Pages past — Aug. 24

On this date … 1976: A new year began at 8:30 a.m. for Clovis public school students. Classes dismissed at 3:15 p.m. Two sessions of kindergarten were offered, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. School dietician Jane Hammond said student lunch tickets were 45 cents. 1976: The Roosevelt […]

Meetings watch — Aug. 24

The following were actions taken at the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse: • Road viewer Paul Jones reported to commissioners that in regard to Roosevelt Road Q 1/2, he and other assigned viewers did not recommend closing the road but putting up flashing lights to warn of the road being hazardous […]

Long distance out for NTS customers

Customers with NTS Communications, a long-distance telephone provider headquartered in Lubbock, have been without service since at least Aug. 15 and company officials are not sure when it may be restored. A company employee who said his name is Phillip but declined to provide a last name, said workers are trying to “reroute the circuitry” […]

Ag info tour to promote understanding

Courtesy photo: Dalene Hodnett
A group on last year’s Ag True Tour, hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, explores a chili farm in the Rio Grande Valley.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer After Wednesday, area legislators may start to look at their food differently. A state agricultural organization is hoping a local tour will bridge the gap between lawmakers and producers. Under the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program on Wednesday is hosting the Ag […]

Volunteers help keep fair running

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Portales 4-H student Megan Stacy, left, enters a project in the 4-H open category of the Roosevelt County Fair Monday morning at the Roosevelt County Fairground Youth Building with the help of volunteer Charla Bergsieker.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer Officials and volunteers of the Roosevelt County Fair all seem to agree that without volunteers, there would be no fair. Volunteers and fair officials, who bustled about the fairgrounds all day Monday preparing for the week-long event, said the fair could not succeed without people willing to work to […]

Business feature: Vendors keep busy at fair

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
From left, Gilbert and Margaret Lueras set up shop at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Their business, Enchanted Corn Y-Mas, will be at the fair for the first time this year, serving Frito pies and stuffed pineapples.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer The Roosevelt County Fair is an opportunity for community interaction and financial success for local vendors, according to area business leaders. Among the vendors appearing at the fair are the recently established Enchanted Corn Y-Mas and Little Bits, along with returning vendors Island Ice Cones and Cindy’s Hope for […]

Police blotter — Aug. 23

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 1:21 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 1000 block West First Street • 1:45 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 700 block East Third Street • 3:06 p.m.: MVA without injuries, 700 block West Second Street • 4:21 p.m.: MVA […]

To do list — Aug. 23

Today • Roosevelt County Fair — All day at fairgrounds. Admission: $6 adults, $4 children. Information: • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. in the Commission Room at the county courthouse. Information: 575-356-5307 Wednesday • Roosevelt County Fair — All day at fairgrounds. Admission: $6 adults, $4 children. Information: Thursday • Roosevelt […]

Yam shows’Hell or High Water’

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Portales residents were given a chance to see their local area portrayed on the “big screen” Thursday night when the Yam Theatre gave a free showing of “Hell or High Water.” Portales resident Donna Barrera, who was at the screening with her family, said that she liked that the […]

Gone country

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The Roosevelt County Fair will feature performances by musicians Tell Runyan, Will Banister, Coby Carter and Stateline Band this week.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER A fun week of country music awaits Roosevelt County Fair attendees this week, according to Roosevelt County Fair Board President Chek Rippee. The performers themselves — Tell Runyan, Will Banister, Coby Carter and members of Stateline Band — said they also look forward to a great time. Rippee said […]

Pages past — Aug. 21

On this date … 1966: The Clovis News-Journal, on its society page, offered these suggestions for college-bound women interested in sorority rushing and membership: “… Just be yourself. Good manners are important for making favorable impressions and they help express your personality. Simplicity and neatness in dress are most important.” 1956: Curvaceous British actress Diana […]

Boswell: No newspapers, no internet news

One of John Oliver’s more recent episodes of “Last Week Tonight” about newspaper journalism caused some mixed reactions among those in the communications field. Granted, I suppose that is usually Oliver’s agenda is to stir the pot while making a point. However, any of those offended were those in non-newspaper communications. I doubt anyone working […]

Student proficiency results released

By Eamon Scarbrough and Douglas Clark Staff writers Results for assessments designed to show New Mexico schools’ proficiency in meeting common core standards were released Thursday, showing mixed results for area districts. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, assesses third-12th grade students’ proficiency in English language arts, math, geometry […]

This ‘Old House’

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
High Plains Historical Foundation President Patsy Delk shows off a photo of Curry County’s first school bus during a tour of the historic “Old House,” an antique attraction at this year’s fair.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER An old one-bedroom home with rusted appliances and no indoor plumbing may not be worth much in today’s housing market. But this is a historical treasure to some. One of the attractions at the Curry County Fair happens to be tucked away among the trees, nestled at the edge […]

Johnson: Friday is National Dog Day

There are many different types to choose from – the spectrum includes everything from cats, birds, reptiles, rodents and fish to larger animals such as horses and array of creatures in between — but the dog tends to be one of the first images to pop into most minds when the word “pet” is used. […]

Berry: Interesting things in the neighborhood

A few nights ago, we decided to take one of our dogs for a walk. We have two dogs, but one of them is getting old and not able to walk with us. The younger dog is a little Corgi and she is more than happy to take a walk around the neighborhood. After getting […]

24 counts of child torture overturned

STAFF REPORT The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a Clovis man convicted in 2010 for using a stun gun on his children. The judges overturned 24 counts of child torture on Michael Vargas Sr. District Attorney Andrea Reeb and defense attorney Jennifer Burrill both confirmed they’d already worked out a plea […]

Pages past — Aug. 20

On this date … 1951: Two people suspected in the slaying of the founder of Progress, Texas, had been cleared, Bailey County Sheriff Hugh Freeman said. Josh Blocher’s badly beaten body was found earlier in the month in a cotton field. The unnamed suspects were cleared after passing a polygraph test, the Clovis News-Journal reported. […]

Officials weigh in on death penalty

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’ recent announcement that she wants to restore the death penalty has been a point of controversy among Roosevelt County and state officials. While those supporting the death penalty agree it is well deserved for criminals committing violent acts toward police officers and children, while […]

Volunteer ‘still here after 22 years’


Editor’s note: This is first in a series profiling the lives of senior citizens in Roosevelt County. Barbara Bruffett, a volunteer at the Community Services Center, has lived in Portales for 22 years. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bruffett moved to Portales to take care of her father and has lived here ever since. “I’m still […]