Rockets sure to test Rams tonight

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A sleeping giant. That’s how Portales Ram head football coach Andy Correll and defensive coordinator Mark McAfee both described their Ram football team this season. Both coaches hope their slumbering behemoth (0-4) wakes up tonight at Roswell’s Wool Bowl against the Class 4A Goddard Rockets (3-1). “The biggest thing […]

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 […]

Dora educator readies for deployment

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Family, friends, faculty and staff gathered Wednesday in the Dora Schools Auditorium to wish high school teacher Joe Fletcher well as he prepares to be deployed overseas. Fletcher, a major in the Army National Guard, has been called to serve a 400-day tour in either Afghanistan or Iraq. He […]

Emergency causes neighborhood excitement

Jennifer Laurent I have learned I am terrible in an emergency. Well, at least one that involves me. Recently I realized we were more than halfway through my husband’s deployment and nothing all that terrible had happened. The lawnmower hadn’t broken, the sewer had not backed up and neither of our cats had fallen ill. […]

Emergency causes neighborhood excitement

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom Newspapers I have learned I am terrible in an emergency. Well, at least one that involves me. Recently I realized we were more than halfway through my husband’s deployment and nothing all that terrible had happened. The lawnmower hadn’t broken, the sewer had not backed up and neither of our cats […]

Rams host Cardinals tonight in season opener

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer For the second straight year, the Portales Rams begin their season against the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals, the two-time defending Class 3A state champion. The game is at 7 p.m. today at Greyhound Stadium. “They’re going to run the same offense and defense as they ran last year, so […]

Zia volleyball begins new era

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Kim Falkenhagen era in Eastern New Mexico University volleyball begins immediately. Falkenhagen replaces 20-year Zias coach Mike Maguire, who gave up the post after last season, and she takes over a squad that was picked to finish last in the 13-team Lone Star Conference preseason poll a couple […]

Zia soccer starts fresh

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team will take on a bit of a different look this fall. Four players who were original members of the squad in 2003 have graduated, including all-time leading scorer Megan Dozier. The Zias enter the season not knowing where their goals are going […]

Rams prepare for Saturday scrimmage

Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Less than one week away from Saturday’s scrimmage against Hatch at Artesia’s Bulldog Bowl, the Rams offense and defense are much further along than they were at this time last year, according to coaches. “It’ll really be our first contact versus someone besides ourselves,” second-year Ram head coach Andy Correll […]

Texico couple ‘moonlighting’ on PRCA Tour

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer David Moseley shoes horses in Texico. His wife, Cassie, is an X-ray tech and radiation therapist at Clovis’ cancer center. They also moonlight on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tour. David is a calf-roper and Cassie is a barrel racer. Cassie is in her first year on the tour, […]

Portales plans to pursue the pass

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams didn’t throw the ball that much last year. Second-year Rams coach Andy Correll said that’s going to change. “We’re throwing to spots, running crisp, clean routes, and still (retaining) the ability to go deep when we have to,” Correll said. One year after shocking New Mexico […]

Ram and Lady Ram soccer hopefuls tryout

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer More than 30 boys hoping to make the Portales Rams soccer team hit the brand new pitch Wednesday afternoon for tryouts. A similar number of girls showed up for tryouts as Portales added boys and girls soccer this season. “(The boys are) pretty rough right now,” Portales soccer coach […]

Band prepares for upcoming year

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Pride, Dedication and Excellence is the motto for the Portales High School Ram Band. Under new leadership, the band is already on the fast track for a busy year. Former band director Brandon Boerio left to pursue a job with Clovis Schools, moving assistant director Cindy Stone up to […]

Dora to join county foes on gridiron

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Sports Writer The Dora Coyotes are joining Floyd, Melrose and Clovis Christian in area 8-man Friday night football frenzy. Dora may be fielding its first football team, but the Coyotes expect to win. “We set high expectations,” Dora football coach Pablo Pena said. “We plan on going out there and not […]

Area code adjustments affect Roosevelt County

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The month of October will bring a new area code for the majority of the state of New Mexico, including Roosevelt County. For some it will be a minor adjustment, for others there will be lots of hassles and expense. The northwest region of New Mexico, including Aztec, Farmington […]

Highway problems baffling

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A section of road between Portales and Dora on N.M. 206 has been the center of controversy after the recently refurbished road began to ripple and come apart, causing area residents concern for the safety of the highway. According to Gary Shubert, District II Engineer for the New Mexico […]

Rams ready to step up to expectations

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer So much for low expectations. Andy Correll took over the Portales Ram football team last season and promptly won the District 4-3A championship followed by hosting the Class 3A state championship contest at Greyhound Stadium. Now, less than a month before Correll begins his sophomore effort as the Ram […]

Lady Rams look to upcoming season

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Ram volleyball team wasn’t happy with their semifinal exit from the state playoffs last season, and despite some key losses, they seem ready to stake their claim as one of the best in the state once again. The Lady Rams are in the middle of a […]

Energy rates set to increase

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Energy company Xcel Energy is proposing a base-rate increase from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The electric and natural gas company is seeking an overall increase of 6.6 percent from all customer classes. Residential rates would increase by 7.3 percent a month for an average household that uses about […]

Dora sends two to All-Star game

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The city of Dora will have its fingerprint all over the boys 1A-2A South All-Star basketball team when it faces the North 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pit in Albuquerque. Dora head coach Ty Thatcher will coach the South with two home-grown Coyotes, as seniors Ryan Craig and Casey […]