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 […]