Groups combine to teach fastpitch

By Kevin Wilson It’s hard enough making the transition into high school athletics. A few groups are trying to make sure local softball players don’t have to adjust to a whole new sports on top of that. The city softball park played host this week to a fastpitch softball clinic, a joint effort through the […]

Report: Buzard’s tumor cancerous

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — A pathology report released on Thursday determined that a brain tumor which hospitalized Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard over the weekend is cancerous. ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Thursday night that an MRI was done on the 36-year-old Buzard earlier in the day, the results of […]

Officials look to keep office open in Portales

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega traveled to Albuquerque earlier this week to meet with Department of Labor officials on trying to keep the Portales office open so Portales residents looking for unemployment and veteran services won’t have to drive to Clovis. The New Mexico Department of Labor employees were providing Workforce Investment Act services […]

Youth sentenced for vandalism

By Tony Parra Ninth Judicial District Attorney judge Ted Hartley sentenced a 14-year-old to a two-year commitment to the Children Youth and Families Department for his involvement in vandalism to buildings, including the Portales Junior High, Valencia and Steiner Elementaries in mid-May. The 14-year-old admitted to his involvement in burglary, larceny and vandalism, according to […]

Annoyances are part of God’s plan

By Joan Clayton It’s been hard for me to find something good about grackle birds. Those huge black birds annoy me. During the early dusk of the winter season a black sea of birds descend on neighborhood trees, including ours. They leave the lawns white with residue, not to mention vehicles. My husband’s great day […]

Saying sorry is sometimes too easy

By Helena Rodriguez Saying “I’m sorry!” has become so easy nowadays that it often loses its real meaning. It is the genuine “sorries” that are the hardest to express in words. And even harder, is knowing when to say “I’m sorry!” Do you apologize when you are not truly sorry just to make peace with […]

Buzard undergoes succesful surgery to remove tumor

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard had a brain tumor surgically removed Monday in Albuquerque, where he remains hospitalized. Buzard, 36, was taken ill over the weekend while in Albuquerque. “Sunday he just got really sick at my parents’ house,” said Buzard’s wife Jennifer. “He looked really pale and […]

Loan will go toward fiber optics

By Tony Parra A change in the availability of fiber optics for the residents of Roosevelt County is on the horizon after U.S. Representative Tom Udall confirmed Yucca Communications of Portales will receive more than $11 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee program on Monday. […]

Filmmaker looking at area for basketball movie

By Ryan Lengerich Eastern New Mexico could be become the filming location for a feature-length sports movie — if local officials can prove its likeness to 1960s Oklahoma. The New Mexico Film Office announced this week that Clovis and surrounding areas are being considered for a $7 million production with a crew comprised of about […]

Guardsmen come to aid of infant

Freedom Newspapers Two Army National Guardsmen may have saved a baby’s life after she stopped breathing on Tuesday night. Spc. Gabino Barreras and Sgt. Billy Gonzales, with the 27th Security Forces Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, were honored Wednesday by security forces leadership for their heroics in resuscitating the 8-month-old girl. Barreras said the […]

Area put under ‘gustnado’ warning

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt and Curry counties were under a “gustnado” advisory Wednesday night, weather officials said, but no major damage was reported. A gustnado is weaker than a tornado, though residents were urged to stay indoors during the advisory, said Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos. Initially the National Weather Service issued a tornado […]

Agriculture secretary makes visit

By Mike Linn The U.S. secretary of agriculture came to Clovis on Wednesday behind an entourage of political, dairy and technological gurus to promote broadband and wireless services in rural America and the re-election of one of New Mexico’s congressmen. Ann M. Veneman told Eastern New Mexico Rural Co-op, local business and media personnel before […]

Further delays could drive up pipeline price

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local officials told an interim committee of the State Legislature on Wednesday morning that any further delays in building the Ute Water pipeline will hike costs by about $3 million per year. Total capital and enhancement costs for the proposed Ute Water system are now estimated at $310.2 million, according to […]

July 29 Obituaries

Calvin D. Griffin Jr., 19 Mr. Calvin D. Griffin Jr., 19, of Portales, died Sunday, July 25, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was born on Oct. 10, 1984, in Montebello, Calif., to Raquel Soto and Calvin D. Griffin. He lived in Alhambra, Calif., until 1990, when they moved to Tujunga, Calif. He attended school […]

Youth gets visit from Campos

By Tony Parra uesday afternoon gave Representative Joe Campos and Portales High School Junior Joderick Rodriguez a chance to talk about the concerns of the Portales Youth. The two met to discuss surveys sent out by Rodriguez and to find out what problems youth are having and what bothers them the most in eastern New […]

Rash of robberies hits county

By Tony Parra A rash of robberies in Roosevelt County involving televisions, VCRs and, in one robbery, guns, have tainted the summer for county residents. Richard Short of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department said the related robberies happen within the span of June and July. He said there have been nine related robberies similar to […]

Officials discuss water supplies

By Darrell Todd Maurina Responding to drought conditions that have reached emergency levels in some parts of New Mexico, an interim committee of the State Legislature is holding two days of meetings in Clovis to discuss water supply concerns. Tuesday’s first session of the Water and Natural Resources Committee met at Clovis Community College and […]

Seth Green is the new Kevin Bacon

By Kevin Wilson Last week, I traveled from Portales to Colorado Springs, and back. Each trip runs about six to seven hours with rest stops and meal breaks. I had a broadcast of Saturday’s Red Sox-Yankees classic to keep me company on the return trip. For the way up, I had Seth Green. What am […]

July 28 Obituaries

Marcos Baca, 21 Mr. Marcos Leandro “Lee” Baca, 21, of Las Cruces, died Sunday, July 25, 2004, in Las Cruces. He was born on Feb. 12, 1983, in Portales, to Terri and Marcos Baca. He lived in various communities, but mostly in Portales until he completed the ninth grade. During those years he played Little […]

July 28 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Birthdays August 1-7 Heath Husted, Berlene Rogers, Gloria Carrasco and Roger Moore. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bird, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Bailey, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Creighton, Mr. and Mrs. Wes Fraze and Mr. and Mrs. Wade Jordan. Visitors The Thurmans recently had John Bailey, from Seaside, Ore., their daughter, Shirley […]