Events calendar — Aug. 13

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. City Pool — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Lap Swim — 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Family Night Swim — 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., […]

I’m OK with being called visionary

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher A few things to know about me: I am about the most even keel person you will ever meet. I hate the use of extreme adjectives. I hate them for one simple reason, and that is I do not believe anyone can back them up. I do not believe anyone is […]

Independent voters deserve primary voice

It’s rare in New Mexico when Democrats and Republicans see eye-to-eye on an issue. So it’s refreshing to see Republican Gov. Susana Martinez support a reasonable plan put forth by two Democrats, Sen. Bill O’Neill and Rep. Emily Kane, that would open up party primaries to independent voters. O’Neill and Kane plan to introduce legislation […]

Former Hound signs with Polish pro team

Staff report Former Eastern New Mexico University point guard Rodney Blackmon has agreed to a contract to play professional basketball overseas in Poland’s Tauron Basket Liga. Blackmon, according to, is the top point guard on the depth charts for Polpharma Starogard Gdnaski. He is one of three Americans on the team, along with Tony […]

Back into action

KEVIN WILSON: Staff photo
Destinee Sotelo, left, returns the ball during a drill Monday at the Ram Athletic Center. There were 38 athletes on the first day of volleyball practice.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer It was a day of conditioning for plenty of Portales High athletes, with Monday as the first day for non-football sports. Things started bright and early for the volleyball squad. “We started out this morning at 6:30 at the hills at Eastern (New Mexico University),” volleyball coach Ruth Chavez […]

‘Round-Up’ establishes student connections


By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Approximately 65 fourth-12th grade students attended Cannon’s first Student Connection Round-Up, a day-long event designed to help military children at Cannon Air Force Base meet new friends before the start of the school year. “Our main goal for the event was to put […]

School board OKs bond tax increase

Christina Calloway: Staff photo
The Portales Ram Athletic Center went through a series of renovations over the summer. School officials took a tour of the facility on Monday with Athletic Director Mark Gallegos presenting the debut of fresh paint to the gym’s walls. Other renovations include new fixtures in the locker rooms, new Ram graphics in the gym and locker rooms, and an updated Wall of Champions.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer An oversight of the Portales Municipal Schools funds pushed the Board of Education to vote in favor of a tax increase Monday on a general obligation bond. Portales schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the district’s financial advisors, RBC Capital, had a different figure for the district’s debt service than […]

Q&A: California transplant ready to get started


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer A recent California transplant, LeAnn King was working with her horses when she received a call about a job opening for a DWI prevention specialist. The call came from Rikki Seat, Roosevelt County DWI Program coordinator. “She asked if I could come down to the office for an interview […]

Commentary: List helps separate fact from fiction

Col. Tony Bauernfeind

By Col. Tony Bauernfeind 27th Special Operations Wing commander After years of battling the negative perceptions that have plagued Cannon Air Force Base the reality about the base of today is finally making its rounds within the Air Force community. Tongues started wagging across the force when Cannon cracked Air Force Times’ top 10 in […]

Help for injured county employee OK’d

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Roosevelt County commissioners have approved a plan that will allow co-workers to donate vacation time to Leroy Manzanares, who is still recovering from a head injury sustained last month during an inmate escape. Manzanares was hit in the head with a pickax in July by murder suspect Senovio Mendoza Jr., who […]

Douglas Stone Memorial Scores

Douglas Stone Memorial Tournament Friday-Sunday Portales Country Club *won on scorecard playoff Championship Flight David Gutierrez-Sid Felan 63-64-65-192* Mark Foster-Jordan Moore 67-61-64-192 Chad Heflin-Matt Hunton 67-66-66-199 Bobby Crane-Wayne Moore 68-69-68-203 Jason Howl-Will Archibeque 65-67-72-204 David Brooks-Ron Harman 70-68-67-205 Rustin Rowley-Andy Reynolds 71-70-68-209 Shawn Scanlan-Mike Majors 71-69-71-211 First Flight Amit Bhakta-Keith Kiser 72-70-65-207* Jerry Wood-Rick White […]

Robin Williams, manic comedy star, dead at 63

Ricardo DeAratanha: Los Angeles Times
Robin Williams died on Monday. He was 63. Here, the actor is pictured on the set of "The Crazy Ones" at 20th Century Fox Studios in November 2013.

Staff and wire reports Robin Williams, a brilliant shapeshifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like “Mrs. Doubtfire” or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in “Good Will Hunting,” died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his San Francisco Bay […]

Police blotter — Aug. 12

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday • 1:50 a.m.: Remove subject, 500 block of West 17th Street. • 2:32 a.m.: Traffic hazard, 500 block of West First Street. • 2:56 a.m.: Noise disturbance, 600 block of West 17th Street. • 4:16 a.m.: Animal complaint, 1300 block of West Ivy Street. • […]

Doctor: 14-day guideline unrealistic

By Tom Philpott Military Update Until he resigned in May, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki led his department of more than 350,000 employees for five years by setting “bold goals.” They looked impossible to achieve, but he knew, from his Army years, they inspired better performance and bigger budgets from Congress. But did a goal […]

Seniors, don’t be too quick to judge

By Sandy Fields Local columnist Another school year begins. Today I’ll share some thoughts with the high school students who are blessed to be attending school in our small community. Don’t be too quick to determine who has the good looks. There will come a day when you look back at the senior pictures of […]

Events calendar — Aug. 12

Today Yoga Fit — 8:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. City Pool — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Lap Swim — 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Food Storage 101 — 7 p.m., Latter Day Saints Cultural Hall. Information: Cora Stroud, 575-359-1483 or Night […]

Fun, games at health fair


By Anna George Staff writer Kimberly Bates and her 3- and 5-year-old sons went to La Casa’s health fair to get their child wellness check-ups and immunizations Saturday, but the children were more entertained by Sparky the fire dog. Sparky is the mascot at the Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department, which participates in […]

Learning their lines

KEVIN WILSON: Staff photo
Portales coach Jaime Ramirez talks to Ram players about the importance of going hard throughout practice Thursday morning at Portales High School.

Staff report Portales High football coach Jaime Ramirez and his staff pretty much know what they have in the skill positions as they prepare for the upcoming season. The offensive and defensive lines, though, are another story. The Rams completed their first week of practice on Friday with their first full day in pads. Ramirez, […]

Lobo women stay perfect in Italy

Staff report PESARO, Italy — The University of New Mexico stayed perfect on its Italy tour Saturday, notching a 70-54 win over the Adriatic Sea Sirens. Junior Brea Mitchell hit four 3-pointers as part of her game-high 16 points in the win at Pesaro, Italy. Clovis native Antiesha Brown poured in 13 points and nine […]

Party barn lived eventful life

By David Stevens Editor At 85, it’s sagging and full of holes, abandoned about a mile west of Cannon Air Force Base. The grounds around it are covered in weeds and spent shotgun shells. Pigeons are the only frequent visitors. But the old barn on the old Beasley farm still attracts attention. Thrill-seeking teenagers have […]