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, [...]