Combined class reunion ‘a blast so far’

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
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

Staff photo: Christina Calloway
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 […]

Following in her sister’s footsteps

Hannah Giles, 
Miss Southern New Mexico, will compete for Miss New Mexico on June 24.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer Hannah Giles, Miss Southern New Mexico and first-time pageant contestant, will compete for the Miss New Mexico crown next week. The event manager for the Clovis Civic Center has been living in the area for seven years. Her older sister also competed for the Miss New Mexico crown. The […]

A group effort

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
From left, Valerie Russ, Cheyenne Lattin and Gabriel Garcia clean up a cactus garden Thursday at Oasis State Park. Russ said pulling weeds and cleaning around the park is one of many responsibilities Lattin, Garcia and herself have.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer With a degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences and currently working on a master’s in biology from Eastern New Mexico University, Cheyenne Lattin has found the perfect summer job for her. Lattin […]

Jail escapee sentenced


Staff report A 21-year-old Portales man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday for escaping from the Roosevelt County Detention Center and other numerous felony charges, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Stephen Phillips was one of two men who escaped from the county jail in June […]

Fosters a ‘blessing’


The Jayne family plays a card game Wednesday in their Portales home. Pictured from left are Jonathan, EJ, Pancha, James, Kate and Keith Jayne. The Jaynes adopted the four children in 2013 after serving as foster parents.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer On a typical Monday in the Jayne home, the family of six will enjoy dinner and watch wrestling, a house favorite. The family also likes to go swimming and play board games and parents Keith and Kate always make sure each child is safe and loved. The Jayne family […]

Jury duty the least a citizen can do

Betty Williamson

By Betty Williamson Local columnist I was one of the 171 prospective jurors who reported to a packed session in Roosevelt County District Court last week for upcoming service. It looked like an impressive turnout until jury clerk Mary Diaz-Rodriguez shared the numbers with us. For this particular panel, more than 800 summons were mailed […]

Time for rodeo

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Garrett Flowers takes a time of 6.37 seconds in the breakaway roping 6 to 9-year-old age group during the Little Wranglers Rodeo Tuesday afternoon at the Portales Fair Grounds. Flowers took first place in his age group.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer Mark Banda, Bailey Barnes and Casey Faver may vary in age, but they all have one thing in common; a love for rodeo. These three members of Little Wranglers, a non-profit youth rodeo organization for students who attend school in Roosevelt County, were watching and competing Tuesday evening at […]

Lifeguard on duty

Fabienne Wilson, a lifeguard and swim instructor, watches over the
swimmers at the Portales Public Pool on Friday.Wilson, an Eastern New
Mexico University student from Alamogordo, said this is the first time she has been a swim instructor.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Fabienne Wilson said she gets excited to go to work every morning as a lifeguard at the Portales City Pool. Wilson said she has always loved swimming and its benefits, so becoming a lifeguard was an easy decision. “I get a great work-out, which helps my training for soccer,” […]

Meet new production manager, Steven Loock

Tony Bullocks: Staff photo
Steve Loock spent several years setting up printing presses in foreign countries.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer Steven Loock has traveled the world, sharing the knowledge of printing as far as Singapore, Malaysia and Venezuela; and setting up a seven-story tall printing press in Hong Kong. Now in Clovis, Loock’s had a hand in creating this page. Loock became production director for Clovis Media Inc. on […]