Santa Cop gears up toy drive

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Jankia Mims, center, drops a toy into the donation box with New Mexico Christian Children’s Home house parent Rachel Truex, right, and her son James Truex at the Portales Police Department’s SantaCop toy drive Saturday morning at Walmart. The toy drive has raised $3,000 dollars and hopes to exceed the $7,000 raised last year, according to organizer Mickie Gonzales.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Portales Police Department Master Patrol Officer Raul Rosa, the annual Santa Cop toy drive is about bringing smiles to young faces. Police officers set up shop Saturday morning at Walmart to collect toys and monetary donations throughout the day as part of the Portales Police Department’s Santa Cop […]

Sister says family found bloody knife

By David Stevens The sister of homicide victim Ariel Ulibarri says her family found a bloody knife near the walking trail where Ulibarri died Sunday. They found it Monday morning, hours after crime scene tape had been removed from the area, Leanna Montano said. “It was stabbed in the ground with blood drenched on […]

Green chili stew favorite of many when temperature dips

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
El Desayuno Kiwanis Club members Helen Casaus, left, and Dot Robinson stir chili Friday afternoon at Parkland Baptist Church for the annual chili dinner fundraiser. This is the group 25th annual fundraiser and proceeds are use to support children in the Clovis Community.

By Joshua Lucero When Portales Librarian Rosemary Cota wants to warm up after being out in the cold, she looks for green chili stew and a cup of hot tea. Cota, the young adult librarian at the Portales Public Library, said she likes to start cold mornings off with hot tea to get warm, […]

Replacement named to judge committee

By Steve Hansen A judge in the Second Judicial District will represent the Tenth Judicial District on the commission charged with nominating a successor for Judge Albert Mitchell. Mitchell was unseated by voters on Nov. 4. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Vigil appointed Denise Barela-Shepherd on Thursday. Mitchell, who was the Tenth District’s […]

Pages Past — Nov. 15

On this date … 1967: Don Rierson Motors, at 500 E. First in Clovis, offered a “just right” special — a 1965 Chevrolet Impala Coupe, V8 with automatic transmission, for $1,899. “Remember,” Rierson’s told its customers, “if we don’t sell you one … we’ll try to buy yours. We need clean used cars.” 1962: Odis […]

ALCO files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Staff report ALCO Stores, Inc., with outlets in Tucumcari and Muleshoe, has declared bankruptcy. Local stores will continue to operate while the bankruptcy proceeds, officials said. ALCO, based in Coppell, Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Dallas U.S. District Court on Oct. 12. A report from Reuters News Service said ALCO plans to sell […]

Onions more than salad ingredient

By Grant McGee Local columnist Another broadcaster on Facebook was sharing a picture of herself doing a radio show with an exotic lizard climbing all over her. Have you ever worked on the job with an animal hanging around? Oh, I don’t mean cows or horses or the shop cat or the business’ guard dog. […]

It’s winter: Make room on the couch

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Well that came out of nowhere. Sure, they were predicting some wintry weather, but when you’ve gotten past Halloween without so much as frosty breath and the sweaters are still packed away, it can be a little difficult to gauge what, exactly, that might mean. Now we know. It means […]

Victim’s sister: ‘She did everything for her kids’

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Sergio and Tracy Silguero, owners of Modas Locas & Designs at 209 N. Prince St. in Clovis, show T-shirts memorializing Ariel Ulibarri. Sales will go to help with funeral expenses for the young mother. The shirts are $10 each.

By David Stevens Editor Leanna Montano has a request: “I want people to quit lying about my sister and making up their own horror stories.” The tragedy of Ariel Ulibarri’s slaying in a Clovis city park on Sunday has put enough strain on those who loved her; they’re tired of hearing wild rumors that […]

POPS performer discusses favorite musics … and pops

Joshua Lucero: staff photo
Construction at the intersection of South Avenue B and 3rd Street awaits better weather before Portales road department workers can pour concrete. Public Works Director John DeSha said the construction at the intersection is part of a city wide road improvement project that will pour concrete pads at heavily trafficked areas to prevent wear and tear.

Eastern New Mexico University Professor of Voice Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas is preparing to perform Saturday evening with ENMU students and staff during the 47th Annual POPS Dinner Concert at the Campus Union Building ballroom. The concert features the University Wind Symphony conducted by ENMU Director of Bands Dustin Seifert. Ornellas said the band will perform favorites […]

Cold-weather items hot sellers with first snowfall

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer Eastern New Mexico was dusted with its first snow of the season Wednesday, sending residents to fetch heavy coats and into hardware stores for pipe-repair parts and space heaters. The storm system produced reports of up to a half-inch of snow two miles northwest of Clovis and two-tenths of an […]

Road work on cusp of completion

Joshua Lucero: staff photo
Construction at the intersection of South Avenue B and 3rd Street awaits better weather before Portales road department workers can pour concrete. Public Works Director John DeSha said the construction at the intersection is part of a city wide road improvement project that will pour concrete pads at heavily trafficked areas to prevent wear and tear.

Staff report As winter weather makes its way into Portales, city officials plan to wrap up construction and prepare for snow and ice. Portales Public Works Director John DeSha said the city will be finishing out road work at the intersection of South Avenue B and Third Street by the end of November, weather permitting. […]

Teachers, administration dissatisfied with evaluation methods

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Teachers and school administrators agree New Mexico’s system of teacher evaluation is unfair and puts too much emphasis on standardized test scores. Their views are similar to those of the New Mexico National Education Association, which sued New Mexico’s Public Education Department last September. The case has a request […]

To Do List — Nov. 14

Today • Friends of the Library book sale — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sale room, foyer at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Saturday • Friends of the Library book sale — 8 a.m. to noon, Sale room in the foyer at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • POPs concert — 7 p.m., ENMU Campus […]

‘Messiah’ massive undertaking


By Betty Williamson Correspondent Wayne Anderson says the upcoming production of Handel’s “Messiah” is “the best one I have ever experienced.” He is in a position to know. Anderson directed choirs and prepared soloists for 40 years, including 23 at Clovis High School and another decade at the First Baptist Church in Portales. With five-full […]

Brown: Farmer’s to-do list never seems to end

Feed the dog and bring in the mail. Yeah, there’s a bit more to it than that. When considering an overnight departure from the place, a farmer must find someone to check up on things while away. This job can’t be trusted to just anyone, and just anyone probably wouldn’t want it anyhow. It starts […]

Cantwell: Prayer call not to be ignored

Pat Cantwell

Election 2014 is over. But is it really? Politics is like a roller coaster. The party that is up will soon be down. Is there anything God requires of us, his children, to do between elections?  I believe we are called to pray for those whom we have elected to recognize their authority is from […]

Portales embraces early pool play start

By Derek Major Staff writer The Lady Rams won’t be caught napping by the 8 a.m. start of pool play in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament today in Rio Rancho. Portales coach Ruth Chavez has scheduled early practices throughout the season, according to senior setter and team captain Brooke Lopez. “We’re used to […]

Students organize drive

By Derek Major Staff writer With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, the season for giving is in full swing and a student group at Portales High School is getting in on the action. Fourth year science teacher and girls junior varsity basketball coach Rebekah Mitchell has been a part of a student group called […]

Fundraiser supports library programs

By Derek Major Staff writer The Portales Public Library is holding its annual book sale this week. The library will be selling hardcover books for 50 cents, paperbacks and children’s books for 25 cents. The library will also sell DVDs and VHS movies as well as cassette tapes and CDs. The sale runs from […]