Portales fire chief to retire in spring

Mike Linn A few weeks before his first day as the Portales fire chief Steve Beaty dropped in at the fire station hoping his future employees could provide him directions around town. But instead of introducing himself as the new boss-to-be, Beaty just asked for the directions and “listened.” What he heard then makes him […]

Strong work ethic equals success

Tony Parra and Janet Bresenham Most business owners agree: Hard work and customer service have always been the key to any business’ success. But do area residents demonstrate strong work ethics? Interviews on Labor Day weekend 2003 suggest yes … and no. Troy Hinton, owner of Portales’ IGA grocery store, said Portales has a strong […]

Whether you have a holiday or a ‘jale-day,’ make it last

Helena Rodriguez Will your Labor Day be a holiday or a “jale-day?” “Jale” is Spanish slang for the word “work” and is pronounced something like “hah-leh,” so essentially holiday and “jale-day” are pronounced the same but mean two completely different things. “Jale-day” is a clever mix of Spanish and English and a great way for […]

Workshop searches for solution

Kevin Wilson People from different walks of life are meeting in Portales for one common goal — to slow the decline of the Ogallala Aquifer. The workshop, “Land Uses and their Effects on the Ogallala Aquifer,” is in its second day at the Memorial Building. Today’s meetings start at 8:15 a.m. and continue until noon. […]

Senate confirms Brack as federal judge in New Mexico

Darrell Todd Maurina Robert Brack said he never planned to be an attorney. He never planned to become a state district court judge. And he certainly never planned to become a federal judge. So Brack, 50, said he could hardly believe the U.S. Senate voted Monday afternoon to confirm him for a new federal district […]

Getting dirty to get out early

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Mike Linn A new program allowing Roosevelt County inmates to work off jail time is also promoting shrewd spending of taxpayer dollars, county officials say. The voluntary program started on Monday and allows misdemeanor offenders to earn good time in jail for picking up trash, pulling weeds, trimming and mowing on county property. The hours […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo set for this week

By Kevin Wilson Three decades of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association comes full circle this week, as the HPJRA Finals will fill a week’s worth of activities. The rodeo, scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday at Clovis’ Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, has been a part of New Mexico and Texas rodeo since the association […]

Pioneer Profile, June 25

Juanita Davis Putnam In the late 1930s, some Roosevelt County women stayed home cooking, sewing and canning. But Juanita Putnam didn’t, as she was fast becoming a career woman who in her prime worked for various government agencies. “My Aunt Juanita was ahead of her time,” Putnam’s niece, Sandi Bergman, said. “She was a career […]

Summer league helps Rams work on skills

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — James Mendoza figured if hundreds of Texas teams and a few New Mexico state champions were doing 7-on-7 football, he could get a few local teams to follow suit. An idea turned into a series of phone calls, and through months of planning, Mendoza and six high schools have formed […]

Big names featured at Clovis rodeo

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Buster Record has spent more than a decade making his name as a steer roper in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Even if technically it isn’t his name. “It’s really a nickname,” said Record, who was named Tommy at birth, “but it’s the only name I’ve ever been called. It’s […]