To do list — May 11

Today • Film Showcase — 7 p.m. at ENMU’s Mainstage. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-2711 • Teen game day — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Game: Minecraft. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Summer’s Coming. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public […]

ENMU seniors to walk Saturday

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough

Eastern New Mexico University student Purificacion Mendez takes advantage of the shade to use her computer on campus Monday afternoon. ENMU holds its graduation ceremony Saturday morning at Greyhound Arena.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Family and friends of Eastern New Mexico University seniors will converge on the Greyhound Arena Saturday to celebrate their loved ones’ graduation. The commencement ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. at Greyhound Arena and will be immediately followed by a reception, is the event that seniors have been […]

Local college students have job opportunities

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Many regional businesses offer summer internships and jobs as possibilities for local college students. The city of Portales is always in dire need of lifeguards for the city pool, according to Public Works Director John DeSha.

By Alisa Boswell and Brooke Finch Staff writers For those college students looking for work to fill their summer to keep the cash flow coming in, they don’t have to look very far. There are numerous summer internship and job opportunities awaiting them in Portales, Clovis and west Texas. Eastern New Mexico University Career Counselor […]

Local roundup

Man charged with trafficking still at large An arrest last week concluded a drug trafficking investigation, according to a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office press release. The investigation, which was the result of numerous burglaries and property crimes occurring in Roosevelt and surrounding counties, led to the arrest of 11 individuals at a local residence on […]

Pages Past — May 10

On this date … May 10 1951: The Portales Milling Co. was fined $300 in federal court for “introducing adulterated and misbranded flour in interstate commerce,” records showed. Company officials pleaded not guilty to eight counts of the allegations. U.S. District Judge Carl Hatch fined the company $100 for each of three counts, and dismissed […]

To do list

Today • All Bands POPs Concert — 6:30 p.m. at Ram Athletic Center. Admission: Free. Information: 575-356-7000 • After school @ the library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Activity: Star Wars BB8 plates. Information: 575-356-3940. Wednesday • Film Showcase — 7 p.m. at ENMU’s Mainstage. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-2711 • […]

County decides on cutbacks

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Roosevelt County commissioners had some tough calls to make Wednesday afternoon after two days of budget workshops. After department heads for the various county departments and offices made their case of fiscal year needs to commissioners over the course or Tuesday and Wednesday, the estimate for county expenditures was […]

Unique show debuts at ENMU

Correspondent photo: Anna George
Nickkole Williams, an Eastern New Mexico University senior, puts her make up on for a performance of the experiment film and dance concert, Identity, in which she is a dancer.

By Anna George Correspondent A show unlike any performed at Eastern New Mexico University in recent years debuted this weekend after over a year of planning, preparing and student-teacher collaboration. The dance and experimental film concert titled “Identity” contained three parts depicting the stages of life, each with multiple experimental films and dance numbers. The […]

Steiner Soccer Fields dedicated

By Anna George Correspondent After two years of fixing, adding, and preparing, the City of Portales, Portales Recreation Center and Portales Leadership finalized and dedicated the Steiner Soccer Fields on Saturday with a ribbon cutting. The field used to be occupied by the Steiner Elementary School before it was demolished. The dedication was officiated by […]

To do list — May 7

Today • Dance and Experimental Film concert — 2 p.m. at ENMU’s Mainstage. Admission: $5. Information: 575-562-2711 • Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band concert — 3 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-2377 • Mother’s Day Brunch — 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and noon seatings in the ENMU Campus Union Building Ballroom. […]

Senior profiles — May 8


Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles about local graduating high school seniors. Andrew Gramzow will join the fire department after he graduates from high school. He participated in football, baseball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and track in high school. What was your proudest moment in high school? Passing math. What was […]

Leaders remember Mom

Sharon King

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER With Mother’s Day on the horizon, people will be honoring the strong female figures in their lives and appreciating the ways in which they have been shaped by them. That influence is especially important for those community leaders whose mothers are no longer with them. According to Eastern New […]

Pages past — May 8

On this date … 1976: About 550 Clovis High School seniors were expected to participate in May 24 graduation exercises at Rock Staubus gymnasium. Class members chose four speakers for a “Spirit of 76” theme: Sarah Dalbom, Lemuel Green, Susie Kinyon and Steve Madrid. 1971: Two Eastern New Mexico University students, trying to raise money […]

Pages past — May 7

On this date … 1966: Clovis’ Marilyn Standridge had been selected Associated Women Students Best Dressed Coed for 1965-66 at Eastern New Mexico University. She was a senior English major. 1966: New books at Clovis Carver Library included “The Tired Adult’s Guide to Backyard Fun with Kids,” “A Goodly Babe,” “A Child Divided,” and “The […]

Johnson: Humanizing pets may improve well-being

We call them our babies, put them in cute little sweaters or give them people names — truth is, most pet folks do it, though to varying degrees. The obvious stuff is just the tip of the iceberg, however, and the human attributes we project onto our pets can get pretty complicated. It may be […]

Berry: ‘Shotgun’ tradition lives on

I had to stop by a local grocery store a few days ago. After finding a good parking place, I was just about to get out of my car when I saw four young men running towards a pickup parked nearby. I noticed just as the one in the rear yelled out “shotgun.” I knew […]

Fight with officer captured on video

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The above photo shows a clip of Anthony Ortega rushing at officer Nicholas Laurenz during an April 11 incident, in which Laurenz was shot with his own gun.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Police body cameras failed to capture the shooting of a Portales police officer on April 11, but audio is heard of Officer Nicholas Laurenz and criminal suspect Anthony Ortega gasping and grunting as they fight one another. Video footage from three Portales police officers’ cameras was released Friday following […]

Jail staff honored

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Roosevelt County Detention Center officers chow down on enchiladas Wednesday during a potluck Interim Administrator Joseph Alaniz provided in appreciation of their work.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER As part of National Correctional Employees Week, employees of the Portales Detention Center were honored for their efforts on Thursday afternoon. The roles that detention center staff play are important, but have strict requirements as far as a person’s mindset, according to Night Sergeant Kolby Tollett. “You have to […]

Locals pray for nation

photo: Ronnie Cain
A group of residents pray in a circle during the National Day of Prayer event in Portales Thursday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor There was a distinct message at Thursday’s Portales prayer event as residents gathered in front of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Area residents were gathered in honor of the National Day of Prayer, and Central Christian Pastor Don Thomas preceded the time of prayer by challenging the crowd to not […]

Senior profiles — May 6


Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles about local graduating high school seniors. Treyton Beggs plans to attend Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma. “I’m going to get my associates in wind energy and then try to get some ag degree. I don’t know just yet,” he said. In high school, […]