School news — April 28

ENMU Reception to be held to honor retiring faculty The 2015-16 ENMU retirees will be honored Wednesday on the university campus. The honorees include Mo Ahmadian; Larry Bittick; Nina Bjornsson; Fred Cordova; Debra Crozier; Jeff Geiser; Frances Gonzales; Phillip Million; George Ochoa; Orlando Ortega; Barbara Palantone; Nancy Peterson; Kathleen Pittman; Judy Privett; Gene Salaz; Rick […]

Cannon Appreciation Day returns

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The Cannon Appreciation Day event starts Saturday at 3 p.m. 
near ENMU’s Tau Alpha fraternity house north of Greyhound Arena.

STAFF REPORT Saturday will see the return of Cannon Appreciation Day in Portales. According to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry, the event is a day in which military personnel from Cannon Air Force Base can “relax with their friends and get to know Portales better,” and community members can “let them […]

Fire victims still in hospital care

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
A 50-year-old Portales man remains in serious condition after his family’s home burned on April 17 in the 1600 block of New Mexico 236.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor A 50-year-old Portales man remains in a Lubbock hospital in serious condition after his home burned down on the north side of Portales. Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said Portales firefighters responded to a house fire in the 600 block of New Mexico 236 at 2:58 a.m. on April […]

Senior profiles — April 27


Portales High School Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of profiles about graduating high school seniors. Name: Mireya Lopez What advice would you give someone who is going to be a high school freshman next year? Stay focused. Don’t slack. What was the most rewarding thing about high school for you? I […]

Pages past — April 27

On this date … 1976: Authorities were investigating a series of attacks against ducks at Hillcrest Park Lake in Clovis. Dr. Jack Murphy, a veterinarian, was treating a duck that had been stoned and suffered cuts on its back. Murphy said two ducks were killed in the violence, including one that had its neck wrung. […]

To do list — April 27

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Hoping for Rain. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Game: Kinect Sport Heroes. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Preschool story time — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Hoping for Rain. Information: 575-356-3940 […]

Local briefs — April 27

ENMU communication staff receive awards Members of Eastern New Mexico University’s Communication Services received awards recently for their work in media publications. Desiree M. Cooper, new media coordinator at ENMU, received her third consecutive Doris Gregory Scholarship, worth $750, at the New Mexico Press Women (NMPW) State Conference at the Bosque Retreat last weekend in […]

Board apologizes for meetings act violation

Staff report Portales School Board members on Monday apologized for violating the New Mexico Open Meetings Act. While in executive session at an April 12 school board meeting, school board members said they voted on which students in the district would receive the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education Scholarship and the DuPuy Scholarship. The […]

Senior profiles: Portales High School

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles about local graduating high school seniors. Portales High School Jonathan Montiel What makes you excited to graduate and what makes you nervous? What makes me excited to graduate is my future plans, going to play football in Plainview for Wayland Baptist University. I’m still a […]

School board passes tight budget

Staff report There’s not a lot of “wiggle room” in the 2016-17 school year budget for Portales schools, according to Portales Municipal Schools Director of Finance Sarah Marquez. School board members approved the budget for the next school year at a special meeting Monday following Marquez giving a report on where the district would stand […]

Police blotter — April 26

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 6:18 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 700 block East Third Street, report taken • 6:33 a.m.: Reckless driver, 2200 block South Roosevelt Road 6 • 7:47 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 900 block Roosevelt Road N • 8:23 a.m.: Breaking […]

Relay closing on $30,000 goal

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Connie Cuevas-Florez, coordinator for the Relay for Life mushball tournament, presents the team captain of “The Swingers” the first place plaque for the tournament on Saturday at city park.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Almost reaching their goal of $30,000 for the Portales Relay for Life was a pleasant surprise, according to event coordinator Julie Miller. Miller said she never would have guessed the community would raise all the way up to its goal, but donations are sitting at more than $26,000 after […]

Pages past — April 26

On this date … 1961: Clovis was hosting a three-day convention of the New Mexico Congress of Parents and Teachers. About 500 delegates were expected for the gathering, which included “how-to” workshops. The theme was “Education: Key to the future.” The convention kicked off at the Drifting Dunes Cafe before moving to Rock Staubus Gymnasium […]

Update: Amber Alert canceled for Portales girl

STAFF REPORT An Amber Alert was issued late Sunday night for a 16-year-old Portales girl that is believed to have been abducted. The Amber Alert was lifted, as the girl was found in Santa Rosa.

Area rallies to fight cancer

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Participants get ready for the opening of the Portales Relay for Life at City Park on Saturday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Portales residents gathered at city park Saturday to help combat a disease that has had widespread effect on people worldwide: cancer. The annual Relay for Life, which raises money for cancer research, attracted people from throughout the area to walk laps, participate in activities, and generally interact with each […]

Former ‘Comancheria’ movie goes to Cannes

Staff report Eastern New Mexico might just be giving Hollywood a run for its money, as an official announcement confirms that the movie formerly called “Comancheria” will appear on the silver screen at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in France. The Cannes Film Festival announced on its website earlier this month that “Hell or High […]

University board approves tuition increases

Anna George Correspondent The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met on Friday to discuss several budget changes among all three campuses due to state mandated reductions. Two of three campuses came to the board with higher tuition and fees and all campuses reported smaller budgets, some by as much as 6 percent. The […]

Pages past — April 24

On this date … 1956: A 19-year-old Clovis woman was fined $15, plus court costs, and sentenced to five days in the county jail after she pleaded guilty to public drunkenness. Six men arrested in the same incident each received fines of $15 plus court costs, but no jail time. The woman ran from the […]

To do list — April 24

Monday • Produce to People Market — 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at Curry County Fairgrounds. Free produce. A Food Bank/iCan program. Bring 2-5 shopping bags. Information: 575-763-6130 Tuesday • After school @ the library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Activity: Coffee and tea cup cards. Information: 575-356-3940 • Guitar concert — […]

Boswell: The cancer fight continues

Another long-time Portales resident whose life has been hugely impacted by cancer is Yolanda Sanchez. “I hate the word cancer, because yes, there are survivors, but there are also people who lose loved ones to it,” Yolanda said. Yolanda’s husband, Humberto, was diagnosed with kidney cancer about eight years ago, having one of his kidneys […]