Portales native to take over at Rio Rancho

PNT Staff According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Portales native Michael Worley has been offered and accepted the position of head football coach at Rio Rancho High School. After leaving Portales, Worley served as defensive coordinator at Artesia for 12 years helping the Bulldogs win nine state championships in that period. Worley reportedly beat [...]

Educator retires after more than 4 decades

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Since the beginning of her career with Head Start in 1965, Gloria Ortega, of Portales, has witnessed many changes in the preschool program, most for the better, a few for the worse, says the recently-retired educator. More children are coming from single parent homes, being raised by grandparents or [...]

Coaching news tops Portales’ spring sports

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series about the year in sports locally. The birth of a new sports year in Roosevelt County began with the death of a local coaching legend, followed by the announcement of a new Zia basketball coach and a tennis state [...]

Bulls can’t be cajoled into behaving

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist I withdrew my plastic-sleeved arm from the cow and looked back down the alley. It was empty but I could see into the big crowding pen where a large bull stood placidly. My teenage son and my neighbor’s teenage daughter stood behind him trying to push him toward the chute. [...]

Elida basketball

The Elida boys and girls basketball teams participated in the Anton Invitational basketball tournament Thursday. The Elida boys (1-1) got their first win of the young season, beating the hosts of the tournament, Anton, Texas 60-52. “We had great hustle, great defense, and an overall good team effort. We got lots of kids into the [...]

Struggling Hounds, Javelinas clash

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Richard Cundiff is about to end a 22-year run as a coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville, the last seven as the head coach. This season hasn’t gone the way he’d hoped, but he certainly has company in Eastern New Mexico University coach Mark Ribaudo. Kingsville, which won four consecutive Lone Star [...]

Legends are born from wild bullock tales

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist “I’ve finally caught the wild bullock,” Marian told Dave over the phone. “Bring a big gun!” she said. It was a bright summer morning when Dave pulled into Marian’s stock farm in the northern part of New South Wales bush country. “He’s real nervous,” she explained. “He’s with the bull. [...]

Ex-PHS assistant named head coach

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Former Portales High offensive coordinator Andy Correll has been hired to be the Rams’ new head football coach. A native of Knox City, Texas, Correll was chosen from seven candidates interviewed by the school. He was the offensive coordinator at PHS from 1999-2001, under outgoing head coach Glenn Johnson. [...]

ENMU to announce women’s coach Monday

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University has scheduled a press conference Monday at Greyhound Arena to announce its new women’s head basketball coach. ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Friday three candidates were brought in this week for interviews, but he and other school officials declined to release names. The school announced the press conference [...]

Woman offers to shave head for Relay For Life

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By William Thompson A Portales woman will shave her head Feb. 24 if she raises $500 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Greyhound Arena. Joan Brown, a math instructor at Eastern New Mexico University said she thought the possibility of shaving her head would raise big-time funds for cancer research. Brown has [...]