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 […]

Resource rules should affect all

We applaud New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman for co-authoring legislation that would grant American Indian tribes more flexibility in how they manage natural resource development on reservations and trust lands. Handled responsibly, increased development of natural resources will bring more prosperity to often impoverished reservations, enhance tribal self-reliance and reduce American dependence on energy imports. […]

Some experiments have future merit

By Bob Huber As long as we’re preoccupied with plucking tumbleweeds from our teeth, it should be noted that guys in white jackets label this rambling sticker bush Solsola tragus. A less scientific moniker is “Russian thistle” or “pig weed,” which is related loosely to the goosefoot family. I knew you’d want to hear that. […]

Eastern struggles at LSC meet

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University had a rough go of it on Friday and Saturday in the Lone Star Conference track meet, hosted by Abilene Christian. ENMU, rejuvenating the program after an absence of about 15 years, finished last with six points in both divisions of the meet. The order of […]

Errors costly for Portales girls

By Kevin Wilson In a pair of games that meant nothing in the District 4-3A standings, Portales’ defense didn’t do enough to make its offensive output mean anything, either. District champion Lovington swept Portales 5-2 and 9-1 on Friday at City Softball Park, Portales coach Robbie Crowley was more than happy with the offense that […]

Track stars keep full schedules

By Kevin Wilson For the past few months, high school has been “like a full-time job” for senior Bobby Reed. By morning, he’s a member of Floyd High School’s track team. By late afternoon, he’s part of the resurgent Bronco baseball team. In between, he’s a student. “I figured this is my senior year,” said […]

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 […]

Obits 5/4

Ollie Corbin, 72 Ollie Fay Flinn Corbin, 72, died Thursday, May 1, 2003, at Farwell Convalescent Center in Farwell. She was born June 9, 1930, in Clovis, to Arilla and John W. Flinn Jr. She lived in Clovis, Causey, Truth or Consequences, Albuquerque and Morton and Dimmitt in Texas. For a period of time, she […]