Portales fathers and sons share the ‘love of the game’

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Sammy Villanueva and his twin sons Alex and Anthony won’t ever have a problem coming up with fun things to do together on Father’s Day weekend. Like fathers and sons across the country, they share a love of baseball. Sammy coaches his two 11-year-old sons with the Pirates in […]

Missing goat found after three days

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico A Portales resident and his pet goat are back together again. Robert Villanueva said his nanny goat was missing for three days last week before she was discovered Thursday trapped between Villanueva’s barn and his neighbor’s fence. Margie usually hangs out on the deck in Villanueva’s back yard. “I […]

Roosevelt boys lose to Las Vegas

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County 10-and-11 year-old Little League All-Stars state tournament run ended Tuesday afternoon after losing 4-3 to the Las Vegas All-Stars. “They’re real disappointed,” Roosevelt County head coach Sammy Villanueva said of his team. “It’s one of those games that you feel you should have won with the […]

Roosevelt drops Carlsbad American

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer TAOS — The Roosevelt County 10-and-11 year-old Little League All-Stars have extended their summer vacation in Taos by beating Carlsbad American 8-6 Monday afternoon. In the process, the Roosevelt County boys advanced in the state tournament and avenged their season-ending loss a year ago. In last year’s 9-and-10 year-old […]

Roosevelt County drops state tourney opener

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer TAOS — Head coach Sammy Villanueva was worried about his kids freezing up at the plate at the 10-and-11 year-old Little League state tournament in Taos. As it turned out — his kids hit the ball just fine, but came up a little short. Tied after four innings, Albuquerque […]

All-Stars head to state tourney

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Little League coach Sammy Villanueva is taking his fourth consecutive Roosevelt County All-Star team to the New Mexico state tournament. This year, he’s taking the 10-and-11 year-olds to Taos. As the District 3 champions, the Roosevelt County boys will play Albuquerque Mile High in the first round Saturday morning […]

Roosevelt Zaps Zia 15-0

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County 10-11 year old All-Stars are headed to the New Mexico state championship tournament in Taos later this month after beating the Clovis Zia All-Stars 15-0 in four innings in the District 3 championship game Tuesday night at Portales’ Rotary Park. “Today we hit the ball well,” […]

Portales educator retires after 30 years

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By Helena Rodriguez, Freedom Newspapers After three decades of educating children in New Mexico and Texas classrooms, Ida Villanueva is now worried about flunking — flunking retirement that is. Villanueva, of Portales, recently retired from a teaching career that has spanned 30 years and taken her from her first position as a teacher aide in […]

James teacher wins newspaper award

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer James Elementary third grade teacher Maria Villanueva has been chosen as the Portales News-Tribune Newspapers in Education teacher of the year. “I just couldn’t believe that I was chosen. We have a lot of great teachers out there and it was a great honor to be chosen,” said Villanueva. […]

Portales snares 4-3A title

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Lady Rams rode a potent first-quarter offensive attack to a 69-48 victory over Ruidoso and wrapped up the District 4-3A championship Friday at Ram gym. The win assures the defending state champion Lady Rams (16-9) of hosting a home game next week in the first round of […]