Hunton wins primary for district two 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 […]

Election to be ‘phenomenal’

Staff photo: Anna George
From left, Petie Baca, Silvia Baca and James Prince work through the voting process Tuesday at the memorial building for the 2016 New Mexico primary.

By Anna George Staff Writer Love him or hate him, Presidential Candidate Donald Trump was the motivation for many Roosevelt County voters’ at Tuesday’s primary election. Many voters said they came to vote simply as a part of a movement to prevent the businessman candidate from making it to office. Ashley Wimberly, a 22-year-old […]

Area youth meet for ag contest

Staff photo: Anna George
Patrick Kircher, left, teaches Ryon Howell, 11, Monday how to complete his quiz for the agriculture skillathon. The skillathon involves a wildlife competition, wool identification, tool identification and meat identification.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer Roosevelt County youth have been honing their problem-solving skills this week at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. According to Roosevelt County 4-H Agent Ryan Craig, the 4-H challenge promotes “youth development and problem solving skills” in areas including home economics, horticulture, nutrition and livestock. “These are the future consumers of […]

Q&A: ENMU faculty member appointed to State Parks Advisory Board


New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez recently announced appointments she made to various boards and commissions, one of them being for John Montgomery of Portales. Montgomery, the assistant vice president for Research and Program Development at Eastern New Mexico University and a current member of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Board of […]

Pages past — June 8

On this date … 1971: The Pioneer Days parade had lined up 52 entries with four days to go. Police were scheduled to lead the way, followed by a color guard from Cannon Air Force Base, politicians and Miss Clovis. Floats already signed up would represent Barry Hardware, the Senior Citizens Kitchen Band and the […]

To do list — June 8

Today • Ready, Set, Storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for preschoolers. Book: Feeling Good. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Yoga with special guest Chandra Lee. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Grand Slam guest — 10: 30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for […]

Girls’ State ready for elections

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Portales Mayor Sharon King leads the elected officials of the fictional city Cactus in their induction Monday during 2016 New Mexico Girls’ State.

Anna George Staff writer New Mexico Girls’ State will elect their state and county officials today following their city council elections among their 80 delegates from across the state and region. New Mexico Girls’ State, which has been hosted at Eastern New Mexico University for close to 10 years, is a program for upcoming […]

Early voting down ahead of primary

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Early voting numbers for Roosevelt County continue to remain low since the 2010 primary, according to County Clerk DeAun Searl. The New Mexico primary election for the county, state and presidential elections is being held today. The general election will be Nov. 8. Searl said voting numbers have been […]

Video store relocating, expanding

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer After more than 23 years, a Portales mainstay is moving to a new home. And with this move comes a hefty expansion. The video store is moving from its current location at 401 South Avenue C just 200 feet away to 421 South Avenue C, according to owner Landall […]

Police blotter — June 7

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff. Friday • 12:19 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, 1500 block South Avenue F, report taken • 3:36 a.m.: Reckless driver, unknown location • 4:18 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 700 block Wylie Cox Circle • 10:41 a.m.: Criminal damage, […]

Pages past — June 7

On this date … 1976: A local veterinarian had been named the Cowbelle’s father of the year. Dr. E. E. Krause, a consultant for multiple area feed lots, received the honor for his work with the cattle industry across eastern New Mexico. 1971: A former state lawmaker and prominent De Baca County rancher was killed, […]

Heritage Days not all in store

STAFF REPORT Several 1980s classes of Portales High School graduates will converge on Portales the weekend of June 18 for a reunion. The third annual PHS 1980s reunion, held in conjunction with Portales’ annual Heritage Days event, will see people from a number of classes reuniting and reminiscing, according to graduate Kristie Stokes. The classes […]

New stadium build ahead of schedule

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
From left, Samantha, Noelle and Charley Bartl pick up signs on the 50-yard line at the new Greyhound Stadium Saturday afternoon. Noelle Bartl, the executive director of the Eastern New Mexico University Foundation, and her two daughters took pictures of the people touring the stadium holding the various signs.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER There are now 98 days until the new Greyhound Stadium opens, with the Greyhounds hosting Western New Mexico. While the stadium is still being built, donors of the new stadium were given a sneak peak on Saturday as to what the stadium will hold. The basic structure of the […]

ENMU preps for hunt

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents have begun their search for a firm to assist in the finding of a new ENMU President upon Dr. Steven Gamble’s retirement in 2017. The board has begun their initial draft of the request for proposals to be sent out to candidates for the searching […]

Ballot — June 5

New Mexico’s primary election will be held Tuesday for county, state and national elections. The following are local county positions on the ballot and their candidates: • District 1 commissioner: Democrat Dennis Lopez • District 2 commissioner (in order they will appear on ballot, all Republicans): * David C. Sanders * Walter Bo Hardin * […]

Boswell: Force losing another good one

Alisa Boswell

I’ve heard a lot over the last several months that “Eastern has lost a lot of good ones.” Whether it has been retirees who passed away or faculty and staff who have retired, our local university HAS lost “a lot of good ones” in the past several months. But as the date approaches for him […]

Pages past — June 5

On this date … 1976: A crowd estimated at more than 10,000 lined Clovis’ Main Street for the annual Pioneer Days parade. The Clovis News-Journal reported threatening weather “changed its mind at the last minute and agreed to be good.” Gov. Jerry Apodaca was the grand marshal of the parade, which included “Benny Binion’s authentic […]

To do list — June 5

Today • Drive4UrCommunity — 9 a.m. at Portales Recreation Center. For every test drive taken, Big Valley Automotive will donate $20 to the rec. center. Monday • Get Your Game On — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Game: Game Changers. Information: 575-356-3940 Tuesday • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. […]

Local ladies honored

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Frances Townsend, right, shows a tool involved in butter churning while daughter Debbie Spriggs churns during the Pioneer Women’s Breakfast Friday morning at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER Pioneers, bonnets and hand-churned butter — things you wouldn’t often find in a 21st Century setting were brought together at the Clovis Civic Center on Friday morning. As a long-standing tradition, local women were honored and heritage was celebrated at the 15th annual Pioneer Women’s Breakfast. Nostalgia filled the […]

Good to be queen

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Kyla Myers of Clovis gives her speech, “So God Made a Cowboy,” during the Miss Rodeo New Mexico competition Friday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Myers was crowned as Miss Rodeo Elect New Mexico and will compete in 2017 for Miss Rodeo America.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Pomp and pageantry fit for a queen took center stage during Friday’s Miss Rodeo New Mexico fashion show, speech and coronation at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Contestants vied for the titles of Little Miss Rodeo, Miss Rodeo New Mexico Teen and Miss Rodeo New Mexico during the festivities. […]