Dry weather plagues local farmers

By Mike Linn A lack of precipitation and plenty of wind-battered crop land has been concerning area farmers, causing some to parlay excessive amounts of water onto their fields from area agriculture wells. One Roosevelt County farmer, Colin Chandler, said he has already spent more money fixing water pumps this year than all of last […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, Clovis and Portales — and many other eastern New Mexico communities — could be ghost towns […]

Houtchens enjoys fellowship of owning a business

By Angela Peacock Susan Houtchens is owner of the Portales Dairy Queen and enjoys the rewards of family. Tell us about your spouse: “I met my husband in the seventh grade. I was in the same Brownie troop with his sister.” Tell us about a time you cried: “When my Dad passed away shortly after […]

Photographer dreams of owning a gallery

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By Angela Peacock Freezing a moment in time so it may be remembered forever is what DA Black does for a living. The Melrose native was invited to Thursday’s Friends of Library Meeting at the Portales Public Library where he has had 11 pieces of his work on display since the library open its doors […]