Wacky town names make you think

Helena Rodriguez Some folks are so proud of where they’re from that they incorporate the name of their town into their identity. And that’s fine, unless of course, you’re from a place with a wacky name. Those of us who were born and raised or live in Portales now, like actor Ronny Cox, science-fiction writer […]

ENMU Student Profile

Your name: Sara Holland Your classification: Senior Your major: Broadcast Journalism Your age (and birthdate): 21 (8/19/82) Your hometown: Albuquerque What’s your idea of a perfect day? Everyday What did you think about on Sept. 11? I was worried on several levels. My dad is an airline pilot and often flew in the area. Also […]

Minister enjoys quiet days

Name: J.R. “Dick” Ross Job: Funeral service intern at Wheeler Mortuary and Baptist minister Born: Nov. 15, 1941 Hometown: Pine Bluff, Ark. Family: Wife, Norma; children, Sandra Chancey, Ronald Glen and two in the U.S. Navy, Richard T. and Randal Allen. What’s your idea of a perfect day? “A nice quiet day in the mountains […]

Personalities Plus — Segundo Pena

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What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Being alive.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “I was shocked.” What is your theme song? “‘If I Make It Through December’ by Merle Hagard.” Who’s invited to your ideal dinner party, and why? “Loretta Lynn (cause she’s a woman).” What do you think about Portales? […]

Conquerors cruise to first win

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By Kevin Wilson School was in session for Faith Triumphant on Saturday, as its veteran team taught Six-Man Football 101 to Evangel Christian Academy. The host Conquerors were never challenged against a team playing its first six-man game, as sophomore Luis McCain accounted for 198 yards of offense and five touchdowns in a 62-6 rout […]

Solving life’s problems one invention at a time

Jim Lee A friend and I were discussing Thomas Edison a few days ago. The conversation brought up the inventor’s reliance on tenacity and trial-and-error. He simply kept at something until he got the desired results. As admirable as that was and as well as it worked out for him, I think there had to […]

Injuries threaten Zias’ depth

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By Dave Wagner A young Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball squad got even younger with injuries to their only two returning starters. Senior outside hitters Margie Goble, who spent her first three seasons as ENMU’s setter, and Anya Mack will not play in this weekend’s season-opening Lady Buff Classic, hosted by rival West Texas A&M. […]

Zias look to prove polls wrong

By Dave Wagner Based on the Lone Star Conference preseason poll, expectations are low for the first-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer program. ENMU coach Travis McCorkle and his players are determined to disprove that notion. The Zias, who went 1-2 in preseason exhibition matches, open their inaugural season this weekend when they take […]

Lady Rams look to reclaim 3A title

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By Kevin Wilson Including Saturday’s scrimmages, the Portales High volleyball team has four scheduled trips to Roswell this season. But the Lady Rams don’t want anything short of five. Roswell is the site for this year’s state volleyball championship, a familiar setting for PHS volleyball lately. Portales has won two of the last three Class […]

Gov. says education secretary will improve school boards

Editor’s note: Gov. Bill Richardson visited Clovis and Portales on Wednesday to solicit support for two state constitutional amendments aimed at education reform, which voters will decide on Sept. 23. He spent about an hour with Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico staff members, answering questions on a variety of issues. Q. Would the creation of […]