County fair entrants set for competition

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Danie Heister, front, and Jamie Smiley wash a Crossbred hog for the Swine Show on Tuesday Afternoon. Heister is a member of the Baptist Children’s Home 4H Club.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The fair opened Tuesday with a plethora of events, including the New Mexico Children’s Home Pork Chop Breakfast, the flower show, poultry judging, adult craft judging and the market swine shows. Judges for the shows place the competitors based on the criteria for their show. The Home Arts competitions […]

Hard work makes local fair happen

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Brian Grady, right, looks on as Kristi Victor, left, enters her children’s 4-H projects to volunteer Paula Grady, right, in the Youth Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds on Monday. Victor said her jury duty was canceled, so she took the opportunity to beat the after-school rush and turn in the entries.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Fair officials and volunteers were hard at work Monday preparing for the Roosevelt County Fair, which officially kicks off today. Extension Office and Fair Secretary Sherri Best and her two helpers spent time making sure the home arts departments were ready to be judged at 7 p.m. Monday. “I […]

Activities center of fiesta

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A group of fiesta attendees enjoy bingo on Saturday morning.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The annual St. Helen Fiesta began Saturday morning and has been active according to volunteer Mary Murray. “Everything is really active this morning … the weather is absolutely perfect,” said Murray. The festivities began with a church service and the blessing of the grounds followed by the car show […]

Dawg Days turnout increases

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Groups lined up at the Community Fair for the barbecue on Saturday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER Eastern New Mexico University’s Dawg Days Community Fair had a great turnout Saturday afternoon, according to Campus Union Coordinator Nicky Reid. This is the largest incoming freshmen class to date, says Reid. The incoming freshmen have also been enjoying Dawg Days so far. “Its great. I love meeting all […]

Junior livestock sale marks Friday fair day

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More than 600 people 
attended Friday night’s Curry County Junior Livestock Auction at the Curry County Events Center.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR On a Curry County Events Center floor populated by red Solo cups full of tea, white collapsible tables and blue folding chairs, hundreds of Curry County adults and youth put forth another color — green — to bridge one generation of American farmers to the next. The junior livestock […]

Area artist’s project comes to fruition

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Patsy Delk claps with the crowd at Hillcrest Park Zoo on Friday morning after two paintings, titled “Trees of Tolerance,” were unveiled. The project involved more than 30 special needs individuals from ENMRSH and the help of the New Mexico Department of Health office in Roswell.

By Brittney Canon DEPUTY EDITOR Trees are scattered at random around Clovis, but two trees unveiled Friday morning at the Hillcrest Park Zoo Friday morning stand out. “Today, let’s remember that the tiniest seeds become the tallest trees,,” said Patsy Delk, “that the seeds that are sown today become the shade of tomorrow, that […]

Rural home loans, grants explained

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Brad Gilmore, left, and Stan Livengood answer questions about the USDA rural housing loans after their presentation Thursday afternoon at the Portales Senior Center.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER Portales residents were educated on how to apply for rural home loans Thursday at the Portales Senior Center. Stan Livengood, executive director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation, and Brad Gallimore, area specialist for rural development with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, gave a presentation about rural housing […]

La Casa celebrates national health center week

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Children at the La Casa Health Fair line up to play Angry Birds at a booth on Wednesday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The La Casa Health Fair was in full swing Wednesday afternoon. The health fair has been held in Portales for the past 12 years according to La Casa CEO Seferino Montano. “It is a way of getting the community out and getting the community and children screened,” said Montano. […]

Make way for large loads

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Wind turbine parts for the Roosevelt and Milo Wind projects between Elida and Dora rolled through downtown Portales Monday afternoon. EDF officials said the turbines will be put up over the course of next week.

STAFF REPORT Officials of EDF Renewable Energy said they were on their way and sure enough, wind turbine parts hundreds of feet long began rolling through Portales on Monday. The deliveries will last for 15 weeks, until mid-November, with 10 turbines being delivered each week, according to Associate Project Developer for EDF Renewable Energy Jeff […]

Local archeologist gives presentation

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Director of the Blackwater Draw Museum George Crawford demonstrates the use of an atlatl, a spear-throwing mechanism, at Oasis State Park on Saturday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER Director of the Blackwater Draw Museum George Crawford gave a presentation on the Clovis culture and Blackwater Draw discoveries Saturday night at the Oasis State Park. The Blackwater Draw discoveries were very significant to the archaeological society because of the preservation of the remains and artifacts as well as […]

The show goes on

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Molly Callinan, left, vocals for the Lt. Dan Band, and Gary Sinise, electronic bass and leader for the Gary Sinise Foundation, jam on Saturday at the Open House for Cannon Air Force Base.

By Anna George Staff Writer People ran for cover, then grooved it out Saturday at the Cannon Air Force Base Open House when a Lt. Dan Band performance was postponed to 7 p.m. due to storms. Lightning within a 5-mile radius forced attendees to wait under hangars. This eventually became hail and rain that […]

Civilians, military come together for fun day

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Isaiah Bostwick, 2, takes control of a static VH1N helicopter.

By Anna George Staff Writer Civilians and military members came together on Saturday for live music, food, cars and more as part of the Cannon Air Force Base (CAFB) Open House. The event featured a fun run, local bands, food prepared by Cannon volunteers, a car show, static displays of the aircraft and ground […]

Business steady on tax-free weekend

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Bealls Store Manager Melissa Bonem reorganizes items on the shelves on Saturday morning.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER Local stores in Portales were staying busy on Saturday for the tax-free holiday, according to store managers. “So far business has been steady,” said Melissa Bonem, store manager at Bealls. Denim and shoes were the most sought after items on Saturday morning according to Bonem. “Denim and shoes,” Bonem […]

Adventures in tax-free shopping

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The Robinson family (from left: Dominick Robinson, Frankie Robinson and Leah Robinson) hit the racks hard and saved $50. Select items are tax-free across New Mexico through Sunday.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR Friday kicked off New Mexico’s tax-free holiday weekend and sent a few shoppers out and about eastern New Mexico to grab school supplies and savings. Here are a few of their stories: • Deanna Finch, a North Plains Mall shopper, scored several items for her kids including shoes, shirts […]

Teachers prep for school

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Fourth grade teacher Ashley Ray trims laminated papers in her classroom on Wednesday morning. Local teachers have been preparing for a new school year by buying supplies and prepping their classrooms.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER School is almost back in session, which means local teachers are preparing for a new year. Kelli Ramirez, a first-grade teacher at James Elementary School, said the teachers come in early to get their classrooms ready, because much of their time in the upcoming week will be spent in […]

TRiO donates supplies

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From left, Vanessa McBee, Sonia Guizar and Annamaria Short fill backpacks with school supplies on Wednesday morning.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER An Eastern New Mexico University organization is donating free school supplies to public school students across eastern New Mexico. TRiO Talent Search Professional Annamaria Short said they are trying to get the supplies, which include calculators, flash drives, earbuds, notebooks, binders, colored pencils and rulers, to the students before […]

Farmers: Grasshoppers out of control

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With heavy rains in the region this summer season, area farmers and other plant owners have been battling large amounts of grasshoppers.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER The Portales area has seen an unconventional amount of rain this year, and along with the benefits of the extra moisture have come a stream of unwanted pests that are detrimental to local farmers and gardeners: Grasshoppers. Carlos Paiz, owner of Bonita Vista Farms in Portales, said it has […]

Local family gets support from community

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Haley Faith Lovato was born June 19 to Ricky and Renee Lovato of Portales.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER County Road Superintendent Ricky Lovato has not been seen or heard from by county residents in the last several weeks. The reason for Lovato’s absence is the birth of his seventh child, Haley Faith Lovato, who was born on June 19. Haley was born with several heart problems, which […]

Summer workers beneficial to both sides

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Darin Bonem, first time lifeguard, watches over the City Pool on Monday as one of the 28 seasonal workers hired.

By Anna George Staff Writer Throughout the summer, seasonal employees have made major contributions to business within Portales. Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) employs 300 students over the summer to do various jobs around campus from reception to upkeep. Scott Smart, vice president of business affairs, said their largest employer is the physical plant […]

Annual event short-lived due to thunder

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Brandon Murphy, 11, races and makes second on Monday as part of the Kiwanis Swim Club Meet at the City Pool.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER Porales children were able to enjoy the festivities of the annual Kiwanis Swim Meet for 45 minutes Monday afternoon before a thunderstorm hit, shutting down the city pool. Kiwanis member Rica Lee was at the event passing out ribbons to the participating children. Lee said Kiwanis members put on […]