To do list — Jan. 29

Saturday • Senior dance — 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Coby Carter and 5 Miles West Band plays at Portales Senior Center. Admission: $5. Information: 575-356-8741 Monday • Gospel concert — 7 p.m. at ENMU’s Buchanan Hall. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-1011 Tuesday • After school @ the Library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades […]

Brown: Don’t eat the cattle cake

Opinion Once again it’s time to delve into the lexicon of the agriculture business. Today’s word is ‘cake.’ It is a noun, a verb, and has nothing to do with sweet, spongy dessert or what Lucifer likes to eat. An example of its use as a noun might be somewhat confusing if overheard out of […]

Pet of the Week — Jan. 29


Gender: Female Age: 1 year old Breed: Border collie mix Personality: Shy Story: This dog was brought in as a stray. According to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, she was shy but very friendly when they picked her off the streets. Martinez says she is perfect for a college student or a family that’s low-key […]

Meetings watch — Jan. 29

Roosevelt General Hospital The board of Trustees of Roosevelt County Special Hospital District met in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at Roosevelt General Hospital: • Dr. Larry Leaming opened the meeting for the election of board officers. Paul Benoit was unanimously elected chairman and Doug Stone was elected as secretary/treasurer. […]

Child porn bill makes Senate

By David Stevens Editor A bill intended to strengthen New Mexico’s child pornography laws has passed the House, 60-2, and is headed for the Democratic-controlled Senate. House Bill 65, co-sponsored by Clovis Republican Rep. Randal Crowder, would allow prosecutors to charge one count of possession for each pornographic image. The law currently limits charges […]

Q&A: Students ask legislature to keep ENMU in mind

Tim Harris

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER In Santa Fe, Eastern New Mexico University students informed state legislators of the most pressing issues facing the school at the beginning of the 2016 state legislative session. The students, who were members of the Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University, spoke to the legislators about topics including […]

Q&A: City council Ward A candidates share strengths, ambitions

Jim Lucero

Editor’s note: The following is the first in a series of question and answer sessions with Portales city council candidates. Veronica Cordova is a Ward A Portales City Council candidate and works for US Bank. Early voting for the election will be at Portales city hall from Feb. 10 to Feb. 26. Absentee voting by […]

Pages past — Jan. 28

On this date … 2006: New Mexico lawmakers were debating the effects of a minimum-wage increase from $5.15 an hour. “I think it hurts the economy. I’m opposed to raising it,” said Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “Businesses won’t hire as many employees if the minimum wage rises because they won’t be able to afford training […]

Williamson: American dream ‘what immigration is all about’

By Betty Williamson Local columnist If you have ever questioned the existence of the American dream, I’d invite you to spend a little time with Rosario Jimenez. That is, if you can catch up to her. Rosario is the supervisor at Juanito’s Restaurant in Portales, where she’s been a familiar face in the dining room […]

ENMU Briefs — Jan. 28

Two chapters published Manuel Varela and his colleagues have had two chapters accepted for publication by Wiley-Blackwell in an upcoming book called “Foodborne Pathogens and Antibiotic Resistance.” The title of the first chapter is “Antibiotic resistance in seafood-borne pathogens,” and co-authors are: Sanath Kumar, Manjusha Lekshmi, Ammini Parvathi and Binaya Bhusan Nayak. The title of […]

Dora school news — Jan. 28

Basketball • Today — Varsity teams play at Evangel Christian, 5 p.m. • Friday — Varsity teams play at Mountainair, 4 p.m. • Monday — Junior Varsity teams vs Portales C, 4 p.m. BPA Kiss-O-Grams Fundraiser Members of the Dora Chapter of Business Professionals of America will begin their annual Kiss-O-Gram sales on Monday. For […]

Legislative Tidbits — Jan. 28

Days remaining in session: 21 Facing blowback Rep. Rick Little, R-Chaparral, drew fire for saying during a Tuesday committee hearing that he thinks homosexuality is a choice. On Wednesday, The New Mexican reported that Little, during a debate about a bill to add police as a protected class under New Mexico’s hate crimes law, argued […]

Home costs rising

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER According to a New Mexico Realtor’s Association housing market report, the median price for a home in Roosevelt County increased by more than $13,000 from 2014 to 2015. In the association’s 2015 third quarter report, NMRA reported Portales saw an increase from $126,500 to $140,000 in median home price […]

Portales Inn plans on back burner

STAFF REPORT Plans to restore the historical Portales Inn are still a dream, and making that dream a reality is easier said than done, according to local economic development officials. Big plans for renovating the once-upon-a-time hotel, which has sat vacant for roughly 18 years, began in 2010 when a company called Maxwell Group LLC […]

Legislature: Third grade retention bill advances in house

By Robert Nott The New Mexican A House bill that calls for holding back some third-grade students who don’t show proficiency in reading at their grade level cleared its first hurdle Tuesday after the House Education Committee recommended approval of the measure in a 6-4 vote along party lines. This followed a 6-6 vote that […]

Pages past — Jan. 27

On this date … 2006: Police were warning area business owners to beware of a fraudulent check scheme. Scammers were printing checks with phony account numbers and phony phone numbers for the banks. Suspicious business owners were calling the number listed on the checks and being told funds were sufficient. 1946: Excessive speed led to […]

Rodriguez: Price of cheap gas too high

Opinion When I was in high school, Dad would give us money to go buy him cigarettes. Of course we needed gas in the green van to buy those cigarettes. And we couldn’t buy cigarettes without cruising “The Drag.” And then, of course, we’d need a soda. This sounds kind of like the children’s book, […]

To do list — Jan. 27

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: C is for …Cake. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Game day: Minecraft. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 9-12. Activity: Paper journals. Information: […]

Attorneys told to continue prep for Montoya retrial

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor District Judge Drew Tatum told attorneys Monday to continue preparing for next week’s murder trial despite the fact that he is considering a motion to dismiss all charges. Defense Attorney Chris Christensen made two motions to have charges dropped against his client, DeAngelo Montoya, at a hearing Monday. At […]

Coca-Cola plant closing doors

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The closing of a local plant in the near future could leave 59 people out of jobs. Coca-Cola Refreshments announced Monday that it will be “consolidating” its production by closing the local Portales Coca-Cola plant, sending its services to the Abilene and El Paso, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, […]