Editorial: U.S. 70 work long time to do, but worth wait

Reality sets in when road construction folks tell Portales residents to buckle up. The $8.3 million, 18-month project through Portales proper will begin in less than three weeks. On May 14, the sorely needed reconstruction of the timeworn four-lane highway that dissects the community will begin. It will include jackhammers tearing out old concrete in […]

Payments to military may rise

So far, several hundred military members who lost homes to illegal foreclosure actions by big banks and mortgage servicers have received settlements of $116,785 apiece for economic loss and emotional distress. They also have been paid any equity lost plus interest. The number of hefty payments to military members and recently-separated veterans likely will swell […]

Tuesday area prep baseball linescores – April 24

District 3-2A Texico 11, Tucumcari 3 Texico 101 107 1 —11 9 3 Tucumcari 010 000 2 — 3 3 5 Jarron Hill (7 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 W, 2 SO, 63 pitches) and Josh Treadway; Esteban Martinez, Michael Olivas (4), Jordan Walker (6) and Angelo Montano. W — Hill. L — Martinez. […]

Tuesday area prep baseball linescores – April 24

District 3-2A Texico 11, Tucumcari 3 Texico 101 107 1 —11 9 3 Tucumcari 010 000 2 — 3 3 5 Jarron Hill (7 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 W, 2 SO, 63 pitches) and Josh Treadway; Esteban Martinez, Michael Olivas (4), Jordan Walker (6) and Angelo Montano. W — Hill. L — Martinez. […]

Opera singer to perform

Joshua Guerrero says he's "late to the opera game" and was previously singing pop music for a couple of years before he focused on opera. Joshua Guerrero The 29-year-old is a tenor in the Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Singer Program. What is your favorite song to sing in the show? "No Puede Ser," which comes […]

Local students receive scholarship

A pair of eastern New Mexico students are among 38 high school seniors in the state receiving Daniels Fund money to attend the higher education institution of their choice. According to a release from the Daniels Fund, Kristin Lopez of Floyd High and Cheyenne Rivera of Clovis High are among the selections. "These are promising […]

Meetings watch: ENMU Board of Regents

At the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting Tuesday in the Regents Room of the Administration Building, board members: Heard a report from the ENMU-Roswell President John Madden, who said the campus began a program where students sign a pledge that they will finish school. The program was created to put an emphasis […]

ENMU regents OK tuition hike

The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents approved a 4.9 percent increases in tuition and fees next year at Tuesday's meeting on the Portales campus. "This increase will still enable us to be one of the lowest priced schools in the southwest," ENMU President Steven Gamble said. "This is the lowest amount we've gone […]

Portales receives airport funding

Portales Municipal Airport will soon be receiving $139,880 in federal funds, which will be used to reseal a runway. Eight New Mexico airports will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation to make improvements to their facilities and runways, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Sen, Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Mike […]

Police blotter – April 25

Samplings of Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Saturday 12:12 p.m., Caller requested an officer for rental trouble, 1700 block South Abilene. 12:22 p.m., Caller reported a residential alarm being set off, 1000 block North Avenue J. 12:23 p.m., Caller reported a grass fire in Chavez County, Railroad Mountain Road in Elida. 12:23 p.m., […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Cops, kids and alligators

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Cops and kids Pre-registration is under way for the annual Cops and Kids Basketball games. The event is May 19 at The Rock and features basketball teams of kids ages 6 to 16 against teams of Clovis Police officers. Participants are limited to the first 150 to […]

Melrose’s Doherty to play for WT

Melrose's Cassidy Doherty will stay a Lady Buff next year. After helping Melrose win the Class 1A state championship in March, the 5-foot-4 point guard has signed a national letter of intent to play next season at West Texas A&M. "My second-oldest brother played at WT," Doherty said. "I was a seventh-grader his first year, […]

Monday area prep baseball – April 23

District 3-1A Melrose 11, San Jon 1 San Jon 000 100 — 1 2 3 Melrose 300 224 —11 16 0 Jacob Benally and Daniel Lerman; Aaron Dearing and Wyatt Williams. W — Dearing. L — Benally. Top hitters — San Jon: Lerman 1-2, run. Melrose: Williams 3-4, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs, run; Keaton Greenwalt […]

City waterline hit during construction

The City of Portales lost between 50,000 and 75,000 gallons of water after a waterline was hit Saturday, according to Portales Public Works Director John DeSha. DeSha said Century Link crews were working on a fiber optics line at 10 a.m. Saturday on North Avenue I when they hit the side of the line, causing […]

Construction concerns citizens

"If there's any damage to our property, will you be responsible for replacing it?" was the first question of the evening during an informational meeting Tuesday in the Memorial Building. New Mexico Department of Transportation and Constructors Inc. officials met with Portales residents and business owners to discuss the upcoming $8.3 million road construction project, […]

Lady Rams post sweep over Raton

RATON — The Portales Lady Rams left at 7:30 a.m. on Monday for the long trip to Raton, but it was well worth it. Senior Kelsey Laurenz tossed a pair of shutouts and the Lady Rams improved to 22-1 with a 6-0, 5-0 sweep of the Lady Tigers. Laurenz allowed four hits with eight strikeouts […]

Meetings watch: ENMU Board of Regents

The following items will be on the agenda for the Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents meeting at 9:30 a.m. today in the ENMU Administration building: Report from the president of the Board Report from the president of the ENMU System Report from the ENMU-Roswell president Report from the ENMU-Ruidoso president Committee appointments 2011-12 Budget […]

Governor endorses candidate Angie Spears

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing heat from a few Republicans for throwing her might and her political action committee's money in a contested GOP primary for a state senate seat in eastern New Mexico. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Martinez is supporting Angie Spears over two other Republicans in a race […]

ENMU celebrates Earth Day

Students at Eastern New Mexico University ignored the age old advice, "Don't play with your food," Monday, at an Earth Day celebration that featured Frisbees into plates. The students ate an outdoor picnic lunch from green Frisbees and rinsed them off for later use as flying objects. The message, said ENMU's recycling coordinator Kandice Kaiser, […]

Police Blotter: April 24

Samplings of Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Friday 10 a.m.: Caller reported a male subject in the backyard, 1000 block of Knoxville. 10:23 a.m.: Caller requested a vehicle tow, 100 block of West First Street. 11:24 a.m.: Caller reported malnourished animals, N.M. 267. 12:35 p.m.: Caller reported a motor vehicle accident, 1700 block […]