Local West NIle case confirmed

Darrell Todd Maurina West Nile has invaded the region full force, with new confirmed or suspected human cases reported in Curry, Roosevelt, Bailey, and Parmer counties. Until mid-August, no human cases had been confirmed in the area, though a number of cases had been confirmed as early as last year in horses. Portales has one […]

Zias lose exhibition to Cochise

Freedom Newspapers Cochise (Ariz.) Community College got two goals from Brandy Alexander and defeated Eastern New Mexico University 4-0 on Monday in an exhibition scrimmage played at the ENMU soccer field. It was the second of three preseason contests for ENMU, which hosts the Lubbock Ice Under-19 club team at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The […]

Obituaries, July 31

Maxine Copeland Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mrs. Maxine Copeland, 86, of Lubbock, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Garrison Geriatric Care Center in Lubbock. She was born on April 27, 1917, in Thalia, Texas, to Mattie and Isaac Gray. Her mother died when she was 2 years old. She […]

Obituaries, July 27

Imogene Atchley, 70 Imogene Atchley, 70, of Portales, died Saturday afternoon, July 26, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Billy Barton, 73 Mr. Billy J. Barton, 73, of Portales, a retired telephone lineman, […]

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 […]

Mainstreet to reopen YAM

Mike Linn Babe Morgan said he remembers the Yam as the Saturday night hot spot in Portales about “50, 60 some odd years ago.” But recently members of the Portales Mainstreet Organization gave him a reason to see a future for age-old theater, located in the 200 block of South Main Street. “There wasn’t a […]

American holds off Roosevelt in All-Star tourney

By Kevin Wilson It took only three pitches for Stephan Mills to make his mark. It took about 90 more minutes for the pitching to leave a lasting impression. Mills hit a leadoff homer and combined with Seth Baily on a three-hitter to top a similar effort from Joe Sandoval, and the American All-Stars defeated […]

Obits 7/10

Dale Blandford, 70 Mr. Dale Blandford, 70, of Gisela, Ariz., died Friday, July 4, 2003, at the Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Ariz. He was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Shamrock, Texas, to Raymond and Marie Blandford. He grew up in Portales. After high school he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean […]

Lack of funding threatens water conservation

Mike Linn New incentives for farmers to conserve water in the area lack the compensation funds and may have come too late to save considerable amounts of water in area wells, local conservation specialists said. Financial incentives to save water will never outweigh the income irrigation provides through the harvesting of water-thirsty crops, the specialists […]

Cooper loves to travel, watch basketball

This is the final in a series of profiles on Roosevelt County’s 2003 Pioneer of the Year candidates. Born on the fourth of July in 1915, Lucille Martin Cooper initially called home Celina, Texas. At the age of 12, she moved with her parents, Amye and Sam Martin, and two brothers to Clayton, N.M. She […]

PLK takes two of three

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Scoring runs had never been a problem for the Portales Lady Krew softball team. From early indications, defense is not a problem either. The PLK scored more runs than any other team in last year’s USSSA state tournament, but finished fifth. Now, the 14-and-under squad is excelling in both facets […]

ENMU trio prepares for national rodeo

By Kevin Wilson David Browder has been at the College National Finals Rodeo enough times to know a quality competitor when he sees one. By his standards, the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo coach sees three of them representing his team at this year’s CNFR. ENMU’s Chance Parsons, Kendra Jones and Dale Vickrey will be […]

Portales high finishes off successful season

By Kevin Wilson Portales High School concluded another year of athletics, with trophies in some sports and missed expectations in others. The Portales volleyball team started the year with one of the more difficult tasks in the state — defending a state championship despite losing 10 seniors. Behind second-year coach Ruth Chavez, the Lady Rams […]

ENMU pares down candidate list

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its search for a softball coach to three candidates, including Ron Landschoot, who filled in on an interim basis this spring. The other finalists are Kevin Blaskowski, the head coach at Division II Southern Arkansas, and Travis Scott, head coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State, school officials […]

Portales ends season in cellar

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University interim softball coach Ron Landschoot searched for words to put Saturday’s season-ending Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader against Texas A&M-Kingsville into perspective. “The ‘what-ifs’ weren’t in our favor today,” he said after the Zias suffered 8-7 and 3-2 setbacks to TAMK, giving the Javelinas (32-19, […]

Portales hopes for playoffs

By Kevin Wilson Robbie Crowley takes pride in having a hard-work softball program that never went through a learning period. The team prides itself on being been in the thick of things during the playoffs in each of its first two seasons, with a third-straight playoff berth almost guaranteed. So they’re not going to let […]