City officials pleased with Legislature session

David Arkin While Portales officials didn’t get all the money they wanted for street repairs, they did walk away from the Legislative session pleased with funds they received for their Main Street program and equipment. And the city won’t be the only group in town to feel the benefits from the session that ended on [...]

Area residents to face off for council seat

Tony Parra Mike Miller was the Portales fire chief for nine years and a Roosevelt County manager for six years. Here are some of his ideas on the city council position. Q: What are your thoughts on the Ute Water Project? A: I’ve been with and around local government since I went to work for [...]

New Mexico county clerk grant same-sex marriage licenses

David Arkin County clerks in eastern New Mexico were surprised by a Sandoval County clerk’s decision to grant gay and lesbian couples marriage licenses. On Friday, Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap recorded 26 licenses for gay and lesbian couples, which Attorney General Patricia Madrid quickly declared invalid. There was another 40 other couples who had [...]

Program provides literacy help

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Tony Parra The following story maybe be easy to read for most people, but for others it might be in a foreign language they don’t understand. The Roosevelt County Literacy Council is celebrating it’s 15th-year anniversary and day-to-day more than 15 volunteers help give people within the ages of 16 to 60 the gift of [...]

Agriculture celebration heading to fairgrounds

Tony Parra The 12th Annual Ag Expo is right around the corner and people from around the United States will showcase this country’s agriculture at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Monday through Wednesday. The festivities for the Ag Expo range from quilting and cooking to tractor shows and dairy cattle. “It draws people from within a [...]

Obits Feb. 22

Joe R. Marez, 72 Joe R. Marez died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003. He was born Sept. 27, 1931, in Encino. He joined the U.S. Army when he was 16 and fought in the Korean War. He was wounded in the Battle of Chipyong-Ni and was given the Purple Heart and the Silver Star, family members [...]

Lady Rams close regular season with win

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By Kevin Wilson After seeing a five-week stretch without one, the Portales Lady Rams are treating losing like a distant memory. A few minutes after a 48-27 win over Goddard Friday night, victory seemed a distant memory as well. The Lady Rams came out flat and didn’t shoot well, but never appeared in jeopardy and [...]

Bad luck always comes in threes

In the old days, I resigned myself that bad luck came in threes, i.e., three flat tires, three smashed fingers or three social faux pas. It’s comforting to know that good ol’ Dakota Mike is still proving my theory. And, I’m not even counting the initial injury that resulted in a swollen right knee, which [...]

Some people just aren’t that smart

Helena Rodriguez I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, the brightest crayon in the box, the most luminescent lava lamp in the room, the coolest Coors Lite in the six pack, but lately, I have heard people say some pretty stupid things. Oops, we’re not supposed to use the word “stupid.” Let’s [...]

Zias win sixth-straight with ease

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By Kevin Wilson Against some of the Lone Star Conference’s better teams, the current Zia squad might have a small losing streak going. Against Texas A&M-Kingsville, however, Eastern New Mexico was able to push its win streak to six and remain tied for first in the LSC South standings, winning 70-50 Thursday night at Greyhound [...]