Home-schooled students win big at science fair

Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com Home-schooled students from Portales were some of the top winners in the 2005 New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair at New Mexico Tech in Socorro on April 9. Megan Speshock and Alexandra Zablotsky each won awards for their science fair projects in the junior division. The junior division is for grades 5-8 and the […]

PHS tennis squads rout Artesia

PNT Staff ARTESIA — Portales High’s tennis teams had no trouble with Artesia on Tuesday, not losing a set all day in rolling to 9-0 victories. The PHS boys lost only five games in singles and seven in doubles in improving their dual record for the year to 6-4. Chris Kirchner, Chance Plummer and Nathan […]

ENMU in negotiation for Willie Nelson concert

By Tony Parra Country legend Willie Nelson may just be going “On The Road Again” and make his way down to Portales for a concert at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU officials confirmed that university representatives are in negotiations with the country singer to perform in Portales. “Officially we haven’t released anything,” Jeff Blake, program […]

Inauguration still serves a purpose

By Jim Lee On Thursday, President Bush will take the oath of office for the second time. To most of us, a second term inauguration is about as exciting as an instant replay at a chess tournament. After all, we won’t get a new president. We may get some entertainment value in seeing him try […]

In an election, all participants win

By Jim Lee Although last week’s column followed the general election by only five days and would have been a timely topic, I decided against commenting about it then. At first, I thought I should write about it, but after a bit of reflection, I changed my mind. The event culminated a period of particularly […]

Sanders beats out May for seat

By Tony Parra Democrat David Sanders defeated Republican Charles May 851 votes to 775 votes in the Roosevelt County Commission, District 2 race on Tuesday. The final unofficial results showed Sanders earned 76 more votes than May. “It’s been hectic,” Sanders said about the results. “I was down then I was up then I was […]

Pettigrew earns all-around cowboy honors

Freedom Newspapers ALPINE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University senior Chance Pettigrew won the steer wrestling competition and the all-around cowboy title Oct. 2 at Sul Ross State. Pettigrew won the first round in 3.6 seconds and the short round in 4.3 seconds. Since no other cowboy won points in more than one event, Pettigrew […]

Sept. 5 Elida School News

The Elida School District earned an “adequate yearly progress” rating, according to the New Mexico Public Education Department. It indicates that Elida Elementary and Elida High School met the annual academic performance targets in reading and math. Breakfast program starts Elida Municipal Schools is kicking off a meal program this year called “Breakfast in the […]

Cookie handout turns into legal battle

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis native who now serves on a California city council is embroiled in a lawsuit that has already cost her city more than $538,000 in lawyer’s fees. According to Julie Ruiz Raber, the case revolves around her decision to hand out cinnamon snickerdoodle cookies to poll workers in 24 of […]

Teleauction survives minor glitch

By Tony Parra The beginning to the KENW-tele auction wasn’t what organizers had planned on, but all the kinks were worked out before the second day of the tele-auction and they were able to raise over $55,000. “It started off rocky when our computers locked down on Monday,” KENW tele-auction coordinator Sheryl Borden said. “We […]

May 30 Elida School News

A reception honoring the kindergarten students was held May 17. Following the reception a graduation ceremony took place honoring the six students. The graduates were Sarah Massey, Trenton Bates, Hailey Nickels, Kynzi Creighton, Heaven Ruiz and Newman Seely. The first-grade students received many honors at the awards assembly. Some of the awards received were: participating […]

Awards to help seniors make transition

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By Tony Parra Portales seniors are winding down their high school careers and for some the finality hasn’t hit them yet. Not even after the Academics Assembly, which took place on Friday. “I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to soak it all in,” Amy Archibeque, Portales senior and facilitator of the academic […]

Lady Rams rely on Self to defend title

ALBUQERUQUE — Things didn’t look good for the Portales Lady Rams tennis team Saturday morning. But it’s amazing how a prayer can turn things around. Portales’ Rachelle Self had just dropped the second set — a set she could have won — to Sandia Prep’s Kathryn Short during the 1A-3A girls tennis team championships at […]

Portales tennis teams win at Lovington

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — The Portales girls and boys teannis teams moved into a first-place tie in the district standings on the strength of easy wins at Lovington Thursday afternoon. The girls (14-2) and boys (12-4) both moved to 3-0 in district play, putting each into a tie with New Mexico Military Institute for first […]

Rams sweep Clovis in tennis

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Portales tennis teams each took care of business Tuesday against Clovis, upping their season records to 8-2 for each side. The Portales boys won by a 7-2 count, while the girls took a 6-3 win in Tuesday’s match. Portales returns to play this weekend in Roswell, then takes two weeks […]

Portales tennis sweeps in Roswell

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Rain was about the only thing that could stop the Portales High Tennis teams in Roswell. The boys lost only four flights in three matches over a weekend round-robin tournament, while the girls lost just three flights and had one wiped out due to rain. Both Portales teams claimed first place […]

Contest buzzing with excitement

By Michelle Seeber Twenty-nine words into the 13th round, Zach Gillooly of Clovis won the regional spelling bee Saturday at Clovis Community College. The 12-year-old seventh-grader from Yucca Junior High School won by correctly spelling the word “dipsomania.” Because he won, Zach will get to travel to Washington, D.C., on a trip sponsored by Freedom […]

Life is precious where there’s love

Joan Clayton Several years ago, Emmitt was given a dog. This time I put my foot down — “This dog is not going to be a house dog,” I said. Chalk up one for me for the only case I won. Winter came and although it brought mild temperatures Emmitt thought Bear might be cold, […]

District rivalry renewed

By Kevin Wilson Throughout the history of New Mexico high school basketball, and particularly the last two years, the Lovington-Portales girls rivalry has been a good story. The setting: with pre-district seasons over, the Lady Rams and the Lady Wildcats seek supremacy in District 4-3A and all of Class 3A. Their paths cross three times […]

Portales woman wins big on scratch-off lottery ticket

PNT Staff A Portales woman won a $50,000 prize on Saturday after she scratched a winning lottery ticket while working at the locally operated KC Express No. 4. Rachel Martinez, who is the manager of KC Express, said she claimed a check totaling $34,500 after taxes on Monday in Albuquerque. She said she has already […]