 344-51 margin on what might be the last day of […]

Broncos seek quick transition to basketball

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By Dave Wagner FLOYD — Jeff Gillespie knows his Floyd boys basketball team may need a little time to adjust after most of his players were participating in the state six-man football championship four days ago against Melrose. With only two practices to get ready for Monday’s opener at Tatum, Gillespie warned not to expect […]

Logan out of Ute Water Project

By Mike Linn The Village of Logan will no longer be involved in the Ute Pipeline Project, a decision that is expected to have little impact on the project and Logan’s future water supply. Logan Village Administrator Larry Wallin said the town will continue to reserve its 400 acre feet of water from the lake, […]