‘Warrior parents’ learn to help mentally ill children

By Jack King One day recently, Katrina Olguin said, she woke up to find her 4-year-old daughter, Kira, sneaking into her bedroom, not to surprise her with morning kisses, but to catch a black and white kitten cowering under the bed and choke it. Olguin has other stories to tell, of Kira tossing the kitten […]

State workers look to promote union

By Gary Mitchell A small group of pro-union state workers brought their cause to the area Wednesday evening at the Portales Public Library, urging fellow workers to join and add clout to its collective bargaining process. A bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson in March will put aside the current system critics say […]

Local players set for 1A/2A All-Star Game

Freedom Newspapers Three area players will get a chance today to add another win to state-championship high school careers. Dora graduates Matt Carpenter and Chris Rolston, along with Adrian Loera of Texico, are set to represent the South in the 25th annual Class 1A/2A North-South All-Star Game. The game is set for a 6 p.m. […]

City attorney services questioned

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By Mike Linn Portales city officials haven’t requested proposals for city attorney services since 1990 — something state officials say is a violation of state procurement code. But Portales city attorney Stephen Doerr said his firm’s contract with the city is valid and requests for proposals from other attorneys is not necessary. State code 13-1-150 […]

Buglers needed for veteran’s funerals

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A bugler will be available to play taps at the funerals of more veterans this year under a state plan. More than half of the roughly 1,400 burials last year at Santa Fe National Cemetery had no live bugler. A tape is often played at funerals at private cemeteries […]

Caught red-handed with bluebonnets

By Helena Rodriguez I promised last month to tell the story of how bluebonnets almost got me in trouble with the Texas law. You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t Mess With Texas!” Well, them Texans don’t like you messin’ with their state flower either, even if you’re a Nuevo Mejicano only visiting the state for 2 […]

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 […]

Elida mayor resigns

Mike Linn After more than 12 years as Elida’s mayor, Bennie Thurman is calling it quits. The longtime mayor of the town with roughly 200 residents resigned on July 11 and said many things have changed over the years. “There was no specific reason why I resigned — I just got tired and resigned,” Thurman […]

Clovis, Portales dominate state tournament

By Dave Wagner One could have almost called it the Clovis Invitational. Clovis-based teams came home with five championships in six divisions last weekend in the New Mexico USSSA youth slow-pitch state softball tournament in Alamogordo. In addition, the area took three second-place finishes, a third and a fourth. Overall, 17 of the 48 teams […]

Portales woman killed in train wreck

By Darrel Todd Maurina A Portales woman who drove around barricades and “road closed” signs was killed by a freight train on Tuesday night after her vehicle became stuck on railroad tracks near Melrose, police said. Amanda Tenorio, 21, had been visiting family in Moriarty and was returning to her home in Portales when the […]