Simpson goes all-out to help elderly

Mary Jane Simpson has served two years as an Americorp VISTA for the Portales Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Her supervisor Vonnie Banther says she is a vital part of the team, and has helped the local Community Services Center rank third in the state for the number of accurate federal returns filed. Her term [...]

Motorcycle mom markets homes

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Name: Martie Dewbre Hiner Job: Sales Consultant at Portales Homes Supercenter Age (and birth date): 43 (Feb. 18, 1961). Hometown: Portales, raised in Morton, Texas. Family: Husband, Eddy Hiner; Children, Matt Turney (23), Chance Turney (20), Lindsey Turney (20). What do you think of Portales? “I love living in Portales. The people in Portales are [...]

Principal pursues selflessness

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Lindsey Middle School Principal Todd Morris likes to play golf and watch the reality hit “Survivor.” The Ruidoso native also enjoys influencing the lives of youngsters, Florida State University football and helping Nick Brady call Clovis Wildcat football games on the radio. Name: Todd Morris Job: Principal at Lindsey Middle School. Age (and birth date): [...]

Man makes friends selling realty

Name: Ken Bedinger Job: Real estate broker, appraiser and instructor Age and (birth date): 60 (June 3, 1943) Hometown: Portales Family: Wife Sandy; son Brett; daughter Sonja Sanders. What do you think of Portales? “I am fortunate in that I was able to find a profession that allowed me to stay in Portales. I consider [...]

Portales fire chief to retire in spring

Mike Linn A few weeks before his first day as the Portales fire chief Steve Beaty dropped in at the fire station hoping his future employees could provide him directions around town. But instead of introducing himself as the new boss-to-be, Beaty just asked for the directions and “listened.” What he heard then makes him [...]

Governor appoints Clovis man to District Court

Gary Mitchell When Ramona Parker found out the governor appointed her husband, Joe, to fill a vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court bench, she realized she had just lost her job. Ramona Parker is her husband’s bookkeeper and business manager for his law firm, but she won’t be making the transition to the Curry [...]

Minister enjoys quiet days

Name: J.R. “Dick” Ross Job: Funeral service intern at Wheeler Mortuary and Baptist minister Born: Nov. 15, 1941 Hometown: Pine Bluff, Ark. Family: Wife, Norma; children, Sandra Chancey, Ronald Glen and two in the U.S. Navy, Richard T. and Randal Allen. What’s your idea of a perfect day? “A nice quiet day in the mountains [...]

Personalities Plus — Melvin McAfoos

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Melvin McAfoos is a Portales police officer. He likes water and cop shows. He has two dogs … and a healthy interest in Sandra Bullock. What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Spending the day at the lake on our boat, with my family and friends.” Tell us about your pets: “Sox, a 13-year-old Pekingese; [...]

Personalities Plus — Lloyd Seefeld

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What’s your idea of a perfect day? “A day on the lake with my family with just a light breeze blowing and the fish are biting.” What is your theme song? “I don’t really have a theme song. I enjoy listening to Elvis sing religious songs.” What would you like printed on your gravestone? “That [...]

ENMU hires new business VP

Mike Linn After more than 40 winters living in a city where temperatures sink dangerously below zero, Scott Smart decided it was time for a change. So the 44-year-old set his sights on the warm, arid climate of Portales, where temperatures meander around 100 degrees in the summer and winter snowfall is not a seasonal [...]