Be thankful for those who gave their lives for our country

Jim Lee A couple of weeks ago when I mentioned the names of some of my friends, I neglected to name Dr. and Mrs. Manuel Varela. Manny and Ann are fine people and highly respected professionals in the community. It is a privilege to call them friends, and I thoroughly enjoy bragging about knowing them. […]

That old apple tree will surprise you every year

Bob Huber On the north side of our house, a scant five feet from our living room, stands a scraggly apple tree planted about the same time as the battle at Appomattox by a fun-loving previous owner. Each spring I prune it, because it likes to creep under the roof and change TV channels, and […]

Buried memories

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Michelle Seeber The old First United Methodist Church of Portales, where services first were held when it was only half a basement and later became a three-story building, will always be remembered by its ministers and members. Recently demolished for about $145,000, the church — now replaced by a new one at the intersection of […]

Program helps students prepare for ACT test

Tony Parra High school students with schedules that include basketball practice, band and cheerleading are trying to make time to prepare for the American College Test, which can make or break a student’s acceptance into a quality university. “Time is one of the biggest problems in conducting tests and preparing for the ACT,” Thomas Tafoya […]

Holiday decorating taken up a notch

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Helena Rodriguez It’s not too late to start decking the halls, and tables, and chairs, and place setting and whatever else you want to use to spread holiday cheer with. More than 500 people turned out to the Sixth Annual Holiday Happenings event Saturday at the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom to get ideas on […]

Public Record 12-7

The following certificates of marriage were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: Randy Joe Ornelas, 22, and Victoria Carol Gomez, 23, both of Portales. Daniel C. Horn, 44, and Linda J. Brown, 42, both of Portales. Carl Jean Roybal, 31, and Ivon Aide Moncada, 22, both of Portales. The following dispositions were recently filed […]

Obits 12-7

Houston Bradberry Services: Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Floyd Cemetery. Houston Bradberry, 65, of Portales died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born Sept. 18, 1938, in Arp, Texas, to Elfreda “Peaches” and Seibert Bradberry. Mr. Bradberry grew up in east Texas. For the majority […]

Tafoya devotes life to teaching

Helena Rodriguez Dr. Candido Tafoya has been a teacher for more than four decades, mostly teaching Spanish. He began his career as a school teacher in Santa Rosa. He also taught at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and then became a professor at Eastern New Mexico University in 1970. He retired from ENMU in […]

Honest man remembered for dancing

Helena Rodriguez Square dancing was in James Pettus’s blood. For more than three decades, he called dances for the Starlight Swingers of Portales, and for other groups around New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas. He also attended state and national square dance festivals with his wife, Wanda Pettus, who said the most fun of […]

Floyd teams sweep past San Jon

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By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — Once fouls stopped being a problem for Floyd, the Broncos were a major problem for the San Jon Coyotes. Jerrod Long recovered from early foul trouble to lead the Broncos with 15 points, and Floyd moved to .500 early in the season with a 61-30 rout Thursday at Floyd High […]