To do list — July 28

Today • Right to Life chapter meeting — 7:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Chapter president visiting. Everyone welcome. Bring a guest. Information: 575-714-0455 • Portales Rams volleyball camp — 9a.m.-noon for grades 1-5. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. for grades 6-8. At Portales High School. Fee: $25. Information: 601-392-1362 Ongoing • Open tennis courts — 6 […]

Williamson: Nothing like watermelon on a hot day

Watermelon is a favorite food at our house. Though we live in a time when fairly passable watermelons are available year-round, when I was growing up these cool, crisp, refreshing gourds were a summer-time-only treat and one which was highly anticipated. After my grandparents came to eastern New Mexico in 1915, watermelons were one of […]

ENMU briefs — July 28

A taste of diversity Betty Dominguez Maldonado is an international student from Chiapas, Mexico, studying English Language Teaching at Eastern New Mexico University. This is not the first time that Ms. Maldonado decided to study abroad. She went to an English school in Montreal, Canada, six years ago when she was 15. Maldonado said her […]

Pages past — July 28

On this date … 1976: Clovis had scheduled its first school for DWI offenders. The eight-hour session was to be held at the Clovis Chamber of Commerce. A recent law allowed, but did not require, judges who invoke DWI penalties to consider the class as part of sentencing. Officials expected 15 to 18 people would […]

‘Hell or High Water’ makes debut

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By Anna George Staff Writer LUBBOCK — Chris Pine said he was proud of the work and awestruck by Jeff Bridges. Bridges said he just loves telling stories, especially when they’re about Texas. “Hell or High Water” came to the big screen Monday night in the form of a pre-screening at Alamo Drafthouses across […]

Review: Eastern New Mexico captured perfectly in film

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‘Hell or High Water,’ a classic Western film, is about two Texans whose ranch is in foreclosure.

By Anna George Staff Writer LUBBOCK — Though Portales and Clovis were only featured in about 50 percent of the scenes in “Hell or High Water,” I recognized every second of this movie. Whether it was the small-town attitude among the sparky minor characters, the vapes used by cowboys in restaurants or the excessive […]

Distemper confirmed in local dogs

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Local veterinarians are warning pet owners to get their pets vaccinated for distemper after a Portales vet saw two cases of the virus last week. “If you do get a puppy or any dog that hasn’t been vaccinated get them vaccinated,” said Caprock Veterinary Clinic owner Dr. Kathryn Bartlett. […]

Road construction — July 27

STAFF REPORT The city of Portales Street Department will be conducting road work on East Second Street from Chicago to Globe Aug. 1-19, according to a Portales public service announcement. This section of Second Street will be closed to through traffic. City officials are asking drivers to use caution while traveling near the project area. […]

To do list — July 27

Today • Portales Rams volleyball camp — 9a.m.-noon for grades 1-5. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. for grades 6-8. At Portales High School. Fee: $25. Information: 601-392-1362 Thursday • Right to Life chapter meeting — 7:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Chapter president visiting. Everyone welcome. Bring a guest. Information: 575-714-0455 • Portales Rams volleyball camp — […]

Pages past — July 27

On this date … 1976: The Federal Power Commission nearly tripled the amount producers were allowed to charge for natural gas. The action meant consumers could expect to see their bills increase an average of $15.60 per year. 1971: A researcher with the Environmental Improvement Agency in Santa Fe was studying mosquito breeding habits — […]

Guns in county vehicles tabled again

Editor’s note: This story has been altered from its original version to offer clarification on certain statements made by county officials regarding concealed carry laws. By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Roosevelt County Commissioners have once again tabled a resolution to a policy that would allow Roosevelt County employees to carry handguns in county vehicles. […]

Residents comment on city projects

STAFF REPORT The Portales community was invited Monday to comment on a list of high priority projects which will allow the city to receive funding for future infrastructure improvements. The Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan is a five-year plan used as a tool to plan for the growth of the community, according to City Clerk Joan […]

Amateur historian teaches Civil War lessons

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Paul Fischell, left, gives all the extra baggage a Civil War soldier would carry to Paul Acosta, 13, Saturday as part of his demonstration on bivouacking (camping) during the war between the states.

By Anna George Staff Writer       Paul Fischell put on his Union soldier uniform, picked up his musket and supplies and began to “bivouac” Saturday at Oasis State Park. Fischell, an amateur historian from Fort Sumner, went over the daily routines, materials soldier’s carried and the reality of a Civil War battlefield during his Civil […]

Portales schools feel Brexit effects

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER With the United Kingdom recently voting to leave the European Union, Portales schools have already felt some residual effects. Brexit, a combination of the words “Britain” and “exit,” became a reality after it was voted on 52 percent to 48 percent in a June referendum, according to an article […]

Pages past — July 26

On this date … 1976: Ronald Reagan announced Sen. Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania would be his running mate if he won the Republican presidential nomination. Reagan lost the nomination to Gerald Ford, but became president in 1980, selecting George H. W. Bush as his running mate. Schweiker, who said he was surprised to be named […]

Area businesses to reach out for interns

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Area businesses are taking their first steps in reaching out to Eastern New Mexico University students about internship opportunities following a presentation at last week’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. At the luncheon, ENMU Assistant Professor of Economics Jean-Marc Gandonou told local business leaders that university students are […]

Sunday fire contained in two hours

Staff report A 100-acre fire between Clovis and Portales took two hours to contain on Sunday, according to Clovis Fire Chief Mike Nolen. Nolen said the fire started sometime between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon around U.S. 70 and Curry Road 3. The Portales and Texico fire departments assisted with the blaze. Nolen […]

Police blotter — July 26

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff. Friday • 10:26 a.m.: Shots fired, 500 block Country Club Estates • 10:54 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, West First Street/North Avenue A, report taken • 12:41 p.m.: Verbal domestic, 800 block East First Street • 1:55 p.m.: […]

To do list — July 26

Today • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. in commission room at county courthouse. Information: 575-356-5307 • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 • Portales Rams volleyball camp — 9a.m.-noon for grades 1-5. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. for grades 6-8. At Portales High […]

Report: Violent crimes up

Staff Report According to the recently released 2015 annual Portales Police Department report, violent crimes — such as rape, robbery, and criminal damage — were showing higher numbers than in years past. According to Police Chief Pat Gallegos, the higher numbers for rape, which jumped from eight in 2014 to 11 in 2015, reflect a […]