Hopping on the train

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A version of dominoes fans say has the ability to tighten bonds and raise blood pressure is quickly finding its niche at senior centers and family gatherings all over the Southwest. “Mexican Train” has caught on quickly in places where “42” and dominoes have reigned. The Portales Senior Citizens […]

Counselors offering support

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Grief-stricken faculty and staff from Steiner Elementary gathered on Tuesday morning to offer support to the classmates of Lorenzo Cabral, Jr., who died on Jan. 4. School counselors were on-site to visit with the students parents about the situation. After a brief meeting with the parents, the counselors then […]

“… Working on dreams in the streets of Portales …”

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers At a time in his life when people around him were moving on from college and graduation was sneaking up on him, singer and songwriter Andy Mason wrote what would eventually become Portales’ theme song. During one night in May of 2003, Mason took his guitar over to a friend’s […]

Saturday night gig

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer They’ve had the same gig for a decade and a half, but for members of the Jake Howard Band, the music just keeps getting sweeter. The band, a pure old-time country and western group of three, plays at the Portales Senior Citizens Center’s “Senior Swingers” dances every Saturday night […]

All jammers welcome at music group

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Anyone who walks past the Wesley Foundation on Eastern New Mexico University’s campus between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. every second and fourth Sunday will likely hear the sounds of traditional old-time, bluegrass and Irish music drifting out the front doors and into the streets. That’s because the Portales […]

Rams look to stay hot

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer The Portales Rams are on a roll. In early February, Portales was two games under .500 and looked to be no threat for a state title. Since that point, the Rams have won five straight games, won District 4-3A, and earned the third seed in the state tournament. Portales […]

Excuses for playing hooky listed

By Helena Rodriquez When it comes to playing hooky from work or school, the names of pros come to mind: Laverne & Shirley and Farris Bueller. Granted these are fictional characters who went through more trouble than it was worth to treat themselves to a day off. I think we can all get away with […]

Floyd, Dora girls knocked out of district tournament

PNT staff Floyd’s season is over, but coach Cody May is pleased with his squad for all the progress they’ve made. In the District 3-1A tournament, Schuyler Cochran scored 23 to help Melrose down Floyd 56-39. Darcy Chenault lead Floyd with 17 points, Kelli Johnson chipped in 12. “We’ve had a pretty good season,” May […]

Healing through science not playing God

Jim Lee: Local Columnist I’ve been hearing a lot about the science-versus-playing-God controversy lately. I don’t exactly understand why it has to be a controversy. Maybe I’m dumber than a lobotomized rock, but I always thought God wanted us to make life better. Don’t we have a duty to work toward ending suffering? When I’m […]

Parade of lights leads off Christmas activities

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales is lit up with Christmas lights and soon enough Christmas lights will be flowing through the streets of Portales as part of the Christmas Light Parade. The Christmas Parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday and will start at the corner of the Trader Horn […]

Ward working hard toward career and family

Complied by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Q. What do you think of Portales? A. “It’s quiet and slow paced. Very dry and flat. Different from Oregon.” Q. Tell us about your parents: A. Father is deceased and Mother lives in Oregon Q. How have your children influenced your life? A. “They make me want to […]

Portales wins eighth-straight

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Dexter’s biggest mistake Saturday night may have been winning the second game against Portales. After playing the visiting Lady Demons close in the opening two games, Portales unleashed a 25-3 blitz in the third game and held off a small Dexter run in the fourth to claim a 25-15, […]

Greyhounds gearing up for homecoming

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Two teams riding momentum collide tonight at Blackwater Draw. Riding a three-game winning streak, Eastern New Mexico University takes one of the Lone Star Conference’s surprise squads in unbeaten Angelo State in the Greyhounds’ 6 p.m. homecoming game at Blackwater Draw. Both began division play last week with pulsating wins. While […]

Handley’s six scores paces Eagles

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers A little home cooking can go a long way. Senior Dustin Handley scored six touchdowns as Clovis Christian mercy-ruled Pine Hill 52-0 in its first home game of the season. After losing two straight, Clovis Christian coach Greg Darden said Friday’s win was right on time. “We needed that,” Darden […]

Asking questions is not playing politics

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers In two days we observe the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a horrid day plotted by suicidal madmen that shocked the world and demanded justice. Instead of justice though, we have an unjustified war in Iraq and now the dark shadow of Hurricane Katrina hanging over our […]

ENMU represented by dozen athletes in all-star game

Freedom Newspapers LUBBOCK — Twelve players who are planning to walk on in football at Eastern New Mexico University are slated to participate in the first West Texas Football Classic, a benefit game set for June 4 at Lowery Field. Playing for the North squad are Tyler Caffey of Plains, Omar Jordan and Randy McBrewer […]

Portales girls win Coyote Classic

PNT Staff Freshman Whitney Miller went undefeated on the weekend, and the Portales girls tennis team improved their record to 8-1 while winning the Coyote Classic Tennis Tournament, held Friday and Saturday in Roswell. Miller, playing No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles with Kassandra Short, won all three matches in both divisions as Portales […]

Ruidoso-Portales battle enters fifth round

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By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams went into the girls Class 3A state tournament as the No. 2 seed, but the two-time defending champions are now the team to beat. While Portales dispatched seventh-seeded Wingate 57-46 on Tuesday, top seed Grants (24-2) was falling to Santa Fe Indian School 56-52. Portales has […]

KGB game draws ire of police

By David Irvin The streets, alleys and lawns of Clovis serve as the playing fields. The players are high schoolers, college students and young adults. The point is to go undetected for long periods of time while traveling on foot, at night, across town. Get ready, KGB may be coming to a street near you. […]

Oct. 3 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael Daylight time ends soon October has arrived so we have this next four weeks until the time change happens on Oct. 31. Anyway it will be time to take care of that on the night of Oct. 30. Baseball season Today will be Dora’s first baseball game. No time has been given […]