Storm loses punch

Sunni Moberly, 8, looks Thursday into what used to be the bathroom of her mobile home north of Melrose. The mobile home was hit by a grain storage bin in Wednesday’s storm. By Darrell Todd Maurina Despite warnings of incoming severe weather, Thursday night storms fizzled out before reaching the Curry County line. “The closer […]

Monsoon rising

Clovis was under thunderstorm and tornado warnings on Wednesday evening as severe storms moved through the area. CNJ Staff Severe weather hopscotched over eastern New Mexico on Wednesday evening, largely sparing Clovis but damaging farms in northwest Curry County, downing power lines at Cannon Air Force Base and Portales and causing flooding in Portales. The […]

Couple picks interesting wedding

CNJ Staff Daniel Hackett and Jill Chandler of Portales will make themselves part of Clovis’ Pioneer Days in a special way Sunday — they plan to get married during one of the balloon launches scheduled for the celebration. Hackett, a graphic designer at the Portales News-Tribune, said he and his fiancee will exchange vows at […]

Hitt, Opal

Opal Hitt Services: Have been held. Mrs. Opal Hitt, 96, of Portales, died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at Prairie Acres Nursing Home in Friona. She was born on March 9, 1907, in the Rogers and Dora communities, to Luna and Ethel Pruett. She attended school at Long’s and Dora. She married James “Sid” Hitt on […]

Judge rules in favor of Portales patrolman

By Mike Linn Police 1, Judge Fred Arnold 0. Portales officers appealing fines issued by the city’s municipal judge scored a victory in court on Monday. Ninth Judicial District Judge Robert Brack found patrolman Anthony Sanford not guilty of contempt of court and overturned a $100 fine that Arnold levied on the officer who missed […]

Homans to focus on job creation

By Gary Mitchell State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said he will focus on job creation opportunities. Q: How long have you served as secretary of the state Economic Development Department? A: Since Jan. 1. When Gov. Bill Richardson got elected, I was his first cabinet appointment. Q: Prior to this position, what was your […]

Crume, Ruth

Ruth Crume Services: Have been held. Mrs. Ruth Crume, 89, of Portales, an Elida school teacher, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Dec. 10, 1913, in Mullen, Texas, to Bamma and the Rev. R.W. Bynum. She was raised in central and east Texas. She graduated from […]

Portales honors nonagenarians

By Mike Linn For an elderly woman, Ruth Creighton sure is an energetic sort, smiling and carrying on with friends, laughing and listening to stories. Creighton, 92, was one of 15 seniors over 90-years-old who met at the Portales Senior Citizens Center’s annual non-agenarian tea party Wednesday afternoon. She brought with her a quick-witted charm […]

Economic secretary touts incentive programs

By Gary Mitchell State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said going to places like Portales and listening to people’s concerns and ideas make up one of the more pleasant aspects of his job as a cabinet secretary under Gov. Bill Richardson. “The most pleasurable part of my job is getting on the road and making […]

Communities set Memorial Day observances

By Gary Mitchell Memorial Day has a significance that local veteran Larry Frappier and his colleagues want to make sure the nation doesn’t forget. “It’s a day you’re honoring your fallen comrades,” said Frappier, who serves as secretary for the Joint Veterans Council in Clovis, the sponsor of the community’s annual Memorial Day Observance. “It’s […]

Jackson, S.L.

S.L. Jackson Services: Have been held. Mr. S.L. “Tuney” Jackson Jr., 75, of Floyd, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at his home. He was born on March 24, 1928, in Olton, Texas, to Betty and S.L. Jackson. He attended school in Olton for several years. He graduated from high school in Carisa Springs, Texas, in […]

Water authority discusses money

By Mike Linn The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met on Wednesday to once again discuss many pieces of the giant jigsaw puzzle that is the Ute water pipeline project. The meeting included the bonding of 12 entities — including the cities of Portales and Clovis — when officials from each signed on to […]

Rural Water Authority meets in Portales

Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet at 2 p.m. today at The Roosevelt restaurant for their monthly meeting. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega praised the efforts of the authority — which includes 12 entities including Clovis and Portales — by stating that combined efforts on the Ute Water Project are gathering […]

Area temperatures running hot and cold

By Darrell Todd Maurina Sunday’s heat wave turned into a cold snap for eastern New Mexico by Monday, as a 41-degree temperature drop brought strong winds and the area’s first rainfall this month. “We still get cold fronts into the state sometimes as late as early or mid-June, but usually they are not nearly that […]

Baldwin, Eden

Eden Baldwin Services: Have been held. Eden Jade Baldwin, an infant, died Sunday, May 18, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on May 13, 2003, to Sarai and Michael Baldwin. She is survived by her parents; her maternal grandfather, Walt Mayne of Portales; her paternal grandparents, Anne and Keith Baldwin of […]

Towns to sign landfill agreement

Jack King Clovis and Portales city officials will formalize the designation of the two cities as a Microplex with a resolution signing ceremony at 4 p.m. Monday in the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex, 701 North Main St. The landfill agreement between Clovis and Portales also will be signed at the ceremony, said Chase Gentry, […]

Johnston, Maxine

Maxine F. Johnston Services: Have been held. Mrs. Maxine F. Johnston, 73, died Friday, May 16, 2003, at her home in Portales. She was born Sept. 4, 1929, in Dora to Ruby and Frank Morrison. She attended school in both Dora and Floyd before moving to Portales. She was a 1948 graduate of Portales High […]

Block, William

William Block Services: Have been held. Mr. William Arthur “Bill” Block, 86, of Portales, died April 11, 2003, at a Temple, Texas, hospital. He was born on June 25, 1916, in at Gotebo, Okla., to Abraham and Agnes Martens Block. He married M. Lavada Mitchell on Dec. 28, 1935, in Hobart, Okla. He farmed his […]

Senior grows with college experience

By Mike Linn PORTALES — They’ve met significant others; learned to function on little or no sleep; and have merrily embraced the university social scene during their time at Eastern New Mexico University. Now they move on, a degree on their resume and memories to last a lifetime tattooed safely in their minds. Some call […]

What were once chores are now fond memories

By Judy Brandon It is nearly time for school to be out. As this academic year ends, I look back over the school years of our children’s lives. I get a little nostalgic this time of year because our children are far beyond school age. Being a room mother, attending parent-teacher conference appointments, sponsoring field […]