Give the gift of love this holiday

Joan Clayton   The gift of love is available to all of us and there is no finer gift. For many years the approaching holiday seasons for me turned into “‘tis the season to be stressful.” Cleaning, baking and shopping brought exhaustion, and by the time Christmas Eve rolled around, I had lost the real […]

LaSage looks for improvement

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University second-year cross country coach Greg LaSage knows that the Abilene Christians of the world are out of range in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference cross country meet, set for Portales Country Club. What he’s looking for is improvement over last year, when the Greyhounds finished eighth out of 10 men’s […]

Chief of schools sought job

By Mike Linn Portales Schools Superintendent Dr. James Holloway is looking to extend his career beyond the realms of Portales, and was one of four finalists for the Carlsbad schools superintendent position that was filled by another candidate Friday afternoon. Holloway said his application in Carlsbad has nothing to do with the city where he […]

Best-selling author, New Mexico native, speaks at ENMU

Helena Rodriguez Her mother used to tease her for not using drugs. She once lived near a cesspool of violence and crime. And her cousins are in prison for murder. But somehow Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez said she was able to escape her family’s crime-riddled lifestyle and accomplish her dreams of becoming a best-selling writer. “I shouldn’t […]

Father, son take first in goat-roping contest

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Tony Parra A local resident won two roping competitions at Joe’s Boot Shop in Clovis this weekend. Kent Best and his 12-year-old son Ryan Best teamed up to win the Words’ Championship Goat-Roping Challenge this weekend in a portable arena at the shop’s parking lot. “I’ve been roping since I was five years old,” Kent […]

Elida plans to build around its offense

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Kevin Wilson ELIDA — One would need only a few seconds inside the Elida High School gymnasium to tell that its gym is going through some changes. As for the volleyball team that will play in it, it doesn’t plan to do rebuilding any time soon. “We have a good team,” said senior setter Halee […]

Dora School News

Charlie Carmichael New Staff The new special education teacher is Goldie Rains and the aide is Laurie Perry. Mrs. Tulle is returning as the music-drama teacher this year. The new Librarian is Patsy Ward. There will be some change in the school board soon since there have been some families leaving our midst. There will […]

Best to hang up his hat after 30 years

By Kevin Wilson In a sense, Wendell Best traded one set of children for another. Best, 70, recently retired from his post as the national director for the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association. He leaves behind 30 years of service to what he considers his extended family throughout high school rodeo. “When I decided […]

Two Portales students ready for takeoff

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Mike Linn Two local students will get an aerial tour of Portales at 9 a.m. today, thanks to some drawings they sketched documenting a time line of air travel — from the Wright brothers to NASA’s atmosphere-penetrating space shuttles. Sunny Liu, 13, and recent Portales High graduate Monica Best won the state’s National Aviation Art […]

South County News June 11

Charlie Carmichael Sympathy To the friends and relatives on the death of Opal Hitt. She was born in the Longs area to Luna and Ethel Pruett on March 9, 1907. She attended school when Longs school was active, then in Dora, and later married Sid Hitt. They lived in the area for many years and […]