All called to care for one another

Letter to the Editor Working for a sexual assault services organization has opened my eyes to things I was once oblivious to within the community. I never realized the magnitude of what sexual assault can do to a person until the moment I began to explore the topic. Sexual assault damages a person’s physical, emotional, […]

Area farmers disagree on Pareo indictment

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Two area livestock sellers are facing multiple fraud charges that could put them in jail for life. But some of the dairy farmers doing business with Portales’ Calvin and Darcie Pareo through High Plains Livestock Auction northeast of Portales say the pair were only doing what they said they […]

Student Success Center expands

STAFF REPORT The renovation of the Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library into the Student Success Center will mostly be an expansion of current student services, according to Director Melvita Walker. “We’re not really changing a lot,” Walker said during a presentation she gave to the Friends of the Library group and other community members […]

Portales schools superintendent talks PARCC

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Johnnie Cain is the superintendent of Portales Municipal Schools. State testing has been an ongoing issue with New Mexico schools. Do you feel that issue has improved? What do you feel needs to be the next step in that […]

Local celebrates 100th birthday

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This photo was taken of Taylor and his second wife, Zell, around 1998, shortly after they were married.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The family of a Portales resident have spent the last two days flying to the local area from all over the country to celebrate 100 years of life. Gerald Leon “G.L.” Taylor, who turns 100 years old today, is more than just a father and grandfather though. One could […]

To do list — Nov. 15

Tuesday • Books and babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for children 0-3. Book: Sleepytime Stories. Information: 575-356-3940 • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 • ENMU Brass Choir — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-2377 Wednesday […]

Boswell: Thanks for story of a lifetime

Journalists have a tendency to frown upon spending too much time on one interview, because we have those things called deadlines. But there I sat, enthralled for two and a half hours Friday afternoon. How could I not be as I listened to the anecdotes and adventures of someone who has lived 100 years of […]

Little Miss Merry Christmas candidates announced

STAFF REPORT The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors announced the 2015 Little Miss Merry Christmas candidates this week. Nine girls from 5 to 10 years old are vying for the title, according to a chamber press release. As a part of Portales’ holiday tradition, the Little Miss Merry Christmas contest raises funds for the […]

Pages past — Nov. 15

On this date … 1965: Watson Motor Co., located at 600 W. Seventh in Clovis, was promoting the Mercury Comet — the first car in its class to reach 1 million in sales. 1940: A Clovis man had been fined $15 and sent to jail for 10 days after threatening to “clean up on a […]

55 vehicle windows broken overnight

STAFF REPORT As of 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Portales residents had reported 55 separate incidents of broken car windows occurring over the course of Friday night. According to Detective Charlie Smart of the Portales Police Department, the windows appeared to be shot out using a BB gun and, due to the cars being spread out all […]

La Escalara hosts art show, sale

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson
La Escalera Art Guild members Carol Milner and Jon Birdsong hang some art pieces Thursday morning at Birdsong’s studio in preparation of their art show/sale tomorrow. All proceeds from the show will go to Roosevelt County Schools art departments.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER A chance to own some locally produced art and support local school art departments in the process will be available Sunday at the Jon Birdsong Studio in Portales. The La Escalera Art Guild will be having an art show and sale from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the […]

Notebook — Nov. 14

Telephone scams are becoming routine across the country, but District Attorney Andrea Reeb is warning area residents about one in particular that has fooled several area residents. The fake IRS phone calls usually originate from the 202 area code, which is in Washington, D.C., according to a news release from Reeb’s office. “This is an […]

Johnson: Middle age weighs on us all

For most, it happens slowly over the years, a pound here and there to match the pigment-free hairs that sprout randomly, and then one day it’s there and there’s no going back. It’s lovingly referred to as middle age, a clever term derived to describe the fact that you’re halfway to your destination (theoretically anyway […]

Pages past — Nov. 14

On this date … 1990: Anyone wearing green was to be admitted to the upcoming football game between Eastern New Mexico University and Angelo State University for $1. Comb’s Country Cookin’ in Portales was giving away free Coke, fries and gravy to lucky fans attending the game. 1970: Weekend football scores: Clovis 20, Carlsbad 15 […]

Patrick Lyons new chairman

Staff report Patrick Lyons, who represents the eastern half of the state for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, has been elected chairman of Southwest Power Pool’s Regional State Committee. A PRC news release stated the election came during the RSC’s quarterly meeting held last month in Little Rock, Arkansas. Lyons’ term begins on Jan. […]

Water authority covers Ute Reservoir capacity, base funding

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The Ute Reservoir is at 96 percent capacity and Cannon Air Force Base will be receiving the most funding of any New Mexico military base in the recently approved defense policy bill. So heard board members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority at their meeting in Portales […]

Veterans added to ‘wall of honor’

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
World War II veteran Joe Blair, second to left, stands with his family Wednesday night as he is honored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor A lot of proud heritage filled the room at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515 on downtown Main Street in Portales Wednesday night. The VFW honored six local World War II veterans by making them the first to be placed on their “wall of honor.” The wall is […]

Notebook — Nov. 13

Produce on the way: The next Produce to People Market is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. The program features a variety of fresh produce provided at no charge, according to a Food Bank news release. Officials ask that anyone interested bring two to […]

Brown: Danger afoot on the farm

“Beware the badness of the terrace.” That’s good advice from a book on the art of fencing with the short sword that I would pose was rather badly translated from French. A better translation might be, “Watch where you step.” But the odd one seems to imply more of a sense of danger and, on […]

Pages past — Nov. 13

On this date … 1990: Vi Petty, widow of recording giant Norman Petty, had recently returned home to Clovis after seeing a Broadway musical about Buddy Holly’s life. She attended the premier of “Buddy” with Barbara Orbison, the wife of the late Roy Orbison. Roy Orbison and Holly recorded at the Petty recording studio in […]