Xcel upgrades complete

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Alisa Boswell System overloads during winter cold snaps have prompted $1.6 million in upgrades across Portales, according to Xcel Media Relations Director Wes Reeves. Reeves said the improvements by Xcel were completed the end of February after being put into effect in early 2011, just after numerous winter power outages in January and February. Reeves […]

Honors —

Ritch Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized Pat Ritch as auxilian of the month for February. Ritch joined the auxiliary in January 2008. She volunteers in the gift shop.

Cold-damage assistance available for low-income homeowners

Dixey Evans has been without regular running water for seven-and-a-half weeks. Since the below-zero temperatures in February burst the first pipe, she’s had one leak or broken pipe after another at her Clovis home. Evans said she ran out of money to pay plumbers without getting everything fixed, and she doesn’t have homeowner’s insurance. “When […]

Feb. 15 — Elida news

Schedule February 14: Clovis Christian, T, JH G 7th, JH B, 4 p.m. (make-up game) February 17: San Jon, H, V G&B, 5:30 February 19: Roy, H, 7th G, JH B, V G&B, 1 p.m.

School board positions to be filled by February

Superintendent Randy Fowler said four Portales school board positions will be filled in a Feb. 1 election. Candidates have one day to file — Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office.

Portales past: Sept. 27, 1945

Portales Daily News: Fred Otto, Lowell Harp, Price Gandy, Henry Wright, Ralph Newman, Aaron Alston and Wilburn Welch, who left Roosevelt County in in February 1941, along with all the 45th Division, received their discharges at Fort Bliss and have come home.

My turn: Serious anglers find ways to fish

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Clarence Plank Avid anglers go through some serious effort when it comes to catching that prize-winning fish for their next meal. Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder is one serious angler. When Kryder went to Oasis State Park in February, she found the pond covered with more than an inch of ice except for a […]

Experts: Milk industry financial troubles causing unemployment jump

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local officials say financial ripples in the milk industry are the major reason unemployment has jumped across Curry and Roosevelt counties. Those same officials believe it will be short lived as the industry emerges from its economic difficulty. The latest data released Thursday shows in February, unemployment in Roosevelt […]

Free hearing screenings scheduled

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Speech and Hearing Clinic is set to conduct free hearing screenings for children and adults during February, March and April. Sessions are by appointment. Information and appointments: 562-2156.

New credit bill will be painful fix for economy

Freedom New Mexico Banks are quietly changing credit card terms because of a law approved by Congress, ostensibly to prevent credit card abuses. Its effect, however, will be to restrict credit further and prompt banks to switch fixed-interest accounts to variable rates that can be increased even more quickly. The nobly named Credit Card Accountability, […]