Floyd High gridders teach lesson for all: Just keep playing

Editorial Coach Rafael Roybal was not oozing confidence when his Floyd High School football team traveled to Roswell to play two-time defending state-champion Gateway Christian on Saturday. When the teams played in September at Floyd, Gateway Christian won 62-0. Roybal knew his team had improved since then, rebounding to record its first winning season in […]

Rams test Ruidoso tonight in district football

PNT Staff Report The Portales Rams can take a big step toward their goal of defending their District 4-3A championship as they travel to play the Ruidoso Warriors tonight (7 p.m.) at the midway point of the Rams district schedule. “The records are over,” second-year Ram head coach Andy Correll said. “We’re 1-0 and that’s […]

County fair winds down

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter In front of a packed house, the hard work paid off for several 4-H and FFA members as they received awards during the Junior Livestock Awards ceremony on Friday night. During the awards ceremony, Elida FFA member Ryan Best picked up six buckles, four of which were for showmanship. […]

Roosevelt County Youth bring home fair awards

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter In front of a packed house, the hard work paid off for several 4-H and FFA members as they received awards during the Junior Livestock Awards ceremony on Friday night. During the awards ceremony, Elida FFA member Ryan Best picked up six buckles, four of which were for showmanship. […]

Pigs on parade

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Ten-year-old Daniel James hasn’t had an easy life but it was hard to tell Wednesday as the ruddy-faced youngster beamed to the crowd from the show ring where he was showing his first hog. Daniel was excited as his pig Donkey (after the ‘Shrek” movie character) was penned by […]

Elida Tigers are determined to advance in state playoffs

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Elida head baseball coach Jimmy Ward says he’s not repeating the mistake he made last May that brought the Tigers an early exit from the Class 1A state playoffs — this time, he’s not looking ahead and he’s starting hard throwing junior Wesley Gilmore in Elida’s state quarterfinal game […]

Airman recalls life before Air Force

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Airman 1st Class Yi Liu felt she had no hope for a future in China, however immigrating to America and enlisting in the Air Force has changed her outlook. The 24-year-old will soon be promoted to senior airman. She is hoping to trade her job at the Cannon Air Force […]

Lady Rams fall in finals

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer ALBUQUERQUE — It was a day of ups and downs for the Portales Lady Rams tennis team Saturday at the Class 1A-3A team tournament at Albuquerque Academy. Following an emotional 5-4 morning semifinal victory over St. Michael’s, the Lady Rams were quickly swept by top-seeded and top-ranked Bosque School […]

Don’t stop when walking through the fire

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Life has a way of dealing some pretty hard blows. In the midst of a crisis, it is hard to make decisions, even to be rational. Many times, troubles pile upon troubles, blinding our thinking process. Yet “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Somewhere, sometime, someone […]

Happiness requires more than positive thinking

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Apparently there is a secret being revealed to the world through a book, appropriately titled “The Secret.” In it, philosophers, Reiki masters, speakers and authors describe how they got all the great things they wanted, such as wealth, good health, great jobs and perfect relationships, by simply wishing for them. The […]

Floyd student chosen for national conference

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Floyd High School senior Adriana Abaraca will represent New Mexico at a Hispanic student conference to be held this weekend in Albuquerque. She was chosen from 10 applicants to participate on a panel during the Celebrating Educational Opportunities for Hispanic Students Conference, according to Elizabeth Egelhoff, programs director for […]

Children wise beyond their years

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist She had moved back to our school in the spring after an absence of several months. “I’m so glad to be back in your class again,” she said, throwing her arms around me. I soon discovered she had missed many important concepts, especially in math. I took time during […]

Hounds beat Tigers

Freedom Newspapers ADA, Okla. — Senior guard Stephen Wilson scored a season-best 23 points and junior guard Justin Redman-Trotter added 16 points and 10 rebounds Thursday, helping Eastern New Mexico University rally past East Central 72-62 in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game. The Greyhounds (6-8) also got 13 points from guard Tristan Largent […]

Downloadable music changing face of industry

Editorial As you navigate the process of downloading 1,000 songs onto that MP3 player you got for Christmas, and then wonder how you’re ever going to find them on there, you can ponder for a moment the disappearance of all the hardware that used to be involved with being a music fan — and its […]

Portales seniors want to finish career with title

By Mickey Winfield: CNJ staff writer Two of Portales’ starting seniors didn’t start playing the game of volleyball until their eighth-grade year, and in the next week, they’ll be called upon to help the Lady Rams win their fifth state championship in the last seven years. Lady Ram seniors Ella Erf and Briana Hernandez both […]

New Orleans’ Mayor Nagin little too edgy

By Freedom Newspapers Ray Nagin must find it hard to walk with a foot perpetually lodged in his mouth. The New Orleans mayor was at it again last week, trashing New York’s Ground Zero rebuilding efforts in a pathetic attempt to deflect criticism over the slow progress in cleaning up his city’s Ninth Ward. Nagin […]

Don’t forget the human athlete

By Karl Terry It’s good to be a winner, but sometimes we learn more when we fall short of our goal. Portales experienced both emotions Friday as one of its state-tournament teams won a championship and the other lost a hard-fought semifinal game. As we continue to celebrate our basketball successes this week as a […]

Lady Rams win another state crown

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By Jesse Wolfersberger ALBUQUERQUE — As Portales’ players lined up to receive their medals for winning the Class 3A girls state tournament on Friday night, the PA announcer started calling names from the wrong team. It turns out, he’s not the only one who got the two teams mixed up. Motivated by the state seeding […]

We want to be able to say we’re glad to be in Jesus’ class

By Joann Clayton She had moved back to our school in the springtime after an absence of several months. “I’m so glad to be back in your class again,” and she threw her arms around me. I soon discovered she had missed many important concepts, especially in math. So I took time during recesses to […]

Lady Rams trample Del Norte in tourney

By Eric Butler: PNT correspondent RIO RANCHO — Witnessing Clovis’ destruction of Del Norte on Thursday didn’t do much for the Portales Lady Rams on Friday. The fact was they didn’t have to do much themselves to achieve a similar victory. In the consolation bracket of the Mel Otero Invite, Portales (3-3) blasted the Knights […]