Elida News

Nita Thurman Birthdays These folks are celebrating birthdays June 14-27: Amber Hamilton, Macy Rae Jordon, Joel Taylor, Stephanie West, Barney Chandler, Leah Chenualt, Cutter McLaine, Taylor McLaine, Sunni Brooke Dixon, Bell Hale, Joel Nuckoles, Travis Holms, Christopher Galvan, C.L. Roach, Andrea Good, Colin Cobson, Dollie Self, Jorgie Chavez, Delma Graves, Blake Cotton, John Hatcher and […]

South County News June 18

Charlie Carmichael Educated hunters South County youth were part of the Roosevelt County Hunter Education Challenge Team 2003 (YHEC) that competed in the state competition in Raton recently. One area youngster finished third in an event and all represented the area well. Round about Linda Bittick, Mendi Thompson and I left early Friday to attend […]

Obits June 18

Herman Baxley, 54 Mr. Herman Gene Baxley, 54, of Longmont, Colo., died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at Peaks Care Center in Longmont. He was born on Jan. 17, 1949, in Portales, to John and Ruth Stanley Baxley. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Johnny Baxley. He is survived two brothers, […]

Roping champ Orcutt readies for finals

Kevin Wilson Editors note: This is the first in a four-part series on the Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Rodeo coach Bobby Grimes said one of Lynde Orcutt’s best qualities is her selflessness on the basketball court and in the rodeo circuit. “She doesn’t get mad […]

Microplex status attracts new businesses

Gary Mitchell With the coming of Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby and Chili’s restaurant to the area, a new era of growth seems to be permeating the business community, local officials say. One of the factors that has apparently influenced chain retailers and other businesses to locate in the region is the recent designation of the Clovis-Portales […]

Residents seek safety tips to prepare for severe weather

Mike Linn Residents of Portales have made frequent calls to city hall over the past two weeks, probing city officials about safety measures during turbulent weather patterns. Many of the questions involve the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch, and what it means when six strategically-placed sirens sound throughout the city. The […]

Businesses accused of underage tobacco sales

Darrell Todd Maurina Salespeople in eight local businesses — four in Clovis, three in Portales, and one in Elida — face misdemeanor charges and up to a $1,000 fine for selling tobacco last week to a 17-year-old minor working as part of a tobacco sting operation. The businesses face additional administrative penalties from the state […]

Obituaries June 17

Garland Tipps, 84 Garland E. Tipps, Ph.D., 84, of Portales, died Sunday, June 15, 2003, at his home. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, June 20, 2003, at Central Christian Church in Portales. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Services are pending.

Portales mother lives perfect life

By Angela Peacock As close to perfect as possible is how Judy Shirley said she will always remember her mother Christena Shirley, who died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at her home. And warm-hearted love combined with respect is how Judy said her mother believed in living life. “No matter how much we (children) tried, we […]

Personalities Plus — Connie Pugh

Connie Pugh is a second-grade teacher and also works at Southwest Books and Gifts. What is your idea of a perfect day? “It would bring all of my assigned children to class with homework done, no troubles on their mind and ready to learn. This would include having a pencil — a sharp one. We […]

PLK takes two of three

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Scoring runs had never been a problem for the Portales Lady Krew softball team. From early indications, defense is not a problem either. The PLK scored more runs than any other team in last year’s USSSA state tournament, but finished fifth. Now, the 14-and-under squad is excelling in both facets […]

Safety the key issue of Little League forfeit

By David Stevens A Clovis Little League baseball manager said he was forced to choose between forfeiting a game and playing in unsafe weather conditions on Friday night in Portales. Teddy Marez, manager of the 10-12-year-old Zia Astros, said his team was ordered onto the field by tri-county league officials even though lightning was in […]

Good food, good friends at Juneteenth celebration

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Gary Mitchell The catfish, the music and the ribs were hot. The weather and the coming together of friends, family and community made Saturday’s Westside Juneteenth Extravaganza perfect, organizers said. “It’s a real good day,” said food chairman William P. “Pill” Hall. “This year, everybody’s eating good. We had plenty of food, and everybody’s really […]

Holiday spurs memories of fatherhood

Mike_Linn The first day Jim Wood became a father he had some advice for his first-born child. He said, “T.J., would you stop whining?” The baby boy, T.J. Wood, looked at his father and ceased all the wailing associated with child birth. “That was a special moment,” said Jim, who will celebrate 13 years of […]

Change on horizon for ethanol plant

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Kevin Wilson The Portales business known until recently as High Plains Ethanol could be expanding due to a government proposal and future probability. High Plains Ethanol was renamed Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation in April, one of many changes that should be coming to the company over the next few years. The government proposal, a provision of […]

Public Record June 15

Here are dispositions of court cases recorded recently in Portales’ Magistrate Court: • Naomi Acosta, 24, found guilty of embezzlement under $100 (three counts), received six months unsupervised probation. • Janie Arellano, 19, found guilty of selling or giving alcohol beverages to minors and possession; received 364 days of supervised probation; found guilty of issuance […]

Obituaries June 15

Toynette Stockard, 87 Toynette Stockard, 87, died Friday, June 13, 2003, at her daughter’s home in Dallas. Services will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary in Portales. Services are Pending. Leon Doolittle, 71 Mr. Leon Doolittle, 71, of Texico, a meat cutter, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born […]

Scanlan and staff prepare for annual camps

By Kevin Wilson Sometimes less is more, but not so at the Eastern New Mexico University team camps. Shawn Scanlan, the men’s basketball coach at ENMU, is expecting a small, but understandable decline in teams at this year’s camps, which run June 15-28. The camp has grown from 35 teams since Scanlan first ran it […]

Police cracking down on truancy

By Mike Linn Area officials are cracking down on parents whose children frequently rack up unexcused absences in school. The Portales Police Department has warrants on two parents with children in the Portales School District. In Clovis, the crackdown has already reached the courts, resulting in probation and fines for one parent found guilty of […]

Tuberculosis found in area cattle

By Jack King Bovine tuberculosis has been found in two dairy herds in Roosevelt County, which means the infected animals must be destroyed and beef and dairy cattle owners statewide could lose money, officials said Thursday. Because of the diagnosis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will downgrade New Mexico from “bovine tuberculosis free” status to […]