Thousands mourn loss of Reagan

By Calvin Woodward: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a final hail to the chief beneath marble arches and somber skies, the nation bade a lingering goodbye to Ronald Reagan on Friday, mourners remembering his “lightness of spirit” and his stoic widow placing a tiny kiss on his casket before the westward journey to […]

Library to receive E-rate funding

By Michelle Seeber U.S. Rep. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) recently confirmed that the Portales Public Library will receive $5,713 in telecommunications discounts to ensure access to technology. The discounts are part of the E-Rate program that provides libraries discounted Internet and telecommunications services. Jenny Blaylock, circulation supervisor at the library, said, “We’ve been getting that discount […]

April 21 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael The farmers are starting planting some corn now. There were some fields completed last week and others will be soon. All these showers have sure inspired those with dry land farms. It looks better for them than has in some time. Brisket Dinner There will be a brisket dinner served by the […]

Obits April 11

Richard E. Brazell, 71 Richard E. Brazell, 71, of Clovis died Friday, April 9, 2004, at Laurel Plains Healthcare Center in Clovis. Service is pending with Chavez Funeral Home in Fort Sumner. Natividad Jimenez, 77 Natividad Jimenez, 77, of Portales died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at home. Service is pending with Wheeler Mortuary in Portales.

Church attendance slow before, after holiday

By Michelle Seeber About 100 people attended the Christmas Eve Service on Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Portales. Many were members and regular church attendees of the service that provided music accompanied by a trumpet, a French horn, a violin and a guitar. If there were any at the service who hadn’t attended […]

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 […]

RGH expecting— baby delivery services overdue

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Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Portales women on the verge of giving birth know the road to the delivery room. It goes about 20 miles north up a winding U.S. Highway 70 past several traffic lights and westbound to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. It’s been that way for years, […]

Service errors cost Zias at LSC tournament

By Dave Wagner CANYON, Texas — In a relatively even match, service problems were costly to the Eastern New Mexico University Zias Thursday night. ENMU had 13 service errors — many at critical times — and just three aces in dropping a 30-25, 30-26, 25-30, 30-26 decision to Texas Woman’s in a Lone Star Conference […]

City council could modify transit service

Mike Linn The Portales City Council is thinking about modifying the Portales Area Transit program, which may include a $20,000 budget cut toward funding for the 2004/2005 fiscal year. City Council members say the bus service is necessary for the community but other entities like La Casa Health Services and the Portales Senior Citizens also […]

City promotes high-speed Internet surfing

Jack King While many of us still don’t know the difference between an Internet “site” and a “link” — let alone a “bit” and “kilobit” — we’re already living in an era of communications technology that is transforming the way we live and work, said John Badal, Qwest communications company’s New Mexico president. Badal was […]

Letters to the Editor 7/30

Editor’s note: Pat Merritt, president of American Postal Workers Union, Clovis Local, said her letter represents the opinions of the majority of area APWU members. Dear Editor: The President’s Commission on the U.S. Postal Service, appointed in December, is considering a major overhaul of the nation’s mail system. In a report due to President Bush […]

Public Record July 20

Recent dispositions from Magistrate Court: • Erika Lucero, 22, found guilty of minor in possession of alcohol and will perform 30 hours of community service. The following marriage certificates were filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Johnny Michael Quintana, 49, of Santa Fe, and Cindy C. Quintana, 45, of Santa Fe.

Church hopes to draw more families

Darrell Todd Maurina Calvary Baptist Church of Portales normally has about 50 people attending services, but its interim pastor, the Rev. Bobby Fuller, hopes to have three times that number this Sunday. According to a church press release, July 20 will be “Family Roll Call Sunday” for the church. Each member family at Calvary Baptist […]

Tale of two patriots

Darrell Todd Maurina On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Darren Eicken followed his normal routine by walking the few blocks from his home to his New York City law office in a building located just three blocks away from the World Trade Center. Eicken had a much longer walk that afternoon after terrorists flew […]

Precipitation ignores city, but showers countryside

Gary Mitchell Stormy weather played tag in and around the Portales area early Thursday morning, dumping more than an inch of rain in some places but teasing the city with only a trace. Jack Self, who works at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, said the children’s home “didn’t get much rain at all,” but […]

Military report urges benefits to go most deserving

By Tom Philpott Why do the departments of Defense and of Veterans Affairs conduct separate, duplicative physical exams of veterans, one before and one after discharge? Why do these government health programs have separate purchasing systems when medical supply needs are nearly identical? Why are their medical record systems incompatible when the populations served overlap? […]

Gold star moms remember children lost on battlefield

By Darrell Todd Maurina Memorial Day exists primarily to remember deceased veterans, but since the end of World War I, veterans organizations have also sought to provide recognition and support to a special category of people on the “home front.” That category, “gold star mothers,” consists of mothers whose children have died while serving in […]

Portales gets brief showers

Janet Bresenham By the time some long-awaited rainfall finally soaked the area Saturday afternoon and evening, it did its best to make up for lost time. While Portales received only a light rain Saturday, the National Weather Service radar in Albuquerque showed that the northeast part of Roosevelt County got inundated with up to 3 […]

County to set rates for vehicle inspections

By Mike Linn The Roosevelt County Commission voted Tuesday to charge residents a set rate for choosing to have vehicles inspected by the sheriff’s department rather than by the Motor Vehicles Division. Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said the free service provided by his department has at times tied up one of his employees two […]