City fire call volumes on the rise

Staff report Portales City Coun-cil members on Tuesday approved a grant that could lead to a new substation for the city fire department. The $25,000 De-partment of Finance and Administration grant will allow the city to begin surveying and planning for potential substation locations after it is signed by Mayor Sharon King. Fire Chief Gary […]

Enter the realm of fan fiction

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer It’s time for a confession. I have said before that I love “Sherlock.” Well, that is an understatement. I know this because I have gone to the deepest, darkest realms that fandoms can go and that is fan fiction. Fan fiction has been around since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed off […]

Meetings watch — Sept. 17

Water Utility Authority The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales. Items on the agenda include: • Consideration/action for change that would be increasing the Ute Water Project’s contract to allow for setbacks such as windy days, according to program manager Paul […]

Cowboys gathering in Nara Visa

Staff report The Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering, recognized as one of the more genuine assemblies of cowboy poets and musicians anywhere, is scheduled Friday through Sunday at the Nara Visa Old School Community Center on Route 54. The format will be the same as always, which means that, except for some scheduled meals and performance […]

County manager interviews finished

Staff report Roosevelt County Commissioners on Tuesday interviewed their last candidate for county manager, but have not made a decision. Commission Chairman Kendell Buzard said commissioners may have a second round of interviews, but no decision has been made. Buzard said interviews went well and commissioners felt like they have “good candidates.” The position became […]

To do list — Sept. 17

Today Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Avast, Me Hearties! Information: 575-356-3940 Mexican Identity — 2 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building’s Sandia Room. This lecture is a part of Multicultural Affairs Hispanic Heritage Month. Information: 575-562-2451 Tween Programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Tween Wii-Tweens’ […]

Bet you I won’t be doing that again

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist “How,” I asked myself, “did I type my way into this one?” I went to the ends of the earth, bottles and candy bar in the passenger seat, wondering that very question. Answer: That’s what happens when you wager with your sister. Well, Holly’s not really my sister, and 12 […]

Bond issues, amendments alongside candidates

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Bond issues and constitutional amendments will join candidates on this year’s Nov. 4 general election ballots in Roosevelt County. Sample ballots will be available on Monday, according to Roosevelt County Clerk DeAun Searls. Searls said absentee voting will begin Oct. 7. Early voting begins Oct. 18. Absentee ballot applications […]

Meetings watch — Sept.16

Portales City Council The following items are on the agenda for today’s Portales City Council meeting: • A proclamation by Mayor Sharon King declaring the week of Oct. 5-11 as Fire Prevention Week. • Request for a letter of support from Portales for the Ogallala Water Conservation Initiative from Mayor David Lansford of Clovis. The […]

Painful conversation

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Pro football star Adrian Peterson is facing up to two years in prison if he’s found guilty of child abuse. The Minnesota Vikings running back is accused of spanking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, leaving bruises on the child’s back and open wounds on his legs. The […]

‘Pony up’ phrase research fascinating

By Sandy Fields Local columnist There are all these questions that continually swirl around in my brain. It was time to pony up or let sleeping dogs lie. I was trying to decide which of these to choose when my mind decided to take a detour. Rather than face the real decision at hand, it […]

Meeting preview — Sept. 16

Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners The Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. today at the Board Room of the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. Items on the agenda include: • Clovis Mayor David Lansford will be asking commissioners to support funding for water conservation initiatives to help preserve the Ogallala […]

To do list — Sept. 16

Today Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., board room at Portales Municipal School District, 501 S. Abilene. Books ’n’ Babies — 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: ABC’s & 123’s. Information: 575-356-3940 Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 Wednesday Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public […]

ENMU briefs — Sept. 16

Playwright earns award Robert O’Connor — pen-name Robert Patrick — a 1955-57 ENMU drama student, recently accepted the Charles Rodman Award for Fifty Years of Distinguished Achievement in Gay Playwrighting in West Hollywood, California. The presentation was preceded by a staged reading of O’Connor’s 1979 play, “T-Shirts.” Parking citations begin Monday ENMU’s police department will begin […]

Community, military mixer

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Cannon Air Force Base personnel and their families, Saturday was a day to relax and enjoy all the community of Portales has to offer. Community members came out to cook, paint faces, and give away prizes to celebrate the service members stationed at Cannon during the Portales/Roosevelt County […]

Superintendent Johnnie Cain talks school

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain believes future teachers and schools will have to change at a faster pace and be more interactive to meet students’ needs.

Editor’s note: Johnnie Cain is beginning his second year as superintendent of Portales Municipal Schools. He answered the following questions from Editor David Stevens via email last week: I understand the new football field will be ready by the fall of 2016. Why will it provide a better experience for the student athletes and their […]

Road construction nears completion

Staff report The lanes are open. The stripes are painted. The U.S. 70 road construction project through Portales is “substantially complete,” according to Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann. The 27-month project needs only landscaping, crosswalks and traffic signals on the square, Guldemann said. Construction crews are waiting to have power supplied to the irrigation […]

To do list — Sept. 14

Today Steven Michael Quezada — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Theater. Admission is free. Information: Shirlene Peters, 575-562-2711 Elizabeth Williams Jr. Recital — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall. Admission is free. Information: Kathi Fraze, 575-562-2377 Tuesday Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., board room at Portales Municipal School District, 501 […]

Police blotter — Sept. 14

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 12:06 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 400 block of South Avenue A. • 12:51 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1500 block of South Avenue K. • 7:37 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 800 block of West Second […]

Hypothermia culprit in bird deaths

By Tony Gennaro Local columnist Not long ago, around midnight, Portales received some heavy rainfall. “Marjorie, do we have flood insurance?” I asked my wife. She answered, “No.” That caused me to go from window to window the entire night to monitor the water level around our home. Fortunately, the rain stopped at daybreak, and […]