PHS coaches pleased with first days of practice

By Kevin Wilson The Portales High School football and volleyball teams ended their previous seasons as a state runnerup, but early indications are that each has a solid shot at improving upon those marks. Monday was the first day for practices to begin in both sports, and each team featured a high turnout according to […]

The Big Cheese

Haley Wachdorf ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis may not be the largest city in New Mexico, but it will soon be the Big Cheese. Clovis has been selected as the site of the new Glanbia southwest cheese plant, which is expected to be the largest cheddar cheese plant in North America. Select Milk Producers, the New Mexico […]

Communities gather to share views on water issues

Darrell Todd Maurina Nearly 100 people at a regional public comment forum Wednesday night urged staff members of the Interstate Stream Commission to consider views ranging from respecting private property and water use rights to emphasizing a community need for water. Rhea Graham, director of planning and communications for the Interstate Stream Commission, told those […]

Language barrier troubles schools

Mike Linn Standardized tests revealed what Portales School Superintendent Jim Holloway already knew, that language and socioeconomic factors are some of the toughest challenges Portales educators face. Recently released state ratings for Portales schools show that Hispanics and students who qualified for free or reduced lunches scored lower than the rest of their classmates on […]

Infant girl killed in crash south of Portales

By Darrell Todd Maurina Elida police captured a truck driver wanted in connection with an early Tuesday crash south of Portales that killed a 2-week-old girl. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said Brian Moshier, 40, believed to be from Roswell, was arrested on charges of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of an […]

Water meeting set for tonight

By Jack King CLOVIS — State Engineer John D’Antonio said his office needs input from residents on regional water needs and has scheduled a public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The meeting is one of 29 the Office of the State Engineer has scheduled statewide to get public input in […]

Third party may have been involved with alleged embezzlement

By Mike Linn Special agents are exploring the possibility that a third person was involved in a scheme to steal funds meant for low-income Portales residents. On Friday, two employees of the Portales Income Support Division were arrested attempting to withdraw money from a fraudulent account at an ATM machine on Eastern New Mexico University’s […]

Two Portales schools placed on probationary status

By Mike Linn Two Portales public schools have been placed on probationary status by the New Mexico State Department of Education — while the remaining six met the state’s accountability standards. The NMSDA placed probationary status labels on both Broad Horizons and Valencia Elementary, which fell from meeting standards last year. Portales Schools Superintendent Jim […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Replacing Brack will take time

Darrell Todd Maurina When Judge Robert Brack leaves July 25 to assume his new federal judgeship duties in Las Cruces, the 9th Judicial District will lose one of its three judges. According to District Attorney Brett Carter, that vacancy is expected to continue for some time. “By the time they advertise it and get applicants […]