City goes over five years without homicide

By Mike Linn It’s a quarter till 2 on Saturday morning and downtown Portales is in deep slumber. With the exception of truckers and the isolated university party, the city is as calm and serene as a Louisiana swamp at dusk. Travel 20 miles north on New Mexico Highway 70 and the view can be […]

Judge content with Carter’s explanation

By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis said Thursday he is satisfied with reasons District Attorney Brett Carter provided for prosecutors missing recent court appearances. But Carter said he’s unhappy that news he was summoned to the bench to show cause for the absences was leaked to the media. Carter said he […]

U.S. dairies will be preserved

Mike Linn A Free Trade Agreement negotiated this weekend with Australia will preserve the American dairy system, local lawmakers say. Increased pressure from lawmakers in both parties and the dairy industry has prompted the U.S. Trade Ambassador to preserve most of America’s existing dairy tariff structure in the just-completed U.S.—Australia Free Trade Agreement, U.S. Rep. […]

Police: Portales man kills himself in Clovis pawn shop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Portales man killed himself in a Clovis pawn shop on Friday afternoon after he bought a shotgun and ammunition in the store, police said. William H. Windley Jr., 32, went into Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City, where he purchased a shotgun and ammunition of unknown gauge, put the gun to his […]

ENMU signs nine to squad

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott announced the signing of nine players to national letters of intent on Wednesday, including possibly the team’s quarterback of the future. Anthony Carter led Class 2A Jacksboro (Texas) High School to a 20-4 record over the past two seasons, and Elliott believes he could […]

Austalia seeks free dairy trade

Mike Linn Local dairy operators are fearful a proposed free trade agreement the president is negotiating with Australia may negatively impact their future business. Terms of the agreement are scheduled to be released this week, and early indications are that Australia is seeking free trade of dairy products into the United States, according to Matt […]

Rams pull upset over West Las Vegas

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By Kevin Wilson The mantra is that offense wins games, but defense wins championships. While that goal seems a little lofty for the Portales Rams at the moment, it was good enough to give them their fourth win of the year. Austin Pullen’s layup with seven seconds left put the Rams up for good, but […]

Football games ends in surprise

Kevin Wilson In his bestseller “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” Mitch Albom wrote that every end is just a beginning, only we don’t know it at the time. On Sept. 15, 1984, in Ada, Okla., East Central thought it had the ending on a rout against visiting Eastern New Mexico University. A Kenny […]

Trinity Christian beats Portales at Shallowater Shootout

By Kevin Wilson SHALLOWATER, Texas — This early in the high school basketball season, eight games is a considerable amount of experience. It proved more than enough for Trinity Christian to finish off the Portales Rams. Forward Alex Knight led all scorers with 13 points, and a fine-tuned Lions team dominated the second half in […]