Study: New Mexico 11th best for military retirement

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER New Mexico is the 11th best state for military personnel to retire, according to a recent study. In recognition of May being Military Appreciation month, and to help ease the burden of retirement planning for the nation’s military community, WalletHub, a personal finance social network, conducted an in-depth analysis […]

Water authority talks Ute project in Washington D.C.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has grown beyond being under the wing of municipal government and is now on its way to being its own independent entity, according the Chairman Gayla Brumfield and other members of the ENMWUA board. With the first step of hiring its own […]

Star search: Finally got a star sighting

Actor Chris Pine walks out of Western Bank, transformed into the fictional Texas Midlands Bank, on Thursday during filming of “Comancheria” on Pile Street in Clovis.

The latest filming of “Comancheria” took place on Thursday at the Western Bank in downtown Clovis. The bank was transformed into the fictional Texas Midlands Bank of west Texas. On my way to work Thursday, the roads were blocked off a few blocks from the office, between Seventh and 11th streets. At first, I was […]

Ex sports pro coaches football in Phoenix


Conrad Hamilton sandwiched his college education around a pro football career that lasted six seasons before it was cut short by a knee injury. A two-time all-American defensive back at Eastern New Mexico University, the New York Giants drafted Hamilton in the seventh round in 1996. The Alamogordo High product realized early that playing in […]

Brown: There’s a big difference between other’s work clothes and mine

Down on the farm There’s an interesting expectation, among those who don’t work in the dirt for a living, that everyday clothes are relatively nice and clean. I remember when I finally noticed the glaring difference in unstated expectations regarding what it means to be “work clothes.” To me, work clothes are the bottom of […]

Pages past — May 29

On this date … 1975: Benny Binion had announced he would not be bringing his popular stage coach from Las Vegas, Nevada, to participate in this year’s Pioneer Days Parade in Clovis. But Chamber of Commerce officials said 64 entries had been signed up, including the Owens Country Sausage shetland horses, New Mexico Miss Rodeo […]

To do list — May 29

Today • Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta dinner and variety show — 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Clovis. Adult plates $8 and children’s plates $4. • Asleep at the Wheel — 5:15 p.m. Dawg House, 1013 W. Second St., Portales. Information: • Second Annual Bit of Broadway Dinner Cabaret — Dinner […]

Roosevelt County on tornado watch

STAFF REPORT The National Weather Service of Albuquerque has issued a tornado watch in Roosevelt, Chaves and Eddy counties until 7 p.m. today. The NWS website said showers and thunderstorms are likely, and some of the storms could be severe. A south wind around 15 mph is expected with a 60 percent chance of precipitation. […]

New Mexico Boys’ State at ENMU

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Isaiah Thomas, right, and Kevin George start their career as Boys’ State Supreme Court Justices on Wednesday. Boys’ State teaches rising seniors in high school how government in their state works.

By Anna George Staff Writer New Mexico Boys’ State is occurring at Eastern New Mexico University this week. Boys’ State is a national program dedicated to teaching incoming high school seniors the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and how national, state, county, and city governments work in their particular area. The students are first […]

Kids’ College back for summer

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ENMU Kids College kicks off Monday with local children having the opportunity to interact with other kids in sports, art, swimming and more.

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University is getting ready to bring back another summer of fun and activities with their annual program, Kids’ College. Ciara Gilliland, coordinator for Kids’ College, said the goal is to give children in the community a fun, safe place where they can learn throughout the summer without actually feeling like […]

Celebration of the summer season

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Chardonnay, left, and Nevaeha Brown play basketball while waiting for their lunch from the La Casa lunch program.

By Anna George Staff Writer Classes let out for summer vacation Thursday and Portales students are gearing up for their days off. Keagen Chambers, 10, is very excited to spend his summer visiting various water parks, he said. His family will be going to both Oklahoma and Albuquerque to celebrate the summer season. Despite […]

Williamson: Reunion already interesting and hasn’t even started yet

Invitations have gone out to the 1,209 known alumni and staff members from Causey, Dora, Lingo and Rogers schools for the all-school reunion, which will be held July 11 in Dora. Somehow I inherited the task of shuffling the address list for this event, but I have to say in hindsight, it has been fascinating. […]

To do list — May 28

Today • ENMWUA meeting — 10 a.m., Yam Theater. • Portales city council — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building Council Chambers. Friday • Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta dinner and variety show — 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Clovis. Adult plates $8 and children’s plates $4. • Asleep at the Wheel — 5:15 […]

Pages past — May 28

On this date … 1970: Eastern New Mexico University was preparing to host its 23rd annual Sunshine Music Camp with several hundred junior and senior high school students expected to attend. Instruction was to be provided in dance band, orchestra, concert choir, music theory and more, officials said. Guest instructors for the 10-day camp were […]

Cannon breaks ground on new medical clinic

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Col. Ben Maitre, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, has a conversation with Meredith Bender and Dave Wagner of JE Dunn Construction prior to the Tuesday afternoon groundbreaking ceremony for the new medical clinic. Bender worked for 40 years and was present for the 1968 groundbreaking of the current facility, which will be replaced in 2018 by  the $53 million facility.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR With seven shovels — six silver, one gold — pointed into the earth, people associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s past, present and future in medical care dug into the future site of the new Cannon Medical Clinic. A groundbreaking was held Tuesday afternoon for the $53 million project, headed up […]

Library summer reading program launches Monday

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Tawna Luscombe, children’s librarian at the Portales Public Library, sets up for the Summer Reading Program. The program begins Monday.

By Anna George Staff Writer The Portales Public Library’s Summer Reading Programs themed “Every Hero Has a Story” launches Monday. The program features reading incentives for both young adults and children as well as activities every day. The reading incentive programs must be registered for but the everyday events are open to the public […]


New chair … • Portales native and Clovis Civic Center General Manager Misty Bertrand is the new Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) chairperson for United Way of Eastern New Mexico. The organization helps support UWENM with donations. Bertrand wants WIN to take a larger role in UWENM’s Successful You Career Closet, which provides interview outfits and […]

Nurse manager likes making difference


Editor’s note: This is one in a series of interviews with public service personnel. Name: Carol Morgan Title: Nurse manager What does your job entail? We provide services in the community around family planning, immunizations, sexually transmitted disease exams, epidemiology and we follow up on things that are easily transmitted. How long have you been […]

Simple fun was the best summer fun

Summer vacation has officially begun for me, and so I find myself thinking about my childhood summers. They were the bomb. Not because we had money and went to Disneyland or The Grand Canyon. Most of our summer fun was free. What kind of fun in the sun can you have for free? We didn’t […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 9:50 a.m.: Theft, 600 block of West Second Street. • 10:11 a.m.: Theft, 1500 block of North Main Avenue. • 1:30 p.m.: Shots fired, 1100 block of North Avenue A. • 1:36 p.m.: […]