Lady Rams split, finish second in district

PNT staff LOVINGTON — The Portales Lady Rams crumbled in the first game Thursday. To their credit, they bounced back from a 13-0 District 4-3A loss to rival Lovington to salvage a split with a 4-2 victory. Still, they had to settle for second place in the district behind the Lady Wildcats (9-15, 6-2 district). […]

Gas prices may teach us to sacrifice

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Is everybody out there ready for $5-a-gallon gasoline? Evidently it won’t be long before a gallon of gas will be selling for more than a gallon of milk. Then again, with the price of fuel rising I suppose the price of milk and just about everything else will go […]

Elida stays unbeaten in district play

FLOYD — Thomas West went 4-for-5 with two doubles and Austin Shrock added three singles, leading a 12-hit attack for Elida as the Tigers beat Floyd 13-3 on Friday in a District 6-1A baseball game. Wesley Gilmore went the distance for the Elida (7-4, 3-0 district), striking out 13 and allowing six hits and a […]

Wants no part of daylight savings

Here at the Ministry of Pesky Problems we’ve stated again and again that we’re not putting up with daylight-saving time anymore. If the powerful daylight-saving time lobby wants to make something of it, so be it.       This straightforward decree came about because the entire civilized world went totally wacko this month over clock juggling. This […]

Wayland Baptist blasts ENMU

PNT staff Wayland Baptist’s Jonathan Reynoso homered on the second pitch of the game and went on to hit for the cycle, and the Pioneers never looked back Tuesday night in a 17-4 rout of Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Field. Wayland Baptist (24-20), which lost at home to ENMU 15-14 early in the […]

Angelo State crushes Hounds in doubleheader

PNT staff What started out as a promising weekend went downhill quickly for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team. Angelo State bounced back from a 15-1 loss in Friday’s series opener to take the final three games of the Lone Star Conference South Division-opening series for both teams, crushing the Greyhounds 24-6 and 12-4 […]

Red-hot Zias earn sweep at Adams State

PNT staff ALAMOSA, Colo. — You never know who’s going to do damage when it comes to the Eastern New Mexico University softball team. Senior Courtney McClasky, batting ninth in the first game and eighth in the nightcap, went 5-for-7 with four home runs and 11 runs batted in on Tuesday as the red-hot Zias […]

Lady Rams take third in Dexter tournament

PNT Staff Report DEXTER — The Portales Lady Rams played well enough to win the Dexter Tournament, unfortunately, they ran into their nemesis — Jal. Portales went 2-1 and took third place, its only loss coming in the semifinals against Jal. The Lady Rams are 6-5 for the season, three of those losses were against, […]

The luckiest man in Portales

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By William P. Thompson At 90, Portales’ Harold Knox considers himself lucky. He has a little knee trouble but still gets around town. And the stories he can tell of life in Portales date back to the early 20th century. “I was born on this site (the 2000 block of South Avenue B) in 1915. […]

Portales boys dominate tennis opener

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PNT staff The Portales tennis team kicked off its season with a solid effort against a mixed bag of Clovis’ varsity and junior varsity squads on Monday at the Portales tennis complex. The Portales boys dominated, with Logan Brown, Matt Tucker, Kyle Adams, Davey Riser, Justin McCasland, and Walker Partin picking up wins as the […]

Portales residents cope without water for a day

By William Thompson Portales residents who hopped in the shower the morning of Feb. 18 got a chilly surprise. A water main break had left the city without running water. Water service wasn’t fully restored until about midnight. The following residents tell how they dealt with the incovenience. • Zach Cathey, a conductor for BNSF […]

Zias survive 3-point onslaught from Lady Savages

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Southeastern Oklahoma came out bombing Saturday night. The Lady Savages hoisted 38 3-point shots in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game against Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Arena, hitting 15, but the Zias rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to post a 75-72 victory. Junior guard Heather Brown […]

Court records: Suspect tells police McNaughton died at his home

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Accused killer James Smith told police Laura McNaughton “died very quickly” at his home after they engaged in a “very physical embrace,” according to court documents unsealed Friday. In an interview with law-enforcement authorities, Smith said he placed McNaughton’s body on his back porch after she died, then went to sleep, […]

Christmas comes in hearts of children

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I received the following email from our youngest son. With Christmas approaching I find that Lane’s story about my granddaughter truly expresses the real meaning of Christmas. I share it here with his permission: “It was my turn at church to serve communion to the elderly people who can’t make it […]

Richards paces Zias in blowout win

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By Dave Wagner Playing her first home game in more than a year, Eastern New Mexico University junior Elizabeth Richards came out like a house afire. Richards hit 6-of-7 shots from the field in just over five minutes at the start and finished with a career-high 25 points as the Zias routed Western New Mexico […]

Lady Rams outlast Pojoaque to take state

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The motto all season was “Never Retreat, Never Surrender.” After this weekend in Albuquerque, the Portales volleyball team can add another one — survive in five. That’s what Portales did twice, winning on the brink of elimination twice and claiming the school’s sixth state championship and fourth in the last […]

PHS girls advance in pool play

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Portales in Class 3A and Texico in Class 2A captured first place in state volleyball tournament pool-play competition on Wednesday, setting up today’s eight-team bracket quarterfinals. At La Cueva High School, Portales swept all six of its games — two games to 15 against three pool opponents — to earn the […]

City council addresses racism concerns

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A Portales woman voiced her displeasure for how the north part of Portales is perceived by people and let it be known during the Portales City Meeting on Tuesday. Rachel Randall, a high school graduate from 1960, said there is a public relations problem in Portales. She said the […]

Hounds drop to 0-2

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University was within a couple of extra points at halftime. It took one snap for Southeastern Oklahoma to break away when play resumed. Sophomore quarterback Kolby Williams hit senior wide receiver Jeremie Berry on a 62-yard scoring bomb on the first play of the […]

Rides top draw for brothers

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Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal gave Joshua Willmot, 9, of Clovis, $80 to spend at the Curry County Fair. He took his brother, Elighio Rodriquez, 7, and his mother, Tanya. The following is the boys’ report as told to CNJ staff writer Jesse Wolfersberger. Joshua and Elighio spent most of their time and energy […]