Oct. 23 Births, Birthdays, Engagements, Honors

Births Cody and Ashley Varnell of Portales are the parents of a 7 pound 1.9 ounce girl born on Sept. 26, 2005 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Saylor Paige Varnell is the only child of the Varnell’s. The grandparents are Jamie and Suzanne Cooper of Portales and Dale Varnell of Rogers. Birthdays The […]

Winter storm brings first cool days of fall

Staff and Wire Report After thunderstorms, that included a late afternoon deluge Wednesday, Portales residents woke to low, gray skies Thursday and the first cold temperatures of the season. With temperatures in the 40’s all day Thursday and light rain and variable winds, wind-chill readings had folks thinking winter weather. Despite the chill in the […]

Equipment theft leaves Zias shorthanded

Freedom Newspapers Since he was hired as Eastern New Mexico’s softball coach in January, it’s been a rough go for Armando Quiroz. First, he stepped on a batting helmet while coaching third base during an intrasquad scrimmage in February, suffering a dislocated ankle which kept him from coaching the rest of the season. Then when […]

Lady Rams entertain Lovington, Ruidoso in pre-district tourney

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By Dave Wagner Portales High’s softball team will entertain District 4-3A rivals Lovington and Ruidoso on Saturday in a pre-district event at the PHS softball field. Lady Rams coach Robbie Crowley said the teams decided to get together for the event because, with only three teams in the district, they each needed to pick up […]

Business blooms during Valentine’s Day

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By Kevin Wilson Shane Caraway of Portales walked into Hestand Floral just a little after 1 p.m. Monday, and was quick to admit his fatal flaw. “I’m one of those late shoppers,” Caraway said to the employee, Bernice Weems. “I could kick you,” Weems responded with a laugh. Caraway, a dryer operator for DairiConcepts, selected […]

Feb. 11 Obituaries

Lucille O’Hara Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Portales Cemetery. Mrs. Lucille O’Hara, 92, of Las Cruces, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Cottonbloom Assisted Living Center in Las Cruces. She was born on May 13, 1912, in Bellville, Mo., to Rose Mae and George W. Davison. She married Sam McCaskell in the late 1930’s. They […]

Roswell hangs on late, deals Rams 66-60 loss

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By Dave Wagner Even if you force 26 turnovers, it’s hard to beat a team that shoots 65 percent. The Portales High Rams got off to a fast start Tuesday night, struggled in the middle two quarters and saw their late rally fall short in a 66-60 loss to Roswell High in their home opener […]

Latinas try to shatter stereotypes

By Helena Rodriguez Somebody said something the other day that ticked me off. I was apologetically five minutes late for an interview. I even called my boss to tell this person I was going to be five minutes late. When I got there, this guy said, “Latinas are always late!” He happened to be a […]

Causey man had wild pets, caring spirit

Helena Rodriguez J.D. Freeman had two turkeys named Thanksgiving and Christmas that followed him around and would sit on a back porch swing with him. “J.D. just had a spirit for animals. He loved those pet turkeys,” said Patti Darwin of Lubbock, as she recalled fond memories of her late stepfather who died on Nov. […]

Lubbock Christian beats Zias in four

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By Kevin Wilson Nobody would accuse the Lubbock Christian volleyball team of having a powerhouse offense, but the Lady Chaps had it when they needed it most. The visiting Lady Chaps played solid defense throughout and got a pair of kills to close the door on an Eastern New Mexico University comeback attempt in Tuesday’s […]