Young Ram team looking to make mark at state track

By Kevin Wilson Amador Lujan is a youngster in the definition of a high-schooler, but the sophomore is a veteran when the Portales Rams take the track today in the state meet. “I won’t be as nervous,” the 5-foot-11, 155-pound sprinter said of his second foray into the state track meet at the University of […]

Numbers high for Ram track teams

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By Kevin Wilson The future looks pretty bright for the Portales boys track team. Meanwhile, the Portales girls team seems OK with the present. Both teams have good numbers going into Friday’s meet at Carlsbad, with the boys team posting its highest participation in six seasons. “Being excited about the numbers, I’m even more excited […]

Prayer saves a cowboy’s life

Rick White Steve Friskup will humbly tell you he didn’t know what to do, frozen by uncertainty as a crowd gathered around a fellow calf roper who lay sprawled in the dirt, felled by an apparent heart attack. Don West, who had just finished a run in an amateur roping event in Stephenville, Texas, showed […]

Shelter renamed to honor community leader

Jack King Clovis’ shelter for victims of domestic violence will be renamed the Hartley House, after Mary Carol Hartley, a community leader who died in October after a long, on-and-off bout with cancer. Hartley was the wife of 9th Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley. The center’s new Executive Director Catharine Johnson said a ribbon cutting […]

Ram football squad knocked out of playoffs

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By Kevin Wilson BLACKWATER DRAW — Like it has been for countless seasons, the District 4-3A playoff race winds down to three teams competing for two spots. For the first time in four seasons, the Portales Rams are team No. 4. Senior quarterback Matt Palmer accounted for 250 yards of offense, and the visiting Lovington […]

Red Cross worker to direct N.M. shelter

Gary Mitchell A former American Red Cross worker whose travels have taken her to war-torn regions around the world, has been named the new executive director for eastern New Mexico’s Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. Catharine Johnson, currently the executive director of the Clovis Downtown Revitalization Committee, was offered the $40,000 position on Thursday […]

Rams look to keep focus against Eunice

By Kevin Wilson The Rams are playing a Homecoming football game a Eunice team that they have outscored 123-13 over the last three meetings. But if the coaching staff gets what it wants, Portales will treat the visiting Eunice Cardinals like a defending state champion. “At this point of the season, it doesn’t matter who […]

Rams go on the road to face Rockets

By Kevin Wilson With a road game coming up tonight against a Class 4A team, the Portales Rams already have the deck stacked against them. To keep a realistic chance to beat Goddard (7 p.m., 1450 KSEL-AM), the Rams realize they’ll have to keep the ball as well. Ram coach Glen Johnson has said throughout […]

Rams get set for Mustangs

By Kevin Wilson If there was an opponent the Portales Rams needed reinforcements for, it would be the Denver City Mustangs. So it’s fortunate that coming into Friday’s 7 p.m. game against Denver City (2-0), the second-ranked Rams are as close as they’ll be to a full squad all season. Portales (3-0) gains back the […]

Rams escape challenge from Raton

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By Kevin Wilson BLACKWATER DRAW — The Raton Tigers went for the biggest upset of the high school football season. They ended up with a moral victory instead. The host Portales Rams stayed perfect on the season when a two-point conversion from the visiting Tigers came up short in a 14-13 Ram win at Greyhound […]