Richardson to visit area

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is scheduled to tour 11 communities — including Clovis and Portales today — during a three-day swing through southeast New Mexico, according to a news release from his office. Richardson will discuss the recent legislative session, and talk about upcoming initiatives, including the education-reform election in September […]

Lady Rams win district in golf

By Kevin Wilson The Portales golf teams are peaking at the right time. The Lady Rams won district for the second straight season, and the Portales boys finished firmly in second place thanks to a 73 from medalist Dale Welch in Monday’s district golf championship at New Mexico Military Institute. Both Portales teams had already […]

PHS to be well-represented in All-Stars

By Kevin Wilson There’s no telling who will come out on top in this summer’s North-South Class 3A All-Star games, or which former rivals will make the best teammates. The only thing that is for sure is that Portales High School will be well-represented. Tori Carter and Jennie Gentry were named to the inaugural 3A […]

Budget shortfalls lead to staff cuts

By Mike Linn Portales schools will lose two administrative positions and five years worth of savings to balance their budget, officials said on Monday. The Portales Municipal School Board approved the tentative budget by a 3-1 vote, citing unfunded government mandates to raise teachers’ salaries as reason for the cuts and draining of cash reserves. […]

Tornado season upon us

By Jack King May and June are peak tornado times for eastern New Mexico, which is on the far western edge of the nation’s “Tornado Alley.” And local officials take regular steps to prepare for potential storm damage, said Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos — even though tornadoes are rare around […]

Tornado safety tips

The National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross offer these tips on preparing for a tornado: Tornado safety – Develop a plan for yourself and your family, at home, at work or at school. – Know your community and keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement. – Have […]

Aquifer history goes back millions of years

By Claire Bushey The word “aquifer” comes from two Latin words, which together mean “to bring water.” That is what the Ogallala Aquifer has done for the High Plains for nearly a century. Named after the town of Ogallala, Neb., the aquifer covers 174,000 square miles in parts of eight states, including New Mexico and […]

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 […]

Obits 5-06

Jerry Betts Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Restlawn Memorial Park, south of Portales. Mr. Jerry Betts, 47, of Portales, a former truck driver, died Saturday, May 3, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Oct. 27, 1955, in Smyrna, Tenn., to Kathleen and Charles W. Betts. He moved to Portales […]