Rams getting defensive

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Ram defense was the team’s backbone last season in its run to the Class 3A state championship game, and despite losing several key contributors, it once again figures to be a team strength as the new season begins. The Rams have just four players who played on […]

Dawg Days kick off

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer If you set foot on the Eastern New Mexico University campus this weekend, you’ll probably be asking yourself, “Who let the dawgs out”, as ENMU’s freshman orientation program, Dawg Days, sends the green newcomers to various get acquainted events. “It gets them involved in the campus,” Rebecca Valdez, co-director […]

Ram and Lady Ram soccer hopefuls tryout

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer More than 30 boys hoping to make the Portales Rams soccer team hit the brand new pitch Wednesday afternoon for tryouts. A similar number of girls showed up for tryouts as Portales added boys and girls soccer this season. “(The boys are) pretty rough right now,” Portales soccer coach […]

Band prepares for upcoming year

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Pride, Dedication and Excellence is the motto for the Portales High School Ram Band. Under new leadership, the band is already on the fast track for a busy year. Former band director Brandon Boerio left to pursue a job with Clovis Schools, moving assistant director Cindy Stone up to […]

New ENMU place-kicker making early impression

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Jordan Walker has some pretty big shoes to fill this season for the Eastern New Mexico University football team. The freshman from North Richland, Texas, near Fort Worth, is being asked to replace four-year place-kicker Lee Price, who converted 34-of-59 field goals and missed on only six of 120 extra […]

It’s their job: Joann Rackler

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Joann Rackler Job: Owner of Do Drop In coffee shop Time on the job: Purchased the coffee shop in August 2006 and opened it in September 2006. Background: Rackler worked as a substitute in the Portales School District for 12 years. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. […]

Farmers embrace tractor technology

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Technology advancements have entered the world of farming in a variety of ways in recent years. “Probably the biggest thing today is the AMS (Ag Management Solutions) portion of it,” said Maury May, of Ray Lee Equipment in Clovis. According to May, the AMS is an autotrack system that […]

Sun Devils take third at Lubbock tourney

PNT Staff Report After jumping out to a 2-0 start at a Lubbock 10-and-under girls softball tournament last weekend, the Portales Sun Devils finished the tournament 4-2 to take third place. “We did OK,” head coach Ben Rodriguez said. “We took third. Our girls wanted to go further but that’s an achievement for them. We […]

Energy rates set to increase

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Energy company Xcel Energy is proposing a base-rate increase from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The electric and natural gas company is seeking an overall increase of 6.6 percent from all customer classes. Residential rates would increase by 7.3 percent a month for an average household that uses about […]

Zia coaching icon enjoys retirement

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After five years of retirement, the most successful coach in Zia basketball history still feels the competitive fires within, but now the inferno burns on the golf course instead of the basketball court. Wayne Moore registered 327 wins in his 22 years coaching the Eastern New Mexico University Zias […]

Elida High student returns from Swedish sabbatical

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Like any true New Mexican, 18-year-old Shawn Bird said the thing she missed most about home during a one-year stay in Sweden was good Mexican food. But the Kenna resident worked through her craving and went on to have a very special experience, she says. “It was wonderful,” Bird […]

Acosta meets, greets Portales youths

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer 17-year-old Ryan Acosta may be on the verge of fame and fortune with the Chicago Cubs, but Wednesday evening, he chose to spend time with some excited Portales Little Leaguers. The former Portales Ram was drafted in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Cubs […]

Lane Hedeman competes in Clovis

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent All of the contestants for this year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals are from either New Mexico or Texas. But Lane Hedeman comes from such an interior portion of the Lone Star state that he might be considered an outsider to those based in either eastern New Mexico or […]

La Hacienda reopens popular location

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After nearly a third of a century as a Mexican food fixture on North Avenue K in Portales, family-owned La Hacienda has moved to the 1001 W First location, where Tastee Freeze and the Wagon Wheel Cafe were formerly located. “We wanted to get on this side of town […]

Floyd bids adieu to graduates

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — Moments after watching her daughter receive her high school diploma, Kathy Hale’s eyes welled up with tears when she talked about the child she once taught in a home-school setting. “I’m very, very proud of her. She’s come a long way,” Hale said. “It’s just the beginning […]

Ram track meet, at long last

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer It’s been 10 years since Portales witnessed their Rams and Lady Rams run, jump and throw on their home track, but that silence will be broken this afternoon at the Portales High School track. Portales is hosting district foes Lovington and Dexter today, with track events scheduled to begin […]

Child-like faith is powerful thing

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Faith is a requirement if you’re going to receive something from the celebration of Easter. It’s also required to receive the blessings of a lot things in life. Among the definitions listed for the word faith in the dictionary are: • Confidence or trust in a person or thing. […]

Volunteers invade Grande Vida

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you look on the Grande Vida Dairy east of Portales. Pens that once held 2,500 head of Holstein dairy cows are empty except for the debris. The remains of the milking barn were being pulled down Saturday in the first step of […]

Robinson retires after 22 years with university

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editorial Oscar Robinson’s 40-year career in higher education administration came to an end this week with his retirement as Director of Personnel Services at Eastern New Mexico University but Portales likely hasn’t seen the last of his public service. Friends, family and associates gathered Saturday to honor Robinson on his […]

Movie reminds us to believe in March Madness

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With two teams in the state basketball tournament and a basketball movie that was filmed here premiering this week, we’ve got a bad case of March Madness in Portales. I like sports movies, even if some think they’re all made with the same recipe. “Hoosiers” is my all-time favorite […]