Is the future better? Fat chance.

By Bob Huber Notes on Independence Day from a historian of the future: Here at the Corporation for Better Health through Chemistry, we in the history department are researching the ill-fated Fat Revolt of 2004. Our investigation uncovered several first-person accounts, all written in brown gravy. To clearly define the opposing forces of that historic […]

Classes back in session for PHS alumni

By Tony Parra Organizers are hoping to have 71 years of Portales High School graduates at the Portales High School Reunion during the Roosevelt County 2004 Heritage Days on Friday and Saturday. The reunion is also open to former faculty of Portales High, dating back to 1933. Registration for the event is on Friday at […]

June 9 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The area, along with the nation, are remembering our beloved actor/president, Ronald Regan. We can’t all pass by his casket to honor his life and pay our regards. However, we can sympathize with the family from our homes and also rejoice that he is now at peace in a far better place. […]

Citizens get home-buying advice at fair

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Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega dubbed the housing fair on Saturday a “great success” with over 120 people from across eastern New Mexico participating in the event. Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture, Fannie Mae Foundation and the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority met with individuals interested in buying a new home. “As […]

Family remembers special loved one

By Michelle Seeber Tamara Smart Smith, 28, who lived in Portales the last year-and-a-half of her life, was the mother of a daughter, Hailey Towler, of Artesia. She was a friend to her “special sisters, Misty, Sunnidae and Sandy Taylor” and to her “special mother,” Mary. But most of all, she was happy, family members […]

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 […]

Good surprises come from good conversation

TV Hagenah About three decades ago, I was living in Trinidad, Colo., and periodically I would go down to Raton to catch the horse races. I am not a big gambler, but I do enjoy watching a man and animal work in tandem and I enjoy watching a horse run well. On this particular Saturday […]

Warriors knock Rams out of playoffs

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By Mike Linn The Portales Rams’ inability to convert had plagued them all season. In the final eight minutes of the district 4-3A tournament — the final stanza of the year — the plague reached its climax. The Rams entered the fourth quarter with a three-point lead and broke down both defensively and at the […]

Bad luck always comes in threes

In the old days, I resigned myself that bad luck came in threes, i.e., three flat tires, three smashed fingers or three social faux pas. It’s comforting to know that good ol’ Dakota Mike is still proving my theory. And, I’m not even counting the initial injury that resulted in a swollen right knee, which […]

Zias work (double) overtime for win

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By Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University Zias aren’t about to go down easily. Down by 12 points with less than 13 minutes left in the second half, the Zias dug down to force overtime on a last-second baseline shot by freshman guard Heather Brown, then pulled away in the second overtime to beat […]