ENMU year starts with Dawg Days

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University officials want to give freshman a good first impression. That impression will come from the Third Annual Dawg Days festivities, which begin on Thursday. “If they feel like they don’t belong, they’re going to leave,” Will Kayatin, Director of Office of Student Activities and Organizations and Director of […]

Fair teaches life lessons for entrants

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By Laurie Stone The Roosevelt County Fair is underway as entrants make their last-minute preparations. This year’s fair has undergone a few changes which opens the door to a wider variety of participants. “From our livestock, entertainment, vendors and carnival, we have the best fair around,” said Kent Best, president of the Roosevelt County Fairboard. […]

Broncos hope to learn on the fly

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By Dave Wagner FLOYD — Floyd six-man football coach Jeff Gillespie says the Broncos have experience coming back this season — just not “experience experience.” What the team’s third-year coach means is that several players are back who have played varsity football in the past, but not necesarily started. “I’m pleased with what we’ve done […]

Floyd volleyball team hopes to change fortunes

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By Dave Wagner FLOYD — When the Floyd volleyball team was good last year, second-year coach Sean Wootton says, the Lady Broncos was very good. When they weren’t, well … “Either we were on or we were off,” Wootton said, citing an example. “Last year we beat House here in three games, and at their […]

4-H members prepare for fair

By Tony Parra The time is quickly approaching for 4-H agriculture students and their projects. They will have their craftsmanship on display this week during the fair. Students participating in the 4-H events will have to start entering their horticulture, arts and crafts, sewing and baking projects in on Tuesday between 12 p.m. to 6 […]

Area schools on par with rest of state

By Tony Parra Portales schools received scores hovering around the state average for math and language arts tests for fourth and eighth graders, according to a press release from the New Mexico Public Education Department released on Thursday. The Portales fourth and eighth graders scored above the state average in one category, average in one […]

Bingaman makes rounds in Portales

By Tony Parra U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman spoke to a Portales gathering on a few topics residents dealing with health care and wind energy on Friday at noon at Mark’s Eastern Grill, culminating Bingaman’s tour in Portales. Bingaman (D-N.M.) spoke about voters and asked people at the gathering to encourage young people to come out […]

Q&A, Jeff Bingaman

Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was in Portales last week. He sat down with Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico staff for about 30 minutes. Q: What are the chances the Ute Water Project will receive 80 percent funding from the federal government, with 10 percent from the state and 10 percent from local […]

Aug. 22 Obituaries

Donald L. Killgore, 82 Donald L. Killgore, 82, of Carlsbad, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, at his home. He was born on Dec. 20, 1921, in Bristo, Okla., to Sylvester and Myrtle Sampson Killgore. They moved to Elida, when he was a child. He was raised and educated in Elida. He married Ovella Lou Nicholas […]

Weather helps peanut belt

Staff and Wire Reports Recent storms brought much-needed rain to the peanut belt Staff and Wire Reports ALBANY, Ga. — Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley brought much-needed rain to parched Southern peanut fields, but growers say they still need regular showers and moderate temperatures over the next three to four weeks to maximize yields. […]