Student talks cultural pride, issues

Versia Hodges II, 26, lives in Portales and is currently a graduate student in the Eastern New Mexico University Communication Department. He was also a member of the ENMU Greyhounds men’s basketball team and graduated in the fall of 2013 from Eastern with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Production. Where did you grow up? What […]

Bigger, better things

Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
Liles Inc. Laborer Jacob Brady, left, carries more connecting parts for a water pipeline to coworker Jerry Olivas Wednesday morning. The two men are installing underground utilities for a duplex project that will provide single parents and their children with homes.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The New Mexico Christian Children’s Home is expanding its horizons with more housing in Portales for single parents. The non-profit organization has recently broken ground on a 7-acre empty lot on West 19th Street and South Avenue B where they plan to build 16 duplexes for their Single Parent […]

Food fundraisers good chance to eat for a cause

By Betty Williamson Local columnist As I was wolfing down my perfectly smoked pork chop on Friday — one of 727 served up by the Portales Rotary Club as part of its chuck wagon meal at the New Mexico Ag Expo — I was thinking about how much I love fundraisers that involve food. In […]

To do list — Feb. 25

Today • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • “Camelot” spring musical — 7 p.m., Portales High School Performing Arts Center. $5 admission. Information: Kathi Fraze: 575-562-2377. • “Reckless” theater production — 7 p.m. on the Mainstage of the ENMU University Theatre Center. Free admission for ENMU students with a valid […]

Police blotter — Feb. 25

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Tuesday • 2:24 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 500 block West University Drive • 9:07 a.m.: Fraud, 1600 block East Spruce Street • 10:02 a.m.: Disorderly conduct, 700 block East Third Street • 12:03 p.m.: Shoplifting […]

New spin on old favorite

Tony Bullocks: Staff photo
Kyleigh Lobstein, 9, a Brownie Scout with Troop 4078 sells Girl Scout cookies to Margie Cartwright on Tuesday at a store on Main Street.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Portales and Clovis, prepare your wallets and waistlines — this year, the Girl Scouts of New Mexico are back, armed with boxes full of Thin Mints, Samoas and Toffee-Tastics. Oh, and you don’t have to wait for weeks this year, either. They have a new trick up their sleeves […]

Creed: Dispatch hectic, rewarding

Alexa Creed

Editor’s note: This is a weekly feature profiling public service workers. Name: Alexa Creed, 23. Occupation: Dispatcher at Portales Police Department What is it like to be between a person needing help and the people who help them? It’s rewarding. It’s definitely hectic at times, but I definitely love my job. What are some of […]

Oscar night spent away from TV

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer You see the object right in front of you? Throw it. Go ahead, I won’t chastise you. I won’t be held responsible for what happens, but I won’t chastise you. That object you threw … there’s a good chance you hit somebody who thinks the Oscars are the Super Bowl […]

To do list — Feb. 25

Today • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • “Camelot” spring musical — 7 p.m., Portales High School Performing Arts Center. $5 admission. Information: Kathi Fraze: 575-562-2377. Friday […]

ENMU Briefs — Feb. 25

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble released a list of goals for the university in the Feb. 17 edition of the school’s student newspaper, The Chase, after presenting them during the university’s Jan. 15 faculty meeting. Gamble outlined goals that aim to improve the academic experience for students, improve relationships with the university’s constituencies, […]

#Disconnected and back to what matters

Brittney Cannon

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Hi, my name is Brittney Cannon. I’m 25, and I do not have an active Facebook account. Yes, you read that correctly. A 25-year-old is alive and well in 2015, and she does not have an active Facebook account. I say “active,” because, technically, I have an account. I’ve actually […]

Meetings watch — Feb. 25

County Special District Board of Trustees The following took place at the Roosevelt County Special Hospital District Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday at Roosevelt General Hospital: • The board heard a medical staff report from Chief of Staff Dr. Oladotun Akinmurele. Akinmurele reported that five radiology consultants and one family practice physician were to be […]

County budget deficit still undetermined

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor A New Mexico Department of Finance Administration official highlighted several deficiencies in the Roosevelt County budget Tuesday in a meeting with county commissioners. DFA Special Director Michael Steininger gave commissioners a report on the work he has been doing with County Manager Amber Hamilton and other administrative staff over […]

A thirst for knowledge

Alisa Boswell: Staff photo

KENW FM Development Director Amie Griffith, right, interviews Tanyn Sansom Friday afternoon during his tour of the station. The 12-year-old Portales resident donated his birthday money to the radio station this month.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Most 12-year-old boys might spend their birthday money on a new video game or a football, but Tanyn Sansom is no ordinary 12-year-old boy. Tanyn is the kid that walks around school with a book about computer programming language and who listens to KENW public radio daily. Tanyn’s mother, […]

Slow down, New Mexico

Jackie Johnson: PNT correspondent

Most state and county officials seem to be supporting the “Dirt Road Bill,” which would lower the default speed limit on county roads from 75 mph to 55 mph.

By Jackie Johnson PNT correspondent State and county officials say the purpose of what has been coined the “dirt road bill” is safer speeds that are more appropriate for the structure of county roads. Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, is sponsoring Senate Bill 125, which, if approved, will reduce the default speed limit on unmarked county […]

Ag Expo is a work in progress

Staff report A drop in attendance at the 2015 Ag Expo has expo organizers looking for new activities to include in the event’s future. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said the expo saw about 2,000 visitors over the weekend, down from approximately 3,000 in attendance for last year’s expo. Terry attributed […]

Legislation to raise bully awareness

By Milan Simonich The New Mexican Jacqueline Vigil says her son was bullied to death. In adolescence, Carlos Vigil was husky and he wore glasses. He had a teenager’s typical problems with his skin. Taunting and intimidation made growing up in Los Lunas harder than perhaps anyone understood. On a summer day in 2013 at […]

Former lieutenant governor remembered

By Steve Terrell The New Mexican Former Lt. Gov. Mike Runnels was an intelligent public servant with a ready smile who left behind many friends with lots of stories to tell — though some of those stories are probably better left untold, friends joked Monday at a memorial service in the Capitol. New Mexico politicians […]

Controversy surrounds killed tax legislation

By Patrick Malone The New Mexican A Republican committee chairman said he provided political cover for other GOP lawmakers, allowing them to sidestep attacks from their party’s more conservative flank, when he broke party ranks to cast the deciding vote to kill a measure calling for a federal balanced budget amendment. On paper, the House […]

Airmen discovered history

Editor’s Note: The 27th SOW would like to thank the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Office, Geo-Marine Inc., Eastern New Mexico University, Clovis Historian Harold Kilmer and the Bruce family for their assistance in the development of the report. Curation of the collections from the homestead will be housed at the Museum of Indian Arts […]