Cannon’s Col. Yates stepping down at ceremony today

Darrell Maurina Meeting with local media for a press conference on his last full day commanding Cannon Air Force Base, Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates said the last two years have been the best of his life. That ends at 3 p.m. today with a change of command ceremony at Cannon, after which Yates will leave […]

Taxpayers keep airport up and running.

Mike Linn Airport officials have managed to keep the Portales Municipal Airport in tip-top shape thanks to grant money even after a subpar year in revenues. The airport pulled in almost $83,000 in revenues in 2003, between $40,000 and $50,000 less than reported in a year prior to 9/11, Airport Manager Ray Pallares said. The […]

Lady Ram softball sweeps Eunice

Freedom Newspapers EUNICE — The Portales Lady Rams softball team picked up their first two wins of the season in convincing fashion, outlasting Eunice 17-7 in nine innings in the opener and 15-1 in the nightcap. “Their pitcher ran out of steam,” Portales coach Robbie Crowley said. “They did pretty well until that.” Every player […]

Volunteer brings scouts closer to God

Darrell Todd Maurina John Schonberger says he has a simple reason for being involved with the Boy Scouts of America for nearly 51 years. “A three-letter word is fun. If it’s not fun I don’t want to do it,” Schonberger said. Schonberger will soon be 65 but he has no intention of retiring, either from […]

Area women find fellowship in sharing secrets

Darrell Todd Maurina Gerri Dawson has a secret, and she wants to share it this weekend with hundreds of people. Dawson, whose husband David is the founding pastor of the Pure Heart Word Center church, will be among the speakers at the “Girl I Got a Secret” women’s conference, meeting today, Saturday, and Sunday at […]

Lawmakers support water funding

David Arkin Area lawmakers on Wednesday morning gave local leaders their blessing to push forward with a major water project that’s expected to have a profound impact on eastern New Mexico. Two local mayors — Clovis’ David Lansford and Portales’ Orlando Ortega — briefed area lawmakers on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, also […]

Bill would benefit Cannon

Davis Arkin If Jose Campos gets his way, some big smiles will be seen on the personnel at Cannon Air Force Base. Campos, a House of Representative member whose district includes both Curry and Roosevelt counties, said on Monday afternoon that he is putting together legislation that could significantly benefit Cannon. The bill has not […]

Portales boys look to bounce back

Kevin Wilson It’s not the question of the century for the Ram basketball team. Rather, it’s the question of the half-century mark. Since winning its first two games, Portales has suffered a four-game losing streak. Every team that has beaten the Rams this season has scored at least 50, including Robertson in a 50-49 overtime […]

Educators discuss Saddam’s future

Glen Seeber Finally in the hands of U.S. Forces, Saddam Hussein is likely to go through an interrogation process, an assistant professor of political science speculated Sunday evening. Dr. David Rausch, who teaches at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, said the question he would ask first if given an opportunity would be: “Where are […]

Local leader loses bout with cancer

Gary Mitchell Those who knew her best invariably described Mary Carol Hartley as a brave, compassionate lady. Hartley, 62, died at her home Thursday after a 15-year on-and-off bout with cancer. Hartley’s husband, 9th Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley, choked back his emotions late Thursday. “It’s kind of a tough time, but the Good Lord […]