ENMU set to name new softball coach

By Dave Wagner For the second time in three years, the Eastern New Mexico University softball program is looking for a new coach in January. Kevin Blaskowski, who was hired in May 2003 after a five-year stint at Southern Arkansas, has left the school to start up a new program at Lone Star Conference South […]

Indians go overtime to turn back Hounds

By Dave Wagner Senior guard Jay January, who struggled most of the night, scored the go-ahead basket in overtime on a baseline drive and Midwestern State held on for a 92-86 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University Saturday night at Greyhound Arena. January, the Indians’ leading scorer for the […]

Zias pull away late, beat Midwestern State

By Dave Wagner Sophomore guard Heather Brown scored a season-high 20 polnts and kept the game in control late as Eastern New Mexico University pulled away for a 67-52 Lone Star Conference South Division win over Midwestern State Saturday night at Greyhound Arena. The Zias (7-9, 1-2 South), who had lost six of their previous […]

Broncos hold off Elida in district tilt

PNT Staff FLOYD — Junior Kyle Kropf scored 21 points and Floyd held off a late rally by Elida for a 63-56 District 3-1A boys basketball victory on Friday night. Jerrod Long added 19 points and Manny Carrillo 12 for the Broncos (10-8, 1-1 district), who bounced back from a three-point district loss at Fort […]

Rams cruise to win over Cavemen

By Dave Wagner On the surface, Mark Gallegos says, Portales High’s 48-33 win over Carlsbad on Friday night at the PHS gym looks pretty good. But the Rams coach thinks his squad will have to pick up its play when District 4-3A play begins in just over a week. Senior guard Chris Carter scored eight […]

Lions use three double-doubles to nip Zias

By Dave Wagner Halftime came at just the right time Thursday for the Texas A&M-Commerce women. Down by 16 points in the first half, the Lions roared back behind double-doubles from Althea Byfield, Katedria Mosley and Portia Mitchell and edged the Eastern New Mexico University Zias 71-67 in a Lone Star Conference South Division matchup […]

Rams set to take on Cavemen

PNT Sports The Portales High Rams hope playing at home can help them put together a little streak heading into the start of their District 4-3A schedule next week. They begin a four-game homestand with a 7 p.m. tipoff today against Class 5A Carlsbad (4-11) at the PHS gym in their Homecoming game. The Rams […]

Commerce shoots down Hounds

By Dave Wagner Junior guard Jermart Miller exploded for five 3-pointers in a span of two minutes, 10 seconds late in the second half Thursday night to lift Texas A&M-Commerce to a hard-fought 97-90 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Arena. The Lions (14-3, 1-1 South), ranked […]

Clovis man reveals he beheaded deer

By Ryan Lengerich A Clovis man has confessed to shooting, beheading and scattering the remains of five deer in Curry County, according to police and wildlife officials. Darin M. Hunt, 22, was arrested Thursday and charged in magistrate court with five counts each of unlawful killing of a deer, unlawful possession of a deer and […]

Novak relatives want answers

By David Irvin For nearly three months she has quietly followed her daily routine, trying to maintain her composure and show the world everything is all right. But in the back of Lynda Crozier-Sweet’s mind, the haunting memory of her niece’s mysterious death in October lingers. Her niece, Kimberly Susan Novak, died Oct. 28 in […]

Sunland Inc. celebrates opening of new building

By Tony Parra Sunland Inc. president Jimmie Shearer said it’s been a long time coming, but on Thursday he and other Sunland representatives unveiled a new peanut butter processing building. Sunland Inc. officials had an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. The Sunland Inc. plant was […]

Proposed townhouses to go up in Portales

By Tony Parra A proposed affordable housing unit of 72 townhouses is in the works to go up on property just east of the Roosevelt General Hospital, according to Beverly Bennett, Vista Nueva Realty realtor. Bennett is working with Jonathan Reed of Jonathan Reed and Associates, a housing development firm from Albuquerque, on the proposed […]

NMFA helps fund Ute Water Project

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — The New Mexico Finance Authority and the governing body of the Ute Water Project reached an agreement Wednesday for a $2 million grant to help fund the initial stages of the proposed project. Much of the money will go toward engineering services, which include rounds of public meetings at towns and […]

Heartland takes care of minor issues

By Mike Linn and Tony Parra A government Web site that compares the quality of area nursing homes has been criticized for being too vague, poorly updated and sometimes displaying incorrect information. Officials say information on nursing homes displayed on the federal Medicare.gov Web site can be a useful starting tool for people researching nursing […]

Hounds start LSC play

By Dave Wagner As he looked ahead to tonight’s Lone Star Conference South Division opener against Texas A&M-Commerce, Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan wondered just how much of his team would be available. Senior guard Irshaun Pinckney (ankle) and junior forward Daniel Sherman (back) missed last weekend’s LSC crossover games at […]

Red-hot Lions may be South team to beat

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University may be the two-time defending Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball champion, but if early-season performances mean anything it’s Texas A&M-Commerce coming in as the team to beat. While everybody else in the South sits between 6-9 and 9-6 heading into Thursday’s first full night of division […]

Elida boys ease past Dora in District 3-1A opener

PNT Staff ELIDA — The Elida Tigers outscored Dora 20-10 in the fourth quarter Tuesday night to rally for a 60-57 victory in the District 3-1A opener for both teams. Senior Dylan Radcliff scored 19 points and freshman Wesley Gilmore added 14 for the Tigers (11-6, 1-0 district). Juniors Tyler Wilhoit and Brent Hays led […]

Lady Rams’ solid play overwhelms Goddard

By Dave Wagner Bethany Self was hot, and her teammates kept on feeding her. Self, a 5-foot-11 freshman, took advantage of crisp passes to score a career-best 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting Tuesday night as Portales High’s girls rolled over Roswell Goddard 64-37 at the PHS gym. The Lady Rams collected 18 assists — spread […]

City officials commit to Ute Water Project

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city officials approved a Portales commitment to the Ute Water Project during Tuesday’s city meeting. Ortega said senators and federal government officials have heard verbal commitments from eastern New Mexico communities but they do not have documentation of each community’s commitment. Ortega advised city councilors to review water […]

RCDC addition will cost $2.6 million

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners were told Tuesday it would cost an estimated $2.6 million to build a 72-bed addition to the Roosevelt County Detention Center. The proposed addition to the current 83-bed facility would be funded in part by a gross receipts tax increase of 1/16th of a cent that went into effect […]