Ram track meet, at long last

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer It’s been 10 years since Portales witnessed their Rams and Lady Rams run, jump and throw on their home track, but that silence will be broken this afternoon at the Portales High School track. Portales is hosting district foes Lovington and Dexter today, with track events scheduled to begin […]

Lady Rams land three on South All Stars

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Rams and Lady Rams combined for a total of five selections for the annual state high school All-Star basketball games this summer. The Portales girls placed three seniors on the annual South All-Star team that will face off against the North All-Stars this summer. Shooting guard Briana […]

Zias sweep ACU, improve playoff chances

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s bats were smoking on Sunday, helping the Zias greatly improved their position in the battle for a Lone Star Conference tournament berth. ENMU used consecutive big innings to outlast Abilene Christian 13-9 in the opener, then rode a five-hit pitching performance from freshman Kristen Cruickshank to […]

Texans sweep Hounds Sunday

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Phil Clabaugh acknowledged there were good things about Sunday’s Lone Star Conference South Division baseball doubleheader, like solid starting pitching from Evan Courteau and Justin Sergeant. Still, his Eastern New Mexico University baseball team didn’t get what it needed — wins — if the Greyhounds hope to extend season beyond […]

Prairie chickens making comeback

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The lesser prairie chicken was once prolific across the shortgrass prairies of the Great Plains. The birds were often the only meat on a pioneer family’s table in hard times, which never seemed to go away for the plains sodbuster. Experts say the birds nearly met their demise, not […]

Official: Prisoner commits suicide

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers A convicted felon and a defendant involved in unrelated high-profile local criminal cases committed suicide within the last month, officials said. Scott Kirby, 23, of Portales, sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison in February for his role in the theft of $600,000 from an armored car service, died March […]

The Mating Game

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A crescent moon shines above the pre-dawn eastern horizon as a passenger van pulls to a stop on a lonely ranch road near Milnesand. Inside are people from various parts of New Mexico and Texas who sacrificed a few hours of sleep to witness one of the stranger wonders […]

Zias earn big split against Abilene Christian

Freedom Newspapers Give the Eastern New Mexico University softball team credit for bouncing back. Abilene Christian rode a nine-run seventh inning to beat the Zias 17-8 the first game of their Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader at Zia Softball Field. ENMU rallied behind five RBIs from freshman second baseman Rebecca Quinones and a solid […]

Greyhounds sweep Texans

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds kept their postseason hopes alive, winning the first two games of a four game weekend series against Tarleton State at Greyhound Field Saturday 16-12 and 8-5. But the Hounds had to come from behind in the second game, spotting the visiting Texans a […]

Briefs: La Escalera Art Guild to meet

PNT staff The La Escalera Art Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Roosevelt County Eletric Cooperative hospitality room, 121 North Main. Guest artist will be Rich Nichols from Taos. Nichols will be doing a demonstration in oil titled Spanish Mission. Local AARP chapter gathering The Roosevelt County Chapter of AARP (American Association […]

Job seekers, employers make connections at Career Expo

By Jean Verlich: Freedon Newspapers Despite a lower than expected turnout, employers, job seekers and organizers called this weekend’s Career Expo at the Clovis Civic Center a success. Lowe’s Home Improvement was one of more than 60 employers that participated in the two-day event, organized by the New Mexico Department of Labor. “The turnout’s been […]

American public has right to be heard

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor My morning routine changed drastically this week — maybe for the better. Several years ago I heard about this talk radio guy named Don Imus who lived in New York and owned a ranch in New Mexico. I checked out his radio show a few times and liked it […]

Sweating small stuff not worth the effort

My cousin Vani is an established physician, a radiologist who lives and works in Italy. She has a 13-month-old son, whom she adores and still breast-feeds. There shouldn’t be a problem with this picture, except for the fact that everyone has been telling her she is crazy. She hears from family and friends that this […]

Vonnegut possessed special sort of talent

By Freedom Newspapers He struggled with depression most of his life, his early work was probably his best, and his outlook on life could be unremittingly bleak. But Kurt Vonnegut, who died Wednesday in Manhattan at 84, captured and epitomized a certain strand of American life in ways that made him iconic to what has […]

District Court

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: —Omar Ortega, 25, pleaded guilty aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, escape or attempt to escape from a peace officer, and aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug. He was ordered to serve six months in the Department […]

Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: —Amanda Luna, 18, pleaded no contest to the charge of possession of marijuana, less than one ounce, was ordered to serve 90 days unsupervised probation and pay court fees and fines. —Aimie Constantapoulos, pleaded guilty to the charge of driving under the influence […]

Rusty memories: Time capsule unearthed

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The star of the show was a rusty metal cylinder. An audience gathered in an arc around the aged tube and watched as men slammed it with a sledgehammer, slid it into a vice and pried open its top. Inside, hugged by cardboard that crumbled when touched, were mementos from […]

Clovis man sentenced for transporting marijuana

Freedom Newspapers A 42-year-old Clovis man caught transporting more than 50 pounds of marijuana across state lines was sentenced Friday to five years in prison, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office. Ricky Martinez was arrested in November 2005 during a traffic stop near the Texico-New Mexico border. Police found a brown […]

Winter weather makes spring appearance

Freedom Newspapers Cool temperatures, wind and snow swept across the area Friday. Strong winds whipped through the eastern Plains during the afternoon, gusting to 38 mph in Clovis in the early evening. Temperatures hovering in the upper 30s and low 40s dropped to freezing in the late afternoon, when snow flurries fell. The last time […]

Second resident dies from tornado injuries

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Last month’s tornado claimed its second victim Thursday when Walter “Snap” Cravy, 90, of Clovis died at a Lubbock hospital. Thomas V. Cravy said his father had been hospitalized with multiple injuries since the March 23 tornado tore through a trailer home “Snap” Cravy shared with a friend on Oak […]