Winter games have different meaning here

By Karl Terry The world may be focused this week on the XX Winter Olympic games, but in eastern New Mexico the excitement is … well let’s just say a little more subdued. Winter games around here take on a completely different meaning. First of all, most visitors to this area immediately notice that the […]

Portales crushes Lovington for fifth district win

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — Portales continued its domination of District 4-3A, holding host Lovington to six total field goals and four second-half points in a 66-21 dismantling Saturday night. Portales (18-7, 5-0 district) had 11 players score, and only two reached double figures in a balanced effort. Portales only led Lovington (8-17, 2-3) 10-8 after […]

Municipal candidates square off in Monday forum

By Tony Parra Portales residents wanting to know more about the candidates for the municipal election will get their chance during a candidate forum on Monday sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Portales. All 12 candidates are scheduled to talk about their views on different topics dealing with the […]

Tennis teams get set for Saturday

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer A lot of things have changed for the Portales tennis teams, but several things have not as the Lady Rams hope to take the next step. Last year’s state runnerup boasts the state’s No. 2 singles player, but will still adjust to a new roster and a completely different […]

Texas Woman’s beats Zias with treys

Freedom Newspapers DENTON, Texas — Things certainly aren’t going favorably of late for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. Coach Dan Buzard says it’s not for lack of effort. The Zias overcame a five-point deficit with a 17-5 run to end the half and led virtually all the way in the second half. […]

Hounds suffer first loss in split with Orediggers

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With a six-game winning streak hanging in the balance, the Greyhounds ended up taking measures to give them better odds of avoiding a two-game losing streak. Matt Thome allowed two runs on two hits and struck out nine in a complete-game effort, and three-run efforts in the third and […]

Lopez new state police commander

By Andy Jackson Stationed in Clovis for seven years as a narcotics agent in the 1990s, veteran State Police Officer Daniel Lopez is returning to the area he considers home. Lopez, who got into law enforcement shortly after graduating from Tucumcari High School, will take over Monday as commander of District 9, which includes Curry, […]

In Tribute — January Deaths

The following is a list of people with area ties who died in January 2006. Astorga, Juan, 74, Portales, Jan. 4 Baker, Joe, 50, Portales, Jan. 12 Bell, Maurice, 93, Clovis, Jan. 26 Bobbitt, Mattye, 97, Artesia, Jan. 16 Bono, Isabella, 3 months, Portales, Jan. 15 Brittain, Ruth, 86, Melrose, Jan. 20 Carter, Eugene, 67, […]

McCulloch banks on background in Senate run

Compiled by Andy Jackson The following is the first of a series of profiles on political candidates campaigning in the area for the November general election. Candidate: Dr. Allen McCulloch Party: Republican Office: U.S. Senate Incumbent: Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Background: McCulloch is urologist from Farmington. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical […]

Patchwork of new generation

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By Helena Rodriquez The Red Barn Quilters shatter the image of the Quilted Northern Quilters, a group of old ladies in a TV bathroom tissue commercial who quilt together around a big table. The Red Barn Quilters is a new group of quilters designed for the young working women of Portales. They meet once a […]

Area dryland wheat in dire need of moisture

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By William Thompson Lack of significant moisture since mid-October has area wheat farmers desperately hoping for rain. One wheat farmer, Dale Miller, said if it doesn’t rain or snow in the next couple of weeks his crop will fail. Miller grows wheat and grazes cattle at his farm off state Highway 236, about 13 miles […]

Lubbock Winter Rodeo Series gives fans quick rodeo fix

Compiled by Kevin Wilson For nearly three decades, Charlie Thompson has produced winter training rodeos. This season’s rodeo offers spectators a chance to get a glimpse at potential future world champions, in addition to names they may already recognize. What is it? The Lubbock Winter Rodeo Series was spawned from a small organization called C-T […]

ENMU spring enrollment highest in 12 years

Eastern New Mexico University’s 2006 spring semester enrollment is at its highest point in 12 years, according to a university press release. The current enrollment is 3, 722. That’s up from 3,692 in 2005 and 3,491 in 2004. ENMU media relations director Wendel Sloan said one reason the figures are higher is the university has […]

Blood donors give and feel good

By Marlena Hartz Reclining in a chair with a needle tapped into his vein, Art Smith embodied altruism. He joined more than 45 area residents Friday afternoon and donated a pint of blood to Lubbock United Blood Services. Smith has done so more than 10 times, and said he participates again and again in blood […]

Local airports land funds for improvements

By Tony Parra U.S. senators from New Mexico announced Thursday that the Portales and Clovis municipal airports will receive more than $1.36 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to maintain and expand their airports. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. announced that the Portales airport would receive $470,895 to reconstruct […]

Hounds have history of futility with Orediggers

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Phil Clabaugh would like to think his Eastern New Mexico University baseball team can build on last weekend’s season-opening four-game sweep at Sul Ross State. On the other hand, the Greyhounds open their home slate this weekend in a four-game set against Colorado School of Mines, and their history with […]

Portales teams look for focus

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Though both teams are coming off of losses that could be considered wakeup calls, the Portales basketball teams are in very different positions with their playoff fates. The Portales girls have the No. 1 seed in the District 4-3A tournament two weeks from now, no matter what happens in […]

Black History Month activities under way at ENMU

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University African-American students are celebrating Black History Month and encouraging other people in the community to celebrate with them because “Black History is America’s History” “Black History is America’s History” is the theme students from the African-American Affairs office are using for the seminars and festivities for the month […]

Javelinas best Hounds in 91-76 rout

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — Texas A&M-Kingsville took the lead for good with a 10-0 run midway through the first half Thursday night and the Javelinas went on to rout Eastern New Mexico University 91-76 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball matchup. Senior guard Remi Yusuf scored 17 of his game-high 28 […]

CAFB official says special operations still eyeing base

By Marlena Hartz A major Air Force operation headquartered in the Florida Panhandle is seeking to expand its operations, and is considering Cannon Air Force Base as a new home. The Air Force Special Operations Command has made two official visits to Cannon, one late last year and another in January, according to Capt. Andre […]