Rather to step down from CBS anchor post

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports NEW YORK — Dan Rather, the hard-charging embodiment of CBS News who saw his reputation damaged by an ill-fated report on President Bush’s National Guard service, said Tuesday he will step down as “CBS Evening News” anchor in March after nearly a quarter-century in the job. Rather, [...]

Lady Coyotes will build around seniors

PNT Staff DORA — The Dora Lady Coyotes will build around three experienced seniors this season. The team graduated two seniors and two other girls moved, but coach Myra Skinner is looking for improvement after the Lady Coyotes went 7-18 (4-6 District 3-1A) last season. “We’ve got some seniors who have a lot of playing [...]

Lady Rams begin quest for fourth 3A title in five years

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By Dave Wagner Veteran Portales High girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez has a lot of faith in her team, and for good reason — the Lady Rams have won the last two Class 3A state championships, and three of the last four. So, even though they have to replace three starters from last year’s 23-4 [...]

Things may be starting to look up for young Elida boys

By Dave Wagner ELIDA — It’s been about seven years since the Elida boys basketball program enjoyed a winning season. While they likely aren’t ready for a state title run just yet, the Tigers anticipate improvement in 2004-05 despite a 13-player roster which includes eight freshmen and just one junior and one senior. At least [...]

Zias hope for improvement under Klafka

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By Dave Wagner Picked to finish last in the Lone Star Conference South Division a year ago, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team surprised the experts by staying in title contention until the final weekend of the season. This year the Zias won’t slip up on anybody, but they enter the season with [...]

FTCS gears for strong season

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By Dave Wagner With six of his top seven players back off a 12-2 squad, Faith Triumphant boys basketball coach Shawn Kelly is optimistic about the new season. “Our first five ought to be great,” Kelly said. “All of them have played for me since junior high. They know each other pretty well, and they [...]

Hardin one of four finalist for Curry County position

By David Irvin Curry County has narrowed its list of candidates for county manager to four. Candidates being considered to succeed Geneva Cooper when she retires in December are: • Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin; • Capt. Chris L. Pacheco of the national guard; • Curry County special projects coordinator and purchasing officer Twila Rutter-Wooley; [...]

Soldier who died in Iraq tied to locals

By Mike Linn Linda Hernandez has three e-mails from her cousin to which she’ll never get the chance to respond. The Clovis resident saw the messages after she returned from vacation Sunday — the day she found out her cousin, Sgt. 1st Class Linda Ann Tarango-Griess, 33, of Sutton, Neb., died when a roadside bomb [...]

Cook to stay with home team

Kevin Wilson Time will tell as to whether the middle and ending are similar, but Erika Cook has chosen to start her college years the same way she started her high school years — in Portales, alongside Laci Lee and Ashley Golden. Cook has signed on with Eastern New Mexico University to play basketball, where [...]

Hounds sign four junior college transfers

Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan knew the Greyhounds needed to replace graduating point guards Brent Cooper and David Hamilton, and he hopes they’ve done that. The Hounds have signed four junior college transfers, including points guards Jolen Montoya of Neosho County (Kan.) Community College and Reggie Wallace of Mt. San Antonio [...]