Residents still unsure as election approaches

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer For many Portales residents, the 2016 presidential election has raised more questions than answers. Absentee voting begins today, running through Nov. 8. Early voting will begin Oct. 22, running through Nov. 4. Early voters can vote noon-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays at the Memorial Building. Nov. […]

Department of the week: Service to community is key

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Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry signs checks as one of her many community-oriented duties during a busy Monday morning.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling city, county and other departments in Roosevelt County each week. By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer Officials at the Portales City Clerk’s office say their service to the community is what counts the most. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said she has a lot of duties within […]

Business center hosting seminars

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer Local business owners will be able to take advantage of free business education in the near future, according to officials of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center. The NMSBC at Clovis Community College will host a series of seminars during the month of October, according to Business Advisor […]

Homecoming schedule

Wednesday • Inaugural powder puff football game: 6 p.m. at Greyhound Stadium with female students competing against each other. Thursday • 2016 Homecoming Pageant: 7-9 p.m. Campus Union Ballroom. Friday • The Homecoming Golf Experience: 8 a.m.-noon or 1-5 p.m. Advance registration is required at 575-562-2141. • Gennaro museum dedication: 2 p.m. at the ENMU […]

To do list — Oct. 11

Today • Afterschool S.T.E.A.M. — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Play your way. Information: 575-356-3940 • Portales High School Coffee Night — 6:30 p.m. in the PHS cafeteria. A night of jazz, music theater, food and coffee. Admission: $5. Information: 575-356-7015 Wednesday • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public […]

General election sample ballot

The following will appear on the 2016 general election ballot: President of the United States • Donald J. Trump, R, with Vice President Michael R. Pence • Hillary Rodham Clinton, D, with Vice President Timothy Michael Kaine • Cloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation, with Vice President Dennis Banks • Gary Johnson, Libertarian, […]

Entertainment for all at Peanut Valley Festival

Staff report The 43rd annual Peanut Valley Festival in Portales will be an opportunity, not only for attendees to purchase early holiday gifts, but to be given a wider appreciation of area cultures. The Roswell Ballet Folklorico will be performing at 2:15 p.m. Sunday and will bring traditional Hispanic dances to the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, […]

Firefighters promoting safety tips

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For the month of October, the Portales Fire Department holds tours of its fire station for Brown Early Childhood Center kindergarten students, and is bringing the “Fire Buddy” fire safety education program to James Elementary School. Oct. 9-15 was proclaimed as Fire Prevention Week by Mayor Sharon King at the Tuesday Portales City Council Meeting.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer Although Oct. 9-15 was proclaimed as Fire Prevention Week in Portales by Mayor Sharon King at the Oct. 4 city council meeting, the city’s fire department is working all month to inform area youth of the importance of fire safety and the constant role that the department plays in […]

About 700 attend RGH Health Fair

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Doris McAfee points out the difference between candy and medicine in a guessing game during the Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER An interactive community and a friendly hospital staff made the sixth annual Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair worthwhile, attendees said. But those are just icing on the cake for attendees, where a variety of free health services were provided during the fair Saturday morning. “It’s a good way to […]

Boswell: ‘It’ is not funny

So, it has finally happened, many people’s worst nightmare has become a reality. “It” has come to life — quite literally. By “It” I am referencing Steven King’s 1986 horror novel in which a clown figure terrorizes children. One of my close friends called me Tuesday night very shaken up because someone in a clown […]

Pages past — Oct. 9

On this date … 1951: Ramona Griego had been unable to celebrate her fourth birthday because she was in Clovis Memorial Hospital. The child, who lived at 205 Cameo, was suffering from polio, doctors said. She’d been admitted over the weekend with severe weakness in her arms and legs and was confined to bed. She […]

To do list — Oct. 9

Today • Wind Symphony concert — 3 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-356-1011 Tuesday • Afterschool S.T.E.A.M. — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Play your way. Information: 575-356-3940 • Portales High School Coffee Night — 6:30 p.m. in the PHS cafeteria. A night of jazz, music theater, […]

Roosevelt General CEO resigns

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Roosevelt General Hospital’s administrator plans to leave in January, according to a Friday press release from the hospital. CEO Larry Leaming started at RGH in January 2010 and his last day with the hospital will be Jan. 6, 2017, the release said. Leaming has accepted a position as president […]

ENMU celebrates 82nd homecoming

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The Eastern New Mexico University homecoming parade to be held next Saturday morning is one of several homecoming events open to the public.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER For their 82nd homecoming celebration, Eastern New Mexico University has a week-long schedule of events that will reinforce the bond between the university and the surrounding community. According to ENMU Alumni Director Robert Graham, the bond between the university and the Eastern New Mexico community is vital to the […]

Pages past — Oct. 8

On this date … 1971: Public dancing was declared legal in Clovis, so long as the dance host had a permit and only held dances “on an occasional basis,” Clovis’ city attorney said. Eloy Garcia had asked the city approve his request for a public dance license several weeks earlier; he was initially denied because […]

Local roundup — Oct. 8

Grand jury increases Portales man’s charges A Portales man could face life in prison after a grand jury increased his felony charges. Roy Brown, 28, is accused of sexually assaulting a Roosevelt County woman after breaking into her home in the middle of the night in June. He was charged with two counts of criminal […]

Johnson: Obesity in pets a growing problem

One of the first indicators of easy livin’ is food – good food and lots of it means you’ve crossed a precipice of sorts, transitioning from rudimentary survival to steady comfort. In the human world, affluence and success are often measured by material possessions and the ease with which one is able to move through […]

Xcel powerline project complete

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A 75-foot pole erected near the Bailey County Substation south of Muleshoe connects to the new 115-kilovolt transmission line recently completed by Xcel Energy.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER Xcel Energy’s latest project connects New Mexico and Texas in a powerful way. According to Xcel Energy’s press release, the completed $38 million transmission line spans more than 37 miles between the Curry County Substation east of Clovis to the Bailey County Substation south of Muleshoe. The line is […]

It’s ‘all about the kiddos’ for volunteer

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER Some people are just born with the innate desire to help others. For Clovis resident Patricia Bazar, her daytime job at United Way isn’t enough as she also is a volunteer at the Clovis chapter of Kiwanis and is the most recent recipient of the El Desayuno Kiwanis Kachina […]

Brown: Running simple equipment an art

Operating a large piece of equipment — or any size, really — is an exercise in precision and prediction. From a bicycle to a bulldozer, the operator’s goal is always to maneuver in order to accomplish the goal as accurately as possible. But there are no buttons that just say, “go here” or “do that.” […]