Lady Cats post easy win in season-opening invite

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis High freshman Kelsey McNaughton placed first in varsity girls competition of Friday’s Clovis Invitational cross country meet at Ned Houk Park with a time of 20 minutes, 9.73 seconds.

By Dave Wagner Clovis High freshman Kelsey McNaughton was a bit stunned at how the girls race turned out in Friday’s season-opening Clovis Invitational at Ned Houk Park. Coach Mark Bussen, on the other hand, was not. McNaughton ran away from the field to win the three-mile event in a time of 20 minutes, […]

Cardinals notch win over PHS

Staff report LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Portales Rams hung with Class 4A top-ranked Las Vegas Robertson for a half on Friday night. The Cardinals got away in the third quarter, though, scoring three touchdowns to pull away for a season-opening 33-20 victory. Coach Jaime Ramirez said the Rams found out shortly before the game […]

Roswell High blanks Lady Rams

Staff report Friday was a tough day for the Portales High girls soccer team. Roswell High had three girls with multiplee goals and the Lady Coyotes cruised to a 9-0 win at the PHS pitch. Senior forward Jessica La Stella scored four goals for the Lady Coyotes (3-3) — two in each half. Meantime, senior […]

Elida gains Eunice tourney semifinals

Staff report EUNICE — The Elida Lady Tigers advanced to the semifinals of the eight-team Eunice volleyball tournament on Friday with a 25-7, 25-19, 25-16 win over Roosevelt County rival Dora. The Lady Tigers (2-0) face the host Lady Cardinals at 12:30 p.m. today. Elida captured its pool, splitting sets with Loving 24-25, 25-11 and […]

Cats take on Goddard in opener

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer CLOVIS — The weekly scouting report handed to Clovis players this week is a mostly blank cover, with only three statements: • The team hashtag #PFF, short for, “Pride, Family, Football.” • The team hashtag #WRTS, short for, “We Run This State.” • The team’s adaptation of the oft-repeated […]

The eyes have it in recent dog study

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist It’s one of those little ironies that has become a punch line of sorts — fat ones, skinny ones, short-snouted ones … somehow, dogs and their owners share a resemblance to one another. The fact that dogs often share striking similarities to the people who love them is such an […]

Hopefully your number won’t be up too soon

By Grant McGee Local columnist Did you ever hear that saying, “Well I guess their number wasn’t up”? I can remember the first time I heard the phrase. I was just a kid. My mom and dad were getting ready to go on another trip. They were always going on trips. They’d go to a […]

Pages Past — Aug. 30

On this date … 1967: Poor Boy’s Butcher Shop, at 801 Prince in Clovis, offered 4 pounds of fresh, lean hamburger for $1, in a Labor Day weekend sale. And the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. was promoting a new way to enjoy its products — in no-deposit, no-return bottles. 1955: Around 500 hands were at work […]

Prep football scoreboard — Aug. 29

Las Vegas Robertson 23, Portales 20 Muleshoe 48, Levelland 46 Farwell 24, Panhandle 14 Santa Rosa 25, Texico 12 Bovina 40, Plains 0 Melrose 50, Mescalaro 0

Thursday area prep volleyball — Aug. 28

Staff report HAGERMAN — The Elida Lady Tigers overcame a slow start to open the volleyball season on Thursday with a 13-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-9 win over Hagerman. “It looked like the first game of the season,” Elida coach Darrell Chenault said of the slow start. “After we got playing a little bit and settled […]

Home team pride

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
The Portales High School Rams prepare for the football 
season wearing the school’s signature red and black colors during their Tuesday afternoon practice. Local high school football fans will be able to cheer on their hometown teams  beginning  Friday.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Two things come to mind when Michael Doerr thinks about high school football in Roosevelt County: pride and unity. “People align themselves with the team and feel like they are a part of it. It creates a sense of unity,” Doerr said. Portales Rams fans will have to travel […]

Student population holds steady

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Portales schools’ student population has been gradually declining the past four years, but officials said it’s holding steady so far this year. Wednesday saw 2,816 students on the roster, compared to 2,804 at the end of last year. Superintendent Johnnie Cain said he is pleased with the overall increase, […]

No time for those pesky varmints

By Audra Brown Local columnist Plowing, planting, branding, weaning, harvesting, herding. Agriculture keeps you plenty busy, but you might not believe how much time is spent on pest control. Fact is, there’s never enough time for this particular duty. It’s almost as never-ending as building fence. On the lower end of the size-spectrum and the […]

Holiday closures

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday: • J.P. Stone Community Bank • U.S. Bank • Wells Fargo Bank • New Mexico Bank & Trust • First Financial Credit Union • Western Bank of Portales • City of Portales offices • Portales Public Library […]

Your call is very important to us

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist “The Nine Circles of Customer Service Hell.” That’s an article by Jay Steinfield, CEO of, who, with apologies to Dante and his original “nine circles of . . .” asked the question for phone-holding customers everywhere: “Your customers are the cornerstone of your success. So why offend them?” I […]

To do list — Aug. 29

Today Fifth Friday — Entertainment on the square downtown. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Information: 575-607-9261 Me, Myself & I — The national self portrait show is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Runnells Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Information: Call Bryan Hahn at 575-562-2778. Saturday Biggest Catfish […]

Police blotter — Aug. 29

Tuesday • 12:39 a.m.: Civil matter, 200 block of East Seventh Street. • 1:05 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1400 block of South Main Avenue. • 2:06 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2000 block of South Avenue I. • 7:12 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1800 block of South Roosevelt Road 7. • 9:10 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 200 block of South […]

Unbeaten Eagles blank Rams

Staff report The Portales High boys soccer team didn’t score against Hobbs on Thursday, but the Rams weren’t the first ones this season to come up empty against the Eagles. Hobbs scored twice in a two-minute span of the first half and that held up for a 2-0 victory on Thursday at the PHS soccer […]

Rams take on Robertson in season opener

By Dave Wagner Sports writer For at least the fourth year in a row, the Portales Rams and Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals open the football season against each other. In the previous three years, the Cardinals have also ended the Rams’ season in the first round of the playoffs. Tonight’s contest at Robertson is […]

Heard that before

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Drivers take a detour Wednesday afternoon while construction crews prepare to reopen the outside lane of West Second Street. The construction, which has taken nearly 27 months to complete, is said to be wrapping up in about two weeks, but a few business owners are skeptical of the expected completion date.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Chuck Abbott is aware the road construction through the heart of Portales is supposedly coming to an end. He remains skeptical. “They (Constructors Inc. officials) have been saying it would be done time after time,” said Abbott, who owns Big League Sports on the Portales square. “They don’t seem […]