Spring has sprung and winter sales have begun

Helena Rodriguez You know what tomorrow is, right? Yes, it’s Saturday. Yes, it’s also the first day of spring break. Hurrah! Surah! Surah! Saturday is also the first official day of spring, and you know what that means. It’s time to take down the Christmas tree. Time to get up on the roof and take […]

Ceremony to honor Bombers

Kevin Wilson The Booth-Powell Bombers love softball, and they love Portales. Saturday gives them an opportunity to give their thanks to both. The 1966 Booth-Powell Bombers, a Portales fastpitch softball team that won the Cactus Region Tournament and advanced to the National Softball Tournament in Indianapolis, will be honored during an 11:30 a.m. pre-game ceremony […]

Grant intended for street repairs denied

Tony Parra New Mexico Community Development Council members rejected a block grant of $496,000 on Wednesday to help Portales projects in various street repairs around the city. The $496,000 would have gone to street repairs and other city projects. Community Development Director Darla Wilhoit, City Manager Debi Lee and Mayor Orlando Ortega were in Albuquerque […]

Health fair to educate residents

Ryan Lengerich Dan Otero, a physician assistant at Trinity Family Medicine, said Clovis is an average city that can do much better in terms of health. “We want people to be able to brag about the health of Clovis and want to live here,” Otero said. “To our community it is vital to make sure […]

OSHA inspects Garvey after worker takes fall

Mike Linn A state health and safety group is inspecting the local Garvey Processing plant after an employee fell 47 feet from a ladder over two weeks ago and shattered his tailbone and vertebrae. Matt Jackson fell on March 1 toward the end of his work shift, when employees found him lying on a catwalk […]

Swing is king for Lady Ram softball

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By Kevin Wilson Kelly Parkey jokes that she wouldn’t be a great pitcher for the Portales girls softball team, but she’d take the mound in a heartbeat. The 5-foot-6 senior is comfortable playing shortstop for the Lady Rams, and she’s also comfortable with fellow senior Kassadra Richards pitching, but she’d be willing to do just […]

Point guards are the priority for Greyhounds

By Dave Wagner From four wins in his first season to its first NCAA Division II tournament bid in 11 years this season, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball program has made steady progress under fourth-year coach Shawn Scanlan. This season, the Hounds (21-9) repeated al Lone Star Conference South champions and made the […]

Golf course could add back nine

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Mike Linn City officials and board members of the Portales Country Club have entered into preliminary discussions about making the country club’s nine-hole course an 18-hole layout. Portales City Manager Debi Lee said the city owns land adjacent to the PCC’s golf course and the discussions are in the very early stages. “We have just […]

Obits Mar. 18

Alice Ann Keever, 74 Alice Ann Gonzales Keever, 74, of Fort Sumner, died Monday, March 15, 2004, at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque. She was born on May 21, 1929, in Hooker, Okla., to Elias and Petra Valdez Gonzales. Her family moved to Los Ojitos, north of Fort Sumner, when she was a child. She […]

Water officials add more to Ute project

Jack King MELROSE — The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to add three more construction efforts to the Ute Water Project, raising the cost of the project by $10 million. The additions bring the total construction cost of the project to $263 million, said ENMRWA Project Manager Scott Verhines. […]

Greyhounds drop home game to Lubbock Christian

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By Kevin Wilson Lubbock Christian’s win could have been easily chalked up to a career day for Zach Barnard. Eastern New Mexico coach Phil Clabaugh chooses inexperience instead. Barnard, a sophomore designated hitter, went 3-for-4 with three homers and eight RBIs, leading a Chaparral team that capitalized on ENMU mistakes Tuesday and left Greyhound Field […]

Rams sweep Clovis in tennis

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Portales tennis teams each took care of business Tuesday against Clovis, upping their season records to 8-2 for each side. The Portales boys won by a 7-2 count, while the girls took a 6-3 win in Tuesday’s match. Portales returns to play this weekend in Roswell, then takes two weeks […]

Four running for county commissioner

Tony Parra Tuesday was the last day for people to declare their candidacy for Roosevelt County positions, and one particular position received a lot of attention. There are four candidates for the District 2 commissioner’s seat: Harvey Teague, David Sanders, Charles May and George Martin. Incumbent Chad Davis decided not to run for re-election. Sanders, […]

Obits March 17

Verna Chandler, 86 Verna Chandler, 86, of Las Cruces, died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at her home. She was born on Jan. 20, 1918, in Seminole, Okla., to Emma and Joe Ginnings. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. She graduated from New Mexico State University in 1941 with degrees in math […]

DA candidates among many filing for a chance in statewide county elections

David Arkin The Brett Carter-Matt Chandler race has officially begun. On Tuesday, both Chandler and Carter filed their appropriate papers with the New Mexico Secretary of State in Santa Fe for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s post and will face each other in a June 1 primary. The general election will be held on Nov. […]

City council talks water wells, computers

Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members discussed the goals for water wells and a Wide Area Network for computers in all of the city’s department in Tuesday’s city council meeting. Ortega said some of the goals he and Tom Howell, the city’s public works director, talked about was to have 10 to […]

Commissioners discuss overcrowded jails

Tony Parra The ongoing issue with overcrowding at the Roosevelt County Detention Center took precedence in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting. The commissioners viewed a four-minute presentation from General Marine Leasing on the portable inmate facilities which could be used for the RCDC. In November, Luera said the number of inmates was fluctuating from 11 […]

A changing of the guard for Portales

By Kevin Wilson A few coaches in Class 3A might take a trip down to Portales in May — you know, just to make sure Kassandra Richards, Roni Gomez and Erika Cook do indeed graduate from Portales High School. Portales’ four seniors, including Amy Archibeque, leave behind a run of back-to-back state titles, the second […]

Portales tennis teams cruise past Hereford

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Portales High boys and girls tennis teams pushed their records to 7-2 overall Monday, taking a pair of 9-0 wins against Hereford. The matches were part of a three-team set previously scheduled for Feb. 13-14, but were delayed due to inclement weather. Portales will finish the series at 3 p.m. […]

Zia softball on a roll

Freedom Newspapers TUCSON, Ariz. — First-year Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Kevin Blaskowski is hoping the Zias can carry the momentum of a 3-0 weekend in the Tucson Invitational into the start of Lone Star Conference South Division play this weekend. The Zias (9-15) were rained out of Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader against Clarion (Pa.), […]