Precipitation ignores city, but showers countryside

Gary Mitchell Stormy weather played tag in and around the Portales area early Thursday morning, dumping more than an inch of rain in some places but teasing the city with only a trace. Jack Self, who works at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, said the children’s home “didn’t get much rain at all,” but […]

Obits 6/27

Pius Gibson Pius Olney Gibson III, 45, of Portales, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at his home. He was born July 3, 1957, in Daytona Beach, Fla., to Dolores and Pius Olney Gibson Jr. He grew up in Jackson, Miss. He was a 1975 graduate of Forrest Hill High School in Jackson. He served in […]

Gomez pleased with summer progress

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By Kevin Wilson Heading into the final phase of the summer basketball season, Portales girls coach Brenda Gomez is satisfied with the results. “It’s all been positive,” Gomez said in between Thursday night games at the Eastern New Mexico University team camp. “The turnout, the participation, the attitude — everything’s been positive.” Portales dropped a […]

Community Calendar June 26

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Thursday Al-Anon — 6 p.m., 1223 W. Ivy, […]

Tele-auction succeeds

Kevin Wilson Two weeks after the KENW Tele-auction, event organizers say the desired results were met — just like the 26 auctions before it. While exact figures are not yet calculated, tele-auction coordinator Sheryl Borden said the annual event brought in about $75,000 to 80,000 in net profits for the station. “I would say that […]

UFO festival out of this world

Angela Peacock The Roswell UFO Festival is an out-of-this-world experience, according to event organizers. The festival celebrating the world-renown1947 incident is scheduled for July 3-6. There will be a variety of activities at the Roswell Civic Center, International UFO Museum and elsewhere in Roswell. Each day the UFO museum is planning special events including a […]

Area dairy owners may lose cattle herd

Jack King Officials are discussing with the owners of two Roosevelt County dairies the possibility of killing their cattle to eliminate all traces of bovine tuberculosis, State Veterinarian Dr. Steve England said Wednesday. The recent discovery of the disease led the United States Department of Agriculture to announce it will downgrade New Mexico from a […]

Two Portales students ready for takeoff

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Mike Linn Two local students will get an aerial tour of Portales at 9 a.m. today, thanks to some drawings they sketched documenting a time line of air travel — from the Wright brothers to NASA’s atmosphere-penetrating space shuttles. Sunny Liu, 13, and recent Portales High graduate Monica Best won the state’s National Aviation Art […]

Precautions can save lives during lightning

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Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s emergency management director worries people don’t take the threat of lightning serious enough. According to Ken De Los Santos, lightning is among the most dangerous weather phenomena in New Mexico — partly because people don’t know that storms can be dangerous long before rain begins to fall and therefore don’t […]

Cooper loves to travel, watch basketball

This is the final in a series of profiles on Roosevelt County’s 2003 Pioneer of the Year candidates. Born on the fourth of July in 1915, Lucille Martin Cooper initially called home Celina, Texas. At the age of 12, she moved with her parents, Amye and Sam Martin, and two brothers to Clayton, N.M. She […]

Obits 6/26

Margaret Coleman, 63 Margaret Fern Coleman, 63, of Farwell, a business owner, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at her home. She was born Feb. 28, 1940, in Sundown, Texas, to Lewis and Hazel Matthews Lauhoff. She graduated from high school in Floyd in 1959. She married Jim Coleman on April 30, 1960, in Portales. She […]

Clovis gets revenge on Portales in title game

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By Eric Butler FARWELL — The last time Clovis played Portales in the Phenoms summer league, the Rams hung a 12-point loss on the Wildcats. So, besides a small first-place trophy, Clovis had a little something extra to play for Tuesday. The ‘Cats survived a late Portales rally and held for a 46-43 win in […]

Teen wins FFA singing competition

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By Helena Rodriguez Students in FFA are traditionally groomed for a life in agriculture. One Dora High School student, however, hopes the program will open doors to another career. Allie Brooks, 15, recently won the state FFA Career Development Talent Show at the FFA state convention in Las Cruces. After beating out 14 other competitors […]

Family believes mold led to Portales man’s death

By Kevin Wilson Marcelino Garcia died in May of 2001. Nearly two years and two months later, his surviving family is still seeking a resolution. Garcia, a longtime Portales resident, died less than two days after a visiting his son at the Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, and the family has filed a claim […]

County tries to recoup detention center costs

By Mike LInn County officials are taking parents of Roosevelt County juvenile offenders to court to retrieve the costs of transporting and housing the inmates to area detention centers. Roosevelt County Attorney Eric Dixon filed 53 civil summons seeking roughly $50,000 the county paid to Curry and Quay counties for housing the juvenile inmates because […]

Obituaries, June 25

Xavier Valdez, 2 Xavier Elijah Valdez, 2, of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, in Albuquerque. He was born on Sept. 2, 2000, in Albuquerque, to Frank Beltran and Sheila Valdez. Family members said his favorite foods were pizza, Cheetos, tortillas, beans and rice, and he liked to drink juices; his favorite clothes were his […]

Crime Report, June 25

PNT Staff Police arrested four teenagers for drinking beer at the intersection of 17th Street and Avenue I on Saturday. One of the teenagers was arrested immediately for holding a beer can at the time the officer arrived. The other three decided to throw the cans about 20 feet. They were all arrested on charges […]

South County News, June 25

By Charlie Carmichael Mother Nature was up to old tricks again last week in South County. Arch, Causey and the Garrison-Richland areas were especially hit hard. Several farmers had sprinklers overturned and some destroyed. These were all on the irrigated fields. The Carmichaels saw a funnel in the air over the field just west of […]

Elida News, June 25

By Nita Thurman Birthdays June 28 to July 4: David Graves, Carrie Hamelton, Chad Hacher, Sean Belden, Harding Burris, Tom Dannelley, Scott Welch, Junior Jasso, Cherry Eckland, Matt Jenkins, Cindy Boone, Elois Creighton, Traci Nuckoles, Summer Shrock and Buddy Taylor. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Anthony, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Bilberry, Mr. and Mrs. Emilano […]

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 […]