Aug. 15 Obituaries

Betty Sommerville, 71 Mrs. Betty Sommerville, 71, of Clovis, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, at her home. She was born on Sept. 29, 1932, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Alma and Alonzo Harter. She grew up in Des Moines, Iowa where she attended school. She married Larry G. Sommerville on Nov. 21, 1956, in Las […]

Reputation of 007 needs our help

By Kevin Wilson I read one of the most disturbing news items of my life on Friday. It had nothing to do with terror alerts, racial profiling, or corner turning — you learn to adjust to those types of things. This is much different. This involves something fictional, but there are real consequences. Pierce Brosnan […]

Teachers look towards grants with tight budgets

By Tony Parra Teachers and administrators are finding different ways to fund educational programs in the form of grants for schools which would otherwise dip into the Portales school budgets. Grants can consists of thumbing through paper after paper of applications, gathering information and providing documentation by teachers to the foundation which provide the funding […]

James teacher earns Wal-Mart honor

By Tony Parra The School Board Members recognized Joeli Cathey as the Portales Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year during the school board meeting on Monday. Cathey said she has been teaching for three years for James Elementary and in her first year teaching she split time working for James Elementary and the junior high. Cathey […]

James teacher honored with annual award

Tony Parra For the second year in a row, a James Elementary teacher has won the Newspapers In Education Teacher of the Year Award. Alfreda Sigala, a second-grade bilingual teacher at James Elementary School, won the award for the Portales area. Sigala said she has been working as a James Elementary teacher for four years. […]

Honest man remembered for dancing

Helena Rodriguez Square dancing was in James Pettus’s blood. For more than three decades, he called dances for the Starlight Swingers of Portales, and for other groups around New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas. He also attended state and national square dance festivals with his wife, Wanda Pettus, who said the most fun of […]

Obits 11-19

Barney Smith, 73 Barney Joe Smith, 73, of Bowie, Texas, a yard supervisor in the oil field, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at Bowie Memorial Hospital in Bowie. He was born on March 1, 1930, in Floyd. He married Janice Ann Summers on May 25, 1985, in Bowie. He was of the Church of Christ […]

Obits 9/2

Frank Davis, 38 Frank Davis, 38, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, as the result of a boating incident on Ute Lake. Mr. Davis was born Sept. 30, 1964, in Portales, to Billie Lou and James E. Davis. When he was 14, in the seventh grade, he dropped out of school to begin working in the […]

Drowning victim known for autographed bike

Mike Linn Frank Davis went from grade school dropout to successful business man to worthy of an appearance on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. And while his $360,100 purchase of Leno’s celebrity-autographed Harley Davidson motorcycle in 2001 caught the attention of millions, it was his gentle kindness and zest for life that won the hearts of […]

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 […]

Raccoons don’t wash their food

Tony Gennaro The word “lotor” is part of the Latin scientific name for the raccoon; it means “the washer.” Apparently, the person who named the raccoon assumed the animal washed its food before eating it. That is what captive raccoons appear to do. They put their food in water and manipulate it with their hands. […]

Obits 7/4

James Wood, 75 James “Jimmy” Wood, 75, of Portales, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, west of Muleshoe. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Funeral Home of Portales.

Resident dies in crash returning from hospital

Mike Linn A longtime Portales resident who had just completed his final radiation treatment for cancer died in a car wreck on his way home from the hospital Wednesday afternoon. James Wood, 75, died when the car his son was driving collided with a truck at 3:33 p.m. (MDT) about nine miles west of Muleshoe […]

Obits June 19

Shaylyn Wise, 14 Shaylyn Marie Wise, 14, of Lakewood, Colo., died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, in Lakewood. She was born on May 4, 1989. She was preceded in death by two great-grandfathers; a great-grandmother; and a great-uncle. She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Lori Wise and Eddie Chavez of Lakewood; a sister, Sydney […]