Council unanimously votes to oust city manager

Mike Linn Gerald Depo no longer manages the city of Portales. The decision to fire the city manager came after a 45-minute executive session at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Public Works Director Tom Howell and City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry will act as co-city managers until a replacement for Depo is hired. “This is in […]

Obits 9/3

Jerry Davis, 64 Mr. Jerry G. Davis, 64, of Roswell, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at Casa Maria Care Center in Roswell. He was born on July 16, 1939, in Roswell, to John Gregg and Magnolia Ward Davis. He graduated from Portales High School in 1958. He married Donna Philpott in 1961. He married Ludene […]

County commissioners oppose amendments

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday adopted a resolution opposing to two constitutional amendments on the ballot in this month’s special election. Votes for the amendments would eliminate the state’s principal on the board of education and beef up public school funding with increased interest allocations from the state’s permanent land fund. The […]

ENMU professor certified as fraud examiner

Gary Mitchell By Gary Mitchell Freedom Newspapers Gary_Mitchell@link.freedom.com PORTALES — Four years ago, Certified Public Accountant Dr. Don Morris, an associate professor of accounting at Eastern New Mexico University, had never even thought about being a fraud examiner. Now he is certified in the field. Morris, 57, recently completed the requirements and examination qualifying him […]

Father, son take first in goat-roping contest

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Tony Parra A local resident won two roping competitions at Joe’s Boot Shop in Clovis this weekend. Kent Best and his 12-year-old son Ryan Best teamed up to win the Words’ Championship Goat-Roping Challenge this weekend in a portable arena at the shop’s parking lot. “I’ve been roping since I was five years old,” Kent […]

Students learn xeriscaping on-line

Helena Rodriguez People who want to learn to xeriscape their lawns for themselves may want to head to the electronics store instead of the garden store. An on-line class at Eastern New Mexico University this fall will permit participants to learn to xeriscape by simply going to Netscape or other Internet programs. Students can earn […]

Strong work ethic equals success

Tony Parra and Janet Bresenham Most business owners agree: Hard work and customer service have always been the key to any business’ success. But do area residents demonstrate strong work ethics? Interviews on Labor Day weekend 2003 suggest yes … and no. Troy Hinton, owner of Portales’ IGA grocery store, said Portales has a strong […]

City, county officials join forces in fighting crime

Mike Linn City and county law enforcement officials say they are neutralizing criminal activity and the area drug trade by aggressively sharing information, a trend that expedites investigations on suspected criminals. While the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department and the Portales Police Department are separate entities, it’s important the two departments work together to fight crime, […]

Officials hop BRAC won’t target Cannon

Darrell Todd Maurina Following the end of the Cold War, the Department of Defense has repeatedly cut the number of military personnel and military bases. Between 1988 and 1995, 97 major military bases were selected for closure in four rounds of cutbacks known as Base Realignment and Closure or “BRAC.” In 2005, a special nine-member […]

Obits 9/2

Frank Davis, 38 Frank Davis, 38, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, as the result of a boating incident on Ute Lake. Mr. Davis was born Sept. 30, 1964, in Portales, to Billie Lou and James E. Davis. When he was 14, in the seventh grade, he dropped out of school to begin working in the […]