Chilies a hot item for sale

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Amy Jacoby inhaled the sweet, pungent odor of roasted chilies. As she lifted a hand to her swollen, pregnant belly, a small smile of satisfaction appeared on her face. “I love the smell of green chilies,” she said. The 22-year-old Clovis resident and her mother, Teresa Jacoby, stood patiently in […]

Portales school board breaks down AYP

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Improving student success while closing the achievement gap is Portales Schools’ mission and Priscilla Hernandez, director of instruction for the Portales School District, said at Monday’s school board meeting that is exactly what the district did. Even though Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results showed Portales schools failed to meet […]

Police make drug busts

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PNT Staff Report Area law officers arrested three people in two separate drug busts Tuesday in Portales. The busts netted what police say were large amounts of crack cocaine and marijuana. Police started the busts shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1112 W. 15th St., less than a block from the Eastern New Mexico University […]

Lady Rams get a scare at state tournament

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Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Three-pointers from Portales’ Briana Hernandez may have kept a large Thoreau cheering section quiet at the start. But, after awhile, silence turned into a murmur. That changed into a swell, which finally culminated in a roar as Thoreau chipped away at the Rams’ lead. Just as well, said the Portales players, […]

Spanish speller moves on to state spelling bee

By Tony Parra It started with eight students from the Portales School District, but quickly it dwindled down to two girls and Jessica Lavalle was able to correctly spell “volver” to win the district Spanish Spelling Bee. Lavalle won on Feb. 24 and will be competing in Albuquerque in the New Mexico Spanish Spelling Bee […]

Lady Rams dominate Ruidoso

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer It’s hard to play basketball with your jaw on the floor. After the Portales Lady Rams dominated Ruidoso 70-32, Lady Warriors coach Becky Austin said her team played more like star-struck fans than challenging opponents. “We were a little bit, I guess you would say, in awe when we […]

Lady Rams roll over Ruidoso

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Portales didn’t play the way it wanted to in a few stretches of the game. Briana Hernandez did, though, and that was more than enough to beat visiting Ruidoso. Hernandez scored all of her game-high 25 points in the first three quarters, at one point outscoring the visiting Lady […]

Star child care provider receives quarterly award

Airman Thomas Trower Excelling in family care standards earned Ms. Bonnie Gillespie honors as the Family Child Care Provider of the Quarter for October through December 2005. Ms. Gillespie has been a licensed provider since September and has provided care in her home since October, she said. Ms. Gillespie’s home is arranged for multi-age care, […]

Lady Rams open Shootout by blowing out Broncos

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With another contest about 20 hours away, Portales’ first unit did more than enough Friday night to save energy for Saturday. Morgan Hill had 18 points and Briana Hernandez 16 in three quarters, and Portales rode an early 14-2 start to come away with a 54-39 victory over Kirtland […]

Portales clobbers Goddard

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Shooting 60 percent in high school basketball is a lot like deodorant. When you have that, a lot of other things don’t stink. Portales did that in the first half and stayed close to that mark throughout the game, and a 19-0 run through the first and second quarters […]

Highland beats Portales in Mel Otero opener

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent RIO RANCHO — Though one preferred to press and run and the other was content in the half-court game, the Highland and Portales girls basketball teams had one thing in common for most of the afternoon on Wednesday — the score. Tied at half and at the end of the […]

Manzano coach: Clovis’ talent is better

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Manzano coach Aaron Ocampo knows first-hand how explosive the Clovis Wildcats’ offense can be. The Wildcats beat Manzano 49-14 two weeks ago in the second round of the playoffs. “You have to contain (Rishard) Matthews,” Ocampo said. “And I don’t know if you can stop him without double covering him […]

Portales has target on its back

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With the No. 1 seed, a 10-match winning streak and an undefeated record against Class 3A, there’s no denying that Portales has the target on its back coming into the Class 3A state volleyball tournament in Albuquerque. Though the answers might be different in some ways, it seems that […]

Students sending packages to former classmates in Iraq

By Tony Parra Portales High School students are devoting their time and efforts to provide food and hygiene supplies to United States soldiers in Iraq. Approximately 35 PHS students are helping soldiers, who are former PHS graduates, by sending toothpaste, chips, granola bars, wipes and other non-perishable food items in boxes. Students sent out their […]

New additions bolster cross country teams

By Dave Wagner Joel McMullen thought his first Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team would be respectable. If everything falls into place, the Greyhounds could be more than that. Kenyans Kennedy Baiywo (pronounced “bi-E-woe”) and Felix Boyt, nephews of former ENMU cross country and track standout Mike Boyt, arrived on campus Friday and […]

Soldier who died in Iraq tied to locals

By Mike Linn Linda Hernandez has three e-mails from her cousin to which she’ll never get the chance to respond. The Clovis resident saw the messages after she returned from vacation Sunday — the day she found out her cousin, Sgt. 1st Class Linda Ann Tarango-Griess, 33, of Sutton, Neb., died when a roadside bomb […]

Hernandez placed on All-LSC track team

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University distance runner Ricardo Hernandez has been named to the men’s All-Lone Star Conference team in track. A sophomore from Carlsbad, Hernandez finished second in the 5,000 and third in th 10,000 last weekend in the LSC conference track meet, hosted by Texas A&M-Kingsville. Hernandez has been […]

Hernandez takes up rowing at Stanford

By Rick White Jim Hernandez believes athletics are an important part of the educational process. So when he dropped his youngest daughter off at college in the fall, he urged her to stay involved in sports. Jessica Hernandez played soccer, basketball and ran track at Clovis High, but it was her academic prowess that landed […]

Portales man found guilty of numerous sex crime counts

PNT Staff Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, was convicted Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of criminal sexual penetration of […]

Hounds win exhibition game

Freedom Newspapers Junior college transfer Kennis Green scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Saturday night to lead Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team past the New Mexico All-Stars 106-58 in a preseason tuneup at Greyhound Arena. The Greyhounds scored the first six points and led all the way. They broke open a 14-12 […]