Prock seeks to change culture

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Joshua Prock has big ambitions for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s program. A solid performance on Sunday in an exhibition game at the University of New Mexico would indicate the Zias are headed in the right direction. “It’s the overall culture that we’re trying to change,” said Prock, […]

State football playoffs pairings

ENMU ROUNDUP: Hounds 2nd, Zias 3rd

Staff report WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s  men finished second while the women were third on Saturday in the Lone Star Conference cross country championships. ENMU’s men finished with 81 points, trailing defending champion West Texas A&M, which had 28 points. It was the second year in a row the Greyhounds were […]

prep volleyball pairings

(Seeds in parentheses) District 4-4A Tuesday (2) Portales def. (3) East Mountain 25-3, 25-16, 25-11 Thursday Championship (1) Ruidoso def. Portales 25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19 District 6-2A Tuesday (3) Fort Sumner def. (4) Dora 25-22, 25-11, 25-20 Thursday (2) Logan def. Fort Sumner 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 25-21 Saturday Championship Logan at (1) Melrose, 6 p.m. […]

WT’s games ‘nullified’ for ineligible player

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com Before Friday, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team thought its No. 6 seed was set in the upcoming Lone Star Conference playoffs. Things changed a bit, though, when tonight’s opponent, West Texas A&M, had five LSC games “nullified” by the conference for the use of an ineligible player in those games. […]

Rams turn back St. Michael’s

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Rams senior running back Miguel Garza lunges through St. Michael’s defenders for a touchdown in the first half of Friday’s District 4-4A title at Greyhound Stadium.

By Derek Major dmajor@pntinline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — The Portales Rams’ running game turned Greyhound Stadium into a house of horrors on Halloween night for the St. Michael’s Horsemen. Senior quarterback Matt Martinez and junior running back Bronte Staugaard combined for 339 yards and three touchdowns on 51 carries to propel the Rams to a 33-20 […]

Rams fall in district match

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By Derek Major Staff Writer dmajor@pntonline.com With two seniors, the Portales volleyball team is young and still learning the game. One of those lessons, according to their coach, is how to fight through adversity, something she felt they failed to do in a 25-23, 20-25, 15- 20, 14- 25 district loss to Ruidoso on Tuesday […]

Meetings watch — Oct. 21

Roosevelt County Commission The Roosevelt County Commission meets 9 a.m. today at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. The agenda includes: •  Request to approve resolution 2015-12 authorizing the city of Portales to operate a misdemeanor DWI supervised probationary compliance program. The resolution will allow Roosevelt County to be compliant with New Mexico’s Misdemeanor Compliance Program. • […]

Rams win first district match in three straight games

By Derek Major Staff Writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Portales Rams got off to the kind of District 4-4A start they wanted, cruising to a three game win against the East Mountain 25-13, 25-11, 25-7 at the Ram Athletic Center on Saturday. The Rams (5-10, 1-0) also snapped a four-game losing streak with their win over the […]

Portales man pleads in murder-for-hire case

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Staff report A Portales man charged in a murder-for-hire plot in March pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Albuquerque, according to an FBI news release. Police say Cody Guss, 37, agreed to pay an undercover officer $5,000 to kill his wife. The handyman and father of three met with an undercover officer of the […]

Learning their lines

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Portales coach Jaime Ramirez talks to Ram players about the importance of going hard throughout practice Thursday morning at Portales High School.

Staff report Portales High football coach Jaime Ramirez and his staff pretty much know what they have in the skill positions as they prepare for the upcoming season. The offensive and defensive lines, though, are another story. The Rams completed their first week of practice on Friday with their first full day in pads. Ramirez, […]

Changes ahead for Clovis Albertsons

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Hailed as “great business sense” by at least one company official, a change to the Clovis Albertsons is meant to lead to better operations. The change may imply new cash registers, touch screen check-outs and shelf tags; but Albertsons personnel will remain relatively intact. According to a press release […]

Nomadic military lifestyle beginning to take its toll

I recently talked with a captain I hadn’t seen for awhile. The last time I saw him, his skin was pasty white and his hair was too long; he now looked tan and had a fresh haircut. “You look … happy,” I said. He laughed. “Well, I just got off leave.” Military members get 30 […]

Airman remembered for camaraderie

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Airman 1st Class Andrew Padilla, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, arrived at Cannon in April 2013.

By Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Wing is mourning the loss of Airman 1st Class Andrew Padilla, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, who lost his life in a car crash July 13 in Clovis. The thoughts of all within the Cannon Air Force Base community, […]

Roswell school shooter in CYFD custody

By The Associated Press ROSWELL — Mason Campbell, the 12-year-old boy who opened fire with a shotgun inside Berrendo Middle School in Roswell in January, seriously injuring two students, on Wednesday was remanded into the custody of the state Children, Youth and Families Department until age 21. Campbell, now 13, had pleaded no contest to […]

ENMU College National Finals Rodeo qualifiers

This is the last of a five-part series on Eastern New Mexico University’s College National Finals Rodeo qualifiers. The CNFR begins today and runs through Saturday at Casper, Wyo. Logan Medlin • Class: Sr. • Hometown: Tatum • Event: Team roping How did you get started in rodeo? Rodeo is something that I have been […]

In good company if I die on Plains

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist For my final nap, I intend on returning to my east Texas roots. If fate disguised as an irritated reader intervenes and my final breath is on the High Plains, I will be in good company. Since 1982, I have attended funerals of far too many who awed and inspired. […]

Portales man pleads guilty to sex charges

CMI staff A Portales man has pleaded guilty to sex charges related to a 2011 sting operation by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas Morgan, 27, faces up to three years in jail for charges of soliciting a child using an electronic device for the purposes of engaging in a sexual act — a third-degree […]

PHS softball squad reloads

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Mariah Lovato, left, prepares to toss the ball to fellow senior Valerie Villanueva during Portales’ Thursday practice at the Wheeler Park softball complex.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com After a heartbreaking end to last season, the Portales Lady Rams softball team is not dwelling on the past. “When you lose a hard fought battle like the one last year it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, but the girls realize the only way to […]

This week on CannonConnections.com – March 14

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Mech Tech molds master mechanics March 14, 2014 By Senior Airman Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The mirror image of the ever-evolving aircraft they maintain, Air Commandos assigned to the 727th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Cannon Air Force Base have made it their mission to roll […]