Portales City sports basketball — March 3

CMI staff Saturday Pee Wee League Girls Dora Lady Coyotes 12, Sparks 4. Scorers — Lady Coyotes, Brynn Dilliard 4, Cashlyn Fraze 4, Brelyn Gramzow 4. Sparks, Olivia Lowe 4. Mercury 28, Heat 6. Scorers — Mercury, Emma Gonzales 14, Riley Shillings 8, Taris Rippee 4, Aubrey Wells 2. Heat, Alicia Tirado 2, Shelby LeMier […]

Warm weather sparks thoughts of outdoors

The recent, though probably not permanent, trend of warm weather turns one’s thoughts to outdoor activities. This is especially true when that trend is coupled with the garage cleaning — the connection being that all outdoor equipment is stored in one corner of the garage and I wanted to make sure that my two-person tent […]

Portales City Sports basketball — Feb. 25

CMI staff Saturday Pee Wee League Girls Storm 12, Sparks 7. Scorers — Storm, Teagan Faust 8, Kylie Rodriguez 4. Sparks, Rylee Roybal 6, Amanda Ornelas 1. Monarchs 12, Extreme 1. Scorers — Monarchs, Abigail Gallegos 6, Mikaela Ornelas 22, Kylyie Paden 2, Ezriah Martinez 2. Extreme, Hannah McDonald 1. Mercury 9, Dora Lady Coyotes […]

Portales City Sports basketball — Feb. 11

Freedom New Mexico Saturday Pee Wee League Girls Dora Lady Coyotes 13, Sparks 0. Scorers — Lady Coyotes, Cashlyn Fraze 6, Brelyn Gramzow 4, Brynn Dilliard 3. Mercury 17, Monarchs 4. Scorers — Mercury, Emma Gonzales 6, Riley Shillings 5, Anisten Tapia 4, Taris Rippee 2. Monarchs, Kylie Paden 2, Catelyn Breshears 2. Storm 22, […]

Portales City Sports basketball

Freedom New Mexico Saturday Pee Wee League Girls Monarchs 6, Sparks 2. Scorers — Monarchs, Ezriah Martinez 4, Kylyie Paden 2. Sparks, Rylee Roybal 2. Heat 10, Extreme 0. Scorers — Heat, Adrianna Garcia 6, Alicia Tirado 4. Dora Lady Coyotes 18, Storm 0. Scorers — Lady Coyotes, Cashlyn Fraze 10, Brelyn Gramzow 4, Cecily […]

Portales City League basketball — Jan. 21

Freedom New Mexico Saturday Pee Wee League Girls Extreme 14, Sparks 6 Scorers — Extreme, Cyria Aguirre, Sydnee Lemmon, 6 each, Hannah McDonald 2. Sparks, Olivia Low 4, Amanda Ornelas 2. Dora Lady Coyotes 8, Heat 0 Scorers — Lady Coyotes, Cashlyn Fraze 8. Monarchs 9, Sparks 6 Scorers — Sparks, Olivia Low 4, Amanda […]

Reader-submitted content: Residents urged to practice fireworks safety

Due to extremely dry conditions in our area, we are asking everyone in Portales to be extra careful this Fourth of July by acting responsible and increasing your awareness while using fireworks. The State of New Mexico has imposed fireworks restrictions which prohibit all fireworks in all non-municipal wild land areas within the county. Aerial […]

Texas discovery sparks debate on Clovis culture

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Alisa Boswell Archeologists burrowing in the dirt of central Texas are stirring up a scientific debate that could change history as we know it in eastern New Mexico. At issue is the recent discovery of artifacts at an archeological site on Buttermilk Creek, Texas. The artifacts found have been dated between 13,200 and 15,500 years […]

Our people: Nurse found her calling early

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Name: Rhonda Sparks Profession: Director of health services for Clovis Municipal Schools Birthdate: Nov. 30, 1961 Hometown: Grants, New Mexico Family: Sons Brandon, 22, and Craig, 15, and daughter Mariah, 17 Rhonda Sparks is also known as Mama Sparks. It all started when her oldest son’s friends started calling her Mama Sparks. The nickname trickled […]

Librarian’s idea to clean up space debris sparks NASA, international interest

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales librarian is stepping into the scientific world of outer space. Sean Shepherd, Eastern New Mexico University Instructional Research Center coordinator, is developing devices to clean up small manmade space debris in the lower earth orbit. “I feel like since we made this mess, we should clean it […]

Escaped inmate sparks ankle bracelet controversy

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By Sharna Johnson

Wedding: Jump-Sparks

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Kelly Jump of Portales and Cody Sparks of Fort Sumner were joined in marriage Sept. 12, 2008, at First Baptist Church in Portales. The Rev. David McFadden performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Janeen Jump of Glenwood and Rick Jump of Belen. She is the granddaughter of Georgia Klumker of […]

Tarantulas turning up across state

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Every year about this time male desert tarantulas emerge from burrows and crevices in search of a perfect mate. About the size of a human hand — counting their eight long, hairy legs, they traverse roads and fields in a mad dash to reproduce. “They’re basically pretty harmless. They’ll mate, […]

June 4, 2006 Weddings

Sparks/Ashby Brittany D. Sparks of Portales and J.T. Ashby of Tulsa, Okla., were joined in marriage May 27, 2006, at the First Baptist Church of Fort Sumner. The Rev. Coy Brewer performed the wedding. The bride is the daughter of Larry and Cynthia Sparks of Portales. The bridegroom is the son of Don and Donna […]

City celebrates freedom

By Kevin Wilson They gathered together with coolers and portable chairs, 14 in all. They had come from Clovis, Portales and Amarillo — and gathered to celebrate their independence. While in wording it might have seemed like a contradiction in terms, that’s just what one particular group did as part of its annual tradition at […]

Billy the Kid still a newsmaker in 2004

By Mike Linn Western legend Billy the Kid has been dead for more than a century, but you wouldn’t know that from the headlines the legendary gunslinger made in 2004. An investigation spearheaded by a group of New Mexicans — namely Lincoln and De Baca County sheriffs Tom Sullivan and Gary Graves, and Capitan Mayor […]

Clovis team qualifies for national tourney

By Dave Wagner After winning four of six games over the weekend for third place in the girls state AAU 12-and-under basketball tournament at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, the Clovis Sparks are hoping to take the next step — to play in national AAU competition June 26-July 2 at Kingsport, Tenn. The Sparks […]

Buried memories

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Michelle Seeber The old First United Methodist Church of Portales, where services first were held when it was only half a basement and later became a three-story building, will always be remembered by its ministers and members. Recently demolished for about $145,000, the church — now replaced by a new one at the intersection of […]

Attack defeat Sparks again in AAU title game

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — Although the Portales Sparks lost by nearly an identical score in a rematch with the Albuquerque Attack on Sunday, the AAU championship game for 12 & under girls didn’t feel nearly as close as the day before. The Attack and Sparks both earned the right to go to the national […]

Sparks held off by Attack in semifinal

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — Before the state AAU girls basketball championships began in Clovis this weekend, Albuquerque Attack coach Ruben Muniz took his daughter to Portales to visit his alma mater. Muniz earned an master’s in business administration from Eastern New Mexico University in 1979 and his daughter, Megan, plays on the 12-and-under team […]