Berry: No tools for tots

If I wrote a children’s book, I think I would call it, “If you give a 2-year-old a hammer.” You can imagine the different adventures that could take place. When I was a kid, whenever my dad would work on something, he would always make sure I had some tools of my own. I don’t […]

Pages past — June 11

On this date … 1961: TG&Y announced plans to open a store in Clovis. The variety store, which had locations nationwide, would be built on the site of the former Silver Grill in the 600 block of Main Street. The Silver Grill, one of Clovis’ more popular restaurants, had been destroyed by fire about a […]

Ladies learn governing

Staff photos: Eamon Scarbrough
New Mexico Senators Gay Kernan (third from right) and Stuart Ingle (second from right) give advice to participants of the New Mexico American Legion’s Girls State program at a simulated House of Representatives session Thursday in the Zia Room of Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER A session of the House of Representatives was in full swing Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University, with members reviewing pieces of legislation and making important decisions. However, something made this session unique: It was comprised entirely of high school juniors from throughout New Mexico. The New Mexico American […]

Bible school encourages teamwork

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Local Portales Baptist churches came together this week to hold Vacation Bible School for area children. Members of First Baptist Church and Emmanuel Baptist Church, among others, participated in the week-long event, which was held at the Baptist Children’s Home. It combined Bible study with athletics, according to Vacation […]

ARISE block grant contract denied again

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor A new ARISE Sexual Assault Services building will once again not be a reality after county commissioners voted Thursday to reject their $500,000 Community Development Block Grant contract. This was the second time the non-profit organization applied for CDBG funding without making a new facility a reality. Officials began […]

Brown: Little toy tractors important

The John Deere house is a special place when you grow up on a farm that runs green tractors. You go there to get parts, visit, occasionally consider buying a new piece of equipment, and if you’re a good kid — to get toys and caps. Ertl toy equipment is the Holy Grail. Detailed metal […]

To do list — June 10

Today • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m. at the library for all ages. Movie: Goosebumps. Information: 575-356-3940 Monday • Get Your Game On — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Game: Minute to Win It. Information: 575-356-3940 Tuesday • Full STEAM Ahead — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades 2-6. […]

Pages past — June 10

On this date … 1971: At least $1,500 worth of merchandise hauled off in two burglaries at Clovis’ Montgomery Ward’s was recovered. Police said a former Ward’s employee was involved in the heists. Officials searched seven houses and made three arrests in connection with the stolen merchandise. Items recovered included clothes, two television sets, a […]

Pet of the week — Juen 10


Short hair domestic mix Gender: Female Age: 1-2 years old Breed: Short hair domestic mix Story: This cat was found by Eastern New Mexico University. According to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, she’s not a big attention seeker but very friendly and relaxed. Martinez didn’t list any real restrictions on the type of family, just […]

Social media influences vote

By Anna George Staff Writer From Snapchat and Instagram to Facebook and Twitter, social media is seen as having an influence on voters in the 2016 primary presidential election by university and Facebook officials. The 2016 presidential election has had debates broadcast on Snapchat, with candidates regularly tweeting, and 16 million Facebook likes between […]

Pageant helpers needed

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Miss New Mexico officials are calling for volunteers for the upcoming Miss New Mexico Pageant and the Little Miss New Mexico Pageant. Both events are taking place next week at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. “Volunteers consist of various types of jobs for various events, everything from taking […]

Hunton new District 2 commissioner

By Alisa Boswell and Kurt Munz-Raper Staff writers Incumbent Rick Leal lost the Roosevelt County District 2 commission seat to former Portales city councilor Matthew Hunton by six votes in Tuesday’s primary election. “I feel all right,” Leal said about the loss. “I ran a good campaign. Matt ran a good campaign. I wish him […]

Black bear shot in Logan

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer LOGAN — Police officers here shot a black bear to death Monday night, saying they did so in the interest of public safety. Officers said they located the bear about 9:30 p.m. Monday in a tree in the neighborhood of Perch and Sunfish in the village of Logan, said […]

Council gets detailed report on recreation center

Staff report Portales Recreation Center Director Jodi Diaz presented her department’s report to city councilors at their Tuesday night meeting. According to Diaz, the three programs contained in the recreation department of the city are the after-school program, summer program and city sports program. There were 68 full members in the after-school program this year, […]

Pages past — June 9

On this date … 1951: Clovis law officers raided two locations in the city, arresting residents for selling “illegal intoxicants.” Performers and fans of the Pioneer Days Rodeo were also brought into police headquarters for questioning about their alleged purchases of whiskey, wine, gin and cold beer. 1951: John Wilkins, 63, operator of Wilkins Grocery […]

To do list — June 9

Today • Grand Slam guest — 10: 30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for all ages. Performer: Musician Andy Mason. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Movie: The Karate Kid. Information: 575-356-3940 Friday • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m. at the library for all ages. Movie: […]

Williamson: Still some nice humans around

I’m hardly a frequent flyer, but a few times most years, I find myself in an airport participating in the once-glamorous ritual of air travel. Last Saturday was one of those times. The last connection, from Dallas to Lubbock, had issues from the get-go. Boarding was delayed because of excessive heat on the aircraft. When […]

Campus Life director talks about new post


Ron Williams officially began his position as the director of Campus Life at Eastern New Mexico University at the end of May after a full semester at the university. The director of campus life is responsible for overseeing Greek life, campus clubs, student activities and the freshman student orientation Dawg Days at ENMU. Williams, who […]

Roosevelt County primary results

Republican primary ballot President • Donald J. Trump: 966 • Ted Cruz: 145 • Benjamin S. Carson: 65 • John R. Kasich: 53 • Jeb Bush: 47 • Carly Fiorina: 8 U.S. Representative, District 2 • Steve Pearce: 625 U.S. Representative, District 3 • Michael H. Romero: 249 • Michael Glenn Lucero: 223 Secretary of […]

Clinton claims historic victory in Democratic primary

By JULIE PACE and LISA LERER Associated Press NEW YORK  — Claiming her place in history, Hillary Clinton declared victory Tuesday night in her bruising battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party and casting herself as the beneficiary of generations who fought for equality. “This […]