McGee: A tale of the lad and the chamber pot

The Lady of the House and I were looking at some real estate on the Internet. One particular home caught her eye. “It just has one bathroom though,” she said. “And it’s not near the master bedroom. It’s all the way at the other end of the house.” “We’ll just have to get a chamber […]

Johnson: Don’t forget to put on the sunscreen

The season is changing, and with it, the High Plains are about to get a whole lot of a good thing — sunshine. More than just warming, those extra rays of summer can be truly wonderful things that make a significant difference in the health and quality of life for creatures great and small. Not […]

Local roundup — May 16

Portales man convicted for child porn possession A Portales man charged with possession of child pornography was convicted Friday, according to a press release from the attorney general’s office. Robert Hawkins, 25, was convicted of one count of possession of child pornography and faces a maximum sentence of 18 months and must register as a […]

Meetings watch — May 16

ENMU Board of Regents The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met Friday in the Regents Room at the main campus in Portales. Regents took the following action: • Approved recommendation to designate Kathleen Donalson as associate professor emerita of reading education effective upon her retirement. • Approved recommendation to designate Leslie Paternoster as […]

County detention center making progress

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR The Roosevelt County Detention Center is a work in progress, but it’s getting there, according to County Manager Amber Hamilton. In February, Hamilton hired Contractor Sandra Stewart, who has 20 years experience in the criminal justice system and 10 years in the corrections field, to not only assess where […]

ENMU chief gives lessons in self-defense

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Brad Mauldin sits on top of Haley Madden during one of the last self-defense classes for the semester to demonstrate how someone might attack on the ground. Mauldin said substance abuse is often a factor in violent situations.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Eastern New Mexico University Police Chief Brad Mauldin takes the connection between substance abuse and domestic and sexual violence seriously. As a law enforcement officer whose daily life revolves around the 18 to 24 age range, a generation more prone to drinking and drug use, Mauldin said he has […]

Fire department teaches senior safety class

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Portales Fire Department’s Scott Candelaria, far left, spent Thursday afternoon at the Community Services Center filling in senior citizens and care takers on home safety and fire prevention.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER Keeping homes and senior citizens safe and prepared in the case of a fire was the aim of a class conducted Thursday by the Portales Fire Department. PFD firefighter and paramedic Scott Candelaria explained to seniors and care takers at the Community Services Center the dangers threatening senior citizens […]

Notebook — May 15

Liberal artists celebrate… • Ribbon cutting and open house 11:30 a.m. today at the newly rebuilt Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Open to the public. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry notes it’s “a building that is near and dear to a […]

Students get athletic scholarships

According to an Eastern New Mexico University public service announcement, the following local ENMU students were awarded scholarships from ENMU Athletics at the scholarship awards ceremony on April 21. • Andrew Anaya of Clovis • River Fine of Portales • Kaylee Foster of Portales • Hunter Haley of Portales • Anabel Muniz of Portales • […]

To do list — May 15

Today • ENMU Board of Regents meeting — 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Portales administration building. Information: 575-562-2377. Saturday • Eastern New Mexico University commencement — 10 a.m. to noon at Greyhound Arena. Information: 575-562-2377 or Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children ages birth to 3, Portales […]

Graduation schedule

The following is the schedule for graduations for Roosevelt County schools: • Eastern New Mexico University: 10 a.m. Saturday at the ENMU Greyhound Arena. • Elida High School: 5 p.m. Saturday in the multi-purpose room at the school. • Portales Junior High: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the ENMU Greyhound Arena. • Portales High School: 7 […]

ENMU psychology grad living retired life


Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. Barry Smith has kept busy in retirement. A resident of Eugene, Oregon, who earned his undergraduate degree at Eastern New Mexico University in 1967, Smith helps maintain the city’s police vehicle fleet as a volunteer and […]

Brown: Easy to forget things are different in other parts

Down on the farm The natural geography and landscape of a place is a defining aspect of identity. In the wide West, it is easy to forget how different topography can be. A recent visit to verdant Alabama demonstrated a definite contrast to eastern New Mexico. The reliance on visual navigation common to the Plains […]

Lucero: Stop a minute to look at the cause

Let’s start looking into the reasons something has happened instead of just looking at the result and the reaction. There has been a rash of posts online this week concerning flag burning in the wake of more police shootings of unarmed individuals and, as usual, people are quick to condemn. Looking at this issue as […]

Range accident victim identified

Staff report Cannon Air Force Base has identified a service member killed Monday in a utility task vehicle accident at Melrose Air Force Range. Staff Sgt. Jordan Lewis, a flight engineer with the 20th Special Operations Squadron, died Tuesday afternoon of head trauma at University Medical Center in Lubbock, according to a release from the […]

ENMU hitting graduation milestones

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Eastern New Mexico University has hit another record with graduates this semester with 614 seniors graduating Saturday. President Steven Gamble said the amount of graduating students has been steadily going up the last several years, but this semester is the first time it has reached over 600 students. “One […]

PHS MESA students take top honors

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Portales High School sophomores Nicholas Brown, left, and Tyler Eslick, right, set up the robot they used to take first place in the firefighting event at Albuquerque’s RoboRAVE 2015 competition.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER High school, elementary, middle school and college students came from around the world to compete at Albuquerque’s RoboRAVE International 2015 May 2, but members of Portales High School’s MESA program took home top honors. Portales sophomores Nicholas Brown and Tyler Eslick, under the team name SALT, spent one year […]

Foster care youths may be eligible for scholarships

STAFF REPORT Current and former foster care youth between the ages of 17 and 25 who have been in the New Mexico foster care system for at least six months are eligible to apply for an educational scholarship. The scholarship is being awarded by New Mexico Friends of Foster Children, a nonprofit organization that was […]

Notebook — May 14

High achiever… • Four days a week, Clovis mom Rachel Gutierrez commutes to and from Santa Fe — about four hours one-way — to ensure her 4-year-old daughter Lorena can attend the New Mexico School for the Deaf. Gutierrez has also taken advantage of the trip to further her education and help her daughter — […]

To do list — May 14

Today • Preschool story time — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Friday • ENMU Board of Regents meeting — 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Portales administration building. Information: 575-562-2377. Saturday • Eastern New Mexico University commencement — 10 a.m. to noon at Greyhound Arena. Information: 575-562-2377 or Tuesday • Books and […]