Traditions as varied as residents

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Gaynelle Thomas arranges ornaments on her family’s Lego-themed Christmas tree Friday afternoon in her house. Thomas said one of her family traditions is picking a theme each year, which they incorporate into holiday decorations.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Whether it’s setting out milk and cookies for Santa, popping in “It’s a Wonderful Life” or picking out a gift from under the tree to open on Christmas Eve, every family has a Christmas tradition they look forward to each year. Portales resident Gaynelle Thomas’ family chooses a special […]

Lost officer’s life, work, remembered

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 Christmas day marks the one-year anniversary of local police officer Charles Perez’ death. Those who worked with Perez said law enforcement wasn’t a job for him. It was a way of life.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER For one local family and some local police officers, Dec. 25 doesn’t just mark a national holiday; it marks the anniversary of a painful loss. Family and friends have found themselves thinking of local Eastern New Mexico University police officer Charles Perez as the one-year anniversary of his death […]

Tower Twin gets new life

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The former theater, vacant for six years, was purchased by Ace Hardware owner Max Merrick. Plans for the building are still in the works.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor A Portales building that has sat dormant for more than six years is on its way to reopening its doors. The building, located on the corner of Avenue A and First Street, was once home to the Tower Twin movie theater, which closed in 2009 after its air conditioning […]

‘Star Wars’ endures

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Matt Dracocardos of Clovis relaxes in his tent, set up in front of the Cinema 7, Thursday afternoon while he waits for the premier of the new Star Wars movie.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER “Star Wars” is special to Matt Dracocardos. “I don’t know many other movie series’ that go (multiple) generations,” he said. “It’s really cool … I saw Star Wars when I was 3 years old, and I’ve just loved the movies since. I watched every one when they came out.” […]

Local church members spread Christmas cheer

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Don Thomas, left, and Franlkin Smith, right, of Central Christian Church sing Christmas carols for Heartland Continuing Care residents on Monday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Members of Central Christian Church shared holiday cheer with the residents of Heartland Continuing Care Center on Monday as they sang Christmas carols and shared gifts. The church carolers sang traditional Christmas songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “O Come All Ye Faithful,” along with some classic hymns. Don […]

Graduates walk into future

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Ronnie Cain
Robert Colton, who majored in health and physical education, shakes ENMU President Steven Gamble’s hand Saturday morning after receiving his degree.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent Approximately 440 graduates crossed the stage at Eastern New Mexico University’s commencement ceremony Saturday morning at the Greyhound Arena. ENMU President Steven Gamble said that number is about 70 more graduates than last fall’s commencement. “We are proud of each and every one of the graduates here today, and we wish […]

Doing good

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Mychaela Sasas-Rangel, 5, talks to Santa, played by Adam Aguilar, Saturday morning at the Santa Cop event.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Well over 100 children and their parents piled into the Yam Theatre Saturday morning for the Portales Police Department’s annual tradition of giving. Kimberly Gurrola, 4, beamed up at Santa Claus — played by Animal Control Officer Adam Aguilar — as she stood in line waiting patiently for her […]

Two to run in junior nationals

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Alex Zangara, 14, center, races in a regional competition in Albuquerque on Nov. 21 where he placed second in the state of New Mexico and ninth in the region. Zangara’s placement 
qualified him to compete in a national competition this Saturday.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Two Roosevelt County boys will be running towards their dreams this weekend in Albuquerque. Alex Zangara, 14, and Sam Kamara, 8, will be leaving Friday to compete along with over 3,000 other young athletes in the 2015 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships at the Balloon Fiesta Park […]

Lindsey-Steiner kicks off holiday concert line-up

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Fifth-graders from Lindsey-Steiner Elementary practice Christmas tunes during guitar class Wednesday in preparation for their concert next week.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Portales schools are gearing up to spread holiday cheer this week as students across the district prepare for upcoming choir and band performances. The first performances this week are happening at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. today at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary. Lindsey-Steiner choir and guitar teacher Leon Marquez said the […]

Class gets inside look at law process

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Ben Salazar, left, a field representative for Sen. Tom Udall’s office, gets a pat down from detention Officer Jordan Carter Tuesday after being “arrested” for failure to clean up his dog’s refuse.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Portales business leaders got a first-hand look at the judicial process on Tuesday as they followed one of their own from the time of his arrest to his jury trial. After volunteering to be the criminal in Tuesday’s judicial scenario, Ben Salazar, a field representative for Tom Udall’s office, […]

Causey dinner brings back memories

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Causey area residents of all ages line up at the food table Sunday afternoon to enjoy the dinner, which was hosted by the Causey Homemakers Extension Club.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor One thing’s for sure, according to residents of the tiny ranching town of Causey. Times have changed. It all started with a rancher and buffalo hunter named George Causey turning the town into a hunting hot spot in the late 1800s, then a community was born. “Causey used to […]

Eliza Metz remembered for fun-loving nature

Eliza Metz

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER After only two short years in the Eastern New Mexico region, Portales resident Eliza Metz had already had a huge impact on those who knew her, according to her regional friends. Metz, 25, died in a traffic accident south of Clovis Thursday when her vehicle ran into the back […]

Little Miss Merry Christmas crowned

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Miss Portales Jessica Baird, left, crowns Savana Heflin, 9, as Little Miss Merry Christmas on Thursday at the 29th annual pageant.

By Anna George Correspondent While most pageants are about outward beauty, the Portales Chamber of Commerce’s annual Little Miss Merry Christmas pageant is about community service and a love of Portales, according to chamber officials. The 29th annual event, held at the Yam Theatre Thursday on Main Street, is a competition between girls of all […]

Parade draws more than merrymakers


By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Portales residents began lining West Second Street Friday evening as they drank hot cocoa and listened to Christmas carols in the Roosevelt County Courthouse parking lot in anticipation of the start of the annual Portales Christmas parade. But some area residents were not in attendance just to enjoy the […]

Aspiring teacher shares art

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Portales High School art student Becca Smith shows the pre-k children at Wild ‘Bout Kids Child Care Center how to put together a Christmas project on Thursday morning.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Wild ‘Bout Kids Child Care Center welcomed some new faces and holiday art supplies to their flurry of pre-k activities Thursday morning. Becca Smith, a 17-year-old student at Portales High, brought in the supplies and a couple of helpers to create a Christmas project with the 4- and 5-year-old […]

Take a study break

Quavshaun “Q“ Branch relaxes on a pile of bean bags Tuesday afternoon in the 
De-Stress room at the Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University. The 
De-Stress room is 
sponsored by the College Success Program and provides a space where students can relax during finals week.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER It’s the most wonderful time of the year — or perhaps the most stressful, if you’re a college student coping with finals. Quavshaun “Q” Branch, a sophomore student at Eastern New Mexico University, said he tackles studying for finals with breaks. “I usually take a couple of hours out […]

Holiday Happening celebrates Christmas for good cause

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The Portales Altrusa Club will be holding its annual Holiday Happening event this weekend to raise money for a project at Portales schools.

STAFF REPORT The Portales Altrusa Club will be kicking off the holidays this weekend by supporting community service projects. Fifty-five tables will be filled with guests this Saturday at the 18th annual Holiday Happening hosted by the Portales Altrusa Club. According to Altrusa club member Cozetta Moore, tickets have sold out for the event, which […]

ENMU continues Holiday Concert tradition

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The Eastern New Mexico University steel band will be part of two upcoming concerts this week, the steel band and percussion ensemble on Wednesday and the Holiday Concert on Thursday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Eastern New Mexico University will kick off the Christmas holiday spirit this week with two concerts. The long-time annual Holiday Concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Campus Union Building Ballroom and “may have everybody up there,” according to Patrice Caldwell, saying the concert will likely include […]

Black Friday takes back seat to inclement weather

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Mickey Rush of Clovis sprays de-icer on his car windows parked on Main Street Friday morning to remove the ice. Rush didn’t expect the weather to be as icy and cold as it turned out to be.

By Kevin Wilson and Alisa Boswell Black Friday, you’re no match for black ice. After parts of Clovis spent the night with no electricity, most of the city awoke to find the ground — and vehicles — covered in a sheet of ice Friday morning. Businesses and residences near downtown Clovis lost electricity […]

Over 400 served holiday dinner

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Area residents are served Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at the Memorial Building during the annual community Thanksgiving dinner.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Whether to help serve or to eat, more than 300 area residents showed up for the 13th annual Portales community Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at the Memorial Building. People of all ages and all walks of life crowded into the building as soon as the dinner started at 11 a.m. […]