Agriculture top water user in area

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By Tony Farkas Agriculture is the foundation for eastern New Mexico’s economy. The cotton gins that didn’t stop production even on Thanksgiving Day, the farm implements seen along the roads and highways every spring and fall, and the aroma from the local feedlots and dairies offer plenty of physical evidence to support the statement. Statistics [...]

Lady Rams win district in golf

By Kevin Wilson The Portales golf teams are peaking at the right time. The Lady Rams won district for the second straight season, and the Portales boys finished firmly in second place thanks to a 73 from medalist Dale Welch in Monday’s district golf championship at New Mexico Military Institute. Both Portales teams had already [...]

Eastern struggles at LSC meet

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University had a rough go of it on Friday and Saturday in the Lone Star Conference track meet, hosted by Abilene Christian. ENMU, rejuvenating the program after an absence of about 15 years, finished last with six points in both divisions of the meet. The order of [...]

Obits 5/4

Ollie Corbin, 72 Ollie Fay Flinn Corbin, 72, died Thursday, May 1, 2003, at Farwell Convalescent Center in Farwell. She was born June 9, 1930, in Clovis, to Arilla and John W. Flinn Jr. She lived in Clovis, Causey, Truth or Consequences, Albuquerque and Morton and Dimmitt in Texas. For a period of time, she [...]

Community gathers in prayer

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By Mike Linn Portales residents found comfort under a shelter of invocations on Thursday as they lifted their requests to God on the 53rd annual National Day of Prayer. The event took place under the canopy on the town square, where prayers of protection and soft choir music drifted onto nearby Main Street. For more [...]

Portales roads under construction

By Angela Peacock Construction is under way on the first of three City of Portales street maintenance projects. Joe Perry, Portales’ street superintendent, said cost for the projects is $65,000. He said the state pays 75 percent of costs, with the city paying the balance. Road crews are expected to have Avenue E repaved from [...]

State alters standards for assessment tests

By Angela Peacock New Mexico State Department of Education Assessment and Evaluation Unit has implemented new standards for non-English speaking students in an effort to meet the principals of President Bush’s 2001 No Child Left Behind law. And in an effort to meet those standards, students are now required to take all standardized assessment tests [...]

Legislature leaves schools frustrated

By Mike Linn Local school board officials are frustrated about the disbursement of Legislative funds for new federal mandates that promise to increase teachers’ salaries and other expenses next school year. The amount the New Mexico State Department of Education (NMSDE) has designated to Portales Municipal Schools for salary hikes and yearly expenses will leave [...]