Teacher reflects on community help

By Bob Fabian Christmas for Carol Lang is a story of losing a granddaughter. Thanks to many Floyd community members, it’s also a story of how people come together for those in need. One of Lang’s 13 grandchildren, Ashely Renee Goar of Ruidoso, was born with congenital heart disease — Lang said Goar was born […]

Homicide rate rises in 2004

By David Irvin The number of homicides in Curry County and Clovis in the last five years has increased 10-fold, a trend law enforcement officials say is a product of heightened gang activity in the community. In 2004 there were nine homicides in Clovis and one in Curry County, making it top among law enforcement […]

Dec. 26 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: — Henry Graves, 45, pled guilty to larceny (more than $250) and will serve 18 months of supervised probation. The following marriage certificates were recently issued in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: — Gary Robbins, 54, and Rose Pechal, 44, both of Portales.

Christmas not about hype, but happiness

By Jim Lee We have another Christmas behind us. No more trying to remember Uncle Edgar’s favorite color for new suspenders or if your spouse’s grandma will take out her teeth at Christmas dinner and complain about the mixed nuts. Yesterday ended the panic, running out of tape at the last minute, and braving the […]

Poinsettia placement a problem

By Bob Huber When Christmas dust settles, I always face a colossal quandary — what do I do with the poinsettias? They never come with directions. In many cases, I don’t even know who sent them. To my way of thinking, they’ve turned into a national dilemma. Do I transplant them in the garden? Hack […]

Dec. 26 Obituaries

Viola J. Wiggs Mrs. Viola J. Wiggs, 90, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, in Amarillo. She was born Nov. 25, 1914, in New Mexico. She was raised in New Mexico and attended Texico High School. She married Melvin Lee Wiggs on July 25, 1935, in Clovis. He died in July of 1998. She […]

Rams look to build on Moriarty win

By Dave Wagner A heartbreaking, last-second defeat at Los Lunas on Dec. 17 left Portales High senior Chris Kirchner and his teammates seeing red. Kirchner scored 19 points and helped the Rams pull into a tie in the final minute, only to see Los Lunas’ Alex Stein hit a desperation 3-point bank shot at the […]

Eastern’s Elliott calls it a career after 48 years

By Dave Wagner If his health would let him, Eastern New Mexico University’s Bud Elliott would probably go on coaching forever. As it is, it wasn’t easy for the veteran coach — he turned 73 on Christmas Eve — to step down. Elliott spent 48 seasons as a high school and college head football coach, […]

Lady Rams meet Farmington in Clovis tournament

By Dave Wagner With three starters lost to graduation and facing the usual challenging schedule, Portales High girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez realized her team’s 23-4 record of a year ago would be hard to match. Still, she admits to being a bit impatient when it comes to gauging the progress of her 2004-05 squad, […]

Tivis a survivor, “walking miracle”

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By Tony Parra Friends and family members call Nancy Tivis, owner of The Fashion Girl women’s clothing store, “A Walking Miracle” and this Christmas their faith grows stronger in her and God because of her experience. Nancy Tivis is a survivor of a liver transplant which she had in April after her liver completely quit […]