Suspect in fatal crash identified

Staff report New Mexico State Police have identified a person they believe fled from a fatal single-vehicle crash the morning of June 7 near N.M. 267 and North Industrial Drive in Portales. A warrant has been filed for Jose Calderon, 25. He faces charges of homicide by vehicle (third degree felony), great bodily injury by […]

Lucero: Problem may be your misconceptions

Misconceptions about different social groups are abundant anywhere you go, but taking the time to become familiar with someone from a particular social group can completely change the way a person views the world around them. Since high school I have hung out with a group of people (people who frequent or frequented the local […]

Miss Blackwater Draw also church youth director


Editor’s note: The following is the first in a new series in which we profile religious leaders in Roosevelt County: Kelsey Prince, 21, is the youth director at First United Methodist Church in Portales. Prince is a student at Eastern New Mexico University majoring in communications with an emphasis in journalism. She is also Miss […]

To do list — June 19

Today • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m., for K-sixth grade, “Zoom” at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Heritage Days activity — 6:30 p.m. Christian Country Jamboree at City Park. Information: 575-356-8541. • Miss New Mexico preliminary night 2 — 6 p.m. at University Theater Building. Opening Number/Intros, Group 1- Miss On-stage Question, Group 2- […]

Brown: Never know what awaits at farm auction

Down on the farm Look, on the farm! It’s a loader, it’s a skidsteer, it’s an ATV! No! It’s. It’s! It’s… I have no idea what it is, but it’s either genius or the silliest thing you’ve ever seen. This story begins, as many of the great ones do, at a farm auction. Every sale […]

Heritage Days schedule — June 19

The following is the schedule for the 31st Annual Heritage Days to be held at City Park June 19-20: Friday: • 6:30 p.m. Christian Country Jamboree at City Park Saturday: • 8 a.m. — MainStreet Fun Run at the Yam Theatre • 8 a.m. — Car show registrations at City Park • 9 a.m.-11 a.m. […]

Health class held at Community Services Center

Staff photo: Anna George
Lois Sparks, left, and Dorothy Glover, regulars at the community services center, participate in a group activity Wednesday at the fruits and vegetables presentation. They measured out red strips of paper to match the amount of fruits and vegetables they ate the day before.

By Anna George Staff Writer Senior and low income citizens were given the opportunity to increase their knowledge about healthy eating on Wednesday at the community services center. Carol Calderon, a nutrition educator at cooperative extension services, gave a presentation on eating fruits and vegetables. Calderon also spoke on how to eat healthily while […]

Pages past — June 19

On this date … 1975: Santa Fe Archbishop Rev. Robert Sanchez was making plans to visit all of the Catholic parishes in the Clovis-Portales area. “The complexities of the times with its inherent changes necessitates my movement among the people,” he said. 1960: Funeral services were being planned for a former Clovis resident who fell […]

Public Education Secretary visits Clovis

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera visited Clovis on Wednesday to talk to teachers and administrators. Skandera is traveling the state meeting with teachers and gathering feedback as part of an ongoing outreach program. The CNJ asked several questions: Why is it important for you to meet with teachers and administrators in person? When […]

Nervous excitement stirs Miss New Mexico contestants

Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson visits with Danica Montoya, 7, Tuesday evening at the Miss New Mexico meet-and-greet event. When Montoya told Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Burson she wanted to be a princess when she grows up, Burson told her she already is one.

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer Miss New Mexico contestants described mixed emotions Wednesday morning as they began the interview portion of their pageant, one of several individual competitive categories. “I’m pretty nervous, but mostly excited,” said Miss Las Cruces, Cydnee Plant. “ I just love to perform.” Plant said she has prepared for the […]

Kids get a kick out of British soccer camp

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER The best part about British soccer camp is working with the coaches, according to Portales children participating in the program that began on Monday. “I like how the coaches are making the games fun while still teaching us how to be better players,” said Conner Rooney,10. “The coaches are […]

Notebook — June 17

Anything on wheels … • Draggin’ Main is looking for gearheads with vintage cars and trucks, sports cars, motorcycles … you name it, for the annual gathering of smoking rubber and nostalgia June 27 in downtown Clovis. Gentle men and women, crank up the stereo and start your engines. This year’s event also features free […]

To do list — June 17

Today • Miss New Mexico activities — 9 a.m. Little Miss check-in; 4 p.m. Little Miss Tea Party. Information: 575-356-5354 or Greg Smith at 505-463-3678. • Miss New Mexico preliminary night 1 — 6 p.m. at University Theater Building. Opening Number/Intros, Group 1- Miss On-stage Question, Group 2- Teen-Fitness, Miss-Swimsuit, Group 1- Teen/Miss Talent, Group […]

Pages past — June 17

On this date … 1975: Area wheat farmers were reporting yields far greater than expected. Jerry Bell, who farmed near Ranchvale, had cut 130 acres so far, averaging 36 bushels per acre — far more than the 15-20 bushels expected. Russell Downley, also a dryland farmer near Ranchvale, said he was averaging 30 to 40 […]

County assessor charged by Game and Fish

STAFF REPORT Roosevelt County Assessor George Beggs is being charged with “unlawful possession of game or fish” by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. His trial is scheduled next month. According to the initial complaint, in late December 2014, Beggs was in possession of a mule deer without a valid license, game tag […]

Williamson: Andy’s whirlwind touches down in area this week

Each year when I see Andy Mason’s schedule of appearances for library summer reading programs, I’m reminded of the 1969 comedy, “If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium.” It’s a madcap film about travelers on a whirlwind trek across Europe. Andy’s own whirlwind — his 10th annual tireless tour of public libraries — touches down […]

Meteorologist: Above average precipitation expected to continue

Staff report With rain and thunderstorms saturating the area over the weekend, Portales came out on top with a rain total of 1.76 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Elida came in a close second with 1.20 inches and Kenna brought in third with 1.08 inches of rain. NWS meteorological technician Troy […]

Water rate hike goes unopposed

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER With no opposition in attendance, the Portales City Council passed Ordinance 715 following a public hearing regarding the hike of commercial and domestic water rates. The public hearing, held during Tuesday’s city council meeting, was a time for residents to comment before councilors made a decision. Hearing no comments […]

Meetings watch — June 17

Portales City Council The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at the Memorial Building: • Mayor Pro-Tem Michael Miller declared June 14 as “Flag Day in the City of Portales.” • Councilors approved executing an agreement with Daniel B. Stephens & Associates for City of Portales Well Design and Specifications. […]

Miss New Mexico contestants hit the town

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Miss New Mexico Pageant contestant Brandi Holcomb, representing Otero County, walks with Miss Teen New Mexico contestants as they go door to door downtown as part of a meet and greet event.

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer Miss New Mexico contestants visited local businesses in downtown Portales during a meet-and-greet on Tuesday afternoon, inviting owners and sharing details about their event. “It has been really exciting and a little surreal,” said Miss Blackwater Draw, Kelsey Prince. “To say that I’m participating in something of this caliber, […]