May 30 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael Highlighting Seniors The Dora School and communities surrounding the area gathered Sunday, May 23 for the graduation of our 12 seniors. Mostly, they were a close group of youngsters who had been together most of the time since pre-school days. Levi Beggs, was born and raised on a ranch near Milnesand. Jack [...]

Police warn public of phone scam

By Tony Parra Money predators are at it again, according to Portales Police Captain Lonnie Berry, as the police department has received complaints that an organization is calling with claims of Canadian lottery winnings. Berry said there were two people who called in complaining they were receiving calls asking them to send $1,000 or more [...]

Rams drop final game at Stu Clark Tournament

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS — The Rams dropped Sunday’s third-place game in the Stu Clark Tournament, but coach Mark Gallegos was pleased with how Portales played in the 56-48 loss to Bernalillo. “The real Portales came out,” Gallegos said. “We came out and played. We played with a lot of heart and intensity and desire.” [...]

Prayer saves a cowboy’s life

Rick White Steve Friskup will humbly tell you he didn’t know what to do, frozen by uncertainty as a crowd gathered around a fellow calf roper who lay sprawled in the dirt, felled by an apparent heart attack. Don West, who had just finished a run in an amateur roping event in Stephenville, Texas, showed [...]

A story of Courage

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By Dave Wagner Nigerian-born Courage Idemudia knows his first name must have a special meaning. He’s just not sure what it is. “I never asked my parents about it,” the Eastern New Mexico University junior said. “I just know I try to live up to it.” An outside linebacker, Idemudia moved from a village in [...]

Coast Guard adventures were less than thrilling

Bob Huber When I was a kid — a period that hung over my head willy-nilly until I was 60 — Don Winslow of the Coast Guard was an icon of American patriotism. During World War II he spent many colorful Saturday matinees chasing Nazi submarines off Catalina Island. I’ll bet you didn’t know the [...]

Locals remember Bob Hope

By Jack King Like millions of other members of the Armed Forces, several Clovis residents remember seeing Bob Hope at different times in his almost 60-year career of entertaining troops. Longtime Clovis resident Len Santi said the comedian, who died on Sunday at age 100, came through the Clovis/Cannon Air Force Base area in the [...]

Portales gets ready to shine on televised centennial celebration

Kevin Wilson Everybody dreams of extending their own birthday party. So when a KFDA-TV representative in Amarillo called Kim Huffman, it was too great an opportunity to pass up on Portales’ behalf. The Portales town square will play host to the station’s news broadcast at 4 p.m. Thursday with the theme a continuance of Roosevelt [...]

Father-daughter bonding can be done in many ways

Bob Huber Whenever summer rears its heated head, I always recall an ancient ritual of a vernal equinox variety called Indian Maidens, invented in the same era as bagged manure, potted plants, dandelions, and Ben Gay. You’ve never heard of Indian Maidens? I’m not surprised. I’ll bet you also didn’t know fathers could sit cross [...]

Burma Shave signs — a blast from the past

Bob Huber When I was in my mid-youth crisis, Burma Shave signs on America’s roads were as common and comfortable as old shoes. Whenever a new one cropped up, we repeated its rhyming couplets over and over from bar stools to pulpits. For you younguns, Burma Shave signs were little poems obligingly spaced line by [...]