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@nmsu.edu • 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: roosevelt@nmsu.edu Thursday • Roosevelt […]

Yam shows’Hell or High Water’

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com 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 kmunz-raper@pntonline.com 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’

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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 bfinch@cnjonline.com 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 kmunz-raper@pntonline.com 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 […]

Pet of the week — Aug. 19

Lab mix

Labrador mix Gender: Male Age: 6-7 weeks old Breed: Lab mix Story: According to Adam Aguilar, animal control supervisor, this is a very calm and relaxed puppy. Aguilar said the puppy doesn’t bark a lot and is fine with any type of family. Aguilar said the puppy should grow up to a medium-sized dog and […]

Pages past — Aug. 19

On this date … 1956: More than 2,000 people had attended the 50th anniversary celebration in Melrose. Sixteen of the old-timers said they had been in the area for at least 50 years, when the town was called Brownhorn. Entertainment for the day included a greased-pig race and a fiddling contest. 1951: Clovis Air Force […]

Brown: Fair a wonder to a farm kid

I can’t say what the county fair looks like to anyone else, but I can share the perspective on farm kid. The fair was a wonder and an event, of that there is no doubt. It came around once a year, at a time when hot and monotonous are common modifiers for what I’d been […]

Rodriguez: Logos where it’s at for kids today

Almost every child knows the jingly “Alphabet Song” even before they start school. My two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, Genavecia, already knows that song. Kids know their ABCs. As I recently discovered, though, they also know their logos, sometimes even better than their ABCs. When my hijada (Goddaughter), Stephanie, was a pre-schooler learning her ABCs, when she saw […]

Roosevelt County Fair schedule 2016

The following is the schedule for the 2016 Roosevelt County Fair: Monday • 7 a.m.-5 p.m.: All Junior Livestock including Poultry must be on Fairgrounds • 7 a.m.-5 p.m.: Weigh all swine as they are unloaded • 5 p.m.: Weigh/measure and classify market lambs, market goats and dairy heifers • 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Home Arts […]

To do list

Saturday • Southwest Cheese Truck Pull — 10 a.m.-noon at the Curry County fair, events center parking lot. Teams, sponsors needed. Information: 575-769-2103 • Wildlife Trunk presentation — 7 p.m. at Oasis State Park. Event free, but park entrance fees apply. Information: 575-356-5331 Monday • Piano, violin recital — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at […]