Furniture store raises money for breat cancer research

Tony Parra The First Annual “Sit On It To Win It” fund-raising competition raised a healthy ammount of money for the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research over the weekend. The fund-raising competition raised more than $6,700 for breast cancer research, according to Dorothy Nelson, American Cancer Society Community Development Manager for Eastern New […]

Space missions should accomplish more for the money

Jim Lee I’m confused again. It seems the older I get the easier that happens. This time it’s really getting me spaced out. Well, I suppose I should simply say what’s on my beleaguered mind. OK, here it comes. I don’t understand why we risk the lives of astronauts just to make them ride circles […]

Cannon Air Force Base going wild

Darrell Maurina When the sun sets on the evening of Oct. 31, many Clovis parents will be helping their children get into costumes and walk the streets to collect candy and treats. The next night, a group of military spouses is hoping many of those same adults will put on their own — Wild West […]

Area officials anxious for state results

Darrell Todd Maurina Local officials are still scratching their heads and trying to determine what Tuesday’s election results mean for their future. Although New Mexico voters passed a proposal on Tuesday to reorganize the state department of education and place it under the authority of the governor, the outcome of a second vote to increase […]

City may subsidize airport

By Mike Linn City officials are thinking about subsidizing the Portales Municipal Airport — again. City officials are contemplating funding the city-owned airport roughly $160,000 to make up for deficits last fiscal year and to match state and federal grants for various improvements. “They’re bringing some money in, but not enough to pay expenses, salaries […]

Suspect arrested in armed robberies in Clovis

Gary Mitchell Clovis police detectives arrested a 21-year-old Clovis man Friday suspected to be involved in the armed robberies Thursday night at two fast-food restaurants. Police said Samuel Guerrero, 21, is also a suspect in a series of armed robberies at Clovis movie theater this summer, though he has not been charged. Guerrero has been […]

County commissioners oppose amendments

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday adopted a resolution opposing to two constitutional amendments on the ballot in this month’s special election. Votes for the amendments would eliminate the state’s principal on the board of education and beef up public school funding with increased interest allocations from the state’s permanent land fund. The […]

Firefighters stop traffic to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Tony Parra Scorching heat did not stop the Portales Fire Department from trying to “Fill the Boot” on Tuesday. The department is placing firefighters along busy Portales intersections to collect money in an annual fund raiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters will be working in shifts from 1-5 p.m. today and Thursday at the […]

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 […]

Congressman hears local concerns

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Kevin Wilson In the span of an hour, U.S. Rep. Tom Udall covered everything from Dora mail routes to the global economy. Udall was in the area Monday evening at City Hall for a one-hour session with Roosevelt County residents, one of 10 such meetings scheduled for this month. Earlier Monday morning, Udall and Portales […]

Two arrested for embezzling

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two state employees face charges of stealing at least $2,900 from accounts meant to assist low-income Portales residents, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter. Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis, and Julia Tapia, 49, of Portales, were arrested Friday on charges of fraud over $250 and conspiracy to commit fraud […]

City given $1 million water funding

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Mike Linn Gov. Bill Richardson came to town Wednesday morning and announced he’s allocating $1 million to help fund the conversion of agriculture water wells to wells used to pump water to Portales homes. Conversion of the city’s 17 agriculture wells will dramatically reduce strain on wells used to provide water for city residents. Those […]

Mainstreet to reopen YAM

Mike Linn Babe Morgan said he remembers the Yam as the Saturday night hot spot in Portales about “50, 60 some odd years ago.” But recently members of the Portales Mainstreet Organization gave him a reason to see a future for age-old theater, located in the 200 block of South Main Street. “There wasn’t a […]

Lack of funding threatens water conservation

Mike Linn New incentives for farmers to conserve water in the area lack the compensation funds and may have come too late to save considerable amounts of water in area wells, local conservation specialists said. Financial incentives to save water will never outweigh the income irrigation provides through the harvesting of water-thirsty crops, the specialists […]

“Swingers” makes movie night money

By Kevin Wilson As an unwritten rule, workers in the Portales editorial department need to have a certain cinematic IQ to get along with me. Obscure movie references and disturbingly accurate scene reprisals make up a percentage of my conversation that I’m embarrassed to admit. So it was right down my alley when I read […]

Churches walk tightrope to make money work

By Gary Mitchell The Coffee House, a new Christian coffeehouse in Portales that features a wide range of coffees, teas, iced drinks and pastries, has been picking up business. “It’s been going great,” said Pastor David Markham of Victory Life Church, which sponsors the coffeehouse. “We’re having a steady walk-in business in the mornings and […]

Board meets regarding Ute pipeline project

By Mike Linn The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met on Wednesday to once again discuss many pieces of the giant jigsaw puzzle that is the Ute water pipeline project. The meeting included the bonding of 12 entities — including the cities of Portales and Clovis — when officials from each signed on to […]

Windmills helped settle the West

By Don McAlavy John Gordon “Spud” Greaves homesteaded southeast of Elida near Nobe in 1907. He was the father of Gordon Greaves, late publisher of the Portales News-Tribune. This is his story: “With the passing of 1908, we had consumed 80 days in water hauling, and decided if we were to remain on the homestead, […]

Cloud seeding director undaunted by critics

By Haley Rice Duncan Axisa believes he can make it rain. Axisa said this power is available to him through cloud seeding, the process of dropping silver iodide crystals into the supercooled upper parts of clouds. The crystals act as a gathering point, attracting and freezing the microscopically small droplets of water that make up […]