Showy send-off


By Christina Calloway Senior writer A radiant Mrs. Portales glided effortlessly in her high heels on the runway Thursday night until mommy duty called. Lorissa Marshall, 25, had to squat down to lift up her 2-year-old daughter Marrie while she modeled the outfits she’ll wear at the Mrs. New Mexico competition in two weeks […]

Portales schools concerned about meal standards


>By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Changes to the nutritional standards of school lunches are causing concern among Portales Municipal Schools nutritional services. Director of Nutritional Services Shirley King said the school will have to increase the amount of fruit and whole grain foods to the breakfasts and lunches for the 2014-2015 school year. King […]

Unexpected expense

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
The Roosevelt County Courthouse has had to use fans and a portable air conditioning unit (pictured) to cool the building while the HVAC system has been out of commission due to its age. Many of the courthouse offices will be moved to portable trailers in the parking lot temporarily when the new HVAC system is installed.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer The estimated cost to repair the Roosevelt County Courthouse’s air conditioning system exceeds the initial quote county commissioners were given and they are not happy. At Tuesday’s commission meeting, the project manager of Williamson Renovations, Dennis Geshel, reported the project cost is expected to total $2.9 million, nearly $1 […]

University professors by day


By Rae Arnett Staff writer Neil Rutland is the drums and percussion player for the Blackwater Draw Boys. The band is comprised of professors at Eastern New Mexico University. Other band members include Travis Erwin, Roger Gatchet, John Barr, Ed Avila, and Richard Schwartz. They teach in Digital Film Making, Com-munication, Music, and English […]

Tornadoes touch down briefly

A shot of the sky submitted by reader Nikki Payne of Clovis.

Staff report Weather officials and Curry County law enforcement reported two tornadoes “momentarily” touched down in Curry County early Friday evening. No major damage or injuries were was reported. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received two reports of tornado touchdowns at U.S. 60-84 and Curry Road O and in the Pleasant […]

Area’s pioneering spirit honored at breakfast

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Isabella Reyes, 5, asks for autographs from Miss Rodeo New Mexico Alexandria Tapia, right, of Santa Fe, and Miss Rodeo Montana Laramie Pursley of Chinook,

By Alisa Boswell It’s a job, a culture, a history. It’s rodeo. During the kickoff event for Pioneer Days on Friday morning at the Clovis Civic Center, it was made clear that rodeo is a big part of the Southwest culture and the region’s heritage. Isabella Reyes was no less than idolizing the numerous […]

Boy Scout motto: Be prepared

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Boy Scout Troop 18 Leader Gary Riedel, far left, talks about past camps with his scouts, from left, Curtis Utley, Adam Sickles and Brandon Kelley, on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer When Brandon Kelley of Portales Boy Scout Troop 18 arrived at the zombie-themed Boy Scout Council Camporee, he was not prepared for the task at hand. While Kelley had no problem rescuing a person from a horde of zombies or finding a cure for the zombie virus, constructing a […]

Gallery: Girls State and ENMU Skills Camp – 6/4/14


Beggs earns county assessor spot

JOSHUA LUCERO: Staff photo
George Beggs,Republican candidate for Roosevelt County Assessor, hugs his sister Shawn Bohm at Roosevelt County Courthouse after winning the race Tuesday against incumbent Kenner Carrasco.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Cheers were heard throughout the Roosevelt County Courthouse Tuesday night when final voting numbers were passed out by election officials, when two incumbents retained seats and one challenger claimed victory in Tuesday’s Republican primaries. Several of those joyous sounds came from Republican Roosevelt County Assessor candidate George Beggs and […]

Commission winners rundown

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Poll worker Nancy Dunson, left, prints a ballot for Portales resident Sandra Salguero, 68, who came to vote Tuesday with her granddaughter GoGo Salguero at the Memorial Building.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer There will be a new face added to the Roosevelt County Commission and a familiar one come January as a result of Tuesday’s Republican primaries. Former county commissioner Gene Creighton of Elida beat out incumbent Scott Burton by six votes, securing 97 votes for District 4. In another close […]

Natural to protect, serve

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Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols grilled hot dogs and smoked pulled pork to show appreciation for his employees and their family in recognition of Emergency Medical Services Week in Portales. Nuckols said it’s an annual tradition.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Considered by some as the heroes of the community, the emergency medical technicians and firefighters of the Portales Fire Department say the desire to protect and serve is in their nature. For all they do, each year they are honored by the city and their own leader Portales Fire […]

Stanfield song still touching hearts

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Clovis native Jana Stanfield said "If I Had Only Known" was inspired by an aunt and her grandparents.

By David Stevens Editor “If I had only known “It was my last night by your side “I’d pray a miracle would stop the dawn.” — from “If I Had Only Known,” by Jana Stanfield and Craig Morris Some associate the song with Reba McEntire’s band members killed in a 1991 plane crash near San […]

Long love affair

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Aircraft mechanic and inventor Robert Love explains the work that he is doing on a 1947 Stinson airplane at the Portales Municipal Airport. Love will be putting in the engine and the interior of plane.

After living 80 years, local aircraft mechanic and church deacon Robert Love hasn’t stopped doing what he loves. The former Air Force mechanic and inventor owns and operates an aircraft maintenance company called Love Aero Service, which he established in 1963 after moving to the area with his wife Lu. Love has made a lasting […]

City of Portales trying to find flooding fix

Courtesy photo: Bob Townsend
Hayes Street in Portales remained flooded two days after Monday’s storm. The city’s Planning Department is trying to assess why the flooding has become severe in the past few years.

y Christina Calloway Residents of one Portales neighborhood call flooding on their street a nuisance, others aren’t complaining much. The city’s Planning Department, however, is trying to figure out what’s causing the lack of drainage. Residents of Hayes Street say the water from a heavy downpour, such as Monday’s storm, which produced more than […]

Fiesta helps bring former member back to church

Staff photo: Vanessa Kahin
Erik Galvan shares his tamale dinner with his son, Thomas, 3, during the Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta kickoff dinner and talent show Friday evening in Clovis.

By Vanessa Kahin The 2014 Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta, which kicked off Friday at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, marked a return home after a 20-year hiatus for one Clovis family. It was that long ago when musician and active member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe church Toni Martinez died. Following […]

Helping children grow

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Tom Pittmon, a house father with the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, fixes one of the children’s bikes Thursday at the home. Pittmon has been working there since September and watches over four boys with his wife.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Tom Pittmon has an understanding for the emotions children often feel when coming to live at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home for the first time, leaving their family to live in […]

New stadium funding secured

This illustration shows what the new Eastern New Mexico University football stadium would look like at its location on campus.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble said Wednesday the university has secured the $8 million it needs to begin the construction of its new multi-purpose stadium. Plans are underway to build the school’s new stadium, which will be built in town, replacing the 45-year-old stadium at Blackwater Draw […]

Splashing good time

Portales Swimming Pool lifeguard Evan Tooley watches over
swimmers Wednesday afternoon. The recently repaired Portales
Swimming Pool opened for the season last Friday and will remain
open until mid-August when Portales public school starts.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer Children were splashing around Wednesday at the Portales swimming pool, signifying the beginning of another summer season, but 10-year-old Maeison Arias wasn’t as thrilled about it as others. Arias, of Portales, said she wasn’t excited about school being out because she’s career driven and wants to get back to […]

Food bank program in Portales growing


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Margarette Courteny tries to make it each month to the Eastern New Mexico Food Bank’s special distributions as she did Tuesday to receive food for her family. Courteny is on disability and money is tight. She is grateful for the food bank’s distributions. “It is really helpful and I […]

Portales basketball title marks busy, successful year of sports

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The Portales girls basketball team upset top-seeded Shiprock for its seventh title in school history.

It was a championship season for one Portales squad, a winning season for six others, and a busy playoff schedule for most of the Ram squads. The girls basketball squad claimed its seventh title in school history with an upset of top-ranked Shiprock. It was one of 11 teams to qualify for its respective state […]