Pages Past — Oct. 25

On this date … 1973: A delegation of firemen notified Clovis Mayor Chick Taylor Jr. they would begin a work cutback in protest that their salaries had not been increased, the Clovis News-Journal reported. Taylor said he was told fire department personnel were threatening to stop handling maintenance on the building at Fourth and Mitchell […]

Meetings Watch — Curry County Commission

Curry County commissioners met in a special session Friday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s north annex and took the following action: • Approved a contract with NCA Architects of Albuquerque for renovations at the 417 Gidding St. building. Compensation is 6.99 percent of the cost of the $4 million project. • Approved a contract with […]

Lady Rams escape Lady Wildcats in five-game match


By Dave Wagner Sports writer CLOVIS — Coming off a tough four-set loss to District 4-4A rival Ruidoso two nights earlier, the Portales Lady Rams were determined to make amends on Thursday night. Clovis High, meantime, nearly handed PHS a second straight tough loss. Junior outside hitter Sheraya Cox notched five of her eight […]

Rams take streak to Ruidoso

By Derek Major Staff Writer Coming off its bye week, Portales will ride the bus to face Ruidoso in a pivotal district 4-4A match today. For the Rams traveling to a road game is a time to relax and get their focus before the chaos. “The ride is real relaxed, about 30 minutes before […]

Police Blotter/Jail Log — Oct. 24

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 7:43 a.m.: Burglary report, 800 block East Second Street • 9:57 a.m.: Theft report, US Highway 70 • 10 a.m.: Warrant service, 100 block Airport Road • 4:53 p.m.: Battery report, 2000 block […]

Health fair enters fourth year

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Clovis Community College nursing student Krystal Gonzales gives her instructor, Gayle Richerson, a flu shot during the 2013 Roosevelt General Hospital health fair. The 2014 RGH health fair will feature free screenings and flu shots as well as bike helmet fittings and car seat clinic.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital is making it easier for area residents to stay healthy this fall. RGH is holding its fourth annual health fair from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday. The fair will feature free screenings that include those for blood pressure, vision, and diabetes. The first 400 adult […]

Meetings Watch: Eastern New Mexico Utility Water Authority

Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority met Thursday in Texico. Some highlights from the meeting: • Discussion of a possible trip to Washington D.C. after the Nov. 4 general election. Chairperson Gayla Brumfield said the plan is to lobby the area’s Congressional delegation for continued funding of the Ute Water Project. • An announcement the […]

Brown: Plenty of entertainment found in farming

There is a lot to see in the world, and traveling is one of the great pleasures. It is always revealing to see places and people and things that are not the same as what you see every day. Travel farther and you can observe the great differences in the world, as well as the […]

Cantwell: Infant bears witness to Christ

I t was nearly sunset in Tennessee. I was so excited to see again the most beautiful tree I had ever seen. The tree grew on the top of a small steep hill, exactly in the middle of the hill. It was so tall its branches spread out like a canopy covering the entire top […]

Final application for water aid submitted

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor The final application is in the mail for $20 million in federal cash to help keep eastern New Mexico’s only source of drinking water — the Ogallala Aquifer — from being sucked dry. The application filed Sept. 30 by the New Mexico Ogallala Preservation and Conservation Initiative is toned […]

To do list — Oct. 24

Today • Veterans clinic — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 505-880-8737. • Free Consultations with attorneys — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Clovis Civic Center. Information: 575-763-3435. Saturday • Second annual 5K run/walk — 8 a.m. 5K and 8:15 a.m. 1K, Roosevelt General Hospital. Information: 575-226-6669. • Fourth annual RGH fair […]

Ongoing study focuses on job creation

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From left, Tucumcari MainStreet director Gail Houser, Raymond Mondragon of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments (EPCOG), and state Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan, join EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey in conversation at a workshop for the Legislative Jobs Council in Tucumcari.  The workshop was held Tuesday and Wednesday in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer TUCUMCARI — Job creation in eastern and northern New Mexico is hampered by lack of access to capital, workforce skills, lack of community leadership and business building inventories. Those were consensus conclusions in a day-and-a-half workshop in Tucumcari held Tuesday and Wednesday. The meeting gathered government and business leaders from […]

Area would get more than half million from bond

Staff report Senior citizen centers in Curry, De Baca and Roosevelt counties would receive more than a half-million dollars in state funding, mostly for meals equipment and to purchase and or equip vehicles, if General Obligation Bond A is passed. The local funding is part of a $17 million package that provides capital outlay funding […]

Police blotter — Oct. 23

Police blotter The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Tuesday • 8:09 a.m.: Hit and run, 2100 block Santa Clara Court • 11:50 a.m.: Fraud, 100 block South Abilene Avenue • 1:25 p.m.: Trespass report, 1000 block West 14th Lane • 9:26 […]

To do list — Oct. 23

Today • Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 10 a.m., Texico City Fire Station. Information: 575-769-7828. • Tween program — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Movable Mummy. Information: 575-356-3940. • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Fairytale Fun. Information: 575-356-3940. Friday • Veterans clinic — 9 a.m. to […]

County unemployment drops for September

Staff report New Mexico added 6,400 jobs from September 2013 to September 2014, according to the Department of Workforce Solutions’ September employment report, the largest all-industry increase in 13 months. The figures are for nonfarm payroll employment. During that same time frame, Roosevelt County’s workforce dropped by 241 — from 8,994 in 2013 to 8,753 […]

ENMU to host atlatl contest at Blackwater Draw

By Derek Major Staff writer Eastern New Mexico University is hosting the 14th annual atlatl competition on Saturday at the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site on N.M. 467. The event is being sponsored by the Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark and the Mu Alpha Nu anthropology club. The gates open and practice begins at 9 […]

Contest would make Clovis Man chuckle

By Betty Williamson Local columnist With the 14th annual atlatl competition coming up Saturday at the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site, I called George Crawford, the long-time director of the site on Highway 467 between Portales and Clovis, to see if I have what it takes to be a contender. Crawford said the atlatl (a tool […]

First Baptist hires child ministry director

Staff report Sara Keller has been hired as the director of Children’s Ministries at First Baptist Church in Portales, according to a news release from the church. She will start her job at the church Dec. 7. According to the release: • Keller comes from Albuquerque, where she attended the University of New Mexico and […]

Officials: FBI investigating excessive force case

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor Allegations of excessive force against Clovis police Officer Brent Aguilar are now being investigated by the FBI, according to city officials. Police Chief Steve Sanders and City Manager Joe Thomas confirmed an FBI agent recently requested the investigative file on Aguilar’s controversial take down of Jorge Corona in August. […]