Torres to take stand in murder trial

By Robin Fornoff Managing Editor Longtime fugitive and accused child killer Noe Torres plans to take the witness stand today and defend himself against charges he shot and killed 10-year-old Carlos Perez while the child lay sleeping in his bed. Torres’ attorney Stacey Ward disclosed her client’s plan during the fourth day of his […]

To do list — March 13

Today • 50+ Senior Olympics registration — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Roy Walker Recreation Center, 316 W. Second Street in Clovis. Cost is $20. Information: or 575-769-7868. Saturday • St. Patrick’s Day dance — 6:30 p.m.-11:45 p.m., Curry County Outlaws perform at Yam Theatre. Information: 575-607-9261. • Border Wars/New Mexico Texas Shootout […]

Clovis’ Caleb Chandler appointed to Interstate Stream Commission

STAFF REPORT Caleb Chandler of Clovis has been appointed to the Interstate Stream Commission, according to a release from New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’ office. Chandler is a former Clovis police chief, state senator, Curry County commissioner and magistrate judge. He is now commissioner for the Canadian River Compact, and is secretary for the Eastern […]

Pages past — March 13

On this date … 1960: While services at the Fourth Street Church of Christ in Portales went on without interruption, a few church members quietly extinguished small fires in classrooms that may have been intentionally set. One fire broke out in a book case containing papers for a children’s Bible study class. In another room, […]

Lady Rams move to state title game

Portales, Elida, Melrose and Texico girls’ basketball teams will be playing for state championships. Portales defeated St. Michael’s, 36-29, on Thursday morning at The Pit to advance to the Class 4A finals in the girls state basketball tournament. The Lady Rams, 23-6, will play Hope Christian at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The second-seeded Huskies defeated […]

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City of Portales Public Works Director John DeSha slowly turns on the water for the city Wednesday afternoon at the Johnson Hill water tanks located off of U.S. 70 after crews had repaired a leak created Tuesday morning.

By Derek Major Staff writer When it came to how business owners and operators felt about a full day without water, Jerome Clemons, the manager of Wells Fargo Bank in Portales, put it best. “Our tellers weren’t excited to find out we were going to be open today, and they aren’t happy about handling […]

Residents hunt for water

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Daniel Strong buys several gallons of water for his house and his dogs Wednesday afternoon at Super Save Discount Foods.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With no water to the entire city most of Tuesday and Wednesday, Portales residents scrambled to find water to keep up with their daily necessities. Crews from the City of Portales’ and TLC Plumbing worked through the night Tuesday and into the morning Wednesday to repair a cracked pipeline […]

County budget at $1.3 million deficit after review

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Roosevelt County administration bid farewell to their Department of Finance Administration guest Wednesday after four long weeks of budget reviews and discussions. DFA Special Director Michael Steininger and County Manager Amber Hamilton said Wednesday they feel confident they have taken every step they can to identify all of the […]

Notebook — March 12

Today … In Clovis, registration is ongoing for the 50-plus Senior Olympics. It is 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Roy Walker Recreation Center. Registration cost is $20. Registration will also be Friday, Saturday and Monday at the center. Information: or 575-769-7868. Coming up … • The Clovis Lions Club is hosting a gun […]

Mark your calendar for Dora reunion

By Betty Williamson Local columnist In a county that now has only four school districts — Dora, Elida, Floyd, and Portales — it might surprise some to know that over the last century more than 100 schools have come and gone. When Dora celebrated its centennial a few years ago, students there completed a project […]

Three injured in plant explosion

STAFF REPORT Three people were injured Wednesday morning, with two transported to Lubbock, following an explosion at the Minsa corn processing plant in Muleshoe. No fatalities were reported by the Texas Department of Public Safety as of Wednesday afternoon. Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills said about 8:18 a.m., a 911 call was received about an […]

Pages past — March 12

On this date … 1962: District Judge E.T. Hensley ruled that the bones of outlaw Billy the Kid would remain in De Baca County. An alleged relative and Lincoln County officials had asked the court to move the remains to Lincoln County. Hensley said one reason he decided to leave the Kid alone was because […]

Sidewalk chalk contest comes to ENMU

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This year’s annual Sidewalk Chalk Competition on March 28 will be held in front of Eastern New Mexico University’s Administration Building rather than being held at the Roosevelt County Courthouse in previous years.

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer The Portales Art Council is once again teaming up with Eastern New Mexico University to host the fifth annual Sidewalk Chalk Competition on campus this year. Shelly Short, president of the Portales Arts Council and co-chair of the committee that is organizing the competition, said event officials have been […]

Witness recounts 2005 shooting

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR A reluctant and sometimes contentious witness told jurors Wednesday that accused child killer Noe Torres was talking about shooting 10-year-old Carlos Perez minutes after they fled the scene in a speeding car. Krystal Anson, 15 when the shooting took place a decade ago, testified Torres was driving her car […]

To do list — March 12

Today • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • 50+ Senior Olympics registration — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Roy Walker Recreation Center, 316 W. Second Street in Clovis. Cost is $20. Information: or 575-769-7868. Friday • 50+ Senior Olympics registration — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Roy […]

Chandler nomination vote delayed

By Milan Simonich Santa Fe New Mexican Clovis’ Matt Chandler, one of Gov. Susana Martinez’s close political allies, was facing rejection Wednesday by the state Senate for a seat on The University of New Mexico Board of Regents, so both floor leaders said they abruptly agreed to delay the vote on his confirmation. Chandler had […]

Portales water update

As of 3:30 p.m., water is already back on in many Portales buildings, and those who have not yet seen water should be seeing it within the hour. See more details on Portales’ day without water in Thursday’s newspaper.

Portales water update

City water department crews are working to repair the water main break, but the repairs will take some time to be completed, according to an email from the city of Portales. The email said city officials expect water service to be restored by late afternoon or early evening. Most Portales businesses and offices are closed […]

Water emergency closings

The following are closed today due to the water emergency in Portales: – 9th Judicial District Court in Portales only – Portales Municipal Schools – Eastern New Mexico University

Portales still without waters – delays and cancellations

As of 7 a.m. this morning, Portales is still without water. The following will be delayed/canceled due to the issue: Portales Municipal Schools canceled Roosevelt County offices on a two-hour delay Eastern New Mexico University classes are canceled and offices closed Public Works Director John DeSha said he does not have a time estimate of when […]