Hounds still learning spread offense

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico On the surface, Eastern New Mexico University’s switch from a run-dominated option game to a pass-oriented spread offense this season looks like it’s not going well. And it isn’t, if you look at the Greyhounds’ 1-4 record (0-1 Lone Star Conference South Division). Still, freshman quarterback J.J. Harp sees [...]

Passcatchers aplenty for Hounds

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico With the Eastern New Mexico University football team going to a four-wideout, spread formation on offense, the Greyhounds will be looking long and hard for receivers during preseason drills. You’d think they would be able to find some. After all, coach Mark Ribaudo says there are currently 23 on [...]

Life better with dose of happiness

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Life is a great adventure … a journey if you please. It is filled with turns, detours, surprises, excitement and most of all love. Many dance through life but never hear the music. That is sad to me. We all need a giant dose of “enthusiasm.” Even nature has enthusiasm [...]

Pandemic preparations under way locally

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Health officials in Portales and across the state have begun preparing for a flu pandemic that officials say could devastate communities with its rapid spread. In May, Portales city officials received a briefing book from the New Mexico Department of Health outlining precautionary measures the city must take for [...]

Rams get past Ruidoso, stay unbeaten in district

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By Dave Wagner RUIDOSO — The Portales boys basketball team has learned the hard way that no team can be taken for granted in District 4-3A. Four days after escaping from Roswell with a 1-point win over New Mexico Military Institute, the Rams had what looked like a comfortable lead over Ruidoso. With 6 1/2 [...]

Wind sparks grass fire

By Mike Linn A squall of wind knocked the roof off a barn and into an electric power line near Floyd on Thursday afternoon, sparking a fierce fire in a wheat field that quickly spread over 250 acres of land. Nobody was injured in the fire, and monetary damages to crop land was slim if [...]