March 8, Engagements

McAfee-Mosier Mark and Sherri McAfee of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Shannon McAfee of Portales, to Chris Mosier of Portales, son of Wesley Mosier and Shelly Stanley. The couple will exchange vows March 28, 2009, at 6 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church. A reception will follow at 6:45 p.m. at […]

Ram football begins district tonight

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer It’s true, the Rams have won just one game out of their first seven, but their goal from Day 1 has been to repeat as District 4-3A champions, and that mission begins this evening as the Rams three-game district schedule begins tonight at Roswell’s New Mexico Military Institute (7 […]

Rams use bye week to reload for district

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After a slow start, the Portales Rams operated as a well-oiled machine last Friday night to earn their first win of the season in comeback fashion at Tucumcari — now they have nine days to recuperate, recover and fine-tune the machine before hosting Roswell High at Greyhound Stadium Oct. […]

Rockets sure to test Rams tonight

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A sleeping giant. That’s how Portales Ram head football coach Andy Correll and defensive coordinator Mark McAfee both described their Ram football team this season. Both coaches hope their slumbering behemoth (0-4) wakes up tonight at Roswell’s Wool Bowl against the Class 4A Goddard Rockets (3-1). “The biggest thing […]

Rams still fighting for first win of season

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales coaching staff believes their team will bounce back after a tough road loss last Saturday as the Rams host Slaton, Texas at Greyhound Stadium (7 p.m.) “If we just try to get better every week, the wins will come eventually,” Ram assistant coach and defensive coordinator Mark […]

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 […]

Rams prepare for Saturday scrimmage

Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Less than one week away from Saturday’s scrimmage against Hatch at Artesia’s Bulldog Bowl, the Rams offense and defense are much further along than they were at this time last year, according to coaches. “It’ll really be our first contact versus someone besides ourselves,” second-year Ram head coach Andy Correll […]

DA works to abolish truancy

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office is spearheading the Abolish Chronic Truancy program in an effort to curtail truancy in both Roosevelt and Curry counties. “It definitely is a significant problem in both counties and we are taking steps to prevent it,” said Ninth Judicial Assistant District Attorney Ben […]

Superintendent says hiring on schedule

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler told the school board at its regular meeting Thursday that hiring of staff was on schedule and looking good overall. He announced that Mark McAfee has been named athletic director and coaches for the new high school soccer program had been hired and […]

No surprise for coaches, Rams get snubbed again

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Nobody gave the Portales Ram football team respect all season, so why start now? Despite shocking many by winning Class 3A football runner-up status, just one Ram made the All-State first team. “I shouldn’t have been shocked after the way the north seeded us (seventh in the state playoffs),” Ram […]

Robertson will see a changed Rams team Saturday

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Yes, Portales lost to Las Vegas Robertson, 13-2, in the season opener on Aug. 25. But for the Rams, that seems like an eternity ago, you see the Rams were still learning a new system under first-year coach Andy Correll. The Portales team set to square off with Robertson […]

Rams face physical test at Slaton

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams have already traveled more than a thousand miles to and from their first two road games, and they’re about to add to that total, with their third road game in four weeks at Slaton, Texas this evening. Head coach Andy Correll is proud of how his […]

New Mexico pheasant hunting season begins Dec. 9

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Pheasant hunting is a family tradition for some and a serious sport for others, but either way, it’s an economic boon to West Texas and New Mexico. Muleshoe, Arch and Ranchvale all sponsor hunting events of the prized chicken-sized game bird. Alex Garcia of the Bailey County EMS Associates hosts an […]

Peanut crop early, better than usual

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Up until this week it was all good news for peanut farmers, but they’re not out of the woods, yet. Many peanut fields still need to be harvested and until there are consecutive days of warm weather and no moisture, those fields remain at risk. But yields so far this […]

Trio of Rams lead football team

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Mike Linn Jordan Harrison was bouncing around practice on Wednesday, calling plays at the line of scrimmage, fighting off offensive lineman and clashing helmets with running backs and wide receivers. During one play the senior Portales High School middle linebacker struck the running back at the line of scrimage, reversing his forward motion for a […]