Relay closing on $30,000 goal

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Connie Cuevas-Florez, coordinator for the Relay for Life mushball tournament, presents the team captain of “The Swingers” the first place plaque for the tournament on Saturday at city park.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Almost reaching their goal of $30,000 for the Portales Relay for Life was a pleasant surprise, according to event coordinator Julie Miller. Miller said she never would have guessed the community would raise all the way up to its goal, but donations are sitting at more than $26,000 after […]

Area rallies to fight cancer

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Participants get ready for the opening of the Portales Relay for Life at City Park on Saturday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Portales residents gathered at city park Saturday to help combat a disease that has had widespread effect on people worldwide: cancer. The annual Relay for Life, which raises money for cancer research, attracted people from throughout the area to walk laps, participate in activities, and generally interact with each […]

Prince, pop icon, dies at 57

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Prince performs "Purple Rain" as the opening act during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards show on Feb. 8, 2004, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Prince died on April 21. He was 57.

Staff and wire reports Prince Rogers Nelson was known as Prince, The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, and back to Prince again. No matter the name, he was regarded as one of his generation’s most important artists. Nelson, who released 39 studio albums and 17 others over 38 years, was found dead Thursday in an […]

Habitat breaks ground on new home

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Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Executive Director Mike Gray lead the Marquez family of Clovis on a tour of their future home of Gidding Street. The home will be 1,350 square feet, with three bedrooms and two baths.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer Locals gathered at a ceremony in Clovis Thursday morning to observe Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties break ground on its latest project, marking the start of a new home for a family of five. But the nonprofit is breaking ground in more ways than one this […]

Workshop pageant winners announced

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From left, the winners of the spring workshop pageant held Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University: Kaci Benge, Miss Lea County, Leah Taylor, Miss Quay County, Kathryn Kincheloe, Miss Roosevelt County, Sasha Butcher, 2015 Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen, Marissa Livingston, 2015 Miss New Mexico, Amanda Schaap, Miss Clovis, Marissa Manzanares, Miss Blackwater Draw, Ashlea Watley, Miss Roswell, and Kagan Massey, Miss Hobbs.

STAFF REPORT Several more women were named 2016 title holders for the Miss New Mexico Pageant after a spring workshop was held at Eastern New Mexico University over the weekend. The initial Miss Portales Extravaganza was held in Portales in November in which Alexa Vigil, 20, of Portales was chosen Miss Portales, and Madison Belcher, […]

Ladies prepare for crowning achievement

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Competitor Morgan Kennedy poses for a photo at the final preliminary Miss New Mexico pageant at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building on Saturday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Saturday saw young women from throughout New Mexico gathering at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building to compete in the final preliminary Miss New Mexico Pageant. “We’re just really excited today, because it will be an opportunity to crown a lot of girls,” said current Miss New […]

Water leak in Portales troublesome

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According to Portales resident Pete Trujillo, this is what the street in front of his home on East Canadian looked like for at least two months before city crews cleaned it up Thursday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Portales resident Pete Trujillo said he thought a miracle had occurred when he arrived home from work Thursday night to find the pond in front of his home gone after more than two months. “I was about to shout with joy and was about to build a shrine around […]

Sen. Ingle gives update on session

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Sen. Stuart Ingle spoke at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon Thursday at the Yam Theatre. Ingle told attendees about some of the laws that came to fruition with this year’s legislative session.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Don’t panic, Sen. Stuart Ingle told area business leaders at the Thursday Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon at the Yam Theatre. While updating them on this year’s New Mexico legislative session, Stuart said that yes, the state driver’s license law is changing, but the change will not […]

Olympian presents at ENMU

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By Rae Arnett Correspondent U.S. Olympian and former NFL receiver Johnny Quinn, a Texas native, gave a motivational presentation Wednesday evening at Eastern New Mexico University. Quinn opened the presentation with a funny story about how a photograph he took of a door he broke through in Russia during the 2014 Olympics. Quinn explained that […]

Young actors taste stardom

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Cody Webster, right, and Emily Crawford dance together on stage as brother and sister, Michael and Jane Banks.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Two young actors recently played their first lead roles in Portales High School’s production of “Mary Poppins.” Emily Crawford and Cody Webster, both 10-year-olds who attend Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School, played sister and brother, Jane and Michael Banks, in the play. Both students had minimal acting experience before playing the […]

High school juniors to tour ENMU campus

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Eastern New Mexico University’s Junior Preview Day will take place this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is open to high school juniors and their parents, who will be able to tour the campus, meet with faculty and staff, and learn about how to apply for financial aid.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer This Saturday, high school juniors will have the opportunity to explore the possibility of being a student at Eastern New Mexico University. Juniors will be able to tour the campus, including classrooms and residence halls, as well as explore academic opportunities by meeting with faculty and staff. The event […]

Portales police officer shot

Jason Ford, left, and Anthony Ortega

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor A Portales police officer, shot while apprehending a criminal suspect, was being treated for a non-life threatening injury at a Lubbock hospital on Monday afternoon, officials said. Police said two individuals involved in the incident were being held on unrelated charges in the Roosevelt County jail. No charges had […]

Authors gather at luncheon

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Patrice Caldwell of Eastern New Mexico University speaks during the 40th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship luncheon. The luncheon featured several guest speakers, including this year’s guest of honor, Victor Milan.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER The 40th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship attracted attendees both local and otherwise to its luncheon Friday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building Ballroom. This year’s lectureship, which is named after the renowned science fiction author who lived in Portales and taught at ENMU, saw several visiting authors, […]

Writers share tips at lectureship

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Jack Williamson Lectureship guest of honor Victor Milan talks about dinosaur characteristics Friday afternoon during a quiz he gave audience members and fellow lecturers about dinosaurs.

By Anna George Correspondent Those attending the 40th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship likely didn’t expect a quiz at the start of Friday’s afternoon discussion panels, especially one about dinosaurs. The lectureship held a series of workshops for three hours in the Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Attendees learned from author and guest of […]

Fire burns 1,900 acres

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Arch firefighter Jody Nix prepares to battle Thursday’s grass fire.

STAFF REPORT About 1,900 acres of grassland near the New Mexico-Texas border was taken out by a Thursday fire that required about a dozen entities and eight hours to control. Lt. Scott Watson of the Portales Fire Department, commander of the effort, said the blaze was called in about 10:15 a.m. and knocked out around […]

A legend is lost


By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER Legendary country singer Merle Haggard died Wednesday in his Northern California home on his 79th birthday. Haggard reportedly died due to health complications from pneumonia. With musical accomplishments spanning more than 60 years, Haggard’s career includes more than three dozen Number One country hits on the Billboard charts, music […]

CYFD looks to network

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Children, Youth and Families Department Secretary Monique Jacobson outlines her department’s mission during a public engagement meeting Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR Monique Jacobson said one of the biggest stumbling blocks to helping children in New Mexico is overcoming existing perspective. The state’s Children, Youth and Family Department secretary made that point and others during a 75-minute engagement meeting with various community entities Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Jacobson, the […]

Senior volunteers honored

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Adam and Dolores Gutierrez, who volunteer in the retired senior volunteer programs, attend the Community Services Center’s reception on Tuesday afternoon. The reception was held to recognize the efforts of senior volunteers in the area.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Tuesday afternoon saw the Portales Community Services Center holding a reception to recognize the efforts of its senior volunteers, all of whom play diverse roles in the community. Volunteers at the CSC are part of three programs that serve various purposes: The foster grandparents, which has volunteers tutoring students […]

Builder still looking for business tenant

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 Jerimy Funk of Nixon Enterprises puts up a board at the top of the former Twin Tower building on Avenue A and First Street Monday afternoon.

Staff report For the last month, the sounds of hammers and drills have been heard by those walking down First Street near South Avenue A. The once-upon-a-time movie theater on the corner of Avenue A and First Street is being renovated to hold a new business, but what that business will be has not been […]

PHS puts on ‘Mary Poppins’

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From left, Mary Poppins (Ryann Privett), Mrs. Corry (Rebekah Christensen) and Bert (Bryan Gore) end the song and dance number, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” at a Saturday dress rehearsal for the Portales High School Mary Poppins musical.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent If you’re feeling a little “Supercalifragilisticexpialodocious” next weekend, Portales High School may have the cure. The high school’s production of Mary Poppins will have performances Friday-Sunday. Ryann Privett, 17, who will play Mary Poppins, said she is excited to perform the play for the community. “I think that it’s really exciting. […]