ENMU students evacuated after bomb scare

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By Kevin Wilson A bomb scare caused the evacuation of two Eastern New Mexico University residence halls on Thursday, but no explosive devices were found. “What happened was ENMU police saw a suspicious vehicle and they called us with a mutual aid request,” said Airman 1st Class Jason Marquis of the 27th Fighter Wing Public […]

Players turn to umpiring

Dave Wagner While baseball umpires often take a lot of grief, most are in it for the love of the game. Former area high school players Wes Hatley and Ricardo Anaya said they’ve used umpiring as a means to stay close to the sport. No one does it to get rich. Anaya, 25, said normal […]

Church set for second food giveaway

By Michelle Seeber Trinity Family Church members are preparing to give away about 28,000 pounds of food from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at their Family Center, located at 601 S. Ave. B. Pastor Jim Maxwell said the church is giving away the food in conjunction with Open Door Ministries of Joshua, Texas. “We’ve done […]

Judge refuses Moshier’s release request

By Tony Parra Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker denied Brian Moshier’s request for release from incarceration to house arrest on Thursday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Moshier’s attorney, Gary Mitchell, presented a motion to amend conditions of Moshier’s release because of Moshier’s medical conditions. Mitchell said his client is suffering from lung problems, due […]

PHS teams end regular season on high note

Freedom Newspapers The Portales tennis teams finished off their home season with 5-0 wins against Roswell High Thursday afternoon. The wins put the Portales girls at 18-2, the boys at 15-5. The matches were played in district format, with players compete only in singles or only in doubles. Hailey Quick, Rachelle Self and Morgan Erf […]

Cinco de Mayo needs no justification

By Helena Rodriguez According to late night TV show host Jay Leno, “St. Patrick’s Day is the Cinco de Mayo for white people.” That had me laughing, but also nodding in agreement when Leno said this on TV in March. I just have to mention it now as we prepare for a big Cinco de […]

Welch sets personal highs

Rick White Guillermo Chavez’ timing couldn’t be better. With the district and state tournaments coming up in the next two weeks, the long-hitting Clovis junior is playing his best golf of the season. Chavez fired his third-straight, sub-par round Thursday, a 1-under-par 70 to win the Clovis Triangular golf tournament. His short birdie putt on […]

Three-tiered plan causes concerns for school board

By Tony Parra Portales Schools Finance Director Murphy Quick presented a rough draft of the 2004-05 budget to the school board members on Wednesday and all of the talk was regarding what effect a three-tier licensure will cause to the budget. The New Mexico Legislature approved House Bill 212 to implement a three-tier plan to […]

Closing in on state

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By Kevin Wilson For the Portales High track teams, it’s a matter of athletes being an inch away from Albuquerque, a second removed from the state track meet in May. The teams are preparing for Friday’s meet in Lovington, the final meet before the District 4-3A championship (also in Lovington, May 7). Portales track members […]

Postal employees prepare for food drive

By Michelle Seeber The National Association of Letter Carriers in Portales is working with the U.S. Postal Service to prevent hunger among the needy. Letter carriers in the community on May 8 will collect canned and packaged food left in or near mail boxes and give it to the Community Services Center in Portales. Portales […]

Accident kills infant

Freedom Newspapers An eight-month-old boy was killed Tuesday in a one-car accident on NM 206, near mile marker 49, according to reports from the New Mexico State Police. Bryston Miller was ejected from a 1994 Saturn, driven by Leigh A. Miller. According to the report, the vehicle was traveling southbound on NM 206 (Cacahuate Road), […]

D.A. candidates talk crime at forum

By Darrell Todd Maurina CLOVIS — In a 90-minute debate of Republicans seeking the position of Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Incumbent Brett Carter promoted his experience while challenger Matt Chandler spoke of an aggressive new vision for fighting crime. Although both presented different visions for the future of the district attorney’s office, they were agreeable […]

Portales has new building inspector

By Tony Parra The city of Portales hired a new building inspector, Billy Roach, and after earning his certification he’s been playing catch-up by inspecting buildings and granting licenses. Economic Development Director Darla Wilhoit said Roach was hired on April 5 and gained his certification from the Construction Industries Division of New Mexico last week […]

State steps up efforts on car insurance crackdown

By Michelle Seeber New Mexico is ready for step two in its effort to increase the number of insured vehicles on its roads — suspending the registration of nearly 300,000 uninsured vehicles. The suspensions, which will begin next week, are part of a continuing campaign to cut the state’s traditionally high rate of uninsured vehicles. […]

April 28 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays this week: Houston Lee; Brad Lee Upcoming Events • There will be no school Friday for an ELS day • 4-H will meet Monday at 7pm in the Community Building Back Porch Pickers The Floyd Back Porch Pickers will meet Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Community Building. This is […]

April 28 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Birthdays May 1-7 Joe Claude Moore, Mike Barnard, Maxine Smith, Mariah Claire Fine and Tatum Ford. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Charles May Commodities On Friday the commodities will be given out at the Elida Senior Center starting at 9 a.m. Bring your usual proof of address […]

April 28 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Farmers are getting peanut and cotton seed ready to plant as soon as the ground warms up enough. The corn that was planted a week or so ago should be up by now and will be showing across the plowed beds soon. Commodities trip I took the commodities to the Country Junction […]

April 28 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael I noticed some wheat has come up and the fields are green since the recent rains on the Rogers road. It is amazing sometime how a field will blow and it is sort of a shock when the Lord sends showers and the seeds sprout and come up. Churches The Dora Church […]

Rams split with NMMI on the road

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Ivan Morales scored on a Reid Marley squeeze bunt with one out in the eighth inning, giving the New Mexico Military Institute Colts a 14-13 win in the nightcap of Tuesday’s District 4-3A baseball doubleheader. Portales (15-7, 7-3) won the first game 5-3, and is still in position to win the […]

Rams want to keep things simple

Kevin Wilson For the Portales High baseball team, the week that determines their playoff status depends on simple matters. “Catch the ball, throw the ball, hit the ball,” as Ram coach Greg Hill explained after Monday’s practice. The New Mexico Military Institute Colts would like to take the same approach when they host the Rams […]