Public Record July 13

Recent dispositions from Roosevelt County District Court: • Jesse D. Kibbe, 22, found guilty of assault on a peace officer, driving under the influence, criminal damage to property, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He will serve 993 days of supervised probation. • Kevin Hodges, 22, found guilty of tampering with evidence, attempted […]

A true American story is hard to come by

Jim Lee Well, here we are in the second half of 2003. It just doesn’t seem possible. It feels like New Year’s Day happened around last week, and now we’re closer to 2004 than 2002. It makes me stop and realize that, other than just one day, birthdays are always less than a year away. […]

Obits July 13

Juanita Gutierrez Mrs. Juanita P. Gutierrez, 95, Saturday, July 12, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born June 28, 1908, in Tigere, to Virginia and Francisquito Casaus. She spent her early life in Puerta de Luna and Fort Sumner. On Aug. 29, 1936, she married Matias Gutierrez in Santa Rosa. They […]

High Plains Rodeo sees first double mugging

By Eric Butler The double mugging event is new to the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals and it’s proving to be a popular competition. The term has nothing to do with smiling for the camera or accosting someone for monetary gain, but instead means helping a roper tie down a calf. The event — […]

Area judge closer to federal seat

Freedom Newspapers Clovis native Robert Brack received unanimous approval Thursday from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to move from New Mexico’s 9th District Court to the U.S. District Court for New Mexico. Brack previously testified before the judiciary committee on June 25 and the committee vote clears the way for his confirmation by the full […]

Getting dirty to get out early

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Mike Linn A new program allowing Roosevelt County inmates to work off jail time is also promoting shrewd spending of taxpayer dollars, county officials say. The voluntary program started on Monday and allows misdemeanor offenders to earn good time in jail for picking up trash, pulling weeds, trimming and mowing on county property. The hours […]

Religion columnist writes to inspire

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Gary Mitchell When Joan Clayton retired from teaching school several years ago, she felt her days of usefulness were all but over. How wrong she was. Since then, the former elementary school teacher has now written and published seven books, 10 years’ worth of newspaper columns and numerous magazine articles. In April, a friend, Anna […]

Chihuahua dogs missing in action

Helena Rodriguez Chihuahua dogs seem to be disappearing fast from our neighborhood on North Ave. J. in Portales — and that disturbs me. When our precious little Pepe disappeared from our front yard on the night of July 1, I soon learned one of Pepe’s playmates, Chiquita, had disappeared from the next block down a […]

A day at the ‘playground’

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — The announcer at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals bellowed to the crowd that they were at the “world’s most dangerous playground” to start Wednesday night’s festivities. While that may or may not be true, there’s a reason Carmen Roberts showed up at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena […]

Cheese plant may benefit area dairies

Mike Linn Talk of a cheese plant in the area took a step closer to becoming a reality on Wednesday when dairy officials announced that advanced negotiations have started to build a $170 million cheese plant in the eastern New Mexico/West Texas region. The plant will be complete by the latter part of 2005, will […]

New Mexico Christian Academy struggles to stay open

Mike Linn Christy Fields has been attending New Mexico Christian Academy for eight years, built strong relationships with friends she doesn’t want to see diminish if the school if forced to close for financial reasons. The 15-year-old Portales resident has Wigner’s Disease, which weakens the immune system, preventing her from attending a larger school, family […]

Obits 7/10

Dale Blandford, 70 Mr. Dale Blandford, 70, of Gisela, Ariz., died Friday, July 4, 2003, at the Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Ariz. He was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Shamrock, Texas, to Raymond and Marie Blandford. He grew up in Portales. After high school he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean […]

Roosevelt knocked out of Tri-County tournament

By Kevin Wilson Quran Wiggins pitched a complete game three-hitter, and Clovis Zia took advantage of Roosevelt County errors for a surprisingly easy 7-2 victory in a losers’ bracket game of the 9-10-year-old Tri-County Minor League All-star tournament at Rotary Park. Zia will play tonight against Quay County in a 7 p.m. game at Beachum […]

Diddle to take on new challenge

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — After 30 years of coaching men’s basketball, Earl Diddle has decided it’s time for a change. The former Eastern New Mexico University coach has accepted the women’s head coaching position at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan. Diddle, who coached a national team in the United Arab Emirates […]

Rodeoing runs in Cooper’s family

By Jack King Rodeoing runs in Tuf Cooper’s family. His dad, Roy Cooper, has won eight world championships, including one all-around title. His brother-in-law, Trevor Brazil, won the world all-around title last year and is first in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association this year in steer roping. His uncle, Stran Smith, has made it to the […]

Letter to the Editor

As we read the article on the front page of last Wednesday’s Portales News-Tribune concerning the removal of unused vehicles from private property, we were saddened and somewhat frightened to think that in a free country a government agency could and would seize personal property and remove it from private property. Even worse is the […]

On a mission to find new Scrabble words

Kevin Wilson Journalism, like many other businesses, is one in which words have meaning. Last week, about 10,000 words were recognized as having a meaning of their own. The Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary was released, with approximately 10,000 new terms. While I do not have a copy of this new dictionary — a new edition is […]

Community Calendar 7/9

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. Wednesday AARP — 2 p.m., Community Room of […]

Obits 7/9

Monell Thomas, 78 Mr. Monell Gordon Thomas, 78, of Hollywood Hills, Calif., died Tuesday, June 17, 2003. He was born on Dec. 18, 1924, in Tucumcari, to Eura E. and Viola H. Thomas. He attended grade school in Forrest before moving to Portales where he graduated from high school in 1942. He served as a […]

Angel Ministries on duty

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Mike Linn Three Portales women are seeking funds for a male-only Christian rehabilitation center, which could serve as an alternative to jail for non-violent drug and alcohol offenders. Sheila Savitz-Strange and her partners Viola Burke and Debbie Martinez are seeking donations, grants and a loan of approximately $200,000 from a Clovis bank to help fund […]