Question reminder of importance of knowing history

 By Kistana Dounglomchan Local columnist I had just finished briefing a group of first-term airman on the enlisted force structure, when I asked them if they had any questions. Most of them had a glazed-over look; an airman in the back row yawned. Hardly ever does someone raise their hand, so I was surprised when […]

Prep football playoff pairings

Class 6A Quarterfinals Friday Rio Rancho 41, Las Cruces 23 La Cueva 28, Onate 14 Mayfield 35,  Clovis 21 Saturday Eldorado  21, Cibola 14 Class 5A Quarterfinals Friday Belen 47, Farmington 29 Saturday Artesia 54, Piedra Vista 7 Centennial 69, Miyamura 20 Goddard 42, Aztec  14 Class 4A Quarterfinals Saturday Hatch Valley 20, LV Robertson […]

Toy run produces about 40 toys, $300 in donations

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo: Los Reyes members drop off new toys into the Santa Cop donation box at the police department. Each toy run participant brought a new, unwrapped toy to be donated during Saturday’s event.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Los Reyes Motorcycle and Car Club and the Portales Police Department teamed up Saturday to bring Roosevelt County children a toy-filled Christmas this year. Bikers and car enthusiasts were invited to enter Saturday’s toy run for a fee and an unwrapped toy to donate. Participants were escorted by police […]

Buffs back on top

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Melrose junior Braden Hemminger hauls in an 11-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of Saturday’s 8-man state championship game in Melrose. Hemminger caught another touchdown pass later in the Buffaloes’ 76-37 win over Logan.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer MELROSE — The Melrose Buffaloes put Logan in a situation the Longhorns hadn’t been in all season on Saturday — playing from behind. Freshman Cade Barnard ran for three touchdowns, passed for two and caught one and the Buffs were in control from the start in a 76-37 victory […]

Tucker finds Pit to her liking

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Former Melrose standout Cassidy Doherty led the Zias with four assists.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Suffice it to say, Eastern New Mexico University senior forward Ton Tucker likes playing at The Pit. Tucker, who scored 21 points in a season-opening exhibition against the University of New Mexico on the Lobos’ home court, finished with 25 points and seven rebounds on Saturday night in helping the Zias […]

Medicaid supplement plans overwhelming local choice

By Steve Hansen Staff writer The federal Affordable Care Act’s first-year enrollment figures for New Mexico show the Medicaid supplement plans have proven more popular than the state’s health care insurance exchange. In Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties, the Medicaid expansion program, Centennial Care, has signed up about 5,000 users; the New Mexico Health […]

Zias 19th at D-II South Central meet

Staff report DENVER — Junior Amber Saiz earned all-region status on Saturday with a 19th-place finish in the NCAA Division II South Central Region cross country meet, hosted by Metro State. Saiz finished the 6K women’s race in 23 minutes, 40 seconds. The top 25 finishers in both men’s and women’s competition earn all-region status. […]

Gilliam leads Greyhounds’ 3-point barrage

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University’s Terrez Scott during# saturday’s game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Lieb scored three points in the Hounds’ 94-87 win.

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — Junior guard John Gilliam scored a season-best 25 points and led a potent Eastern New Mexico University outing from 3-point range, hitting 5-of-6, as the Greyhounds built a 19-point, second-half lead before holding off Western New Mexico 94-87 on Saturday night at The Pit on the campus of the University of […]

Silver overpowers Rams in 4A playoff tilt

Staff report Portales scored more points than each of Silver’s last five opponents, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Colts beat the Rams 61-14 Saturday afternoon in a Class 4A state quarterfinal game in Silver City. The sixth-seeded Rams got on the board in the first quarter when Bronte Staugaard scored on a 55-yard […]

Clovis Livestock Auction puts up 289 horses

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A yearling 
stallion waits his turn in a paddock at the Clovis Livestock Auction’s Winter Horse Sale on Saturday. The colt, nicknamed “Wreckin’ Ralph,” was one of 289 performance horses presented at the sale.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer The day began with a prayer. “… Lord, this morning I would just like to thank you for the horse. Ain’t nobody else been able to build one of them. They’re pretty cool, and we get to be a part of it…” And then Steve Friskup, the horse sale […]

Farming harder than most think

  By: Baxter Black On the edge of common sense In the land of Nod a movement sprung up to build houses without the use of power tools. The advocates of organic construction (OC) supported the movement because it prohibited the recovery and use of the carbon coal and oil. To be OC, any lumber […]

Winter can be hard for livestock

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By: Lillian Bowe PNT columnist Winter weather for me means sweaters and a lot of coffee, but for my father and my uncle’s cattle ranch it means more work. The last snow was less than an inch, which did not worry my father as our horses and cattle could still reach the grass below the […]

Police mixed on ban

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer Enforcing New Mexico’s statewide ban on distracted driving has become a priority for the Portales Police Department. But Clovis police say the ban is difficult to enforce and they’ve not issued any citations. On July 1, a law went into effect that makes it illegal to send or read […]

Politics muddy global warming debate

By Tom McDonald State columnist Seems you can’t even talk about the weather without stirring up some politics these days. You know the conversation: It’s often borne out of an awkward silence between two or more people, when somebody says something like, “Some weather we’re having, huh?” It’s generally a noncontroversial topic of conversation. Until, […]

NM senators wrong to block pipeline project

Pandering to their environmental activist base, 59 Senate Democrats, including Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, have again declared war on American jobs and rejected a boost to the U.S. economy and another step toward energy independence by blocking congressional approval of the $5.3 billion Keystone XL pipeline project. The proposed nearly 1,200-mile pipeline would carry […]

Plenty for which to be thankful

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist During Thanksgiving, which originated with illegal immigrants celebrating fall harvests with Native Americans until the pale-faces wore out their welcome with entitlement claims, I am thankful for friends daring to post: • “If you weren’t shot in the face for calling your president a ‘Marxist Dictator’ — then he’s probably […]

Cats unable to overcome quick start by Mayfield

By Kevin Wilson LAS CRUCES — The Field of Dreams became a first-half nightmare for the Clovis Wildcats, and a second-half comeback wasn’t enough to halt second-seeded Mayfield. The Trojans scored on five of their first six possessions behind a complete game from quarterback Kavika Johnson en route to a 35-21 victory in a […]

Buffs gear up for Logan in 8-man finals

By Dave Wagner Melrose has been the only team to give Logan any trouble this season, but coach Dickie Roybal says the Buffaloes will have to be much-improved if they want to beat the Longhorns in today’s 2 p.m. 8-man state football championship game at Melrose. That’s the only blemish on the record for […]

Club notes

Our people-Mike Morris

Insurance agent Mike Morris of Clovis was raised on a ranch by Conchas Lake, known as the Conchas Dam community. He attended a one-room school from kindergarten through sixth grade. He attended junior high and high school in Tucumcari. After high school he attended West Texas A&M but didn’t finish, saying he’s still taking a […]