March 2 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Sure does seem like spring has sprung, but I imagine it is just a short “Indian Summer” spell. However, the farmers are as busy as can be. The wheat is looking good. The height of the wheat is pretty relative to whether or not cattle graze in each area. Shower There have […]

Jan. 12 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael The crops in this area are all out so far as I know and the wheat is looking good, and some are grazing cattle on a few fields. Good news Layton Belcher is home now from the hospital. There are good reports on almost everyone who has been on our prayer list […]

Jan. 5 Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael This area has all been blessed with beautiful weather all through the double holiday weekends and in between. Most were happy to have a white Christmas and then have the weather clear up quickly so the kids could get outside to enjoy their new remote controlled toys and ride their bikes and […]

Dec. 1 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The farmers were thankful for a few days of sunshine last week so they could do a little more in harvesting. Some of the peanut farmers were able to work a couple days getting some out that had been dug for several weeks. Some farmers have hundreds of acres of hay swathed […]

Williamson collection released

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By Kevin Wilson With a career spanning nearly 77 years as a writer, it’s no surprise that it would take a few years just to summarize the work of Jack Williamson. That process has been completed after nearly four years, with the help of more than a few fans and friends. “Seventy-Five: The Diamond Anniversary […]

Oct. 31 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael Flu So far we have been really lucky in our school. There may have been a few coughs or sniffles, but no flu that I know. Just hope their parents keep orange juice, pineapple juice and vitamins on hand to keep their immune system up. The only thing just remember to be […]

Sept. 29 Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Rain and more rain the past week. There are signs on the road north of Dora, 2 to 4 miles that warns of water on the highway. The fields look water soaked in the area. All of the area west of Donald Massey’s home looks like a big lake. Still don’t hear […]

Aug. 15 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael School at Dora opened all “avenues” of entrance wide on Thursday morning for grades 1-12. There were many happy smiles and excited students, most ready to tackle this year positively. Teachers and staff All are on hand and ready to get to work. I understand the new principal, Mr. Barron, is still […]

Power outages cause little trouble

By Kevin Wilson Several were inconvenienced Wednesday afternoon, but no accidents or injuries resulted from a series of small power outages in the Portales city limits. The blackouts, ranging from about 30 seconds to three minutes in length, hit the area for a two-hour stretch starting at about 1:30 p.m. Wade Whitehead, a coordinator for […]

June 16 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The wheat is being harvested pretty fast these past few days. Sure hope it turns out a good report, considering how little rain we got in the area it is a miracle it is even worth combining. Texans Visit Two of Ivy Hays’ nephews are here from Atlanta, Texas visiting fro a […]

Stop bad TV before it starts

By Kevin Wilson I need to have a chat with the Federal Communications Commission. I know the FCC has been a little bit overworked lately with Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, but I’ve got an idea that it really needs to start working on. I call it BTAP, or Bad Television Awareness and Prevention. Too […]

Portales community full of characters

MIke Linn For the past year I have lived and worked in Portales, a community of characters galore, funny folk and, as the sign reads, a few old grouches. But because of my transfer to the Clovis office of Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico I will no longer work in Portales. Needless to say, I’ll […]

Read about heaven and be a believerr

Joan Clayton In Genesis 1, we read about the beginning: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In Exodus 34:28, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and these commandments are a pattern for successful living. Centuries before Jesus came, many prophecies were made about the coming Messiah. Here are just a few: […]

When buying gifts, it’s the thought that counts

Helena Rodriguez Trying to figure out what to get my loved ones for Christmas this past week got me started thinking about the favorite Christmas gifts I’ve received in my life. Now some of these Christmas gifts should not have been given to me in the first place. Oh, the things a bored adolescent can […]

No locals apply for city manager position

By Mike Linn As of Monday afternoon 19 applicants have applied for the Portales city manager position, not one of whom live in Roosevelt County. City clerk and co-interim city manager Joan Martinez-Terry said a majority of the applications are from New Mexican candidates, a few from Oklahoma and one from as far as New […]

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 […]

Fireworks to light up city

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Mike Linn A bang of bright fireworks will light up the Portales sky at tonight’s annual show in the field adjacent to Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. The demonstration will begin at dusk and include a dazzling orchestra of 1,016 brightly colored fireworks in a 30-minute window, according to officials at the Roosevelt County […]