May Day tradition continues at James Bickley

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James Bickley Elementary held its fourth grade wind the Maypole event for the last time at the school’s old building Friday afternoon.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR The May Day tradition runs deep at James Bickley Elementary — in fact some may say it defines them. “It’s tradition,” Jody Burrage, a fourth-grade teacher at James Bickley Elementary said Friday before the 67th Annual May Day celebration. “That’s why. It’s our tradition. It is James Bickley.” In […]

ENMU chief gives lessons in self-defense

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Brad Mauldin sits on top of Haley Madden during one of the last self-defense classes for the semester to demonstrate how someone might attack on the ground. Mauldin said substance abuse is often a factor in violent situations.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Eastern New Mexico University Police Chief Brad Mauldin takes the connection between substance abuse and domestic and sexual violence seriously. As a law enforcement officer whose daily life revolves around the 18 to 24 age range, a generation more prone to drinking and drug use, Mauldin said he has […]

Fire department teaches senior safety class

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Portales Fire Department’s Scott Candelaria, far left, spent Thursday afternoon at the Community Services Center filling in senior citizens and care takers on home safety and fire prevention.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER Keeping homes and senior citizens safe and prepared in the case of a fire was the aim of a class conducted Thursday by the Portales Fire Department. PFD firefighter and paramedic Scott Candelaria explained to seniors and care takers at the Community Services Center the dangers threatening senior citizens […]

PHS MESA students take top honors

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Portales High School sophomores Nicholas Brown, left, and Tyler Eslick, right, set up the robot they used to take first place in the firefighting event at Albuquerque’s RoboRAVE 2015 competition.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER High school, elementary, middle school and college students came from around the world to compete at Albuquerque’s RoboRAVE International 2015 May 2, but members of Portales High School’s MESA program took home top honors. Portales sophomores Nicholas Brown and Tyler Eslick, under the team name SALT, spent one year […]

ENMU film students to show off work

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Valerie Thorson, a film student at Eastern New Mexico University, edits her film Monday morning. Thorson’s film will be among the 10 featured at the film department’s screening on Wednesday. Thorson said the showing this year will be bittersweet, because she is a senior and it will be her last film at ENMU.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Students from Eastern New Mexico University’s digital filmmaking program will be celebrating a year’s worth of hard work and dedication Wednesday with a film screening. Jon Barr, assistant professor of digital filmmaking who teaches the upper level producing/production class the students take, said the event is a time to […]

New Habitat director’s knowledge an asset

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Habitat For Humanity Executive Director Mike Gray works at his desk Monday afternoon in Habitat’s Portales offices on Second Street. Gray took over as executive director after former Director Joyce Davis stepped down in late March.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER After years of service, Portales Habitat For Humanity Director Joyce Davis has stepped down and handed the reigns to Gallup’s Mike Gray as the organization continues to grow. Gray, who previously worked as the director of the Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home and School in Gallup for about 20 years, […]

Blowing off some steam

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ENMU admissions recruiter Jacob Jones leads The Outsiders as they take on the All Denim Everything in the tug-of-war challenge.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER Friendly competition and a day away from the books were all the incentive Eastern New Mexico University students needed to show up to compete in the ENMU FFA’s Ag Olympics. The Ag Olympics started early Saturday morning at the Lewis Cooper Arena with teams competing in the dummy roping […]

Alleged drunken driver hits pole, keeps going

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Robert Rodriguez’s smashed Dodge Caravan is loaded on a tow truck Friday on Missouri Street after crashing into a pole while trying to evade Clovis police.

STAFF REPORT A drunk Robert Rodriguez just wanted officers to kill him when they finally got him pulled over after a pursuit Friday morning ending at Grand Avenue and Missouri Street, said Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney. The chase, according to Whitney, began when an officer clocked Rodriguez, 58, of Clovis, at 71 mph around […]

Senior citizens get schooled on scammers

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Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Darren Hooker 
discusses phone and Internet scams with Portales citizens during a Senior Safety Awareness class Thursday afternoon at the Community Services Center.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER Whether by phone, computer, or in person, criminals are looking into new ways to steal money and identities, often preying on senior citizens. Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker and Chief Deputy Darren Hooker spent Thursday afternoon filling in local senior citizens about the dangers modern scammers pose. The event […]

Speaker: Prayer, revival will reform the nation


By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR There was a distinct theme to the message put forth for Portales community members at Thursday’s National Day of Prayer program. More than 200 people showed up for the afternoon prayer session held in front of the Roosevelt County Courthouse where speakers David McFadden and Charles Bennett told them […]

ENMU pianist to play at Carnegie Hall

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Eastern New Mexico University International Student Helen Gan, center, will be leading a collaborative piano performance tonight at Buchanan Hall, her farewell gift to her friends, faculty and the university.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR When Qingxin and Zhili Gan gave up having a television in the house so their 7-year-old daughter could pursue her passion for music, it was because they believed their daughter could do great things. And according to Jiaqi “Helen” Gan, 22, that is a passionate support she still receives […]

That’s using your head

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Team "Batmen" members Nacho Perez, Kalob Nichols, Parker Yi and Steven Newell were one of two teams of Portales Junior High School students who placed first at the Destination Imagination state tournament on April 11 in Albuquerque and will be advancing to the global finals in Tennessee on May 20-23.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Seven Portales Junior High School students will be traveling to Tennessee to compete in what is called the largest creative thinking and problem solving competition in the world. The competition, which is called Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, is being held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on May […]

ENMU professor to give mentalist performance

Jon Barr

Editor’s note: The following is a Q&A with Jon Barr, assistant professor of digital filmmaking at Eastern New Mexico University, who will be performing a mentalist show at noon on Wednesday at the Portales Public Library. Can you explain what mentalism is? It’s sort of related to magic, but instead of using props, the premise […]

Family digs prehistoric open house

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Clark Earle, right, of Portales helps his son Quinten Earle set up a spear on an atlatl during Saturday’s Blackwater Draw National Landmark Prehistoric open house at the Blackwater Draw dig site.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER After an invite from a neighbor, Portales resident Clark Earle decided to take his children to the Blackwater Draw National Landmark Prehistoric Open House Saturday for the first time to see what all of the fuss was about. The annual open house, which has been held for more than […]

Cycle, car clubs come together for cause

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Ricky Ornelas, left, helps Los Reyes Motorcycle and Car Club members as they wash vehicles Friday evening to raise money for Ornelas’ father, Ricky Ornelas, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER When Los Reyes Car and Motorcycle Club President Ricky Ornelas was injured during a motorcycle accident last Sunday club members wasted no time organizing a fundraiser to help him get back on his feet and back on his bike. Los Reyes Vice President Vale Sotelo said Ornelas was caught […]

Mapping out the county’s byways

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Roosevelt County Geographical Information Systems technician and flood plain manager Johnny Montiel works at his four-screened computer updating county maps Thursday afternoon.

Staff Report With more than 1,200 miles of maintained roads to map, Roosevelt County Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technician and flood plain manager Johnny Montiel has a work load that never stops. Montiel, who works alone in the county’s GIS and rural addressing department, spends his days gathering information from across Roosevelt County for use […]

How they grow

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Second grade students at James Elementary admire recently hatched chicks from the embryology program. The 
program teaches students about the life cycle.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER The annual three-week embryology program held at James Elementary came to an end on Wednesday with a lot of broken eggs. According to Ryan Craig, a 4-H agent with the Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service that sponsors the program, it has been in the community for 15 years and […]

Field day focus: Canola

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Sangu Angadi, a New Mexico State University crop physiologist at the Clovis Ag Science Center, showed farmers dryland and irrigated canola plants Tuesday at the Canola-Wheat Field Day.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer For the layman, fields of bright yellow canola are simply pleasant to look at. But for local farmers and agriculture researchers, the crop is becoming an important, drought-tolerant option for winter planting in the region. “Precipitation is unpredictable,” said Sultan Began, a research specialist at the Clovis Ag Science […]

Texico man dies in train wreck near Roswell

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Jesse Coburn III of Texico died in this Southwestern train wreck early Tuesday and another unidentified person was seriously injured near Roswell.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor A family member has confirmed Jesse Coburn III, 48, of Texico was killed Tuesday when a freight train struck another train head-on in southeastern New Mexico. Another crew member seriously injured in the crash is also believed to be from Clovis, although officials haven’t released names of other victims. […]

Clovis restaurant listed as being unsatisfactory

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Employees at Kripple Creek clean up the kitchen after the Monday lunch rush. The New Mexico Environmental Department red-tagged the restaurant after an inspection on Friday afternoon.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Patrons of Kripple Creek Restaurant were greeted Monday by a bright red notice above the door handle reading “UNSATISFACTORY.” According to a press release from the New Mexico Environmental Department, inspectors downgraded the restaurant from “approved,” to “unsatisfactory,” put the notice on their doors to inform the public and […]