Officials seek funds for Ute water plan

Jack King The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will prepare an authorization request for Congress seeking federal money for the project by Aug. 13, even though a financial study showing how its members will pay for the project has not been completed. The board of the water authority, which is planning a Ute Reservoir […]

Badlands Street Party to celebrate bikers this weekend

Freedom Newspapers Like the fabled Phoenix rising from its own ashes, the Badlands Street Party has the makings of success after its earlier demise, organizers say. “We’re pretty pleased,” said Brent Capshaw, an event organizer. “For something that was belly-up and canceled about six months ago, it’s coming along well, thanks to the effort of […]

Obits July 24

Lorraine Corbin, 84 Mrs. Lorraine Corbin, 84, of Portales, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on Sept. 10, 1918, in Vernon, Texas, to Ivy and John T. Compton. She grew up in Vernon until 1936 when her family moved to New Mexico. She graduated from high […]

City given $1 million water funding

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Mike Linn Gov. Bill Richardson came to town Wednesday morning and announced he’s allocating $1 million to help fund the conversion of agriculture water wells to wells used to pump water to Portales homes. Conversion of the city’s 17 agriculture wells will dramatically reduce strain on wells used to provide water for city residents. Those […]

Long claims MVP award at North-South game

By Kevin Wilson Les Long spent the 2002 football season proving he was one of the best in Class 3A. Two Saturdays ago, he proved himself to be the most valuable. Long, a 5-foot-10, 215-pound fullback, was one of six Portales representatives in the Class 3A North-South All-Star football game, held July 12 in Las […]

Richardson to announce city funding

Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson will stop in Portales this morning to announce funding allocations for critical water and housing projects in this part of the state, according to state officials. From 9:45-10:30 a.m. today, Richardson will speak at a news conference at Portales City Hall, announcing the allocation of funding for the conversion of […]

Pesty tree removed near ENMU library

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Mike Linn Eastern New Mexico University officials are fed up with the light red, dime-sized berries that fall every summer from a Mulberry tree near the Golden Library. University officials said students using a nearby sidewalk track the fruit’s pinkish juices onto carpets in the library, causing irremovable stains. Each August, the berries become ripe […]

Floyd News

Jennifer Essary Transitions Recent birthdays: Jared Lee (4), Toni Whitecotton. News • The Senior Center will be having its weekly meeting from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. A pot-luck dinner and games are scheduled. • 4-H club will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Floyd Community Building. Brad Lee is doing the […]

Obits July 23

Lorraine Corbin, 84 Lorraine Corbin, 84, of Portales and formerly of Causey, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Bernus Steele, 81 Bernus Powell Steele, 81, of Lubbock, died Friday, June 27, 2003, in Lubbock. She was born on June […]

Obits July 22

Ronald Hutchings, 71 Mr. Ronald I. Hutchings, 71, of Watseka, Ill., died July 1, 2003, at his home. He was born June 28, 1932, in Fairmont City, Minn., to Ivan E. and Alice M. Musser Hutchings. He married Christine Borders on Oct. 13, 1979, in Hammond, Ind. He worked 23 years as clergy and nine […]

ENMU milking publicity

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Mike Linn Milk has a reputation of promoting healthy teeth and bones. The dairy product will also promote Eastern New Mexico University in the near future. About 100 new milk trucks to arrive at Milk Transport Services in Portales are slated to bear a large green decal that reads: “Got College? Eastern New Mexico University.” […]

Portales gets ready to shine on televised centennial celebration

Kevin Wilson Everybody dreams of extending their own birthday party. So when a KFDA-TV representative in Amarillo called Kim Huffman, it was too great an opportunity to pass up on Portales’ behalf. The Portales town square will play host to the station’s news broadcast at 4 p.m. Thursday with the theme a continuance of Roosevelt […]

Elida mayor resigns

Mike Linn After more than 12 years as Elida’s mayor, Bennie Thurman is calling it quits. The longtime mayor of the town with roughly 200 residents resigned on July 11 and said many things have changed over the years. “There was no specific reason why I resigned — I just got tired and resigned,” Thurman […]

Determination hallmark of Portales woman

By Angela Peacock Janis Bundy was a patient woman, but when she made up her mind to do something, family members said there wasn’t anything that could stop her. “Janis hadn’t been in good health for a while but no matter what, when we wanted to do something we did it; sometimes it just took […]

Personalities Plus — Kirby Rowan

What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Sleep in, combo Mexican plate for lunch, work and correspondence with friends in the afternoon, doing a kind deed for someone who doesn’t expect it, then a relaxing evening stretching late into the night talking with bright people about anything and everything.” What did you think about on […]

Scanlan looks to build around nucleus

By Dave Wagner Coming off a 20-8 season and a run to the program’s first Lone Star Conference South Division championship, Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan and assistant coach Mark Murdock have been busy trying to supplement the Greyhounds’ returning talent. While the Hounds have a solid returning base, signing players […]

Couples compete at PCC tournament

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By Kevin Wilson Being a couple at the Portales Country Club this weekend is unlike being a couple anywhere else. Under most circumstances, a couple is considered to be a husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend. At this weekend’s Portales Country Club Couples Tournament, the only requirement is that one member of the team be […]

City thanks Cannon troops

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Darrell Todd Maurina Capt. Timothy Jeffries has been at Cannon Air Force Base only three weeks, but he already likes the community of Portales — especially a welcome picnic put on Saturday for the airmen by the Portales community. “I’ve not been to one of these before,” Jeffries said. “It’s a wonderful thing, it’s nice […]

ENMU hires new business VP

Mike Linn After more than 40 winters living in a city where temperatures sink dangerously below zero, Scott Smart decided it was time for a change. So the 44-year-old set his sights on the warm, arid climate of Portales, where temperatures meander around 100 degrees in the summer and winter snowfall is not a seasonal […]

Life is more fun when it’s not so serious

Jim Lee On one of the many occasions I did something quite stupid, someone remarked about it, and I replied, “I don’t have to be smart because I went to college.” I don’t know why I suddenly thought of that moment this long afterward. Maybe it just shows how my mind works (or doesn’t work). […]