Suspect located in Portales business fire

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Hamilton GM Country was closed Monday following Saturday night’s fire.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer         Clovis police said Monday they have located a suspect in connection with weekend fires at The Hamilton Auto Group’s Auto World car dealership in Clovis and GM Country in Portales. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney declined to identify the suspect because charges have not been filed. Curry County […]

Retailers, shoppers tout benefits of Small Business Saturday

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Steve Justice, right, browses 
Small Business 
Saturday sale items Saturday afternoon at Creighton’s Town and Country with the help of Creighton’s retail sales manager Ofelia Jasso. Justice said he went  shopping Saturday for good deals on clothing.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Shoppers looking for deals were in luck Saturday as Portales businesses offered specials on goods as part of Small Business Saturday. Fatima Montoya, who was in town from Carlsbad visiting relatives, said the Saturday deals at local businesses and the 78-degree weather prompted her to get out and go […]

Food bank director feels efforts ‘barely scratching the surface’

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Inventory and Receiving Clerk Mida Cadena of Clovis cleans, inspects food for the food bank’s backpack program earlier this year.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer The easiest part of being the executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is knowing how much the efforts help people. The hardest part, Dianna Hernandez said, is knowing how much that help was needed. “I’ve been trying to go out to all of our sites, […]

Black Friday results mixed for merchants

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Grady Goodson, left, helps check out Black Friday shopper Michael Wood at Bar G Western Wear Friday afternoon in Portales. Goodson came in to help his parents at their store during the Black Friday shopping event.

By Aubry Buzek and Joshua Lucero Depending on the retailer, locals showing up for Black Friday shopping this year may have experienced smaller than usual or just about right crowds searching for holiday savings. Several large retailers in Clovis offered consumers the savings early, opening in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day and at […]

Plenty of help, plenty of food

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Volunteers map out driving schedules Thursday to deliver food to those who couldn’t make it to the annual free Thanksgiving dinner at the Memorial Building. Volunteers delivered over 100 meals in Portales throughout the day, in addition to around 200 served on-site.

By Derek Major Staff writer Dozens of volunteers came together on Thanksgiving day at the Memorial building to prepare, serve and deliver food for the Community Thanksgiving in Portales. Now in its 12th year, the Community Thanksgiving effort is as strong as ever. We had a wide variety of people volunteering,” said Berni Cordova, […]

Floyd fifth-graders stage holiday plays

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Hannah McDonald, left, checks out Nicole Pacheco as she plays Paulina during the Floyd fifth graders rendition of First Stop, Ellis Island!

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Floyd fifth-graders treated elementary students and parents to two holiday plays Tuesday at Floyd Schools. Students in Monica Gibson’s 5th grade class performed a historical fiction play about immigration called First Stop, Ellis Island! and a fairy tale based on Chicken Little. She said her fifth grade classes have […]

Community Thanksgiving meal in 12th year

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Michelle Armijo of the Lighthouse Mission chops celery for stuffing to be served Thursday at the mission. Armijo has helped with all 12 meals for the mission, which expects to serve about 500 this year between on-site meals and deliveries.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Even if there’s no place to go for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Clovis and Portales both still offer a place to go. Whether it’s to help the homeless, hang out with friends and family or just help out, a pair of lunchtime meals are a constant in the area, with […]

Turkey to go

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Super Save deli manager Lamario Miles removes a baked turkey from the store’s bakery oven Thursday afternoon. Grocery stores in Portales and Clovis have prepared Thanksgiving meals to ease the holiday stress for area residents.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With Thanksgiving days away, local grocers are looking to help out those who don’t have the time to spend preparing a full Thanksgiving meal. Tim Russell, owner of Russell’s Super Save Discount Foods in Portales, said he has been selling complete Thanksgiving meals for more than 10 years, and […]

Toy run produces about 40 toys, $300 in donations

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo: Los Reyes members drop off new toys into the Santa Cop donation box at the police department. Each toy run participant brought a new, unwrapped toy to be donated during Saturday’s event.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Los Reyes Motorcycle and Car Club and the Portales Police Department teamed up Saturday to bring Roosevelt County children a toy-filled Christmas this year. Bikers and car enthusiasts were invited to enter Saturday’s toy run for a fee and an unwrapped toy to donate. Participants were escorted by police […]

Youths join with seniors to make holiday ornaments

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Portales Recreation Center’s after-school program participants get to work painting ornaments for the mayor’s Christmas tree Wednesday with the help of senior center volunteers.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Paint and smiles were abundant Wednesday afternoon at the Portales Senior Citizens Center as volunteers and children came together to decorate Christmas ornaments for the mayor’s Christmas tree. Portales Recreation Director Jodi Diaz said the Portales Recreation Center’s after-school program kids teamed up with senior center ceramics class volunteers […]

Williamson building nearing completion

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The exterior of the Jack Williamson 
Liberal Arts building seen as workers pour concrete and lay bricks outside the facility’s west entrance. The exterior of the building is set to be completed within the next two weeks.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Updated looks and modern classrooms are a few of the things Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty can expect to find in the newly renovated Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building. According to Bradbury Stamm Superintendent David Burks, the building is less than two weeks from completion after receiving […]

Habitat short on homeowner candidates

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Habitat for Humanity volunteers work on Gay Luna’s house during Habitat’s Women’s Build Day in July 2013 as part of Habitat’s affordable housing program. Habitat for Humanity Director Joyce Davis said the program has been unable to find a qualified candidate for the program this year.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With no families qualifying for Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing program this year, the eastern New Mexico organization is looking to take on smaller projects until it can find a qualified applicant. The organization, which has built 12 homes in Curry and Roosevelt Counties since it became an HFH […]

Sunday’s snow results in minor accidents, delays at area schools

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Joe Salazar rakes the snow from his driveway early Monday morning on Clovis’ Timothy Street. He said he always makes sure to clean up the driveway and around the area when it snows to make it safe for him and his family to move around. National Weather Service reported Clovis had 1.5 inches of snowfall on Sunday.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer Portales police said they responded to eight traffic accidents on Sunday with no serious injuries, but first the season’s significant snowfall — 2 inches in places — mostly was an inconvenience. Accompanied by temperatures in the teens and low 20s, the weather did delay school and some business openings […]


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The Elida Lady Tigers celebrate after winning the Class 1A volleyball championship Saturday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Elida beat Carrizozo 25-9, 25-10, 18-25, 25-10 in the title match for the school’s seventh state crown.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer RIO RANCHO — The Elida Lady Tigers are the B team no longer. Elida finished off a resounding return to Class 1A Saturday, beating Carrizozo in four games at the Santa Ana Star Center to wrap off a 26-0 campaign and take the seventh volleyball blue trophy in school […]

Santa Cop gears up toy drive

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Jankia Mims, center, drops a toy into the donation box with New Mexico Christian Children’s Home house parent Rachel Truex, right, and her son James Truex at the Portales Police Department’s SantaCop toy drive Saturday morning at Walmart. The toy drive has raised $3,000 dollars and hopes to exceed the $7,000 raised last year, according to organizer Mickie Gonzales.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Portales Police Department Master Patrol Officer Raul Rosa, the annual Santa Cop toy drive is about bringing smiles to young faces. Police officers set up shop Saturday morning at Walmart to collect toys and monetary donations throughout the day as part of the Portales Police Department’s Santa Cop […]

Green chili stew favorite of many when temperature dips

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El Desayuno Kiwanis Club members Helen Casaus, left, and Dot Robinson stir chili Friday afternoon at Parkland Baptist Church for the annual chili dinner fundraiser. This is the group 25th annual fundraiser and proceeds are use to support children in the Clovis Community.

By Joshua Lucero When Portales Librarian Rosemary Cota wants to warm up after being out in the cold, she looks for green chili stew and a cup of hot tea. Cota, the young adult librarian at the Portales Public Library, said she likes to start cold mornings off with hot tea to get warm, […]

Road work on cusp of completion

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Construction at the intersection of South Avenue B and 3rd Street awaits better weather before Portales road department workers can pour concrete. Public Works Director John DeSha said the construction at the intersection is part of a city wide road improvement project that will pour concrete pads at heavily trafficked areas to prevent wear and tear.

Staff report As winter weather makes its way into Portales, city officials plan to wrap up construction and prepare for snow and ice. Portales Public Works Director John DeSha said the city will be finishing out road work at the intersection of South Avenue B and Third Street by the end of November, weather permitting. […]

Honoring our vets

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Reta Neal, director of Eastern New Mexico University’s College Success program, places the names of veterans by flags at DeBaca Park Tuesday morning after the university’s Field of Flags event honoring veterans. Neal said her husband served in the military for 28 years and her son is a current member of the National Guard.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Jim Warnica, Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor veterans who are still living for their service to the United States. Warnica, a World War II veteran who attended the American Legion’s 68th annual Veterans Day program Tuesday morning, said the day is important to honor those who’ve […]

13-year-old’s murder conviction overturned

DeAngelo Montoya was 13 when he was accused of killing Angel Vale in 2010.

By Rick White Managing Editor A state court has overturned a Portales teen’s 2011 murder conviction and ordered a new trial, according to court documents. The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled in an opinion posted Friday that statements DeAngelo Montoya made to investigators were inadmissible because his age precluded him from waiving his […]

Vet’s military career dedicated to three branches

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From left, Herschal Wall, Felipe Martinez and Richard Baldridge represent the U.S. Navy at Thursday’s Veterans Day breakfast at Baxter-Curren Senior Center. Martinez also served in the Army and Air Force.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Eastern New Mexico is home to many generations of veterans who served in conflicts around the world. Here is the story of one man who led a life of dedication and sacrifice for three branches of the military. Felipe Martinez was born in Cuervo in 1936 and his family moved […]