Weather doesn’t slow hotel schedule

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By Tony Parra Tushar Patel of TNJ Management has confirmed on Friday that the new Holiday Inn Express hotel in Portales is still scheduled to open in November despite rains and snow in the area. Patel said they have encountered weather problems, but they remain on schedule and are currently working on the second story […]

Expansion set for March completion

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By Tony Parra Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino has had RGH board members and other people tour the new medical office building addition and the emergency room, which are set to be completed within the next two months. D’Agostino and other hospital officials are looking at Feb. 17 as a final date of completion […]

Getting kids to clean room requires creativity

By Helena Rodriguez How clean is your house? That’s a scary question to ask someone, even a good friend, during a casual conversation. “How’s your day?” and “What do you think about the weather?” These are valid conversation topics. But talk about what lies behind someone’s closed doors and inside their closets and you just […]

Gore grew up in homesteading family

By Kevin Wilson Nearly 40 years ago, Marjorie Simich helped her sister remember her husband. Her gesture to Lillian Gore was a marble headstone for Lillian’s husband, Herschel. “Her husband died in 1965 and my husband made one for her husband at the time,” said Simich, who works with her husband on a family marble […]

Woman who ‘found’ baby is mother

Darrell Maurina Portales police have arrested a woman who said Sunday that she found an abandoned baby in a park. Police said Tuesday they now believe the newborn belonged to the woman who said she found it while jogging in Rotary Park near her dorm room at Eastern New Mexico University. The 18-year-old woman is […]

Members prepare for Altrusa Home Tour

Tony Parra The Altrusa Home Tour will give people from the Portales community insight on home designs on Oct. 5. The Altrusa Home Tour will take place from 2-5 p.m. in five different houses. The Altrusa Club has hosted the annual tour for at least 31 years, according to Altrusa co-chairperson Frankye King. It is […]

Students enjoy reading lounge thanks to grant

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Mike Linn It’s a small room at Lindsey Middle School, adorned with bright colors, neon fixtures, balmy lava lamps and an array of reading material along its outer walls. On Friday mornings, students kick back they like they’re football fans on game day, sprawled out on shag-carpet-covered futons and purple bean bags. Enter the school’s […]

Local library reveals family history

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Eric Butler It’s a 15-by-15 foot room in the back of the Portales Public Library with lists of names that may unlock the past. With city directories, phone books, census results and other resources, the library’s Genealogy Room brings family histories to light. “What people can learn is where their families lived, what jobs they […]

Zits and Wisdom

Rachel Sauer So much for all those slammed doors, all those angst-filled hours in front of the mirror, all those Oscar-worthy face plants onto tear-stained pillows. Zits have lost their power to ruin adolescent lives. They still can ruin a perfectly good day, of course, and cause various moments of agony. But for sheer “I’m […]