Portales chamber retains executive director


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce has decided to retain Executive Director Karl Terry after a Wednesday morning board meeting, according to a press release from the chamber. Board members deliberated for three hours before coming to a 10-9 decision, with one abstaining, to keep Terry as director, the […]

City manager resigns for second time

Doug Redmond

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com Less than two months after withdrawing his initial September resignation, Portales City Manager Doug Redmond handed in his official resignation again Monday. Reasons for his resignation have not changed. Redmond said he has two side projects going on, which he declined to discuss until they are closer to being […]

Ice on roads still an issue

Staff report The Portales area spent most of Wednesday bundling up, with temperatures in the mid-20s during the day and low teens at night. The bigger issue, however, remains icy roads. Temperatures have been in the mid-40s or below since Friday night’s snowfall. While snow has melted some in the daytime, the resulting large puddles […]

Think before you copy and paste

It was either reported by Channel 13, or it was posted to be better safe than sorry. “As of January 4th 2015 at 8:35 pm Central standard time. I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement I […]

New support group in Portales

If you are starting 2015 reeling from the death of a loved one, you may be interested to know that a newly formed grief support group begins later this month in Portales, open to anyone who feels the need for it. Before coming to Portales last summer as the pastor at First United Methodist Church, […]

Friday area prep roundup — Dec. 12

TOURNAMENTS All Times MST Boys Joe Armijo Classic At Albuquerque Academy Friday’s semifinals Championship West Mesa 73, Onate 70, OT Hope Christian 57, Atrisco Heritage 42 Consolation Los Lunas 54, Clovis 48, OT Carlsbad 68, Albuquerque Academy 46 Saturday’s finals Clovis vs. Albuquerque Academy (7th place), 9:45 a.m. Los Lunas vs. Carlsbad (5th place), 11:30 […]

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

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
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

10-22 phs vball 2

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

Cody Guss

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

KEVIN WILSON: Staff photo
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

Senior Airman Ericka Engblom: U.S. Air Force graphic 
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, […]