Man makes recovery after presumed dead

By GRETCHEN EHLKE Associated Press MILWAUKEE — A man was pronounced dead after collapsing at his Milwaukee apartment, but began to move his limbs as he was about to be taken to the morgue, authorities say. The girlfriend of the 46-year-old man had not been able to reach him for two days, and called police […]

National roundup

Judge: Embryo lawsuit can be amended SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Sofia Vergara’s ex-fiance will be allowed to file an amended lawsuit seeking custody of two embryos he created with the “Modern Family” star, a judge ruled Friday. Superior Court Judge Lawrence Cho ruled that Nicholas Loeb can file the revised complaint, which for the first […]

World roundup

At least 19 killed in suicide bombing RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A suicide bomber killed at least 19 people Friday in a blast inside a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the 7th century birth of a revered figure, residents and officials said. Loyalists of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility […]

Public education chief: Less time on testing to help state schools

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s top public school official said Friday that teachers will have more time to spend with children in the classroom rather on bureaucratic processes thanks to a decision to reduce the time students spend taking tests based on the Common Core standards. Public Education Secretary Hannah […]

Southwest roundup

Man convicted of killing ex-wife whose 911 call was bungled DALLAS — Jurors have found a Dallas man guilty of murder in the death of his ex-wife whose 911 call was mishandled by Dallas police. A Dallas County jury deliberated about 3 1/2 hours before finding Delvecchio Patrick guilty of killing Deanna Cook at her […]

Sheriff office commissions in limbo

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR The Roosevelt County sheriff is reinstating commission cards more than a week after revoking them. Sheriff Malin Parker said Thursday that he misunderstood the intentions of the New Mexico Association of Counties when they informed county entities that NMAC was looking into liability issues surrounding commissioning officers from other […]

Portales leaders talk about relationship prospects

Staff photo: Anna George

Jean-Marc Gandonou, left, assistant professor of economics, and Dean Janet Buzzard from Eastern New Mexico University’s College of Business held a round table Thursday with the businesses of Portales to discuss opportunities for their students.

By Anna George Staff Writer Business, government and education leaders came together in Portales Thursday to explore ways each could help the other. The event was the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon. It featured guest speakers from Eastern New Mexico University’s College of Business. ENMU wants to work on intensifying the relationship […]

Seniors educated in health

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Health Educator Debbie Gentry from the New Mexico Department of Health teaches senior citizens how to eat healthier and manage their weight Thursday afternoon at the Community Services Center.

Staff Report For its final class of May, the Community Services Center in Portales tackled obesity in an effort to educate local senior citizens on how to stay healthy and fit in their later years. Senior citizens and care takers interested in battling obesity learned helpful tips from New Mexico Department of Health Educator Debbie […]

Plateau sale final

Staff report Plateau Telecommunications announced it has finailized sale of its wireless assets to AT&T, effective Wednesday. The sale, first announced last June, received Federal Communications Approval May 8. The sale includes Plateau’s wireless operations and assets throughout New Mexico and Texas, and its 37,500 cellular customers. Plateau will continue to provide customer service during […]

Local round up

Alcohol sales narrowly approved Bovina residents have narrowly approved alcohol sales within city limits. The May 9 ballot measure, “For sale of all alcoholic beverage for off-premises consumption only,” was approved by a 100-94 vote in the Parmer County community of about 1,875 residents. Other Parmer County areas remain dry. The application process to the […]

To Do List

Monday • American Legion 69th annual Memorial Day program — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Cemetery. Information: 575-226-0302. UDC Memorial Day ceremony — 9 a.m. at the UDC Circle in the center of the Portales Cemetery. A Color Guard consisting of members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will display the flag of the U.S. Tuesday […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 1:15 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, location unknown. • 11:40 a.m.: Theft, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 12:15 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 12:49 p.m.: […]

Orphaned calves always make for more work

Orphaned calves come about due to various reasons. Sometimes a cow dies before the calf is ready to be weaned, sometimes a cow is too stupid to take care of her calf properly and, sometimes, the cow is too old or too injured to make for a proper mama cow. In these cases, the calf […]

Sunday marks special occasion

On Sunday, the people of God will celebrate Pentecost. What is the significance of this day? On this day, the Holy Spirit was poured out for you and your children. Pentecost is the fourth in the cycle of spring feasts established by the Lord. It occurs exactly 50 days after Easter/resurrection Sunday. It was one […]

Pastor first to receive Wayland degree

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Central Baptist Church Worship Pastor Damon Pearce received a high-five from Paul Sadler, dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy at Wayland Baptist University, after receiving his hood May 16 for the Master of Divinity Degree. Pearce is the first person to graduate Wayland with the degree.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Central Baptist Church Worship Pastor Damon Pearce is the first graduate of the Master of Divinity degree program offered by Wayland Baptist University. Pearce received his diploma and hood at commencement May 9, at the same time two of his daughters were completing a bachelor’s degree and associate’s degree […]

Pages Past

May 22 On this date … 1975: Clovis Chamber of Commerce officials said 42 entries had been received for next month’s Pioneer Days parade. Chamber Manager Bob Spencer said horse entries might be fewer than usual because of a “swamp fever regulation” in Texas that prevented unvaccinated horses from returning if they left the state. […]

Judge declares mistrial in murder case

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR After a full day of testimony from seven different witnesses, Judge Stephen Quinn declared a mistrial Wednesday morning for the Marvin Silva murder trial. Silva, 40, is accused of bashing Portales resident Marco Bonilla, 25, over the head with a hammer on Nov. 23, 2009, after Bonilla had been […]

School trip goes tropical

By Anna George Staff Reporter Twelve of the sixteen seniors at Floyd High School leave Sunday for their senior trip to Oahu, Hawaii. The students have been working since their junior year and came up with enough money to pay for their flight, board, food and entertainment during the trip. Senior trips are a […]

Student invited to Stanford law camp


Somer York, 17, got invited to a 10-day summer law camp at Stanford University in California where she will get to shadow lawyers and learn about their profession. York is going to be a senior at Portales High School next semester so an opportunity like this meant a lot to her, she said. The invitation […]

Notebook — May 21

Road plans … • If you’re tired of that teeth-chattering, front-end and tire-killing highway we call Mabry Drive and the rest of the state calls U.S. 60/84 … the New Mexico Department of Transportation wants to hear from you. It’s scheduled a series of public meetings to review and comment on a draft long-range master […]