Change of command at Cannon

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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

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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 […]

A legacy preserved

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A group of die-cast police cars sits on a shelf inside of the late Charles Perez’ home. Perez’ children Kristyn and Jake plan to keep the toys in their father’s honor.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about antique collectors in Portales By Derek Major Staff writer To walk into the late Charles Perez’ home office is to walk into an era of toys that cannot be found today. Perez had an enormous collection of foot-tall G.I. Joe action figures, […]

Artistically different

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Corey Pickett’s piece of the Black Panthers is on display at Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library Thursday. Pickett’s work known as Out Of The Box will be on display until Feb. 27.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor On a typical night Corey Pickett stalks the sidelines, gives his team direction and works the referees as Clovis Christian’s high school basketball coach. On his own time, Pickett is an artist. His works are on display until Feb. 27 at Eastern New Mexico’s Golden Library. Pickett, who […]

Eastern’s Burks drawing attention in senior year


By Rick White Correspondent When Matthew Burks homered in his first at-bat as an Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound last season, he doubled his career home run total. In all of his previous youth league, high school, junior college and summer league games combined, he had homered just once. Burks kept hitting home runs, finishing […]

RGH goes non-smoking

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Susan Womack, left, billing specialist for the Roosevelt General Hospital Clinic, chats Wednesday with Director of Marketing Greg McFarland in the RGH Cafe. Womack said fewer people spend time in the outdoor area now that RGH is a non-smoking facility, but none of the staff members that smoke seem to mind.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Roosevelt General Hospital staff members who smoke are saying not much has changed for them since the hospital enacted a non-smoking policy at the start of the new year. The hospital sent out a press release last week announcing the change, stating that the change was “a continued effort […]

Teach the young to vote

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Teacher Dennis Kerg working with his fourth period class Tuesday at Portales High School.

By Derek Major Staff writer A bill in the Legislature that would allow students to vote in school elections has educators and students in Portales talking. Some believe the bill could improve relationships between students and educators. “Students would have more input into the curriculum, what they learn and how they learn it, so […]

Cultural education kicks off

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Guest speaker Toyese Oyeyemi Jr. talks to students and members of the public about social determinants of healthcare for African Americans Monday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building as part of ENMU’s African American Affairs Black History Month events. African American Affairs’ Black History Month events will focus on the culture and accomplishments of African Americans.

Staff report With Black History Month in full swing, Eastern New Mexico University’s African American Affairs is looking to promote cultural awareness. During February Multicultural Affairs and African American Affairs will host multiple seminars and activities aimed at entertaining and informing the public about African American culture. African American Affairs Director Rochelle McClenton said the […]

Putting on a big show

Jacob “Lil Show” Brooks dives off the ropes to slam Philip “Lil Nasty Boy” Campbell during the final round of Friday’s Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation Show.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer They may not be the same size as your average wrestler, but the men who make up the Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation are dedicated to giving their fans the biggest and best shows they can muster every week. Such was the case Friday evening at the YAM Theatre as […]

Helping lives at 55

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United Way volunteer Joseph Arora helps unload school supplies at the Clovis Municipal Schools main office during UWENM’s annual Stuff the Bus event in 2013.

Staff report Whether it’s feeding a hungry family or helping residents pay bills, United Way of Eastern New Mexico has been making a difference in Clovis and Portales for 55 years. United Way is beginning 2015 by celebrating 55 years in the area and the accomplishments it has made in aiding local communities. United Way […]

New York Polyphony to perform at ENMU

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The New York Polyphony will be playing at Eastern New Mexico University at 7 p.m. tonight at Buchanan Hall. The concert is free.

By Derek Major Staff writer The New York Polyphony will be making its second trip to Eastern New Mexico University for a performance at 7 p.m. tonight at Buchanan Hall. The group has been together since 2006 when it formed to record a Christmas album for a radio show. The group has recorded four […]

Trek of a lifetime brings couple closer together

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Darren Hooker gives a Power Point presentation to the Friends of the Portales Public Library about his trip with his wife Cecily last summer.

By Derek Major Staff writer Roosevelt County Undersheriff Darren Hooker and his wife were sitting at home early last year and picked out a movie to watch. The movie was about a doctor who goes to France after his son was killed while walking the Camino de Santiago, a Catholic pilgrimage route to the […]

Press problems resulting in late papers Thursday


To our readers: Thursday’s newspapers will be several hours late because of press problems this morning. We had to print the papers in Roswell. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Access will be available to our online replica edition for free. Just click on “ePaper Login” at the top of the page on our website. […]

School board election votes tallied

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Portales Junior High School physical education teacher Ann-Marie Bucksath casts her vote in Portales’ Position 5 school board race Tuesday afternoon in the Zia Room on the PJHS campus. Incumbent candidates in both Dora and Portales retained their school board seats after the votes were tallied Tuesday night.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Two incumbent school board members in Portales and Dora retained their positions after the final votes were tallied during Tuesday’s countywide school board elections. Thirty-four votes allowed Portales’ Mary Rowley to keep her Position 5 seat on the Portales Municipal Schools board. Rowley’s opponent, Cody Brown, received 14 votes. […]

ENMU increases tuition by 6.5 percent

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Eastern New Mexico University cashier Debra Crozier tells freshman Tessa Ferguson her account balance and updates her student ID activity sticker Monday afternoon at the Administration Building. ENMU student’s will see a 6.5 percent increase in tuition starting this fall 2015.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Students at Eastern New Mexico University will be greeted with a 6.5 percent increase in tuition and fees this fall. ENMU’s board of regents approved the increase during a Jan. 23 meeting in Santa Fe. Scott Smart, ENMU’s vice president of business affairs, said the tuition and fees increase […]

A man’s treasure

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A vintage gas pump sits in Charlie Smart’s back yard. Smart has a collection of old gas station items, cigarette posters and other relics from yesteryear.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about antique collectors in Portales By Derek Major Staff writer From the outside, Portales Police Detective Charlie Smart’s house looks like any other — cars in the driveway, a manicured lawn and nice neighbors. But if you’re lucky enough to see his back […]

Road repair slow process

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Portales street department workers Bill Cicero, right, and John King fill in potholes on East Lime Street last month after Portales received more than 8 inches of snow. Road crews have spent the past three weeks clearing and repairing moisture-damaged roads, according to city and county officials.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With two weekends in a row full of moisture, Roosevelt County and city of Portales employees have been struggling to clear and maintain roads. County Road Superintendent Ricky Lovato said the snow and rain the region has received in recent weeks has led to the deterioration of roads around […]

Rams cheer team brings home championship

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Portales Cheer coach Amy Green celebrates with her team afer winning the high school intermediate bracket at the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Championships at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 24.

By Derek Major Staff writer The Portales Rams cheer team won a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Championships competition at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 24. Portales won in the cheer high school intermediate bracket, defeating teams from Texas, Tennessee and Florida. “It was really exciting to win this year,” said team member Anja […]

Red or green?

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Marissa Hyde, new media coordinator at Eastern New Mexico University, sports her New England Patriots jersey at her desk Friday afternoon in the ENMU Administration Building. Hyde said she wears her Patriots attire during the week leading up to every Patriots game.

By Joshua Lucero New England Patriots fan Marissa Hyde has her fan outfits planned out for the weekend in preparation for her team’s appearance in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX. Hyde, like most football fans, will be glued to a television set Sunday to watch the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots go head […]

Hard work has rewards

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Elida Middle School teacher Paula Tibbs works with Logan Victor on Thursday afternoon in their seventh-grade social studies class.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor After claiming local and state awards, an Elida middle school teacher is waiting to see if she won at the national level. Paula Tibbs was nominated for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award for middle school teacher of the year. Tibbs said fellow teacher […]