Ex-PHS runner qualifies for Boston Marathon

By Dave Wagner When he was laboring away nearly a quarter of a century ago for the Portales High track team, no one could have guessed Bob Harmon Jr. would eventually qualify for the Boston Marathon. Harmon, though, plans to run to marathoning’s major event on April 18 after qualifying for the 26.2-mile race with […]

Feb. 16 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Dora area residents are thankful for all the moisture that continues to come. It gives great hopes for the crops this yea and for pasture grass too. Banquet The Valentine Banquet Sunday evening at the Dora Baptist Church was well attended. The funds from those attending and other promised contributions will go […]

Stevens fills “superhero” role as mother

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Compiled by Laurie Stone Your name: Pam Stevens Your job: Secretary/ Education Director at Southside Church of Christ Your age (date of birth): 44 — Sept. 9, 1960 Your hometown: Roswell. Your family: Husband, Terry 44; Daughter, Carlee 14; Sons, Lane ,16, Shelby, 13 and Colton, 11. What do you think of Portales? “I love […]

Sometimes going forward is all you can do

By Helena Rodriguez When you enter that dark, cavernous passageway of uncertainty that life so often brings us to, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes it’s just a flicker, just a spark, just a shadow up ahead, if that. Sometimes there’s nothing but darkness. By continuing to move […]

Goble hoping for bounce-back

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By Dave Wagner In three years as Eastern New Mexico University’s setter, Margie Goble set single-season and career records for assists. After sitting out last year with a torn right ACL sustained on the second day of practice, she’s coming back focused more on team goals for the Zias. ENMU volleyball coach Mike Maguire said […]

Chandler cruises in DA race

By Mike Linn Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties chose youth over experience in electing Matthew Chandler as their new district attorney. Chandler earned roughly 62 percent of the 4,057 votes cast and defeated fellow Republican and incumbent District Attorney Brett Carter in Tuesday’s 9th Judicial District election. “It’s been a long four months, but […]

Hero title needs to be earned

By Jim Lee We hear a lot of talk about heroes these days. That’s a good thing because we need heroes. We need people we can admire, people who give us and (especially) our children a positive role model. A society without heroes is a society without values. What defines our society to a large […]

Cook to stay with home team

Kevin Wilson Time will tell as to whether the middle and ending are similar, but Erika Cook has chosen to start her college years the same way she started her high school years — in Portales, alongside Laci Lee and Ashley Golden. Cook has signed on with Eastern New Mexico University to play basketball, where […]

Officials examine why more don’t run for office

David Arkin Voters expecting to find plenty of choices for House and Senate seats on the upcoming June 1 primary and Nov. 2 general election may be in for a surprise — their choices are severely limited. There will be 29 House and 18 Senate contested races in the November election. And the figures for […]

Quintero knew meaning of a hard day’s work

By Tony Parra Florentino Quintero was a man who enjoyed everything, but was not mischievous and never looked for trouble, according to family and friends. Quintero died on Jan. 14 at his home at the young age of 36. “He was hard-working and he was a calm kid, growing up,” Antonio Quintero said about his […]

Watters somewhat declawed as Lady Cats coach

By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — His salt-and-pepper hair isn’t the only thing that has changed about Miles Watters as he’s grown older. The differences are subtle as the hundreds of shades of white paint, but they’re there. His passion game still burns as hot as the mid-afternoon sun and he accepts nothing less than perfection […]

Hill scores 17 in Portales win

Freedom Newspapers ARTESIA — Morgan Hill scored a season-high 17 to lead four in double figures, and the Lady Rams outscored Artesia 20-6 in the first quarter en route to a 65-27 win Friday night at the Bulldog Pit. Portales (11-3) also got 16 from Erika Cook, 11 from Kassandra Richards and 10 from Ashleah […]

Lady Rams looking to repeat

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By Kevin Wilson For that small period of time where basketball practices overlapped the end of volleyball season, it felt like there were two coaches named Gomez at each Lady Ram basketball practice. While Brenda Gomez got ready for her 17th season as Portales coach, senior point guard Roni was doing on-the-court training with her […]

Greyhounds cruise past winless Tigers

By Kevin Wilson BLACKWATER DRAW — Veteran Greyhound football coach Bud Elliott admits his team’s offense is still shooting itself in the leg at times. Fortunately, they saved more than enough ammunition for East Central. The host Greyhounds scored early and often, rolling out 415 total yards of offense in a 32-2 blowout Saturday evening […]

Strong work ethic equals success

Tony Parra and Janet Bresenham Most business owners agree: Hard work and customer service have always been the key to any business’ success. But do area residents demonstrate strong work ethics? Interviews on Labor Day weekend 2003 suggest yes … and no. Troy Hinton, owner of Portales’ IGA grocery store, said Portales has a strong […]

Humor, Christianity shape father

By Angela Peacock A hard working family man who enjoyed a good practical joke is how family members said they will remember James Wood. Besides a wonderful sense of humor, Charles Wood said he will always respect his father’s belief that anyone regardless of their circumstances can improve themselves and their lives. “Dad instilled in […]

A true American story is hard to come by

Jim Lee Well, here we are in the second half of 2003. It just doesn’t seem possible. It feels like New Year’s Day happened around last week, and now we’re closer to 2004 than 2002. It makes me stop and realize that, other than just one day, birthdays are always less than a year away. […]

Big names featured at Clovis rodeo

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Buster Record has spent more than a decade making his name as a steer roper in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Even if technically it isn’t his name. “It’s really a nickname,” said Record, who was named Tommy at birth, “but it’s the only name I’ve ever been called. It’s […]