Anniversaries —

Duke Shirley and Darrell Duke of Broadview celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 27. The couple was married May 27, 1961, in Clovis. They will be going on an Alaskan Cruise with their daughter and her husband, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary Aug. 30. They have two children, Brent (Teresa) Duke of Broadview […]

Stepping down: Assistant superintendent set to retire

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Travel, grandchildren … maybe consulting work will soon dominate Priscilla Hernandez’s life. Hernandez, Portales Municipal Schools assistant superintendent, is retiring after 11 years with Portales and 35 years working in Texas and New Mexico public school systems. “I think I’ve loved my job everywhere I’ve worked,” Hernandez said. “I think it’s a calling. It’s not […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Eric Hernandez

USAF photo • Name/rank: Airman 1st Class Eric Hernandez • Hometown: Libertyville, Ill. • Air Force career field: Aerospace maintenance • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron • Accomplishments: Hernandez is a dedicated maintainer who adapts easily to new situations. He was recognized for outstanding performance as the best in his First Term Airman […]

Legal process complicates border security

Freedom New Mexico Many see border security as a simple issue: just stop people from coming across, and let those who try to come illegally suffer the consequences. The fatal shooting of a Mexican teenager by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, however, shows the deceptive complexities underlying the issue. Sergio Adrian Hernandez, described as 15 […]

Summer school in full swing

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Clarence Plank Summer school has already started and continues until June 17 at schools around Portales. Teacher Connie Hernandez said she has been teaching summer school for 19 years and she loves seeing a child’s reaction when they get something they have worked hard at learning. “The most important thing we look at are the […]

March 3, 2009 ENMU briefs

Employee and alumni briefs Manuel Varela, professor of biology, and his laboratory people have had an article accepted for publication in refereed journal Archives of Microbiology. Co-authors are post-doctoral fellow Sanath Kumar, collaborator from India Ammini Parvathi, graduate student Ricardo Hernandez and undergraduate student Kathleen Cadle. Jordan Kobritz was recently interviewed on the “Papa Joe […]

Engagement: Quiroga/Hernandez

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Mary Jane Quiroga of Portales announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Alisha Quiroga of Irving, Texas, to Benjamin Hernandez of Dallas, son of Teresa Morales of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Domingo Morales of Dallas. The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2008 at, St. Helen Catholic Church, 1600 […]

It’s their job: Rene Hernandez

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Rene Hernandez Job: Custodian and maintenance work for the Roosevelt County Courthouse Time on the job: 12 days Background: Before taking the position at the courthouse, Hernandez worked for the Dora Schools for eight years in a similar position. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Cleaning windows, […]

High school earns passing marks on AYP

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Municipal School District learned early this week that Portales High School has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) despite initial reports last week that showed the school failing. According to Priscilla Hernandez, director of instruction at Portales Schools, the New Mexico Public Education Department informed the district in […]

PHS’ Gomez honored during North-South tilts

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — When the Class 3A North-South all-star basketball games took place Friday night, five recent Portales seniors were there to represent the South squad. It seemed only right that Brenda Gomez, who coached them throughout their high school careers, was also honored. Prior to the girls contest, […]

Taquerias offer authentic Mexico taste

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A taqueria is a small taco stand popular along the beaches and city streets of Mexico. In the High Plains, however, a taqueria is a brightly-painted restaurant offering authentic Mexican cuisine. Taqueria Jalisco and La Espiga de Oro of Clovis and La Paz restaurante in Portales are not your typical […]

Lady Rams advance to semis

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams knew they could beat District 4-3A rival Ruidoso — heck, they’d already done it three times this season by double-figure margins. The fourth one, in a Class 3A state quarterfinal game on Tuesday at The Pit, came a little harder before the defending champions […]

Lady Rams crush Lovington

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer With the District 4-3A No. 1 seed tucked tightly in their pocket, the Portales Lady Rams are cruising through the second half of their district schedule, undefeated in district play with one game left. Three Lady Rams scored in double figures as the Portales girls dominated Lovington Saturday evening […]

Lady Rams edge Roswell

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers The Portales Lady Rams may have grown up Thursday night. The Portales girls outscored Roswell High 14-2 in the third quarter, overcoming a 12-point half time deficit and the loss of senior Briana Hernandez early in the game, to shock the top-ranked 4A Roswell Lady Coyotes at Portales High School […]

Lady Cats fall to Sandia in tourney semifinals

By Eric Butler RIO RANCHO — The Clovis girls basketball team was taught a physical lesson on Friday, but it’s one that Lady Wildcats coach Miles Watters hopes will benefit his squad in the future. In the semifinals of the Mel Otero Invitational, Sandia knocked off Clovis 57-45 to move into the championship against Rio […]

Lady Rams set sights on repeating

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Brenda Gomez doesn’t make excuses. She plays the hand she’s dealt, and usually plays it well. After leading the Lady Rams to their sixth state championship last year, the Portales girls basketball coach finds herself with a brand new pair of hole cards, but one she thinks she can […]

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 […]

Indictment given for vehicular homicide

Freedom Newspapers A Curry County grand jury indicted a 21-year-old Clovis man of vehicular homicide Friday in connection with the June death of a city teen, according to the district attorney. Miguel Angel Carrasquedo Hernandez is charged with homicide by vehicle and reckless driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs, 9th Judicial District […]

Portales sweeps West Las Vegas in pre-district tuneup

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams seem to be peaking at just the right time, as District 4-3A play looms. The Lady Rams swept the West Las Vegas Lady Dons in three games in a rare afternoon match at Portales High School, Thursday; 25-19, 25-20 and 25-23. Portales head coach Ruth […]

Tatum drops Lady Rams to third at Clovis tourney

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By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Success or disappointment? For the Portales volleyball players, a third-place finish at the 16-team Wildcat Invitational was a little bit of both. While the Rams could look proudly at a 28-26, 25-21, 19-25, 25-18 victory over Class 5A Los Lunas in the consolation match, they also couldn’t help but wish […]