Rodriguez: LPs were entertainment of choice

I’m getting to be a little more “I’m not so old” than what I thought I was. Lately, I’ve been thinking back to the good ol’ days, and then a newsflash blinks across my brain. These good ol’ days were not yesteryear. They were in a whole other decade, a whole other millennium. Yes, about […]

To do list — April 22

Today • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Zen coloring. Information: 575-356-3940 Saturday • Kiwanis flower sale — 8 a.m.-noon at C&S parking lot. Proceeds to benefit youth activities. Information: 575-749-1840 • Special food distribution — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Central Christian Church. Information: 575-769-2103 • Relay for […]

Habitat breaks ground on new home

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Executive Director Mike Gray lead the Marquez family of Clovis on a tour of their future home of Gidding Street. The home will be 1,350 square feet, with three bedrooms and two baths.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer Locals gathered at a ceremony in Clovis Thursday morning to observe Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties break ground on its latest project, marking the start of a new home for a family of five. But the nonprofit is breaking ground in more ways than one this […]

Police department outlines plans

STAFF REPORT At the Tuesday Portales City Council meeting, Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos gave his department report on the city’s police department and presented their comprehensive plan to the council. “I’ve come before you tonight to give our annual report for accreditation that we’re going to try to accomplish this year,” Gallegos said. The […]

Judge denies molestation case dismissal

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Portales District Judge Donna Mowrer once again denied a request to dismiss charges against a Portales man accused of child molestation. Marco Nunez, 38, was arrested in April 2015, then again in June, for charges of criminal sexual contact and penetration of a minor under 13 years old and […]

Pages past — April 21

On this date … 1961: Cannon Air Force Base personnel, deployed to other bases during construction of its primary runway, were all scheduled to return by May 5. Construction of the runway had already been completed, except for final inspections. 1961: Pat Sandoval, a Clovis High School senior who lived at 214 Thornton St., had […]

Fun weekend planned ’round town

The best fundraisers not only gather money for a good cause, but also reward or entertain donors. Three on tap this weekend in eastern New Mexico should do that nicely. Saturday morning, those good-hearted Kiwanians will be in the parking lot of C&S, 300 West First Street, in Portales hawking locally-grown petunias and geraniums as […]

To do list — April 21

Today • Preschool story time — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Catching Nature. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Earth Day seed bombs. Information: 575-356-3940 • ENM Spring Job Fair — 3 p.m.-7 p.m. at Clovis Civic Center. Information: 575-356-8541 • ENMU play […]

School news — April 21

Dora Preschool ends Next week is the last week of school for the Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday preschool classes. Preschool teacher Stacy Smith and her assistants, Elaine Schneider and Ann Marie Garcia, have special times planned for their last days of this school year. Sports • Today — Junior High School EPAC track meet in Texico, […]

Multi-county jail study to be discussed

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor At their Tuesday meeting, Curry County Commissioners rejected a request from Roosevelt County to delay hearing proposals to remodel its detention center. The Curry County Commission holds a $10 million bond to address the county detention center and has five years to spend the funds. “We’ve been negotiating with […]

County feels funding pinch

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The theme at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting seemed to be county government sitting in a tough spot when it comes to state government. New Mexico Association of Counties officials visited the commission on Tuesday to update commissioners on their activities and ask what areas commissioners have concerns in. […]

City continues search for water solution

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Portales city officials are searching for solutions to the city only having 16 years worth of water left. At a Monday night workshop at city hall, Portales city councilors and officials discussed the ongoing problem of water shortage in the area with Mayor Sharon King explaining that the Ogallala […]

Pages past — April 20

On this date … 1971: Two area residents remained hospitalized but in good condition after tornadoes tore through Bailey and Parmer counties. Hattie May, 68, suffered a fractured ankle when her automobile was blown off the road two miles south of Lazbuddie. Gerald Mendoza, 13 months old, suffered a laceration to his head when a […]

To do list — April 20

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Catching Nature. Information: 575-356-3940 • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Game: Kinect Sport Heroes. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Preschool story time — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Catching Nature. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen […]

Heavy rains possible next week

Staff report Most of Curry County received a majority of its 2016 precipitation Monday night. According to the National Weather Service, reports around Clovis put the overnight rain between 0.4 and 0.5 inches, with a report of .89 inches about three miles east of town and another of 1.25 inches about 11 miles northeast of […]

Workshop pageant winners announced

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From left, the winners of the spring workshop pageant held Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University: Kaci Benge, Miss Lea County, Leah Taylor, Miss Quay County, Kathryn Kincheloe, Miss Roosevelt County, Sasha Butcher, 2015 Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen, Marissa Livingston, 2015 Miss New Mexico, Amanda Schaap, Miss Clovis, Marissa Manzanares, Miss Blackwater Draw, Ashlea Watley, Miss Roswell, and Kagan Massey, Miss Hobbs.

STAFF REPORT Several more women were named 2016 title holders for the Miss New Mexico Pageant after a spring workshop was held at Eastern New Mexico University over the weekend. The initial Miss Portales Extravaganza was held in Portales in November in which Alexa Vigil, 20, of Portales was chosen Miss Portales, and Madison Belcher, […]

Water plan, Portales Inn on city agenda

Staff report The Portales City Council will discuss two topics of note at today’s city council meeting at the Memorial Building: The water asset management plan and a request for proposal for redevelopment of the Portales Inn. City Manager Sammy Standefer and Public Works Director John DeSha will be requesting comments from council members on […]

Design process started for fire substation

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer The fire substation that is planned for construction on the north side of Portales is currently under design, according to City Manager Sammy Standefer. “We’ve recently finalized the contract with WHPacific, and basically, they have begun the design process,” he said. After the design process is finished, Standefer said, […]

ENMU presents Spirit of Eastern awards

Eastern New Mexico University presented six of its faculty and staff members with the 2016 Spirit of Eastern Awards last week at the University Theatre Center. The award is given every year to university staff who have gone above and beyond with their jobs at the university. “The Spirit of Eastern Awards is designed to […]

National nursing shortage on rise

By Brooke Finch Staff writer A national nursing shortage is on the rise and appears to be hitting close to home. According to a 2014 report from the Department of Health and Human Services, there’s an ongoing imbalance of nurses on a state level. “Sixteen states are projected to experience a smaller growth in […]