Summer adventures are coming to an end

Bob Huber When I was a kid, the end of July was a time of the jitters. Summer was waning, and already I could hear the forlorn tolling of school bells. I mentioned that fact to my friend Smooth Heine one morning as we smoked grape leaves in snakeweed pipes behind his father’s barn. “It […]

Public Record July 20

Recent dispositions from Magistrate Court: • Erika Lucero, 22, found guilty of minor in possession of alcohol and will perform 30 hours of community service. The following marriage certificates were filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Johnny Michael Quintana, 49, of Santa Fe, and Cindy C. Quintana, 45, of Santa Fe.

Crime Report July 20

Editor’s note: The crime report is compiled from incident reports filed by area law-enforcement officers. Police who responded to a fight early Friday morning at the 600 block of South Main Street ended up arresting a 39-year-old woman for driving under the influence. A man at the fight scene told police the woman hit him […]

Ram football squad looking to make transition

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By Kevin Wilson On Saturday, Glen Johnson got a chance to show that Portales’ senior class of 2002-03 belongs in the category of Class 3A’s elite. Come August, Johnson hopes his remaining nucleus can prove that it belongs in that class as well. Johnson and six Ram seniors from last year’s Class 3A runner up […]

Clovis, Portales dominate state tournament

By Dave Wagner One could have almost called it the Clovis Invitational. Clovis-based teams came home with five championships in six divisions last weekend in the New Mexico USSSA youth slow-pitch state softball tournament in Alamogordo. In addition, the area took three second-place finishes, a third and a fourth. Overall, 17 of the 48 teams […]

Elida church celebrates 100th anniversary

Janet Bresenham In a century of ministry, activities and memories at the First Baptist Church of Elida, one key focus has not changed. And when the church celebrated its 100th anniversary last weekend in the small Roosevelt County town, the executive director of the New Mexico Baptist Convention praised the congregation for maintaining their priorities. […]

Love requires sacrifice and unselfishness

Joan Clayton “Glad to see ya!” Uncle Steve said as I hugged and kissed him. With our help he had lived 10 good years in his home alone, enjoying life despite his handicaps. Aunt Opal had died previously and they had no children. “Take this and buy you something pretty.” Uncle Steve has always had […]

Obits July 18

Amanda Tenorio Ms. Amanda Caroline Hope Tenorio, 21, of Moriarty, a student, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, near Clovis. She was born Feb. 18, 1982, in Albuquerque, to Virginia Encinias and Gerald Tenorio. She graduated from Moriarty High School in 2001. She was a student at Eastern New Mexico University. She was a member of […]

Church hopes to draw more families

Darrell Todd Maurina Calvary Baptist Church of Portales normally has about 50 people attending services, but its interim pastor, the Rev. Bobby Fuller, hopes to have three times that number this Sunday. According to a church press release, July 20 will be “Family Roll Call Sunday” for the church. Each member family at Calvary Baptist […]

Pepe is back, let the celebration begin

Helena Rodriguez Pepe is home again. Our precious little dog who disappeared from our front yard on July 1 is back home, thanks to a woman only a few streets from our house who responded to our lost Chihuahua ad in this newspaper on Thursday. It’s a big relief to know Pepe is safe and […]

Mainstreet to reopen YAM

Mike Linn Babe Morgan said he remembers the Yam as the Saturday night hot spot in Portales about “50, 60 some odd years ago.” But recently members of the Portales Mainstreet Organization gave him a reason to see a future for age-old theater, located in the 200 block of South Main Street. “There wasn’t a […]

Chamber hopes to start new tradition

Kevin Wilson On Saturday, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is looking to thank the people of Cannon Air Force Base with food, entertainment and prizes. The chamber hopes it can add something else: tradition. “We hope to be able to do it in the future,” said Pat Willis, the general manager at the chamber. […]

Roosevelt can’t catch a break

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — On a night where nothing went right for Roosevelt County, everything went just right for the Zia All-Stars. Zia got instant momentum from a first-inning triple play, and its pitchers scattered seven hits over seven innings in a 9-2 blowout win for the Junior League championship at Brady Field. Zia […]

New Mexico Christian Academy will close this year for lack of funds

Mike Linn Citing overwhelming financial struggles, officials at the New Mexico Christian Academy on Tuesday decided the K-12 school would not be open this school year. Sherill Wofford, the school’s principal, said the academy may be open in the fall of 2004 if school officials can raise at least $350,000 to build a new school […]

Portales woman killed in train wreck

By Darrel Todd Maurina A Portales woman who drove around barricades and “road closed” signs was killed by a freight train on Tuesday night after her vehicle became stuck on railroad tracks near Melrose, police said. Amanda Tenorio, 21, had been visiting family in Moriarty and was returning to her home in Portales when the […]

City ready to rid itself of abandoned buildings

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Mike Linn Maybe the black, green-eyed cat lounging against the wall of the Saga Motel on Wednesday afternoon was waiting for somebody to let it in. After all, the motel’s sign does read “vacancy.” But city officials say the motel located on Avenue D across from the Cattle Baron restaurant has not been operational for […]

Replacing Brack will take time

Darrell Todd Maurina When Judge Robert Brack leaves July 25 to assume his new federal judgeship duties in Las Cruces, the 9th Judicial District will lose one of its three judges. According to District Attorney Brett Carter, that vacancy is expected to continue for some time. “By the time they advertise it and get applicants […]

Get a taste of Western history at Lake Meredith

Angela Peacock Lake Meredith National Recreation Area north of Amarillo isn’t just a place to fish, swim, hike and camp, officials said. With the Texas-style musical “Lone Star Rising,” visitors can experience a piece of Western history. “Lone Star Rising,” which is held at the Fritch Fortress amphitheater, runs Wednesday through Sunday nights beginning at […]

Obits July 17

Dot Davis, 74 Ms. Dot Davis, 74, of Kenna, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on March 29, 1929, in Portales, to Irene and Ed Denton. She grew up in Kenna and received most of her schooling in Elida. She graduated from Clovis High School in […]

Roosevelt forces issue

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Roosevelt County took advantage of Zia fielding miscues to take a 7-0 lead in the second inning at Brady Field, and went on to force another game for the Junior League District 3 title at 7 p.m. tonight. Ryan Acosta rode the early run support to a complete-game pitching […]