Donna Jean Wood Hamilton-Martin

Donna Jean Wood Hamilton-Martin died Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, in Las Cruces. She was born Oct. 21, 1955, in Portales to Morris and Doris Wood. She graduated from Portales High School and received her Master’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University in elementary education. She taught school for two years in Globe, Ariz., two years […]

Portales pulls into tie for first

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Portales junior Chance Sherburne hits a layup as Ruidoso’s Ted LaCoe goes for a block during Friday’s game at Portales High School. (Freedom Newspapers: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers After the Portales Rams thumped Ruidoso, forcing a three way tie for first in Division 4-3A, Warriors coach Billy Page said it certainly did […]

Rams beat NMMI in district tilt

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — The Portales Rams survived Friday night at New Mexico Military Institute, and got an assist from District 4-3A rival Lovington as a three-team race tightened. Portales (11-11, 2-2 district) jumped out to a 25-11 lead midway through the second quarter and held off the Colts for a 48-36 win. “It was […]

Portales trounces winless NMMI

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It wasn’t comforting for the Portales Rams knowing that New Mexico Military Institute came in with losses in all 15 games, by a combined 339 points. Not when the Colts lost their opening District 4-3A game by three against Ruidoso. The Rams made sure that situation didn’t repeat itself Friday, […]

Ruidoso hosts festival of lights

Compiled by Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers For most people — and anyone who enjoyed National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — a big part of the holiday season is the variety of lighting displays. A few hours down U.S. 70, Portales and Clovis residents can enjoy the lights of homes and businesses in nearby Ruidoso, and perhaps […]

Day Trip: Ski Apache opens Dec. 17

Courtesy Photo A skier hits the powder at Ski Apache. The southern New Mexico ski resort opens Dec. 17. Compiled by Mike Jimenez It’s time to think skiing for those who have been anxiously waiting for the season to begin. Dec. 17 is the scheduled date for Ski Apache to officially open, according to the […]

Rams drop shootout at Ruidoso

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers RUIDOSO — After playing a catch-up game for the most part, the Rams will now play a different kind of game — a waiting one. After a 56-35 loss at Ruidoso, Portales’ season hangs in the balance of a seeding meeting tonight after it failed to qualify for one of […]

Portales makes bid for top seed

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Portales volleyball team wanted to have two things by the time the weekend was over — the District 4-3A championship, and the No. 1 seed in Class 3A. After earning the first Saturday night, the team has no doubts it has earned the second. “I think we […]

Lady Rams shoot for No. 1 seed in regional

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Junior Briana Hernandez stretches to get a volleyball during a drill at Friday’s Portales practice. Portales (17-3) hosts Ruidoso tonight for the District 4-3A championship at 7 p.m. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers No matter what, Ruidoso and Portales should expect to receive homecourt advantage in next weekend’s Class 3A volleyball […]

Rams lose game and running back

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin WilsonPortales junior running back Cruz Ontiveros looks upfield on a third-quarter run in Friday’s District 4-3A game against Lovington. Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — By looking at their pre-district schedules and records, one could reason that Portales and Lovington’s football teams started their district seasons on even ground. After Friday’s […]

Lady Rams cruise to win

Kevin Wilson: Freedom newspapers PORTLAES — Portales cruised past Ruidoso 25-11, 25-15, 23-25, 25-10 in the District 4-3A opener for both teams Saturday afternoon. In a matchup of the last two Class 3A state champions, the host Lady Rams jumped out to huge leads often and were never seriously threatened en route to their fourth-straight […]

Ruidoso’s scoring spurt sinks Lady Cats

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Clovis High’s Lora Esquivel (light jersey) battles a Ruidoso player for possession of the ball during Saturday’s girls soccer matchup at the Yucca Soccer Complex. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer For nearly 60 minutes, the Clovis High girls soccer team seemed positioned for victory Saturday at the Yucca Soccer Complex. […]

Day Trip: Sacramento mountains, Ruidoso invite you to 60th annual Aspenfest

Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers The Sacramento mountains are waiting for you in the cool pines of Ruidoso during the weekend of Oct. 1-2 for the town’s annual Aspenfest weekend. There will be plenty of events throughout the weekend to keep you busy, and cool at the same time. Where is it? Ruidoso is approximately 160 […]

Cats set to make move up

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Clovis high school junior goalie Josh Bussen clears a corner kick in front of junior teammate Luis Miranda during practice Wednesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Fourth-year Clovis High boys soccer coach Shaun Gill thinks team chemistry could help the Wildcats achieve a spot in […]

Cats finish off busy summer

CNJ staff RUIDOSO — The Clovis High boys basketball team finished a busy summer schedule over the weekend, going 4-0 in a get-together with Class 3A schools Ruidoso, Socorro and St. Michael’s. The Wildcats finished the summer with a 40-4 record, coach J.D. Isler said, after beating St. Mike’s twice and both Ruidoso and Socorro […]

6/2 Ticket Calendar

All times Mountain Clovis Pioneer Days — Friday and Saturday. Various events and locations. Information: 763-3435, www.clovisnm.org. Little Buckaroo Rodeo at Mounted Patrol Arena — Today, Friday and Saturday. Information: Karen, 762-9481. Miss Rodeo New Mexico Pageant — Today, Friday and Saturday. Information: Wilma, 762-3237. Pioneer Days Parade — 10 a.m. Saturday, along Main Street. […]

Lady Rams return to title game

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Portales’ Bethany Self makes a move to the basket on Ruidoso’s Lynette Woodard during the second half of a Class 3A semifinal game Thursday at Rio Rancho. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers RIO RANCHO — The Portales Lady Rams have made a habit of reaching the Class 3A girls state basketball […]

State tournament scores

The Associated Press New Mexico state tournament Thursday GIRLS Class 5A Semifinals Mayfield 78, Sandia 65 Clovis 42, Rio Rancho 36 Class 4A Semifinals Deming 57, Roswell 46 Kirtland Central 54, St. Pius 45 Class 3A Semifinals Portales 39, Ruidoso 27 Class 2A Semifinals Ramah 60, Dulce 57 Class 1A Semifinals Fort Sumner 54, Grady […]

Portales faces familiar foe at state tourney

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams went into the girls Class 3A state tournament as the No. 2 seed, but the two-time defending champions are now the team to beat. While Portales dispatched seventh-seeded Wingate 57-46 on Tuesday, top seed Grants (24-2) fell to Santa Fe Indian School 56-52. Portales […]

Lady Rams all of sudden favorites

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams went into the girls Class 3A state tournament as the No. 2 seed, but the two-time defending champions are now the team to beat. While Portales dispatched seventh-seeded Wingate 57-46 on Tuesday, top seed Grants (24-2) was falling to Santa Fe Indian School 56-52. […]