Skaters trade in their boards for brushes

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Tony Parra A good number of adults and teens say teens don’t have anything to do in Portales. Some fear some of the activities they do pursue — skateboarding, roller-blading and bicycling — may be stripped from them because of the deterioration of the equipment at Rotary Park. “We’ve had some ramps and equipment removed […]

Mayor plans housing goals for Portales

Tony Parra Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega has 20/20/20 vision. He wants 20 new homes for 20 new homeowners in 20 months. Ortega said he is aggressively pursuing an affordable housing program, something that may be a city-initiated project. “It’s one of the major efforts for the mayor and city council to establish more affordable home […]

PHS student to advise governor

Tony Parra Gov. Bill Richardson has many advisors. On Monday he added Portales High School’s Joderick Rodriquez to the list. Richardson swore in Rodriquez and 56 other high school students to the New Mexico Youth Alliance, also known as the Children’s Cabinet, on Monday afternoon in Albuquerque. The group will serve as an advisory committee […]

Gunshot to head kills Clovis man

Michelle Seeber A Clovis man has been arrested and charged with an open count of murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Clovis resident, said Lt. Jimmy Glascock, public information officer for the New Mexico State Police. Jacob Roberts, 18, was booked into the Curry County Detention Center in the shooting death of Justin […]

Officials find booby traps after standoff

Darrell Maurina Booby traps left behind after a hostage standoff in Friona prompted local officials to call Cannon Air Force Base on Sunday for help. SWAT officers discovered the devices when attempting to enter the parsonage of First Baptist Church of Friona after fatally shooting Robby Lynn Vaughn of Muleshoe, the man they say took […]

Injuries give new Hound players opportunity

Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Several veterans are nursing injuries during Eastern New Mexico University’s spring football drills, but coach Bud Elliott and his staff aren’t too concerned. It just gives them more opportunity to look at less experienced players. The Greyhounds, who have been practicing for three weeks, had an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning […]

One year after war’s start leaves stories to tell

Darrell Maurina It’s been a year since the war in Iraq began. While many servicemembers assigned to the initial assault have rotated back home, some are still deployed in Iraq, some have been sent there more recently and others have just recently returned. Here are some of their stories. n n n Julian Urioste, a […]

ENMU track team has solid showing

Freedom Newspapers LUBBOCK — Eastern New Mexico University’s track squads opened the regular season in the Texas Tech Invitational on Saturday, and coach Eric Boll came away impressed with several performances. For the men, freshman Zach Gerleve earned second place in javelin with a throw of 188 feet, 9 inches, while sophomores Ricardo Hernandez and […]

Hounds lose in blowout fashion

Freedom Newspapers ALVA, Okla. —Eastern New Mexico’s start to a five-game, four-day road trip couldn’t have been worse. Northwestern Oklahoma State pounded seven home runs off two Hounds pitchers, including a pair of grand slams, as the Rangers routed Eastern 16-1 Monday at Ranger Field. The game was ended by a seven-inning rule. The Rangers […]

Local teen awarded for investment skills

Mike Linn A teen with familiy in Portales recently won a national marketing contest by investing in some of the nation’s retail giants. Whitney Sepeda, 15, of Effort, Penn., and two other classmates at the Monroe Career and Technical Institute turned $100,000 of funny money into $123,375 in 10 weeks to win the NASDAQ/DECA-sponsored Stock […]