A lesson in trust during winds of adversity

Joan Clayton The March winds roared like the proverbial lion, but that’s how it is in eastern New Mexico. My husband had gone to Oklahoma to help our middle son build a barn. It became my job to feed Lady, a beautiful sorrel mare that seemed more like a person than a horse. Twice a […]

Alliance fears Matt. 25 will affect Lighthouse Mission

Darrell Maurina As a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Clovis struggle to raise money to meet an end-of-the-year deadline for kitchen upgrades, some members of the Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance fear a plan to convert the old Memorial Hospital into a ministry center will cut into funds needed by the Lighthouse Mission. The plan […]

Congressman could raise up to $10,000 for Matt.25

Darrell Maurina A student group at Clovis High School is bringing a U.S. Congressman to Clovis to help raise money for the Matt. 25 ministry center. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, led by organizational president Jordan Strebeck, is selling $25 tickets to an April 23 dinner at which Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican from Hobbs, […]

Rams fail to close out Colts

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By Kevin Wilson The Portales Rams are having trouble finishing what they started. The Rams routed New Mexico Military Institute 13-3 to start a District 4-3A doubleheader behind a solid performance from senior pitcher Seth Clabaugh. Clabaugh’s seventh victory of the season, and a 12-4 Portales lead early in the nightcap, were two reasons to […]

Prep News and Notes, April 15

By Kevin Wilson The Ram baseball team couldn’t get a doubleheader sweep against New Mexico Military Institute Tuesday night, but they managed to pick up a new fan: NMMI coach Charlie Ward. The doubleheader was enough to convince Ward that the Rams are for real — he sent in his ballot Wednesday for the Albuquerque […]

Big Fish adjusts to small field

By Ferran Lucero: PNT Correspondent Dustin Fish has become a crowd favorite with the Wichita, Kan., Stealth of Arena2 Football. After a quarterback sack, the former Eastern New Mexico University standout flexes, places his hands on his hips and entertains the fans with his own rendition of the Riverdance. AF2 is a different game than […]

Obits April 15

Margie Purcell, 74 Mrs. Margie Purcell, 74, of Portales, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at her home. She was born on Dec. 14, 1929, in Melrose, to Bessie Mae and Charles R. Vance. She attended school at McAlister and House, and graduated from Melrose High School in 1948. She married Bill Purcell on June 6, […]

Time to file or get an extension

Tony Parra and Mike Linn If you’re among the 10 million taxpayers who won’t meet the Thursday tax-filing deadline, now is the time to ask the Internal Revenue Service for an automatic four-month extension. Portales CPA Terry Cone knows about those extensions. He is recommending people who have complicated returns to file, but haven’t met […]

CIA cancels terror lecture

Mike Linn A lecture and two other events featuring a Central Intelligence Agency officer were canceled on Wednesday after a local newspaper editor refused to withhold the agent’s name in a planned story. A CIA public affairs officer said printing the CIA officer’s name in the newspaper could put his life in danger. Freedom Newspapers […]

Water board hires help for financial studies

Jack King Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members voted Wednesday to let the Albuquerque securities firm Dain Rauscher do a study of the authority members’ financing capacity, while awaiting the completion of a second, related, study. Kevin Powers, a vice president of Dain Rauscher’s municipal fixed income division, said company personnel will visit […]

N.M. budget looking low for future

David Arkin: PNT Correspondent A financial committee’s prediction that New Mexico might face up to a $170 million budget shortfall by 2006 would create difficult spending decisions for the state, a local lawmaker said. The Legislative Finance Committee, which released on Tuesday its five-year forecast, claims government spending is expected to outpace revenues by about […]

Hounds topped by Highlands

Freedom Newspapers Second baseman Zach Dominguez doubled home two runs to cap a four-run fourth inning, lifting New Mexico Highlands to an 8-4 victory over Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday in non-conference baseball game at Greyhound Field. The outburst gave the Cowboys (24-18) a 6-2 lead and they stayed in control from there as six […]

Texico trouble for Tigers

By Rick White CLOVIS — Elida baseball coach Jimmy Dale Ward knows some days he’ll just have to settle for small victories. Days like Tuesday when Texico routed the Tigers 18-3 in a District 7-1A/2A game at Brady Field. Overpowered by Texico starter Justin Loven for four innings, the Tigers (1-4, 0-2 district) rallied for […]

Board approves addition for school

Tony Parra Budget discussions dominated Tuesday night’s Portales Municipal School Board meeting. School board members approved an agreement between the school district and Greer Stafford Inc. for a new wing at Brown Early Childhood Center. The agreement requires the project not exceed the allocated $1.5 million before taxes. “(Cost) is going to be on a […]

Tearful hearing ends with denial

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Tony Parra In an emotional proceeding, Ninth Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley denied Deanna Willis’ request to have her sentence of four years in prison reduced on Tuesday. Willis was forgiven by her victim’s husband, Don Hoover, but the court could not be as lenient. Assistant District Attorney Donna Mowher said the court did not […]

Portales to pick up its trash

MIchelle Seeber Clean and Beautiful. That’s how organizers of the Clean and Beautiful Committee want Portales to look by the end of the day Saturday. Veda Urioste, Clean and Beautiful coordinator and the city’s administrative assistant, said she is calling on volunteers from throughout Portales to participate in the city-wide trash cleanup that day. Groups […]

Scholars honored at awards ceremony

Michelle Seeber “Hoss” Bichsel, a 22-year-old senior at Eastern New Mexico University, was one of several students who won two or more scholarships Tuesday at the college’s Scholarship and Awards Ceremony held at the Campus Union Ballroom. Bischel’s scholarships were the Malott Music Scholarship for $600 and the Donald V. Paschke Young Singer Award for […]

Obits April 14

Marie Purcell, 74 Marie Purcell, 74, of Portales, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at her home. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Servioces are pending. D.L. Wheeler, 86 D.L. Wheeler, 86, of Roy died Monday, April 12, 2004, at Farwell Convalescent Center. He was born on Sept. 6, 1917, in Sapulpa, Okla., […]

Portales community full of characters

MIke Linn For the past year I have lived and worked in Portales, a community of characters galore, funny folk and, as the sign reads, a few old grouches. But because of my transfer to the Clovis office of Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico I will no longer work in Portales. Needless to say, I’ll […]

PHS golf teams finish second

By Kevin Wilson It felt like a win for the Portales girls golf team, even though the scoreboard said otherwise. The opposite seemed true for the Clovis girls. Clovis won Monday’s tournament at Portales Country Club, but the host Lady Rams earned a qualifying score toward the Class 1A-3A state tournament. Clovis, which is in […]