PHS grads look forward to the future

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Mike Linn After years of education, Portales High School seniors finally were able to toss their graduation caps in the air, the age-old symbol that high school now can be viewed through life’s rear-view mirror. Before they know it, the graduates will be looking ahead: attending college, finding a job, meeting new friends, shaking the […]

Meaning of Memorial Day lost on many

Rick White Somewhere between the time Jim Cowman was growing up in rural Michigan and his return from a tour of duty in Vietnam, the meaning of Memorial Day changed. Cowman, 65, cites a decline in patriotism and a more complex world as reasons why he thinks the national holiday honoring those who died while […]

County jail seeks renovations

Mike Linn Excessive problems with the Roosevelt County Detention Center, such as periodic overcrowding, have prompted county officials to seek vast renovations to the 15-year-old jail facility. Roosevelt County officials on Tuesday hired NCA Architects from Albuquerque to study the possibility of either expanding the current facility or replacing it altogether. “It’s really a lengthy […]

Crime Report, May 25

Police arrested two 17-year-old boys after they both were found in possession of beer and marijuana on May 16. One was also found in possession of methamphetamine. Both subjects attempted to hide the marijuana — one hid small amounts in a candy bag, the other in his shoe. When police asked why one shoe looked […]

LaVerba Blandford, 78

LaVerba Blandford, 78, died Friday, May 23, 2003, in Amarillo. She was born Oct. 23, 1924, in Portales, to Alice and A.K. Scott. She grew up in Portales and graduated from Portales High School in 1942. On May 28, 1942, she married Buck Blandford. During World War II she was employed at B&J Drug. In […]

Cities need to celebrate tumbleweeds

By Jim Lee Last week I wrote about tumbleweeds in our fair city. Coincidentally, a number of people have been talking about our favorite local nuisance of plant persuasion. So I decided to continue with the topic this week. But this week I’m taking a different approach. Instead of cussing and spitting at the balls […]

Only 21 shopping days left

By Bob Huber Now that Mother’s Day is just a tumbleweed on yesterday’s fencepost, it’s time to light the big bonfire under Father’s Day, which is June 16. (Lots of bells and whistles here accompanied by more prize-winning metaphors.)  Anyway, why should the distaff side of parenthood get all the hullabaloo each year? I mean, […]

Seniors embrace tradition

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By Mike Linn A 75-year-long Portales High School tradition brought tears to proud parents and grandparents on Thursday night, as seniors weaved a checkered maypole and said goodbye to their classmates through song, speech and dance. Attired in tuxedos and evening gowns, seniors celebrated the completion of four years of high school before a crowd […]

PHS seniors await graduation ceremonies

By Mike Linn Over the past four years Portales High School seniors have spent time goofing off with friends, cramming for finals and participating in extra-curricular activities. Tonight, seniors will say farewell to that life at 7 p.m. in the Greyhound Arena, where they will sling their caps in the air and embrace the future […]

Faith Temple School News, May 23

From the office •We would like to congratulate Principal Todd and Kindergarten teacher Ginger Terry on their baby boy that was born on May 13. •The fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade classes went on a field trip on Wednesday. They toured Southwest Canners, went to lunch, and then went to the museum at ENMU. •We […]

N.M. Christian Academy News, May 23

From the office •The school is now taking applications for the next school year. Scholarships and tuition are available. If you currently have a scholarship you need to reapply for the next school year. If you would like more information please come by the school office. •We are currently taking applications for the next school […]

Portales Junior High News, May 23

By Billie Dixon Report cards Students and parents may pick up student report cards beginning June 2 at the junior high school office. All lunch fees, book charges and library fines must be paid before report cards are released. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to noon […]

Churches walk tightrope to make money work

By Gary Mitchell The Coffee House, a new Christian coffeehouse in Portales that features a wide range of coffees, teas, iced drinks and pastries, has been picking up business. “It’s been going great,” said Pastor David Markham of Victory Life Church, which sponsors the coffeehouse. “We’re having a steady walk-in business in the mornings and […]

To the graduate, with love

By Joan Clayton Dear graduate, We have watched you grow up with great pride. You have become a great generation. You have seen the frailties of our culture, yet you remain strong in your resolve. You have been bombarded by visual ugliness in all kinds of media, but you still stand up for the good. […]

Area cities to honor fallen

By Gary Mitchell and Darrell Todd Maurina Joe Blair, commander of Portales American Legion Post 31, says many people have forgotten the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. “Memorial Day is for deceased loved ones, Veterans Day is for the living veterans,” Blair said. “Memorial Day was actually established in 1868 to honor Civil […]

Public Record, May 23

The following certificates of marriage were filed in the Roosevelt County courthouse over the past two weeks: On May 9, Clint Alan Hamilton, 24, of Driftwood, Texas, and Amber Suryce Tara Dixson, 23, of Elida. On May 10, Jason Gene Lay, 21, of Portales, and Crystal Lynn Davis, 21, of Portales. On May 10, Nathan […]

Jones racing team has high hopes

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By Eric Butler CLOVIS — His first rule is nothing gets in the way of family, that’s why Memorial Day weekend will be filled with racing for the Clovis-based Curt Jones Racing team at the Texas Nationals for IMCA-modified cars. Jones, driver Roger Dial and crew chief Art Ferro will make their way to the […]

Obituaries, May 22

S.L. Jackson, 75 S.L. “Tuney” Jackson Jr., 75, of Floyd, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at his home. He was born on March 24, 1928, in Olton, Texas, to Betty and S.L. Jackson. He attended school in Olton for several years. He graduated from high school in Carisa Springs, Texas, in 1945. He worked as […]

Maypole a source of pride for PHS seniors

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By Angela Peacock Choosing a partner to waltz in circles while weaving pastel-colored ribbons in the sky has been a tradition at Portales High School for 76 years. Originally a simple winding of one pole, Portales’ Maypole celebration began in 1929 when dancing was prohibited at the school. Now it’s believed to be the longest […]

Board meets regarding Ute pipeline project

By Mike Linn The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met on Wednesday to once again discuss many pieces of the giant jigsaw puzzle that is the Ute water pipeline project. The meeting included the bonding of 12 entities — including the cities of Portales and Clovis — when officials from each signed on to […]