La Cueva trips up Lady Rams

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Things were going along pretty well for the Portales Lady Rams on Thursday. Then, all of a sudden they hit a wall. Leading by 10 points just over two minutes into the second half, the Lady Rams managed only two more points the rest of the way and […]

Jaguars maul Portales boys at Stu Clark

PNT Staff Report LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Portales Ram basketball coach Mark Gallegos has always said the experience his team receives at the Stu Clark Tournament in Las Vegas is important. But sometimes the lessons are hard. The Rams (3-3) got one of those lessons here Thursday as they lost to the Santa Fe Capital […]

Lady Rams capture spring basketball title

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series looking at the important local sports stories in 2006. As winter sports began to wind down in early 2006, the Portales Lady Ram basketball team found themselves in a familiar position while the Ram football team found themselves without […]

ENMU teams prepare for LCU

Freedom Newspapers ENMU BASKETBALL Men Lubbock Christian (6-3) at ENMU (5-5), 4 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena. Radio: KSEL-FM 95.3. On the Net: www.enmusports.com. Notes: ENMU’s last game was a 90-63 win at New Mexico Highlands on Dec. 18. The Chaparrals haven’t played since winning their Sooner Conference opener over Wayland Baptist 72-63 on Dec. […]

Guilty plea, Ute Water authorization bill mark end of year

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s note: this is the last in a three-part series taking a look at the major stories that shaped news in Roosevelt County in 2006. This installment takes a look at the months of September, October, November and December. Intermingled in the closing months of 2006 were a mixture […]

City names new MainStreet manager

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Georgia Gonzales has a new job and title. The City of Portales recently named Gonzales the Capital Projects/MainStreet Manager. The position replaces the Community Development Director position held by Jeremy Sturm who is leaving the post. As the new Capital Projects/MainStreet Manager, Gonzales will be in charge of managing […]

Charter school appeal denied

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia upheld a Portales Municipal Schools board decision Tuesday, denying a charter to the proposed Horace Mann School. Garcia outlined the reasons for denying the appeal in a 16-page document. Garcia said there were at least 15 instances of deficiency in the HMS charter application. […]

Escapee caught in Texas

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Thursday without incident in Dimmitt, Texas, according to Dimmitt police. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 29, was arrested by local police about 8:30 a.m. (CST) at a Dimmitt hotel, according to police. “We knocked on the door and that’s when we […]

New Year’s closings

Closed at noon Friday, reopening Tuesday • 9th Judicial District Court Closed Monday, reopening Tuesday • City offices • County offices • Post office • All banks • Municipal court • All federal offices Closed until Jan. 3 • Eastern New Mexico University • All area schools 

Soldiers’ humbleness lesson to be learned

By Baxter Black: Humor columnist This year-end marks a political changing of the guard. It was a year of mixed blessings. The economy is booming, unemployment is down, the results of “No Child Left Behind” accountable education are encouraging, the prescription drug benefits program is a big success, we mark the fifth year post 9/11 […]

Resolutions should focus on inside, not out

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Don’t set yourself up for failure in 2007 by making unachievable New Year’s resolutions, like trying to block SPAMs from your computer, evading taxes or attempting to get off someone’s Christmas card list. It just ain’t gonna happen! The solution: Dumb down your New Year’s resolutions! Wait, no, New […]

Checkpoints lack intended effectiveness

By Freedom Newspapers “Opponents of sobriety checkpoints tend to be those who drink and drive frequently and are concerned about being caught.” That’s what Mothers Against Drunk Drivers says. And that’s correct, or as correct and logical as it is to say that only pornographers oppose obscenity laws, communists oppose blacklists and terrorists oppose the […]

Report: Teen drinking at high levels

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on risky behavior in teens. The second installment is planned for Sunday. A recent study conducted by three New Mexico entities, show that Roosevelt County students in grades nine through 12 are engaging in risky behavior, including binge drinking […]

Year in review: Sheriff picked, base saved

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s Note — The following is the second in a three-part series taking a look at major stories that shaped news in Roosevelt County in 2006. This installment looks at May, June, July and August. A story that idled the economies of Portales and Clovis and kept eastern New […]

County launches investigation into jail events

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The escape of a prisoner and the stabbing of an inmate in recent days have prompted investigations aimed at Curry County Adult Detention Center officials, according to state and county officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler and Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher on Wednesday called for prompt corrective action […]

Records: Jail inmate stabbled

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — A Clovis man awaiting trial for homicide was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of a fellow inmate at the county jail, according to court documents. Demetrio Salas, 21, is accused of stabbing London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult […]

Program aims to curb DWIs for Cannon

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers With the holidays in full swing, an organization at Cannon Air Force Base is gearing up to curb drinking and driving. By offering free rides without consequences to airmen who have been drinking, members hope to keep partiers from getting behind the wheel. Airmen Against Drunk Driving works to save […]

PHS starts tourney play

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Portales High girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez isn’t happy to be 3-5, but the Lady Rams have had some extenuating circumstances. First, they graduated several key players from last year’s Class 3A state championship team, including Morgan Hill and Megan Kabrick, both of whom are now playing in […]

Coaching news tops Portales’ spring sports

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series about the year in sports locally. The birth of a new sports year in Roosevelt County began with the death of a local coaching legend, followed by the announcement of a new Zia basketball coach and a tennis state […]

Looking back

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer EDITOR’S NOTE — The following is the first in a three-part series taking a look at major stories that shaped news in Roosevelt County in 2006. This first installment looks at January, February, March and April. In 2006, news in Roosevelt County was shaped by a bursting dairy industry, […]