Briefs: Elida improves to 6-0

LADY TIGERS REMAIN PERFECT: Elida kept its perfect season alive on Thursday with a 25-8, 25-13, 25-21 victory at Grady, improving to 6-0 for the season. “The girls played well tonight,,” Lady Tigers coach Darrell Chenault said. “All 12 girls had a good game.” Elida will have 12 days off before its next match at […]

ENMU organizations joining to form food bank for students

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Last year, Eastern New Mexico University’s Student Veteran’s Organization advisor Lori Brunsen noticed a disturbing trend. Some of her student veterans were not eating. The reason for the students’ lack of food was their G.I. Bill, which not only pays for tuition, but gives out a housing allowance for […]

Seven being inducted in ENMU Hall of Honor

Staff report The seven members of the 2014 class of the Eastern New Mexico University athletics Hall of Honors will be honored Saturday during an induction ceremony. The event will begin with a “meet-and-greet” with the inductees 10 a.m. and conclude with the inductions. The honorees also will be honored at halftime of that evening’s […]

On this date — Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 1961: Roosevelt County farmers were closely watching the progress of 1,500 acres of castor beans growing in the Floyd and Bethel areas. Locals said the opportunity was unlimited for using the beans as an alternative for land usually used for growing grain sorghums.

To do list — Sept. 12

Today • Women’s Initiative Network luncheon — 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Clovis Civic Center. Admission is $15 for lunch and two raffle tickets or $20 for lunch and 12 raffle tickets. Information: 575-769-2103 • Constitution Day — 2 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building’s Sandia Room. Congressman Steve Pearce, R-New Mexico, will […]

Police blotter — Sept. 12

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 1:42 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1600 block of West Second Street. • 4:18 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1300 block of West Ivy Street. • 4:30 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 1600 block of East Spruce Street. • 7:58 a.m.: Prisoner transport, 1700 block of North Boston Street. […]

Tractor was a place to clear head, learn lessons

On the tractor. That’s where I’ve spent a lot of my life. Back and forth and forth and back. Downshift, implement up, turn, implement down, speed back up, drive straight, don’t run over any junk or wells … repeat until through. All day long for days on end. Some might look at it as a […]

Journey leads to mother’s childhood

Remember when you were a child full of imagination? You would ask your mom a thousand questions and she probably gave you short answers, especially if she were like my mom with five children. Mom had told me she grew up near Westport, Washington, and lived above a mercantile that her family owned. This was […]

Zias rally in second half to beat Adams State

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Adams State’s Hope Cruz, left, and Eastern New Mexico University junior Melissa Moxley battle for positioning to head the ball in the first half of Wednesday's game at the ENMU soccer pitch.

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University’s women’s soccer team rode a pair of second-half goals to pick up its first win of the season, 2-1 over Adams State at the ENMU soccer pitch. Maurissa Jones and Alyssa Prince scored for ENMU (1-2), which overcame a rough first half to notch the first win at the […]

N.M. Fishing Report — Sept. 11

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was rated […]

Pumpkins roll in

Staff photo: Lillian Bowe
Elizabeth Vaughan, 4, picks out her favorite pumpkin from the pile of donated pumpkins on Wednesday at the Eastern New Mexico University Childhood Development Center. Program Director Elaine Gard said 10 pumpkins have been donated so far.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Elaine Gard was sitting at her desk on Wednesday when she heard the doorbell ring. At the door were three people, each with a pumpkin in hand. Gard, program director of the Childhood Development Center at Eastern New Mexico University, said the three had heard about the pumpkins stolen […]

Business tax rate increases

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Residential property tax rates in Portales will stay the same for 2014, but non-residential city rates will go up 2.8 percent. Roosevelt County commissioners on Wednesday approved the new tax rates as part of a special business meeting. The rates are set for 2014, which will be seen in […]

Today in history — Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 1961: Roosevelt County farmers were closely watching the progress of 1,500 acres of castor beans growing in the Floyd and Bethel areas. Locals said the opportunity was unlimited for using the beans as an alternative for land usually used for growing grain sorghums.

No reason to be sad about ‘empty nest’

I’ve heard the phrase “empty nest” a lot this year. With a daughter enrolled in an out-of-state college, I have been frequently approached by well-meaning friends who gently touch my arm and say with deep concern, “This must be so hard for you,” or “You must be so sad,” or (peering closely at my eyes […]

Police blotter — Sept. 11

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday • 1:04 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 200 block of Roosevelt Road R. • 2:16 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 600 block of South Avenue D. • 2:26 a.m.: Premise check, 600 block of South Avenue D. • 6:45 […]

To do list — Sept. 11

Today • 9/11 Service — 7:30 a.m., J.P. Stone Community Bank parking lot by the American flag. Information: 575-356-6601. • Tween Programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Where’s Waldo? Information: 575-356-3940. • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Searching for Dragons. Information: 575-356-3940 . Friday • Women’s Initiative […]

Portales rallies, upends Clovis in four

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Portales senior Brooke Lopez lunges out of bounds to save the ball during the second set.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High’s volleyball team got on a nice little run in the first game of Tuesday’s match against Portales at the Ram Athletic Center. That carried over into the second set for a time before the Lady Rams turned it around, notching a 15-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 over the […]

Pioneers blank Hounds

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
 Greyhound senior midfielder Jehmaine Brooks boots the ball out of ENMU territory before it can be reached by a Wayland Baptist University forward during the second half of the Greyhounds’ Tuesday afternoon match against the WBU Pioneers at the Greyhound soccer field.

Staff report Wayland Baptist’s Yago Xavier scored twice in a span of less than two minutes in the second half to break open a close game and give the Pioneers a 3-0 men’s soccer victory on Tuesday at the ENMU pitch. WBU (3-2) was nursing a 1-0 lead before Xavier chipped a crossing pass into […]

Portales pulls soccer sweep at Lovington

Staff report LOVINGTON — Senior midfielder Hannah Evans scored three times in the first 13 minutes of the second half Tuesday to lift Portales to a 5-1 non-district win over Lovington. Angie Gonzalez’ unassisted goal in the 26th minute of the first half put the Lady Rams up for good at 2-1 after Lovington tied […]

Ramblin’ Rick: Samoans improve football, and vice versa

Rick White

Football is a physical game and Samoans are physical people. A natural fit, said Eastern New Mexico University senior Ben Pedro-Langford, who plays linebacker well enough to earn preseason all-America honors. Langford is among a tsunami of players from the tiny island of American Samoa who have swept into college football and the NFL in […]