County has raised $10,000 for fireworks show

By Mike Linn This year’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display will take place at dusk on Friday at the practice field across from Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce has raised nearly $10,000 for the show, according to executive director Pat Willis. Since the show takes place on […]

Obituaries, July 1

Mrs. Imogene Grider, 76, of Clovis, a telephone operator, died Saturday, June 28, 2003, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on July 20, 1926, in Reed, Okla. She graduated from Floyd High School in 1943 and then married Glen Grider on Nov. 18, 1943. They moved to Sierra County in March of 1946 […]

Calendar, July 1

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Tuesday Arts & Crafts — Taught by Carolyn […]

Bible forms mother’s view of life

By Angela Peacock Teaching her children examples of right from wrong by following God’s Word is how family members said Toynette Stockard lived her life. “The Bible was the strongest factor in mother’s life. She always lived her life by his Word. She loved the stars, moon and nature but never forgot to accredit him […]

Firefighter enjoys his time here

Portales resident Harlin Stobb fights fires, but likes the hot sound of Texas blues. What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Sleeping in late on a cool summer morning and going to a Yankees game that afternoon with my kids. That would be a great day. It doesn’t matter who wins — it’s just being […]

Welcome to the battlefield

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By Kevin Wilson Umpire Walter Lewis jokingly refers to it as, “the boondocks.” Though outside of the city, the Custom Classic bracket refers to it as “Portales.” Its real name is Industrial Park, but it might as well be called the battlefield. Teams come here because they have to, and their only mission is to […]

For new pet owners, its a dog&s life

Jim Lee Well, Saundra and I finally did it. We got ourselves a dog. The back yard was too empty and the house too peaceful, I suppose. When the kids are grown and off on their own, things are entirely too serene, right? Everything was just too nice and quiet. I had no decent excuse […]

Father-daughter bonding can be done in many ways

Bob Huber Whenever summer rears its heated head, I always recall an ancient ritual of a vernal equinox variety called Indian Maidens, invented in the same era as bagged manure, potted plants, dandelions, and Ben Gay. You’ve never heard of Indian Maidens? I’m not surprised. I’ll bet you also didn’t know fathers could sit cross […]

Public Record 6/29

Here are recent dispositions from Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: • Tony Alvarado, 23, guilty of issuance of worthless checks and must pay restitution to two businesses in the amount of $110 plus court costs. • Andy Pena, 24, guilty of driving on a suspended or revoked license and will serve seven days in the Roosevelt […]

Fourth of July to go off with a bang

Gary Mitchell Portales’ annual fireworks show is back in town. After several years of shows at the softball complex just west of the city, Portales will sponsor a fireworks display at sundown Friday at the Eastern New Mexico University practice field across from Greyhound Arena on campus. “We’ve moved the fireworks show back into town,” […]

Obits 6/29

Mildred Nash , 91 Mildred Nash, 91, died Thursday evening, June 26, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born Sept. 10, 1911, in Indiahoma, Okla., to Willie and Alex Key. The oldest of nine children, she graduated from Hagerman High School in 1930. She married Leon Nash on Sept. 12, 1934, […]

Thousands turn out for county celebration

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Janet Bresenham Adrianna Acosta, 7, of Portales, and her Clovis cousins Julie Garcia, 8, and Serena Garcia, 5, giggled and showed off their green and pink hair as they described the doughnuts, snow cones and all the other food they had eaten during the Roosevelt County Heritage Days celebration. “I got these at the paint […]

J.R. Schlenker proudly accepts pioneer award

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Mike Linn J.R. “Chick” Schlenker said he knows Portales, its nooks and crannies, its strengths and weaknesses. “I’ve been everywhere in this town except jail,” Schlenker boasted Saturday. This knowledge and his community efforts helped the 94-year-old Schlenker win this year’s Pioneer of the Year award. He was awarded the title at the Memorial Building […]

Peanut butter causes rough ride, sticky contest

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Mike Linn You could be strong, agile, a skilled horseback rider and fleet of foot, but if you couldn’t inhale a peanut butter sandwich there was no hope of winning the Roosevelt Rough Rider Challenge Saturday at the Portales City Park. As a matter of fact, the contest’s winner, Lalo Aranda Jr., said his love […]

Lack of funding threatens water conservation

Mike Linn New incentives for farmers to conserve water in the area lack the compensation funds and may have come too late to save considerable amounts of water in area wells, local conservation specialists said. Financial incentives to save water will never outweigh the income irrigation provides through the harvesting of water-thirsty crops, the specialists […]

Custom Classic tournament to be biggest ever

By Kevin Wilson Roger Jackson has a 20-year-old, but in a different way than any parent. Jackson doesn’t have to worry about his 20-year-old calling to beg for money or to say his grades at college are slipping. The 20-year-old is a softball tournament that has become synonymous with New Mexico softball, and vice versa. […]

Car collector ready to show off Model-T

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Mike Linn Jack Carr’s favorite automobile doesn’t have cruise control. It doesn’t sport chrome hubcaps. It doesn’t even include a gas peddle. It can’t go zero to 60 — at all. And that’s precisely what Carr said he loves about his 1924 Ford Model-T, which he will enter Saturday in this year’s Heritage Days antique […]

Hispanics still underrepresented in television

Helena Rodriguez When it comes to Hispanics and network television, I don’t want to see another Pancho Villa. How about a Hispanic Bob Villa? Too many times, Hispanics, Latinos, Chicanos, whatever we call ourselves, are portrayed as drug lords or maids. We’ve seen progress this year and a perfect example is ABC’s George Lopez show, […]

Judge making way to federal district court

Darrell Todd Maurina Judge Robert Brack of Clovis appears on track for confirmation by the end of summer as a federal district court judge in New Mexico, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici. Domenici sponsored Brack’s nomination by President George Bush. Brack, one of five nominees for posts in the federal district […]

Community Calendar June 27

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Friday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 7:30-8:30 p.m., […]