Patients can be a pain

By Grant McGee Local columnist The time of surgery had come and gone. I was amazed at how good I felt after I had been sliced and diced and cut on. “I was worried about pain and movement and stuff,” I said to The Lady of the House as she sat beside me. “Oh, I’m […]

Sheep among most optimistic of animal species

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist They see trouble looming where there is none and can’t ever seem to imagine a scenario resolving with a good outcome. These little black rain clouds — otherwise known as pessimists — are ever watchful, ever skeptical and perpetually poised for the worst. This approach to the world is something […]

A bull rider’s best friend

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Tony Alarcon, a bullfighter from El Paso, Texas, prepares for the chute to open during the bull riding event Friday afternoon at the ENMU’s College “Daze” Rodeo in Portales.

By Joshua Lucero Don’t call them clowns. There’s not a lot of comedy in trying to protect a rodeo cowboy from an angry, 2,000-pound bull. Tony Alarcon, 21, and Dakota Ebare, 23, are professional bullfighters. They take their jobs seriously. “I’ve got two broken ribs, but I can’t sit out because I’m hurt,” Alarcon, […]

Corona charged in melee, court records show

By Robin Fornoff The man who accused a Clovis police officer of using excessive force in August was arrested Thursday after chasing two men with a screwdriver in a child-custody dispute, court records show. Jorge Corona, 26, is accused of chasing Greg Loya, 24, and Loya’s stepfather Sergio Berumen-Franco, 36, with a 10-inch Phillips […]

Pages Past — Sept. 20

On this date … 1960: James Halsell, president, Darwin McLeod, vice president, and Betty Westberry, secretary, were among new officers elected for Texico High School. Seniors had also selected their colors (metallic blue) and flower (white rose). 1955: Eastern New Mexico University was looking for musicians to join its community orchestra. Director C.M. Stookey said rehearsals were […]

Renovation end date set

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Jay Espindola, project manager from Williamson Renovations, shows Roosevelt County staff and commissioners the preliminary schedule for construction. Espinosa said the end date for the project, including getting the portables out of the parking lot, will be June 17.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer The Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning renovation at the Roosevelt County Courthouse will be done by June 17, according to a preliminary schedule by Williamson Renovations, including the moving of the portables. Williamson Reno-vations’ Jay Espindola, project manager, gave an update on Thursday in front of Roosevelt County employees […]

City manager resigns

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER Portales City Manager Doug Redmond announced his resignation on Thursday, saying it’s connected to an economic development venture in the private sector. Redmond had been Portales city manager since July 2013 and was Roosevelt County’s economic development director for about a year before that. “It’s something I’ve been contemplating […]

Meetings watch — Sept. 19

Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority met Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales. Presentations included: • Gayla Brumfield, chairperson, reported the board has received several resumes for the ENMWUA’s position of executive director and has chosen three candidates. The board has interviewed the three over the phone […]

Homecoming bonfire cancelled

Staff report One downside to rain — it tends to dampen outdoor activities. Portales High School’s homecoming bonfire was canceled Thursday night because of the rain, but spirit week activities were still celebrated at the school. The pep rally is still set for 2:25 p.m. today at the gym, which will introduce the homecoming court. […]

No cat more interesting than the new ol’ lady

By Audra Brown Local columnist When you’re dealing with large livestock, heavy equipment, and never enough manpower, excitement can get pretty exciting on the farm. But, sometimes all it takes is a new barn cat. I realize the term “barn cat” is a little redundant, seeing as how that’s where cats are supposed to be, […]

All this for a cookie

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Earlier this week, 16 of the nation’s leading food and beverage companies reported they sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the United States in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to the findings of an independent evaluation funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The companies, acting together as […]

To do list — Sept. 19

Today College “Daze” Rodeo — 7 p.m. at Lewis Cooper Arena. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 10 and under, free for Eastern New Mexico University students. Saturday Blood Drive — 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Portales Walmart parking lot. For an appointment, log onto or call 800-333-6920. Walk-ins are welcome. Information: […]

Name defines who I am

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist My first night of boot camp made an indelible impression on me for many reasons. But the moment I vividly remember was when my drill sergeant, a tiny man no taller than 5-foot-2-inches, said my name during roll call. When he got to the last names starting with the letter “D,” […]

Police blotter — Sept. 19

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 12:04 a.m.: Burglary, 1000 block of West 18th Street. • 3:58 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1800 block of South Roosevelt Road 7. • 6:53 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1200 block of North Abilene Avenue. • 8:30 […]

Rain on the way

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Portales can expect up to 3 inches of rain over the next 48 hours, National Weather Service officials said on Wednesday night.

Staff report The National Weather Service is warning New Mexico to watch out for flash flooding. But Roosevelt County is mostly just looking to enjoy the rain. “We need this rain and I’m glad we’re getting it, especially with the drought we’ve been under for the last few years,” Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger said […]

New county manager named

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Amber Hamilton, a Roosevelt County native, has been named its new county manager. County Commission Chairman Kendell Buzard said commissioners offered the job to Hamilton on Wednesday and she accepted. “I want to serve the community in a broader way than I have and I’m excited for this new […]

To do list — Sept. 18

Today Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 10 a.m., Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Avast, Me Hearties! Information: 575-356-3940 Josh Sullivan performance — 7 p.m., Yam Theatre. Admission is $5 at the door. This is part of the Yam Music Series. Information: 575-607-9261 College […]

Portales knows all about being neighborly

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Good neighbors aren’t necessarily good mathematicians. You do the numbers. Hestands Floral in Portales participated in last week’s “Good Neighbor Day,” an event sponsored by FTD florists across the United States. Here’s how it works: Individuals who come to a participating flower shop receive a dozen roses, one to keep […]

Sporting new kicks

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Portales Police Detective Charlie Smart hands out new shoes to brothers on Sept. 8.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Charlie Smart says Portales police are here to serve and protect. “And helping the community is part of the serving,” the police detective said. That’s why Smart has started “A Walk in Their Shoes,” which provides shoes to Portales school students in need of new footwear. The money for […]

Making a plan

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday passed a resolution to support a plan they hope will help preserve the Ogallala aquifer. Clovis Mayor David Lansford presented measures Clovis plans to adopt to keep the region’s only drinking water supply viable — financial incentives for farmers to switch from irrigation to […]