In search of ponies: Death part of owning animals

“What did you kill this week?” It’s the question I hear every week when I turn in my column for editing — asked in jest of course. In response I usually joke back that I’ve set a limit of one a month or some such thing. But it does highlight an often unspoken truth about […]

My turn: Long-time hunter offers advice

Clarence Plank Rod McDermid, 61, of Portales, has been hunting most of his life. He offers people who want to become hunters a little advice when it comes to getting their first kill. • Head to class: McDermid said the most important thing is attending and passing a certified hunter’s education class because this will […]

Zias cruise past Permian Basin

Freedom New Mexico Sophomore outside hitter Amber Durand and junior middle blockers Jessica King and Kristen Beck combined for 34 kills Tuesday night as Eastern New Mexico defeated Texas-Permian Basin 25-18, 25-17, 25-18 in a non-conference volleyball match at Greyhound Arena. The Zias (7-7) trailed only briefly early in each game before quickly taking control […]

Don’t need feds to kill my bugs

By Glenda Price: State columnist I’m afraid of centipedes, the big ones. By the time one has grown to 11 or 12 inches long his color becomes grayish brown with yellow streaks. Plus those things are really hard to kill. We cut one’s head off once and laid him on the windowsill. Five days later […]

My turn: The one that got away

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Charley Johns and his son Peter, from Lubbock, went hunting in Texas a few years ago. Peter was looking to get his first kill. After a lot of waiting and changing locations, they finally saw a huge buck coming their way. Charley wasn’t close enough to get a clean […]

Midwestern St. sweeps Zias

Freedom New Mexico Alysha Pritt collected 12 kills Saturday and Midwestern State led virtually all the way in a 25-15, 25-17, 25-20 Lone Star Conference volleyball victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Arena. The Mustangs (22-7, 6-3 LSC) used strong front row play to maintain control, compiling 52 kills in the match against […]

Newman downs Zias in five

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Freedom New Mexico Angie Bennett got three of her match-high 15 kills in the deciding fifth set, and the Newman Jets rallied from a 2-1 deficit to edge Eastern New Mexico University in a five-game non-conference match Thursday at Greyhound Arena. Scores were 25-23, 10-25, 13-25, 25-23, 15-12 in favor of the Jets, a first-year […]

Tobacco and bulls can both kill you

By Baxter Black There they stood out on the loading dock at the back of the administration building. Huddled behind a Dumpster to protect themselves from the biting wind, they shivered, occasionally glancing over their shoulders at the solid metal door. People that walked by glanced at them then quickly looked away. It could have […]

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 […]

Portales volleyball squad rallies for win

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By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Portales and Roswell hit the volleyball court Tuesday night wearing almost identical uniforms. In fact, the only difference between the squads — attired in red shirts and black shorts – was the “RHS” on the Coyotes’ jerseys. By the end of the contest, the squads were also just as even […]

Lady Rams fall in final to Ruidoso

PNT Staff RUIDOSO — The Ruidoso Lady Warriors took three hard-fought games Saturday night for a 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 win over Portales High in the finals of the district 4-3A volleyball tournament. Both teams qualify, though, for Class 3A state competitition in Albuquerque Nov. 11-13 at Manzano High School and the University of New Mexico’s […]

Zias battle Lubbock Christian for five-game victory

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By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University volleyball coach Mike Maguire wasn’t happy with his team’s play Friday night against Lubbock Christian at Greyhound Area, but at least the Zias came out on top. “I will say we fought to the end,” McGuire said after ENMU nailed down a 30-28, 29-31, 31-29, 27-30, 15-12 win […]

Be cautious, but do not fear rattlesnakes

Jim Lee Well, spring has sprung. The time has come to bask in the sunshine of warmer days, smell all those nice green things coming to life after their winter slumber, enjoy the tulips and daffodils peeking up through the soil, look at the buds coming out on the trees, and think about rattlesnakes. I […]

Tatum sweeps Elida in 1A quarterfinals

By Eric Butler ROSWELL — Elida was making its first trip to the state volleyball tournament in 13 years and it showed. With the Lady Tigers battling nervousness early, Tatum got out of the gate quickly en route to 25-9, 25-20, 25-23 victory Thursday in the first round of the Class 1A tournament at Goddard […]

West Texas keeps streak alive against Zias

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By Dave Wagner West Texas A&M’s Lone Star Conference volleyball winning streak lives on. Barely. The Lady Buffs won their NCAA Division II record 77th consecutive match against conference opponents, dating to the 1998 LSC tournament, by bailing out a 30-28, 26-30, 30-28, 30-28 win over scrappy Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday night at Greyhound […]