Educator avoids fire after ENMU


Where are they now Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. Allan Tapia’s first experience as an education professional was literally baptism under (gun) fire. In his first semester out of college as a science teacher and coach at Manzano High School, gunshots […]

Following a few cycling rules makes for a safer ride

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer When cycling in a small town it quickly becomes apparent that many motorists have little experience sharing the road with bicycles and even your average pedestrian. The reverse is also true, it seems, for cyclists who have little to no idea how to ride their bicycles outside the safety of […]

Engineering students get internship opportunity

Courtesy photo: Lori Brunsen
ENMU’s engineering group hired by ONCOR and instructor, from left, are Mike Urioste, Dr. Allamazedah,  ETT instructor, Laurie Jacoby, Ricardo Hernandez, Kuuleiokealo Vonschriltz, Jon Patman, Lance Miller, Shawn Martinez(sitting) and Mathew Encinias.

By Derek Major Staff writer A group of students from the electronics engineering program at Eastern New Mexico University have been hired for an internship with ONCOR Electric Delivery. ONCOR is a regulated electric transmission and distribution company that serves 10 million customers across the state. It’s Texas’ largest regulated electric delivery business and […]

Our graduates — April 9


Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of interviews with graduating high school seniors. Portales Seniors Katilyn Grubbs, 18, is interested in pursuing a degree in music education and has applied at Eastern New Mexico University. Grubbs was a part of the National Honor Society, band and choir in high school, and said she […]

To do list — April 9

Today • Preschool story time — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Jack Williamson Lectureship — 6 p.m. reading with visiting authors in Room 112 of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building, ENMU. Information: 575-562-2315, Friday • Ambassador’s Movie Night — 6 p.m., Yam Theatre. The free movie shown will be Big […]

Come on over to Jack Williamson Lectureship

By Betty Williamson A bit of good news You won’t find it mentioned in his autobiography or noted in any bibliography of his work, but I happen to own a small, unpublished work by my late uncle, Jack Williamson. It is an 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheet of paper with these words written in blue […]

Pages past — April 9

On this date … 1972: Addie Money, director of special education in Portales public schools, had been named Mother of the Year for New Mexico. She had recently returned home from a trip to the governor’s mansion, along with her son Jim, where she was guest of honor at a reception. 1950: Roosevelt County reported […]

Fairgrounds to open for festival, expo

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Roosevelt County commissioners approved what Commissioner Gene Creighton called a “win-win” agreement with the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Commissioners agreed to open the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds so it can host the annual Peanut Valley Festival and Ag Expo. The Chamber agreed to pay expenses for those […]

Local teen vocalist takes top honor

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Carter, pictured on his album “Legends,” began playing the fiddle at age 7.

Staff report A Portales teen was named 2014 Western Swing Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. Coby Carter, 19, said he was honored to take the title. “I was shocked and thrilled,” Carter said. “I’d been singing for about a year and a half before I cut the album, and […]

Substation in the works

Staff report The City of Portales and the Portales Fire Department have taken the first steps towards the creation of a PFD substation on the north side of Portales. The city councilors approved the acceptance of a warranty deed for property donated by La Casa de Buena Salud, Inc. during Tuesday’s monthly council meeting at […]

Officer enjoys interaction most


Editor’s note: This is a weekly series profiling public service workers Name: Daniel Navarez Title: Police officer, Portales Police Department What made you want to be a police officer? I married a girl and she had a kid so I thought she couldn’t brag about her dad working at Wal-Mart, but she could brag about […]

Pages past — April 8

On this date … 1965: The Clovis News-Journal interviewed area men involved in the Bataan Death March, which began on April 9, 1942, and involved almost 1,800 New Mexico National Guardsmen. Orville Drummond, who lived at 621 W. 18th in Clovis, said he weighed 200 pounds when he was taken prisoner by the Japanese, but […]

Local roundup — April 8

Detention officer attacked by inmate Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova confirmed Tuesday that a detention center officer was recently attacked by an inmate. But, Casanova said, the officer was not seriously injured and returned for a scheduled shift the next day. According to Portales Police Department call records, officers responded to an assault […]

Everything coming up roses

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist April showers bring May flowers. But that’s not the only reason I’m planting my petunias this week. My friend, Josie DeLeon, told me recently that she waits until after Easter to do her spring planting. “That is something that my dad (Transito Rodriguez) always believed in. That everything awakens after […]

‘Better Call Saul’ makes impressive debut

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor My New Mexico driver’s license may be revoked over this, but “Breaking Bad” isn’t my pick as greatest television series in history. Before you shout, “Blasphemy,” that doesn’t mean I hate the New Mexico-filmed show starring Bryan Cranston. It’s top five. My criteria is, “If you could only watch Series […]

Detention center may have full staff

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR After months of being understaffed, the Roosevelt County Detention Center is finally on its way to being fully staffed again. Commissioners approved the hiring of three full-time positions and two part-time positions for the detention center at their Tuesday meeting. “These are clear, identified needs based off the new […]

To do list — April 8

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 Friday • Ambassador’s Movie Night — 6 p.m., Yam Theatre. The free movie shown will be Big Hero 6. […]

I look up to strong women of ‘Mad Men’

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer In our house lately, it’s been a “Mad Men’s” world, and this week, my favorite character made it hers. Watching “Mad Men” recently has reminded me of the chauvinistic things women have put up with over several decades — if not centuries — for being the “inferior sex.” Right now, […]

Honor rolls — April 8

Dora High School Seventh grade A Honor Roll Lydia Barron Kaitlyn Kircher Allie Luscombe Alyssa McAlister A/B Honor roll Austen Jones Sarron Simpson Eighth grade A/B Honor roll Jessa Beaty Lauren Bickham Dakota Newman Alex Zangara Ninth grade A Honor roll Lance Fletcher Savannah Kircher Kirsten Tapia A/B Honor roll Jessica Barron Brenna Bates Velinda […]

Meetings watch — April 8

Portales City Council The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at the Memorial Building: • Awarded accounts payable/payroll support specialist Carla Weems with the employee of the quarter award for the first quarter of 2015 • Mayor Sharon King proclaimed April 7, 2015 as “Fair Housing Day” in Portales. The […]