Pages past — Aug. 21

On this date … 1975: An 11-year-old Clovis boy suffered a broken leg and forehead laceration after he was struck by a car while crossing a street near Gattis Junior High. Michael Reeves stepped in front of the car driven by Jocqueline Berry, police reported. No citations were issued. The child recovered and today is […]

Meetings watch — Aug. 21

Portales City Council The Portales City Council met in regular session Tuesday night at the Memorial Building. The following are topics which were discussed: • Councilors accepted ratification of bills for July 2015, which appeared normal, according to Finance Director Marilyn Rapp. • Councilors accepted the adoption of the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan for fiscal […]

County commissioner resigns


By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Roosevelt County Commissioner Kendell Buzard tendered his resignation to the county Wednesday morning. “I can’t in good conscience continue to fill this position, because I cannot continue to fulfill my responsibilities to both this job and to my family,” Buzard said. “I cannot justify taking this paycheck from taxpayers […]

Councilors hear quarterly report

STAFF REPORT The following were business and housing projects highlighted by Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Stan Livengood during his quarterly report to city council members at Tuesday’s city council meeting: • Livengood said RCCDC has submitted two grant applications to the USDA Rural Development Department. One was for operational funds for RCCDC. […]

City councilors approve final infrastructure plan

STAFF REPORT Portales city councilors approved the final Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan to present to the New Mexico legislature for 2017 through 2020 at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The following are the top priorities for infrastructure improvements for each year: 2017: • Fire protection/water circulation upgrades • Wellfield improvements • New fire department substation […]

City manager receives pay raise

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Portales City Manager Sammy Standefer received a more than $6,000 pay increase Tuesday night after city councilors came out of executive session. Councilors conducted Standefer’s six-month review during the closed session, voting afterward to increase his annual salary from $76,500 to $83,000. Standefer stepped into the position in February. […]

Rewards are bigger than the challenges

Staff Photo: Rae Arnett

Jocelyn Schaffner, left, and Savannah Kircher stand with a goat in preparation for the Junior Livestock Goat Show on Wednesday afternoon.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Most of the Junior Livestock Show participants that were prepping their animals in the Roosevelt County Events Arena Wednesday morning seemed to agree on two aspects that come with the process of showing: The best part is getting to know the animals, and the most challenging part is training […]

Fair schedule

The following is the schedule of events for next months Roosevelt County Fair: Today • Youth horse show: 8 a.m. at the Show Arena • Senior citizens get free admission: 8 a.m.-noon • Pioneer day: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Jake Lopez Building • Home Arts Building and Youth Building open to public: 10 a.m. […]

To do list

Today • County fair —10 a.m.-midnight at the fairgrounds. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. buildings open; 5 p.m.-midnight carnival; 8 p.m.-midnight Will Bannister & The Modern Day Ramblers on the slab. Fees/Admission: Adults $6 daily, Child (5-17) $4 daily, Adults $25 season, Child (5-17) $15 season, 4 and under free. Information: 575-356-8541 • Child Find clinic — […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday • 2:52 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, location unknown • 3:00 p.m.: Breaking and entering, 600 block of West 18th Street • 5:12 p.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 200 block of South Main Avenue • […]

Fair offers chance to help local child

At the ripe old age of 2, Eliza Dodd is not likely to remember, but she’s destined to be the biggest celebrity at the 2015 Roosevelt County Fair. The pint-sized Melrose native has captured a lot of High Plains hearts this summer as she’s been engaged in a battle for her life against HUS, or […]

Pages Past

On this date … 1975: Curry County Fair officials had announced a new event for the fair scheduled next month: a tractor pull. Joe Roark, one of the event organizers, said about 40 tractors and drivers were scheduled to compete. The idea was for tractors to pull weighted sleds. 1962: A Cannon Air Force Base […]

Editor’s notebook

Give a listen: • Clovis can expect to have a new radio station by week’s end. KGMG at 93.9 on your FM dial expects to begin 24-hour broadcasting around 11 a.m. on Saturday. Harry Stone, elder of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Clovis, said the station is affiliated with Three Angels Broadcasting Network in […]

Jail policy revisions tabled at meeting

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR The room remained silent Tuesday morning when Commission Chairman Kendell Buzard called for a second in regards to approving the adoption of revised policies for the Roosevelt County Detention Center. At the regular Roosevelt County Commission meeting in the Commission Room at the county courthouse, Commissioner Gene Creighton put […]

Campus comes to life after sleepy summer

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson
Sophomore biology student and hound handler Andrea Ortiz walked one of Eastern New Mexico University’s live mascot greyhounds, Tory, around campus Tuesday afternoon on the first day of the fall semester.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER A mix of first time and returning students were on campus at Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday for the start of the fall semester. Brand new to campus was Brayan Parra, a Floyd High School graduate, who is majoring in digital film making. After a few classes, Parra said […]

County fair entrants set for competition

Staff photo: Rae Arnett
Danie Heister, front, and Jamie Smiley wash a Crossbred hog for the Swine Show on Tuesday Afternoon. Heister is a member of the Baptist Children’s Home 4H Club.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The fair opened Tuesday with a plethora of events, including the New Mexico Children’s Home Pork Chop Breakfast, the flower show, poultry judging, adult craft judging and the market swine shows. Judges for the shows place the competitors based on the criteria for their show. The Home Arts competitions […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 19

Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination for president … if you believe the straw poll taken at the Republican Party’s booth at last week’s Curry County fair. More than 7,500 votes were cast by fairgoers, at cost of one penny per tally in the poll, with Trump receiving 29 percent of the vote. Ben […]

I had best of both cultures on vinyl

Today we have crisp and high-quality digital sound at our finger and ear tips. But nothing beats the old-fashioned needle-to-the-vinyl sounds of my youth, whether I was jamming to the hardcore piano of Billy Joel or hip-swaying cumbias of Grupo Mazz. My friend, Lupe Rosales, got me thinking about my first vinyls recently. Some of […]

Pages past — Aug. 19

On this date … 1960: The Portales Mounted Patrol was home after riding with 13 other posses in the Levelland parade. Morris Gorrell transported the horses to Levelland in his trucks. 1955: A man wanted for six years on swindling charges turned himself into the Curry County sheriff. The man had allegedly obtained $3,200 under […]

To do list — Aug. 19

Today • County fair —10 a.m.-midnight at the fairgrounds. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. buildings open; 5 p.m.-midnight carnival; 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Bakersfield Twang on the slab. Fees/Admission: Adults $6 daily, Child (5-17) $4 daily, Adults $25 season, Child (5-17) $15 season, 4 and under free. Information: 575-356-8541 Thursday • County fair —10 a.m.-midnight at the fairgrounds. […]