Study shows Roosevelt County ranks second highest in investments

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER Roosevelt and Curry counties ranked in the top 10 on a list of New Mexico counties drawing the most investments and potential economic growth. Roosevelt County ranks second in New Mexico and 201st nationally, and Curry County fifth in the state and 530th nationally, in the study conducted by […]

It’s all in the bag

A couple of years before Dora the Explorer came onto the scene, I had already fallen in love with the idea of wearing a mochila and seeing the world. In 1998, we traveled to Bolivia with the racquetball team from Guam. It was my first taste of South American markets, and I was hooked. My […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 9:05 a.m.: Theft report, 1000 block of East Second Street. • 11:59 a.m.: Fire/Still alarm, 1800 block of South Avenue I. • 2:22 p.m.: Vehicle theft report, 1700 block of North Boston Street. […]

To Do List

Today • Comic crafts — 10:30 a.m., super weaving for second through sixth grades at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Greek heroes crafts — 2 p.m. comic self portraits for ages 13-18 at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. at L.C. Cozzens building. Information: 575-356-5307. Wednesday • […]

Pages Past

July 21 On this date … 1975: Rain soaked the region for more than 24 hours, dropping 1.5 inches across Clovis. Automobiles were “drowning out” in the underpass on South Prince, the Clovis News-Journal reported. 1975: Clovis law officers from the city and county attended the Curry County Commission meeting to discuss the possibility of […]


Going fast… • Space for the annual Roosevelt County Fair is getting booked quickly in the Merchants Building but there’s still time. The fair is Aug. 18-22. Contact the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce at 575-356-8541. Special meeting… • The jail — big surprise — will be most of what’s talked about when Curry County […]

Kiwanis Club holds event for local children

Staff photo: Anna George

From left to right, Brandon Renteria, Joel Chaj and Jose Carrillo jump into the deep end of the city pool Friday.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER Friday afternoon was the first free swim day sponsored by Portales Kiwanis at the Portales City Pool which allowed an unlimited number of children ages three to 12 to swim free of charge. “(The Free Swim) is a new inspiration from the club, because we want to do more […]

Native author visits Portales to talk literature

Staff photo: Anna George

People gathered around on Saturday to hear Nathan Dahlstrom, an author from Floyd, read the third installment in his “The Adventures of Wilder Good” series Saturday at the Portales Public Library.

By Anna George STAFF WRITER Floyd native and young adult author S.J. Dahlstrom visited Portales Public Library on Saturday where he read to an audience, signed books and spoke about the inappropriate content rampant in young adult fiction. “It’s a much different world that I am raising my kids in than I was raised […]

StarGazer holds second event

Staff photo: Rae Arnett

“An Evening in Margaritaville” attendees enjoy drinks and conversation during the event Saturday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The StarGazer’s second event got off to a slower start than its first one held less than a month ago. The venue opened its gates Saturday afternoon for “An Evening in Margaritaville” with a limited crowd. Officials speculated that the heat earlier in the day had an impact on […]

ENMU president talks about STEM programs and the future

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Steven Gamble is president of Eastern New Mexico University. He is going into his 15th year as president. What has the university been doing to meet the needs of the growth in employees needed STEM fields? We’ve had strong […]

That’s life, that’s what people say

When it rains, it pours. There was never an expression so true to life. No doubt it sounds very reminiscent of sulking, but I sometimes I wonder why I can’t take a three-day weekend without being punished for it. Maybe it’s not so much that mayhem breaks loose as soon as you come back home, […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 7:22 a.m.: Remove subject, 1100 block of North Avenue N. • 10:13 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 200 block of South Avenue D. • 10:23 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 400 block of West […]

To Do List

Monday • Avenging activity — 10:30 a.m. activities for K through sixth grade at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Tuesday • Comic crafts — 10:30 a.m., super weaving for second through sixth grades at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Greek heroes crafts — 2 p.m. comic self portraits for ages 13-18 at Portales Public […]

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July 19 On this date … 1975: Melrose was preparing for its annual Old Timers Day, which was set to kick off Aug. 9 with the Miss Melrose Pageant at the Melrose Auditorium. Other weekend activities included a parade — featuring Miss Melrose 1975 and 1976 and an assortment of boats, bicycles and horse riders […]


TRIO dollars … • More than $600,000 in grants were awarded Friday to Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College, according to a release from the state’s Senate delegation of Democrats Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. The money, part of 13 grants statewide totaling $3.3 million, will aid the TRIO Student Support Services program […]

Portales McDonald’s re-opens after makeover

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
McDonald’s Swing Manager Jonathan Nelson works as the toppings expert Thursday at the Portales McDonald’s, checking all of the vegetables before placing them on the burger.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor For the last week, Portales residents have been asking if they are in the right place when entering the local McDonald’s restaurant on First Street. After having its doors closed for a week, the restaurant re-opened last week for customers to find a complete makeover with operations. “I enjoyed […]

Notebook — July 18

Don’t go… • If you’re planning on attending Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting, better make new plans. It’s been postponed and rescheduled for July 28 … same time, same station. Good times… • Don’t forget about the annual Ethnic Fair today at Hillcrest Park. Lots of good food, vintage tin and intriguing ethnic entertainment for […]

Local roundup — July 18

Clovis man nabbed on murder charge A Clovis man was arrested Friday and faces an open count of murder connected to a March 8 stabbing death. Johnathan Cruz, 24, is accused of killing Joseph “Jo Jo” Chavez during an altercation at 1000 Beta in Clovis. He is being held without bond at the Roosevelt County […]

McGee: A tale of a howling hound dog

I awoke one morning this week to hear one of my dogs howling in a back room. I came up and looked him in the eyes. Was he trying to tell me something? I’ve heard him bark and whine and growl but I’ve never heard him howl. My grandmother believed a howling hound was a […]

Pages past — July 18

On this date … 1970: Downtown Clovis took on the appearance “of a college campus at the height of riot season, or, perhaps, a great outdoor stock exchange,” Clovis News-Journal photographer Charles Fischer Jr. reported. The hustle and bustle was centered around booths and stands city merchants had erected for the annual Sidewalk Bazaar. 1955: […]