Obits Jan 29

Vernon Mills, 88 Vernon Riley Mills, 88, of Albuquerque died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Woodmark Uptown Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque. He was born on Oct. 25, 1915, in Ranchvale, to William and Rosa Lane Mills. He began his career in administration as a teaching principal in Claude in 1937. He married Lorene Hartley […]

State, local officials against base closings

David Arkin New Mexico military bases, including Cannon Air Force Base, received the support of the state’s top boss on Wednesday to develop projects that would help keep the bases thriving. Lawmakers from across the state and local leaders also pitched their support for plans to improve roads and projects at the Clovis base. The […]

Lawmakers support water funding

David Arkin Area lawmakers on Wednesday morning gave local leaders their blessing to push forward with a major water project that’s expected to have a profound impact on eastern New Mexico. Two local mayors — Clovis’ David Lansford and Portales’ Orlando Ortega — briefed area lawmakers on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, also […]

Lady Rams pick up easy win

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By Kevin Wilson A quick glance at the final score would indicate a Portales blowout, 49-35, in Tuesday night’s game against Ruidoso. A closer look, however, would reveal a dichotomy for the Lady Rams and their intensity level. There was the first Portales team, which shot 75 percent in the first half and overmatched the […]

Rams tied for District 4-3A lead

Freedom Newspapers Portales’ 40-38 win over Ruidoso, coupled with New Mexico Military Institute’s 55-54 shocker over Lovington, marked an unexpected start to District 4-3A play Tuesday night. Following Tuesday’s games, the district lead is a two-way tie between a pair of teams that are a combined 11-22. The two teams at the bottom of the […]

Dora girls hand Melrose first district loss

Freedom Newsapers DORA — The Dora Lady Coyotes made an effort to stop Melrose six-footers Allison Cochran and Audrey Hemminger, but a combined 40 points and 34 rebounds would suggest they failed. However, the rest of the Lady Buffs scored just seven points, and host Dora cruised to a 61-47 victory Tuesday night. Kassandra Clark […]

Massage therapist arrested on sex-crime allegations

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Police have charged a Portales massage therapist with criminal sexual penetration stemming from an incident that occurred Saturday morning at Creative Images. James Fogg, 62, owner of Creative Images on West Second Street, is accused of penetrating a female customer’s vaginal area with his fingers near […]

PHS officials seek funds for auditorium

David Arkin Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser is hoping a local lawmaker’s request to help fund renovations to the school’s performing arts center will receive support in Santa Fe. Veteran lawmaker Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, is seeking $250,000 for the high school’s performing arts center, a facility that gets used by numerous school and […]

Obits Jan. 28

Clifton W. Newbill, 91 Clifton W. Newbill, 91, of Clovis died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, at his home. He was born on March 30, 1912, in Jackson, Tenn., to Cannon E. and Ona Pearl Latham Newbill. He married Inez Christesson on Dec. 14, 1930, in Clovis. He worked for K-Barnett Construction for 20 years. Family […]

Floyd, Elida voters to decide on property tax

Tony Parra The registered voters in Elida and Floyd will decide on Tuesday whether to prolong the mill-levy tax for another five years. The mill-levy tax, which ended at the beginning of the year, is a property tax imposed by the state’s board of education to fund various school projects and renovations. “It’s not that […]