County needs funds for repairs

Mike Linn The Roosevelt County Commission is asking the New Mexico Legislature to appropriate almost $1.8 million for road improvements, road equipment and an array of projects to spruce up the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds and its nearby extension office. The first two priorities include requests for $400,000 for two new road maintainers and another $400,000 […]

Toy stores know what’s on kids’ wish lists

Jack King If you’re the parent, relative, or even a close friend of a preteen girl, among the most popular ways to say “Merry Christmas” this year is “Bratz.” The fashion-plate dolls were mentioned most often when Clovis merchants were asked Wednesday which are the hottest-selling toys this year. “Craft kits are also really popular […]

Restaurant offers free Chrsitmas lunch

Tony Parra Through the guidance of the Lord the Garcias say they have decided to open the doors to their El Rancho Restaurant to welcome families on Christmas Day for a free lunch. “It’s been placed in my heart,” Joe Garcia, co-manager of the El Rancho Restaurant, said about hosting the dinner. “I’ve been contemplating […]

Lady Rams win tourney, lose Kabrick

By Kevin Wilson The Portales Lady Rams earned a first-place trophy at the Lady Horsemen Invitational in Santa Fe over the weekend. But they may get some unwelcome news for Christmas. The Lady Rams (9-2) won all three games in Santa Fe over the weekend, including a 49-36 win over Hatch Valley in Saturday’s title […]

Local man kept Saddam capture under wraps

Darrell Todd Maurina Like many Americans, Mary Cline of Portales woke up on Dec. 14 to the news that American troops had captured Saddam Hussein. What she didn’t yet know was that her son Larry Davis, a civilian communications specialist working with Army forces near Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, had known about the capture many […]

Local officials confident Cannon Air Force base will stay open

Staff and Wire Reports Criteria set to help determine which military bases will close after 2005 was made public on Monday, and local officials expressed confidence Cannon Air Force Base will remain open. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said he believes New Mexico bases are positioned ‘‘to not only stay off the closure list, but to […]

Family that lacks a car needs help this holiday

Eric Butler Like most 16-year-olds, there’s almost nothing Patrick would like more than to have his own car. But that wish won’t be met this Christmas because it ranks well below more pressing needs — a car for his mom, for example. For Eleanor, times would be good if she had the means to provide […]

Rams drop home opener to Moriarty

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By Kevin Wilson The Moriarty Pintos spent most of the first half scoring with Blanks — Kyle, that is — while it felt like the Portales Rams were firing blanks. “It’s like there’s a lid on the basket for us,” Portales coach Mark Gallegos said, after the Rams managed only 13 first-half points and spent […]

Dora teams swept by Logan

Freedom Newspapers DORA — It was a story of free throws for both Dora basketball teams on Saturday night. Both Coyote teams were outshot from the charity stripe, and both Coyote teams lost close games. Saturday at Guy Luscombe Gymnasium. Kirk Burns had 27 to lead three Longhorns in double figures, and Logan outscored Dora […]

A family affair for Richards, Richards

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By Kevin Wilson A family reunion is never far away for Kassandra and Ashleah Richards. It happens with every game and every practice for the Portales girls basketball team. The sisters are hoping to have a few more family reunions, with state championships in basketball and softball as a backdrop. “Our state championship just brought […]

Watch out for Old Man Clonch this holiday season

Bib Huber (Christmas carols playing.) Ah the holidays, that time of year for fireplaces and hot spiced cider, the sounds of crinkling wrapping paper and children squealing, and, of course — THE CURSE OF OLD MAN CLONCH! (Carols segue to ominous music.) When I was a kid, it was tough being bad during the holidays, […]

Human courtesy is — at the least — worth a try

Jim Lee Well, Monday is the winter solstice, and Thursday is Christmas Day. No problem in dreaming up something to write about this week. It seems a given that I say something about these two annual events like everybody else. But that’s just what everybody expects me to do. I’m far too clever to fall […]

Public Record 12-21

The following marriage certificates were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: Ruben Chavez, 28, and Tracy M. Simmons, 22, both of Portales. Shane S. Crockett, 32, and Cindy L. Vaughn, both of Portales. Arthur Dean Lucero, 31, and Emma Jean Barrera, 30, both of Portales. Cody Schattscheider, 19, and Ashley Southern, 18, both of […]

Obituaries 12-21

Imogene Taylor, 99 Mrs. Imogene Taylor, 99, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born April 26, 1904, in Gail, Texas, to Lula and Charlie Benjamin Morrison. The oldest of six children, she was baptized in the Church of Christ at an early age and was a faithful […]

City manager has ties to Portales

Tony Parra Debi Lee will begin her term as the Portales city manager on Dec. 29, a little more than a month after being selected for the position by the city council (Nov. 24). Lee is currently the assistant city manager in Hobbs. She attended Eastern New Mexico University in the late 1970s and her […]

Santa cops deliver gifts for teens

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Tony Parra The fifth annual Santa Cop has hit the ground with its wheels turning and teens and children will soon turn their own wheels on the new bicycles delivered by the Santas wearing badges. Approximately 45 bicycles and almost 75 other toys will be given away this year to children of need by the […]

Company settles with state

Mike Linn Officials with the locally operated Transwestern Pipeline Company entered into a settlement this week with the state’s environmental department over air violations in the summer of 2001. Transwestern compresses natural gas for transmission through a pipeline at a compressor station located five miles northwest of Portales in Roosevelt County. As part of the […]

Preparations begin for 12th annual Ag Expo

Michelle Seeber The state of New Mexico’s economy much depends on agriculture and ranching, and for the past few years, the dairy industry has brought even more dollars into the state. To keep up with the changing trends and newest products of these industries, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the Roosevelt County Extension […]

Portales girls win at St. Michael’s tournament

SANTA FE — The Lady Rams took care of business early, beating Los Alamos 53-36 in the first round of the Lady Horsemen Invitational Christmas Tournament at St. Michael’s High School. Portales (5-2) maintained a comfortable lead throughout en route to its fourth win in five games. The Lady Rams only had two players in […]

Zias fall in overtime

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By Dave Wagner Facing a long trip home, Colorado State-Pueblo women’s coach Misty Murphy was relieved to earn a win. The Thunderwolves survived a back-and-forth battle with Eastern New Mexico University Thursday night, pulling out a 74-72 overtime win at Greyhound Arena behind 30 points and 11 rebounds from senior post Nadia Fercha. “It’s great […]