Monday morning briefing: Money to blow and an American icon

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Money to blow The Clovis/Curry County Chamber is raising the money for the annual Fourth of July Smoke on the Water display solely from private donations again this year. Ditto the Roosevelt County Chamber and its annual Smokin’ Fourth. But time is running out and […]

Their view: Candidates anything but gracious

Retired newspaper editor and sometimes columnist Ned Cantwell is annoyed with the antics of both candidates in New Mexico’s governor’s race. Excerpts from a recent opinion piece:

Officer should exhibit better judgment

Freedom New Mexico The June 19 vehicle rollover that involved a Portales police officer was a frightful reminder of how dangerous those public servants’ jobs can be. It also is a reminder that law officers have no super-human skills — even when they’re trying to help somebody — and that safety must come first. Thankfully, […]

Jazz ensemble unites music, non-music majors

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Clarence Plank The Eastern New Mexico University Jazz ensemble is a collection of music majors and non-music majors who have come together to play their favorite music. The band is open to all students. “They play for local social events,” said ENMU Director of Bands Dustin Seifert, “and a couple of members … last semester […]

ENMU weighing options on Lone Star Conference

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble raised concerns Saturday about the future of the athletic conference ENMU competes in with Texas and Oklahoma schools. During ENMU’s Board of Regents meeting in Portales, Gamble said the Lone Star Conference is “unraveling before our eyes,” and said the university may soon have to hunt for a […]

Embezzlement charges appear to fit pattern of conduct

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New mexico Embezzlement charges against the owner of Portales Livestock Auction appear to fit a pattern of conduct leading to a shutdown of the facility more than a year ago. Randy Bouldin is charged with embezzling more than $450,000 in December 2008, when prosecutors say he sold 1,000 head of cattle […]

Weekly update — June 27

The recent Heritage Days sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce raised $1,030. Sharon King, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said $1,000 was used to pay expenses for the five gospel bands who performed. The remaining $30 left after expenses was put toward advertising, along with some money which came in from […]

Police blotter — June 27

Recent calls received by Portales Dispatch Wednesday through Friday, according to call logs: Wednesday • At 9:59 a.m., a caller in the 1600 block of West Second requested an officer to make a report of two women being injured by a cat. • At 4:44 p.m., a caller in the 400 block of North Avenue […]

My turn: Local history presented in numbers

Some local history by the numbers (according to “Roosevelt County History and Heritage” and “Portales, New Mexico: The First 100 Years”):

VFW holds first Texas Hold ‘em Poker Run

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Clarence Plank Local veterans participated Saturday in the first Texas Hold ‘em Poker Run at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9515 in Portales. Thirty-one riders participated in the 130-mile trip taking riders to Muleshoe, Clovis and Melrose. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Charles Eaton, commander of Post No. 9515, said proceeds are […]

Better Business Bureau warns of phone scam

The Better Business Bureau in Albuquerque is warning of a phone scam in which callers from Jamaica tell people they have won a prize and need to pay fees to claim it. According to a release from the bureau, the caller identification systems show an 876 area code and the callers have Jamaican speech patterns. […]

Volunteer profile: Billie Reagan

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Name: Billie Reagan Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired elementary school teacher Volunteer: Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Why she does it: “I was used to working every day. I don’t like to stay at home, so I volunteered to take sherbet and juice to the patients in the hospital. I’ve been doing this since 2001. I also […]

Custom Classic gets upgrade, but legacy remains

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico he and staff would do Custom Classic brackets by hand, cutting and pasting typed-out team names on each bracket to give the brackets a little bit of class. Now, technology has cut the clutter to Jackson’s laptop and a couple of tournament binders. But the mission remains to uphold […]

Eastwoods braved empty New Mexico territory

Don Mcalavy Nick and Maggie Eastwood were Pug Eastwood’s parents. Nick was Johnny Eastwood’s grandfather. Nick was a nickname. His real name was Emerson Ethridge Eastwood and he married Margaret Lorane (Maggie) Witherspoon on Feb. 28, 1887. They had eloped and were married on the Gulf Santa Fe train between Midlothian and Fort Worth, Texas. […]

Birthday — June 27

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Lorenz [image #1, align= right, size= medium] Elizabeth Lorenz of Clovis will celebrate her 95th birthday at 2 p.m. on July 27 at 321 W. Christopher in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by her family. Elizabeth Lorenz was born June 28, 1915, in Fayette County, Texas. She has eight children, 20 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren […]

Honors — June 27

Jimenez Jeannette Jimenez of Portales made the Dean’s List and the Honor Roll in her second term of study at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. Richardson Lori Dawn Richardson of Texico has been accepted into the Professional Veterinary Medical program at Colorado State University for the fall 2010 term.

Weddings — June 27

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Montiel [image #2, align= right, size= medium] Hannah Montiel of Portales and John A. Montiel of Portales were joined in marriage May 23, 2010 at The Memorial Building. The Rev. Brad Morgan performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Cynthia and Mike Etchepareborde of Portales. She is the granddaughter of Elvin T. […]

Floor finishes featured on show

Information on floor finishes, preparing 100-calorie snacks and making “upcycled” jewelry will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Decorators and authors Edie Van Breems and Rhonda Eleish will show how to achieve a light floor finish by pickling or applying a lime wax, which is reminiscent of […]

Engagements —

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Anthony-Gillard [image #2, align=right, size=medium] Alton and Debbie Anthony of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jessicka Anthony of Clovis, to Andrew Gilliard, of Clovis, son of Troy and Tonia Gilliard of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 4:30 p.m. July 3, 2010, at Sunken Garden in Hillcrest Park. The […]

Club notes — June 27

Clovis Quilters club The Clovis Quilters met June 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church with 13 members attending and welcomed new member Margie Truelock. Sheryl Abdill called the meeting to order. The group decided to skip the July meeting since vacation Bible school is that week at the church. Amy Armenta announced that the group has […]