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 […]