ACU beats Zias for 22nd time in row

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — No matter the records, there’s something about seeing those Abilene Christian uniforms that seems to do in Eastern New Mexico University’s women. With the Wildcats struggling to stay out of the Lone Star Conference cellar and ENMU fighting to make the conference’s postseason tournament, ACU erased an early 3-0 deficit […]

Zias win 17th in row over OPSU

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU’s Bree Lucero jumps to block Oklahoma Panhandle State’s Shelby Kimball during Tuesday night’s non-conference volleyball match at Greyhound Arena. CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team may be struggling this season, but the Zias still know how to beat Panhandle State. Senior middle blocker Jessica King had […]

State tax-free holiday begins midnight Friday

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CNJ photo illustration: Gabriel Monte The tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday of August and concludes midnight Sunday. Kevin Wilson For the seventh year in a row, back-to-school shopping will be slightly less taxing. Numerous merchants in New Mexico are getting set for the state’s tax-free holiday. According to the state’s […]

Reunions —

[image #1, align=center, size=abox] The Portales High School Class of 1966 gathered July 1 and 2, 2011, for their 45th class reunion. Classmates pictured are, front row, from left, David Dehtan, Gloria (Domiquez) Aguilar, Robin Pendergraft, Zale Woodward, Bruce Kitts, Randy Johns, Kay (Hutchins) Jilek, Jerry Hammond. Second row, from left, David Weems, Judy (Roberson) […]

Official: Wind damage, power imbalance to blame for Portales outages

Argen Duncan Power outages hit the same portion of Portales for several hours two mornings in a row this week. “We are aware of the problem, and we are working on a long-term solution so we avoid this particular problem,” said Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. “And we do appreciate the patience of our customers […]

Thursday morning briefing: A concert, Border Town days and a front row seat

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On the shelves — May 23

Portales Public Library Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin Just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a vacancy in the Supreme Court, Sarah Woodruff, on death row for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case. When for no apparent reason, another justice is mysteriously attacked, Dana Cutler is quietly called in to investigate. While […]

Milk Lover’s Ball sold out for fifth year

CNJ staff Sold out for the fifth year in a row, the Milk Lover’s Ball will take place Saturday night in Clovis. Michelle Heavyside, President of the United Dairy Women, said the ball is a fundraiser to help three local children’s homes. More than 500 tickets have been sold, she said. In it’s fifth year, […]

Senators hear from former death-row inmate

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican About six weeks before he was to be executed by the state of Illinois, Randy Steidl’s mother went to a cemetery and purchased a burial plot for him. “That’s something a mother should never have to do,” Steidl told a reporter Friday. Steidl came to Santa Fe to try […]

Boat race takes creative spirit

By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer The Fourth of July celebrations in Clovis will include the second annual Dairy Boat Race at Greene Acres Lake. Participants were given a simple row boat and allowed to modify it within the rules, according to event organizer Steve Reshetar of the Matt 25 Hope Center, an office center […]

Feb. 13, 2008 ENMU capsules

Men What: Abilene Christian (15-6, 2-4) at ENMU (6-16, 0-7) When: 7:30 p.m. today in a Lone Star Conference South Division game. Where: Greyhound Arena. Radio: KSEL-FM 95.3 On the Net: www.enmusports.com Notes: While ENMU has dropped seven in a row, the Wildcats come in on a four-game losing streak which has dropped them out […]

Death penalty process lengthy

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer If Stanley Bedford receives the death penalty, he’ll be in exclusive company — New Mexico’s death row — and odds are he’d be there for a while. Bedford was convicted Thursday of two counts each of murder and kidnapping and other charges in connection with the March 3, 2005, […]

Rambelles keep Zias winless in South

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ENMU senior Riikka Lehtonen goes hard to the basket during the Zias’ Lone Star Conference South Division game against Angelo State Saturday at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The kids outside Greyhound Arena cruising through the snow on their sleds and the Eastern New Mexico University Zias […]

Ex-death row inmate speaks in Portales

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder in 1983, former death row inmate Juan Melendez is devoting his time to speaking out about abolishing the death penalty. “I survived. I’ve always been a survivor,” Melendez, 55, said Wednesday as he related to a small audience at Eastern New Mexico University the circumstances […]

Fed interference fails to deter future crimes

By Freedom Newspapers Robert Charles Comer wants to take responsibility for the murders, kidnapping, robbery and rape he committed nearly 20 years ago at Arizona’s Apache Lake and face the ultimate punishment — state execution by lethal injection. But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals won’t let him. Instead, a three-judge panel has refused to […]

‘Libero’ coming to prep volleyball

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The word doesn’t exist in a standard dictionary, but it has a meaning in volleyball. What that meaning is depends on who and when you ask. The word is libero, and it’s one that high school volleyball fans will be more familiar with as the sports season progresses. […]