Firefighters stop traffic to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Tony Parra Scorching heat did not stop the Portales Fire Department from trying to “Fill the Boot” on Tuesday. The department is placing firefighters along busy Portales intersections to collect money in an annual fund raiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters will be working in shifts from 1-5 p.m. today and Thursday at the […]

Floyd looks to build new volleyball tradition

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By Kevin Wilson Sean Wootton started a new tradition following Monday’s Floyd volleyball practice, when he announced that players would eat lunch in his classroom every Wednesday. One tradition down, a much bigger one to go. “We’re trying to start a winning tradition,” said Wootton. “I know Floyd had some good teams in the late […]

Obits Aug. 26

Charley Hill, 79 Mr. Charley Elbert Hill, 79, of Portales, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Jan. 3, 1924, in Maud, Texas, to Effie and Charley Hill. Mr. Hill was one of two sets of twins. The Hills moved to Roosevelt County about 1929. In 1943 […]

High School welcomes back students

Tony Parra The teens of Portales High School put their swimming trunks and suntan lotion away on Monday, in favor of backpacks, collared shirts and goals for the new school year. The first day of classes for Student Council President Russell Knudson and the Portales students kicked off with Monday’s assembly at 8:10 a.m. in […]

Portales shooting leaves two injured

Mike Linn Police are searching for suspects involved in a Sunday night shooting that injured two men, one critically, in what police and witnesses say was provoked by arguments at a horse race earlier that day a few miles east of Portales. Ernesto Sanchez, 39, received bullet wounds in the abdomen and upper thigh and […]

Local West NIle case confirmed

Darrell Todd Maurina West Nile has invaded the region full force, with new confirmed or suspected human cases reported in Curry, Roosevelt, Bailey, and Parmer counties. Until mid-August, no human cases had been confirmed in the area, though a number of cases had been confirmed as early as last year in horses. Portales has one […]

Man pleads not guilty to fatal crash

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Tony Parra The criminal history of a Roswell man accused of vehicular homicide in the death of a 2-week-old boy may be a factor in a case involving driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquor. Brian Moshier, 40, was arraigned on Monday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. He has four prior convictions for driving […]

Brothers follow in father’s military footsteps

Darrell Todd Maurina As Celestino Gonzales sat in his living room last week watching the Fox news network, he paid close attention to world events. After 30 years traveling the world with the United States Army — including two tours of combat duty in Vietnam and postings to Japan and Europe — the New Mexico […]

Personalities Plus — Lloyd Seefeld

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What’s your idea of a perfect day? “A day on the lake with my family with just a light breeze blowing and the fish are biting.” What is your theme song? “I don’t really have a theme song. I enjoy listening to Elvis sing religious songs.” What would you like printed on your gravestone? “That […]

Homemaker’s focus was all children

By Kevin Wilson Juanita Wright wasn’t big on going on trips, family members said. She wasn’t big on going to the movies, either. Wright didn’t need much to keep her entertained — an Afghan, a good book, or Monday night wrestling served her just fine, they said. Wright, a lifelong homemaker and child care provider, […]

Lady Rams look to reclaim 3A title

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By Kevin Wilson Including Saturday’s scrimmages, the Portales High volleyball team has four scheduled trips to Roswell this season. But the Lady Rams don’t want anything short of five. Roswell is the site for this year’s state volleyball championship, a familiar setting for PHS volleyball lately. Portales has won two of the last three Class […]

Rams finding roles, and the end zone

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By Kevin Wilson Before the Portales High football team can set its sights on a state championship, its players will need to learn their roles. Based on Friday’s scrimmage against Dexter, the Rams are well on their way. Despite a revamped offense, changes on defense and only two days to prepare against the Class 2A […]

Zia soccer wins exhibition

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Freedom Newspapers Freshman midfielder Anna Funck scored a hat trick Saturday as the first-year Eastern New Mexico University soccer program completed its preseason scrimmage schedule with a 3-0 victory over the Lubbock Ice club team at the ENMU soccer field. The Zias, who finished the preseason with a 1-2 record, open the regular season against […]

Dora School News

Charlie Carmichael New Staff The new special education teacher is Goldie Rains and the aide is Laurie Perry. Mrs. Tulle is returning as the music-drama teacher this year. The new Librarian is Patsy Ward. There will be some change in the school board soon since there have been some families leaving our midst. There will […]

Gov. says education secretary will improve school boards

Editor’s note: Gov. Bill Richardson visited Clovis and Portales on Wednesday to solicit support for two state constitutional amendments aimed at education reform, which voters will decide on Sept. 23. He spent about an hour with Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico staff members, answering questions on a variety of issues. Q. Would the creation of […]

ENMU campus busy preparing for semester

Tony Parra Students and parents broke the stillness of the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Thursday and it carried into the weekend. Students spent the last few days moving into the dormitories and registering for classes which begin on Monday. ENMU has also added 14 new faculty members. “It’s too early to tell how […]

Portales headed back to school

Tony Parra Students shuffled into the Portales High School cafeteria Thursday to pick up their schedules for the 2003-04 school year. For freshmen, it included an orientation segment by Student Council advisor Dale Jones. Jones encouraged students to get involved in several of the school activities. He went over a quick summary of organizations such […]

French fries and engines have something in common

Jim Lee Have you considered the possibility of an 18-wheeler roaring past you on the interstate belching the aroma of French fries and tater tots? It could happen one of these days. No, I didn’t check out of the Hotel Reality. It isn’t all that far fetched to think of juice from the deep fryer […]

Seeing history through a child’s eyes

Bob Huber In my relentless quest for award-winning journalism, I often explore the zany world of “kidspeak,” which is teacher jargon for stuff kids write on test papers. My wife Marilyn’s all-time favorite is, “I just love Tommy Buford. He’s tall, dark, and on probation.” So for my in-depth report today I’ve selected a whole […]

Peanut Field Day offers educational tours

CNJ Staff Growers and anyone interested in peanuts will get a chance to look at some promising varieties and the latest cultivation technology Tuesday when New Mexico State University’s Clovis Agricultural Science Center holds its annual Peanut Field Day. There will be two tours, one at the center’s South Research Facility five miles south of […]