Col. West assumes command of 27th SOG

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USAF: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom Col. Kirk Smith, 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander, hands the guidon to Col. William West 27th Special Operations Group commander, on Sept. 9 at Cannon Air force Base. West formally served as the chief of strategy division for the 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Center. By Airman […]

Youngsters put 113 animals up for sale at livestock show

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Kevin Wilson Somewhere at the Curry County Fair, a food court customer might have noted some sticker shock when they paid $8 for that once-a-year turkey leg. But as far as invoices go, the food court has nothing on the act of charity and support for youth agriculture that goes on a five-minute walk west […]

Grants earmarked for street improvements, senior center

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Argen Duncan Elida and Portales have received grants for community projects. Elida was awarded a Community Development Block Grant of $400,000 for a senior and community center, while $427,000 was earmarked for street and drainage improvements in the Bogard Addition of Portales. Portales Capital Projects Manager Susan Baysinger said the West Gum Street from Avenue […]

Firefighters contain grassfire

A grassfire burned about 1,000 acres three miles west of Floyd Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The Floyd, Elida and Melrose fire departments responded with 12 units. According to Floyd Fire Chief Allen Deen, the fire started when a trailer carrying hay caught fire. The fire was fully contained at 7:20 p.m. Deen said no structure […]

Community firefighters deserve gratitude

Freedom New Mexico Some 400 firefighters and dozens of other public safety folks from eastern New Mexico and west Texas stepped up to battle Sunday’s massive wind-driven fire that burned at least 17,000 acres of grasslands and three homes across Curry and Roosevelt counties. About 80 percent of those firefighters were volunteers — sales clerks, […]

Wildfire burns almost 25,000 acres

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Alisa Boswell A fire, which broke out nearly 10 miles west of Crossroads on Saturday afternoon, burned nearly 25,000 acres of land. Milnesand Fire Department Chief John Mohon said the fire, aided by winds of 45 to 55 miles per hour, jumped Highway 258, came close to Highway 206 and missed Milnesand by about one […]

LSC weekly baseball update — March 23

Standings Team LSC All W-L W-L Incarnate Word 13-5 16-8 Southwestern Oklahoma 15-6 20-7 Tarleton State 12-6 17-7 Cameron 10-5 17-8 Southeastern Oklahoma 10-5 13-10 Angelo State 11-7 17-12 West Texas A&M 9-6 18-8 Texas A&M-Kingsville 10-8 13-11 Abilene Christian 7-8 14-11 Central Oklahoma 6-12 11-14 Eastern New Mexico 3-12 5-16 East Central 3-15 7-20 […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A talented crew, a kid needs help and West Point

Good morning. It’s our version of must reading…the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. And they can cook, too? The Single Airmen group at Cannon Air Force Base is volunteering to be the Habit for Humanity construction crew Saturday in Portales. Habit says not only are the Single Airmen handy around the house, but they’re furnishing […]

Zias drop pair in West Texas A&M triangular

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — Washburn scored three runs in each of the final two innings Saturday to deal Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team an 8-7 loss on the second day of the West Texas A&M triangular. The Zias (3-15) also lost to sixth WT 15-2 as the Lady Buffs first baseman Kim […]

West Texas A&M-ENMU basketball capsules

Freedom New Mexico MEN West Texas A&M (21-5, 8-5 Lone Star Conference South) at ENMU (13-12, 8-5) • When: 8 p.m. Saturday at Greyhound Arena • Radio: KSEL-AM 1450 • Last time out: The Buffaloes defeated Incarnate Word 81-71 at Canyon, Texas, on Wednesday while Greyhounds won at Texas A&M-Kingsville 86-77. • Last meeting: ENMU […]

Weekly Lone Star Conference update — Jan. 19

Standings Men South Division Div. All W-L W-L Incarnate Word 2-0 13-1 Tarleton State 2-0 11-3 ENMU 2-0 7-7 Midwestern State 1-1 13-3 Angelo State 1-1 5-9 West Texas A&M 0-2 13-2 Abilene Christian 0-2 8-6 Texas A&M-Kings. 0-2 5-9 North Division Div. All W-L W-L Central Oklahoma 2-0 16-2 Northeastern State 2-0 7-9 Texas […]

ENMU capsules — Jan. 19

Men ENMU (7-7, 2-0 Lone Star Conference South) at Midwestern State (13-3, 1-1) When: 7 p.m. (MST) today at Wichita Falls, Texas Last time out: ENMU won at then 19th-ranked West Texas A&M 73-70 on Saturday, its first road win over the Buffaloes since 2004. The Mustangs, who had been ranked 23rd but dropped out […]

ENMU/WT basketball capsules — Jan. 15

Freedom New Mexico Men ENMU (6-7, 1-0 Lone Star Conference South) at West Texas A&M (13-1, 0-1) When: 5 p.m. (MST) today at Canyon, Texas Last time out: ENMU opened South play on Wednesday with a 70-49 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville at Greyhound Arena, while the Buffaloes absorbed their first loss of the season, a […]

Grant McGee: Hats take geting used to

Grant McGee I got to thinking about cowboy hats the other day. Well, I should make myself clear; as a long-time resident of The West I know that they’re not “cowboy hats,” they are simply hats. This was shared with me by a real working cowboy from Chaves County, Cowboy Mike. Let me back up […]

Portales past: Dec. 29, 1947

Dec. 29, 1947: The Portales Daily News: Miss June West, instructor in English at Eastern New Mexico College, went to Denver and spent the remaining holidays with friends there.

Weekly LSC volleyball, soccer, cross country update

Volleyball standings All Times MDT Conf. All W-L W-L Abilene Christian 7-0 18-3 West Texas A&M 7-0 14-7 Angelo State 6-1 10-10 Central Oklahoma 5-3 16-7 Midwestern State 4-3 11-8 Incarnate Word 4-3 7-8 Texas Woman’s 4-3 7-13 Texas- A&M-Kingsville 4-4 9-10 Tarleton State 3-4 16-7 Eastern New Mexico 3-4 11-10 Cameron 2-5 7-13 SE […]

West Nile virus case confirmed in Curry County

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed a case of West Nile Virus in Curry County. The department said in a press release Tuesday the Curry County case was one of 13 confirmed in New Mexico. Ten of the patients had the more serious West Nile neurological disease, including meningitis and […]

Portales past: Sept. 20, 1960

Portales News-Tribune: Oil production was confirmed today from two wildcat wells, one in the extreme southwest corner of Roosevelt County and the other 5 miles west of Bluit-Allison field.

Fishing report – Aug. 17

NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cimarron River – The flows are 16 […]

Zias sign four players for softball

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University softball program has signed four junior college transfers to national letters of intent for the 2011 season. The players, all of whom will be juniors, are right-handed pitcher Erin Rufosse of Gibsons, British Columbia; outfielder Devin Higgins of Reno, Nev.; third baseman Emily Livingston of Corinth, Texas, […]