High school football fans eager for start of season

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Sharna Johnson Bill Parson is known as Portales Rams’ greatest fan. Whether he’s sitting with the band during football games — he’s been named an honorary band member — marching with them in a parade, or breaking out across the field to wave a flag in celebration of a scored touchdown, Parson has become a […]

NFL agreement not victory for free markets

Freedom New Mexico As football fans, we’re pleased to see the National Football League’s players and owners reach a new labor agreement that saves the 2011 season. But, as defenders of free-market principles, we admit that the NFL labor agreement has us puzzled. That’s because this labor dispute doesn’t fit neatly into the traditional battle […]

Don’t count out Denish just yet

When she was bouncing up and down, yelling, waving her arms, feverishly trying to coax cheers from Hobbs Eagles fans back in the 60s, the vivacious 17-year-old’s dreams for the future pretty much mirrored those of her girlfriends. Marry a great guy, have wonderful kids, be a supportive mom, live a comfortable, quiet, normal life […]

Paying attention makes life enjoyable

Spending time up at the Caprock, scouting for a place to make a Project WILD fieldtrip. (That is a classroom-based, project-focused ecology curriculum), we came upon a forensics situation. Nothing to excite CSI Miami fans; this would be more appropriate to Animal Planet. Still, it starts one’s mind turning in several directions. Peering over the […]

Residents prepare for Super Bowl

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Alisa Boswell Sunday marks the day football fans across the nation wait for each year. Grab the chips and find a spot on the couch, because it’s time for the 45th annual Super Bowl. For many local devoted fans, this means a time to gather with friends to watch the game and enjoy some sports […]

Loyalty important at work

I think modern society has almost completely lost touch with the concept of loyalty. The most recent example of this was last weekend when basketball superstar LeBron James used free agency to leave the team and fans who had invested seven years in him at Cleveland, taking his talent to a loaded up team in […]

Dora schools have early release

Freedom New Mexico Dora has early release In order to allow fans and families to watch the Dora Lady Coyotes play in the State Basketball Tournament this week, Dora schools will release school early on both Tuesday and Thursday. On early release days, the high school will be on an abbreviated, seven-period schedule, so no […]

Locals make their Oscar picks

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Local movie fans are conceding “Avatar” is going to do well in Sunday’s Academy Awards. But they wouldn’t be surprised — and some would be hopeful — to see Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” take Best Picture. The two films are part of a 10-picture field up for this […]

Chili cook-off benefits Roosevelt County Health Council

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Cooks, get out your chili powder and heat up the stove. Chili fans, grab a spoon and a glass of milk to cool your tongue. The Portales Senior Citizens Inc. annual Chili Cook-off Contest is back. The fundraiser lets local chefs enter their chili for judging. Then, chili fans […]

Ticket feature: Rock ‘n’ Roll panel part of festival

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico While the Clovis Music Festival has boasted its ability to bring fans from across the world, this year’s festival gained the attention of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Museum Exhibitions Coordinator Shelby Morrison is heading to Clovis for the Sept. 10-13 festival as a show […]

Dairy Fest draws crowd of 9,000

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When most Dairy Fest fans walked up on Ryan White’s tent Saturday, they either laughed or stopped for a photograph with the sign: “Smells like poo…it grew.” White’s job at Dairy Fest is to teach people about manure, and its uses — fertilizer being high on the list. White […]

Baseball, softball fields near completion

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer When fans fill the seats of the Portales Ram baseball and softball fields this spring, they’ll see the product of months of hard work and thousands of dollars in improvements to the facilities. Ram Field and the Lady Ram softball field underwent the renovations to improve the dugouts and […]

Apology owed to Sooner fans, coach

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist Some rambling thoughts while wondering if somehow “Star Wars” and “The Wire” could be combined: • First things first: I was wrong. In my column last week, I criticized Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops for attending the Duke-North Carolina basketball game when his home school was ranked higher and playing […]

Education feature: Youth take top honors at Special Olympics

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer While Portales fans cheer on the Ram football and basketball teams, another group of Portales youth are winning daily battles — in a much different arena with little recognition. They are members of

Baseball’s Griffey still scores with fans

Kevin Wilson The Kid could do no wrong. For baseball fans who grew up in the 1990s, Ken Griffey Jr. was the best baseball player in the world. He homered in his first major league at-bat, and followed with numbers so prolific you wondered when, not if, he’d pass Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron. Griffey […]

Lady Rams infused with youth

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Many fans will recognize several faces as the 2008 Lady Ram volleyball team takes the court this season, but the unit has lost many pieces of the squad that won the New Mexico Class 3A state volleyball championship last November.

12-11 Local Briefs

Library to hold craft session The Portales Public Library is offering children’s Christmas crafts at 4 p.m. Thursday as part of After School at the Library in the children’s area at the library. Children will be making two Christmas ornaments — a jolly snowman and wrapping paper fans. They may make one or both.

Webcasts connecting sports fans from afar

Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers The Internet is making it easier for sports fans to keep in touch with their favorite high schools and college teams. Take, for example, the case of former Clovis resident Mike Craven. Today, he lives in Lakewood, Colo., 450 miles away from his beloved Wildcats and the radio stations that broadcast […]

Fans flock to music festival

Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers There’s no doubt Buddy Holly fans know the 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper was the inspiration for the rock ‘n’ roll classic, “The Day the Music Died.” And though the 56th anniversary of that day has come and gone, the music in […]

Students, parents question gym behavior crackdown

By John Eisel CLOVIS — Clovis school officials may be cracking down on crowd behavior at sporting events, but some students won’t take it sitting down. More than two dozen members of the CHS student section left Tuesday’s Clovis-Carlsbad basketball game when school officials told them they had to stay seated if they wanted to […]