Obituaries, July 27

Imogene Atchley, 70 Imogene Atchley, 70, of Portales, died Saturday afternoon, July 26, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Billy Barton, 73 Mr. Billy J. Barton, 73, of Portales, a retired telephone lineman, […]

Stupidity always good for a laugh

By Jim Lee Last week I wrote about some of the dumb things college graduates have done. When I did that, I committed the latest dumb thing in my cerebral repertoire: writing about something too big for the column. So here’s another installment of mental pratfalls from people brave enough to laugh at themselves. I’ll […]

No cure for these dog days

By Bob Huber Now in these dog days of summer, folks are looking in a mirror to decide if they ever want to go swimming again in public. Which brings up the subject of dog days, and why we even pay attention to them. Dog days occur from about July 3 to Aug. 11, and […]

New faces highlight Portales Open

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By Kevin Wilson Tennis, more than any other sport, is one where a small difference in skill makes a huge difference in the final score. So what happened on Saturday when a golfer making her Portales Open debut played players with decades of experience? For Cassidy Merrick, it was a chance to be a comedian. […]

Local team shooting for title

By Mike Linn A group of six from Roosevelt County will compete in an international competition to test their Robin Hood and Davey Crockett-like skills this week in Raton. The International Youth Hunter Education Challenge is scheduled Monday through Friday and includes competitions in rifle shooting, shotgun, archery, compass and map navigation, hunter safety and […]

Television guide undergoes changes

Freedom Newspapers Clovis and Portales TV watchers will see some changes in their newspaper television inserts beginning today. The size will decrease from 28 to 24 pages each week and all inserts, whether placed in the Portales News-Tribune or Clovis News Journal, will carry listings for ComCast in Portales, Cox Communications in Clovis, and the […]

Gardels on road to recovery

By Mike Linn A Portales man who underwent a life-saving bone marrow transplant four months ago is back doing chores he once feared he might never do again. Kevin Gardels, diagnosed one year ago with a rare cancer called Myelofibrosis, successfully completed surgery at a hospital in Los Angeles last spring and returned to his […]

Calendar, July 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. Sunday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 7:30-8:30 p.m., […]

Personalities Plus — Mary Blakley

Mary Blakley recalls rather fondly growing up in a Christian setting with stepsiblings. What’s your idea of a perfect day? “To enjoy 10 hours of God’s beauty through nature.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “The dangers our country faces around the world.” Tell us about your pet(s): “Two cats.” What is your […]

Student ‘defines’ sweetness

By Angela Peacock A unique young woman who was full of ambition with a knack for knowing exactaly how to pester her mother and sisters just enough to let them know she loved them are just a couple of things family members said they’ll never forget about Amanda Tenorio. Tenorio was the “definition of sweet” […]

Portales trainer helps Clovis officer in weightlifting

By Dave Wagner Clovis Police Detective David Yoakum has always enjoyed weightlifting and working out to stay in shape. But he wondered about the possibility of competing as a bodybuilder. It’s something he thought he’d enjoy. Encouraged by friends and aided by Michael Gonzales of Portales, Yoakum recently participated in two bodybuilding events sponsored by […]

Fun takes center stage at town square

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By Mike Linn A wisecracking stuffed dog wheeling around the Portales square in a fire truck? It earned a plethora of attention from curious children — and a few adults — on Thursday. But many of the interested onlookers were unaware of how a stuffed animal could be so witty and such a talented driver. […]

Man surrenders to police after 16-day disappearnce

By Kevin Wilson Isaac Porras’ restroom break is over. The 21-year-old Clovis man was arrested June 24 on charges of filing a false report with police. Following his arrest, Porras was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital for treatment of a head wound. From there, he walked away from police custody after receiving permission to use […]

Calendar, July 25

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., […]

Jesus whispers, “Hold Steady”

By Joan Clayton My plants take a beating with these hot windy days. At noon they curl up their leaves and wilt. All of my work and energy wasted, I think. I made plans in early April about my garden. I gave my flower beds tender care by planting, watering, and fertilizing. The plants thrived […]

Church acquires new name, new pastor

By Gary Mitchell Pastor Jim Maxwell has set at least two goals since assuming the pastorate of Portales’ Trinity Family Center. His primary goal is spiritual — to reach more people for Christ, especially among the younger crowd. “One of our greatest goals is to reach younger people,” the 50-year-old pastor said. “My wife (Anita) […]

Buglers needed for veteran’s funerals

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A bugler will be available to play taps at the funerals of more veterans this year under a state plan. More than half of the roughly 1,400 burials last year at Santa Fe National Cemetery had no live bugler. A tape is often played at funerals at private cemeteries […]

Dora High teen wins cooking contest

By Mike Linn Jena Bilberry wasn’t going to let a frito pie win this year’s New Mexico 4-H cooking competition. The Dora High School junior who had smelled but never tasted victory in seven previous years finally won approval of the judges’ stomachs on July 16 in Las Cruces. She edged 16 other competitors and […]

Caught red-handed with bluebonnets

By Helena Rodriguez I promised last month to tell the story of how bluebonnets almost got me in trouble with the Texas law. You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t Mess With Texas!” Well, them Texans don’t like you messin’ with their state flower either, even if you’re a Nuevo Mejicano only visiting the state for 2 […]

Colleges look forward to larger enrollments

By Gary Mitchell Interest in higher learning is on the rise. All four area colleges anticipate higher enrollment figures for the upcoming fall semester. Officials at Clovis Community College and the Clovis/Cannon branch of Wayland Baptist University say they’re hoping to see record growth this term. “We had record enrollment in 2002-2003 with an increase […]