Pigskin preview: Coyotes will rely on running game

Six-man District 1 • 2012 record: 4-4 • Coach: Bobby Gomez, (2nd year, 4-4) • Last playoff appearance: 2012, lost to Hondo 105-90 in state quarterfinals. • Returning starters (offense): 4 • Returning starters (defense): 4 • Top returning players: Dylan Bryant, Jr. FB/RB; Ryan Bone, So., QB/WR; Gage Conway, Jr., DL • Top newcomers: […]

Pigskin preview: Longhorns expect to be competitive in district

8-man District 1 • 2012 record: 8-4 • Coach: Kene Terry (third year, 10-13). • Last playoff appearance: 2012, lost to Tatum in semifinals 28-24. • Returning starters (offense): 4 • Returning starters (defense): 4 • Top returning players: Wesley Gudgell, Jr. , WR/CB/LB; Tyler Mehl, Sr., DB/RB; Wyatt Strand, Jr., QB/WR/S; Christopher Roberts, Sr., […]

Pigskin preview: Dora eyes another run despite youth

6-man District 2 • 2012 record: 8-1 • Coach: Mason McBee (3rd year, 14-4) • Returning starters (offense): 2 • Returning starters (defense): 2 • Last playoff appearance: 2012, lost to Hondo 44-24 in the state 6-man semifinals. • Things 2 look 4: The Coyotes open the season at home on Friday against Hondo in […]

Pigskin preview: Farwell coach expects another district dogfight

District 3-1A Division II • 2012 record: 6-4 • Coach: Taylor Read (2nd year, 6-4) • Returning starters (offense): 6 • Returning starters (defense): 6 • Last playoff appearance: 2011, the Steers lost to Wellington 22-14 in the area (second) round. • Things 2 look 4: Farwell lost out to Bovina for the third and final […]

Pigskin preview: Bovina has lots of holes to fill

District 3-1A Division II • 2012 record: 5-7 • Coach: Hector Guevara (8th year, 43-38) • Returning starters (offense): 4 • Returning starters (defense): 4 • Last playoff appearance: 2012, the Mustangs lost to Wellington 56-20 in the area (second) round. • Things 2 look 4: The Mustangs have made the playoffs every year except […]

Pigskin preview: Expectations rise in Lynn’s second season at ENMU

By Dave Wagner Clovis Media Inc dwagner@cnjonline.com Josh Lynn expects his second year as Eastern New Mexico University’s football coach to run more smoothly than the first. The Greyhounds struggled to a 3-7 mark in 2012 (2-6 Lone Star Conference), partly because of losing players to an NCAA eligibility investigation that hit the day before […]

Pigskin preview: Melrose’s Barnard makes jump from 8-man to D-I

By Rick White Clovis Media Inc. rwhite@cnjonline.com Growing up in Melrose, Clint Barnard aspired to play to Division I college football. His dream just took a little longer than planned. Barnard, who helped the Buffaloes finish as unbeaten 8-man state champions in his junior and senior seasons in 2008 and 2009, has positioned himself to […]

Elida wins opener; Dora falls

CMI staff FORT SUMNER — The defending Class B state champion Elida Lady Tigers opened the 2013 volleyball season on Tuesday night, holding off Fort Sumner 25-13, 22-25, 15-25, 25-19, 15-13. Kaylen Jasso had 14 kills and a block for the Lady Tigers, while Marily Varela compiled nine kills and three aces. Kenzee Criswell had […]

Lady Rams beat Hobbs; Rams edge Clovis JV


CMI staff The Portales High volleyball team oplened its season on Tuesday night by spanking Hobbs 25-14, 25-14, 25-15 at the Ram Athletic Center. PHS pulled away in each game to win comfortably against the Class 5A Lady Eagles (0-2). “It was back and forth for the first few points (in each set),” Lady Rams […]

Q&A: Blades and his band

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Jack Blades, center, of Night Ranger said the group has been touring a lot this summer, including shows with Journey, Loverboy and Cheap Trick.

By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com From the moment Jack Blades first saw the Beatles, he knew he wanted to be a part of rock ‘n’ roll. As a singer, bassist, songwriter and producer with more than 30 years in the business, Blades has worked with the likes of Ted Nugent, Cher, Ringo Starr, […]

Clerk: Not in Roosevelt County

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County will remain one place where same-sex marriage licenses will not be issued despite a growing trend among the state’s 33 country clerks to do so. Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter said Tuesday same-sex marriage will be a no-go because the law has not changed in her […]

Police Blotter — Aug. 28

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Monday Caller reported: • 9:51 a.m.: Wanted cat trap picked up, 800 block of North Avenue J. • 10:01 a.m.: Harassment, 1700 block of North Boston. • 10:05 a.m.: Auto burglary, 1200 block of North Abilene. • 10:31 a.m.: Damage to a building, 1000 block of West Second. […]

Events Calendar — Aug. 28

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Circuit training — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Thursday 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: […]

My Turn: Ernest back in school

Going back to school for the first time in two years was pretty awkward last week. If you’ve ever seen the movies “Billy Madison” or “Never Been Kissed,” then you’ll understand that in less exaggerated forms, school has changed since I was there. But that’s every year and even every semester. I’m only taking one […]

New rules leading to employers dropping family members

Get ready for the new health care reality — some employers faced with Affordable Care Act rules are dropping insurance coverage for employees’ spouses. United Parcel Service, which employed nearly 400,000 people at the end of 2012, is dropping coverage for thousands of working spouses of their white collar employees. Children of these employees will […]

Week gives sad look at our priorites

“What’s this batfleck that everybody’s talking about?” I was slow to the news on my Twitter feed, but I figured it out pretty quickly: Ben Affleck was named to play Batman in the next Superman movie. I immediately thought of a script for “Clark Kent Hunting,” with Affleck as a Bostonian Bruce Wayne. “Clark, every […]

Military Update: TRICARE changes to tackle overreaches

Retirees eligible for TRICARE for Life (TFL) will face higher outpatient costs at VA hospitals and clinics starting Oct. 1 if they continue to seek care there for conditions not rated as service-connected. TRICARE managers this spring discovered that, for more than a decade, TRICARE was exceeding its legal authority by covering almost all outpatient […]

Goal: Get back to the top


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com There really aren’t too many new goals for Portales High School volleyball coach Ruth Chavez. After appearing in nine AAA championship games since 2000 and winning five state titles, the goal for this year is as clear as ever; a 10th title game appearance and a sixth […]

Greyhounds release basketball schedule

CMI staff Eastern New Mexico University has released a 26-game scheduled for the 2013-14 season, which includes 11 home dates. Following a Nov. 2 exhibition game at the University of New Mexico, the Greyhounds begin the regular season in Las Vegas, Nev., against Missouri Southern. Other notable games include the team’s home opener Nov. 16 […]

Saturday Success

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Roosevelt County Fair officials said 4-H activities, including the swine show pictured here, as well as Saturday night entertainment made this year’s fair a success.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A crowded Saturday made up for a slow week at the fair, resulting in ticket sales being nearly the same as 2012’s fair, according to Roosevelt County Fair officials. Fair Board Treasurer David Craig said Saturday night’s ticket sales were the largest of any Saturday in the last […]