Lee tells commission to reduce expenditures

By Tony Parra Portales city finance committee members were seeing red in this year’s first 2004-05 budget hearing. Red ink, that is. Portales City Manager Debi Lee said changes need to be made to the city’s budget to offset the $1.2 million-dollar budget deficit. “Financially in the big picture, we’re going to have to reduce […]

Texico trouble for Tigers

By Rick White CLOVIS — Elida baseball coach Jimmy Dale Ward knows some days he’ll just have to settle for small victories. Days like Tuesday when Texico routed the Tigers 18-3 in a District 7-1A/2A game at Brady Field. Overpowered by Texico starter Justin Loven for four innings, the Tigers (1-4, 0-2 district) rallied for […]

Habitat for Humanity helps families own homes

Kevin Wilson Randy Lee is working off 500 hours of community service, and he couldn’t be any happier to have the obligation. Lee, an employee for the city of Portales, was one of several Habitat for Humanity members that spent Saturday morning working on the construction of what will be his new house at 301 […]

Floyd jamboree earns cash for community

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Tony Parra The Floyd Lions’ Club members have tallied the final numbers of the 54th Annual Floyd Country Jamboree and they were able to raise $3,400 over the four-day event, according to Floyd Lions’ Club President Houston Lee. Lee estimated an average of 400 people attended each night’s events. “The figure (amount of people) was […]

Zias crushed by Northeastern State

Freedom Newspapers TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — A successful season for Eastern New Mexico University came down to a crashing end Tuesday night, as Northeastern State routed the shorthanded Zias 77-46 Tuesday night at Jack Dobbins Fieldhouse. Leslie Warner had a game-high 20 points to lead four in double figures for Northeastern State, the Lone Star Conference […]

Council sets application fee for new businesses

Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and the city council established an application fee of $100 on Tuesday for new businesses interested in receiving taxpayer funds to help start new industry in Portales. City Manager Debi Lee said the application fee can be anywhere from $50 to $150 and recommended a $100 fee, which the city […]

Zias face Northeastern on the road

by Rick White Eastern New Mexico Zias coach Dan Buzard is not a big fan of the Lone Star Conference basketball tournament format. The Zias, who returned from a two-game road trip late Saturday night, were back on the bus less than 36 hours later heading to Tahlequah, Okla., the northern-most post in the LSC. […]

Zias’ weekend heads south

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — The weekend of promise turned into a nightmare for Eastern New Mexico University’s women. Playing for a chance at a surprising Lone Star Conference South Division championship going into the weekend, the Zias absorbed their two worst losses of the season, including Saturday’s 75-42 setback against Abilene Christian. The win […]

Zias’ stellar play vaults them to first

Dave Wagner PORTALES — There they were, picked for last place in the Lone Star Conference South Division. Ho-hum, just another year of Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball. Don’t look know, but the Zias are in a three-way tie for the division lead heading into the stretch run, with wins over nationally ranked division […]

Late push negates late push for Zias

By Kevin Wilson A post-game conversation took an unusual turn in the corridors of Greyhound Arena Thursday night, with Abilene Christian coach Shawna Lavender apologizing to Zia coach Dan Buzard for winning. It was the way the Wildcats won that prompted the apology, which followed an ending that left the Zias frustrated. A late offensive […]