Running out of time for interviews

By David Stevens Editor Some people I’d like to interview someday, and it needs to be soon because they’re getting old: • Any of Robert Walker Jr.’s three children who lived in Friona in 1954. We all know Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to integrate a white Southern elementary school. That happened in New […]

Events calendar — Aug. 19

Today New Mexico Christian Children’s Home Pork Chop Breakfast — 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Jake Lopez Building. Information: 575-356-5372. Yoga Fit — 8:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Food Storage 101 — 7 p.m., Latter Day Saints Cultural Hall. Information: Cora Stroud, 575-359-1483 or Wednesday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. […]

Police blotter — Aug. 19

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday • 1:21 a.m.: Motorist assist, location unknown. • 3:10 a.m.: Officer requested, 1000 block of West First Street. • 6:33 a.m.: Officer requested, 1500 block of South Avenue E. • 8:26 a.m.: Prisoner transport, 100 block of Airport Road. • 8:34 a.m.: Criminal damage, 300 […]

A fair showing

Christina Calloway: Staff photo
Tya Rippee, 7, left, and her father Chek Rippee, the fair board president, prepare the hog house on Friday for the Roosevelt County fair next week. Tya will be showing her pig, Otis, in the booster class because she is too young to compete.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer It was a hectic day at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds on Friday as volunteers and workers prepared for next week’s fair, but the laughter and teamwork wouldn’t lead you to believe so. Shaelei Payne was one of several people hustling around the show barn, preparing to show a few […]

City councilor gets official designation

Staff report Portales City Councilor Keith Thomas received the Certified Municipal Official designation from the Municipal Officials Leadership Institute, according to a New Mexico Municipal League press release. Thomas will receive the official designation at the New Mexico Municipal League’s 57th Annual Conference on Aug. 28 in Albuquerque, the press release said. The Institute was […]

Dawg Days kicks off


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Eastern New Mexico University’s Dawg Days kicked off Saturday morning with ENMU faculty, staff, and student groups helping freshmen move into their dorms. “It (Dawg Days) is a great way for (freshmen) to get involved in school.” said Dawg Days counselor Diana Gallegos. Gallegos added, “It’s a fun way […]

A happy day in the milking barn

By Baxter Black On the edge of common sense When someone tells me they grew up on a dairy farm I say, “You have paid your dues, my son.” The offspring of a dairyman that follows in his father’s footstep is as scarce as a second generation Nobel Prize winner, bomb dismanteler, or president of […]

Events calendar — Aug. 17

Today St. Helen Fiesta — 9 a.m., St. Helen Catholic Church. Information: 575-356-4241. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Tuesday New Mexico Christian Children’s Home Pork Chop Breakfast — 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Jake Lopez Building. Information: 575-356-5372. Yoga Fit […]

Police blotter — Aug. 17

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday • 1:08 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, location unknown. • 1:32 a.m.: Alarm activation, 1500 block of North Abilene Avenue. • 1:37 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, location unknown. • 2:44 a.m.: Noise disturbance, 1600 block of West 15th Lane. • 7:28 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North […]

2014 Fair schedule

Admission fees Daily tickets: Adults: $5 Children (5-17): $3 Children ages 4 and under are free Season passes: Adults: $20 Children (5-17): $12 Youth animal exhibitors: $5 Schedule Monday: Entry day • 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.: All junior livestock must be on the fairgrounds. All swine will be weighed as they are unloaded. Children […]

You’d think I’d have known better

By Karl Terry Local columnist I grew up on a farm so I learned at a young age about the birds and the bees. I learned first hand what goes on between girl animals and boy animals when girl animals come into season. But I guess it’s been too long since I was down on […]

Time for fashion throwbacks

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Nieka Style Wow, the kids are already back to school (this week) and the summer is nearly behind us. Aside from spring, the fall is the best season for fashion. Here are some really cool threads I’m anticipating this upcoming season: 1970’s throwbacks, big faux furs that will carry you through the […]

Not all learning comes from books

By Clyde Davis Local columnist Trigger is on my desk. The stuffed bears are in various places in my office, and the Baja blankets are on their shelf. The WWII Naval officer’s chair is tucked behind my desk. The handmade pottery is lined up in its place, or rather its places. The family pictures are […]

Selecting jeans on upcoming show

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on selecting jeans and sustainable living will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. For many women the selection of a pair of jeans is difficult. Wardrobe consultant and author, Nancy Nix-Rice will share some concepts that can guide each […]

Study shows dogs may feel jealousy like people

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist It goes without saying that bringing a new critter into the house just might set things on end for a bit. For that matter, bringing a new critter around at all, even if only for a short time, is likely to cause distress and bad behavior. Usurpers, simply put, run […]

Pages past — Aug. 16

On this date … 1970: Fort Sumner opened its Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation state monument. The site honors the Mescalero Apache and Navajo people forced by the U.S. Army to march hundreds of miles to the fort five miles southeast of Fort Sumner in 1863. The monument’s initial cost totaled $40,000, including $25,000 approved by […]

Thanks goes to the receptionist

By Grant McGee Local columnist Stephen Gaskin died a few weeks ago. He was well known in some circles, probably best as co-founder of a big hippie-type commune over in Tennessee. When I think of Gaskin and that commune I think of someone I worked with long ago. I’ll call her Alice. Alice came to […]

Cashing in

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
J’Lea Fuqua of Clovis awaits her chance to auction off her first-place heifer, Lilly, on Friday at livestock auction. It was Fuqua’s second year in a row taking first place and her fourth year showing heifers.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter Lynnae Allen, 17, has spent much of her life raising dairy heifers; but it was her piggy bank that prevailed during the Junior Livestock Sale on Friday evening at the Curry County Events Center. Allen sold her reserve grand champion dairy heifer for $7,250 — the most she’s ever […]

Portales man pleads in murder-for-hire case

Cody Guss

Staff report A Portales man charged in a murder-for-hire plot in March pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Albuquerque, according to an FBI news release. Police say Cody Guss, 37, agreed to pay an undercover officer $5,000 to kill his wife. The handyman and father of three met with an undercover officer of the […]

Off to a good start

By Anna George Staff writer Geovanny Lujan, a 21-year-old senior at Eastern New Mexico University from Albuquerque, came to ENMU’s Dawg Days nervous and unprepared his freshman year. Those are exactly the kind of feelings he and others are hoping to deter with the weekend’s Dawg Days celebration. Lujan was the first person in […]