Ruling on incest motion expected today

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR A motion to dismiss incest charges against a Clovis woman rests in the hands of District Judge Drew Tatum. Tatum intends to render a decision, “hopefully first thing (this) morning,” in the case of 36-year-old Monica Mares, who appeared in a Wednesday hearing at district court. If Tatum does […]

Small district suits pre-k teacher

Courtesy photo: Sheri Chenault
Floyd Municipal Schools pre-kindergarten teacher, Sheri Chenault, left, has worked in the district for 24 years. She said she has “great support from our administration, and I work with great people.”

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local educators each week. STAFF REPORT For a Floyd Municipal Schools pre-kindergarten teacher, the small district she works in is like home. Sheri Chenault’s entire 24-year teaching career has taken place at Floyd, with 22 years spent as the pre-k teacher. “I have loved working with […]

Student takes hands-on approach

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local students each week. It was done in story format to highlight the students internship experience. STAFF REPORT A Dora High School student recently had hands-on experience in his desired career field, teaching him “more than you could ever learn inside of a school.” Junior Hayden […]

Meetings watch — Oct. 20

Portales Schools Board of Education In his administrative report at the Monday night Portales schools Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Johnnie Cain said that Portales Municipal Schools’ accreditation process begins Monday and continues through Wednesday, when there will be a special noon board meeting in which the auditors can provide the board with results and […]

Jail meets accreditation goal

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER After a challenging two-year process, the Roosevelt County Detention Center has officially been accredited by the New Mexico Association of Counties. The detention center was accredited with a unanimous decision from NMAC board members on Oct. 4, according to Scott Chambers, local government accreditation interim manager with the NMAC, […]

Noxious weed taking root

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER A potentially harmful weed has found its way to Roosevelt County, according to agricultural officials. Roosevelt County Extension Agent Patrick Kircher asked commissioners for help tracking down the African rue weed, recently discovered in Roosevelt County. “It’s an extremely challenging plant to control,” said Kircher. “The weed has a […]

Horseshoe player returns victorious


By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER A Portales senior recently returned victorious from a world-renowned tournament. Rudy Garcia, 64, received a silver and bronze medal for horseshoes from the Huntsman World Senior Games, which was held Oct. 3-15 in Saint George, Utah — an achievement for a sport with which he has had a long […]

To do list — Oct. 19

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Scrubbly Bubbly Carwash. Information: 575-356-3940 • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. Game: Minecraft. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. Activity: Hitchhiking ghost jar. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool storytime — 6:30 […]

Pages past — Oct. 19

On this date … 1976: Construction costs for Clovis’ new hospital were going to exceed an architect’s estimate by about 14 percent, the advisory board of Clovis Memorial Hospital had learned. The board was scrambling to come up with almost $800,000. The plan was to cut back on some equipment purchases, make limited alterations to […]

Suit against county settled

STAFF REPORT Roosevelt County has agreed to pay a former Roosevelt County inmate $255,000 in a lawsuit settlement. County officials and attorneys confirmed last month that a settlement had been reached but declined giving details until the settlement was finalized. Ruben Lozano, 45, filed a lawsuit against the county in March after being released from […]

Meetings watch — Oct. 19

Roosevelt County Commission The following were other actions taken at the Roosevelt County commission Meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse: • County Manager Amber Hamilton reported a general fund balance of just over $1.2 million. • Commissioners approved 16 health care claims presented by Health Care Assistance Administrator Carol Flores. The claims totaled $8,583.83, Flores […]

Opinion: Tony Gennaro marked many in the area

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor Despite my lengthy and busy day Friday, I stopped by the renaming and dedication ceremony for the Natural History Museum, which is now the Dr. Anthony “Tony” Gennaro Natural History Museum. I went the event to show support for the Gennaro legacy. Apparently, everyone else in Portales had the same […]

Police blotter — Oct. 18

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 11:54 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 300 block East First Street • 2:41 p.m.: Domestic in progress, 600 block South Avenue D • 2:48 p.m.: Ambulance requested, location unknown • 3:32 p.m.: Threats report, walk in • 4:15 p.m.: […]

Homecoming, festival pronounced successful

Staff photos: Kurt Munz-Raper
From left, Brenda Burris, Delma Molina and Doloris Hooten chat at Molina’s booth for A Krafty Taste of New Mexico at the Peanut Valley Festival. A Krafty Taste of New Mexico is one of the variety of homemade craft vendors at the festival.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer Spirits and attendance were high during this past weekend’s homecoming festivities, according to officials. Events included Eastern New Mexico University’s homecoming parade and football game and Portales’ 43rd Annual Peanut Valley Festival. Scott Smart, ENMU vice president for Business Affairs, said the weekend was a success “from all accounts.” […]

Department of the week: Finding a workforce is a lot of work

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Roosevelt County Human Resources Administrator Debbie Olds does paperwork Monday morning at her office. Olds said she strives for an “open-door policy” and confidentiality to maintain a confident county workforce.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling city, county and other departments in Roosevelt County each week. Staff report When it comes to the Roosevelt County Human Resources office, Administrator Debbie Olds said “it’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.” Putting together a dedicated workforce is one of the key aspects […]

ENMU to present pair of plays

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University theater department will soon be presenting the community with two unique productions with gender-based perspectives, according to officials. Glengarry Glen Ross, playing at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the University Theatre Center, features an all male cast — a characteristic that […]

Business feature: Local restaurants may face avocado shortage

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Avocados in La Espiga De Oro Supermarket in Clovis remain in stock, despite the grower strike in Mexico and recent rise in prices.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Local restaurant owners agree: You can’t serve Mexican food without avocados. They aren’t so sure, however, what to do if faced with an avocado shortage. The staple of Mexican cuisine is rising in demand amid a recent farmers strike in Mexico, meaning prices are soaring for suppliers. According to […]

Pages past — Oct. 18

On this date … 1976: Regional corn crops appeared strong, but milo harvests were disappointing, the Clovis News-Journal reported. A front-page photo showed 48 trucks full of corn lined up outside a grain elevator in Bovina. Officials said harvest was barely half finished. Milo growers, however, said they were done in by an early freeze […]

Peanut Valley Festival entertains

Staff photos: 
Kurt Munz-Raper
Henry Bonds, 6, playfully attacks Michael Hernandez, a member of the Blackwater 
chapter of the Society of Creative Anachronism, during the Peanut Valley Festival Saturday morning.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Live entertainment and a variety of handmade crafts attracted residents to the first day of the 43rd Annual Peanut Valley Craft and Music Festival Saturday morning. Travis Irwin said he and his family — his wife Crystal and his two children, John David, 7, and Beau, 3 — attend […]

Past ENMU graduates reunite at homecoming

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Kim Osborne tosses a bag while playing cornhole as Shirlee Seaton looks on during Saturday afternoon’s tailgate time at Eastern New Mexico’s Greyhound stadium.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER The Eastern New Mexico University’s 2016 homecoming festivities were a prime opportunity for many alumni of different backgrounds to come together with their fellow Greyhounds, according to attendees. Jeff Gartz, who graduated in 1972 with his bachelor’s degree in business administration, noted that he had come to Portales with […]