Oktoberfest returns to square

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Oktoberfest is returning to downtown Portales with beer, food, music and a fun time for the community to get together, according to organizers. Jo Winchester with Portales MainStreet is hosting the annual event, which will be held from 3-9 p.m. Saturday on Main Street and the town square with […]

PHS band to compete Saturday

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
The Portales High School Marching Band practices Thursday morning for the 39th Annual Zia Marching Band Fiesta Saturday in Albuquerque. According to Band Director Jennifer Johnson, the band will compete against 30 other marching bands from across New Mexico and Texas.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The Portales High School marching band will be competing Saturday in Albuquerque with 30 other high school bands to showcase their work and push themselves toward higher achievements, according to students. The 39th Annual Zia Marching Band Fiesta at the University of New Mexico’s University Stadium will feature 30 […]

Melrose school holds first mock presidential debate

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Melrose senior Reagan Carthel of the Stars and Stripes party gives her viewpoints on gun control, taxes, national defense, race and immigration at a mock debate Thursday at Melrose High School.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Melrose students have spoken: Reagan for president. Reagan Carthel, that is. In an effort to teach middle and high school students about politics, Melrose School faculty came up with the idea to hold the school’s first mock presidential debate and election on Thursday. Carthel and fellow senior Ethan Wright […]

Brown: Remember to bring snacks

Ever get a case of the munchies? Find yourself a few calories short in the long wait between regularly scheduled meals? No problem, right? Just bop down to the convenience store, the snack machine, or the nearest refrigerator. But what if you’re on the tractor in the middle of a farm, miles from the nearest […]

To do list — Oct. 28

Today • Halloween party — 3:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. Wear your costume. Information: 575-356-3940 Saturday • Toss No Mas trash cleanup — 9 a.m. start at Memorial Building. Pre-register to get trash bags, T-shirts. Information: 575-356-6662 • 16th annual atlatl competition — 10 a.m. with gates open and practice at 9 a.m. […]

Senior profile: Native son retires in Portales

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Specialist Dennis Darrow has lunch Thursday afternoon at the Portales Senior Center. Darrow has lived in Portales since 1962, when he and his wife Joyce moved from Las Cruces.

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series profiling local senior citizens. STAFF REPORT Born in Las Cruces in 1936, Specialist Dennis Darrow has called Portales his home since 1962. The move from Las Cruces to Portales happened because his wife, Joyce, wanted to move back home to Roosevelt County. But before Dennis and […]

Letters to the editor — Oct. 28

No such thing as a ‘good Christian’ Regarding Wendel Sloan’s column in Sunday’s paper: I think most of what he said is true. I don’t know about jerks or sociopaths, but I know a lot of Texans and not one of them think they are superior to anyone. There is no such thing as a […]

Halloween events

The following are events being held in conjunction with Halloween this weekend in the Clovis and Portales area. Friday • Portales community safe trick-or-treat: 3-6 p.m. on the Portales town square. • Portales First Baptist Church will be selling Chik-fil-A items from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to raise funds for mission work next summer. […]

Police blotter — Oct. 27

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Monday • 11:20 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident with injuries, Mile Marker 17 of New Mexico 236, report taken • 1:15 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 200 block North Avenue S • 1:35 p.m.: Fire/regular response, location unknown • 3:43 p.m.: Ambulance […]

Portales schools to be re-accredited

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com After months of self-evaluation and a visit from accreditors, Portales Municipal Schools has been recommended for re-accreditation for the next five years. George Griffin, lead evaluator for AdvancED Accredited, presented accreditation results to board members Wednesday afternoon during a school board special meeting. “We’ve been working on this accreditation […]

Student, faculty film has something for everyone

Staff photos: Kurt Munz-Raper

Jon Barr, assistant professor of Digital Filmmaking at Eastern New Mexico University, introduces his short film “Orgullo” at the University Theatre Center Tuesday night. The work was a collaboration between Barr, alumni and students.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com A collaboration of Eastern New Mexico University faculty, alumni and student artwork was met with a full house Tuesday night. A screening was held for the short film “Orgullo” Tuesday evening at ENMU’s University Theatre Center. The film’s director, Assistant Professor of Digital Filmmaking Jon Barr, said he was […]

Student of the week: Student tries to work hard


Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local students each week. Jude Urioste, 13, an eighth grade student at Portales Junior High School, enjoys participating in a subject that students typically find challenging. “I like to do math and stuff. A lot of people don’t really like it, but it makes me feel […]

Educator of the week: Teacher motivated by her students


Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local educators each week. STAFF REPORT With 14 years under her belt as a teacher in Portales Municipal Schools, Becky Duran stays motivated with help from her students. A fourth grade dual-language teacher — she teaches half the day in English, and the other half in […]

Dora schools news — Oct. 27

Football • Saturday — Varsity will play against Ramah at Moriarty, 2 p.m. Volleyball • Today — Junior High, Junior Varsity & Varsity teams play at Fort Sumner, 4:30 p.m. Dora BPA chapter participates in officer retreat The New Mexico CORE Training for Career and Technical Student Organizations, held at the Hotel Albuquerque, took place […]

Williamson: Elida story told in epic style

I have a couple of bookshelves in my house devoted to local and regional history books, but the one book that never needs dusting (and believe me, almost everything in my house could use a good dusting) is a hefty volume with a striking purple cover and “ELIDA” embossed in silver on the spine. The […]

2016 election ballot and dates

The following will appear on the 2016 general election ballot in Roosevelt County: President of the United States • Donald J. Trump, R, with Vice President Michael R. Pence • Hillary Rodham Clinton, D, with Vice President Timothy Michael Kaine • Cloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation, with Vice President Dennis Banks • […]

Pages Past — Oct. 27

On this date … Oct. 27 1976: An Albuquerque man’s funeral was marred by a fight after a deputy sheriff attempted to arrest the dead man’s brother at the service, The Associated Press reported. The deputy attempted to serve a search warrant on the brother, who was charged with possession of heroin, petty larceny and […]

ENMU briefs — Oct. 27

ENMU grad in Taos Clay Studio residency Back-dropped by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and rich culture, many artists and craftsmen flock to Taos to create and show their work. Last September, Eastern New Mexico University visual arts graduate Erica Hopper began a two-year residency at the Taos Clay Studio. After graduating in 2014, Hopper […]

Weekend Halloween events

The following are events being held in conjunction with Halloween this weekend in the Clovis and Portales area. Today • The Sigma Chi Fraternity is hosting their annual Haunted House at 8 p.m. to midnight at 600 W. First Street. $3 admission for ENMU Students, $5 for non-students. Friday • Portales community safe trick-or-treat: 3-6 […]

To Do List — Oct. 27

Today • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. Activity: Day of the Dead. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool storytime — 6:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Halloweenies. Wear your costume. Information: 575-356-3940 Friday • Halloween party — 3:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. Wear your costume. Information: 575-356-3940 Saturday • […]