Former educator, coach B.B. Lees dies

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B.B. Lees, in white, is pictured with Kenny Prince, Mike Maguire and Don Elder during the 2012 homecoming golf tournament. Lees organized the annual tournament.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR When describing B.B. Lees, it might be simpler to list the things he didn’t do for Eastern New Mexico University. Lees, a former teacher, coach, and athletic director for ENMU, died Monday night at 84. University President Steven Gamble said the school will work with the family to hold […]

Fair numbers compare with past years

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Luis Alvarez, left, and Viridiana Nunez play the water gun race game at the Roosevelt County Fair on Aug. 19.

STAFF REPORT The Roosevelt County Fair wrapped up on Saturday and, according to Extension Agent Patrick Kircher, this year’s event was right on track with past years. “It all varied,” Kircher said. “Some departments were up, some departments were down, but as a whole, exhibit numbers and turnout were pretty good.” The upside included food […]

Lesser Prairie Chicken populations improve

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Lesser prairie chickens are pecking their way back to the top of their population game, but they still remain on the threatened species list — and that’s ruffling a few feathers locally. In 2013, Fish and Wildlife officials estimated the bird’s population hit a record low of 17,616, McClatchy […]

Kiwanis Pet Show marks 30 years

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Drake Radcliff, left, and Jaci Radcliff accept the first place ribbon for their mini-horse, Gus, Saturday at the Kiwanis Pet Show.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The Kiwanis Pet Show went off without a hitch Saturday morning at the Roosevelt County Fair. The annual event had 15 participants this year. Kiwanis member Rica Lee did the announcing for the show and introduced the children and pets. “This was all to honor Dr. Tony Gennaro, a […]

Four champions sold at Junior Livestock Sale

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Attendance at the Roosevelt Junior Livestock Sale was more than 150 people on Friday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The Roosevelt County Junior Livestock Sale started off with the $4,250 sale of Cooper Gardner’s Grand Champion Dairy Heifer. More than 150 attended. Four grand champion livestock animals were sold on Friday evening; dairy heifer, steer for $9,000, rabbit meat pen for $1,000 and chicken meat pen for $1,600. […]

Three named Pioneers of the Year

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Bill Joy, president of the Roosevelt County Pioneer Association, presented Ruth Moore with a plaque for Pioneer of the Year. Moore was one of three recipients, along with Albert and Genevia Shirley, to receive the award at Pioneer Day on Thursday.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Approximately 129 people gathered in the Jake Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds on Thursday to celebrate Pioneer Day. Past and present community members of Roosevelt County and their families spent the time reminiscing and honoring three Roosevelt County Pioneer of the Year recipients. Resident Geneva Judah popped […]

Many reasons to go to carnival

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Carnival attendees wait in line at the Roosevelt County Fair on Wednesday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The carnival at the Roosevelt County Fair opened Tuesday with a very successful night, according to Game Clerk Dennis Thompson. “I was doing better last night than I did all of last year,” he said Wednesday. “I’m not sure how everyone else did, but it was a good night […]

Rewards are bigger than the challenges

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Jocelyn Schaffner, left, and Savannah Kircher stand with a goat in preparation for the Junior Livestock Goat Show on Wednesday afternoon.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Most of the Junior Livestock Show participants that were prepping their animals in the Roosevelt County Events Arena Wednesday morning seemed to agree on two aspects that come with the process of showing: The best part is getting to know the animals, and the most challenging part is training […]

Campus comes to life after sleepy summer

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Sophomore biology student and hound handler Andrea Ortiz walked one of Eastern New Mexico University’s live mascot greyhounds, Tory, around campus Tuesday afternoon on the first day of the fall semester.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER A mix of first time and returning students were on campus at Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday for the start of the fall semester. Brand new to campus was Brayan Parra, a Floyd High School graduate, who is majoring in digital film making. After a few classes, Parra said […]

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 […]