Non-profits get Xcel Energy grant

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer Several area non-profit organizations were awarded a cumulative $22,500 in grant money by Excel Energy last week to help support their programs. The grant recipients included the following: • Eastern New Mexico University Foundation’s minority education outreach program • Clovis Community College’s arts outreach program • Clovis Main Street’s […]

Piepkorns still busy amid chaos

STAFF REPORT Despite a fire that damaged their property in January, Gary and Judy Piepkorn have continued to run their business even in the midst of ongoing reconstruction. Almost Home Bed and Breakfast, which the Piepkorns lived in and rented out to guests, suffered a fire in January. A fire that originated in the fireplace, […]

ENMU host summer STEM programs

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER For Portales High School graduate Garrett Cain, pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and math fields (STEM) is a goal, but trouble with mathematics pushed him to look for help. For students like Cain looking to pursue STEM-related careers, Eastern New Mexico University has established a summer program […]

Notebook — July 2

Request for donations … • Juanita Chavez, a longtime Fort Sumner resident, is teaching English as a second language to students in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. She said she’s having a difficult time finding English-language books on a second- or third-grade reading level. Anyone want to send her gently used materials? The mailing address is: P.O. […]

Pages past — July 2

On this date … 1970: The fine for anyone caught manufacturing, detonating or selling fireworks in Clovis’ city limits was $300 or 90 days in jail. “Clovis has a population of 30,000 and fully a third of that population will become lawbreakers this Saturday,” the Clovis News-Journal reported in a front-page report previewing the July […]

Local roundup — July 2

County’s general fund sees increase from PILT Roosevelt County’s general operations fund increase by $25,252 from Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for the 2015 fiscal year, according to Roosevelt County Manager Amber Hamilton. “This specific PILT payment is figured into the general fund and is used to offset the operational expenses for the county […]

To do list — July 2

Saturday • Fourth of July celebration — Sundown, behind Greyhound Arena. Information: 575-356-8541. Monday • Games and activities — 10:30 a.m. for K through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Tuesday • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012. • Comic crafts — 10:30 a.m., ‘melted suncatchers’ for […]

Williamson: Dora sporting new rodeo champs

June was a good month for a couple of young ropers with strong ties (no pun intended) to Dora. Hayden Powell, a rising eighth-grader at Dora Consolidated Schools, is sporting a shiny new buckle to mark his ninth-place finish in breakaway roping at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa. Joshua Walker, […]

Locals give outpour of support

Staff Photo: Anna George

Portales business owner Danna Thompson prepares cakes for an online bake sale to support the Saiz family. Daniel Saiz was diagnosed with colon cancer.

By Anna George Staff Writer When Eastern New Mexico University employee Daniel Saiz was first diagnosed with cancer, he was devastated. But that devastation soon gave way to hope and optimism. “I cried, but then I just stopped and said, ‘I don’t have to understand why. God will take care of me,’” Daniel Saiz […]

Ingle: Government sponsored health care is not good

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER New Mexico Sen. Stuart Ingle was not surprised after receiving word that the U.S. Supreme Court’s made the decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) last Thursday. The court ruled in favor of continuing to provide tax credits for low income citizens who sign up for health care […]

Fireworks stands thriving

Staff photo: Shaun Banther

Fireworks stand owners Debra Myers, right, and Kenneth Myers, left, talk to acquaintances Donna Gilchrest and Michael Gilchrest about the fireworks business and their church.

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer Changes in weather have led to a boom in fireworks sales this year for local stand owners. “This year, with the rain, we’ve seen an increase in sales compared to a few years back when it was drier,” Eric Segovia said. “We’ve seen about a 30 percent increase in […]

Times have changed for Portales

Many of the long, hot, summer days of my childhood in Portales were not so much about north vs. south as much as they were about north meets south. Our childhood home was on North Avenue B, considered the barrio or, as we residents ourselves call it, “Taco Town.” My Grandma Emma happened to live […]

Tiempos han cambiado en Portales

Muchos de los largos y calurosos días de verano de mi infancia en Portales, no se sentía como si vinieran un frente fresco de Norte a Sur, sino mas bien como si se encontraran el Norte con el Sur. Nuestra casa estaba por la Avenida Norte B o en el barrio como lo llamábamos nosotros, […]

Supreme court ruling doesn’t make gay marriage right

So — according to a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court, homosexual marriage is Constitutional. That may be, but it doesn’t make it right (and God disagrees), nor does it mean most Americans support it (and we do not) or that all states have to endorse it. The Supreme Court justices can only say it […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 1:37 a.m.: Harassment, 1000 block of North Main Avenue. • 9:46 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1400 block of South Avenue F. • 12:45 p.m.: Breaking and entering, 700 block of East Third Street. • […]

Pipelines work continues

STAFF REPORT TLC Plumbing and Utility continues to progress on the pipeline through Portales. Next week, crews will be working: • on Juniper, Avenue A and West Kaywood. • on 18th Street from Avenue I to Avenue O. Residents should follow traffic control in the project areas. For more information, call 505-761-9696.

Pages Past

July 1 On this date … 1991: Eastern New Mexico University-Clovis officially separated from ENMU-Portales to become Clovis Community College. 1942: Floyd Golden was named the second president of Eastern New Mexico College. He kept the job until 1960. No one has been president of the Portales university longer, before or since. 1908: Fire wiped […]


Granted, we’ll miss him … Radio personality (and newspaper columnist) Grant McGee is leaving town. He announced on his Facebook page Tuesday he and the “Lady of the House” are moving to Florida, where she has family. They’ll be around until July 31. Garage sale hosts from Muleshoe to Fort Sumner are among those mourning […]

To Do List

Saturday • Fourth of July celebration — Sundown, behind Greyhound Arena. Information: 575-356-8541. Ongoing • “Comancheria” casting call — Looking for a lot more people, especially people with the right kind of cars — not white, black or red. If you would like to work in scenes with Jeff Bridges, please send a photo of […]

Prospective rodeo queens learn skillsets

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero

Roosevelt County Fair Queen contestants Rachel Valentine, right, and Tanessa Watson, center, listen to 2008 Miss Rodeo New Mexico RaeLynn Stuart as she gives horsemanship and posture tips during Sunday morning’s horsemanship and interview clinic at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER With horses and hats in hand, rodeo queen hopefuls took to the outdoor arena at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Sunday to hone the skills they need to win the 2015 Miss Roosevelt County Fair Queen title. Sunday’s horsemanship and interview clinic, organized by Lisa Hale, featured instruction and tips […]