Town looks good in white

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Darrell Todd Maurina As one of Roosevelt County’s oldest communities, Elida has had a long time to build a rich history. It’s also had a long time to accumulate dust and dirt. Beginning this weekend, Elida residents are starting to spruce up their town by painting older buildings, removing junk, and otherwise getting the town […]

Magistrate judge always on duty

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Mike Linn Magistrate Judge Jane Martin relaxed at her desk after work on Thursday and noted that her job is not just a black-robed affair filled with weekday gavel pounding and sentencing of lawbreakers. In fact, Martin said she is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week — in her home, sometimes […]

Balloon Jubilee takes off

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Janet Bresenham When it comes to hot air ballooning, it’s all about the wind. How fast it’s blowing on the ground. How much speed it gathers climbing to higher altitudes. How fast it could carry a balloon. How much balloon enthusiasts wish it would calm down long enough to lift aloft and assure a safe […]

Roswell woman convicted of vehicular homicide

Eric Butler A Roswell woman was convicted of vehicular homicide in District Court on Friday in connection with a head-on collision just north of Portales in July 2001 that took the life of a Ruidoso mother of two. Deanna Willis, 29, a single mother of four sons, faces a maximum penalty of six years in […]

Public Record June 8

The following marriage licenses were filed recently at Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office: •Stanley Payne 54, of Portales, to Rhonda Gowdy, 50, of Portales.

Obituaries June 8

Cecilia Chavez, 51 Cecilia Chavez, 51 of Roswell died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born Jan. 15, 1952, in Vaughn, to Antonio and Helen Garcia. She was raised and attended school in Encino. She made her home at Vaughn, and Odessa, Texas, before moving to Roswell in 1987. […]

Clovis rodeo goes on despite rain

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — A cowboy’s work still has to go on even when it rains. Naturally then, the rodeo does also. The first full night of the 33rd annual Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo went off on Thursday evening at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena — even if it wasn’t all as planned. […]

ENMU trio prepares for national rodeo

By Kevin Wilson David Browder has been at the College National Finals Rodeo enough times to know a quality competitor when he sees one. By his standards, the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo coach sees three of them representing his team at this year’s CNFR. ENMU’s Chance Parsons, Kendra Jones and Dale Vickrey will be […]

Roybal out as Fort Sumner coach

By Dave Wagner FORT SUMNER — Longtime Fort Sumner girls basketball and girls track coach Rafael Roybal will not be returning to the Vixens’ sidelines next season. Roybal’s coaching contract was not renewed by the school district. A Fort Sumner native and graduate of the high school, Roybal has coached in the district for the […]

County recovers from severe weather

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Mike Linn Despite warnings of incoming severe weather, Thursday night storms fizzled out before reaching the area. “The closer it got to Clovis the weaker the system got,” said Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos. “I know a lot of people who saw the system said it looked really bad.” By the […]

PJHS news

American citizenship awards The National Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals sponsors this award for students who exhibit the following traits: always prepared for class, homework finished on time, ready to help others, volunteer when needed, always play fair, treat everyone with respect and consistently exhibit good character. Students receiving certificates from Principal Steve […]

Balloons prepare for take-off

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Janet Bresenham When 31 hot air balloons get ready to launch from Clovis on Saturday morning, John Sando hopes he will be aboard a special one named “The Desert Dancer.” “That would be awesome,” the Clovis teen said. “I’m like a military brat, so I’ve flown in a lot of things, but not a hot […]

Obituaries June 6

Harry Dahlstrom Harry Dahlstrom, a former resident of Floyd and Portales, died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Christena Shirley, 78 Christena Shirley, 78, of Portales, died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at her home. Arrangements are pending and will […]

Storm sweeps through Portales

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By Janet Bresenham A powerful storm swept through Roosevelt and Curry counties Wednesday evening, sounding tornado sirens and leaving power outages, road closures and damage from hail and wind in its wake. However, no injuries were reported in the area. Power was restored throughout Portales about 11:15 p.m., after being out for more than two […]

Another Meth Lab Goes Down

By Mike Linn City police raided another methamphetamine lab in Portales early Wednesday morning and arrested a man and his wife who were on probation. Police arrested Rachael Martinez, 31, and Michael Martinez, 36, on trafficking, violation of probation and possession charges around 4:30 a.m. at their home on the 1700 block of North Abilene. […]

Big names featured at Clovis rodeo

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Buster Record has spent more than a decade making his name as a steer roper in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Even if technically it isn’t his name. “It’s really a nickname,” said Record, who was named Tommy at birth, “but it’s the only name I’ve ever been called. It’s […]

Gallegos, Rams prepare for summer play

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By Kevin Wilson It seems like yesterday, not years ago, that Portales coach Mark Gallegos saw campers like Cory Guy and Chris Carter at the Ram Basketball Fundamentals Camp. Now, Guy has graduated and Carter is one of several former campers who are helping the coaching staff run the twice-a-day camp this week at Portales […]

Elida gets ready to paint the town white

Mike Linn The peeling and dry-tinged buildings in the middle of Elida will get a face-lift this weekend that would make a Hollywood botox spinster jealous. The hot New Mexico sun, a procession of 19 buildings painted white and a sign reading “Elida, the bright spot of New Mexico” will welcome travelers passing through on […]

Church league loaded

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By Kevin Wilson For almost as long as churches have been a staple of Portales, so too has church softball. The summer league is just as much a part of Portales summers as rodeo and dust storms and it has grown from a 12-team league to a 24-team league in only about five years. “It […]

Commissioner opposes new senate bill

Mike Linn A Roosevelt County commissioner is seeking signatures from county residents to help halt a Senate bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The law applies to both private and public businesses. At Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, Commissioner Gene Creighton spoke adamantly against Senate Bill 28 — signed this year […]