No charges for Clovis man in fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man is not expected to face citations for a fatal crash after a near two-week investigation by state police has determined driver inattention led an Oklahoma couple to crash into him on U.S. 70 near the Curry-Roosevelt County line. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Friday unless new information is […]

Police investigating cause of fatal collision

Freedom New Mexico Investigators on Wednesday were still trying to determine what caused a Monday two-vehicle accident on U.S. 70, which killed an Oklahoma couple. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, of Elk City, Okla., died when their Ford Explorer collided into the back of a privately owned garbage truck near the […]

Fundraiser for fireworks

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales residents Kaitlyn Robertson, 3, and her mother Michele Robertson are working to raise money for a fireworks display at the annual Smokin’ Fourth of July Bash. Along with other friends, the duo are putting together a lemonade stand and bake sale Saturday at Wal-Mart. Robertson, a Roosevelt County […]

12-9 It’s their job

Name: Michele Robertson Job: Manager at Hestand’s Floral Gifts Background: Robertson was raised in Portales and began her college studies at Eastern New Mexico University but shortly thereafter married a military man and moved away. She and her husband moved back to Portales after he retired from the service. Time on job: One year What […]

Vets list being formed

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico A retired U.S. Navy officer hopes to compile a list of all veterans within a five-county area of eastern New Mexico to recognize and keep track of the people who have served their country in that region. Richard Robertson, a retired chief petty officer who now serves as director […]

One man arrested in Elida burglary

PNT Staff Report A Roswell man was taken into custody Monday in connection with a commercial burglary at the wind farm near Elida reported on Friday, according to a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office press release. Michael Robertson, 50, of Roswell was arrested by Chaves County Sheriff’s Department officers after a Portales Police Department officer reported […]

Hestand under new ownership

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Hestand Floral and Gifts, a Portales business that’s been around for nearly 60 years, is under new ownership and management. Rosalie Richards and her husband, J. Mark Richards, are the new owners. They purchased the business in late November from Trish and Richard Lovorn, who owned the florist shop […]

Rams host Cardinals tonight in season opener

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer For the second straight year, the Portales Rams begin their season against the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals, the two-time defending Class 3A state champion. The game is at 7 p.m. today at Greyhound Stadium. “They’re going to run the same offense and defense as they ran last year, so […]

Cards trip up Rams in quarterfinals

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer ALBUQUERQUE — One day after advancing past Sandia Prep in the Class 1-3A boys state tennis team quarterfinals, the Portales Rams hit a roadblock in Saturday’s semifinals in the form of the undefeated, top-ranked Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals. Robertson dominated the match, winning 9-0 at Albuquerque Academy. “I feel […]

Robertson rams Portales

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer In a gym that has seen some fantastic finishes this season, there was no miracle ending for the Portales Rams Saturday night. The Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals shocked a packed Portales High School gymnasium with a 36-33 upset of the Rams in the first round of the Class 3A […]

Pheasant frenzy hits local area

By Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers Bill Bradford of Placitas has hunted pheasant for almost 50 years. Bradford said it should be a strong pheasant season in New Mexico, since cold weather has been sparse. “I have bird dogs and I enjoy watching them work,” Bradford said. “And certainly (pheasants) are good to eat.” The four-day […]

Robertson holds the cards in 3A final

3A State Finals

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — A pair of sustained drives sandwiched a Portales miscue in the first half and the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals went on to a 28-6 victory Saturday, earning their second consecutive Class 3A state football championship. “(Our kids) came out ready to play,” Robertson head coach Chad […]

Rams … or repeat?

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers When the Portales Rams met Las Vegas Robertson in the 2006 season opener, little could anyone have known those teams would be playing again for the Class 3A state title. Under first-year coach Andy Correll, Portales struggled for much of the season before squeaking out a District 4-3A title. The […]

Clovis native leads Cardinal turnaround

PLAYOFF

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When he first accepted the job as Las Vegas Robertson’s football coach, Chad Roanhaus had a goal for the Cardinals, who had never won a high school football championship. “We’re going to get one,” Roanhaus said in 2003. He’s done that, and arguably become the most successful coach in Robertson’s […]

Portales — Robertson II

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By Kevin Wilson It was a sunny day in Las Vegas, N.M., with highs nearing the 80s and a clear night, with temperatures in the mid-50s when the Portales Rams and Robertson Cardinals first met to open up the 2006 Class 3A football season. The days now, are cold and windy in Portales, and snowfall […]

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 […]

Lady Rams ready for state tourney

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer The Portales Lady Rams dominated the Robertson Lady Cardinals in a way that screamed, “enough already.” The Lady Rams could have stopped with their 22 first-quarter points and still won Friday night. Instead, Portales poured it on, pounding Robertson 64-20 in the first round of the Class 3A state […]

Rams drop Las Vegas Robertson 48-42

PNT Staff Report LAS VEGAS, NM — Playing short-handed, the Portales Rams picked up a 48-42 win here against Las Vegas Robertson to even their record at 4-4 going into the holiday break. After three players were suspended this week for violating team rules, the Rams found themselves on the road with just eight men […]

Spilca too much for Lady Rams

PNT Staff In the end, a five-time state singles champion was the difference in making sure Portales didn’t become a three-time team champion over the weekend. Mariana Spilca claimed wins in both the singles and doubles category, giving Sandia Prep a 5-4 win over Portales for the Class 1-3A girls tennis title Saturday in Albuquerque. […]

Rams rally to complete twin bill sweep of Robertson

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By Dave Wagner Junior Tomas Sotelo’s home run backed shutout pitching from Justin Gilchrist and Mario Salazar in the opener and catcher Tyler Rutherford led a 12-hit attack with two doubles and a triple in the nightcap as the Portales High baseball team posted a 4-0, 11-6 sweep of Las Vegas Robertson on Saturday at […]