Lucero makes write-in deadline for general election

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor Sheriff races in Roosevelt and De Baca counties got hotter and a fiercely independent candidate turned Curry County’s probate judge race into a three-way contest Thursday during the one day write-in candidates had to file and make the ballot for the November general election. Former longtime Curry County probate […]

Police blotter — June 27

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:26 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 500 block of South Avenue B. • 1:06 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1600 block of West 18th Street. • 4:22 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 42100 block of U.S. 70. • 7:12 a.m.: Prisoner transport, 100 block of Airport Road. • 7:34 […]

Limited government Utopian dream

By Kent McManigal Local columnist The siren songs of the next election season are already tickling your ears. One thing I notice a lot of people advocating is a “return to the Constitution,” which they believe would bring back “limited government.” I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it didn’t work before, […]

King should look into campaign money scheme

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, one of the people specifically empowered to look into campaign finance violations, should take a break from his run to put the Democrats back in the Governor’s Mansion and investigate how around $128,000 was essentially laundered through a web of liberal political action committees before the June 3 primary […]

N.M. Fishing Report — June 26

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Charette Lakes: We had no reports […]

Teen programs need sponsors

By Christina Calloway Senior writer The coordinators of the Municipal Court’s DWI Program and the Portales Teen Court program are looking for more sponsors that can provide community service opportunities for court offenders. Every offender in Teen Court, an alternative sentencing program for youth who commit misdemeanor crimes, is given community service hours to […]

Breakfast is served

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From left, Christian Martinez, Melissa Gilbert and Joseph Martinez enjoy the nice weather and lunches from the free summer lunch program on Wednesday at City Park. Christian and Joseph came with Gilbert, a family friend, and their mother Ashley Martinez.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Brothers Christian Martinez, 4, and Joseph, 7, got to enjoy a small picnic with fresh fruit, chicken nuggets and milk on Wednesday at City Park. Ashley Martinez, their mother, said the best part of the picnic was that her sons’ meals were free. Their free lunch is part of […]

Events calendar — June 26

Today Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon — Noon to 1 p.m., Yam Theatre. Information: 356-8541. Journey of Hope — 1:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: or Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Food Storage 101 — 7 p.m., Latter […]

Missed out on something special

By Betty Williamson Local columnist My high school had no band and when I was a student at Eastern New Mexico University, where band was a popular elective, I lacked both the courage and initiative to make the leap. But I must admit that every two years when the ENMU Alumni Band gathers for its […]

Police blotter — June 26

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 12:06 a.m.: Remove subject, 700 block of West First Street. • 12:41 a.m.: Suicide threat, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 12:45 a.m.: Incomplete 911, 100 block of East Nogal Street. • 1:12 a.m.: Alarm activation, 1400 block of South Avenue C. • […]

Unique summer classes offered by ENMU

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Jason Nielson, an Eastern New Mexico University senior from Tucumcari, files down one of his ring molds Wednesday during his jewelry class. The jewelry making class lasts for two hours and the students can make any item of jewelry they want.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Freedom to make whatever jewelry is in Michael Sanchez’s mind is one of the reasons he took Art 271 on jewelry making this summer at Eastern New Mexico University. Sanchez, from Las Vegas, New Mexico, has made a key chain and a ring during the four-week course and is now […]

Smooth customer transition promised by AT&T

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer On the verge of sealing a deal to buy Plateau Wireless assets, AT&T officials are saying they will make the transition a smooth one for customers. “We’ll work hard to make the transition as smooth as possible for them, and we think they’ll like being part of AT&T,” said […]

Sprouting imaginations

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A fast-paced game of soccer was played Tuesday afternoon at Eastern New Mexico University’s Kids’ College.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer “Awesomeville” and “cat dragons,” are two phrases the imaginative children attending Eastern New Mexico University’s Kids’ College have created. Of the projects the students get to do, this week involved drawing and painting and those were two ideas that sprouted from the minds of the 6 to 12-year-old students. […]

College students could qualify for lower loan payments

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Kamarie Schmidt recently graduated from Eastern New Mexico University and in order to pay for her degree, she had to take out student loans. Schmidt, a native of Farwell who earned her degrees in music education and instrumental performance saxophone, said even though she is going to graduate school […]

Events calendar — June 25

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Tweens’ choice. Open to students in grades 4-6. Information: 356-3940. Thursday Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon — Noon to 1 p.m., Yam Theatre. Information: 356-8541. Journey […]

Police blotter — June 25

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 12:50 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident private property, 1800 block of West 17th Lane. • 1:59 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 700 block of Clark Street. • 5:47 a.m.: Animal complaint, 400 block of South Roosevelt Road V. • 6:05 a.m.: Animal complaint, 400 block of South […]

Call me a rainmaker

By Christina Calloway Staff columnist I’m no weathergirl, didn’t go to school for meteorology and I’ve never done a rain dance, but I’m starting to think not only can I predict rain, I might be the one causing it. Before you call me crazy, hear my theory out. It’s certainly not an educated one and […]

Snakes on the plains


By Christina Calloway Senior writer With the start of summer bringing warmer temperatures, Portales Animal Control Officer Walter Chambers said snakes will have more of a presence in these parts despite the fact they average one to three calls a month about the slithering creatures. The snake Chambers said is most common to this area […]

Feds have no business deciding what’s offensive

The nickname “Redskins” is indeed offensive to many. A good argument can be made that it’s time to move beyond it. That certainly will happen when fans quit buying tickets and merchandise. But the conclusion by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the Washington Redskins’ name is “disparaging of Native Americans” and it is therefore […]

Photo project loses out to laziness

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist Two summers ago, I had a wedding to attend in Albuquerque and I made a weekend out of it. I caught a pair of Isotopes games, and took the Rail Runner up to Santa Fe for a photo excursion. While waiting for the return train to Albuquerque, I noticed a […]