Best of class

Correspondent photo: 
Ronnie Cain
Ryleigh Walters, 14, right, a Portales eighth-grader, poses with a judge, the fair queen and fair 
sweetheart after winning the reserve grand 
champion of the beef breeder class competition.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Responsibility, relief, accomplishment and pride in overcoming anxiety came along with winning top prizes, according to contestants in the Roosevelt County Fair Breeding Beef and Market Steer shows. Class One Low Line, Class Two Shorthorn and Class Three Charlais were the categories shown during the Breeding Beef show Thursday […]

‘Hell or High Water’ officially opens

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
“Hell or High Water” made its debut for general audiences Friday at North Plains 7 in Clovis. See the review on page 2A.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR Before it made its way to the Cannes Film Festival and select cities across the nation, “Hell or High Water” was making its way through the streets of Clovis and Portales. It made its return to Clovis on Friday as another film on the slate for the North Plains […]

Wayland graduates 25

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Elane Seebo presents graduate Demarcus J. Anthony with his degree during Friday morning graduation ceremony at Central Baptist Church. Anthony was awarded with his Master of Education degree. Seebo is vice president of external campuses and graduate services for the Wayland Baptist University Clovis Campus.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer On the heels of retiring from the U.S. Air Force this past April, Demarcus J. Anthony is embarking upon a new chapter in his life — and it’s one that includes efforts to mold and shape young lives. The Clovis Freshman Academy history teacher received a Master of Education […]

Heifers, lambs shown at fair

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Fair Sweetheart Kynadee Pharis, left, and fair Queen Chesney Carter, present Paxton Culpepper, 9, a Portales fourth-grader, with the first place ribbon dairy breeder class one. Culpepper went on to one the reserve grand champion overall.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Hours of work and practice along with family support has paid off according to winners of the Roosevelt County Fair Lamb and Dairy Heifer shows. Roosevelt County bred market lamb, finewool and blackface were among the five categories shown at the fairgrounds Wednesday evening during the lamb show. Seven […]

Pioneers ‘made of tough stuff’

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Sen. Stuart Ingle, left, shakes local businessman David Stone’s hand as he presents him with the annual Pioneer of the Year award during the Pioneer Day luncheon Thursday at the fairgrounds.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Roosevelt County resident George Brumfield probably said it best when he thanked God in prayer for “so many good friends for so many years” at the Pioneer Day luncheon. “When you realize the list of people who have left us … you realize you knew more than half of […]

Animal showcase

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Kasen Campbell, 10, prepares his goat, Pete, for the goat show at the Roosevelt County Fair.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Area youth spent Tuesday and Wednesday showcasing animals that many participants have been working with for as long as they can remember. The swine and goat shows were held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Roosevelt County Fair. Brenna Bates, 16, of Dora, who won the grand champion position in […]

Pet of the week

Labrador mix

Labrador mix Gender: Female Age: 1-2 years old Breed: Lab mix Story: According to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, this is a calm dog. Martinez said she is fine with any type of family but does need a good amount of exercise so a college student or younger type of family would be preferred. Martinez […]

Ag True Tour comes to area

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Kenneth Davis, a third-generation farmer of Davis Farms, points out the different types of grapes in his vineyard as he talks to a tour group on Wednesday. The Ag True Tour in Clovis was hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, is all too familiar with New Mexico farms. But a tour of a Clovis dairy on Wednesday hit him differently than ever before. “I had a very interesting experience there at the dairy,” Woods said about Mid-Frisian Dairy in Clovis. “I’ve been around a lot […]

School PARCC grades released

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
From left, Brown Elementary Principal Becky Flen, Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain and Assistant Superintendent David Van Wettering congratulate teachers at Brown Elementary for receiving the only A grade for PARCC scores in the Portales district. Letter grades were released by the state on Wednesday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The New Mexico Public Education Department released letter grades for The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Wednesday afternoon, reflecting that local schools are a mixed bag of improvements and declines. Portales schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said what matters most is seeing the improvement, however […]

Fair entries works of heart

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Rita Jones, superintendent of the sweet delicacies competition at the fair, left, records the scores that judge Eva Dean Stephens gives items in the fancy cakes category.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Winners of the various home arts exhibitions at the Roosevelt County Fair credited their victories to love of their respective crafts. Carolyn Marshall’s candy box won best of show in the sweet delicacies category, one of many wins that she has had at the fair in recent years. “I […]

Chop breakfast marks start of fair

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Clockwise from left, Kerry Osburn, Ann Bettigrew, Shawn Osburn and Kayson Osburn, 1, eat at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home Pork Chop Breakfast Tuesday morning. The breakfast was the kick-off event for the Roosevelt County Fair.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The Roosevelt County Fair kicked off with great food and fellowship Tuesday morning at the Jake Lopez Building on the fairgrounds. The New Mexico Christian Children’s Home 18th annual pork chop breakfast supports an important cause, according to Portales residents and NMCCH officials. The fundraiser, which started in 1999, […]

Ag info tour to promote understanding

Courtesy photo: Dalene Hodnett
A group on last year’s Ag True Tour, hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, explores a chili farm in the Rio Grande Valley.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer After Wednesday, area legislators may start to look at their food differently. A state agricultural organization is hoping a local tour will bridge the gap between lawmakers and producers. Under the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program on Wednesday is hosting the Ag […]

Volunteers help keep fair running

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Portales 4-H student Megan Stacy, left, enters a project in the 4-H open category of the Roosevelt County Fair Monday morning at the Roosevelt County Fairground Youth Building with the help of volunteer Charla Bergsieker.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer Officials and volunteers of the Roosevelt County Fair all seem to agree that without volunteers, there would be no fair. Volunteers and fair officials, who bustled about the fairgrounds all day Monday preparing for the week-long event, said the fair could not succeed without people willing to work to […]

Business feature: Vendors keep busy at fair

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
From left, Gilbert and Margaret Lueras set up shop at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Their business, Enchanted Corn Y-Mas, will be at the fair for the first time this year, serving Frito pies and stuffed pineapples.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer The Roosevelt County Fair is an opportunity for community interaction and financial success for local vendors, according to area business leaders. Among the vendors appearing at the fair are the recently established Enchanted Corn Y-Mas and Little Bits, along with returning vendors Island Ice Cones and Cindy’s Hope for […]

Gone country

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The Roosevelt County Fair will feature performances by musicians Tell Runyan, Will Banister, Coby Carter and Stateline Band this week.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER A fun week of country music awaits Roosevelt County Fair attendees this week, according to Roosevelt County Fair Board President Chek Rippee. The performers themselves — Tell Runyan, Will Banister, Coby Carter and members of Stateline Band — said they also look forward to a great time. Rippee said […]

This ‘Old House’

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
High Plains Historical Foundation President Patsy Delk shows off a photo of Curry County’s first school bus during a tour of the historic “Old House,” an antique attraction at this year’s fair.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER An old one-bedroom home with rusted appliances and no indoor plumbing may not be worth much in today’s housing market. But this is a historical treasure to some. One of the attractions at the Curry County Fair happens to be tucked away among the trees, nestled at the edge […]

Pet of the week — Aug. 19

Lab mix

Labrador mix Gender: Male Age: 6-7 weeks old Breed: Lab mix Story: According to Adam Aguilar, animal control supervisor, this is a very calm and relaxed puppy. Aguilar said the puppy doesn’t bark a lot and is fine with any type of family. Aguilar said the puppy should grow up to a medium-sized dog and […]

ENMU fine arts performances set

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 As is tradition with the Eastern New Mexico University Music Department, they have multiple performances open to the public in store for the fall 2016 semester, most of which are free.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER There is excitement to be had for upcoming Eastern New Mexico University fine arts events including those hosted by the jazz bands according to ENMU music professors. Assistant Professor of Jazz and Saxophone Studies Richard Schwartz said the ENMU jazz band will be performing on Sept. 28 at 7 […]

University classes get started

Staff photo: 
Kurt Munz-Raper
Eastern New Mexico University upperclassmen Colton Stewart, left, and Mason Thomas, who is graduating in May, strike up a conversation on the first official day of classes Tuesday morning.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Excitement and memories abound for Eastern New Mexico University students beginning their school year. Classes for the university kicked off on Tuesday. Biology student Blanca Alexander said she is excited to start her last semester at ENMU but will miss her supportive biology professors after graduation. “They focus on […]

Dora, Floyd students back at class

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
On Monday, fourth grade students at Dora Schools developed “a social contract” to establish rules for their class for the rest of the year. Monday was the first day of school for Dora and Floyd schools.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer The first day of school brings a new experience for students in Roosevelt County school districts — an opportunity to improve from the previous year. Students of the Floyd and Dora school districts returned to campus Monday for the start of the 2016-17 school year. Kasen East, a seventh-grade […]