Gardels on road to recovery

By Mike Linn A Portales man who underwent a life-saving bone marrow transplant four months ago is back doing chores he once feared he might never do again. Kevin Gardels, diagnosed one year ago with a rare cancer called Myelofibrosis, successfully completed surgery at a hospital in Los Angeles last spring and returned to his […]

Fun takes center stage at town square

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By Mike Linn A wisecracking stuffed dog wheeling around the Portales square in a fire truck? It earned a plethora of attention from curious children — and a few adults — on Thursday. But many of the interested onlookers were unaware of how a stuffed animal could be so witty and such a talented driver. […]

Man surrenders to police after 16-day disappearnce

By Kevin Wilson Isaac Porras’ restroom break is over. The 21-year-old Clovis man was arrested June 24 on charges of filing a false report with police. Following his arrest, Porras was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital for treatment of a head wound. From there, he walked away from police custody after receiving permission to use […]

Buglers needed for veteran’s funerals

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A bugler will be available to play taps at the funerals of more veterans this year under a state plan. More than half of the roughly 1,400 burials last year at Santa Fe National Cemetery had no live bugler. A tape is often played at funerals at private cemeteries […]

Dora High teen wins cooking contest

By Mike Linn Jena Bilberry wasn’t going to let a frito pie win this year’s New Mexico 4-H cooking competition. The Dora High School junior who had smelled but never tasted victory in seven previous years finally won approval of the judges’ stomachs on July 16 in Las Cruces. She edged 16 other competitors and […]

Caught red-handed with bluebonnets

By Helena Rodriguez I promised last month to tell the story of how bluebonnets almost got me in trouble with the Texas law. You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t Mess With Texas!” Well, them Texans don’t like you messin’ with their state flower either, even if you’re a Nuevo Mejicano only visiting the state for 2 […]

Colleges look forward to larger enrollments

By Gary Mitchell Interest in higher learning is on the rise. All four area colleges anticipate higher enrollment figures for the upcoming fall semester. Officials at Clovis Community College and the Clovis/Cannon branch of Wayland Baptist University say they’re hoping to see record growth this term. “We had record enrollment in 2002-2003 with an increase […]

Officials seek funds for Ute water plan

Jack King The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will prepare an authorization request for Congress seeking federal money for the project by Aug. 13, even though a financial study showing how its members will pay for the project has not been completed. The board of the water authority, which is planning a Ute Reservoir […]

Badlands Street Party to celebrate bikers this weekend

Freedom Newspapers Like the fabled Phoenix rising from its own ashes, the Badlands Street Party has the makings of success after its earlier demise, organizers say. “We’re pretty pleased,” said Brent Capshaw, an event organizer. “For something that was belly-up and canceled about six months ago, it’s coming along well, thanks to the effort of […]

City given $1 million water funding

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Mike Linn Gov. Bill Richardson came to town Wednesday morning and announced he’s allocating $1 million to help fund the conversion of agriculture water wells to wells used to pump water to Portales homes. Conversion of the city’s 17 agriculture wells will dramatically reduce strain on wells used to provide water for city residents. Those […]