Native Americans celebrate culture

Helena Rodriguez “Honoring Our Past, Present and Future” is the theme for Native American Awareness Week that kicks off at Eastern New Mexico University on Monday, April 12. The third annual Fashion Show & Banquet and a first time Royalty Day featuring Native American queens from around the Southwest, will highlight this year’s events, which [...]

PHS student to advise governor

Tony Parra Gov. Bill Richardson has many advisors. On Monday he added Portales High School’s Joderick Rodriquez to the list. Richardson swore in Rodriquez and 56 other high school students to the New Mexico Youth Alliance, also known as the Children’s Cabinet, on Monday afternoon in Albuquerque. The group will serve as an advisory committee [...]

Dora students shocked over classmate’s death

Mike Linn DORA — Almost two dozen Dora High School students squeezed into the principal’s office Monday to remember Clayton Stokes, an energetic and mischievous junior who died late Saturday night in an automobile accident. Students were in shock throughout the day, where instruction in classes was exchanged for memorial talks about the funny, charismatic [...]

Tucumcari jailer accused of sex crimes

William Thompson TUCUMCARI — Robert Gonzales, the Quay County detention center employee charged with criminal sexual conduct involving minors, will be arraigned in 10th Judicial District Court soon, according to Nancy English, an attorney for the district attorney’s office. One of the alleged victims has ties to Portales, and claimed the jailer made sexual advances [...]

Local snow no comparison to national weather

Michelle Seeber While the Midwest and East Coast were bombarded with deadly winter weather the past two days, Clovis and Portales residents awoke Monday to much weaker brand of snowfall. Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said the snowy weather, which brought little precipitation, didn’t adversely affect motorists. “There were four accidents Monday [...]

City hosts banquet to honor King Day

Tony Parra For Rosalind Curtis, it wasn’t just another mundane Monday. Curtis proclaimed it a day of privilege and inspiration, one small window to honor a man who arouses in her feelings of perseverance. “It’s a day to rejoice in our freedom,” Curtis said. “We are gracious for what Martin Luther King Jr. did and [...]

Lady Rams win tourney, lose Kabrick

By Kevin Wilson The Portales Lady Rams earned a first-place trophy at the Lady Horsemen Invitational in Santa Fe over the weekend. But they may get some unwelcome news for Christmas. The Lady Rams (9-2) won all three games in Santa Fe over the weekend, including a 49-36 win over Hatch Valley in Saturday’s title [...]

Rams lose fourth straight at Robertson

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Turnovers and fouls played major roles for the Portales Rams in Monday’s 50-49 overtime loss to Robertson, a game Portales coach Mark Gallegos felt his team had no business losing. Jess Price had 13 points, including all six of the Cardinals’ overtime points, and 22 Portales turnovers contributed to [...]

High Winds cause chaos for electric company

Tony Parra Roosevelt County residents took caution to the wind on Monday with high winds causing power outages and fallen electric poles in some areas. The high wind advisories for eastern New Mexico soaked Portales with a brown cloud of dust causing limited visibility in areas of Highway 70 south of town. There was a [...]

Rams fall to No. 3 Bernalillo

Freedom Newspapers BERNALILLO — Three was not a good number for the Portales Rams on Friday night. Portales suffered a 65-55 loss to Bernalillo, ranked No. 3 in the Albuquerque Journal 3A Coaches Poll, thanks in large part to a 16-6 third-quarter edge for the host Spartans. Portales coach Mark Gallegos said the Ram defense [...]