Roosevelt County sheriff responds to lawsuit

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker on Tuesday issued a news release insisting he did not challenge the mayor of Elida to a fist fight. Also, Parker said in the release, the sheriff’s office has only responded to calls for service in Elida on request from residents. Parker issued the […]

Local schools suffer from cutbacks

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Local school districts are facing tough times with current spending cuts. School officials said they have plans for how they will accommodate for cutbacks from the recent special session held by the state legislature, but what remains a mystery is the amount of cuts that will be made during […]

Portales holiday events approaching

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Two upcoming events will herald the holiday season while preparing community members for Christmas. The First United Methodist Church will be holding its 63rd annual turkey dinner 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5 -7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, according to coordinator Shelly Atwood. Proceeds from the dinner, which will cost […]

Both trials in Clovis incest case moved to next year

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR Trials for the Clovis mother and son accused of an incestuous relationship have both been moved to 2017. Caleb Peterson, 19, is accused of having the relationship with his mother, 36-year-old Monica Mares, after he became an adult. The trial for Mares has been set for March 17. Peterson’s […]

Pages Past — Oct. 26

On this date … Oct. 26 1976: Snow was in the forecast for eastern New Mexico and much of the Texas Panhandle. Forecasters were calling for overnight lows near freezing and warned drivers that road conditions could slow traffic. The next morning saw the season’s first dusting of snow. 1971: The Clovis Walgreens was preparing […]

Halloween events

The following are events being held in conjunction with Halloween this weekend in the Clovis and Portales area. Today • The Vine Community Church has a Fall Carnival 6-8 p.m. at the church at 300 W. 14th St. in Clovis. Friday • Portales community safe trick-or-treat: 3-6 p.m. on the Portales town square. • Portales […]

To Do List

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Halloweenies! Wear your costume. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. Game: Minecraft. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. Activity: Day of the Dead. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool storytime […]

Elida files suit against Roosevelt sheriff

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor The Roosevelt County sheriff has challenged Elida’s mayor to a “fist fight in the middle of the road.” At least that’s the claim made in a lawsuit filed last week by the village south of Portales against Sheriff Malin Parker. The lawsuit claims Parker has interfered with Elida police […]

Toss no Mas event set for Saturday

STAFF REPORT Community and organization members will be cleaning up the streets of Portales this weekend as a means to beautify the city of Portales. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, organizations that have adopted a mile on U.S. 70 will be picking up trash that has accumulated through the Toss No Mas allows program, according […]

Local short film premiering at ENMU today

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER A personal short film about cultural and family dynamics is premiering at Eastern New Mexico University today, according to filmmakers. “Orgullo,” a collaboration among ENMU faculty, students and alumni, is premiering at 7 p.m. today with a  free screening at the ENMU University Theatre Center. “It’s about three generations […]

Department of the week: Senior center a social experience

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Eastern New Mexico University freshman Toby George performs a trick Monday afternoon at the skate park at the Portales Recreation Center.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER A variety of activities and a chance to get out and socialize among community members are among the highlights for attendees of the Portales Senior Citizens Center, according to Center President Mickey Thetford. Thetford said there are various activities for residents who come to the center. “We play lots […]

Pages past — Oct. 25

On this date … 1976: Law officers from three agencies had raided a Curry County residence, arresting 40 people between the ages of 15 and 23. All were charged with possession of marijuana, between one and eight ounces. The raid took place two miles west and one mile north of the Thomas and 21st street […]

Police blotter — Oct. 25

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 2:03 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 1600 block West 18th Street • 4:11 p.m.: Threats in progress, 42000 block U.S. 70 • 4:12 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 1200 block West Fir Street • 5:15 p.m.: Domestic in progress, 1900 block […]

Ghouls and goblins everywhere

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER A series of family-friendly Halloween activities are approaching this weekend in Portales and Clovis, according to organizers. Jodi Diaz, director of the Portales Recreation Center, said it will host its annual haunted house from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 31 at the recreation center. “We do have a […]

Appreciation Day well-received

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
From left, Milnesand Fire Chief John Mohon, Laura Mohon, Milnesand Fireman Mike Batts and Support Officer Andrea Batts Andrea Batts conversate with one another at the Rotary Club’s first First Responders Appreciation Day Saturday afternoon.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER For local first responders, Saturday afternoon was a time for deeply felt appreciation and gratitude. The Portales Rotary Club hosted its first First Responders Appreciation Day at the Baptist Children’s Home Saturday afternoon. Members of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, Portales Police Department and Milnesand Fire Department were among […]

Candidate Q&A: Ninth Judicial District Court Judge


Editor’s note: Angelina Baca of Clovis is the Democratic challenger to Republican Matthew Chandler, who was appointed last year to be a district judge. Appointed judges must run in the next election cycle to retain their seat. The winner of that election then only faces retention elections to keep his or her seat. Candidates were […]

Boswell: Suicide a ‘growing epidemic’

November’s approach is usually bittersweet for me each year. Nov. 13 marks the day one of my closest friends would have turned the same age I will be a short six weeks later. Each year, I’ve thought about how my friend will not be turning 28 years old with me or 30 years old with […]

Pages past — Oct. 23

On this date … 1951: Southwestern Public Service Co. officials warned Clovis residents that water was “not readily available … nor is it inexpensive.” District Manager C.O. Greene announced the company’s No. 7 well, located in the Liebelt Tract near the high school athletic field, had caved in. The well was once among the company’s […]

To do list — Oct. 23

Today • Glengary Glen Ross concert — 2 p.m. in University Theatre Center at ENMU. Admission: $5 general public, free to ENMU students with current ID and sticker. Information: 575-562-1011 Tuesday • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Activity: Pumpkin catapults. Information: 575-356-3940 • Orgullo — 7 […]

Voters going off beaten path

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER With two unpopular candidates running in the 2016 presidential election, voters across the nation are pledging their support to third-party candidates. Eastern New Mexico is no exception. Hillary Clinton (Democratic Party) and Donald Trump (Republican Party) may be the chosen candidates of the United States’ largest political parties, but […]