Fireworks light up Portales sky

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Miriam Morales, 12, left, tries to light fireworks with her sister Jennifer Morales, 10, as the Portales Fourth of July celebration begins Friday evening at the Eastern New Mexico University track.

By Lillian Bowe Emma Baca, 9, smiled as the fireworks lit up the sky on Friday at the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena. But there was one problem. “The bugs keep attacking me,” Emma complained. Emma’s mother, Jodi Baca, said she loved the fireworks, but she had to keep kicking off the bugs. […]

Escapee murder suspect


By Christina Calloway Senior writer A Roosevelt County inmate being held on first-degree murder charges remained in the custody of Texas officials Thursday after being accused of assaulting a county employee to escape a work detail and leading police on a high-speed chase from Portales to Sudan, Texas, according to officials. Senovio Mendoza Jr., […]

Job with fringe benefits

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Rosemary Cota of Portales set up some activities for her young adult group at the Portales Public Library. Cota is working on a party that is based on the book and soon-to-be movie “The Giver.”

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Growing up in Portales, Rosemary Cota would go to storytime at the Portales Public Library. Cota always loved going to the library, so when the opportunity to work at the place she […]

For pets, think ‘fearworks’


By Christina Calloway Senior writer Holly has always been a little different than most dogs but one common feature she does share is a fear of noise. In the season of thunder and fireworks, the 10-year-old black lab can be found cowering in the bed of her owner’s pickup, a place Donna Rutherford said […]

Portales misses large rainfall

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Some places around Portales flooded more than others after Wednesday’s thunderstorm, including the intersection of North Main and West Railroad. According to Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger, 18th Street was flooded in the early morning and signs were up warning drivers.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Portales missed out on a large rain Wednesday as the area received around 1 to 2 inches of precipitation yet Clovis was reported to have 4 to 5 inches of rain according to the National Weather Service. Jason Frazier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said […]

Welcome upgrade

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Roosevelt County was approved for a $2.9 million loan to replace the Roosevelt County Courthouse’s broken air conditioning system. The new ventilation system will use refrigerant air to keep the 76-year-old building cool.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer County commissioners and employees were given the rundown about the new ventilation system replacing the Roosevelt County Courthouse’s current system Tuesday at the County Commission meeting. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb said the $2.9 million loan for the project was approved by the New Mexico Finance Authority but declined […]

Triple-digit heat

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Siblings Peyton Williams, front, and Abby Ontiveros try to cool off and create a splash Monday at the city swimming pool. The pair’s mother said the hot weather called for a trip to the pool. Saturday through Monday were three hottest consecutive days this year.

Staff report The temperature hit triple digits Monday for the first time in 2014. In fact, Saturday through Monday were the three hottest consecutive days, according to Meteorologist Steve Travis said it wasn’t a record-breaker. Travis said relief from Monday’s 100-degree heat is on its way. A cold front will be blowing cooler air […]

Consortium teaches dairy management

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College students who participated in the 2014 U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium watched a slide show Friday showing pictures of their adventures on dairies over the course of the six-week program.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer Educational programs are not keeping pace with the growing dairy business in the Southwest, according to Michael Tomaszewski, professor of dairy management at Texas A&M University. Tomaszewski is one of the coordinators of the recently completed U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium held in conjunction with Clovis Community College. […]

Mission complete

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Ken Conaway, left, and Bill Foster show how they built benches for the pool from scrap wood.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer When Ken Conaway and his wife, Judy, arrived at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home all the way from Alabama over three weeks ago, the children were a little hesitant to greet them. Conaway came with 25 other members of their organization, Alabama Campers on a Mission (COM), to […]

Star-gazing parties summer staple at Oasis State Park

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Oasis State Park Park Tech Advance Valerie Russ pulls out prizes for today’s star gazing party at Oasis. Russ said there will be giveaways for attendees.

By Christina Calloway Seeing stars without the distraction of city lights is one of the perks of working at Oasis State Park. It’s a joy the staff shares with the community each summer through the star gazing parties they host. For Valerie Russ, a park tech advanced who has been at Oasis for 10 […]

Pi Kappa Phi rides again

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Journey of Hope project manager Taylor Thompson gathers the cyclists to lay out the itinerary for the next day’s ride Thursday evening at Eastern New Mexico University. The cyclists stayed at the Curry Hall dormitory for the night and were treated to swimming at the Portales City Pool and food from the South Side Church of Christ during their brief stay.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer Many Greek-letter organizations are involved with philanthropy but Pi Kappa Phi is the only fraternity to start and maintain their own philanthropy, according to Adam Phillips of Pi Kappa Phi. Journey of Hope, a trans-American cycling event founded by Pi Kappa Phi which raises awareness for people with disabilities, […]

Portales MainStreet program makes its mark on downtown

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Portales MainStreet board members helped run the 14th annual Heritage Days Fun Run on June 21. The event raised $2,000 for the MainStreet program.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Amelia Christensen, a Portales native, always liked what the Portales MainStreet program has done for the community, so in 2011 she decided it was time for her to join. Christensen said she […]

Breakfast is served

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From left, Christian Martinez, Melissa Gilbert and Joseph Martinez enjoy the nice weather and lunches from the free summer lunch program on Wednesday at City Park. Christian and Joseph came with Gilbert, a family friend, and their mother Ashley Martinez.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Brothers Christian Martinez, 4, and Joseph, 7, got to enjoy a small picnic with fresh fruit, chicken nuggets and milk on Wednesday at City Park. Ashley Martinez, their mother, said the best part of the picnic was that her sons’ meals were free. Their free lunch is part of […]

Unique summer classes offered by ENMU

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Jason Nielson, an Eastern New Mexico University senior from Tucumcari, files down one of his ring molds Wednesday during his jewelry class. The jewelry making class lasts for two hours and the students can make any item of jewelry they want.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Freedom to make whatever jewelry is in Michael Sanchez’s mind is one of the reasons he took Art 271 on jewelry making this summer at Eastern New Mexico University. Sanchez, from Las Vegas, New Mexico, has made a key chain and a ring during the four-week course and is now […]

Sprouting imaginations

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A fast-paced game of soccer was played Tuesday afternoon at Eastern New Mexico University’s Kids’ College.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer “Awesomeville” and “cat dragons,” are two phrases the imaginative children attending Eastern New Mexico University’s Kids’ College have created. Of the projects the students get to do, this week involved drawing and painting and those were two ideas that sprouted from the minds of the 6 to 12-year-old students. […]

All about food storage

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Cora Stroud sets up the different grains that will be featured in the next Food Storage 101 class on Thursday at the Latter Day Saints Cultural Hall. Stroud said the class will mainly be about gluten-free grains.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Cora Stroud, an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, knows the importance of being prepared for a disaster. Stroud knows how to prepare a three-day emergency kit with water, food and other supplies. This was one of the reasons she decided to start […]

Yucca Telecom to phase out Plateau phones


Staff report Yucca Telecom will be moving away from the sale of cell phones now that Plateau Wireless is being sold to AT&T, according to Yucca Telecom board member David Sanders. Plateau Telecommunications, Inc. has signed an agreement to sell Plateau Wireless assets to AT&T, pending FCC approval, according to a news release from Plateau. […]

Inspired local organizes pet microchipping clinic

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Nkoshe Seales has a puppy love moment with a dog at the clinic. Seales was one of four volunteers.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer Wendy Turner is dedicated to helping area residents find their lost pets and has even made a Facebook page to assist in these efforts. Turner was inspired to go even further and organize a microchip clinic on Sunday for area residents. Turner has always had a heart for pets […]

Combined class reunion ‘a blast so far’

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Classmates of the Portales High School classes of 1980s talk and reminisce on Saturday at the main room of the Yam Theatre. The reunion had 80s music and a “sports bar.”

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer The Portales High School classes of the 1980’s were reunited on Saturday at the Yam Theater with some traveling from as far as Toronto, Canada. The class not only had a party at night, but they also participated in the 30th annual Heritage Days. The classes entered a float […]

Annual Heritage Days Festival offers events for all ages

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Master Works plays gospel tunes Friday at City Park in Portales.

By Christina Calloway Whether it’s the sounds of bluegrass and country floating through the air, the smell of a grill firing up, the feeling of water splashing on your skin from a water balloon breaking on you — all the senses can be invigorated at the Roosevelt County Heritage Days Festival. The annual event […]