Class of 2006 graduates at Floyd

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer An emotionally charged commencement ceremony filled with moments of saddness and moments of joy took place Saturday at Floyd High School. The group of students came together one last time as the senior class of FHS to receive their diplomas and the right to be called a high school graduate. […]

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. […]

CLASS 1A STATE TRACK: Floyd girls have solid opening date

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — Senior Kelli Johnson and junior Jordon Paul turned in second-place finishes Friday, helping Floyd’s girls score 15 points on the first day of the Class 1A state track meet at the University of New Mexico track facility. Johnson ran a time of 12 minutes, 44.79 seconds in the 3,200 while Paul […]

Lady Broncos take team title in Tatum event

PNT staff TATUM — Floyd’s girls ran away to the team title on Saturday in the Tatum Relays, beating out six other teams. The Lady Bronchos won 10 events, including two relays. Their eight individual wins included three for junior Jordan Paul, two each for senior Kelli Johnson and freshman Kelsi Gray and one for […]

Felines find friends, sanctuary in Clovis shelter

Janet Taylor-Birkey When an unfortunate accident took the life of his cat, Sundance, Doug Johnson promised he was not going to watch another cat needlessly die. That was four years and more than 8,156 cats ago. Since then, Mr. Johnson has turned his attention to making better lives for homeless cats by building a home […]

PHS girls take second at Melrose

PNT staff MELROSE — The Portales Lady Rams got victories from sophomore Jordan Roehl in shot put, Miriam Madrid in the 200 and from the 1,600 relay team Thursday night, but came up short to Floyd in the girls division of the Buffalo Relays track meet. The Lady Bronchos took the team title in the […]

Johnson resigns as Portales High School football coach

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By Tony Parra Randy Fowler, Portales School District Superintendent, announced the resignation of Portales High School football coach Glenn Johnson during Monday’s school board meeting. Johnson has been the head football coach for the Rams’ football team for the last seven years. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator for the Eastern New Mexico University […]

12 AF Chief discusses Air Force challenges with Airmen

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Chief Master Sgt. Wade Johnson, 12th Air Force command chief, visited Cannon Wednesday as part of an annual tour of 12th AF bases. During his tour, Chief Johnson had the opportunity to shake hands and listen to what was on the minds of the men and women of the 27th Fighter […]

Long bomb lifts Lady Rams to win

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The Los Alamos Hilltoppers wouldn’t go quietly into the night, despite everything host Portales was doing against them. Though the team fell behind early, Los Alamos held off every chance by Portales to seal a blowout and made it a seven-point game as Bryanna Richins hit a putback in […]

Fire forces evacuations

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Floyd Public School students got a scare on Wednesday with a fire blazing through south Melrose and north of Floyd and school administrators had to evacuate the students shortly after 1 p.m. Associated Press reports stated that the fire burned more than 35,000 acres in the Floyd area. The entire […]

Huge wildfire causes evacuation of Floyd Schools

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Tony Parra Floyd Public School students got a scare on Wednesday with a fire blazing through south Melrose and north of Floyd and school administrators had to evacuate the students shortly after 1 p.m. Associated Press reports stated that the fire burned more than 6,400 acres in the Floyd area. The entire eastern New Mexico […]

Season of adversity ends for Ram football squad

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Portales coach Glenn Johnson shared a saying with his seven seniors during the football season — adversity introduces a man to himself. Monday let him know the message stuck. “We had a team meeting today (Monday) and we let our seniors visit with the team,” Johnson said. “The most […]

Football team earns No. 11 seed

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Albeit with an expanded field, the Portales Rams are again a playoff team after a two-year drought. Despite losing their final eight games of the season, the Rams (2-8) earned the No. 11 seed in Class 3A and will face Raton in a 7 p.m. Friday game at Tiger […]

Warriors hope to improve seeding, Rams want a win

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Ruidoso coach Ridge Bowden thinks that both the Warriors and the Portales Rams have already earned their way into the Class 3A playoffs, and tonight’s game is a chance for each to improve their seeding. “Our entire district should be looking (forward to the playoffs),” Bowden said. “Even Portales […]

Beloved ENMU coach Bud Elliott dies at 73

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By Kevin Wilson Harold “Bud” Elliott, the longtime football coach at Eastern New Mexico University, died Tuesday morning of heart and kidney failure in Lubbock, family members said. He was 73. Elliott was remembered by colleagues as a man with a great sense of humor, a greater sense of morals and an indescribable drive as […]

Rams, Colts trying to get back into 4-3A race

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer If there has been a closer district battle for Portales over the last four years than New Mexico Military Institute, one would be hard-pressed to find it. The Colts and Rams have alternated as winners each of the last four years, and the road team has won the last […]

Odds stacked in Artesia’s favor

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With everything else surrounding tonight’s game against Artesia, it would seem that the only advantage the visiting Portales Rams have is the benefit of a bye week. The other odds seem to all be in the favor of the Class 4A Bulldogs. Artesia (5-1) is at home and has […]

Rams face toughest test yet with Mustangs

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer If the Portales Rams needed a wake-up call this early in the season, they certainly got one against Raton. Denver City’s coach, meanwhile, is hoping his young team doesn’t wake up. The Class 3A Mustangs are 2-0 coming into tonight’s battle at Greyhound Stadium. Young or not, Portales expects […]

Undefeated squads set for clash

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor The year was 2003 and first-year Raton coach Brock Walton was seeking his first win. In an attempt for win No. 1, Walton went for two. With four minutes left, his Tigers had scored a touchdown against the Rams to pull to 14-13. Walton called his final timeout and […]

Floyd dominates field in Clovis

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Christian advanced to the title game of its four-team tournament Saturday before running into Floyd’s two-girl wrecking crew of setter Kelli Johnson and outside hitter Darcee Chenault. Johnson and Chenault had eight kills and five aces as Floyd swept Clovis Christian 26-24, 25-20 in the championship match. “I thought […]