Fire destroys sorghum, hay on ranch east of Portales

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Fire destroyed an estimated $800,000 worth of ground hay and sorghum this afternoon on a ranch east of Portales. According to Wes Fraze, son-in-law of the W Diamond Heifer Ranch owner, R.L. Rogers, the fire began when a contracted worker was grinding the hay and sorghum. Fraze said the worker believed a rock had gotten […]

Monday morning briefing: Music choices, cheap eats and Nessie spotted

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Music, music, music The Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir Spring Concert is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Eastern New Mexico University Music Building’s Buchanan Hall. Information: Kathi Fraze at 562-2377 or by e-mail to kathi.fraze@enmu.edu. And, Metales M5 Mexican Brass is 7 […]

Weddings —

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BaileyNenita Mogan and Jerry Bailey of Clovis were married Nov. 18, 2010, at the Sunken Gardens in Clovis.The bride is the daughter of Felomino Morgan and Irene Obillo of Tubao, La Union, Philippines.The groom is the son of Foy Bailey.The maid of honor was Elsa Fitting and the flowergirl was Cashlin Fraze.The bestman was Abby […]

Portales past: Sept. 21, 1955

Portales Daily News: Ann Ruth Fraze, the Dora 4-H Club girl whose talents earlier this year won her a county award, has shown today, and has captured the coveted grand championship in the fat calf division of the Roosevelt County Fair.

Municipal elections draw few candidates

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer For the upcoming municipal elections, Dora and Floyd have fewer candidates than positions, while Elida has two contested races. The elections are scheduled for March 2, and write-in candidates can declare Tuesday. If no write-in candidates sign up, the village councils will have to fill the vacant positions by […]

PHS students to host auction

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Students of the junior class at Portales High School will host their annual class dinner and auction at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the school cafeteria. Catered by J4 Bar-B-Que Catering, the meal will feature a barbecue plate complete with sides and drink. Tickets for the event are $10 for […]

Cards trip up Rams in quarterfinals

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer ALBUQUERQUE — One day after advancing past Sandia Prep in the Class 1-3A boys state tennis team quarterfinals, the Portales Rams hit a roadblock in Saturday’s semifinals in the form of the undefeated, top-ranked Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals. Robertson dominated the match, winning 9-0 at Albuquerque Academy. “I feel […]

Ram tennis beats Lovington

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls tennis teams head into Friday’s District 4-3A tournament having both beaten Lovington 8-1 Tuesday at the Portales Junior High School tennis courts. “We’re very happy with this,” Ram coach Wade Fraze said. “From top to bottom, we showed more mental toughness than we had […]

Rams slam Clovis Wildcats

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Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Portales boys tennis coach Wade Fraze didn’t mind his team’s mini-break in the schedule. The Rams had been idle for nine days before Thursday’s dual against Clovis, but hardly missed a beat in handing the Wildcats an 8-1 shellacking. Girls teams were scheduled to play, but that match was canceled because […]

Village of Dora granted new water tower

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer There’s a new look to the Village of Dora. Standing against the skyline, just east of the Dora Church of Christ, is the new water tower. Completed in July, the tower stands approximately 110 feet tall and holds 93,000 gallons of water. The capacity of the old tower was […]

PHS netters roll past Artesia

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Neither boys coach Wade Fraze nor girls coach Michelle Wallis was totally happy with the performances of their teams. The results were satisfying, though. Portales’ boys handed Artesia a 9-0 loss in matches played at Zia Tennis Complex while the girls, playing mainly at the PHS courts, cruised to […]

Storm drops golf-ball-size hail on county

PNT Staff Monday night’s hailstorm caused some damage in Roosevelt County, but the storm was small compared to some from years past. “There were some golf-ball-sized (pieces of hail) here in Dora,” said Becky Fraze, a secretary for the Dora Fire Department. “We pruned the trees around here. The damage to the wheat crop maybe […]

3/20 Anniversary, Birthday

Anniversary Turner Leflar and Johnnie Mae Turner celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary Feb. 19 at their home in Portales. Forty-three friends and family members joined them for a brisket lunch. Leflar Turner and Johnnie Mae Newman were married Feb. 19, 1955 at the home of Dorsey and Edith Nash at Floyd. Their children are Kevin […]

Commissioners consider shift on legislative priorities

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners may reconsider a decision they made in regards to not sending a letter with their legislative priorities to Gov. Bill Richardson and the Department of Finance and Administration after the Roosevelt County Commission meeting on Tuesday. The commissioners have decided to investigate their decision a little further after they […]

Dora fire department receives grant

By Tony Parra The Dora Fire Department has received a $25,200 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration and will use the money for rescue equipment for the department. Village of Dora clerk Becky Fraze said the money will be used to purchase rescue equipment such as the jaws of life and other cutting equipment. […]

June 9 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Windy, dry and hot pretty well says it all about the weather in this whole area. I’m told from Lubbock, Lamesa and Amarillo on too the east has had rain, hail and twisters; hearing from friends and relatives being my information source. Sure pray it starts here soon so our dryland farmers […]

Switching parties a tactic for local voters

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze said Democrats want to have a say as to who fills Roosevelt County positions, and they’re willing to switch parties for that purpose. Fraze said she has seen 22 voters change their party affiliation from Democrat to Republican so they can vote on key positions during June […]

County commission passes same-sex marriage license ban

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners passed a resolution on Tuesday prohibiting the issuance of gay-marriage licenses. County Clerk Joyce Fraze and commissioners said they felt a resolution was needed after Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap recorded 26 licenses for gay and lesbian couples, which Attorney General Patricia Madrid quickly declared invalid, in late February. […]

April 21 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael The farmers are starting planting some corn now. There were some fields completed last week and others will be soon. All these showers have sure inspired those with dry land farms. It looks better for them than has in some time. Brisket Dinner There will be a brisket dinner served by the […]

County officials approve funds for voting machines

PNT Staff Roosevelt County officials met for a brief special session on Thursday afternoon in the courthouse to talk about the election year. Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze proposed resolution requesting approval for purchase of four voting machines, which will cost $6,200 apiece, to replace the old ones. Fraze said there was money in the […]