Best to hang up his hat after 30 years

By Kevin Wilson In a sense, Wendell Best traded one set of children for another. Best, 70, recently retired from his post as the national director for the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association. He leaves behind 30 years of service to what he considers his extended family throughout high school rodeo. “When I decided […]

State workers look to promote union

By Gary Mitchell A small group of pro-union state workers brought their cause to the area Wednesday evening at the Portales Public Library, urging fellow workers to join and add clout to its collective bargaining process. A bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson in March will put aside the current system critics say […]

Dinosaur exhibit part of park’s fun

By Angela Peacock Editor’s Note: This is a weekly series about family-oriented activities within a day’s drive of Portales. Painting a picture of New Mexico’s history from the beginning of time is what officials said people will experience when they visit Albuquerque’s New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. One of the museum’s biggest […]

Obituaries, July 31

Maxine Copeland Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mrs. Maxine Copeland, 86, of Lubbock, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Garrison Geriatric Care Center in Lubbock. She was born on April 27, 1917, in Thalia, Texas, to Mattie and Isaac Gray. Her mother died when she was 2 years old. She […]

Calendar, July 31

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. Thursday Double Trouble in Recovery (support for people […]

Bargas nets two aces at Portales Country Club

Jim Bargas netted a hole-in-one twice over the last two weeks at the Portales Country Club. The aces are his fourth and fith, respectively, with each coming off different holes. On July 18th, Bargas shot a hole-in-one on hole No. 5, 143 yards from the pin. Bargas used a 7-iron, with the shot witnessed by […]

Local players set for 1A/2A All-Star Game

Freedom Newspapers Three area players will get a chance today to add another win to state-championship high school careers. Dora graduates Matt Carpenter and Chris Rolston, along with Adrian Loera of Texico, are set to represent the South in the 25th annual Class 1A/2A North-South All-Star Game. The game is set for a 6 p.m. […]

City attorney services questioned

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By Mike Linn Portales city officials haven’t requested proposals for city attorney services since 1990 — something state officials say is a violation of state procurement code. But Portales city attorney Stephen Doerr said his firm’s contract with the city is valid and requests for proposals from other attorneys is not necessary. State code 13-1-150 […]

Faith Temple school changes

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By Kevin Wilson Faith Temple Christian School has a new name. Faith Triumphant officials envision other changes soon — a day when the school’s athletic and academic facilities are in one location. The church and school are located on the 600 block of West Fourth Street, but the eventual goal is to move the school […]

State status on bovine TB downgraded

By Jack King Negotiations between a Roosevelt County dairyman and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the destruction of a herd of cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis have reached an impasse. Destroying, or “depopulating,” the herd — and a second infected herd in Roosevelt County — could help New Mexico regain its TB-free status in […]

City Council approves 2003-04 budget

PNT Staff The Portales City Council met for a special session meeting Tuesday night and approved a roughly $13 million budget for the 2003/2004 fiscal year. The only major difference in this year’s budget from last year is some $137,000 that will go to fund various additions and improvements, including police cars and road equipment, […]

St. Helen’s wins Church League

By Kevin Wilson In what has become a familiar end to the Portales Church League Softball season, St. Helen’s No. 1 came away with an easy win for the title. St. Helen’s No. 1 finished off a 15-0 season with a 25-9 win over the Wanderers (a.k.a. St. Helen’s No. 7), claiming its sixth straight […]

Letters to the Editor 7/30

Editor’s note: Pat Merritt, president of American Postal Workers Union, Clovis Local, said her letter represents the opinions of the majority of area APWU members. Dear Editor: The President’s Commission on the U.S. Postal Service, appointed in December, is considering a major overhaul of the nation’s mail system. In a report due to President Bush […]

Art professor brings life to coffee shop

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By Mike Linn A local art professor has brought new meaning to the term “grande” cappuccino. If this seems a bit confusing, take a look at the mural she recently finished in the courtyard of the Do Drop In coffee shop. Micki Muhlbauer, an art professor at Eastern New Mexico University, painted a trio of […]

More businesses could get in on ENMU discounts

By Mike Linn More Portales business owners may soon begin offering college student discounts, besides just cheap rent and weekly deals on pizza. Officials of the Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University (ASENMU) are seeking to partner with local businesses in a project that would offer college students established discounts of 5, 10 and […]

Public record, July 29

Recent dispositions from Roosevelt County district court: Keith Hutchins, 22, found guilty of aggravated battery on a household member and commercial burglary. He will serve five years of supervised probation. Jessica Aguilar, 23, found guilty of violation of probation. Her probation discharge is suspended and she will serve an additional 18 months of supervised probation. […]

Obituaries, July 29

Gene Atchley Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mrs. Imogene “Gene” Atchley, 70, of Portales, died Saturday, July 26, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Aug. 29, 1932, in Cordell, Okla., to Virgie and Dub Dunaway. She grew up in Cordell. She married Bill Morrison in […]

Cannon supports job shadowing program

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Job shadowing is gaining popularity as more companies give college students the chance to accompany executives or other professional staff for a few weeks during summer vacations to learn by observation what they do each day. That’s a little harder to do in the military. The […]

Community Calendar, July 29

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 Parents of sexual assault victims — 7 […]

Locals remember Bob Hope

By Jack King Like millions of other members of the Armed Forces, several Clovis residents remember seeing Bob Hope at different times in his almost 60-year career of entertaining troops. Longtime Clovis resident Len Santi said the comedian, who died on Sunday at age 100, came through the Clovis/Cannon Air Force Base area in the […]