June 23 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Ch‘ree Essary (5); Ethel Standefer. Anniversaries: Don and Linda Essary (36 years). Upcoming Events The Seniors meet every Thursday in the Senior Center from 5-9 p.m. to play games. All seniors in the area are invited to come down and play. Around Town Josh Rector and his sister Lauren are […]

June 23 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael There was also rain in the Milnesand, Pep, Bluit areas last week. They are the areas having been missed for so long. Some ranchers had to haul water for cattle a year or so ago. However, I understand there have been more wells drilled for their needs. Reunion The Milnesand reunion will […]

June 23 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Birthdays, June 26-July 2 Jorgie Chavez, Delma Graves, Blake Cotton, John Hatcher, Manuel Jasso, David Graves, Carrie Hamilton, Chad Hatcher, Sean Belden, Harding Burris, Tom Dannelley, Scott Welch, Junior Jasso, Cherry Eckland and Matt Jenkins. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Anthony and Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Bilberry. Trips June 28-July 17, Halee […]

June 23 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Rain, rain, rain! The heavens finally opened. The past week or so has been a little different weather-wise. The Lord has surely answered our prayers for rain. The first in the area was the first part of last week but too late for my news. It was heavier in some areas, I […]

Something’s fishy about certain pets

By Jim Lee I doubt if there is anything on this planet that ranks remotely close to a fish in the hierarchy of general weirdity. Just watch one of those critters swimming around aimlessly in its tank or bowl for a while — unless there’s something better to do. They always look surprised. Why does […]

Baseball hasn’t changed, but we have

By Kevin Wilson In late May, I had a chance to use a few days of vacation to get away from the constant variety of sports that I had covered over the previous few months. Just two days into the vacation, as I sat in the left-field bleachers at Isotope Park in Albuquerque, it was […]

ENMU enrollment rises 8 percent for summer session

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University’s enrollment for the last two years has been bucking a downward trend and the same held true for the summer session. University President Steven Gamble said enrollment for the summer session this year is at 1,240, up 8 percent from last year’s total of 1,143, an increase of […]

June 22 Obituaries

Norma Cottrell, 51 Norma “Dustie” Cottrell, 51, of Carlsbad, died Friday, June 18, 2004, at her home. She was born on Sept. 23, 1952, in Portales, to Alan and Helen Newbury Mead. She attended school in Portales. Family members said she loved her family and was especially crazy about her grandchildren. She was preceded in […]

Students choose logging on in lieu of library research

By Mike Linn The story goes something like this: A graduate student logs onto the Internet to research a major paper, finds a site, quotes its content only to find out later the site’s information was gathered by a sixth-grader. The tale is an example of the dangers associated with students using Internet search engines […]

Taekwon-Do athletes go international

By Kevin Wilson Some have been involved for decades, some more than half their lives. Some are eligible for the first time, some eligible for their last. All are black belts, and all hope for a chance at world domination, starting this weekend in New Haven, Conn. Five members of Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do are […]

City holds dedications, celebrations

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By Tony Parra Everything worked out perfectly for Heritage Days’ organizers and vendors as Portales residents participated in the events without it being rained out. The recently built Portales Junior High Gymnasium was dedicated to Kenneth Livingston, who was a longtime PJH principal before his death in 1987. “It’s amazing,” Bill Livingston, Kenneth’s son, said. […]

Langston chosen as top pioneer

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By Tony Parra Dewey Langston walked into the Memorial Building auditorium on Friday evenng and walked out the winner of the 2004 Pioneer of the Year Award. “It’s quiet humbling,” Langston said, “especially when you think of the people who were recognized and have been recognized with the award.” The measure of what Langston meant […]

Hill to be renamed

By Mike Linn This is the story of a group of black men who fought for their lives, and one black man who fought for their honor. It’s about soldiers who sought shelter, and a Portales man in search of a colorless society. It’s about a 50-foot hill near the Texas border in Roosevelt County, […]

Villanueva seen as shining star by family

By Helena Rodriguez Pedro “Pete” Villanueva was the glue that stuck his family together, the backbone, the shining star. He was the special angel who left a void, a big space in the hearts of all those whose lives he touched. This is how Rosalie Pacheco of Portales and Arthur Villanueva of West Jordan, Utah, […]

Salaz enjoys working on cars

By Helena Rodriguez Name: Antonio “Tonkas” Salaz Occupation: Auto mechanic Hometown: Portales Family: Wife, Antonia; children, Beverly, Shirley and Margarita Antonio “Tonkas” Salaz is employed as a mechanic for the City of Portales and also works on cars at his home during his spare time. His hobby is automotive restoration. He also enjoys hunting. His […]

Old Thunder wasn’t the greatest gift after all

By Bob Huber In case you haven’t noticed, this is that wonderful time of year when we celebrate Father’s Day. (Pause here for drum roll.) Warning: No matter that your daughter gave you a bolo tie with a Girl Scout emblem on it, or that your son gave you a birthstone ring made of cement, […]

Dad managed to keep this daughter happy

By Alexis Domme: Guest columnist Something I’ll always appreciate about my dad is that he will drop whatever he is doing to make his daughters happy.  When I was in eighth grade, my soccer team discovered our coach had quit. This was halfway through the season and the league basically said, “Too bad.” We were […]

June 20 Obituaries

W.E. Dendy, 80 Mr. W.E. “Ed” Dendy, 80, of Portales, died Friday, June 18, 2004, at his home. He was born on Sept. 2, 1923, in Olustee, Okla., to Bessie and Carl Dendy. The Dendy family came to Portales from Olustee, Okla., in 1927. In 1943 he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Coast […]

June 20 Public Record

The following certificates of marriage were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Adolfo Arroyo, 21, of Portales to Ricarda Lopez, 24, of Rogers. • Donald Smith, 23 to Dorothy Vander Sterre, 25, both of Portales. • John Fair, 44, of Portales to Tracy Scorzafava, 42, of Clovis. • Joshua Curtsinger, 23, to Amanda […]

Dad: Here’s to unfinished milk, melodies

By Helena Rodriguez As a child, nothing was more comforting than hearing the thumping of Dad’s boots in the wee hours of the morning, reassuring me he was home safe from another music gig. Even as an adult, I would wait for that familiar thumping in the night when I stayed with my parents. Only […]