Fire chief receives new toys

Mike Linn It’s not even Christmas yet and Portales Fire Chief Steve Beaty is already looking for a place to put all his gifts, which include a brand new fire truck among other items. Beaty told the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting he has recently been awarded roughly $250,000 from grants to purchase an […]

Hounds on three-game streak

By Dave Wagner Preseason conditioning can be real drudgery, and Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan is known to crack the whip. As far as Greyhounds senior Garland Coleman is concerned, though, all that work was worth it Saturday night when ENMU went four overtimes to eke out a 91-89 win over […]

High Winds cause chaos for electric company

Tony Parra Roosevelt County residents took caution to the wind on Monday with high winds causing power outages and fallen electric poles in some areas. The high wind advisories for eastern New Mexico soaked Portales with a brown cloud of dust causing limited visibility in areas of Highway 70 south of town. There was a […]

Iraqi officials call for a quick trial for Saddam

By Niko Price BAGHDAD, Iraq — Their exuberance over his capture still fresh, Iraqi leaders said Monday they want to send Saddam Hussein to a quick trial with an eye toward executing him by summer. But U.S. officials signaled the Iraqis may have to wait. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the world body would not […]

Educators discuss Saddam’s future

Glen Seeber Finally in the hands of U.S. Forces, Saddam Hussein is likely to go through an interrogation process, an assistant professor of political science speculated Sunday evening. Dr. David Rausch, who teaches at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, said the question he would ask first if given an opportunity would be: “Where are […]

Muleshoe Marine would have been proud of Saddam’s capture

Mike Linn The capture of Saddam Hussein won’t bring back Kem Bales’ energetic country boy known for his confidence and charm. And it doesn’t make the pain of losing a son to the war in Iraq any easier. But it does bring to fruition everything U.S. Marine Chad Eric Bales fought for and believed in, […]

Saddam Captured

By Mariam Fam and Aleksandar Vasovic Associated Press Writers ADWAR, Iraq — When darkness fell, the Americans moved into position, 600 of them, from infantrymen to elite special forces. Their target: two houses in this rural village of orange, lemon and palm groves. Someone big was inside, they were told. But when they struck, they […]

ENMU/Incarnate Word men’s box score

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Late Saturday ENMU 91, Incarnate Word 89 Eastern New Mexico (5-3) — Jamaal Hunnicutt 1-7 2-4 4, Irshaun Pinckney 4-13 4-9 12, Brent Cooper 2-8 0-0 4, Garland Coleman 7-11 7-11 22, Kennis Green 5-12 4-4 17, David Hamilton 1-2 0-0 2, Paul Forrest 0-1 0-0 0, Jamal Washington 3-9 3-3 9, Travazz […]

Hounds beat Incarnate Word in 4 OTs

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS SAN ANTONIO — The Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds erased a three-point deficit in the fourth overtime with a 6-0 run and held on to beat Incarnate Word 91-89 on Saturday night. It was believed to be the longest game in terms of overtimes in the history of either school. ENMU (5-3) extended its […]

Lady Rams beaten in Mel Otero title game

By Eric Butler RIO RANCHO — Chances over the past few years are that if the Portales and Rio Rancho girls basketball teams end up in the same tournament and they meet at all, it’ll be in a championship game. The two teams, both nicknamed Rams, have met twice for titles in the St. Michael’s […]

Rams fall to No. 3 Bernalillo

Freedom Newspapers BERNALILLO — Three was not a good number for the Portales Rams on Friday night. Portales suffered a 65-55 loss to Bernalillo, ranked No. 3 in the Albuquerque Journal 3A Coaches Poll, thanks in large part to a 16-6 third-quarter edge for the host Spartans. Portales coach Mark Gallegos said the Ram defense […]

Floiyd girls win inaugural tournament

By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — The Floyd Lady Broncos earned a first-place trophy to remember the inaugural Floyd America Tournament, despite a fourth quarter they’d rather forget. The Lady Broncos put together a season-best, three-game winning streak at the Floyd America Tournament, holding off Springer 39-32 in Saturday’s final game at Floyd High School. Jewlie […]

New Mexico wetlands are more alive than you rhink

Jim Lee My wife Saundra suggested I write about the little-known wildlife native to the vast New Mexico wetlands. I suspect she offered this advice simply to hear the response of our friend who happens to be a retired biology professor and an expert in New Mexico wildlife. I won’t mention Dr. Tony Gennaro’s name, […]

Greyhound mascot needs a replacement

Bob Huber It’s Christmas time again, and I’ve found a unique gift for my favorite college student. I’m providing her with a new mascot for her university. I’ll bet your favorite students are tired of jokes about their mascot too. You see, my student’s athletic teams are the “Greyhounds,” a bony, bald canine suitable only […]

Public Record 12-14

The following marriage certificates were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: l Alan Jay Glenn Sr., 46, and Deborah Jean Rawlings, 53, both of Portales. l Joseph Wayne Dunsworth, 24, and Krystal Starr Bomar, 19, both of Portales. The following divorces were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: l Mark Bruffett and Robie […]

Obits 12-14

Imogene Godfrey, 74 Mrs. Imogene Godfrey, 74, of Clovis, a retired head bank teller, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at her home. She was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Granite, Okla., to James Bryan and Lola Orene Everett Godfrey. She graduated from Field High School in May 1947 and attended ENMU. She was employed at […]

City twinkles during annual light parade

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Michelle Seeber More than a hundred parked cars lined the Portales downtown streets with residents sitting in them to avoid the cold Friday night weather, a sure sign that the Light parade in honor of Christmas was being watched. Little Miss Merry Christmas 2002, Heaven Ruiz, daughter of Henry and Martha Ruiz, led the parade, […]

Christmas pageant raises funds for lights

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Michelle Seeber Six-year-old Stephanne Chandler really wanted to win the 18th Annual Little Miss Merry Christmas Pageant held Friday night at the Cornerstone Building in downtown Portales after the light parade. In fact, she wanted to win so badly that she and her mother baked cakes and pies, sought donations from 51 Portales businesses and […]

Mailbox vandalism increases

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Mike Linn Roughly three miles south of Portales on New Mexico 206, a cluster of mailboxes look like they had a recent date with a Louisville Slugger. Two of the mailboxes were knocked clear off their post, and a few miles farther to the south one box was shattered to smithereens. Such vandalism to mailboxes […]

Proposed scholarship changes opposed

Michelle Seeber A year ago, the Finance Committee of the New Mexico House of Representatives proposed new requirements for the state’s Lottery Success Scholarship that would make it more difficult for college students to obtain dollars for tuition by raising the required grade point average from 2.5 to 3.0. The committee also recommended the dollars […]