Religion Calendar, August 1

Sunday Foundations Class — 10 a.m., Liberty Baptist Church, 2000 S. Main St., Portales. For those who want to learn the basics of the Bible. For information, call 356-6023. Cornerstone Youth Ministry — 6 p.m., Cornerstone Building, 109 S. Main St., Portales. An off-campus youth ministry of First Baptist Church. For information, call 356-6761. Youth […]

Best to hang up his hat after 30 years

By Kevin Wilson In a sense, Wendell Best traded one set of children for another. Best, 70, recently retired from his post as the national director for the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association. He leaves behind 30 years of service to what he considers his extended family throughout high school rodeo. “When I decided […]

Dora High teen wins cooking contest

By Mike Linn Jena Bilberry wasn’t going to let a frito pie win this year’s New Mexico 4-H cooking competition. The Dora High School junior who had smelled but never tasted victory in seven previous years finally won approval of the judges’ stomachs on July 16 in Las Cruces. She edged 16 other competitors and […]

Volunteers help rodeo go smoothly

By Jack King CLOVIS — One night this week Karen McDaniel stayed at the rodeo arena wll past midnight getting a veterinarian for a contestant whose horse was coming down with colic. One night last year she and her husband, Cory, stayed until 3:30 a.m., digging up and repairing a broken water line. But, McDaniel […]

Obits 7/10

Dale Blandford, 70 Mr. Dale Blandford, 70, of Gisela, Ariz., died Friday, July 4, 2003, at the Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Ariz. He was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Shamrock, Texas, to Raymond and Marie Blandford. He grew up in Portales. After high school he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean […]

Summer league helps Rams work on skills

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — James Mendoza figured if hundreds of Texas teams and a few New Mexico state champions were doing 7-on-7 football, he could get a few local teams to follow suit. An idea turned into a series of phone calls, and through months of planning, Mendoza and six high schools have formed […]

Armitage trying to go out with style

By Kevin Wilson Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a four-part series on Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Rodeoers previously featured were Lynde Orcutt (Tuesday), Brittany Bennett (Wednesday) and Jaci Sant (Thursday). Kenna Armitage already has her immediate rodeo future sewn up. By the […]

Sant prepares for third time at nationals

By Kevin Wilson Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series on Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Tuesday’s story featured Lynde Orcutt, while Wednesday featured Brittany Bennett. Responsibility’s nothing new to Jaci Sant, and neither is the National High School Finals Rodeo. Sant, a […]

Bennett can focus solely on cutting this year

By Kevin Wilson Editors note: This is the second in a four-part series on the Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. The first story featured Lynde Orcutt. Brittany Bennett spent most of her time at last year’s National High School Finals Rodeo as a queen candidate. This […]

Roping champ Orcutt readies for finals

Kevin Wilson Editors note: This is the first in a four-part series on the Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Rodeo coach Bobby Grimes said one of Lynde Orcutt’s best qualities is her selflessness on the basketball court and in the rodeo circuit. “She doesn’t get mad […]