Veteran’s clubs could be fined for liquor laws

Darrell Todd Maurina Johnny Washington has a warning for veteran’s groups: Dot your “i’s,” cross your “t’s,” or face major problems with state liquor and gaming regulators. Speaking at Wednesday’s meeting of the Joint Veterans Council of Clovis, Washington said state veterans organizations and other private clubs have been forced to reexamine their activities following […]

Student spells his way to state

Tony Parra Eighth-grader Juan Contreras topped 11 contestants to claim the Portales school district Spanish spelling bee title Friday morning. Contreras, who edged a fifth-grade student in the final round, will participate in the state spelling bee contest in Albuquerque on Feb. 7. Contreras finished third in last year’s competition, but on Friday beat out […]

Dry winds spark fire season for High Plains

Darrell Todd Maurina Many New Mexicans watched in shock this summer as the scenic Rio Grande bosque passing through downtown Albuquerque caught fire and threatened the city. Similar fires in California didn’t just threaten but actually destroyed many structures and killed some residents. Local fire officials warn that it’s now the season for fires on […]

A gift from the heart lasts forever.

Joan Clayton My grandson and his wife handed me a beautifully wrapped package. I could feel a frame through the paper and thought it might be a photo. I unwrapped the package to find a letter from Jody’s heart. Jane had found the perfect frame. I began to read it out loud but stopped after […]

Residents pleased with financial seminar

Darrell Todd Maurina Leigh Ann Melancon and Mary Eldridge have nothing but positive things to say about how the “Conquering Debt God’s Way” seminars have helped their financial situation. Even though Melancon, an assistant finance director for the city of Clovis, has a degree in accounting, she said her academic and professional training didn’t prepare […]

Clovis church helps families with debt problems

Darrell Todd Maurina When Pastor Doug Brooks of Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis thinks of debt, danger comes to mind. “Certainly finances are among the biggest needs that young families face today,” Brooks said. “Credit is easily obtained, good or bad, and it usually puts people in a position where they spend more money than […]

Immigrants could get more opportunities under Bush’s plan

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — President Bush’s temporary worker program could mean more than just a chance for New Mexico’s illegal immigrants to emerge from the shadows of the state’s unofficial economy, a state Labor Department spokesman said. The proposal could pave the way for high-skilled undocumented workers to move legally up the labor market […]

Portales woman to appear on ‘The Early Show’

Mike Linn A Portales woman will grab the attention of millions nationwide next week. That’s thanks to a dart, a map and a phone book. Marilyn Buchanan, a 55-year-old teacher, is scheduled to appear on The Early Show’s “Everybody Has A Story,” a CBS feature that runs about twice a month. CBS reporter Steve Hartman […]

Community dedicates The Hartley House

Jack King More than 100 people attended the dedication of The Hartley House Wednesday, the new administrative offices of the area’s shelter for domestic violence. The Hartley House, at 900 N. Main St., was renamed in honor of Mary Carol Hartley, a community leader who died Oct. 16 after a 15-year on-and-off battle with cancer. […]

City lobbies for funds

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Tony Parra City officials are hoping road work and construction signs decorate the city of Portales this year. With the help of more than $2 million in funding from the New Mexico State Legislature, city officials may just get their wish. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city officials are requesting $2.42 million in funds for a […]