Urlacher success surprises former opponents

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Brian Urlacher helped the Lovington Wildcats go undefeated and win the Class 3A state football title in his senior season. However, area players and coaches who faced Urlacher while he was at Lovington are mildly surprised he became an NFL superstar with the Chicago Bears. The five-time All-Pro middle […]

One Super Sunday

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The 1985 Chicago Bears went 15-1 in the regular season, outscored their three playoff opponents 91-10, and were so confident they recorded a song for charity called “Super Bowl Shuffle” before the playoffs began. They gave opponents nightmares, but they gave then-12-year-old Darren Keith some of the greatest moments of […]

NMMI beats Rams at the buzzer

PNT staff ROSWELL — New Mexico Military Institute won a game of stall ball, hitting a layup with two seconds left to beat the Rams 37-36 in a District 4-3A matchup. NMMI outscored Portales four to two in the fourth quarter to hand the Rams their first district loss. With the Rams up by one, […]

Zias fall in overtime in LSC South Contest

Freedom Newspapers DENTON, Texas — So close, and yet so far. Eastern New Mexico University’s women continued to struggle to get over the top in Lone Star Conference South Division play Thursday night, falling in overtime to Texas Woman’s 85-79. Freshman guard Jessica Durr sent the game into overtime with a last-second basket and the […]

Philly plays Baskett-ball

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By Rick White Hank Baskett describes his rookie season in the NFL as a blur. Even his first touchdown — an 87-yard catch and run that helped Philadelphia beat the Dallas Cowboys — is hard to recall, he said. “I’ve been describing it for people. I tell them I can remember 10 percent of it. […]

Sheriff’s deputies train with Taser guns

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies spent much of Thursday training to become certified to carry a Taser gun. Deputies learned how to properly use the Taser guns and participated in simulated drills to learn the feel and proper techniques under the direction of Sandy Loomis from the Curry County Sheriff’s […]

Movie makes hometown debut

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Memories came flooding back Thursday afternoon as Liz Eisenbraun sifted through photographs. Eisenbraun, film liaison for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said the pictures were taken when the movie “Believe in Me” was being filmed in the area. The walk down memory lane was prompted by the news the […]

Downtown Portales buildings vandalized

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Police are investigating a graffiti spree that marked up approximately a dozen downtown buildings Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said police had received 10 reports of graffiti vandalism, most of them coming in on Wednesday. He said police noticed other buildings that had […]

Lawmakers review military spending measure

Freedom Newspapers Sen. Pete Domenici has asked the Air Force to determine if a military spending measure that the House passed Wednesday could adversely impact New Mexico Air Force installations, according to his spokesperson, Chris Gallegos. The House spending measure — to be considered by the Senate in coming weeks — provides extra money for […]

Area theater gives taste of stage life

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer I’ve never had formal acting lessons, but as a child I did spend some time on the stage in our north Portales community theater called Teatro de la Comunidad de los Niños. We were the junior version of the high school group, Teatro de la Comunidad, which featured a […]

Dictatorship won’t help social improvement plan

Editorial The Venezuelan National Assembly confirmed what has been in the works for more than a month: President Hugo Chavez, an avowed socialist who sees Cuban dictator Fidel Castro as his role model, has been handed virtually unlimited power to rule by decree for the next 18 months. This new era of what Chavez calls […]

God’s surprises surround us

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Every day God sends beautiful gifts just waiting for us to open. They are wonderful little surprises and unless we are tuned in, these blessings will go unnoticed. I’ve discovered 10 ways to receive blessings but there are many more. 1. Have childlike faith. Children do not sweat life […]