Personalities Plus — Gloria Ortega

What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Just kicking back, not worrying about your work being completed at the end of the day.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “Thought it was a very sad day. Never thought something like that would happen in the United States of America. “ What is your […]

Rams aim high with aerial attack

By Kevin Wilson It wasn’t a strong-armed quarterback or the graduation of Less Long that did it. It wasn’t the emergence of a potential all-state receiving corps. It was a film session a few seasons ago that let the Portales High Rams know they needed to throw the ball to get to the next level. […]

Summer Boredom Can Be Good For Children

Helena Rodriguez I don’t know how many times this summer my daughter Laura has called me at work with breaking news. The kind that warrants, in her mind, a press conference with a blue curtain in the background, a cluster of information-starved news reporters, a crawl line on CNN and the whole shebang. At least, […]

Portales gets ready to shine on televised centennial celebration

Kevin Wilson Everybody dreams of extending their own birthday party. So when a KFDA-TV representative in Amarillo called Kim Huffman, it was too great an opportunity to pass up on Portales’ behalf. The Portales town square will play host to the station’s news broadcast at 4 p.m. Thursday with the theme a continuance of Roosevelt […]

Personalities Plus — Kirby Rowan

What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Sleep in, combo Mexican plate for lunch, work and correspondence with friends in the afternoon, doing a kind deed for someone who doesn’t expect it, then a relaxing evening stretching late into the night talking with bright people about anything and everything.” What did you think about on […]

Life is more fun when it’s not so serious

Jim Lee On one of the many occasions I did something quite stupid, someone remarked about it, and I replied, “I don’t have to be smart because I went to college.” I don’t know why I suddenly thought of that moment this long afterward. Maybe it just shows how my mind works (or doesn’t work). […]

Summer adventures are coming to an end

Bob Huber When I was a kid, the end of July was a time of the jitters. Summer was waning, and already I could hear the forlorn tolling of school bells. I mentioned that fact to my friend Smooth Heine one morning as we smoked grape leaves in snakeweed pipes behind his father’s barn. “It […]

Diddle to take on new challenge

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — After 30 years of coaching men’s basketball, Earl Diddle has decided it’s time for a change. The former Eastern New Mexico University coach has accepted the women’s head coaching position at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan. Diddle, who coached a national team in the United Arab Emirates […]

Personality Plus-Peggy Hahn

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Name: Peggy Hahn Job: Retired teacher Age (and birth date): 72 Hometown: Portales Family: Henry Hahn What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Shopping.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “Our country.” Tell us about your pet(s): “Two dogs – a pug and a pound puppy” What is your theme song? “ ‘Amazing […]

Firefighter enjoys his time here

Portales resident Harlin Stobb fights fires, but likes the hot sound of Texas blues. What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Sleeping in late on a cool summer morning and going to a Yankees game that afternoon with my kids. That would be a great day. It doesn’t matter who wins — it’s just being […]

Personalities Plus — Olga Hill

By Loretta Kos Name: Olga Hill Age: 84 Hometown: Teague, Texas Family: Husband, Harvey; a son, Lowery Hill; and three daughters, Maxine Anderson, Wanda Stephenson and Mona Roberts What’s your idea of a perfect day? “A nice cool day and visiting with your family.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “Shock and worried […]

Q&A with Carmen Pacheco

By Angela Peacock Carmen Pacheco, executive assistant for the La Casa Family Health Center, is trying to pass on the lessons she learned growing up as part of a large, close-knit family on to her two daughters. What do you think about Portales? “I have lived in Portales for 18 years, moving from Tucumcari to […]

ENMU on course with soccer program

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s venture into women’s soccer is on course, and then some. Coach Travis McCorkle has signed 21 prospects, and said he may add one or two more players. The Zias are the 10th women’s soccer program in the Lone Star Conference. They are scheduled to begin practice on Aug. […]

Former police officer still enjoys serving

By Angela Peacock Geo Reynolds worked for 39 years in law enforcement starting off as a police officer for the US Army, and retiring as chief of police after 27 years at Eastern New Mexico University. What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Each day is perfect to me because its a day that God […]

Journalist’s plight of deception hurts his trade

By Mike Linn Two weeks ago, a 27-year-old New York Times journalist resigned after committing various crimes against the trade: misquoting sources, quoting sources he never spoke to, lying about his whereabouts, plagiarism and fabricating stories so bad that his chronicles incited laughter from Virginia Beach to the Texas Panhandle. Research conducted by NY Times […]

Personalities Plus — Pat Willis

By Loretta Kos Pat Willis is manager of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. She likes dogs, ice cream and “topping that little hill on the Lovington highway.” Name: Pat Willis Job: Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Manager Age: 54, July 22, 1948 Hometown: Ballinger, Texas Family: Jack, 55, husband, was a teacher at Portales […]

Judge considers mending fences

By Mike Linn Municipal Judge Fred Arnold told the Portales City Council on Tuesday that he will think about resolving issues with Portales police officers who refuse to file cases in his court. “I will think about it … and I will let you know,” Arnold said. Arnold said he initially declined an offer of […]

School funding up for vote in Dora

By Mike Linn Voters decide Tuesday if they are willing to embrace a tax hike that will help fund a vast overhaul of Dora schools. If passed, an additional $850,000 in taxes will be collected over the next 12 years from property owners in the Dora school district — which also encompasses the communities of […]