Project planned for Lyceum tiles

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer While the decorative tiles that graced the entryway to the Lyceum Theatre have now made way for a sidewalk and pedestrian improvement project, officials said there’s a potential second act in store for the creative offerings. “Although this (sidewalk project) is a fantastic long-term improvement for our downtown area, […]

Busy week ahead for ENMU music

STAFF REPORT The next few days look to be full of music with three performances planned by the Eastern New Mexico University Music Department. The Spring Choral Concert will start at 7 p.m. today in Buchanan Hall and will feature vocal performances by students in the department. “Three students will be performing transcribed works of […]

Pages past — April 16

On this date … 1976: Clovis Mayor Chick Taylor Jr. had proclaimed April 18-24 as Private Property Week in the city. The Clovis Board of Realtors requested the designation in effort to encourage private ownership of land. 1971: Eastern New Mexico coffee-shop talk centered on the previous night’s first significant rainfall of the year. Grady […]

Johnson: Study calls for citizen scientists

You’ve got to admit, it’s fun when the baking soda and vinegar aggressively bubble up from a homemade volcano, or when the shell of an egg soaked in vinegar disappears after a few days in the fridge. Whether in a classroom or with the guidance of parents, all the science experiments you get to do […]

Mother, son accused of incest free on bond

STAFF REPORT A Clovis man and his mother accused of incest were freed on bond Wednesday after being arraigned in district court proceedings one day prior. Caleb Peterson, 19, and his mother, Monica Mares, 36, were slated to be arraigned on the incest charges March 11 before Magistrate Court Judge Duane Castleberry. Instead, both were […]

Berry: Good bike seat required gear

With warmer weather, I thought it was time to get outside and get some exercise. I got my bike out and made sure there was plenty of air in the tires. I rolled out of the driveway and hopped on the seat. That was when I remembered why I don’t like to ride a bike. […]

Sen. Ingle gives update on session

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Sen. Stuart Ingle spoke at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon Thursday at the Yam Theatre. Ingle told attendees about some of the laws that came to fruition with this year’s legislative session.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Don’t panic, Sen. Stuart Ingle told area business leaders at the Thursday Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon at the Yam Theatre. While updating them on this year’s New Mexico legislative session, Stuart said that yes, the state driver’s license law is changing, but the change will not […]

Olympian presents at ENMU

johnny Quinn

By Rae Arnett Correspondent U.S. Olympian and former NFL receiver Johnny Quinn, a Texas native, gave a motivational presentation Wednesday evening at Eastern New Mexico University. Quinn opened the presentation with a funny story about how a photograph he took of a door he broke through in Russia during the 2014 Olympics. Quinn explained that […]

Bill changes voter registration age

STAFF REPORT Starting next month, 17-year-old New Mexico residents will be able to vote in the primary election if they are turning 18 before the general election, according to Roosevelt County Clerk DeAun Searl. “What we need to do is encourage the 17-year-olds who are going to be 18 prior to general election day to […]

Pages past — April 15

On this date … 1961: The Chamber of Commerce in Muleshoe issued a statement confirming there were working mules about. “There are two mules working and making their home in the beautiful city of Muleshoe,” the statement read. “These two outstanding specimens … are known as Pete and Jack. They are the proud possession of […]

Brown: Some markings look good on a cow

I don’t know about you, but a bandit-face just looks good on a cow. To be honest, I probably know more about how I like my cows to look, and can better describe the many types of faces, coloring, and body features of bovines than humans. Might even have more confidence telling the bulls from […]

To do list — April 15

Saturday • Spring Choral concert — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Free to public. Information: 575-562-1011 Sunday • Alexis Olivas Jr. recital — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Free to public. Information: 575-562-1011 Monday • ENMU Saxophone Studio recital — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Free to public. Information: […]

PJHS snack bar lunches good times

When I was going to Portales Junior High School in the early 1980s, we had three options for lunch: Eat in the cafeteria, bring your own lunch or eat in the snack bar. When I ate in the snack bar, I was in food heaven. The snack bar was in a room in the old […]

11 local residents arrested on drug charges

STAFF REPORT Local law enforcement arrested 11 Roosevelt County residents Thursday in connection with a three-month investigation regarding agricultural thefts and burglaries in Roosevelt and Curry counties, according to a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office press release. A search warrant was executed on a Roosevelt County residence where approximately 116 grams of crystal methamphetamine were seized, […]

Education board plans bond sale

By Rae Arnett Correspondent The sale of 2014 general obligation bonds was a main topic during the Portales Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening. “This is the year we plan to sell the rest of the general obligation bonds,” said Superintendent Johnnie Cain. Paul Cassidy with RBC Capital discussed the bond sales and the current […]

Professor gives scoop on play, ‘Our Town’


The Eastern New Mexico University theater department will be presenting its production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” April 21 through April 24 at the University Theatre Center. The show will be at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a special gala performance at 2 p.m. on April 24. Tickets for performances Thursday through Saturday are […]

Group wants streamlined water plans

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer With water being a prime topic of discussion in the region, the Eastern Plains Council of Governments is looking into ways to streamline the process of determining the varied plans of action. During Wednesday’s EPCOG meeting, Vice-Chairman Oscar Robinson solicited the aid of a staff member in developing a […]

Pages past — April 14

On this date … 1971: A welding shop at 1509 Waldhauser in Clovis was destroyed by fire. Firefighters received a call about 6 a.m. but the roof had already collapsed. Wesley Banks, who had operated the business for eight years, said he lost about $15,000 worth of equipment to the blaze. The building, owned by […]

Williamson: ENMU theater celebrates 25 years

It has been 25 years since Eastern’s University Theater Center was dedicated with a lovely grand opening ceremony and a production of Thornton Wilder’s classic play, “Our Town.” R. Lyle Hagan came out of retirement to direct that show — he had hung up his hat in 1976 after more than 20 years overseeing all-things-theater […]

Black Sunday remembered 81 years later

Prayers for life were lifted, families sought shelter under ground, trains were rerouted, stalled and derailed. Woody Guthrie wrote a song about it all: “The radio reported, we listened with alarm “The wild and windy actions of this great mysterious storm; “From Albuquerque and Clovis, and all New Mexico “They said it was the blackest […]