Car enthusiasts unite at show

Staff photo: Anna George
Cecil Burch strolls among the collector cars at the Portales Courthouse Monday during the Cruise in Car Show.

By Anna George Staff Writer Classic car enthusiasts brought their blood, sweat and tears to the Third Annual Cruise in Car Show Monday, with 54 cars being shown off in the Roosevelt County Courthouse parking lot. Jerry Bailey, the president of the Desert Cruzers car club and director of the show, said they had […]

Entertainment variety planned for county fair

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How hard local children work with their animals in the 
4-H program is one of the most important parts of the Roosevelt County Fair, according to fair officials. The fair is next month.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The annual Roosevelt County Fair is approaching next month with a variety of entertainment, new and old, and some “family fun”, according to fair officials. The fair will be held Aug. 22-27, and according to Extension Office Secretary Sherri Best, daily ticket prices for the fair are $6 for […]

Area businesses fundraise for local non-profits

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Community fundraisers sponsored by local businesses are approaching. Southwest Cheese sponsors the truck pull competition each year in conjunction with the Curry County Fair.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Two local organizations are hosting fundraising events this summer in conjunction with Clovis and Portales businesses. Yucca Telecom is hosting an ongoing fundraiser for Roosevelt County called “Silence the Hunger,” which was put together by Yucca Telecom employee Candra Reynolds, who said the event helps give the Portales Dream […]

Roping and wrangling

7-16 Kyan Wilhite

By Douglas Clark STAFF WRITER A chance encounter with a rope and a bucket helped to craft a Clovis child’s love for all things rodeo. “One day I just found an old rope and started roping a tin can bucket,” said Kyan Wilhite, who is competing in the goat tying and ribbon roping events […]

‘Pokemon Go’ give economy a boost

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Pokemon Go players gather at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Portales courthouse to battle the Pokemon Gym leaders and access the Pokestops at the county courthouse.

By Anna George Staff Writer As the app sensation “Pokemon Go” sweeps the nation, it appears to be benefiting local economy while giving local police officers a headache. The game uses GPS signal to allow people to virtually catch Pokemon — creatures from a Japanese television show that was also turned into a manga […]

Cruise In Car Show gears up

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The Cruise In Car Show will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the courthouse square. The event, free to the public, celebrates National Collector Car Day, according to Desert Cruzers Club President Jerry Bailey. Car registration is from 5 p.m.-6:45 p.m. with a $5 submission fee per car.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Classic car enthusiasts will have an opportunity to admire some beauties Monday in downtown Portales. At 7 p.m., the fourth annual Cruise in Car Show will be held in the Roosevelt County Courthouse parking lot. The event is sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the Desert […]

La Casa celebrates 40 years

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Anna George
La Casa Family Health Center officials will celebrate the facility’s 40th anniversary on Aug. 6.

Staff Report In August 1976, La Casa Family Health Center was based out of a two bedroom house on North Avenue I. On Aug. 6, La Casa officials will be celebrating 40 years and 13 facilities across the southeastern part of the state. According to officials, they will be celebrating their anniversary in conjunction with […]

Business feature: New businesses on way

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Phil Gallegos, owner of Pintado Rustics, looks over the workshop in his store on Monday. Gallegos and his wife, Jennifer, find old, vintage furniture and repurpose it for sale in their shop. Their store opened Friday on Main Street.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Two new local businesses from different backgrounds share one thing in common: The importance of community, according to their owners. One such business is Pintado Rustics, an antique shop that opened last Friday at 203 South Main Avenue. According to owner Phil Gallegos, who runs the business with his […]

Local market off to slow start

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Patrick Kircher, left, and Don Wiley exchange hellos Thursday on the opening day of the Portales Farmer’s Market. It is Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning at 5 p.m.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The Portales Farmer’s Market kicked off Thursday evening with only two vendors on site at the First Street and Avenue B market location. While it is off to a typically slow start, the market should expand within a couple of weeks, according to Good Shepherd Farms owner Don Wiley. […]

Violence in Dallas

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Police Chaplain Furgus Tunnell of Clovis leads police and citizens in prayer Friday afternoon in front of the Clovis Police Department. The group came to pray for the protection of the police as a result of actions against the Dallas Police Department Thursday evening.

By Laura J. Nelson and Nigel Duara Los Angeles Times MESQUITE, Texas — The shooter, barricaded in a downtown Dallas parking garage, bantered with negotiators during an hours-long standoff. He did not seem nervous and said he was not afraid to die. He told the armed officers facing him that he had been preparing for […]

Rocket’s red glare

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Kurt Munz-Raper
The sky is lit up with red, white and blue Monday night as part of the Portales fireworks display, cut short by technical 
difficulties with the firework shooter.

By Anna George Staff Writer After days of celebrating and 102 degree heat, Portales residents were excited to settle down at the softball complex for the annual fireworks show. Catherine Mendoza, mother of 3-year-old Miles Mendoza, said this is the first year she has been able to bring her son to the fireworks. “I’m […]

Town celebrates Fourth

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Leonardo Diangson and William Lampkins check on their food at a Fourth of July picnic at City Park.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer The Fourth of July is a day meant to celebrate the United States’ independence, and while fireworks are one of the most popular ways to celebrate, the daytime lets families and friends celebrate their freedoms and presents them with an opportunity to be together. Several groups were gathered in […]

Business feature: Official ‘disappointed’ with farming, ranching ruling

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Matthew Lansford checks on cow and calf pairs on his family’s farm, Lansford Inc. Lansford is one of the local employers affected by the recent New Mexico Supreme Court ruling on workers’ compensation for farmers and ranchers.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer In an action that will financially affect the agricultural industry, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that it is unconstitutional for farm and ranch workers to not have workers’ compensation. The ruling follows last year’s New Mexico Court of Appeal’s ruling that farm and ranch workers are not […]

City changes fireworks location

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This year’s display at 
softball complex set to start around 8:15 p.m.

STAFF REPORT Independence Day is close at hand, and with it comes the prospect of many different celebrations, be it cookouts, pool parties, or just time spent with friends and family. One opportunity to enjoy the holiday is Portales’ annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration. The celebration, held by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, […]

Clovis garden makes debut

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The first harvest is ready to go at the Clovis Community Garden behind Plains Regional Medical Center. There will be rock painting, fresh salads, and fruit infused water available there 10 a.m to noon today.

By Ryan Galloway Staff Writer As summer is hitting its stride, and many are looking for hobbies and activities to do during these warm days, the Clovis Community Garden is offering a day of activities to display the recently completed garden. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, community members can go out to the […]

Summer learning at Kids’ College

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Madison Parks, 8, does research on 
arctic animals Wednesday 
during Kids’ College. Kids’ College is using the theme Animal Planet this year.

By Anna George Staff Writer The attendants of Eastern New Mexico University’s children’s program, Kids’ College, have spent the first four weeks trekking through the jungle and the arctic. But only with their imagination. Kids’ College, using the theme Animal Planet this year, has been spending its study time looking at animals from different […]

Trains collide head-on in Texas

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Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in Panhandle, Texas, that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area.

By David Warren The Associated Press DALLAS — Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. The two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same […]

Fireworks fund close to goal

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Levi Gallas organizes fireworks at the fireworks stand off of Avenue C and First Street. According to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Karl Terry, $9,100 of $10,000 goal for Portales’ fireworks fund has been raised.

STAFF REPORT July 4 is a day to celebrate the independence of the United States and the struggle to attain it, and one of the most popular ways to do so is through the use of fireworks. Portales holds its own fireworks presentation each year, filling the sky with bright lights and smoke, but in […]

Business feature: Businesses prep for summer

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Margaret Seales works on a flower boutique at Butterfly Flowers.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff writer Auto and farming businesses across Portales are preparing for summer, whether it is anticipating an increase or a decrease in business based on demand or preparing for the fall season. Auto businesses in particular commented on the consistent issues customers have with their vehicles. Doug Frank, the owner of […]

Owner: Two or three months to Tower Loft opening

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Matt Polk, top, and Abe Urias work inside the Tower Loft apartments.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Progress has been made on what used to be the Tower Twin movie theater off of Avenue A and First Street. A grand opening for what is now called the Tower Loft apartments is set for two to three months, according to Owner Max Merrick. A goal of the […]