After-school program gets rate hike

By Anna George Staff Writer In a 4-2 vote on Tuesday, the city council approved tripling the rates for the Portales Recreation Center after-school program. The program, which caters to somewhere between 70 and 90 children, will go from costing $50 per semester per child to $150, according to Portales City Manager Sammy Standefer. […]

Budget approved by city council

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Discussions about the city’s budget for the current fiscal year were business as usual Tuesday night with the exception of one topic. After the public hearing at Tuesday night’s city council meeting in which Finance Director Marilyn Rapp gave a presentation on the final budget for the 2016 fiscal […]

Stretch of NM 88 to be repaved

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
New Mexico Department of Transportation Maintainer Matthew Askew spreads materials on the road Tuesday afternoon while working on New Mexico 88. Residents on the highway complained about the condition of the road.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Complaints from residents living off New Mexico 88 near Arch have inspired the New Mexico Department of Transportation to repave a mile-long stretch of the road. But despite the department taking action, residents living off the highway don’t have a lot of hope the new road will last. “I […]

Editor’s notebook — July 30

Today is a good day to remember Lane Frost, a champion bull rider with regional ties, who died on this date in 1989. Frost, 25, was competing in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming. He’d just ridden a bull named “Takin’ Care of Business,” when the bull attacked him, hitting him in the side […]

Williamson: It’s county fair time again

Fair season is upon us. I’m not talking about the weather — although sometimes it cooperates. I’m talking about the Curry County Fair, set to kick off on Aug. 11 in Clovis, and the Roosevelt County Fair, which opens its gates in Portales on Aug. 18. I love county fairs … the people, the animals, […]

Pages past — July 30

On this date … 1975: Clovis Police Chief Nelson Worley had issued a list of “self-protection tips for women.” The 27 tips included: • Install a peep hole in the door. • Replace locks when moving to a new home. • Draw shades after dark and never dress in front of windows. • Stay near […]

To do list — July 30

Today • Roosevelt County Commission special meeting — 9 a.m. Commission Room in Roosevelt County Courthouse. Information: 575-356-5307 • Child Find program — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. free preschool screening clinic at Grady school. Information: Debbie Richardson at 575-357-2192 Sunday • PMAC scramble — Noon-7 p.m. Golf scramble teams up two military members with two civilians […]

Consumer science teacher making a difference in lives

Christine Hightower

Editor’s note: The following is one in a new series profiling new teachers for Roosevelt County school districts. Come the 2015-16 school year, Christine Hightower will be the new family and consumer science teacher at Portales Junior High School. She will be helping the seventh- and eighth-graders discover their interests and future career goals by […]

Local water testing gets mixed results

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER An annual Portales water report was released last week to reveal Portales water is safe to drink, but residents may want to keep it away from small children. The 2014 Portales Water System Drinking Water Quality Report also highlighted that Portales residents may soon see a waste water treatment […]

KENW casts eye on art culture

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Paul Hunton, left, creator of “24 Frames,” and Drew Merritt, a Clovis artist, speak on a live episode of “24 frames.” Merritt was featured in an early episode of the show aired on KENW.

STAFF REPORT Portales native Paul Hunton wanted to use his art form to recognize the culture, music and art of the southwest, and he has done just that with the show “24 Frames,” which just began airing on local television station KENW. “24 Frames,” created, produced and directed by Hunton, is a 30-minute show of […]

Notebook — July 29

Taking a poll … With the National Football League teams reporting to training camp this week, it seems a good time to take a poll: Who’s your favorite NFL team? Before Tom Landry got fired in 1989, when Walt Garrison and Bob Lilly and Dan Reeves were routine visitors around eastern New Mexico, the region […]

Rodriguez: Paper dolls brought hours of fun

As a child, I remember walking with my sister, Becky, to the old North Main Grocery, a mom and pop store in north Portales, to buy candy. But what I really longed for was a book of cute paper doll cutouts. My eyes were set on a book of cheerful characters with bright colored outfits. […]

Rodriguez: Muñecas de papel trajeron horas de divertido

Como un niño, recuerdo que caminando con mi hermana, Becky, ala vieja tienda de comida del norte Main, una mamá y papa tienda norte de Portales, a comprar caramelos. Pero lo realmente ansiaba era un libro lindo de muñeca de papel. Mis ojos fueron fijados en un libro de alegres personajes con trajes de colores […]

ENMU board approves increase for cost of stadium

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regent members approved revising the budget for the new football stadium at their Monday meeting. Regents had originally approved a budget of $12 million for the construction of the new facility, which increased to $13.5 million later. Officials said in order to construct a new facility with […]

Pages past — July 29

On this date … 1975: Charles Higdon, the band instructor at Marshall Junior High in Clovis, was among coaches for a summer band camp. Young musicians participating included sixth-graders Jackie Holt, Kenda Sue Dickenson and Cindy McDaniel. 1965: Heavy rains had pounded the region in recent days. The Otho Smith farm in Quay County recorded […]

To do list — July 29

Thursday • Roosevelt County Commission special meeting — 9 a.m. Commission Room in Roosevelt County Courthouse. Information: 575-356-5307 • Child Find program — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. free preschool screening clinic at Grady school. Information: Debbie Richardson at 575-357-2192 Sunday • PMAC scramble — Noon-7 p.m. Golf scramble teams up two military members with two civilians […]

Local walking trail receives clean up

Courtesy photo: Veda Urioste

Dora football team members assist in cleaning up the walking trail Friday in Portales.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER City of Portales officials and volunteers used a $7,000 grant to clean up the Portales walking trail last week. The New Mexico Clean and Beautiful Tourism Department awards grants to communities each year to work on improving and keeping communities clean. Clean and Beautiful Coordinator Veda Urioste said the […]

Leadership program kicks off again

Courtesy photo: Karl Terry

Veronica Cordova works on a challenge exercise as part of Portales Leadership at the ropes course at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell in September 2014. The teamwork retreat in Roswell will be the first event for Portales Leadership this year.

By Anna George Staff Writer The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s Portales Leadership group is preparing for their second year after what participants call a wildly successful first run. Portales Leadership is a class that teaches 20 business professionals about Portales, being a leader and the inner workings of a small community. Karl Terry, […]

The goodness is overwhelming

Life takes us down paths we never want to travel, throwing medical terms at us we don’t want to learn. This has been a hard month to endure. My darling 2-year-old cousin Eliza became very ill in June. She was diagnosed with HUS — Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. Following a life flight to Cook Children’s Medical […]

Pages Past

July 28 On this date … 1975: A San Jon couple had been killed when an explosion rocked their home the day before. Erman and Thelma Waller, both 67, died. They’d lived in the area since 1937. Officials said a leaky butane line caused the explosion, which was so forceful it forced the home’s floors […]