Businesses accused of underage tobacco sales

Darrell Todd Maurina Salespeople in eight local businesses — four in Clovis, three in Portales, and one in Elida — face misdemeanor charges and up to a $1,000 fine for selling tobacco last week to a 17-year-old minor working as part of a tobacco sting operation. The businesses face additional administrative penalties from the state [...]

Personalities Plus — Connie Pugh

Connie Pugh is a second-grade teacher and also works at Southwest Books and Gifts. What is your idea of a perfect day? “It would bring all of my assigned children to class with homework done, no troubles on their mind and ready to learn. This would include having a pencil — a sharp one. We [...]

Change on horizon for ethanol plant

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Kevin Wilson The Portales business known until recently as High Plains Ethanol could be expanding due to a government proposal and future probability. High Plains Ethanol was renamed Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation in April, one of many changes that should be coming to the company over the next few years. The government proposal, a provision of [...]

Obituaries June 15

Toynette Stockard, 87 Toynette Stockard, 87, died Friday, June 13, 2003, at her daughter’s home in Dallas. Services will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary in Portales. Services are Pending. Leon Doolittle, 71 Mr. Leon Doolittle, 71, of Texico, a meat cutter, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born [...]

Being lighthouses for Jesus

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Gary Mitchell Katrina Prince and her fellow workers have decided to build a lighthouse out of cardboard boxes to shine the light of God’s love in the desert. There’s a simple reason why. It’s all part of First United Methodist Church’s summer Vacation Bible School program to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday [...]

It’s all part of the job, and then some

Mike Linn Last Wednesday, following a trek through rain-drenched city streets seeking photos of what a wicked storm left behind, I earned a new nickname. I am “Noah.” A few of my editors thought it was funny that I accidentally locked my keys in my car — while it was still running mind you — [...]

County to receive new voting machines

Kevin Wilson Roosevelt County officials said they will comply with the Help America Vote Act of 2002; however, the county will not pay for the machines, nor will the current voting machines be completely phased out. The county must be in complete compliance of the act by 2006, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze [...]

Town looks good in white

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Darrell Todd Maurina As one of Roosevelt County’s oldest communities, Elida has had a long time to build a rich history. It’s also had a long time to accumulate dust and dirt. Beginning this weekend, Elida residents are starting to spruce up their town by painting older buildings, removing junk, and otherwise getting the town [...]

Magistrate judge always on duty

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Mike Linn Magistrate Judge Jane Martin relaxed at her desk after work on Thursday and noted that her job is not just a black-robed affair filled with weekday gavel pounding and sentencing of lawbreakers. In fact, Martin said she is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week — in her home, sometimes [...]

Gallegos, Rams prepare for summer play

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By Kevin Wilson It seems like yesterday, not years ago, that Portales coach Mark Gallegos saw campers like Cory Guy and Chris Carter at the Ram Basketball Fundamentals Camp. Now, Guy has graduated and Carter is one of several former campers who are helping the coaching staff run the twice-a-day camp this week at Portales [...]