Chavez makes return trip to Portales

By Tony Parra Edward Chavez, a member of the New Mexico supreme court, visited Portales on Friday, a place he once called home. Chavez was touring the eastern part of New Mexico and visited with other people from the community at the Stephen Doerr/Randy Knudson law firm, midday Friday. Chavez was born in Santa Fe, […]

Gardner breaks Roberts’ streak in District 66

By Tony Parra Keith Gardner said New Mexico needs new blood in District 66. He’s got his wish. Voters elected Gardner into the position on Tuesday. Gardner received 976 of the votes in Roosevelt, Chavez, Eddy and Lea counties, with only the early voting left in Lea County. A Lea County official said the early […]

Young Ram team looking to make mark at state track

By Kevin Wilson Amador Lujan is a youngster in the definition of a high-schooler, but the sophomore is a veteran when the Portales Rams take the track today in the state meet. “I won’t be as nervous,” the 5-foot-11, 155-pound sprinter said of his second foray into the state track meet at the University of […]

Prep News and Notes, April 15

By Kevin Wilson The Ram baseball team couldn’t get a doubleheader sweep against New Mexico Military Institute Tuesday night, but they managed to pick up a new fan: NMMI coach Charlie Ward. The doubleheader was enough to convince Ward that the Rams are for real — he sent in his ballot Wednesday for the Albuquerque […]

Man dies in truck crash near Melrose

Darrell Maurina A fatal truck crash west of Melrose shut down the BNSF railroad and Highway 60/84 for hours on Wednesday while hazardous materials crews worked to remove pressurized gas cylinders containing flammable gases. During the cleanup, officers narrowly averted a second crash when a Ford F-150 pickup truck containing 18 people nearly hit De […]

Numbers high for Ram track teams

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By Kevin Wilson The future looks pretty bright for the Portales boys track team. Meanwhile, the Portales girls team seems OK with the present. Both teams have good numbers going into Friday’s meet at Carlsbad, with the boys team posting its highest participation in six seasons. “Being excited about the numbers, I’m even more excited […]

Feb. 24 Obituaries

Fred Bogard, 74 Fred Bogard, 74, of Clovis died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on Sept. 24, 1929, in Logan to Walter and Clarice LaRue Bogard. He married Goldie Hodge on Aug. 26, 1950, in Tucumcari. He was in the car business since he was 17 years […]

Girl says reunion an act of God

Mike Linn When Tracy Chavez saw her father three years ago she gave him a chilly reception. She didn’t give him a hug. She wouldn’t let him carry her bags. It had been almost 16 years since Ronnie Simmons disappeared from her life, and Chavez felt no need to embrace a man who for so […]

Portales hopes third time a charm against Dons

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By Kevin Wilson Based only on the events that have transpired this volleyball season, Portales High is not destined for its fourth-straight state title match appearance. However, the Lady Rams have two reasons to think a victory over West Las Vegas in today’s 1 p.m. Class 3A semifinal is possible, despite going 0-2 against the […]

Floyd football star hopeful for hoop opener

Kevin Wilson THE RIGHT KNEE of Floyd senior Chance Chenault may be wiped out for now, but the same can’t be said on his future as a high school athlete. Chenault took a hard hit to the knee during Floyd’s 50-40 loss at Logan two Fridays ago, a hit that the Bronco said “totally wiped […]