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 dwagner@cnjonline.com 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 kwilson@cnjonline.com 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 […]

The ultimate wingman

By Richard Shea 27th Special Operations Wing Air Force Special Operations Command lost a valuable member of its team as well as the ultimate “wingman” this past Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, when Medal of Honor recipient and retired Col. Bernard Fisher died in his home state of Idaho at 87 years old. Fisher, who volunteered […]

AFSOC command chief speaks with Cannon’s NCOs, SNCOs

By Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs NCOs and Senior NCOs at the 27th Special Operations Wing had the opportunity to pick the brain of Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso, Air Force Special Operations Command command chief, and receive frank guidance here during an all-call on Aug. 14. Caruso touched on […]

C-130 celebrates 60 years of air superiority

By Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The C-130 community at Cannon Air Force Base celebrated a significant milestone Aug. 23 when the historic aircraft marked 60 years of aerial superiority and dedicated service. Originally designed to carry out troop, medical evacuation and cargo transportation missions, the C-130 of today has […]

What's happening — Aug. 29

Today Safety Day End of Season Pool Party 10 a.m., DZ Aquatic Center Cosmic Family Fun Night 6 p.m., Cannon Lanes Neighbors 7 p.m., Base Theater Saturday Ping Pong Tournament 1 p.m., Community Center Maleficent 3 p.m., Base Theater Family Bowl-A-Rama 5 p.m., Cannon Lanes Blended 7 p.m., Base Theater Sunday Rio 2 3 p.m., […]

Cannon hosts Senior NCO Induction Ceremony

By Airman 1st Class Chip Slack 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Dressed to the nines and encircled by family and friends, Cannon’s newest master sergeant selects were inaugurated into the topmost tier of the enlisted pyramid during the Senior NCO Induction Ceremony Aug. 14 at the Landing Zone at Cannon Air Force Base, New […]

Good to know there's someone looking out for us

It’s rumored our vending machine at work immigrated from an Eastern Bloc country to the United States sometime after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s also rumored the manufactured label reads: Made in the Motherland. And judging by the machine’s behavior, I’m inclined to believe these rumors are true. Every office has a piece of […]

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 jlucero@cnjonline.com 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 lbowe@pntonline.com 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 […]