Greyhounds not looking to take Lions lightly

By Dave Wagner Texas A&M-Commerce is coming off a discouraging home loss to West Texas A&M, and at 1-6 is not having even close to the kind of season it envisioned. Still, Eastern New Mexico University coach Bud Elliott isn’t about to take the Lions lightly in Saturday’s 1 p.m. Lone Star Conference South Division […]

A story of Courage

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By Dave Wagner Nigerian-born Courage Idemudia knows his first name must have a special meaning. He’s just not sure what it is. “I never asked my parents about it,” the Eastern New Mexico University junior said. “I just know I try to live up to it.” An outside linebacker, Idemudia moved from a village in […]

LaSage looks for improvement

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University second-year cross country coach Greg LaSage knows that the Abilene Christians of the world are out of range in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference cross country meet, set for Portales Country Club. What he’s looking for is improvement over last year, when the Greyhounds finished eighth out of 10 men’s […]

Rams forfeit two victories

Tony Parra The Portales Rams had to forfeit their first two games of the football season on Wednesday — wins over West Las Vegas and Tularosa — due to the use of an ineligible player. “There was a mixup in the residency of one of our players,” Portales coach Glenn Johnson said. “It’s been cleared […]

ENMU guard described as smart, tough

Rick White Making adjustments is part of life and basketball. On the court, former Clovis High standout Irshaun Pinckney went from overpowering opponents in the paint to outsmarting them on the perimeter. Off the court, he’s changed his major but still values an education. Too small to play post at the college level and lacking […]

New Mexico hopes to keep military bases open

Darrel Todd Maurina Randy Harris, a Clovis banker and member of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission, said he’s optimistic New Mexico won’t lose any of its four bases in an upcoming process of military cost-cutting. In fact, Harris said he hopes the state will gain from the federal process known as Base Realignment […]

County officials discuss new jail possibilities

Mike Linn Area county officials are entertaining the idea of funding a 2,000-bed jail that would house criminals from Logan to Lingo. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley is spearheading the idea, which he describes as a four-county cooperative to house criminals from Roosevelt, Curry, Quay and De Baca counties at a central location near […]

Officials: Federal funding a necessity for Ute project

Jack King TEXICO — The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is continuing to make preparations to request federal funding for the Ute Water Project early next year, a process known as “seeking authorization.” Cost of the project is estimated at $250 million and the board is seeking 80 percent of that from […]

Creamer loving man to friends and family

Tony Parra He was a caring man to his wife and four daughters and that’s how his family and friends knew him. “He was a very pleasant man,” sister-in-law and friend Irene Ribble said. “He was a good man and took care of his daughters.” Ross Creamer of Portales died at the age of 82 […]

Melrose slips by Dora

Tony Parra DORA — A two-game deficit was too much for the Dora Lady Coyotes as Melrose escaped with a 25-21, 25-23, 19-25, 11-25, 15-13 victory Tuesday in a District 3-1A matchup. “We played really hard,” Dora coach Myra Skinner said. “We passed the ball well and we played real aggressive. We didn’t let anything […]

Book borrowers beware

Mike Linn Sherlock Holmes and Perry Mason won’t be knocking down doors looking for local library looters any time soon. But Portales citizens may end up in court charged with petty misdemeanors if they continually ignore requests to return books. The Portales City Council on Tuesday adopted a notice of intent to amend an ordinance […]

County may give Portales Ute water

Mike Linn Roosevelt County officials are discussing the possibility of bowing out of the Ute Water pipeline project and allowing Portales to obtain its water rights — along with the hefty tab that follows. County Administrator Charline Hardin told commissioners at Tuesday’s county meeting it would cost $72,000 annually for the county if and when […]

Obits 10-22

Bessie Slack, 94 Mrs. Bessie Slack, 94, of Portales, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on Jan. 18, 1909, in Elida, to Sarah and Frank Miller. She lived in Elida until 1957. She married Wallace Slack on March 16, 1930. They moved to Portales in 1957. […]

Woman who ‘found’ baby is mother

Darrell Maurina Portales police have arrested a woman who said Sunday that she found an abandoned baby in a park. Police said Tuesday they now believe the newborn belonged to the woman who said she found it while jogging in Rotary Park near her dorm room at Eastern New Mexico University. The 18-year-old woman is […]

Obits 10-21

Marjorie Burkel, 83 Mrs. Marjorie Burkel, 83, of Portales, died Thursday morning, Oct. 16, 2003, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on May 30, 1920, in Smithville, Mo., to Lela and Joshua E. Kindred. She grew up in Smithville and graduated from high school there in 1938. On Aug. 25, 1940, she […]

Cannon spouses have support

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — For most newcomers to Cannon, New Mexico is a long way from home. That means many young spouses of military personnel stationed at Cannon have no family in the area and no friends except those on base. Top that situation […]

Abandoned baby allegedly found in park

Mike Linn A newborn boy is in good health after a woman said she found him abandoned at Rotary Park on Sunday morning while she was jogging. Police say they have identified the mother and further investigation and charges are pending. The jogger told police she heard the baby crying and later found him wrapped […]

Music teacher in tune with music world

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By Helena Rodriguez Connie Sunday may be new to Portales, but the professional musician and teacher is making herself known in both local and national music circles. Not only has she developed a roster of private students since she moved here from Albuquerque four months ago, but she is also mentioned twice in the September […]

Chief of schools sought job

By Mike Linn Portales Schools Superintendent Dr. James Holloway is looking to extend his career beyond the realms of Portales, and was one of four finalists for the Carlsbad schools superintendent position that was filled by another candidate Friday afternoon. Holloway said his application in Carlsbad has nothing to do with the city where he […]

Tensions ease between police, judge

By Mike Linn Portales police and Municipal Court Judge Fred Arnold may not have the greatest working relationship, but the tension may be beginning to thin. After not filing any citations in municipal court for roughly six months after officers were slapped with contempt of court charges, police are once again filing penalty assessment citations […]