Man dies in truck crash near Melrose

Darrell Maurina A fatal truck crash west of Melrose shut down the BNSF railroad and Highway 60/84 for hours on Wednesday while hazardous materials crews worked to remove pressurized gas cylinders containing flammable gases. During the cleanup, officers narrowly averted a second crash when a Ford F-150 pickup truck containing 18 people nearly hit De […]

Numbers high for Ram track teams

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By Kevin Wilson The future looks pretty bright for the Portales boys track team. Meanwhile, the Portales girls team seems OK with the present. Both teams have good numbers going into Friday’s meet at Carlsbad, with the boys team posting its highest participation in six seasons. “Being excited about the numbers, I’m even more excited […]

Feb. 24 Obituaries

Fred Bogard, 74 Fred Bogard, 74, of Clovis died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on Sept. 24, 1929, in Logan to Walter and Clarice LaRue Bogard. He married Goldie Hodge on Aug. 26, 1950, in Tucumcari. He was in the car business since he was 17 years […]

Girl says reunion an act of God

Mike Linn When Tracy Chavez saw her father three years ago she gave him a chilly reception. She didn’t give him a hug. She wouldn’t let him carry her bags. It had been almost 16 years since Ronnie Simmons disappeared from her life, and Chavez felt no need to embrace a man who for so […]

Portales hopes third time a charm against Dons

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By Kevin Wilson Based only on the events that have transpired this volleyball season, Portales High is not destined for its fourth-straight state title match appearance. However, the Lady Rams have two reasons to think a victory over West Las Vegas in today’s 1 p.m. Class 3A semifinal is possible, despite going 0-2 against the […]

Floyd football star hopeful for hoop opener

Kevin Wilson THE RIGHT KNEE of Floyd senior Chance Chenault may be wiped out for now, but the same can’t be said on his future as a high school athlete. Chenault took a hard hit to the knee during Floyd’s 50-40 loss at Logan two Fridays ago, a hit that the Bronco said “totally wiped […]

Lady Rams move on to state tournament

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By Kevin Wilson Experience helps in a match where everything is at stake. So does being at home. Playing better than the opponent is better than all of those things, though, and the Portales High volleyball team did just that Saturday with a state tournament berth on the line. Portales (12-10) swept past Grants in […]

Lady Rams get set for Grants

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By Kevin Wilson The mood at recent Portales volleyball practices seemed closer to the energy of a brand new volleyball season than one almost done, where injuries and losses have taken their toll. Call it excitement, call it anticipation. But don’t call it overconfidence. “We’re not going in overconfident or cocky,” Portales coach Ruth Chavez […]

Lady Rams Sweep Artesia

Tony Parra The Portales Lady Rams started slowly but finished strong on their way to a 25-21, 25-23 and 25-17 sweep over Artesia in a non-district match Thursday night in Portales. Megan Kabrick led the Lady Rams with 12 kills and Kelly Parkey followed with 11. Kabrick had a strong first game when she pounded […]

Clovis moves past Portales in four games

By Kevin Wilson In the matchup between sister cities, big sister won yet again. The visiting Lady Wildcats struggled at times, but had enough in the tank for a 25-11, 28-26, 21-25, 25-17 win over Portales Thursday evening at Portales High School. Clovis earned a season sweep of Portales (3-0) and moved to 10-1 on […]

Portales volleyball getting back into action at Roswell

By Kevin Wilson The Portales Lady Rams got a week’s worth of idle time, and coach Ruth Chavez is hoping it will help them turn the corner. After a stretch that saw Portales (2-4) play five matches in nine days, the Lady Rams have been idle leading up to today, when they head to the […]

Roswell sneaks past Portales

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By Kevin Wilson In 2002, these were the matches that Roswell would invariably give away. In the late hours of Tuesday night, it became the type of match the Lady Coyotes somehow won, and the Portales Lady Rams somehow lost. Roswell won its season opener with a roller coaster five-set win over Portales. “My kids […]

Lady Rams look to reclaim 3A title

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By Kevin Wilson Including Saturday’s scrimmages, the Portales High volleyball team has four scheduled trips to Roswell this season. But the Lady Rams don’t want anything short of five. Roswell is the site for this year’s state volleyball championship, a familiar setting for PHS volleyball lately. Portales has won two of the last three Class […]

PHS coaches pleased with opening week

By Kevin Wilson Going into the end of the week, both Portales High athletic teams are running smoothly, efficiently and (insert knocking sound here) injury-free. Practices started Monday for the PHS football and volleyball teams. Leading up to today’s practices, each coach is happy with the way the team is performing leading up to next […]

PHS coaches pleased with first days of practice

By Kevin Wilson The Portales High School football and volleyball teams ended their previous seasons as a state runnerup, but early indications are that each has a solid shot at improving upon those marks. Monday was the first day for practices to begin in both sports, and each team featured a high turnout according to […]

Obits June 19

Shaylyn Wise, 14 Shaylyn Marie Wise, 14, of Lakewood, Colo., died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, in Lakewood. She was born on May 4, 1989. She was preceded in death by two great-grandfathers; a great-grandmother; and a great-uncle. She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Lori Wise and Eddie Chavez of Lakewood; a sister, Sydney […]

Obituaries June 8

Cecilia Chavez, 51 Cecilia Chavez, 51 of Roswell died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born Jan. 15, 1952, in Vaughn, to Antonio and Helen Garcia. She was raised and attended school in Encino. She made her home at Vaughn, and Odessa, Texas, before moving to Roswell in 1987. […]

Portales adds to state track list

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — It wouldn’t be too hard for Ruth Chavez to show that the 2003 Lady Ram track season is going smoother than the 2002 campaign. She’d just have to compare rosters for the state meet. The Lady Rams have four individuals and three relay teams qualified following Friday’s District 4-3A meet at […]

Claudia Savage

Claudia Savage Services: 2 p.m. Sunday at Chavez Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Sumner. Claudia Estell Savage, 81 of Clovis, died Thursday, April 24, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center following an illness. She was born Oct. 30, 1921, in Roby, Texas, to Claud Justiss and the former Commie Chandler. She was raised and attended […]