Deadly blaze remembered

By Jim McBride Amarillo Globe-News FRITCH, Texas — Bit by bit, new residences and mobile homes have sprung up around Lake Meredith a year after a massive wind-whipped wildfire destroyed 225 homes and dozens of smaller buildings around the lake. The Amarillo Globe-News reports that but here and there, bare concrete slabs, blackened trees and […]

Pages Past

May 12 On this date … 1970: A fire set by a burglar “extensively damaged” the medical office of Drs. Allan Haynes and John Conway at 1217 Pile St. in Clovis. Police Detective Caleb Chandler said narcotics were the likely motive for the break-in, though Chandler said doctors were forbidden by law to keep narcotics […]

New Habitat director’s knowledge an asset

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero

Habitat For Humanity Executive Director Mike Gray works at his desk Monday afternoon in Habitat’s Portales offices on Second Street. Gray took over as executive director after former Director Joyce Davis stepped down in late March.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com After years of service, Portales Habitat For Humanity Director Joyce Davis has stepped down and handed the reigns to Gallup’s Mike Gray as the organization continues to grow. Gray, who previously worked as the director of the Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home and School in Gallup for about 20 years, […]

Water authority hopes to speed up pipeline project

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is anticipating an estimated $4.2 million in grants to help speed up construction of the Ute Pipeline in the next few months, according to authority leaders. “The Water Trust Board funding is becoming available as well as the Bureau of Reclamation,” said […]

DA’s office wins awards

By: Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Two prosecutors and an investigator from the District Attorney’s office were recently recognized by their peers for outstanding excellence in their profession, according to a press release issued Monday by District Attorney Andrea Reeb. “I’m just really excited and proud of these three individuals and my staff,” Reeb said. […]

Thank you notes are a treasure

Every day I make two treks to the mailbox. The morning trip is my routine for getting checks dispersed to a great variety of people and businesses in the building industry. The afternoon jaunt is for gathering the stack of catalogs, bills and notices. Occasionally something special catches my eye in this stack of paper. […]

Graduation calendar

The following is the schedule for graduations for Roosevelt County schools: • Eastern New Mexico University: 10 a.m. Saturday at the ENMU Greyhound Arena. • Elida High School: 5 p.m. Saturday in the multi-purpose room at the school. • Portales Junior High: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the ENMU Greyhound Arena. • Portales High School: 7 […]

To Do List

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children ages birth to 3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • After school at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Information: 575-356-3940. • Child Find screening clinic — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., House schools. For […]

New business

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson

Joseph Beaty, a mechanic with Overtork LLC, replaces exhaust manifest bolts on a truck Monday morning.

Lyle Fraze, owner of Overtork LLC, said his favorite part of being in the truck repair business is mainly the people he gets to work with. “I enjoy working with the people of Eastern New Mexico,” he said. “For the most part, that’s why I’ve stayed here.” Fraze, who said he has been running trucks […]

‘Modern day western’ to be filmed in Clovis

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Extra, extra — about 600 actor hopefuls turned out for the casting call at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com About 600 people formed a long line around the block at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday afternoon for the opportunity to participate in paid, non-speaking, extra roles in an upcoming feature film. Chamber Film Liaison Nick Mondragon said the film — starring Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges […]

Blowing off some steam

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
ENMU admissions recruiter Jacob Jones leads The Outsiders as they take on the All Denim Everything in the tug-of-war challenge.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com Friendly competition and a day away from the books were all the incentive Eastern New Mexico University students needed to show up to compete in the ENMU FFA’s Ag Olympics. The Ag Olympics started early Saturday morning at the Lewis Cooper Arena with teams competing in the dummy roping […]

Memories with mother cherished

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com We asked Portales-area residents to share some memories of their mothers. Here’s a sampling of what we found: • Brady Bloomfield, 20, said one of the first moments he realized just how much his mother, Bonnie Lake Bloomfield, 58, really meant to him was two summers ago. “I remember […]

Notebook — May 10

Notebook Price of progress … • Fresh from the U.S. 70 project that snarled traffic for three years, Portales motorists can look forward to more driving out of the way to get there this week. Installation of the city’s new effluent pipeline means street closings and traffic slowdowns. East Sixth and South Elgin will be […]

Pages past — May 10

May 10 On this date … 1975: Debbie Davis set a state record, tossing the discus 127 feet, 5 inches to lead Clovis’ girls to the Class AA state track championship held in Portales. The Wildcats won the 880- and 440-yard relays, finished second in the mile relay and finished third in the 880-yard medley. […]

To do list — May 10

Today • Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band in concert — 3 p.m., Buchanan Hall in the Eastern New Mexico University music building. Free. Information: 575-562-2377. • Special visit by evangelist David Alsobrook — 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Living Faith Church, 2012 South Avenue D, Portales. Information: 575-356-6734 Tuesday • Books and Babies — […]

A tribute to Mom

We asked readers to submit letters to their mothers for Mother’s Day. Here’s what we received: Dear Mom, I want to say thank you for being there for me as I was growing up. You always put me first. I can remember one day we had pie and you had the last piece and you […]

Boswell: Even young people set examples we can follow

I find myself realizing more and more that people I admire most and want to take “a page from their book” are often people 8 to 15 years younger than me. I had that feeling of admiration last week when I interviewed Helen Gan, 22, who was a sweet and humble young lady yet exuded […]

Former student body president moved on to mayoral post

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Where are they now? Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. Ed Johnson’s political career was launched with his election to two terms as Eastern New Mexico University student body president in the 1980s. Johnson, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political […]

Waxing poetic — contest winners

Norma Rogers

Editor’s note: We asked readers to share with us their best poems. Almost two dozen were submitted. Winners received gift cards. Here are the winners, as selected by Eastern New Mexico University Associate Professor of English Carol Erwin: First place By Norma Rogers Clovis Listen to the wind Listen to the wind, that great orator […]

Natural Chem presents plan to city council

Staff report A new approach to producing fuel and the addition of 125 jobs are a few of the things Natural Chem Group, LLC executives brought to the table Tuesday during their presentation to Portales City Council. Natural Chem CEO Bob Salazar spoke with councilors to provide details on his company’s interest in Portales and […]