To do list — Jan. 24

Tuesday • Books and babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for children 0-3. Book: Frosty Flakes. Information: 575-356-3940 Wednesday • 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. […]

Boswell: Not seen Star Wars? Let me fix that

Opinion This year may have been the most excited I’ve ever been about the annual chamber of commerce banquet simply because of the theme chosen for it . I was thoroughly enthused to have the Star Wars theme music playing in the background and Star Wars decor on the tables. I immediately laid claim to […]

Legislature: Lawmakers focus on incentives, marketing

By Bruce Krasnow The New Mexican The list of tax breaks and economic development incentives handed to businesses over the past several years reads like a chapter book. New Mexico has spent money on job training and recruitment. It has helped businesses with necessary public infrastructure and worked to level the playing field with neighboring […]

Will rope for food

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, in cooperation with the non-profit organization Circle of Love, will be holding a team roping event at the Curry County Events Center on Sunday. The free event is being held in memory of banker and roper Eddie Stanfield, with the profits going […]

Eighth-grader floats first place in bee

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Ariel Kokoricha won her fifth consecutive Curry County Spelling Bee title on Friday.

By David Stevens Editor Ariel Kokoricha survived the melee on Friday morning, impervious to words most of us can’t define, spell or use in a sentence. In the end, buoyancy sent the Clovis Christian School eighth-grader to Albuquerque for the fifth consecutive year, representing Curry County in the New Mexico Spelling Bee. Ariel overcame […]

Pages past — Jan. 23

On this date … 2006: The Factory Direct store had become Ashley Furniture in Portales, doubling in size and staff, according to store management. Co-owner June Merrick said one customer entered the new store and said, “It was like she left Portales and entered the big city.” 1956: Clovis Kiwanis Club was celebrating its 35th […]

Johnson: Homing pets no easy task

They come to us in many ways — perhaps the result of a planned and well researched decision, given as a gift by a loved one or maybe they turn up on the porch bedraggled and in need of a home and hit the jackpot — however it happens, pets and people come together. The […]

Berry: Grandson had better photo ideas

Having the grandchildren in one place during the holiday was a good time for a group picture. With the kids growing up and moving to new adventures, it just made sense to get a new one. We have grandkids ranging in age from 18 years to 18 months. It took a little bit of coordination […]

Legislature: Senator sees appeal in license compromise

By Milan Simonich The New Mexican State Sen. John Arthur Smith says he’s still hopeful of a compromise on driver’s licenses for immigrants. But, he says, the House Republican bill for driving privilege cards would be unacceptable to most in the Senate because it contains what he calls “the Scarlet Letter” — everyone with the […]

All that jazz

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Eastern New Mexico University Director of Jazz Studies Richard Schwartz will be one of the coordinators for this weekend’s New Mexico Educators All-State Jazz Conference being hosted by ENMU. The conference will include four performances open to the public.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Eastern New Mexico University will play host to a musical tradition more than 30 years old this weekend. The annual New Mexico Jazz Educators All-State Jazz Conference kicks off on campus today with music educators from across the nation attending to work with high school jazz performers from all […]

Local students excel in VFW writing contest

By Eamon Scarbrough and Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITERS A local middle school student recently won a state level writing contest after winning the title for district. Jayce Victor, 14, an eighth-grade student from Elida Municipal Schools, moved on to the district level of the Patriot’s Pen essay competition where she won, then went on to […]

Pages past — Jan. 22

On this date … 1976: Nine men were on death row in New Mexico. One Clovis man, Stanley Deon Melton, was awaiting execution. His sentence was ultimately commuted to life. No other area convicts were on death row. 1956: The city of Clovis’ sanitation department reported a large amount of waste paper was being scattered […]

To do list — Jan. 22

Today • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Movie: Cool Runnings. Information: 575-356-3940 Saturday • Senior dance — 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Curry County Outlaw Band at Portales Senior Center. Admission: $5. Information: 575-356-8741 • Special food distribution — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Central Christian Church, 1528 S. Main Street. […]

Pet of the week — Jan. 22


Gender: Female Age: 1 year old Breed: Unknown mix Personality: Very energetic This dog was brought in as a stray about a week ago, according to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, who said the pup is very friendly and has lots of energy. Martinez said the dog would be great for an active family but […]

Brown: No better hauler than a semi

Opinion Where a vehicle goes is an important part of what a vehicle is and, frequently, a part of what it is called. It is important to know where a vehicle goes. True off-road rigs, like a steel-tracked bulldozer, can go practically anywhere, but that doesn’t mean they should. If you go clanking across a […]

Meetings watch — Jan. 22

Portales City Council The following were actions taken at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in the Memorial Building: • Portales Mayor Sharon King recognized the service of several city departments during Blizzard Goliath. King presented plaques to the Portales Communications Department, Portales police, Public Works and the fire departments. Each plaque read, “In appreciation […]

Legislative tidbits — Jan. 22

Days remaining in session: 27 Three strikes House Republicans closed ranks Thursday to advance one of their crime-and-punishment bills, a measure that would add 11 felonies to the “Three Strikes” law for imposing life prison sentences. All four Republicans on the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee voted for the bill by Rep. Paul Pacheco, […]

Legislative tidbits — Jan. 21

Days remaining in session: 28 Legalized discrimination? Equality New Mexico, a gay-rights organization, and the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday denounced a bill that they say promotes discrimination. House Bill 55, sponsored by Reps. David Gallegos, R-Eunice, and Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell, would allow a business owner to refuse service to customers whose sexual orientation […]

Council to review substation proposal

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Tuesday night’s Portales City Council meeting highlighted the fact that some county landowners might be concerned about having their land “taken from them.” In the Tuesday meeting, City Manager Sammy Standefer presented a review of a proposed site for a new electrical substation through Xcel Energy. According to Standefer, […]

Professor awarded for music service


Thirty years of dedication and hard work paid off this week for Eastern New Mexico University Professor Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas, who received the New Mexico Music Education Association’s (NMMEA’s) Rollie V. Heltman Service Award. NMMEA Executive Director Don Gerheart said the award, named after a co-founder and member of the executive board of the NMMEA for […]