Portales dominates Cobre in playoff opener

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Upon hearing that they didn’t get a first-round bye week heading into the Class 3A playoffs, the Portales Rams felt it was in their best interest to play a game anyway — and they may have been right. Portales junior quarterback Chris Mosier threw for a touchdown and ran […]

Lady Rams ousted

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By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — Pojoaque had waited a year for the opportunity to avenge a heartbreaking loss to Portales in the 2005 Class 3A state volleyball championship. The Elkettes, with virtually everybody returning from that squad, moved into today’s title game with a 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 25-16 win over Portales at Tingley Coliseum. Pojoaque […]

Vixens sweep Elida

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By Dave Wagner, CNJ Sports Writer ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner climbed one major hill on Friday. Now the Vixens will have to do it again in today’s Class 1A state volleyball championship at Tingley Coliseum. Fort Sumner turned the tables on District 3-1A rival Elida, handing the Lady Tigers their first loss of the season […]

Service a family affair

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Resplendent in his dress uniform with gold stripes glittering on his sleeves, Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Wilson cuts a dashing figure. Wilson, a former Clovis resident, has served in the U.S. Navy for almost 22 years. At 41, not only is he a dedicated sailor, but a husband, father […]

America Recycles Day aims to reduce waste

America Recycles Day has been celebrated since 1997 to encourage recycling and preserve resources. Jake Madril Wednesday is America Recycles Day – a day set aside to encourage Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. First celebrated in 1997, the number of participants has grown each year as communities and individuals renew their commitment to […]

HAWC leads ‘Great American Smokeout’ efforts

Candace Weaver The Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) will lead the 30th annual “Great American Smokeout” at Cannon Thursday as part of a national day that encourages smokers to quit for a day and perhaps quit for good. The day is but one of a series of events planned to get smokers to quit. A […]

Veterans Day commemorates all who served and still serve

Greg Allen In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as “Armistice Day,’” and called for a suspension of business for two minutes at 11 a.m. and a day of parades and public meetings. Following World War II and the Korean War, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 changing the name of the legal […]

Reading a person’s ‘indicator lights’ describes a unit’s health

Col. Bob West As I look around the 27th Fighter Wing, what really stands out are the people. In our Air Force, such phrases as “take care of your people” and “people are our most valuable resource” are common. Never has it been more important to take care of our people then now. With the […]

Portales two wins away from another state title

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Apparently, Bethany Self makes an appreciable difference in the Portales Lady Rams’ lineup. Held out of Wednesday’s pool play after sustaining a strained right MCL in last week’s District 4-3A tournament championship loss to Ruidoso, the 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter returned with a vengeance on Thursday. After helping […]

Elida still perfect, into state semi’s

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Even though Elida has beaten Fort Sumner three times this season, the Vixens won’t get any sympathy from Lady Tigers junior outside hitter Janice Taylor. Taylor helped Elida fight off a spirited upset bid by Clovis Christian in Thursday’s Class 1A state quarterfinals at Tingley Coliseum in the […]

Segovia back for Rams first-round game

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Rams have plenty of reasons to smile heading into tonight’s first-round playoff game against the Cobre Indians at Greyhound Stadium (7 p.m.) The Rams are still riding high after taking the District 4-3A championship last week, they are happy to have leading rusher Eric Segovia back, and […]

White advances with Dodgers

Portales High School allumni Logan White was promoted this week to Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. White is the son-in-law of Portales residents Web and Jan Smartnick. “I’m pretty excited for him, he’s a hard worker,” Smartnick said. “He’s never slacked off on the jobs that he’s had, and he’s always had […]

Veterans day events planned

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Joe Blair, commander of American Legion Post 31 in Portales, keeps a good buddy up front in his thoughts each Veterans Day by always making sure there is a flag placed on his grave. Without naming the comrade, Blair said they were good friends, about the same age, who […]

Area task force begins brainstorming

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Through discussion at a town hall meeting Wednesday, audience members agreed that work on U.S. 70 through town and a sustainable water supply were badly needed resources in the area. The discussion came at a Governors Task Force meeting titled “Our Communities, Our Future.” Other ideas centered around revitalizing […]

First Amendment Conference held

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Students and community members alike attended the First Amendment conference Wednesday co-sponsored by Eastern New Mexico University’s department of Communicative Arts and Sciences and the Chase. The panel discussion was designed to encourage people to question American media’s role during wartime, say organizers. Amber Davis a Public Relations Student […]

Days of the week should be reversed

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers We have it backward, says my Spanish professor, Dr. Vitelio Contreras of Eastern New Mexico University. Monday is the best day of week, he says, because we’re rested from the weekend. By Friday, we’re exhausted. It’s a psychological thing, he says, about dreading Mondays. Many of us take on an […]

Food safety research must be left to professionals

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Combine E.coli 0157:H7, “naturally” produced spinach, food poisoning, an organic foods purveyor and author, cows and the New York Times and you get — guess what? That’s right. Evil factory farming! No surprise. I have compassion for the ill and also for the California spinach growers. Like lots of farmers […]

Next two years could bring interesting politics

As the evening wore on, it became increasingly apparent that while corruption and incompetence were factors, the pickup of two dozen House seats by the Democrats was largely about the war in Iraq. President Bush tacitly acknowledged this Wednesday by announcing that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would step down, to be replaced by Robert Gates, […]

ENMU men’s soccer players honored

RICHARDSON, Texas — Senior forward Keith Vargas, sophomore forward Jared Morris and junior defender Ryan Atkinson represented Eastern New Mexico Univeristy on the Southwest Soccer Conference’s all-academic team, announced on Wednesday. Morris set a single-season ENMU record with six goals in 2006, and was second on the team with 12 points. Vargas had 11 points […]

Lady Rams get slow start in state pool play

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams finished sixth in Pool A on Wednesday in the Class 3A state volleyball tournament at Tingley Coliseum with a 3-7 record in games. The Lady Rams will play a first-round bracket match at 9:45 a.m. today against Laguna-Acoma, which finished third in Pool B. Portales (14-6) split […]