Watch out for Old Man Clonch this holiday season

Bib Huber (Christmas carols playing.) Ah the holidays, that time of year for fireplaces and hot spiced cider, the sounds of crinkling wrapping paper and children squealing, and, of course — THE CURSE OF OLD MAN CLONCH! (Carols segue to ominous music.) When I was a kid, it was tough being bad during the holidays, [...]

Human courtesy is — at the least — worth a try

Jim Lee Well, Monday is the winter solstice, and Thursday is Christmas Day. No problem in dreaming up something to write about this week. It seems a given that I say something about these two annual events like everybody else. But that’s just what everybody expects me to do. I’m far too clever to fall [...]

Public Record 12-21

The following marriage certificates were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: Ruben Chavez, 28, and Tracy M. Simmons, 22, both of Portales. Shane S. Crockett, 32, and Cindy L. Vaughn, both of Portales. Arthur Dean Lucero, 31, and Emma Jean Barrera, 30, both of Portales. Cody Schattscheider, 19, and Ashley Southern, 18, both of [...]

Obituaries 12-21

Imogene Taylor, 99 Mrs. Imogene Taylor, 99, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born April 26, 1904, in Gail, Texas, to Lula and Charlie Benjamin Morrison. The oldest of six children, she was baptized in the Church of Christ at an early age and was a faithful [...]

City manager has ties to Portales

Tony Parra Debi Lee will begin her term as the Portales city manager on Dec. 29, a little more than a month after being selected for the position by the city council (Nov. 24). Lee is currently the assistant city manager in Hobbs. She attended Eastern New Mexico University in the late 1970s and her [...]

Santa cops deliver gifts for teens

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Tony Parra The fifth annual Santa Cop has hit the ground with its wheels turning and teens and children will soon turn their own wheels on the new bicycles delivered by the Santas wearing badges. Approximately 45 bicycles and almost 75 other toys will be given away this year to children of need by the [...]

Company settles with state

Mike Linn Officials with the locally operated Transwestern Pipeline Company entered into a settlement this week with the state’s environmental department over air violations in the summer of 2001. Transwestern compresses natural gas for transmission through a pipeline at a compressor station located five miles northwest of Portales in Roosevelt County. As part of the [...]

Preparations begin for 12th annual Ag Expo

Michelle Seeber The state of New Mexico’s economy much depends on agriculture and ranching, and for the past few years, the dairy industry has brought even more dollars into the state. To keep up with the changing trends and newest products of these industries, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the Roosevelt County Extension [...]

Portales girls win at St. Michael’s tournament

SANTA FE — The Lady Rams took care of business early, beating Los Alamos 53-36 in the first round of the Lady Horsemen Invitational Christmas Tournament at St. Michael’s High School. Portales (5-2) maintained a comfortable lead throughout en route to its fourth win in five games. The Lady Rams only had two players in [...]

Zias fall in overtime

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By Dave Wagner Facing a long trip home, Colorado State-Pueblo women’s coach Misty Murphy was relieved to earn a win. The Thunderwolves survived a back-and-forth battle with Eastern New Mexico University Thursday night, pulling out a 74-72 overtime win at Greyhound Arena behind 30 points and 11 rebounds from senior post Nadia Fercha. “It’s great [...]