My turn: Dedicated to leave mark on world

I recently started looking for a catchy title for my column. I thought maybe it would be similar to the title of the blog that I also write. When I first started thinking about it, I remembered the words to one of my favorite poems. Poet Dylan Thomas wrote what has no official title but […]

City officials pushing for xeriscaping

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Argen Duncan A group of Portales city councilors are pushing for a water conservation measure they say should have been enacted decades ago. Councilors Keith Thomas, Gary Watkins and Ron Jackson, with help from city Planning Director Sammy Standefer, are working to write an ordinance that would require new construction to have all private yards […]

Clovis softball coach saves truck driver

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Russell Anglin The Clovis High School Lady Wildcats softball team made an unexpected stop on their bus trip to Farmington Thursday. Coach Brandi Thomas stopped the bus to help a semi-truck driver who had been hit by a pickup on the side of the road between Fort Sumner and Melrose. She said she didn’t think […]

Newest Clovis zoo giraffe dies

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Jay, a giraffe who had resided at the Hillcrest Park Zoo for approximately four months, died Saturday. City Manager Joe Thomas said zoo staff found Jay down in his pen Saturday morning. Staff immediately called local veterinarians, who worked from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thomas said. “After consulting with the veterinary school at Oklahoma […]

Residents honored at chamber banquet

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Argen Duncan Three members of a Portales family found themselves on stage, honored for their community service, at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet Thursday night. Gaynelle and Leroy Thomas received the Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award, while their son, Don Thomas, was named Workhorse of the Year. Also, speakers said Portales […]

Council appoints Keith Thomas to Ward D seat

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Argen Duncan Keith Thomas, co-owner of Portales Home Medical Equipment, is stepping into the Ward D Portales City Council position Michael Miller vacated. The council voted to appoint Thomas at their meeting Tuesday in City Hall. Twelve people applied to finish the last two years of Miller’s term after he resigned because he moved to […]

English couple cycling through Clovis, Portales to promote charity

Freedom New Mexico Two English Rotarians cycling 10,000 miles to raise awareness about disaster relief charity Shelter Box are expected in Clovis and Portales, according to a press release. Huw and Carolyn Thomas of Cornwall, UK, riding in tandem with a green Shelter Box in tow, are traveling across Canada, the U.S. to Florida then […]

Portales Past: July 3, 1950

July 3, 1950: Elida prepared for an all-day July 4 celebration that included a carnival, a rodeo and enough free barbecue to feed 3,000 people. Gov. Thomas Mabry planned to be on hand for the dedication of state highway 330 that would link Elida, Floyd and Melrose.

Helping others is volunteer’s joy

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Gaynelle Thomas is a Portales resident and owner of The Print Shop. Thomas serves on the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico board of directors and is involved in the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home Ladies Associates, Altrusa International Inc. of Portales and the Portales Women’s Club. With her husband, Leroy, Thomas also delivers Meals […]

Getting to know: Leroy Thomas

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Leroy Thomas is a Portales resident and owner of The Print Shop.With his wife, Gaynelle, Thomas cooks and delivers lunch for Habitat for Humanity construction volunteers about once a month and works with Meals on Wheels. He also is a member of the Portales Rotary Club and the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home board of […]