Shootout at noon

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Players prepare for a rebound Tuesday during a pickup game in the Greyhound Arena’s north practice gym.

  What started as casual games of basketball has flourished into a daily tradition of camaraderie, exercise and fun; and the players say if you’re not there, you’re missing out. Every weekday at noon, people from the Roosevelt and Curry county communities gather to play pickup games of basketball at Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound […]

A life’s work

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Patricia Saylor works on her lesson plan for one of her classes she teaches at Eastern New Mexico University. Saylor teaches and is the program director of ENMU’s social work program. Saylor has been working at ENMU for five years.

  Patricia Saylor, a professor and social work director at Eastern New Mexico University, has more than 30 years experience in the field. Saylor worked with the State of New Mexico, Children, Youth and Families Department and the State of Oklahoma. Saylor said social work field include working in hospitals, prisons, hospice, universities, schools and […]

Mounted shooters match underway

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Tuff Romero, right, is led through the second stage of the main match Saturday at the New Mexico-Texas Border Wars mounted shooting competition. Romero is part of the Wranglers, an 11-year-old and under group that completes the course but the children aren’t allowed to handle weapons.

  The first half of a match between New Mexico and Texas mounted shooters took place Saturday at Roosevelt County Special Events Arena. More than 50 shooters competed in the event billed as the New Mexico-Texas Border Wars. Shooter skills ran from novice to professional. The event drew contestants from Carlsbad, Dexter, Midland, Texas, and […]

Publisher calls it a career

Ray Sullivan

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Ray Sullivan spent last week unpacking his office on 521 Pile Street of countless memories of a life in journalism — one that started in junior high and only let him take detours before always drawing him back because, “I missed newspapers.” The community around him has changed, […]

Lady Rams win first title since 2006

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By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — Say one thing for the Portales Lady Rams — the loud Shiprock crowd cheering against them on Friday never got to them. Portales got off to a fast start, then made play after play to stay close and in the end outlasted top-seeded and previously unbeaten Shiprock 62-59 in […]

Un-B-lievable: Elida wins fourth straight title

Joshua Lucero: PNY correspondent
Elida Tigers Kaylen Jasso, Hunter Haley, and Raeona Sanders hoist their 2014 class B NMAA state championship trophy over their heads in celebration after their win over the Corona Cardinals for the state title Friday afternoon at the Pit in Albuquerque.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — Apparently, the Elida Lady Tigers will retire as the unbeaten all-time kings of New Mexico’s soon-to-be-dispatched Class B. Elida completed a four-peat in four-year-old Class B — it will be designated Class 1A next year when the New Mexico Activities Association juggles thing — by beating […]

Firefighters fit right in

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Richard Montano checks one of the fire trucks at the Portales Fire Department station. Montano, from Farmington, joined the fire department six months ago.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Richard Montano, 20, joined the Portales Fire Department six months ago, but he has not always wanted to be a firefighter. “I had a silly childhood dream that I wanted to […]

Sunland plant to be auctioned

CMI file photo
The Sunland peanut plant closed on Oct. 7.

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com The defunct Sunland Inc. plant is headed to the auction block Thursday in what creditors hope will turn into a bidding war for the bankrupt Portales peanut processing plant. The reserve for all bidders in this case is $18.5 million — the amount California-based Ready Roast Nut Co. […]

2 for No. 1

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By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com For the first time since 2009, the Portales High girls team will have a game to play on state championship Friday at The Pit. For the fourth time in as many years, Elida will be there as well in its final hunt for a Class B title. The […]

Elida game away from fourth straight title

JOSHUA LUCERO: PNT correspondent
Elida sophomore Lauren Stone shoots for two points over Carrizozo's Gracie Hooten in the first half of Elida’s 64-40 win over Carrizozo in the Class B semifinals Thursday morning at Bernalillo High School.

CMI staff Elida will face Corona for the third-straight year in the Class B finals. The Lady Tigers will seek perfection for the fourth-straight year. Senior Hunter Haley scored 15 points for Elida, which defeated Carrizozo 64-40 Thursday at Bernalillo High School to set up a 1:30 p.m. Friday matchup with the Cardinals. Corona, which […]