Lent time of sacrifice, improvement

Joshua Lucero: staff photo
Alter servers assist with the Stations of the Cross Friday evening as part of the season of Lent at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Portales. Observers of Lent give up their worldly pleasures during the season of Lent to bring themselves closer to God.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With Easter around the corner, citizens of Clovis and Portales are preparing themselves to receive the glory of God and giving up their worldly pleasures. For 40 days, from Feb. 18 until April 2, followers of Christ give up vices, sweets, and more in an effort to bring themselves […]

Storefront loans bill tabled by Senate committee

By Milan Simonich Santa Fe New Mexican State Sen. Bill Soules says attempts to regulate New Mexico’s storefront lending industry appear dead for at least another year. Soules, D-Las Cruces, is sponsoring one of the three reform bills to cap interest rates on loans at 36 percent. Currently, storefront lenders often charge rates of 400 […]

Legislature roundup — Feb. 28

Days remaining in session: 21 Abortion restrictions: The House Judiciary Committee on Friday passed two Republican proposals that would limit availability of abortions. House Bill 390, sponsored by Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, would restrict late-term abortions by banning termination of a pregnancy after 20 weeks of gestation. The proposal includes exemptions for women whose lives […]

Snowfall could strike again next week

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Since school was canceled at Faith Triumphant, Luke Vigil, 11, left, decided to help his dad, Mark, shevel the sidewalk in front of their business Friday morning on Second Street.

By Alisa Boswell and Derek Major aboswell@pntonline.com dmajor@pntonline.com Between Thursday and Friday about 5 inches of snow has dropped on the Portales and Clovis areas, leading to the closure of schools and some businesses and the delay of Cannon Air Force Base personnel until 11 a.m. The good news is that the worst is over. […]

Johnson: Canines, don’t go chasing phony balls

Call it the imaginary ball toss or the great fake-out — most dogs know it well — and it’s one of those things people do because it’s just plain funny sometimes. The game starts by holding a treat, favorite toy, ball or nothing at all, then pretending to toss said item far away and laughing […]

McGee: Pioneer ladies never far from mind

Have you seen that statue of the pioneer lady in the lobby of the Clovis Civic Center? I saw her the other day. I thought about statues. There are some here in the Southwest that stick in my mind. Just down the road from the Clovis Civic Center’s “Pioneer Woman” is Clovis Community College’s “Clovis […]

Q&A: Radio station employee talks race, cultural issues

Suzanne West

Editor’s note: Suzanne West has lived in Clovis 23 years and works in Portales as an administrative assistant for KENW-FM Public Radio Network. She and her husband, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. John West, have been married 43 years and have a son and daughter. We talked with her about race, discrimination, cultural issues […]

Pages Past — Dec. 28

On this date … 1974: Clovis and Portales postmasters were reminding area residents that postage rates were about to go up. First class mail would be 10 cents, airmail 13 cents and postcards 8 cents, starting March 2. 1970: Portales school board members voted unanimously to back the dismissal of journalism teacher Timothy Taylor. He’d […]

Pages Past — Feb. 28

On this date … 1974: Clovis and Portales postmasters were reminding area residents that postage rates were about to go up. First class mail would be 10 cents, airmail 13 cents and postcards 8 cents, starting March 2. 1970: Portales school board members voted unanimously to back the dismissal of journalism teacher Timothy Taylor. He’d […]

Snow delaying Portales schools

Heavy snow overnight has resulted in multiple closings and delays around the region for Friday. They include: • Portales schools will be on a two-hour delay. • Eastern New Mexico University will open at 10 a.m. • Clovis Municipal Schools are closed. • Clovis Community College classes are canceled and all campus facilities are closed. […]

Cold lingers bit longer


Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com For the second straight day eastern New Mexico can expect to wake up to snow on their cars. The Portales area saw 1-2 inches of snowfall late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Forecasters were predicting another two and four inches by this morning. “It’s certainly a change from what we […]

Bream says ‘Slide’ was God’s plan

By Rick White Correspondent Sid Bream has no doubt he would have slid into obscurity if not for his role in one of the most memorable plays in Major League Baseball history. He also has no doubt it was part of God’s plan when he chugged home from second base to score the winning run […]

Social media has become destructive


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Like any tool, the Internet can be used to create and to destroy, depending on the person behind the keyboard. In recent years, I have experienced increasing frustration with the way people choose to use the Internet, and specifically social media. While, on the surface, most people seem content to […]

To do list — Feb. 27

Today • Clovis Portales Kennel Club canine agility event — 8 a.m., Curry County Events Center. Daily show will continue into afternoon, ending when all runs have been completed. Free admission. Information: showard_rn@hotmail.com • The Portales Kiwanis Club 52nd Annual Chili Supper — 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., First Methodist Church. Traditional and vegetarian chili will be […]

Spare pieces or cash for new?

By Audra Brown Local columnist Rust waits for nothing, not even a good idea. It is difficult to fix something, if you can’t find it. It’s probably worth more freshly broke-down than broke-down and been sitting for a few years. Whether inclined or disinclined to clutter, even collectors such as myself have to take stock […]

Kiwanis chili dinner kicks off

Staff report An estimated 200 diners are expected today at the 52nd Annual Kiwanis Chili Dinner, a fundraiser to help support a variety of community programs. The dinner is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church. Anthony Schroeder, a member of the Kiwanis Club who is helping […]

Police blotter — Feb. 27

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 12:26 a.m.: Threats report, 100 block of Utah Drive • 9:15 a.m.: Vehicle theft report, 1300 block of West Ivy Street • 11:52 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 2100 block of Hayes Street • 12:56 […]

Joe’s Boot Shop files Chapter 7 bankruptcy

By Robin Fornoff Staff writer rfornoff@cnjonline.com The owners of Joe’s Boot Shop in Clovis have filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition listing assets of $560,000 and debts of $4.2 million. The petition was filed Feb. 20 at federal bankruptcy court in Albuquerque by Clovis attorney Wesley Pool on behalf of owners Coli and Jenna Hunt […]

Bookmobile to roll through

Staff report The New Mexico State Library Bookmobile will be rolling through rural areas in Roosevelt and Curry Counties starting next week. The bookmobile features more than 4,000 books, DVDs, audio books and magazines for rural citizens to check out. Mary Kaminski, the public information officer for the New Mexico State Library, said the bookmobile […]

Melrose schools to let out two hours early Thursday

Melrose schools will release students two hours early on Thursday because of inclement weather, according to Superintendent Jamie Widner.