Keeping tradition

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
First Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Candle-Light Service organizer Gracy Stone directs volunteers and church members as they practice their readings Monday evening. First Presbyterian Church member Bob Taylor said the church has held the candle-light service for more than 50 years in Portales.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With Christmas Eve fast approaching, First Presbyterian Church is gearing up for their annual Christmas Eve Candle-Light Service. The Christmas Eve service has been a church tradition for more than 50 years, according to church member Bob Taylor. Taylor said he’s been helping with the Candle-Light service since he […]

Heavy lifting volunteer

Gail Keener

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Editors note: This is a five part series recognizing people in the community who have made a difference. When there’s heavy lifting to be done at the Portales Dream Center, local volunteer Gail Keener is the person to call. The 73-year-old volunteer from Pep has been helping the Portales […]

Simple things bring back memories

By Sandy Fields Local columnist The simplest little action, a familiar song or a fragrance, one certain phrase. That’s all it takes to bring wonderful memories rushing to the forefront of my mind. Every week I find myself reaching down to the carpet to pick up a little piece of grass or a stray thread. […]

Dora school news — Dec. 23

Christmas Break School will not be in session Dec. 19 through Jan. 4. The second semester will begin on Jan. 5. Report cards will be issued on Jan. 6. 4-H Students At a recent Roosevelt County 4-H Awards Banquet several Dora students were recognized. The following awards were given for record book completion in individual […]

To do list — Dec. 23

Saturday • Craft bazaar fundraiser — 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Portales Church of God, 1427 East Amazon. Ongoing • 7 Deadly Sins, ENMU student juried art exhibition — Through Jan. 30, ENMU Golden Library. Admission: free. Information: Bryan Hahn 575-562-2778. The to do list publishes daily and features non-recurring public meetings and entertainment options of interest […]

Two nominated to ENMU Board of Regents

Staff report Business owner and psychologist Susan Tatum is among two nominees announced Monday to the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents. The other nominee is Terry O’Thick, who has served on the ENMU Alumni Association board, according to a release from the Gov. Susana Martinez. Tatum founded the Clovis Counseling Center in 1988, […]

Jail log — Dec. 23

As of 7 a.m. Monday Released in the past 24 hours: • Eric Gallegos, released on bond • Robert Matthews Rojas, released for time served • Jeffery Lane Shoultz, released on bond • Robert Wiltse, released on furlough Booked in the past 24 hours: • Vernie Davis Jr., Use or possession of drug paraphernalia, possession […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 23

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family V • Household members: 4 • Children: 3 • Special circumstance: This single mother has three children, ages 1, 8 and 9. The children’s father is in Mexico and unable to return. The mother works at a business […]

Double dry embossing on upcoming show

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on making crystal floral jewelry, double dry embossing and making “green” decor will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. Lisa Rojas is a crafter and designer, and she’s going to show how to make a beautiful crystal floral […]

Senior happenings — Dec. 21

Baxter-Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: Jewelry Pals, 10 a.m.; 8-Ball Pool, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Line dance, 1 p.m.; pinochle, 1 p.m.; Social night, 5 p.m.; Beginning line dance, 2 p.m.; Social night, 5 p.m. Tuesday: Quilting, 8 a.m.; exercise equipment, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; pinochle, 1 p.m.; 8-Ball Pool, 1 […]

Social media source of inspiration

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Nieka Style Until recently, social media has held very little interest to me. I just don’t have the capacity to entertain other people’s neurosis, what they like or dislike, unless they’re talking fashion of course. I kid. But even in the case for fashion, I browse to find what inspires me. I’ve […]

The Blitz

A brief look at more top stories LADY RAMS DOWN ROBERTSON: Portales turned a close game into a blowout in the third quarter, and left West Las Vegas Saturday with a 65-36 victory. Junior Kambrey Blakey had a double-double 19 points and 10 rebounds, as Portales (5-1) won. Portales led throughout, but blew the game […]

Prep box scores

Girls West Las Vegas 36, Portales 65 Portales (5-1)— Kelly Fraze 1 0-0 2, Bailey Schillings 1 0-0 2, Bailey Rowley 4 1-2 10, Sheraya Cox 6 3-3 15, Brooke Lopez 4 0-0 8, Kambrey Blakey 6 6-10 19, Sky Marianito 1 0-0 2, Makenzie Bucksath 3 1-2 7. Totals 26 11-19 65. West Las Vegas […]

Cooper sisters enjoying time together

Jaylyn Cooper

By Derek Major Staff Writer Twin sisters Jordyn and Jaylyn Cooper have had a bond since birth most people don’t have with their siblings. Early tragedy strengthened it. “We lost our mom to breast cancer when we were five,” Jaylyn said. “It brought us a lot closer.” The Twins became so close they made […]

Rams win home opener 40-39


By Derek Major Staff writer While most of the Ram Athletic Center crowd was worried about the Rams’ four-point third quarter, coach Rickie McBroom was figuring how how his team could still pull out a win. Of course, it helped that visiting Mesilla Valley only scored five in the same period. “Well I knew […]

Romantic proposal by Christmas lights

Aaron Valdez pops the question to Anhelica Salazar at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens while family, including grandmother Beth Lopez of Clovis, watch and wait for an answer.

Staff report When Anhelica Salazar’s boyfriend asked her to go to the Amarillo Botanical Gardens the night of Dec. 13, she thought it was just because she liked Christmas light displays. She found out later that night it was a plan by her boyfriend, with her whole family in on it, to make her a […]

May spirit of the season embrace you

By Clyde Davis Local columnist We would like to say a great and heartfelt thanks, on behalf I imagine of many folks, for hopefully many have experienced the same kindness that we experienced. Last week, this column proposed the idea that there were many activities, free of charge, available in the Clovis area. Truly, such […]

Happiness drive

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Joseph Torres, 3, left, and his brother Josiah Torres, 7, pose
with Santa Claus, played by PPD animal control officer
Adam Aguilar, while their mother Edana Torres takes their photo Saturday afternoon during the Santa Cop toy distribution. Children that attended received toys and got to sit with Santa as part of the event.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Portales mother Edana Torres, the Portales Police Department’s annual Santa Cop toy distribution is a helpful and special event for her kids and the community. Torres’ two young boys, along with about 300 other children, received new toys from Portales police officers Saturday afternoon at the Yam Theater […]

ENMU president talks education

Editor’s note: Steve Gamble has been president of Eastern New Mexico University since August of 2001. Prior to ENMU, Gamble, who earned a doctorate degree in U.S. history from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, also worked seven years as vice president for academic affairs at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, and taught at […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 21

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family U • Household members: 4 • Children: 3 • Special circumstance: This single mother lost her mother five years ago near Christmas time, and has no family in the area. She is raising her three daughters without anyone […]