Border residents gather for annual celebration

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico For Farwell native Troy Christian, Border Town Days is a permanent fixture on his calendar. The end of July celebration features a parade from Texico to Farwell, barbecue, music, games and vendors. But for Christian, Border Town Days is a time for friends. “It’s just a chance to get […]

April 16, 1940

The Portales City Council agreed to create a position of city engineer with the purpose of surveying and mending the city’s water supply needs. The council was not yet clear if the job would be permanent.

Nov. 6, 1974

The First Presbyterian Church of Portales saw its first permanent minister in almost a year when Rev. Irvin E. Winship and his wife moved into the church manse. The former minister had to left to answer the call for a pastorship in Artesia the year before.

August 8, 1982

• Local farmer Gary Robbins announced that he would seek a third term as a state representative in District 66. He had previously held the position for two terms. • Leonard Johnson, 17, earned the all-around cowboy title and was the high-point scorer for the horse show at the recent Quay County 4-H Rodeo. • […]

Area educators indecisive on amendments

Gary Mitchell Area educators and legislators are reacting with cautious and mixed views regarding the two state constitutional education amendments facing voters on Sept. 23. Amendment No. 1 would do away with the existing Department of Education and create instead a cabinet-level public education department headed by a secretary of education. Amendment No. 2 would […]

Local official opposes education amendment

Darrell Todd Maurina A proposed Constitutional amendment that would spend a higher percentage of New Mexico’s land grant permanent fund is bad public policy, according to the state’s commissioner of public lands, Clovis native Patrick Lyons. Speaking at Thursday’s noon Rotary Club meeting, Lyons said New Mexico risks the future education of its children if […]

Gov. says education secretary will improve school boards

Editor’s note: Gov. Bill Richardson visited Clovis and Portales on Wednesday to solicit support for two state constitutional amendments aimed at education reform, which voters will decide on Sept. 23. He spent about an hour with Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico staff members, answering questions on a variety of issues. Q. Would the creation of […]

Area legislators speak out against amendments

Gary Mitchell While Gov. Bill Richardson drummed up support Wednesday in Portales and Clovis for two state constitutional amendments designed to revamp education, a couple of area legislators remained cautious on at least one of those amendments. Constitutional Amendment 1 would create a cabinet-level Secretary of Education position, and Constitutional Amendment 2 would increase distributions […]

Richardson pleas for support

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Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson emphasized local autonomy and accountability when he made a pitch to Portales residents Wednesday for two state constitutional amendments aimed at education reform. Richardson spoke in the Portales High School auditorium as part of a barnstorming swing around the state that is expected to end in Silver City at 5 […]