Area could be dry by 2040 — or maybe sooner

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By Claire Bushey The question of how much water is left in the eastern New Mexico area has bedeviled politicians and business owners, scientists and ordinary consumers for decades. The answer is still unknown. New Mexico-American Water Co. officials have said they are prepared to provide eastern New Mexico with water through 2040. But Clovis […]

Farmers already feeling effects of disappearing water supply

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By Haley Rice and Dave Gragg Donald Jones has been farming 29 years, but he has had enough. He loves farming and would continue, but said he’s running out of water on his Farwell farm. And Jones is not the only area resident with water worries. Most experts agree all of eastern New Mexico and […]

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 […]

Mullins at heart a family man

By Angela Peacock Whenever Kellye Mullins needed to talk her husband, Jim Mullins, who died April 25 at his home, he was always there to listen. Best friends is how Kellye described the relationship she shared her husband for 11 years. She said she and Jim experienced many hardships over the years, but said no […]

School funding up for vote in Dora

By Mike Linn Voters decide Tuesday if they are willing to embrace a tax hike that will help fund a vast overhaul of Dora schools. If passed, an additional $850,000 in taxes will be collected over the next 12 years from property owners in the Dora school district — which also encompasses the communities of […]

Officials work on long-term water plan

By Mike Linn Portales city officials are hoping to secure the city’s water future with a three-pronged approach, emphasizing conservation, funding for a regional pipeline and the ongoing search for areas to drill into the Ogallala Aquifer. The city’s 40-year water plan, prepared by consultant Charles Wilson of Santa Fe, estimates the city will be […]

ENMU retirees move on

By Mike Linn Working at the same place for 30 years may be experienced two different ways: a long, drawn-out affair, or a stint that seemingly cuts through time with expedience. Jim Zupancic chooses the latter to describe his three decades as an employee at Eastern New Mexico University’s broadcast center. The Miami-native and three […]

Annie Partin

Annie L. Partin Services: 2 p.m. Monday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mrs. Annie L. Partin, 90, of Portales, died Friday, April 25, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born April 13, 1913, in House, to Laura (Stroud) and William Curren Russell. She moved to the Hiway community when she was a […]