City, ENMU teaming up for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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City of Portales and Eastern New Mexico University will be joining forces again this year to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with a walking parade and a ceremony at the university.

By Anna George Correspondent As nationally recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) Alumni Director Robert Graham said he finds his thoughts of civil rights and freedom mixed with thoughts of science fiction. Graham, who attended King’s alma mater, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, said he thinks about stories such […]

Spelling Bee set for Friday

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The Roosevelt County Spelling Bee will be held Friday at Eastern New Mexico University with senior and junior divisions including third grade through junior high from Portales, Dora and Floyd schools.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer The annual Roosevelt County Spelling Bee is being held Friday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall. The spelling bee, to be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., is open to all students in Roosevelt County from third grade to junior high, which also includes students from the […]

Powerball attracts dreamers

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Talico Video Manager Sarah Scioli on Friday hands over Powerball tickets purchased by Debbie Herring of Clovis. Scioli said the day’s sales of tickets are higher than normal. Herring said she’s a regular lottery player.

From staff and wire reports Tonight’s record-breaking $800 million Powerball jackpot is the stuff of dreams … daydreams with little chance of coming true, of course. Some things to think about for fun anyway, just in case: The odds of winning: It’s about one in 300 million. To put that in perspective, it’s about the […]

New trial date set for teen accused of murder

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DeAngelo Montoya, now 18, will remain in custody until his new 
murder trial begins in February.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor A new trial date has been set for a Portales teen accused of killing an Eastern New Mexico University student, but DeAngelo Montoya will remain in custody until the trial. Montoya, now 18, was arrested in 2010 when he was 13. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 2011 […]

Stadium completion expected by mid-year, official said

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Eastern New Mexico University Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart said the new university stadium will still be complete sometime in July, but the 
university needs about $2 million more for the project.

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University’s new Greyhound stadium is still on schedule to be completed by mid-2016, according to officials. Scott Smart, vice president of business affairs, said the completion time frame for the $8 million stadium is set for mid to late July. While the new facility will be completed in time for […]

Students return to class with ‘winter brain’

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Valencia Elementary school teacher Jane Combs prepares material for her class with her student teacher Emily Roberts. Combs said when coming back into school, she keeps a work sheet with goals for her students.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Portales school teachers spent Monday and Tuesday gearing up to return to their classrooms today as they prepared themselves to deal with “winter brain” in their students. Local teachers said while students are out of school and not burdened with the responsibility of homework and classes, many can experience […]

Area dairy cattle laid to rest

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Dairy cows are offloaded Monday afternoon for burial at the Clovis Landfill.

By David Stevens Editor Clovis’ city landfill has become a cemetery for more than 800 cattle. That’s how many have arrived so far  since the winter storm nicknamed Goliath hit on Dec. 26, Public Works Director Clint Bunch said. Almost all day Monday, trucks full of muddy, stinking carcasses pulled up one after another […]

City fares well through storm

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The city of Portales fared well through the weekend’s snow storm overall, but some individual businesses and homes suffered some 
damage. A carport on North Kildgore was blown off a driveway on Dec. 26.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER In the wake of last weekend’s snow storm, the city of Portales and various residents are assessing the damage sustained to property. City Manager Sammy Standefer said the city received minimal damage from the weekend blizzard, which entailed 60 mph winds. “Most of the damage was sporadic. We had […]

Area’s first 2016 baby born

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Parents Danielle Sharick and Antonio Enriquez stand with their son, Sebastian James, in a family photo at Plains Regional Medical Center. Sitting in front are Sebastian’s siblings, 5-year-old Jeremiah Sharick and 4-year-old Ivy Ann Enriquez.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR The area didn’t have to wait long after the ball dropped for its first baby of the new year. Sebastian James Sharick Enriquez joined the party at 2:33 a.m. after about four hours in labor at Plains Regional Medical Center. Sebastian, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, […]

Year in review: Stars shone bright in 2015

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Dwight Yoakam graced the stage at the Curry County Events Center in October.

By David Stevens Editor Some of eastern New Mexico’s proudest history includes legendary entertainers in our midst. Norman Petty’s recording studio made hits for Buddy Holly. Actor/musician Ronny Cox honed his skills growing up in Portales and taking acting classes at Eastern New Mexico University. Willie Nelson has performed at ENMU. Gene Autry received […]

Storm takes toll on area dairies

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Equipment, people and cows at Mid-Frisian Dairy south of Clovis were hampered by the blizzard.

By David Stevens Editor The Christmas weekend blizzard across eastern New Mexico is not being blamed for any loss of human life. But area dairies may have lost thousands of milk cows, according to an extension agent with New Mexico State University. “Cows have literally been buried alive for two days,” Robert Hagevoort told […]

Region survives winter storm

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Road crews clear the snow on New Mexico 206 into piles on Monday morning.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor No fatalities or even serious injuries were reported by Tuesday, but eastern New Mexico saw one of the worst storms in decades over Christmas weekend. That included 60 mph winds that built 6-to-8-foot snow drifts in front of multiple homes and businesses. The storm called Goliath hit Saturday night […]

Year-in-review: Ready roast business boon for 2015

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Gov. Susana Martinez attended the grand opening of Ready Roast Nut Company in September.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor It’s a fact as surefire as death, taxes and New Year’s resolutions that never quite take. Businesses open. Businesses sometimes remain open. And businesses close. In eastern New Mexico, businesses with that barely had a start in 2014 saw their finish in 2015. Other businesses started in the late […]

Local region wakes to six-foot snow drifts

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By Eamon Scarbrough and Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITERS Eastern New Mexico woke to sunny skies on Monday after a brutal snow storm with 60 mph winds built 6-to-8-foot snow drifts in front of multiple homes and businesses. Eastern New Mexico was subject to extreme winter conditions Saturday night through most of Sunday. Area communities suffered […]

Long-time doctor in region retires


By D’Nieka Hartsfield Staff writer Some patients have been particularly memorable. “There was a young lady in Portales who came into the ER. Her coach said she was moving slow. She played on the volleyball team. “I ordered a CT scan after examining her and, low and behold, she had a brain tumor. She […]

Lighthouse feeds 219 holiday lunch

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The Lighthouse Mission held its 13th annual Christmas luncheon Friday at its location on L Casillas Boulevard.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR There was no sign of a white Christmas across Clovis, with dry asphalt parking lots empty to mark most of Clovis as closed for the season. On L Casillas Boulevard, however, that wasn’t the case, as the parking lot, kitchens and tables were full for the Lighthouse Mission’s annual […]

Christmas profile — Dec. 22


Jennifer Hilliard, 40, office manager of Hilliard Chiropractic believes the correct traditional Christmas entree is ham. Her favorite Christmas song is White Heart’s version of “Little Drummer Boy.” As a child, her favorite Christmas memory is her and her brother pigging out on leftover fudge. “My mother would make fudge and my brother and I […]

Year in review: Construction, broken lines mark 2015

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Mike Begay, a TLC Plumbing and Utility worker, helps fix a water line break July 6 on 18th Street near Rotary Park. The water line break left half of the city without water for 24 hours. City Manager Sammy Standefer said such incidents are unfortunate, but they are part of the growing pains of progress.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories recapping news events in 2015. It will continue through Jan. 1. By Matthew Asher Staff writer It’s been a busy year for Portales Public Works Director John DeSha and Portales City Manager Sammy Standefer primarily due to the building of the new wastewater treatment […]

Traditions as varied as residents

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Gaynelle Thomas arranges ornaments on her family’s Lego-themed Christmas tree Friday afternoon in her house. Thomas said one of her family traditions is picking a theme each year, which they incorporate into holiday decorations.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Whether it’s setting out milk and cookies for Santa, popping in “It’s a Wonderful Life” or picking out a gift from under the tree to open on Christmas Eve, every family has a Christmas tradition they look forward to each year. Portales resident Gaynelle Thomas’ family chooses a special […]

Lost officer’s life, work, remembered

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 Christmas day marks the one-year anniversary of local police officer Charles Perez’ death. Those who worked with Perez said law enforcement wasn’t a job for him. It was a way of life.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER For one local family and some local police officers, Dec. 25 doesn’t just mark a national holiday; it marks the anniversary of a painful loss. Family and friends have found themselves thinking of local Eastern New Mexico University police officer Charles Perez as the one-year anniversary of his death […]