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 […]