Air guitar filled with purple haze

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I realized lying awake one morning about 4:30 that I played the air guitar left-handed. Or maybe not. Since I couldn’t sleep I was thinking about column ideas and I recalled a story on handedness and how science was trying to figure out what makes you right- or left-handed. […]

Goddard dispatches Lady Rams

PNT Staff Report The Portales Lady Rams visit to Roswell Tuesday night lasted about an hour, as the Goddard Lady Rockets quickly dispatched the Portales girls in three games, 25-9, 25-14, 25-9. “We just didn’t serve, receive or pass the ball,” Chavez said. “I think (Goddard) is better than us right now, but I don’t […]

Rams still fighting for first win of season

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales coaching staff believes their team will bounce back after a tough road loss last Saturday as the Rams host Slaton, Texas at Greyhound Stadium (7 p.m.) “If we just try to get better every week, the wins will come eventually,” Ram assistant coach and defensive coordinator Mark […]

Elida beats Tucumcari

PNT Staff Report The Elida Lady Tigers swept Tucumcari in three games at home Thursday to remain perfect in early-season play at 5-0. Elida made quick work of the visiting Lady Rattlers with scores of 25-6, 25-6 and 25-15. Elida coach Darrell Chenault said the young Lady Tigers, with just one senior in their ranks, […]

Rams score goal as Carlsbad sweeps

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Junior Derrek Robinson scored Portales’ first goal in a 5-1 loss to the Carlsbad junior varsity, the first game since the Rams restarted the program this season. The Cavemen took 2-0 halftime lead at the Portales soccer complex, but Robinson’s goal pulled the Rams to within 2-1, before a […]

Camp Correll kicks off

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The future of the Portales High School football program is on display this week in the annual Ram football camp at the Ram practice field. Following a season in which the Rams played in the state championship game, second-year head coach Andy Correll has two goals for this camp. […]

Transportation Steering Committee names relief route

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Representatives from the Transportation Steering Committee have selected a northwest relief route along an all new alignment as their preferred alternative if a relief route is pursued. Representatives of the group met Tuesday in a work session with Portales City Councilors to present their initial evaluation of alternatives. For […]

Portales Karate instructor inducted into Hall

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A local Portales man was honored earlier this month in California for dedication to his sport, as well as dedication to making his community a better place to live. Shannon Schaefer, 32, teaches karate at the Kenmoitsu Dojo on the square in Portales, and has been involved in the […]

Bigger isn’t necessarily better

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers My dad was talking to my 10-year-old niece, Mireya, recently about the music devices he grew up with — cassettes, reel-to-reels and eight-tracks. “And those ‘big CDs,’” Mireya remarked about the old vinyl records. This remark not only cracked me up, it got me started thinking about how so much […]

Cards trip up Rams in quarterfinals

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer ALBUQUERQUE — One day after advancing past Sandia Prep in the Class 1-3A boys state tennis team quarterfinals, the Portales Rams hit a roadblock in Saturday’s semifinals in the form of the undefeated, top-ranked Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals. Robertson dominated the match, winning 9-0 at Albuquerque Academy. “I feel […]

Ram golfers win at Socorro

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Ram golf team already had a good idea of the course they’ll play at the Class 3A state golf tournament, and after Thursday’s round at Socorro, they know it even better. The Rams beat the six-team field, shooting a 327, which was 15 strokes better than district […]

Ram track meet, at long last

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer It’s been 10 years since Portales witnessed their Rams and Lady Rams run, jump and throw on their home track, but that silence will be broken this afternoon at the Portales High School track. Portales is hosting district foes Lovington and Dexter today, with track events scheduled to begin […]

Parents: There’s no such thing as normal

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Parents seem to obsess about what’s normal for their children, wanting to make sure little ones fall within the right parameters for their ages. This obsession is not placated by the pediatrician’s reassurance that our children are indeed more than normal. We hope that they are and will be better […]

Hound baseball a work in progress

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers With virtually no outside work yet due to the recent winter weather, the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team is a work in progress as a season-opening series approaches against Sul Ross State on Friday and Saturday in Alpine, Texas. Of course, the Greyhounds are in better shape than they […]

Ram handles hoops and horns

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Portales senior Skyler Partin goes from blocking out defenders on the basketball court, to blowing on his baritone as a member of the Portales High School band. The third of four siblings, music and athletics are in the Partin family genes. He grew up hearing his brother, sister and mother […]

Educator retires after more than 4 decades

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Since the beginning of her career with Head Start in 1965, Gloria Ortega, of Portales, has witnessed many changes in the preschool program, most for the better, a few for the worse, says the recently-retired educator. More children are coming from single parent homes, being raised by grandparents or […]

Bills slated for first 100 hours of House better left undone

By Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the worst aspect of new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s promise to pass a passel of poll-tested bills during the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress is that the exercise will not be over after 100 hours as ordinary mortals count them. The countdown doesn’t begin, as Democrats calculate matters, until […]

Christmas form letter simplifies annual tradition

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’m running behind schedule this Christmas season. I’m just getting around to writing, or should I say, filling in my annual multiple-choice Christmas letter. It’s the ultimate form letter. Just circle the category that applies and bah hum bug! This standard letter is as personalized as a White House Christmas […]

Lady Rams edge Goddard

PNT Staff Writer ROSWELL — The Portales Lady Rams beat Goddard in Roswell Thursday night, 49-46. Kaycee Quick led the Lady Rams with 13 points followed by senior Briana Hernandez with 12. “We were better defensively than we have been in other games, but Goddard didn’t have the ball handling skills that other teams we’ve […]

Portales deals Cards a loss

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales had four players score in double figures, as the Rams survived a late Robertson charge to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season Tuesday night at Portales High School 57-54. “I was proud of our kids for gutting it out,” Portales head coach Mark Gallegos said. […]