Street department finds ways to save

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
City of Portales street department workers Troy McCollum, left, and Gary Ellison, right,
fill potholes on West Beech Street 
Thursday afternoon. Ellison said the 
pair had filled more than 100 potholes Thursday alone.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With miles upon miles of city streets to maintain, the Portales Street Department still manages to find ways to save money. The six-man crew ranges in age from 21 to 63 and spends their days filling potholes, paving streets, and helping the city’s other departments with small tasks. The […]

Students get inside look at filmmaking

Staff photo: Anna George
The cast and crew of Brianna Delgado's "Bentley's Adventure" prepare a scene during their first shoot. Students work to make a movie as professional as they can.

By Anna George Correspondent Sound speeding. Camera rolling. The director shouts action, and there is silence on set as the students wait for the background noise to fall away. Eastern New Mexico University film students know the routine well from being on projects for the upperclassman’s producing and production class. Every student must work […]

State-mandated testing rates high despite protests

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Josefita Griego of Clovis , left, and her daughter Breanna Montoya, 14, protest  PARCC testing Wednesday across the street from Clovis High School.

By Aubry Buzek STAFF WRITER Three days into state-mandated standardized testing, participation rates by area students are high despite a small protest in Clovis Wednesday and some concerns on social media. Some 37 of 8,450 students in Clovis Municipal Schools and less than 20 of 2,780 students in Portales Municipal Schools have opted out […]

New wastewater plant coming along smoothly

DEREK MAJOR: Staff photo

Construction workers assemble rebar at the new Portales wasewater treatment plant Monday. The plant is on schedule to be completed in November.

Derek Major Staff writer John DeSha, the Portales Public Works director, showed his excitement about the construction of the new wastewater treatment plant on Monday. “It’s one of the biggest things to happen to this city,” DeSha said. The new treatment plant, which is being built where the current one is, has been under […]

Awake all night for good cause


By Derek Major Staff writer Most weekends, college students stay up late, hanging out at bars or playing video games with friends. But on Friday, about 50 Eastern New Mexico University students stayed up for a good cause. The Associated Students of ENMU held its annual “Up ’til Dawn” fundraiser for the St. Jude […]

Lent time of sacrifice, improvement

Joshua Lucero: staff photo
Alter servers assist with the Stations of the Cross Friday evening as part of the season of Lent at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Portales. Observers of Lent give up their worldly pleasures during the season of Lent to bring themselves closer to God.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With Easter around the corner, citizens of Clovis and Portales are preparing themselves to receive the glory of God and giving up their worldly pleasures. For 40 days, from Feb. 18 until April 2, followers of Christ give up vices, sweets, and more in an effort to bring themselves […]

Snowfall could strike again next week

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Since school was canceled at Faith Triumphant, Luke Vigil, 11, left, decided to help his dad, Mark, shevel the sidewalk in front of their business Friday morning on Second Street.

By Alisa Boswell and Derek Major Between Thursday and Friday about 5 inches of snow has dropped on the Portales and Clovis areas, leading to the closure of schools and some businesses and the delay of Cannon Air Force Base personnel until 11 a.m. The good news is that the worst is over. […]

Cold lingers bit longer


Derek Major Staff writer For the second straight day eastern New Mexico can expect to wake up to snow on their cars. The Portales area saw 1-2 inches of snowfall late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Forecasters were predicting another two and four inches by this morning. “It’s certainly a change from what we […]

Bigger, better things

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Liles Inc. Laborer Jacob Brady, left, carries more connecting parts for a water pipeline to coworker Jerry Olivas Wednesday morning. The two men are installing underground utilities for a duplex project that will provide single parents and their children with homes.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The New Mexico Christian Children’s Home is expanding its horizons with more housing in Portales for single parents. The non-profit organization has recently broken ground on a 7-acre empty lot on West 19th Street and South Avenue B where they plan to build 16 duplexes for their Single Parent […]

New spin on old favorite

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Kyleigh Lobstein, 9, a Brownie Scout with Troop 4078 sells Girl Scout cookies to Margie Cartwright on Tuesday at a store on Main Street.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Portales and Clovis, prepare your wallets and waistlines — this year, the Girl Scouts of New Mexico are back, armed with boxes full of Thin Mints, Samoas and Toffee-Tastics. Oh, and you don’t have to wait for weeks this year, either. They have a new trick up their sleeves […]

A thirst for knowledge

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KENW FM Development Director Amie Griffith, right, interviews Tanyn Sansom Friday afternoon during his tour of the station. The 12-year-old Portales resident donated his birthday money to the radio station this month.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Most 12-year-old boys might spend their birthday money on a new video game or a football, but Tanyn Sansom is no ordinary 12-year-old boy. Tanyn is the kid that walks around school with a book about computer programming language and who listens to KENW public radio daily. Tanyn’s mother, […]

Slow down, New Mexico

Jackie Johnson: PNT correspondent

Most state and county officials seem to be supporting the “Dirt Road Bill,” which would lower the default speed limit on county roads from 75 mph to 55 mph.

By Jackie Johnson PNT correspondent State and county officials say the purpose of what has been coined the “dirt road bill” is safer speeds that are more appropriate for the structure of county roads. Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, is sponsoring Senate Bill 125, which, if approved, will reduce the default speed limit on unmarked county […]

Xeriscaping covered at expo

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Curt Jaynes shares his ideas about ways to conserve water and still have healthy plants during Saturday's class in the Jake Lopez building during the 2015 Ag Expo.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Yes, you can grow healthy plants with minimal watering. So said Curt Jaynes, who filled in area residents on the best methods for xeriscaping their lawns and gardens at Saturday’s Ag Expo in Portales. Jaynes’ class, one of the new additions to the annual expo, was aimed at showing […]

Expo draws about 2,000 on weekend

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Crowds browse the approximately 50 vendors Saturday afternoon at the 23rd annual Ag Expo held at the Roosevelt County fairgrounds. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director Karl Terry said the event attracted about 2,000 visitors.

By Joshua Lucero Staff photo About 2,000 people filed through the 2015 Ag Expo, visiting vendors and learning new ways to enrich a rural lifestyle over its two days. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said the 23rd annual expo included about 50 vendors and featured classes and seminars on xeriscaping, […]

Boneyard Grand Prix makes dirty, sloppy fun

Derek Major: Staff photo
Dirt-bike racers wait at the starting line for  their  teammates to arrive at the race.

By Derek Major Staff writer Gary Bonestroo, owner of the Bonestroo Dairy Farm in Portales, started building the track behind his farm 15 years ago to give people a chance to ride and have fun. “I wanted people to have the enjoyment of being in a race without having to go through qualifying or […]

Topdressing big topic at Ag Expo

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agronomist Calvin Trostle talked to Curry and Roosevelt County farmers Friday about the importance of putting nitrogen topdressing on their winter wheat crops early. The forum was one of many at the 23rd Annual Ag Expo.

By Alisa Boswell A common mistake made by winter wheat farmers in the West Texas and Eastern New Mexico region is placing their nitrogen topdressing on to early. At least that’s what Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agronomist Calvin Trostle told farmers from Curry and Roosevelt counties Friday afternoon as he talked to them at […]

Food class part of Ag Expo’s opening day

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers shows area residents how to cook Pecan-Crusted Chicken Friday morning during her Simply Prepared Meals and Menus class. Moyers also showed attendees how to make a cheeseburger skillet dinner and gave them advice on how to separate foods.

Staff report A room full of area residents laughed as Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers switched her cheeseburger skillet dinner over to a larger skillet. Moyers told her audience, “Don’t always do the things I do; do the things I say.” Moyers had a full house of people in the McAlister Room at […]

Musical collaboration

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King Arthur, played by Jonathan Lynch, laments about war to Lady Guenevere, played by Hannah Weeks. Actors for the musical “Camelot” held a final dress rehearsal Wednesday night. Performances run tonight through Sunday.

By Derek Major Staff writer Last August, Portales High School teacher Bill Strong and ENMU Music Professor Jean Ornellas ran into each other at a grocery store and struck up a conversation. Five months later the brain child of that conversation will be shown this weekend when Portales High students join Eastern students in […]

Change of command at Cannon

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo

From left, Air Force Special Operations commander Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, outgoing 27th SOW commander Col. Tony Bauernfeind, and 27th SOW commander Col. Benjamin Maitre bow their heads in prayer as the change of command ceremony begins Tuesday afternoon at CAFB. Before assuming command at CAFB, Maitre served as commander of the 353 Special Operations Group at Kadena Air Base in Japan.

Staff report It was a star-spangled event at Cannon Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon as Col. Tony Bauernfeind handed over command of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Benjamin Maitre. The 27th SOW performed the change of command ceremony in a Cannon hangar Tuesday in front of an audience comprised of U.S. Air Force […]

Learning about politics

Courtesy photo

Portales High student Ellie Chavez  said she encourages her peers to learn about the legislative process.

Staff report A Portales High School senior is striving to pay more attention to politics and encouraging her peers to do the same after a trip to Santa Fe last month. Ellie Chavez, 18, said she was encouraged to participate in an ENLACE (ENgaging LAtino Communities for Education) program essay contest by writing about a […]