My turn: Just call me ‘The Rave’

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By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Baseball is by far my favorite sport. One reason is because baseball players have great nicknames. Mike Hargrove, who grew up in the Texas Panhandle, was known as the “Human Rain Delay” because he spent so much time out of the batter’s box between pitches. Willie Mays […]

Two treated for smoke inhalation in house fire

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation Tuesday during an early morning house fire. Paramedics administered oxygen to the homeowner and a Portales police officer as treatment. The Portales Fire Department got the call at 4:22 a.m. to a home at 1312 S. Abilene Street. The fire started in the bathroom near the ceiling heater […]

Firefighters battle blaze west of Portales

PNT Staff Report Just before 4 p.m. Monday fire units from Portales, Floyd and Elida responded to a grass fire eight miles west of Portales that burned 300 acres along U.S. 70. Three fire units from Portales, five from Elida and four from Floyd contained the blaze in two hours, said Mickey Hargrove, Portales Fire […]

Family concert slated

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By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Incorporating learning with fun will be the focus of national touring entertainer Gary Dulabaum as he visits Portales elementary schools on Thursday and Friday According to Debra Hargrove, Brown Early Childhood Center music teacher, the public school system in Portales received a grant three years ago that has allowed music […]

Veteran firefighter retires

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Closing the book on one life chapter and beginning another is in the immediate future for retiring Portales firefighter Darwin Chenault. Gathered in Portales City Hall chambers, members of the Chenault family, the Portales Fire Department and city officials expressed appreciation for Chenault’s 20-plus years of service to the […]

Two Portales residents injured in wreck near state line Thursday

A two-vehicle collision Thursday morning on N.M. 202 near milepost 9 sent a man to Roosevelt General Hospital and a woman to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, according to Portales Fire Department Batallion Chief Mickey Hargrove. Hargrove said he had no word on the conditions of the two individuals. He said the man was driving […]

One down, one to go for Rams

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By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer With their destiny in their hands, the Portales boys took care of business on Tuesday by defeating the Lovington Wildcats, 52-34. The Rams’ win improved their district record to 3-2 and dropped the Wildcats to 3-2. The victory means, if the Portales Rams win on Friday night at home […]

Fire destroys mobile home east of Portales

PNT Staff Report Fire destroyed a home east of Portales Saturday morning. No one was injured in the blaze. At 7:45 a.m. Saturday Portales Fire Department units responded to a report of a structure fire in a single-wide mobile home at 176 Mesilla Park, which is located just west of the intersection of U.S. 70 […]

Food drive comes

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales letter carriers will have a heavier load to pick up on their mail routes this Saturday as part of the 13th Annual National Food Drive. The National Association of Letter Carriers is working in conjunction with the United States Postal Service to collect canned food items such as […]

Rams fall into early hole they can’t escape

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — The Portales High boys’ celebration was quickly put on hold by the Lovington Wildcats on Friday night. Lovington opened a 17-0 lead late in the first quarter and held the Rams at bay the rest of the way en route to a 61-47 victory that left the teams tied for the […]

Technicals help lift Rams past Wildcats

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By Dave Wagner The Portales High boys basketball team got off to the kind of start it needed in its District 4-3A schedule, winning twice at home. Now, after downing rival Lovington 62-50 on Friday night at the PHS gym, the Rams will try to carry it over to the road, where they play three […]

Lovington beats Rams to gain playoff berth

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By Dave Wagner LOVINGTON — The Portales High Rams knew their hopes of a playoff berth heading into Friday’s District 4-3A and regular-season finale against Lovington were slim and none — and as the saying goes, slim left town early. PHS hung in gamely with the Wildcats for most of three quarters before the dam […]