Pages past — April 16

On this date … 1950: Portales’ five Baptist churches set an all-time record for Sunday school attendance, Rev. L.A. Doyle said. Doyle said 1,525 people were in Sunday school, shattering the previous record by 137. 1910: I.D. Johnson, 6, arrived in Clovis by train with his parents. “He learned to swim at a lake located […]

Death or taxes, which is worse?

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Which is more pleasurable, though, is still up for debate. I kid, of course — I would rather pay my taxes than die. I’m too young, after all, and have at least three-quarters of my life still ahead of me. But […]

Baptisms make big families

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist My granddaughter, Genavecia Ashley, will be baptized on Sunday. Gena is a year-and-a-half old. By my personal preferences, that is not soon enough, but never too late. Not only is baptism a rite of passage, it is a sacrament, and, it is an extension of family. Have you ever wondered […]

Mobile home goes up in flames

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Chuck Wells surveys his fire-ravaged home on South Roosevelt Road P Tuesday afternoon.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER A few stray sparks was all it took for Portales native Chuck Well’s home to go up in flames Saturday afternoon. Wells, who was cutting through metal with a plasma cutter beside his home, became the second person in Portales to lose their home to fire in less than […]

Dogs train to protect

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Amber Roos Holds back her German Shepherd Armino Sunday after she gave him the command to be in defensive stance against her pseudo attacker.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Mountain Cur Mattie Ross is just your ordinary house dog, relaxing in the sunshine in her backyard as owner Alison Hales scratches her ears — at least on most days. When the Blackwater K9 Protection Club meets on weekends, Mattie can turn from household pet into vicious attack animal […]

Family atmosphere at work draws firefighter


Editor’s note: This is a weekly series profiling public service workers Name: Dwayne Rogers Title: Firefighter, Portales Fire Department, one year What’s the year at the PFD been like for you? It’s been very eye-opening for me. I’m not from here and here they’ve shown me everything as far what to do and how to […]

More fundraiser opportunities head to local area

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Two fundraising events will be coming to the local area within the next two weeks. The seventh annual Texico EMS Run for Life is being hosted by the Texico Fire Department on Saturday. Assistant Fire Chief Doug Scioli said anyone who can legally ride a motorcycle is eligible to […]

To do list — April 15

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • ENM Spring Job Fair — 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Clovis Civic Center at 801 Schepps Blvd. Information: 575-762-7714. • Preschool story time — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. […]

Police blotter — April 15

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 1:36 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1700 block of West 17th Street • 10:58 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 100 block of Texas Drive • 2:08 p.m.: Theft report, 1300 block of South […]

Pages past — April 15

On this date … 1975: The legal sale of liquor in Portales was approved for the first time since April 1917. City voters approved the action by a vote of 2,123 to 1,920. The Associated Press reported it was the fourth local option vote in Portales since prohibition. State statute made liquor sales legal in […]

Judge orders county to change policy

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR A local judge has set aside a Roosevelt County jail policy as unconstitutional. District Judge Donna Mowrer ruled Thursday that a Roosevelt County Detention Center policy allowing attorney contact with inmates only between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and only with 24 hours advanced notice was […]

Bill to help keep health care providers in New Mexico

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER State Sen. Stuart Ingle’s bill eliminating non-compete contracts for health professionals is now law. Gov. Susana Martinez recently signed the bill that will help retain health care professionals in New Mexico, according to a press release from the governor. Senate Bill 325 allows physicians, dentists, osteopathic physicians, podiatrists and […]

Meetings watch: Portales Municipal Schools

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Portales High School and junior high school students were recognized at a school board meeting Monday for placing in the Eastern New Mexico University Regional Science Fair on March 7 and the New Mexico Tech State Science and Engineering Fair on March 28. Laura DeBusk, a junior high science […]

People need guidelines for gadgets

Have you noticed those ads on TV concerning meal time? There’s one in which the family is successful in getting the teenager to put down her cell phone and enjoy the food. Then there’s another ad in which a teenaged girl is telling a story to her family with great detail. Again, the same feeling […]

Muleshoe alcohol sales back up for debate

Caleb Chandler

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER Even after seven years, there’s still a deja vu feeling in Muleshoe. The Bailey County seat, labeled on its website as a place, “Where Progress is Routine,” is going through what must feel like another routine with a wet-dry election in May. It is the third election on the […]

Ex-guards get lengthy prison sentences for Iraq shootings

By SAM HANANEL Associated Press WASHINGTON — Rejecting pleas for mercy, a federal judge on Monday sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others. The carnage in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square, […]

Senior calendar

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: Jewelry Pals; 10 a.m. 8-5 Exercise equipment; Line Dance, pinochle; 1 p.m., Business meeting 5 p.m., potlock 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. social night Tuesday: Hobbs trip. Quilting 8 a.m., 8-5 Exercise equipment, 1p.m. pinochle, 1-5 p.m. 8 ball pool, 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 8-5 Exercise equipment, 10 […]

To Do List

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children ages birth to 3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • After school at the library — 4:30 p.m., programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Wednesday • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • […]

State roundup

Santa Fe parents arrested Santa Fe – Police arrested a man and woman here on Thursday after they found the woman’s children wandering and one napping in the parking lot of homeless shelter. The Children, Youth and Families Department was contacted about the children, who were found “in the corner of the parking lot at […]

National roundup

Houston officer kills gunman Houston — Houston police say an off-duty officer fatally shot a man who pointed a shotgun at him outside a gas station. Police say the shooting happened Monday evening. The Houston Chronicle reported that the officer was working an approved part-time security job when he saw a disturbance near a gas […]