Rams pull upset over West Las Vegas

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By Kevin Wilson The mantra is that offense wins games, but defense wins championships. While that goal seems a little lofty for the Portales Rams at the moment, it was good enough to give them their fourth win of the year. Austin Pullen’s layup with seven seconds left put the Rams up for good, but […]

Struggling Rams take aim at New Year’s turnaround

By Tony Parra With the arrival of the new year, Portales boys basketball coach Mark Gallegos is looking for a fresh start. The Rams have lost seven of their last eight games going into Saturday’s 7 p.m. home game against the West Las Vegas Dons. The Rams (3-7) practiced on Thursday for the first time […]

Prayer saves a cowboy’s life

Rick White Steve Friskup will humbly tell you he didn’t know what to do, frozen by uncertainty as a crowd gathered around a fellow calf roper who lay sprawled in the dirt, felled by an apparent heart attack. Don West, who had just finished a run in an amateur roping event in Stephenville, Texas, showed […]

Lady Rams open against Los Alamos

PNT Staff PNT Staff What better way to do forget about losing in a tournament championship game than winning one the next week. Portales (4-2) plays the Los Alamos Lady Hilltoppers at 1 p.m. Thursday in the opening round Lady Horseman Christmas Tournament at St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe. “They have some good […]

Rams rain on Dons’ parade

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PNT Staff BLACKWATER DRAW — Friday night’s football opener survived a rainstorm, and the Portales defense made sure it survived a challenge from West Las Vegas on an off-night for the Ram offense. Junior Tyler Rutherford had two of five interceptions for Portales, which earned a 19-7 win over the visiting Dons at Greyhound Stadium. […]

Third New Mexican dies from West Nile Virus

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — The West Nile Virus has claimed the life of a third New Mexican, a 76-year-old San Miguel County woman. The state Health Department announced Thursday the woman died after being hospitalized for nearly three weeks with meningitis, an infection of the lining of the brain that is a […]

Local West NIle case confirmed

Darrell Todd Maurina West Nile has invaded the region full force, with new confirmed or suspected human cases reported in Curry, Roosevelt, Bailey, and Parmer counties. Until mid-August, no human cases had been confirmed in the area, though a number of cases had been confirmed as early as last year in horses. Portales has one […]

Area clinic treating West Nile patients

Darrell Todd Maurina Muleshoe Area Medical Center says it now has three confirmed cases of West Nile virus and a dozen cases under investigation. In response, Muleshoe doctors urge residents to seek medical evaluation for persistent headaches and other flu-like symptoms. Dr. Joe Garrett, an epidemiologist with the Texas Department of Public Health, said his […]

Obits 7/4

James Wood, 75 James “Jimmy” Wood, 75, of Portales, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, west of Muleshoe. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Funeral Home of Portales.

Weather bittersweet for Portales farmers

By Mike Linn A surge of timely rain in Roosevelt County and some unwelcomed hail near the Texas state line over the weekend has brought both joy and unrest to local farmers. While the rain over the weekend was a welcome commodity to the west side of the sun-baked county, hail on the east side […]