Being lighthouses for Jesus

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Gary Mitchell Katrina Prince and her fellow workers have decided to build a lighthouse out of cardboard boxes to shine the light of God’s love in the desert. There’s a simple reason why. It’s all part of First United Methodist Church’s summer Vacation Bible School program to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday […]

Back to the Land of Enchantment

Helena Rodriguez It’s great being back in the Land of Enchantment. Mi tierra encantada. Mi linda Nuevo Mejico. While some people may refer to our fair state as the Land of Entrapment, it’s been home to me most of my life. And after 2 1/2 years in the Lone Star State, it’s nice to be […]

Obituaries June 13

Leslie Gibson, 88 Mr. Leslie W. Gibson, 88, of Ennis, Texas, died Saturday, June 7, 2003, at Claystone Healthcare Center in Ennis. He was born on Nov. 16, 1914, in Paris, Texas, to Willie P. and Wyrla Thompson Gibson. He was raised in Snyder, Texas. He married Ala Mae Lafayette on March 30, 1947. He […]

Acosta aiding Ram summer baseball program

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By Kevin Wilson With the possible exception of the weather, every element is seeming to fall into place for Portales High’s summer baseball program. The Ram baseball program has returned after a two-year absence, thanks in most part to a former Ram and a former major league coach. Dusty Nusser, a 2001 graduate of PHS, […]

City threatens to cut off nursing home’s water

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By Mike Linn The city of Portales may soon cut off the water to a nursing home unless an overdue bill totaling more than $10,000 is paid. Portales City Attorney Stephen Doerr sent a letter dated June 5 to Heartland Continuing Care Center explaining that the water debt is $10,760.87. The letter said if the […]

Dinosaurs once roamed near Clayton

Angela Peacock Less than a three-hour drive north of Clovis is one of the largest discovery of dinosaur tracks in the world. Clayton Lake State Park, located 12 miles north of Clayton, is home to more than 500 dinosaur tracks. The prehistoric footprints, which experts say were made more than 100 million years ago, were […]

Obituaries June 12

Winnie Luttrell,85 Mrs. Winnie Deatherage Russell Luttrell, 85, of Bethel, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at Landsun Health Services Nursing Home in Carlsbad. She was born on Nov. 6, 1917, in Floyd, to Mattie and Lewis Deatherage. She graduated from Portales High School in 1937. She married John W. Russell, Jr. on Aug. 25, 1937. […]

Orlando trip part of busy summer for Carter

By Kevin Wilson When Chris Carter spends his school days at Portales High School, he makes every attempt not to wear his Amateur Athletic Union shirt, which shares the Wildcat name with rivals Clovis and Lovington. “Wildcats, huh?” is the comment the PHS junior-to-be said he hears most often. During the summer, however, he splits […]

Emotions rampant at trial

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Mike Linn Tiffany Rodgers, charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a 15-year-old boy, buried her head on her sister’s shoulder Tuesday, her face swollen and red with tears. It was only 25 minutes later that Rodgers, who pleaded no contest to the February 2002 crime that left Matthew Foley dead, received District Judge […]

It’s all part of the job, and then some

Mike Linn Last Wednesday, following a trek through rain-drenched city streets seeking photos of what a wicked storm left behind, I earned a new nickname. I am “Noah.” A few of my editors thought it was funny that I accidentally locked my keys in my car — while it was still running mind you — […]

Commissioner wants jail bills sent to state

Jack King A Curry County Commissioner has called on counties statewide to start billing the state Department of Corrections for the counties’ expenses in housing state prisoners. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley proposed billing the state department during a meeting of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week in Gallup. The NMAC’s board […]

At least when it rains, it pours

David Stevens Gary Johnson was New Mexico’s governor back then. Saddam Hussein was still running Iraq. Area cotton gins were getting ready for a record-setting season. It’s been a long time since it’s been this wet in eastern New Mexico. Some areas around Portales have received close to 2 inches of moisture in the past […]

South County News June 11

Charlie Carmichael Sympathy To the friends and relatives on the death of Opal Hitt. She was born in the Longs area to Luna and Ethel Pruett on March 9, 1907. She attended school when Longs school was active, then in Dora, and later married Sid Hitt. They lived in the area for many years and […]

Obituaries June 11

Winnie Luttrell, 85 Winnie Deatherage Russell Luttrell, 85, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at Landsun Health Services Nursing Home in Carlsbad. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Wheeler Mortuary of Portales is handling arrangements.

Softball league a family affair

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By Kevin Wilson Some people get a summer job. The Quick family has landed a family business. Between Lee Quick, his wife Dedra and his two daughters, the Portales Girls Softball League has become what Lee calls a “family operation.” And the league is keeping the Quicks’ hands full. The league, which Lee is directiing […]

County to receive new voting machines

Kevin Wilson Roosevelt County officials said they will comply with the Help America Vote Act of 2002; however, the county will not pay for the machines, nor will the current voting machines be completely phased out. The county must be in complete compliance of the act by 2006, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze […]

Obituaries June 10

Alma Atkins, 83 Alma Atkins, 83, of Exeter, Calif., died Thursday, May 29, 2003, in Visalia. She was born Oct. 26, 1919, in Dora, to Zeneth and Janie Wilmoth. She married John W. Atkins on March 3, 1940, in Roswell. They moved to Exeter in 1945. Family members said she enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading, playing […]

Cities prepare to salute returning troops

Gary Mitchell One of the best reasons to be stationed at Cannon Air Force Base might be typified by what’s taking place June 21 in Clovis, Air Force officials say. “Our airmen feel very honored to live in this part of the country in America — that the local communities would want to throw a […]

Q&A with Carmen Pacheco

By Angela Peacock Carmen Pacheco, executive assistant for the La Casa Family Health Center, is trying to pass on the lessons she learned growing up as part of a large, close-knit family on to her two daughters. What do you think about Portales? “I have lived in Portales for 18 years, moving from Tucumcari to […]

Professor enjoyed work, life

By Angela Peacock A brilliant man with a dry sense of humor who had a unique outlook on life is how Troy Hunt said he will always remember his close friend Lee Scanlon. “Even though he understood the seriousness of (his profession) and of what others did, he found humor as a means of helping […]