Cole’s persistence pays off

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By Mike Linn CLOVIS — The first time Kourtnie Cole got on a horse — at the ripe old age of 3 — she got bucked off. She didn’t want to get back on, but after some coaching from her grandfather she decided to give it a shot. The 16-year-old has been in love with […]

Half of New Mexico students graded “not proficient”

By Ryan Lengerich Barely half of New Mexico’s high school juniors were proficient in reading and less than half were proficient in math, according to results of a standardized test released Friday by the state Public Education Department. The first-time assessment test, taken by more than 19,000 students in November, will be used to rate […]

Dora, Floyd schools have new look at top spots

By Tony Parra Dora and Floyd schools will have a new look to their administration this fall with changes at the top. For Steve Barron, the new Dora principal, it’s a return to the place he calls home. Barron was the principal for kindergarten through 12th grade, athletic director and high school coach at Carrizozo […]

Aug. 8 Obituaries

Peggy Tozer, 82 Miss Peggy Marie Tozer, 82, of Portales, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, in Amarillo. She was born on Nov. 28, 1921, in Shell Lake, Wis., to Harold William and Lucy Ann Bohn Tozer. She moved with her family to Turtle Lake, Wis., where she attended school. Upon graduation, she attended Eau Claire […]

Aug. 8 Floyd school news

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming Events There will be a School Board meeting Monday night at 7 at the school. School Supplies Lists for school supplies can be picked up at Wal-mart or in the office. The lists are for grades Pre-K through 5th. First day of school Pre-Registration is Aug. 18. All students are required […]

Summer the perfect time for not-so-smart ideas

By Bob Huber Childhood friends tell me I once had tangled curly hair and a perpetual runny nose, and I ran around all summer in frayed overalls and Tenner shoes, the latter being the invention of that friend of all boys, Mr. Tenner. But in spite of my appearance, those were exotic times, like the […]

Trees can use protection, too

By Jim Lee While having coffee recently with my friend Don Criss, he casually mentioned the sad plight of the pernambuco tree. I instantly became alert, no small feat for a fellow with my attention span. Don always gets my attention because I learn so much from him — and it’s an opportunity to rip […]

Aug. 8 Public Record

The following certificates of marriage were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: — Timothy Hallford, 26, and Mechelle Dupree, 28, both of Portales. — Juan Gabriel Rojas, 27, and Maria Hernandez, 24, both of Portales. — Benjamin Orona, 20, and Sarah Morin, 18, both of Portales. — Justin Anderson, 18, and Katey Fulgham, 18, […]

Gore grew up in homesteading family

By Kevin Wilson Nearly 40 years ago, Marjorie Simich helped her sister remember her husband. Her gesture to Lillian Gore was a marble headstone for Lillian’s husband, Herschel. “Her husband died in 1965 and my husband made one for her husband at the time,” said Simich, who works with her husband on a family marble […]

Osborne all about ENMU activities

Shannon Osborne splits her time as the manager of the Harding Apartments and a program advisor for Eastern New Mexico University’s Office of Organizations and Activities. Her fantasy dinner party would include Eleanor Roosevelt and the Care Bears, and her superhero name would be Red Raven. What do you think of Portales? “I think Portales […]