Ag Expo set for next week

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By Tony Parra The 13th Annual Agriculture Expo, highlighting eastern New Mexico and west Texas’s agricultural industry, is set to have more than 450 exhibitors of farm, ranch and dairy products and services. Pat Willis of the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce and an Ag Expo organizer said once again there will be many vendors from […]

Chamber prepares for annual banquet

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Chamber officials are looking forward to their annual banquet which will have a “southwestern flare” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Portales High School cafeteria. Pat Willis, Roosevelt County Chamber manager, is helping to organize the banquet and said it will be a southwestern decor this year. There […]

Funding spark

By Tony Parra With a little over a month left before July 4, Roosevelt County Chamber Commerce officials are hoping to get a big funding boost or they may not be able to conduct fireworks’ displays in the future. Chamber Manager Pat Willis said the goal is to raise around $10,000 for this year’s fireworks […]

Tearful hearing ends with denial

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Tony Parra In an emotional proceeding, Ninth Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley denied Deanna Willis’ request to have her sentence of four years in prison reduced on Tuesday. Willis was forgiven by her victim’s husband, Don Hoover, but the court could not be as lenient. Assistant District Attorney Donna Mowher said the court did not […]

Obits 11-7

Joyce Wilson, 76 Mrs. Ruby Joyce Bell Wilson, 76, of Portales, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at her home. She was born on May 6, 1927, in Santa Anna, Texas, to Cora Lee and Conrad T. Bell. She was raised in the Rogers community where she attended school. She attended Beauty School in Clovis and […]

Woman sentenced for fatal crash

Tony Parra A Roswell woman was sentenced to four years in prison Friday in connection with a deadly crash two years ago that claimed the life of a Ruidoso woman. Deanna Willis, 29, was convicted in June of vehicular homicide for her part in a head-on collision north of Portales on U.S. Highway 70 that […]

Chamber hopes to start new tradition

Kevin Wilson On Saturday, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is looking to thank the people of Cannon Air Force Base with food, entertainment and prizes. The chamber hopes it can add something else: tradition. “We hope to be able to do it in the future,” said Pat Willis, the general manager at the chamber. […]

Fireworks to light up city

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Mike Linn A bang of bright fireworks will light up the Portales sky at tonight’s annual show in the field adjacent to Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. The demonstration will begin at dusk and include a dazzling orchestra of 1,016 brightly colored fireworks in a 30-minute window, according to officials at the Roosevelt County […]

County has raised $10,000 for fireworks show

By Mike Linn This year’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display will take place at dusk on Friday at the practice field across from Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce has raised nearly $10,000 for the show, according to executive director Pat Willis. Since the show takes place on […]

Roswell woman convicted of vehicular homicide

Eric Butler A Roswell woman was convicted of vehicular homicide in District Court on Friday in connection with a head-on collision just north of Portales in July 2001 that took the life of a Ruidoso mother of two. Deanna Willis, 29, a single mother of four sons, faces a maximum penalty of six years in […]