Celebration returning to Portales

By Tony Parra Portales was such a popular place for the Channel 10 television representatives two years ago that the station will be making another trip to Portales for its Summer Celebration Tour. During the tour on July 11, Channel 10 anchors will be conducting a telecast live from the downtown square in Portales. Portales [...]

Portales increases graduation rates

By Tony Parra The Portales Schools District has already met one requirement of the adequately yearly progress guidelines by improving its high school graduation rate from 87 percent for the 2003-04 school year to 94 percent in 2004-05 school year. The district had more than 150 students graduate, but Priscilla Mestas, assistant superintendent and director [...]

Power outages hit Clovis

Freedom Newspapers Power outages became an issue again on late Saturday afternoon, with many of the same areas in Clovis lacking electricity that were hit by an outage in Friday’s storm. Xcel Energy spokesman Bob Crenshaw, who said it was not determined if the outages were related to the storm, estimated 2,800 to 3,000 homes [...]

July 3 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the Magistrate Court: •Sunnidae Taylor, 21, pleaded no contest disorderly conduct, and is ordered to serve six months and two days supervised probation, complete the Aspen program and pay all fines and fees. •Antonio Salguero, 39, pleaded no contest to battery against a household member, and is [...]

Donations help create makeovers

By Leslie Radford Tifani Pitcock and her two infant children were overwhelmed Friday when volunteers from the Lighthouse Mission showed up on her door step with a 24-foot utility trailer carrying enough furniture to fill her tiny apartment on west Grand Street. “This is so awesome,” said the 21-year-old mother as she watched Lighthouse volunteers [...]

Batteries gain second life

By Jim Lee Back in May I wrote about the car battery going dead. That got me thinking about why the car parts place wanted the old battery. The matter had to have some significance because I had to turn in the old battery to buy the new one. What would anybody want with a [...]

Holiday means freedom … from eyebrows

By Bob Huber When Independence Day — the holiday, not the movie — rolls into town each year on a Wal-Mart truck, I always remember the launching of America’s first intercontinental ballistic missile. That singular event established once and for all that children should never play with matches. It began one summer when my friend [...]

Principi letter questions BRAC choices

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — A letter from the military base closing commission chairman to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asks whether the Pentagon considered a plan that would keep Cannon Air Force Base open. In the letter, Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asks whether Rumsfeld considered moving the assets [...]

O’Connor at center during polarized times

She made history as the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court — by Ronald Reagan in 1981 — and then proceeded to flummox conservatives and liberals alike as she became what the pundits called the “swing vote” on issues with ideological ramifications. It might be more accurate to say that Sandra Day O’Connor [...]

Pear desserts, compost area topics this week

Information on quick and elegant pear desserts, setting up a compost area and preparing delicious meals will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at noon and on Saturda at 2 p.m. (All times are Mountain). “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Tamsen Salvador [...]