Superintendent Johnnie Cain talks school

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain believes future teachers and schools will have to change at a faster pace and be more interactive to meet students’ needs.

Editor’s note: Johnnie Cain is beginning his second year as superintendent of Portales Municipal Schools. He answered the following questions from Editor David Stevens via email last week: I understand the new football field will be ready by the fall of 2016. Why will it provide a better experience for the student athletes and their […]

Road construction nears completion

Staff report The lanes are open. The stripes are painted. The U.S. 70 road construction project through Portales is “substantially complete,” according to Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann. The 27-month project needs only landscaping, crosswalks and traffic signals on the square, Guldemann said. Construction crews are waiting to have power supplied to the irrigation […]

To do list — Sept. 14

Today Steven Michael Quezada — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Theater. Admission is free. Information: Shirlene Peters, 575-562-2711 Elizabeth Williams Jr. Recital — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall. Admission is free. Information: Kathi Fraze, 575-562-2377 Tuesday Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., board room at Portales Municipal School District, 501 […]

Police blotter — Sept. 14

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 12:06 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 400 block of South Avenue A. • 12:51 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1500 block of South Avenue K. • 7:37 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 800 block of West Second […]

Hypothermia culprit in bird deaths

By Tony Gennaro Local columnist Not long ago, around midnight, Portales received some heavy rainfall. “Marjorie, do we have flood insurance?” I asked my wife. She answered, “No.” That caused me to go from window to window the entire night to monitor the water level around our home. Fortunately, the rain stopped at daybreak, and […]

The whiners should run for president

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist How I got on one email distribution list of High Plains luminaries is a mysterious honor. One recent missive was titled “Best description of Obama ever written.” The email reprinted an essay from Jack Wheeler, “a brilliant man who was the author of Reagan’s strategy to break the back of […]

Progress will be lost with another war

Try as he might, President Obama has been unable to untangle the United States from the mess in the Middle East. Now, with a new terrorist group growing ever-fiercer and more dangerous, the president told the nation Wednesday night that Americans must act, with their allies, to stop the fundamentalists who are bent on destroying […]

Let the hyperbole, overkill begin

By Tom McDonald State columnist Now begins Election 2014. All the noise you’ve heard so far was just the warmup. Now comes the hyperbole, followed by a big dose of overkill. Still, it’s an important election. On every New Mexico ballot this November, there will be boxes to check for governor and lieutenant governor, attorney […]

ENMU improves to 2-0 with 42-14 win over Adams State

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University  rolled up 608 yards of offense Saturday in a 42-14 win over Adams State. Fullback E’lon Spight rushed for more than 100 yards for a second straight game and Jeremy Buurma hooked up wth Aaron Johnson for two early touchdowns as ENMU won its first two games of the season […]

Wolverines topple Rams

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Rams senior quarterback Matt Martinez gets rid of a pass under pressure from Texico’s Tanner Dickerman during the second half of Friday’s game at Greyhound Stadium.

By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Texico certainly didn’t mind having a comfortable lead coming down the stretch on Friday night. The Wolverines built a 33-12 advantage early in the final period before weathering a late storm from Portales to down the Rams 49-32 at Blackwater Draw. Sophomore running back Mason Golden rushed for […]

Longhorns spoil Dora’s home night debut

By Derek Major DORA — Dora’s first home night game did not go as well as hoped, in more ways than one. The Coyotes lost to Logan 77-37 in a rainy, cold affair on Friday night. As their fans were feeling the chill of an unseasonably cold night, the Coyotes (1-2) were feeling the […]

Hounds fall to Dustdevils

Staff report LAREDO, Texas — Ryan Hodgson’s scored on a deflection from six yards midway through the first half and sixth-ranked Texas A&M International held off Eastern New Mexico University 1-0 Friday in the opening match of the TAMUI Men’s Soccer Fall Invitational. ENMU drops to 1-3 on the season. The Dustdevils are 3-0. The […]

Rams, Lady Rams top Desert Academy

Staff report SANTA FE — Hannah Evans scored a pair of goals and the Portales Lady Rams erased a 3-0 halftime deficit to edge Desert Academy 4-3 on Friday night. Meantime, the PHS boys also won, posting a 3-0 win over the Wildcats. PHS squads are back in action today at Pojoaque, with the girls […]

Cats, Lady Cats notch wins in Albuquerque

Staff report ALBUQUERQUE — With bigger games on the way Saturday, neither of Clovis’ soccer squads tripped up against lesser competition as the teams both pitched shutouts at the Albuquerque Public Schools soccer complex Friday night. Alejandro Medina had a goal and an assist during a three-goal second half as the boys cruised by Rio […]

Friday area prep football capsules — Sept. 12

Clovis Christian 38, Whitharral JV 8 Records: Clovis Christian 2-0, Whitharral JV 0-2. Difference-makers: CCS, Will Ramsey completed 11 of 13 passes for 106 yards and five touchdowns. Tucker Fly was his favorite target with four receptions for 82 yards and two scores. J.V. Perales added 63 yards on 10 carries and scored twice. Fort […]

Pearce talks Constitution in Portales

Staff photo: Lillian Bowe 
Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., reads the U.S. Constitution as part of the event held on Friday at the Sandia Room at Eastern New Mexico University. Pearce went over what the document means and how it affects the country.

By Lillian Bowe The U.S. Constitution, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said on Friday, is a contract between the people and the government. And it works in favor of the people. “It’s like my wife getting our floors done at our house and, if the floor breaks, then she has the right to tell the […]

McGee: Anesthesia World not that exciting

Have you had an operation lately? I had one a few days ago. The doctor had to sew up some holes where it seemed my “chitlins” were trying to squiggle out. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had surgery,” I said. “The last time I had an operation they put me to sleep using […]

In search of ponies: Degrees matter to pets

The meager degree here and degree there is almost indistinguishable to us humans. Still warm enough for summer clothes, swimming and cookouts. However, if one rises early enough in the morning or ventures out after dark, the cooler temperatures can be felt easily enough. And though a drop from the mid 90s to the high […]

Police: Suspects identified in pumpkin theft

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University police have identified four juveniles as suspects in the weekend pumpkin thefts from the university’s Childhood Development Center. The suspects are 15, 15, 14 and 14, ENMU Police Chief Bradley Mauldin said. Video footage provided information that allowed police to identify the teens, Mauldin said. Mauldin said the four […]

Local social worker appointed

Staff report Sandra Turner of Clovis has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the Board of Social Work Examiners, according to a press release from the governor’s press office. Turner is a clinical therapist, social worker and owner of Life Changes Counseling and Consulting. She was previously a school social worker for Clovis Municipal […]