Council tables water loan resolution

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER At Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting, councilors voted to indefinitely table a resolution which would guarantee the payment of loans the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has accumulated. The resolution contained modifications that were made after a resolution was brought before the council Nov. 1 asking Portales to […]

RGH finds CEO


By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Roosevelt General Hospital is getting ready for a new interim CEO. Bo Beames, vice president of regional administration for Presbyterian Health Services, will be stepping into the position in January, according to hospital officials. Current CEO Larry Leaming gave notice to the hospital last month that he would be […]

Winds bring fire danger

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER Strong winds and low relative humidity are expected across New Mexico today and Friday, prompting a warning from the National Weather Service and the city of Clovis. About 2 p.m. Wednesday, the city of Clovis notified locals via an online alert system about a Red Flag Warning. The Red […]

District court makes ‘forever families’

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
From left, District Judge Donna Mowrer and Kayla and Kerry Ennis smile down at Nathaniel Ennis, 4, as he bangs the gavel to make his and Angelique’s adoptions final Wednesday during National Adoption Day.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Ninth Judicial District Judge Donna Mowrer says National Adoption Day is her favorite day in her job, because everyone leaves happy. That’s not to say there are no tears. Plenty of tears were shed Wednesday afternoon in the Portales district courtroom as parents shared their stories of how their […]

Portales Public Library the place to be

Twelve thousand of us who live in eastern New Mexico have something rather special in common: We are card-carrying patrons of the Portales Public Library. Those cards give us free access to 60,000 books, a room full of videos and audiobooks, and thousands of e-books and e-audios you can download onto the device of your […]

To do list — Nov. 17

Today • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library for ages 9-12. Activity: Mini Zines. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool storytime — 6:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Story: Turkey Lurkey. Information: 575-356-3940 • Friends of the Library book sale — 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • ‘Top Girls’ […]

Pages past — Nov. 17

On this date … 1976: A plane that left the Portales airport “suddenly … leaving one man behind,” had landed in Santa Rosa, where police conducted a pot raid. The Associated Press reported six men were arrested — including the one left behind in Portales. The plane contained 1,419 pounds of marijuana. 1971: A Texico […]

Ed officials fear scholarship cuts

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The upcoming January legislative session may bring with it more potential changes to higher education. Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College officials said the state lottery scholarship program may be affected if more cuts are made during the session, although cuts and adjustments are not official, and […]

Helping others important to student councilor


Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local Roosevelt County students each week. Alexis Nixon, 11 is a sixth grade student at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School. Her favorite subject is math, and she participates in both band and student council. She plays trumpet in band and likes it, because she gets “to make loud […]

Teaching junior high ‘best of both worlds’

Courtesy photo: Sara Meeks
Portales Junior High Teacher Sara Meeks poses in two  pictures with her student, Grant Wagner; one from his eighth-grade school year, left, and one from his senior year.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling Roosevelt County educators each week. STAFF REPORT Sara Meeks has been teaching eighth-grade U.S. history and seventh-grade English at Portales Junior High School for the entirety of her almost 10-year career, and she couldn’t be more satisfied. Meeks began as a student teacher at Portales High […]

Langrell: Change brings new name, expanded distribution

Change is important in any industry — journalism is no different. Beginning Sunday, our staff will begin producing an innovative newspaper that will be distributed across the High Plains region of New Mexico and into the western portion of Texas. Let me be the first to introduce you to The Eastern New Mexico News. While […]

Pages Past — Nov. 16

Nov. 16 On this date … 1971: A Clovis man had been found guilty of killing his wife following a quarrel. A Ninth District Court jury deliberated less than two hours before finding Charles Chambers, 57, guilty of first-degree murder. Chambers was accused of shooting his wife, Lola, in the mouth with a rifle on […]

To Do List — Nov. 16

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Story: Turkey Lurkey. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. Game day: Kinect Sports Heroes. Information: 575-356-3940 • Saxophone studio recital — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-1011 Thursday • Tween program — […]

Meetings watch: Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education

The following were actions taken at the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Monday in the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices Building: • Board members approved the minutes of their Oct. 17 meeting and Oct. 26 special meeting. • Portales High School student Ashrey Shah was recognized by the board for being selected to play […]

Portales man gets bond lowered in drug trafficking case

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer The bond for a Portales man accused of drug trafficking was lowered Tuesday during a district court hearing. Chance Plummer, who was one of 11 drug-related arrests in April, had his bond lowered to a $25,000 cash surety bond. District Judge Donna Mowrer denied a request from Plummer’s attorney, […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt County Commission

The following were actions taken at the Tuesday commission meeting in the county courthouse: • County Treasurer Layle Sanchez reported a general fund balance of $1.5 million as of Oct. 31. Sanchez added 20 percent of property taxes were collected as of Tuesday morning. “We’re right on target for meeting our budget for current and […]

County sets road priorities

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff writer Road Superintendent Ricky Lovato reported to Roosevelt County commissioners the official priorities for road improvements during a workshop session. Listings included capital outlay and Local Government Road Fund (LGRF) projects, such as school bus routes and co-op roads, as well as potential road closures for fiscal year 2018. School […]

Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Monday • 11:37 a.m.: Burglary report, 900 block West 15th Street • 11:40 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1400 block South Main Avenue • 12:43 p.m.: Fraud, 1600 block East Spruce Street • 3:16 p.m.: Domestic in progress, 1300 block South Avenue C • […]

Clovis man seeks to have evidence suppressed

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR A man accused of shooting a Clovis police officer earlier this year is also facing unrelated charges from 2015 in which he is accused of drug possession and assault on a peace officer. Anthony M. Baca, 34, was in court on Tuesday asking evidence in the 2015 case be […]

Department of the week: Teen Court teaches teens about their actions

Editor’s note: This is the final in a series profiling city, county and other departments in Roosevelt County each week. STAFF REPORT Through the teen court program, local youth get a chance to learn about court processes and being attorneys while also giving young offenders a chance to learn from their mistakes, according to Former […]