To do list — Oct. 16

Today • Paper plate kaleidoscope class — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Roosevelt County Extension Office. Admission cost $40. Information: 575-356-8541. • Annual Oktober Feast Fundraising dinner — 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dinner, First United Methodist Church. Ticket prices are: $10 for adults, $8 for […]

ENMU students give through tutoring

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Kathleen Donalson with the children at the Inlow Mission Camp in July.

By Desiree M. Cooper ENMU Communications Eastern New Mexico University students are giving back to the community and earning class credit by tutoring kids at the Christian Children’s Home, the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and the Bonem House — which provide housing and guidance to children in need. The ENMU student tutors are enrolled […]

Ebola outbreak no joke

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher It is time to become aware. It is not time to panic. It is time to stop joking about it. Ebola is in the United States. From the stories you read and hear on the news, the hospital in Dallas did not do the best job of handling the situation. As […]

Honor rolls — Floyd

Floyd Municipal Schools Elementary school All-A honor roll First grade Benjamin Arrendondo Damian Duarte T.J. Kenendy Rietta Stephens Third grade Sherlyn Borrego Benton Cain Landon Dominguez Fourth grade Maebri Know Star Pflieger Middle school Fifth grade Ibis Melendez Sixth grade William Bear Eli Terry Eric Terry Eighth grade Ryan Wallace High school 4.0 honor roll […]

Roosevelt County sample ballot

Here are candidates and issues on the general election ballot. Absentee voting runs through Oct. 31. Early voting is Saturday through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 4. Information: Roosevelt County clerk’s office at 575-356-8562. U.S. Senator • Allen E. Weh, R • Tom Udall, D U.S. Representative District 2 • Steve Pearce, R • […]

Time to watch plants

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Hestands Floral owner Rose Richards shows a chrysanthemum, which adapts to colder temperatures, Tuesday afternoon at the flower shop. According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, the first freeze is expected to hit by Nov. 9.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer The first freeze has yet to hit the Portales area, but according to National Weather Service meteorological technician Troy Marshall, it’s right around the corner. Marshall said the average first freeze happens by about Oct. 19, but this year it could be as late as Nov. 9 as the […]

Schools to teach sexual abuse classes

By Rick White Managing editor Portales Schools will be teaching state-mandated sexual abuse curriculum at all grade levels during the 2014-2015 school year. The Portales school board approved a curriculum broken down into grade clusters “a comprehensive program that addresses so much more than sexual abuse prevention,” said David Van Wettering, Portales schools assistant […]

Every beloved character cursed to die

By Lillian Bowe Staff columnist I have a problem, and it’s not obsessing over Benedict Cumberbatch. All my favorite characters die. Spoilers for many shows, books and movies ahead. It’s a trend I have noticed since I was young when I was watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” I watched the last movie that came […]

Police blotter — Oct. 15

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 1:07 a.m.: alarm activation, 1000 block West Second Street • 9:29 a.m.: prisoner transport, 100 block Airport Road • 12:02 p.m.: animal complaint, 500 block North Avenue K • 2:18 p.m.: theft report, […]

Gunman robs U.S. Bank in Clovis


By Robin Fornoff Projects editor A gunman wearing blue jeans, a green camouflage jacket and green mask pulled off the second bank robbery in Clovis in less than two years early Tuesday. Police said the man escaped on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. The robbery of U.S. Bank, 2501 N. Prince St., […]

To do list — Oct. 15

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Down on the Farm. Information: 575-356-3940. • Tween program — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Wii Wednesday. Information: 575-356-3940. • Ballet Folklórico Finale — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Sandia Room. The talk is a part of Hispanic Heritage Month. […]

To-do list — Oct. 14

Today • Books~N~Babies — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Autumn Air. Information: 575-356-3940. • Student Recital for NASM — 2 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall. Information: 575-562-2377. • Teen Programing — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Graphic Novel Story Building. Information: 575-356-3940. Wednesday • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., […]

ENMU briefs — Oct. 14

Staff report Work performed by two orchestras Mark Dal Porto’s orchestral work “Song of Eternity” was performed by two collegiate orchestras during the first week of October. On Oct. 3, David Bebe conducted the College of St. Rose Symphony Orchestra of Albany, N.Y., in a performance of “Song of Eternity.” On Oct. 5, Andrés Tolcachir […]

Sample ballot

Here are candidates and issues on the general election ballot. Absentee voting runs through Oct. 31. Early voting is Oct. 18 through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 4. Information: Roosevelt County clerk’s office at 575-356-8562. U.S. Senator • Allen E. Weh, R • Tom Udall, D U.S. Representative District 2 • Steve Pearce, R […]

Police blotter — Oct. 14

Jail log As of 7 a.m. Monday Released in the past 24 hours: • Two released on time served •  Two transferred to another facility •  Three released on bond Booked in the past 24 hours : 6 •  Male, 24, bench warrant •  Male, 48 bench warrant •  Male, 55, criminal trespass •  Female, […]

Portales High students to put on show

Anna George: Staff correspondent
Sarah Durand, left, and Ryann Privett  discuss the suspected murderer in “Trifles.” Privett and Durand worked together as doo-op girls last year in the Portales High School theater department’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

By Anna George Staff correspondent On Sept. 14, a tight knit group of student actors at Portales High School began rehearsals for production of two one-act plays. And four weeks into those rehearsals, director Bill Strong said they are really pulling the plays together. “The kids have their characters well-developed and are almost off script,” […]

Portales synonymous with peanuts

Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce The first crop of peanuts in the Portales area was harvested a century ago this fall. Since that time the legume has sprouted deep in the hearts of Portales-area residents and our name has become synonymous with peanuts. Local farmer John M. Bradley is credited with planting and harvesting the […]

Dora school news — Oct. 14

FFA place winners According to Ag teacher James Shay Southard, Dora FFA participants who were places winners at the recent Eastern New Mexico State Fair were: • Kaly Cone, grand champion steer • Daelynn Lee, grand champion dairy heifer • Brenna Bates, first place, Class 4 dairy heifer and second place medium heavy cross bred […]

Taco Bell hoping to open doors this week

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
The newly constructed Taco Bell restaurant on West First Street is receiving the finishing touches this week as it is prepared for the first day of business. The restaurant is expected to open by the end of the week if state and city inspections are completed in time according to Texmex Crunch Time Restaurants LLC Asset Manager Laura Chacon.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer After about a six-month delay, Taco Bell is hoping open its doors to the Portales community this week. The restaurant is looking to open for business by Thursday, according to Laura Chacon, asset manager for the restaurant’s parent company, Texmex Crunch Time Restaurants LLC. Chacon said construction got off […]

Not from Texas, but close enough

Years ago when I used to fly back and forth across the Pacific, I sometimes had the good fortune to get bumped up to first class. That was back in the early days of frequent-flyer programs when I might have been one of the few people on board with an account. It would never happen […]