4 Questions With: Zak Bouldin

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What three people inspired you to commit to music? My sixth-grade band teacher Benjamin Rainy, Portales High School Band Director Jennifer Johnson and (Eastern New Mexico University) professor Neil Rutland.   What is one instrument you don’t play that you’d love to learn how to? The keytar because it seems like an interesting thing to […]

4 Questions With: Gabbie Brewer


What’s the most challenging part of being a member of band?  Making it to every performance and every practice we have, and getting your schedule lined up for it.  What makes you passionate about music and being in band? Knowing how many opportunities it gives me, and that it can take you places unimaginable. What’s […]

Q&A: A time to rebuild


Kristen Soukup has the task of rebuilding the Eastern New Mexico University women’s softball program after serving as the director of compliance for ENMU last year. After a successful playing career at Concordia University, where she was named NCAA Regional Tournament most valuable player in 2005 and 2006, Soukup joined the staff at Concordia. How […]

Hatchery conducting proper steps, state says


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Privett Hatchery is decontaminating all eggs before entry to its hatchery and is taking other steps to ensure consumer safety, according to the state’s health department, after the Portales facility was tied to a national salmonella outbreak last week. The hatchery, which supplies baby chicks, ducklings and other […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt County Hospital District Board of Trustees — Aug. 29

The following report on Tuesday’s Board of Trustees of Roosevelt County Special Hospital District meeting was provided by hospital CEO Larry Leaming: Dr. Imran Shabbir was introduced as the newest family practice physician member of the RGH clinic. Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens presented financial statements and the balance sheet for the month of July. […]

Police Blotter — Aug. 29

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Tuesday Caller reported: • 10:59 a.m.: Needing an officer, Portales. • 11:13 a.m.: Fire alarm, 1500 block of South Avenue K. • 11:49 a.m.: Needing an officer, Portales. • 12:12 p.m.: Theft of a television, 500 block of South Avenue G. • 1:15 p.m.: Stolen vehicle, 1300 block […]

Q&A: Bill Medley still going strong

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Bill Medley will perform Sept. 6 at the Clovis Music Festival. Medley has been making music for more than 50 years, and is best known as one half of the Righteous Brothers.

By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Best known as one half of the Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley has been making award-winning music for the better part of five decades. Medley and his Righteous Brothers partner Bobby Hatfield were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, just months before Hatfield’s unexpected […]

Events Calendar — Aug. 29

Today Belly dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales Farmers Market — 5 p.m., North Chicago Street, across from Big Valley Automotive. Information: 760-0690. Boot camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan Workshop — 5:30 p.m., Roosevelt County Commission Room […]

Where are the Now? ‘Ice Bowl’ kicker has Tucumcari roots

By David Stevens CMI editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Danny Villanueva planned on a teaching career. He was student teaching in a New Mexico State University classroom in 1960 when a mentor told him he had a phone call from the Los Angeles Rams. “I thought they were hazing me,” he said. But the call was real, spurred […]

Pigskin preview: Huge improvement needed on defense

By Kevin Wilson Clovis Media Inc kwilson@cnjonline.com It’s a new August in Clovis, and another opportunity to line the football trophy case. The helmets have few scratches, but they don’t have the Clovis “C” logo either. Both still have to be earned on the field. There’s a good degree of confidence in the locker room […]

Pigskin preview: Clovis’ Cass not concerned about records

By Kevin Wilson Clovis Media Inc kwilson@cnjonline.com By the halfway point of the season, Kamal Cass may be the most prolific running back in Clovis Wildcat history. That’s not enough. Cass is looking for a state championship in December, and a college scholarship at a Division-I school soon after. The reigning Gatorade Player of the […]

Pigskin preview: Experience on Rams’ side

By Dave Wagner Clovis Media Inc dwagner@cnjonline.com Second-year coach Jaime Ramirez and the Portales Rams know they’re starting off on better footing than they did a year ago. For one thing, Ramirez comes into this season more familiar with his personnel. And the Rams, who returned only one starter last season, have a bevy of […]

WATN: Farwell’s Field played in ‘Game of Century’

Farwell’s Bobby Field became a University of Arkansas football fan on Oct. 17, 1964. That was the day he watched the Razorbacks beat the No. 1-ranked Texas Longhorns, 14-13, in a nationally televised game. Arkansas went on to win the national championship that season and Field picked the Fayetteville, Ark., university over Texas Tech and […]

WATN: Painful lessons shape former Wildcat QB’s life

Texas Tech was deciding between two New Mexico athletes on a scholarship for the 1996 season. The Red Raiders went with All-State quarterback Chet Pharies of the mighty Clovis Wildcats, and the University of New Mexico instead picked up a skinny kid from Lovington named Brian Urlacher. “They’ll regret that the rest of their lives,” […]

WATN: Ex-PHS standout took to sky

Dave Scott’s career path literally took flight after college. Scott, who helped Portales win the school’s first state football title in 1979, was stationed in four countries, three continents and nine states while flying helicopters for the U.S. Army and Coast Guard. The Chandler, Ariz., resident still flies for a living, working for the Department […]

WATN: Fort Sumner’s Fikany honed skills on playground

Lance Fikany developed his running style on the playground at Fort Sumner out of necessity. “I was always playing with the older kids,” said Fikany, in his first year at Hobbs as a varsity football coach and PE teacher after four years in a similar role at Lovington. “I was always the smallest kid, so […]

WATN: Muleshoe’s Ramirez still dodging danger

Even to this day, Muleshoe’s Class 3A state semifinal game at Cowboys Stadium in 2000 seems surreal to Danny Ramirez, the team’s star running back. “I remember thinking of all my favorite Cowboys’ moments that occurred in that very stadium over the years, in particular the dynasty of the early nineties,” said Ramirez, who works […]

WATN: Gonzales played on Texico’s 1990 title team

Josefre “Pep” Gonzales believes he was born to be a salesman. “I was always working to sell something,” said Gonzales, who played offensive guard and linebacker on Texico’s 1990 Class 1A state title team. “Whether it was band candy or other school-related products, or even my own toys when I was a kid to make […]

Pigskin preview: Young Rattlers need to step up

By Thomas Garcia Clovis Media Inc. tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Tucumcari second-year coach Wayne Ferguson said he will have a young team this fall. Ferguson said the team graduated several starters from last year’s 8-4 team that finished third in the district and lost to Hatch Valley in the second round of of the Class 2A playoffs The […]

Pigskin preview: Wolverines might take lumps early

District 2-2A • 2012 record: 9-2 • Coach: Ryan Autrey (4th year, 34-11) • Returning starters (offense): 3 • Returning starters (defense): 3 • Last playoff appearance: 2012, lost to Tularosa 26-21 in the Class 2A semifinals. • Things 2 look 4: Texico won state championships in 2004, 2005 and 2008. The Wolverines have been […]