Elections can be better than Halloween

By Jim Lee Here we are at Halloween again, munchkins begging for munchies while dancing along the street in quasi-Mardi Gras outfits. As a matter of fact, some may be coming for the second consecutive evening because of the occasion falling on a Sunday. I would really look forward to Halloween if I were allowed […]

Pickers keep up with passion for music

By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — David Nash insists that there’s a different story behind every member of the Floyd Backporch Pickers. The evidence supports him. There’s the former business owner that admits he’s still a little too shy to talk to everyone, the 60-year-old man who just took up an instrument in December and the […]

Aug. 22 Floyd School News

Watermelon Welcome The annual watermelon welcome will be at 6 p.m. on Monday. All parents and students are invited to visit and have fun with the faculty and staff under the big tree. The cheerleaders will be selling hamburgers and drinks. Watermelon is all-you-can-eat and is free. The cheerleaders will also have a cake auction. […]

Practical jokes take ridicule to the extreme

Jim LeeWell, it looks like we survived April Fool’s Day this year. Why does this date become an excuse for practical jokes? I ne Well, it looks like we survived April Fool’s Day this year. Why does this date become an excuse for practical jokes? I never have understood that. Why do we need practical […]

Having fun on and off the court

By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — Ashleah Richards goes as hard to the buffet line as she does to the boards. Classmate Joni Brakebill is no slouch either when it comes to piling food on a plate. “It’s free food,” said Brakebill, whose pre-practice morning fare Thursday included scrambled eggs with Tabasco sauce and biscuits and […]

Flamingos flock for funds

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Mike Linn Pink flamingos are helping a Portales church group get to Haiti. They’re not the real flamingos that fish in lagoons in the Caribbean nation, but the fake plastic ones that have been popping up on the lawns of Portales residents recently. For $10, residents can send about 12 plastic pink flamingos to someone’s […]

Fair offers chance for children to shine

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Janet Bresenham The day before the Market Goat Show at the Roosevelt County Fair, Kelsey McKinney’s goat did one of the things goats are known for doing — eating anything they find. Kit Pettigrew, McKinney’s agriculture teacher from Dora, was at the fairgrounds when it happened. “Her goat ate a whole bottle of soap,” he […]

Dinosaur exhibit part of park’s fun

By Angela Peacock Editor’s Note: This is a weekly series about family-oriented activities within a day’s drive of Portales. Painting a picture of New Mexico’s history from the beginning of time is what officials said people will experience when they visit Albuquerque’s New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. One of the museum’s biggest […]

Badlands Street Party to celebrate bikers this weekend

Freedom Newspapers Like the fabled Phoenix rising from its own ashes, the Badlands Street Party has the makings of success after its earlier demise, organizers say. “We’re pretty pleased,” said Brent Capshaw, an event organizer. “For something that was belly-up and canceled about six months ago, it’s coming along well, thanks to the effort of […]

Softball league a family affair

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By Kevin Wilson Some people get a summer job. The Quick family has landed a family business. Between Lee Quick, his wife Dedra and his two daughters, the Portales Girls Softball League has become what Lee calls a “family operation.” And the league is keeping the Quicks’ hands full. The league, which Lee is directiing […]