Base realignment measure shouldn’t affect Cannon

CNJ staff Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., has asked the Air Force to determine if a military spending measure that the House passed Wednesday could adversely impact New Mexico Air Force installations, according to his spokesperson, Chris Gallegos. The House spending measure — to be considered by the Senate in coming weeks — provides extra money […]

Roswell High turns back Rams

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Portales’ Chance Sherburne looks for a shot over Roswell High defender Andrew Aho, right, during Friday’s matchup at Portales High School. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Portales boys coach Mark Gallegos wanted to know if his Rams could compete with one of the top teams in Class 4A. After Friday […]

Navajo Pine handles Rams

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Portales thought it played at the opponent’s preferred tempo in the semifinals of the Hope Christian tournament on Friday. Navajo Pine, meanwhile, thought it played at the Rams’ pace. Whatever was the truth, it was Navajo Pine that came away with a 48-44 victory over Portales to move […]

Rams post win over Socorro

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Portales senior post Hunter Rackler raises up over Socorro’s Baski Baker, left and Oscar Contreras in the Rams’ 50-46 victory Friday night at the Portales Shootout. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Senior post Chance Sherburne scored a team-high 14 points as Portales controlled the fourth period and beat the […]

Wildcats welcome Portales

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers With several key players back from injury, Portales basketball coach Mark Gallegos wants to see if his Rams can deliver against a quality program. He’ll find out tonight as the Rams face the undefeated Clovis Wildcats at Rock Staubus Gym in Clovis. Clovis (6-0) features a three-guard lineup of junior […]

Poor shooting gives Carlsbad win over Rams

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Portales senior Ethan Tucker goes up for two points against Carlsbad on Friday night at PHS. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullock) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers The Portales Rams missed their shots, and the Carlsbad Cavemen made theirs. Put together, the two facts resulted in a 62-36 blowout Friday night at Portales High School. Travis […]

Funding becomes priority for Cannon transition

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Funds for military construction emerged as a top need for the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base in a meeting between New Mexico congressional delegates and Air Force leaders, according to a spokesperson for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Cannon and Air Force Special Operations Command leaders met Wednesday […]

Rams beat Tucumcari for first victory

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Portales senior Hunter Rackler defends against Tucumcari’s Curtis Simpson during Friday’s game in Portales. The Rams defeated Tucumcari 40-26 to even their record for the season at 1-1. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Portales Rams used a spirited second quarter to take control of Friday night’s game […]

Former Clovis legislator accused of diverting money

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A former Clovis state representative received about $870,000 in state money that was supposed to benefit a housing program for low- and moderate-income residents, according to a report by the State Investment Council says. Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos, who resigned Aug. 1 as the executive director of the Albuquerque-based Region III […]

Area teams busy with summer schedules

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The season may be nearly six months off, but Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler believes the summer schedule his team will go through over the next six weeks is crucial. Isler’s four-week summer league began Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym, and he hopes the Wildcats can establish […]

Injured pedestrians in stable condition

CNJ staff Two Clovis girls injured in an accident with a pickup truck on Friday were listed in satisfactory condition Wednesday at a Lubbock hospital. According to a police report released Wednesday, Ebony Gallegos, 13, and Catherina Gallegos, 14, were with three other girls walking north about 9:30 p.m. Friday along Prince Street near Snyder’s […]

Ulibarri, Pearl

Pearl Ulibarri, 80, of Portales died Friday, March 24, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born Jan. 17, 1926, in Borica to Lucia and Bernardo Gallegos, she grew up in Fort Sumner where she attended school. She married Cristobal Ulibarri in May 1945. They lived and worked in various areas of New Mexico before settling […]

Sandoval, Ruben

Ruben Sandoval, 70, formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, in Las Vegas, N.M. Born May 8, 1935, in Watrous to Gabriel and Ramona Rael Sandoval, he grew up in Clovis and served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a policeman for the city of Clovis, starting as a rookie and working his […]

Lady Cats bounce back to win twice at Cruces

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — After two rough outings on Friday, the Clovis High softball team bounced back for a pair of wins on Saturday in the Southern New Mexico Tournament. Clovis (6-3) outscored Gallup 15-10 in its first game on Saturay before knocking off Deming 10-2. The wins in the consolation bracket gave the […]

Gallegos-Chavez, Dora

Dora Gallegos-Chavez, 83, of Las Vegas, N.M., died March 13, 2006, at Alta Vista Regional Hospital in Las Vegas. Born April 5, 1922, in Boreca to Bernard Gallegos and Lucia Trujillo Gallegos, she married Juan Chavez Sept. 10, 1939, in Fort Sumner. Family said she was a loving mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, aunt, sister-in-law, and […]

Rams falter in OT, lose to Grants

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Portales senior Jonathan Garcia (22) and Grants’ Jesse Baca battle for a loose ball. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — After regulation, the game played out more like a regular season mismatch than overtime in the state tournament semifinals. The shooting lines in overtime speak volumes. Portales: 1-of-6 […]

Rams seek berth in 3A boys finals against Grants

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Needing only one win to clinch a spot in the Class 3A state tournament finals, Portales coach Mark Gallegos said he’s glad the team had Thursday off. “It’s nice to have a day off,” Gallegos said. “We’re going to go back to Bernalillo and work out. You […]

Rams beat district rival to advance to semis

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Portales senior guard Jerrod Long battles for a loose ball during Wednesday’s Class 3A boys state quarterfinal game against Ruidoso at Bernalillo High School. (Freedom Newspapers: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — In the past month, four of the five wins racked by the Portales boys basketball team have come against District […]

Lady Cats win finale in own tourney

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Clovis High shortstop Jordan Garrett applies the tag against a sliding Lovington baserunner during Saturday’s matchup in the Clovis Invitational round-robin tournament at Lady Wildcat Softball Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Lady Wildcats struggled to score on the first day of their four-team, round-robin invitational, plating […]

Rams face Ruidoso in finals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — By coming out on top of the three-way tie for first place in District 4-3A, the Portales boys basketball team greatly improved its chances of winning the district tournament for a second consecutive season. First of all, Portales was able to sit back and wait while third-seeded […]