Portales prepares to test Clovis

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters expects the Lady Wildcats to get their first test of the season tonight. The defending Class 5A state champions, winners of 31 in a row and 39 of their last 40, travel south for a 7 p.m. contest against rival Portales, the defending […]

Lady Rams outlast St. Michael’s, advance to 3A volleyball finals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — It was a match so good that both teams cried. Portales won the first two games, nearly collapsed, then rallied in the fifth to defeat St. Michael’s 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 11-25, 16-14 on Friday at University of New Mexico’s Johnson Gym and advance to the finals of the […]

Computer forensics making a difference

Andy Jackson For the last four years, David Usery, 47, has been a man the public doesn’t see — a pivotal person behind thousands of criminal case investigations from the 9th judicial District Attorney’s Office and New Mexico State Police as well as local law enforcement. Usery is the Information Systems Manager for the DA’s […]

Offensive line’s age coming in handy

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Age is a relative thing, but Eastern New Mexico senior tackle T.J. Cobb thinks it has helped the Greyhounds’ offensive line mesh into a cohesive unit this season. “Up front we’re pretty old,” said Cobb, a senior from Alvin, Texas, who had to sit out in 2004 after suffering a […]

Oct. 2 Personalities Plus

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Complied by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent BIO Name: Tim Russell. Job: Manager of Super Save. Age: 43, July 8,1962. Hometown: Cimarron. Family: Dena (wife), Hollie,19; Montana,16; Dallas, 13); Phoenix, 11; Aliyah, 3 months. Hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: I enjoy reading the stock market and at times I invest. What do […]

Auction nets $138,000 for kids

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Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers Wallets and cage doors came open Saturday evening at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, as the Junior Livestock Auction got underway at 6 p.m., featuring 54 exhibitors and 54 of the best animals in the fair. Parents, business owners and local residents filled the arena, ready to examine the scene and watch […]

Roosevelt youth set to compete at state Little League

By Marc Schoder The Roosevelt County 11 and 12-year-old all-stars are going back to the state little league championship. Roosevelt County will face the winner of district four on Saturday at National Field in Carlsbad at 7 p.m. Villanueva added that since many districts are now just finishing up playing their make-up games, Roosevelt probably […]

Class reunion may be perfect hurricane follow up

By Helena Rodriguez To say this has been an eventful week here in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico would be a serious understatement. Since last Friday alone, I’ve experienced a lot of firsts in my life: My first trip to the Caribbean, my first time on an island, Cozumel to be exact, and my first […]

Cannon in joint exercise with Navy

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The skies over eastern New Mexico are carrying more than the rumbling F-16s this month. Through a joint exercise called Roving Sands, several Navy E-2C Hawkeyes and numerous F-18s are also taking flight across the area. The exercise is part of a much larger operation called Joint Red Flag in […]

Feb. 27 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael The Dora School has made great progress this past week on the building in between high and elementary. The construction crew is hard at work and it is really looking good. I can tell you it is certainly not going to look the same as the time goes by. Remember The BPA […]

Ex-PHS runner qualifies for Boston Marathon

By Dave Wagner When he was laboring away nearly a quarter of a century ago for the Portales High track team, no one could have guessed Bob Harmon Jr. would eventually qualify for the Boston Marathon. Harmon, though, plans to run to marathoning’s major event on April 18 after qualifying for the 26.2-mile race with […]

Feb. 16 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Dora area residents are thankful for all the moisture that continues to come. It gives great hopes for the crops this yea and for pasture grass too. Banquet The Valentine Banquet Sunday evening at the Dora Baptist Church was well attended. The funds from those attending and other promised contributions will go […]

Stevens fills “superhero” role as mother

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Compiled by Laurie Stone Your name: Pam Stevens Your job: Secretary/ Education Director at Southside Church of Christ Your age (date of birth): 44 — Sept. 9, 1960 Your hometown: Roswell. Your family: Husband, Terry 44; Daughter, Carlee 14; Sons, Lane ,16, Shelby, 13 and Colton, 11. What do you think of Portales? “I love […]

Sometimes going forward is all you can do

By Helena Rodriguez When you enter that dark, cavernous passageway of uncertainty that life so often brings us to, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes it’s just a flicker, just a spark, just a shadow up ahead, if that. Sometimes there’s nothing but darkness. By continuing to move […]

Goble hoping for bounce-back

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By Dave Wagner In three years as Eastern New Mexico University’s setter, Margie Goble set single-season and career records for assists. After sitting out last year with a torn right ACL sustained on the second day of practice, she’s coming back focused more on team goals for the Zias. ENMU volleyball coach Mike Maguire said […]

Chandler cruises in DA race

By Mike Linn Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties chose youth over experience in electing Matthew Chandler as their new district attorney. Chandler earned roughly 62 percent of the 4,057 votes cast and defeated fellow Republican and incumbent District Attorney Brett Carter in Tuesday’s 9th Judicial District election. “It’s been a long four months, but […]

Hero title needs to be earned

By Jim Lee We hear a lot of talk about heroes these days. That’s a good thing because we need heroes. We need people we can admire, people who give us and (especially) our children a positive role model. A society without heroes is a society without values. What defines our society to a large […]

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 […]

Officials examine why more don’t run for office

David Arkin Voters expecting to find plenty of choices for House and Senate seats on the upcoming June 1 primary and Nov. 2 general election may be in for a surprise — their choices are severely limited. There will be 29 House and 18 Senate contested races in the November election. And the figures for […]

Quintero knew meaning of a hard day’s work

By Tony Parra Florentino Quintero was a man who enjoyed everything, but was not mischievous and never looked for trouble, according to family and friends. Quintero died on Jan. 14 at his home at the young age of 36. “He was hard-working and he was a calm kid, growing up,” Antonio Quintero said about his […]