Enrollment of area students up at ENMU

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Mike Linn Officials at Eastern New Mexico University say this year will bring a new five-year high of freshmen from the Clovis and Portales area. To date, there are 138 incoming first-year college students from the Clovis/Portales area, or about 24 percent of this year’s freshman class. Enrollment officials and ENMU President Steve Gamble said […]

Area clinic treating West Nile patients

Darrell Todd Maurina Muleshoe Area Medical Center says it now has three confirmed cases of West Nile virus and a dozen cases under investigation. In response, Muleshoe doctors urge residents to seek medical evaluation for persistent headaches and other flu-like symptoms. Dr. Joe Garrett, an epidemiologist with the Texas Department of Public Health, said his […]

Clovis church shows kindness to seniors

Gary Mitchell Faith Christian Family Church is hoping to give back to the seniors citizens who have given so much through its “Conspiracy of Kindness” campaign. Several area businesses have partnered with the Clovis church to provide free oil and filter changes and car washes Aug. 24-25 to all senior citizens ages 60 and older. […]

Ute pipeline may cause water rates to double

Jack King TUCUMCARI — Monthly water rates in some area communities could double or triple once the Ute water pipeline is in place, a financial study says. The rates of all communities participating in the project would rise and beyond some communities’ capacities to pay without various types of support, Clovis Public Works Director Harry […]

Gator handler performs educational show at fair

Gary Mitchell Twelve-year-old Brooke Switzer of Clovis got a wet surprise Wednesday at the Curry County Fair when an 8-foot alligator decided to play water tag with her. Switzer and her family were sitting in the front row watching the Swampmaster’s Gator Show when the reptile churned the water to escape Swampmaster Jeff Quattrocchi’s clutches. […]

Clovis businesses to show gratitude to Air Force Base

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis businesses will say “thanks” to Cannon Air Force Base personnel on Friday. Beginning at noon, about 50 representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 50, and the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation will serve food and host entertainment events for both adults and children in Unity Park next to the Cannon […]

Dinosaur museum educational, fascinating

Angela Peacock Exploring a lost world that existed over millions of years ago is possible at Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum in Tucumcari. An educational activity for the entire family is how museum director Craig Currell described the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum. The museum is unique because of its hands-on approach, Currell said. “We operate a […]

Community Mourns Loss of Loved One

Mike Linn Family and friends describe Frank Poynor as larger-than-life: He was an outgoing person with an interest in the future of youngsters; had an affinity for cycling, ranching and fishing; and was blessed with integrity. Poynor, a longtime Portales businessman, died Wednesday in an accident while riding his bicycle in Dallas. He was 72. […]

Zia soccer team prepares for inaugural season

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By Kevin Wilson The Zia soccer team is looking to earn respect in the Lone Star Conference this year, one practice and one song at a time. Members of the inaugural Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team are preparing for a 15-game regular season, starting Aug. 30 against College of the Southwest at Alamosa, […]

Officials reassure residents

Mike Linn New Mexico health officials told a group of Portales senior citizens about the symptoms and dangers of West Nile Virus, then tried to persuade the group that they had nothing to worry about. Nelson Powers, an entomologist with the New Mexico Department of Health, gave a 45-minute presentation about the mosquito-transmitted virus Tuesday […]

Dora residents mad over mail

Mike Linn A group of Dora residents are afraid the local postmaster is inking up the “Return to Sender” stamp, and may start using it frequently in the near future. Dora resident Elmer Reed gathered 13 signatures opposing a new post office policy effective Sept. 6 that would return mail back to senders if they […]

Dora News

Charlie Carmichael The County Fair has come and gone and several Dora youngsters said they are happier because of their accomplishments. Congratulations To Rachel Cox for being our new little Miss Roosevelt County Sweetheart. She will be a third grade student in Dora Elementary School this year. Randall Craig of Dora and Sixto Paiz won […]

Letters to the Editor 8/13

Dear Editor: The editorial in Wednesday’s paper inferred the people of Texas do not want the blatant gerrymandering of the federal House districts to even up the House representation. Just because political columnist Molly Ivins and the liberal media around Austin say so, it doesn’t mean the people of Texas say so. For as long […]

PHS coaches pleased with first days of practice

By Kevin Wilson The Portales High School football and volleyball teams ended their previous seasons as a state runnerup, but early indications are that each has a solid shot at improving upon those marks. Monday was the first day for practices to begin in both sports, and each team featured a high turnout according to […]

Congressman hears local concerns

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Kevin Wilson In the span of an hour, U.S. Rep. Tom Udall covered everything from Dora mail routes to the global economy. Udall was in the area Monday evening at City Hall for a one-hour session with Roosevelt County residents, one of 10 such meetings scheduled for this month. Earlier Monday morning, Udall and Portales […]

Area cities share cheese plant stories

Darrell Todd Maurina Cheese production plants in two eastern New Mexico cities have had major economic impacts on those communities, according to business and city officials in those communities. The plants provided a major source of new employment to Lovington, which is trying to diversify an economy largely based on oil and natural gas, and […]

Roswell Man To Face Grand Jury in Vehicular Homicide Case

By Mike Linn A Roswell truck driver suspected of vehicular homicide in connection with the death of a 2-week-old boy will face a Roosevelt County grand jury on Thursday afternoon. Brian Moshier, 40, is accused of slamming his tractor-trailer rig into a compact car while driving drunk on U.S. Highway 70 near Elida in the […]

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, […]

Pilot flies high in eyes of family

By Angela Peacock There isn’t enough time in a day, family members said, to describe everything wonderful about Wallace Cameron. A retired Air Force colonel, Cameron was just short of 30 years of active military service. He was stationed all over the world and received various medals in recognition of his heroism in more than […]

Personalities Plus — Floren Thompson

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What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Relaxing and activities with wife and family.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “At first I was in total shock. Then my heart broke and I started crying for all those directly affected. I then began praying for them and our country.” Tell us about your […]