Obits 12-9

Bernice Allen, 89 Bernice Allen, 89, of Portales, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. Arrangements are pending with Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Services are pending. Thomas Davis, 93 Mr. Thomas E. Davis Jr., 93, of Milnesand, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was […]

Flamingos flock for funds

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Mike Linn Pink flamingos are helping a Portales church group get to Haiti. They’re not the real flamingos that fish in lagoons in the Caribbean nation, but the fake plastic ones that have been popping up on the lawns of Portales residents recently. For $10, residents can send about 12 plastic pink flamingos to someone’s […]

Retired ENMU music director performs at Christmas concert

Jack King Louis Burkel has spent a lifetime with music, either playing it or teaching it to others. Burkel, who retired in 1980 as director of the school of music at Eastern New Mexico University, began playing in the 1930s in his native Missouri and began teaching it there in 1940. A devotee of the […]

ENMU republican named state director

Tony Parra A month away from the presidential election year, the New Mexico Federation of College Republicans chose Eastern New Mexico University’s Bob Cornelius to be their Executive Director in preparation for the election season. “He is very committed and involved with the political issues,” ENMU President Dr. Steven Gamble. “From the first moment that […]

Obits 11-23

GARY HATCH Services: 3:30 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Portales. Mr. Gary Hatch, 54, of Portales, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, near Roswell. He was born on Jan. 11, 1949, in Portales, to Frantelle and Gordon Hatch. He grew up in Portales and graduated from Portales High School in 1967. He […]

Trinity Christian beats Portales at Shallowater Shootout

By Kevin Wilson SHALLOWATER, Texas — This early in the high school basketball season, eight games is a considerable amount of experience. It proved more than enough for Trinity Christian to finish off the Portales Rams. Forward Alex Knight led all scorers with 13 points, and a fine-tuned Lions team dominated the second half in […]

District 4-3A football teams chosen

Freedom Newspapers Ram offensive players made up a bulk of Portales’ selections to the All-District 4-3A team, released this weekend by district officials. Portales (3-7, 1-2 district), which finished the season third in district, had seven first-team selections. Of those seven, four played on the offensive side — quarterback Seth Clabaugh, fullback Cole Parrish, receiver […]

Greyhounds beat defending Division-II champs

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University entered the road trip to Oklahoma with a three-game losing streak, and left with a pair of one-point wins. Senior Garland Coleman sank the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity with eight seconds left as Eastern New Mexico University edged defending NCAA […]

Dora sweeps San Jon

Freedom Newspapers DORA — Kassandra Clark had 22 points, and Dora claimed an easy 54-32 win over San Jon Saturday night to improve to 2-0 on the season. Jena Bilberry scored 13, while Allison Field added 10 for the Lady Coyotes, who will play Tuesday at Texico. Danielle Lee had 13 to lead San Jon. […]

Clovis edges Portales, 61-59

By Kevin Wilson Youth edged out experience Saturday at Portales, as Clovis won the first battle in what could be a season-long war. Sophomore Aimee Hilburn had a game-high 22 points, and fellow 10th-grader Tori Quintana hit a 3-pointer in a 9-1 run that helped the Lady ‘Cats steal a 61-59 win Saturday night against […]

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 […]