Notebook — Nov. 17

AJ Larrañaga is a junior at Las Vegas Robertson High School. He’s concerned that the use of state lands by hunters is becoming a thing of the past. Here’s a snippet from a letter he’s written: “One of our oldest traditions, using our state’s vast lands to harvest food for our families, is at risk […]

Fields: Life doesn’t stop at lunch time

That couple apparently obsessed with their cell phones in the restaurant? Yes, that might be us. I know we’re not setting etiquette examples, but we do like to go out for lunch once in awhile, and the days spin by quickly, and our business doesn’t shut down just because we’re trying to grab some chicken […]

Capital outlay projects on city council agenda

STAFF REPORT Tonight’s city council meeting will feature an update on street department activities for 2015-2016, according to Public Works Director John DeSha. DeSha said he will give a report on what type of work the department has been doing, where they’ve been doing it and how much they’ve done the past year for the […]

Pages past — Nov. 17

On this date … 1970: A man put a straight razor to the throat of a 19-year-old service station attendant and made off with $67.60, Clovis police reported. Andrew Stochmal, an airman stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, was working at the station when a man he described as 5-foot-4, 150 pounds, put a yellow […]

To do list — Nov. 17

Today • Books and babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for children 0-3. Book: Sleepytime Stories. Information: 575-356-3940 • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 • ENMU Brass Choir — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-2377 Wednesday […]

All called to care for one another

Letter to the Editor Working for a sexual assault services organization has opened my eyes to things I was once oblivious to within the community. I never realized the magnitude of what sexual assault can do to a person until the moment I began to explore the topic. Sexual assault damages a person’s physical, emotional, […]

Area farmers disagree on Pareo indictment

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Two area livestock sellers are facing multiple fraud charges that could put them in jail for life. But some of the dairy farmers doing business with Portales’ Calvin and Darcie Pareo through High Plains Livestock Auction northeast of Portales say the pair were only doing what they said they […]

Student Success Center expands

STAFF REPORT The renovation of the Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library into the Student Success Center will mostly be an expansion of current student services, according to Director Melvita Walker. “We’re not really changing a lot,” Walker said during a presentation she gave to the Friends of the Library group and other community members […]

Portales schools superintendent talks PARCC

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Johnnie Cain is the superintendent of Portales Municipal Schools. State testing has been an ongoing issue with New Mexico schools. Do you feel that issue has improved? What do you feel needs to be the next step in that […]

Local celebrates 100th birthday

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This photo was taken of Taylor and his second wife, Zell, around 1998, shortly after they were married.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The family of a Portales resident have spent the last two days flying to the local area from all over the country to celebrate 100 years of life. Gerald Leon “G.L.” Taylor, who turns 100 years old today, is more than just a father and grandfather though. One could […]

To do list — Nov. 15

Tuesday • Books and babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for children 0-3. Book: Sleepytime Stories. Information: 575-356-3940 • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 • ENMU Brass Choir — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-2377 Wednesday […]

Boswell: Thanks for story of a lifetime

Journalists have a tendency to frown upon spending too much time on one interview, because we have those things called deadlines. But there I sat, enthralled for two and a half hours Friday afternoon. How could I not be as I listened to the anecdotes and adventures of someone who has lived 100 years of […]

Little Miss Merry Christmas candidates announced

STAFF REPORT The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors announced the 2015 Little Miss Merry Christmas candidates this week. Nine girls from 5 to 10 years old are vying for the title, according to a chamber press release. As a part of Portales’ holiday tradition, the Little Miss Merry Christmas contest raises funds for the […]

Pages past — Nov. 15

On this date … 1965: Watson Motor Co., located at 600 W. Seventh in Clovis, was promoting the Mercury Comet — the first car in its class to reach 1 million in sales. 1940: A Clovis man had been fined $15 and sent to jail for 10 days after threatening to “clean up on a […]

55 vehicle windows broken overnight

STAFF REPORT As of 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Portales residents had reported 55 separate incidents of broken car windows occurring over the course of Friday night. According to Detective Charlie Smart of the Portales Police Department, the windows appeared to be shot out using a BB gun and, due to the cars being spread out all […]

La Escalara hosts art show, sale

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson
La Escalera Art Guild members Carol Milner and Jon Birdsong hang some art pieces Thursday morning at Birdsong’s studio in preparation of their art show/sale tomorrow. All proceeds from the show will go to Roosevelt County Schools art departments.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER A chance to own some locally produced art and support local school art departments in the process will be available Sunday at the Jon Birdsong Studio in Portales. The La Escalera Art Guild will be having an art show and sale from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the […]

Notebook — Nov. 14

Telephone scams are becoming routine across the country, but District Attorney Andrea Reeb is warning area residents about one in particular that has fooled several area residents. The fake IRS phone calls usually originate from the 202 area code, which is in Washington, D.C., according to a news release from Reeb’s office. “This is an […]

Johnson: Middle age weighs on us all

For most, it happens slowly over the years, a pound here and there to match the pigment-free hairs that sprout randomly, and then one day it’s there and there’s no going back. It’s lovingly referred to as middle age, a clever term derived to describe the fact that you’re halfway to your destination (theoretically anyway […]

Pages past — Nov. 14

On this date … 1990: Anyone wearing green was to be admitted to the upcoming football game between Eastern New Mexico University and Angelo State University for $1. Comb’s Country Cookin’ in Portales was giving away free Coke, fries and gravy to lucky fans attending the game. 1970: Weekend football scores: Clovis 20, Carlsbad 15 […]

Patrick Lyons new chairman

Staff report Patrick Lyons, who represents the eastern half of the state for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, has been elected chairman of Southwest Power Pool’s Regional State Committee. A PRC news release stated the election came during the RSC’s quarterly meeting held last month in Little Rock, Arkansas. Lyons’ term begins on Jan. […]