Pages past — Nov. 8

On this date … 1970: The Off-Campus Programs office at Eastern New Mexico University had announced plans for two classes it hoped would “broaden the education of area youngsters.” “Introduction to ballet” was for students 6 to 17 and would meet Saturdays for 12 weeks. Cost was $15. “Basic conversational French” was for students 8 […]

To do list — Nov. 8

Today • The Elephant Man — 2 p.m. at University Theater Center at ENMU. Admission: $5, free for students with ID. Information: 575-562-2711 Monday • Native American Dancers & Musicians — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-2377 Tuesday • After school @ the Library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public […]

Rams are a perfect 10

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Portales junior quarterback Junior Ramirez prepares to launch a deep pass while senior tackle Adam Hernandez provides protection during Friday’s District 4-4A matchup against New Mexico Military at Blackwater Draw. The top-ranked, unbeaten Rams posted a 26-7 victory.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER BLACKWATER DRAW — In Portales’ quest for its first ever 10-0 regular season, it was the unexpected players who stepped up and allowed the Rams to defeat the NMMI Colts 26-7 on Friday night in the District 4-4A and regular-season finale for both teams. Seldom-used wide receiver Michael Fox […]

Farm and ranch worker’s comp addressed

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Since the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled the exclusion of farm and ranch laborers from workman’s compensation unconstitutional, area farmers and ranchers have had concerns on how the ruling will impact their expenses. Rachel Bayless, Worker’s Compensation Administration’s general counsel, came to Clovis Thursday night as part of […]

Motocross event comes to the Boneyard

Courtesy photo: WTXRC
A motocross event is coming to Portales this weekend with all-terrain vehicles races, utility task vehicle races and bike races. The event is being held behind Bonestroo Dairy off of New Mexico 467 all day today and Sunday.

STAFF REPORT The West Texas Extreme Race Circuit (WTXRC) is returning to the area this weekend for round six of their 2015-16 series. According to Rusty Cates, WTXRC is a family-owned race circuit of moto and off-road enthusiasts dedicated to promoting and advancing off-road racing in the West Texas/Eastern New Mexico area. Cates began the […]

Pages past — Nov. 7

On this date … 1970: For the first time since its founding in 1961, the Curry County United Fund topped the $100,000 mark in its annual charity drive. The drive had reached $102,300, with “a bit more” expected in the next few days, according to Owen Huffaker, the fund’s publicity chair. 1955: New Mexico saw […]

Study: Pets make people happy

Sometimes it just plain seems like there is a pet craze going on. At every turn there are pet accessories, pet toys and specialty pet foods to be found. It doesn’t take much to figure out the pet buzz is growing louder every day, particularly when pet spending jumped during the second half of 2014 […]

Police: Armed suspect caught

STAFF REPORT An armed suspect was apprehended after he was seen driving a stolen vehicle recklessly on Wallace Street north of 21st Street, according to the Clovis Police Department. Clovis police officers apprehended an armed suspect that was seen driving a stolen vehicle recklessly on Wallace Street north of 21st Street Friday morning. Interim Police […]

Meetings watch — Nov. 7

ENMU Board of Regents The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met Friday in the Regents Room at the main campus in Portales. Regents took the following action: • Heard a report from President Steven Gamble. Gamble said the university got another clean audit for the second year in a row. “It’s extremely rare […]

Health exchange update site ready

STAFF REPORT New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX), BeWellnm, announced Thursday that its updated website has been launched. “The updated website includes several new features that make it easier for New Mexicans to learn about their affordable health insurance options, and make important decisions about health coverage for themselves and their families,” a press release […]

Concerns raised about ‘In God we trust’ decals

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer The Muleshoe Police Department received a donation from a local business owner to show the city’s police it has his support. That money, according to Chief of Police Roy Rice, has been used to put the words, “In God we trust,” on individual police cars, at the option of […]

Southwest Cheese plans expansion

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER The Southwest Cheese plant south of Clovis will begin work on a $140 million expansion that will bring around 50 jobs and an estimated $37.5 million to the area’s economy over a 10 year period, according to the plant’s president and an area economic director. The 110,000 square foot […]

Council denies water authority easement agreement

By Rae Arnett Correspondent The Portales City Council denied the approval of an easement agreement with Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority in a four to three vote at their Tuesday evening meeting. Councilors Michael Lucero, Dianne Parker and Keith Thomas voted against the motion to deny the easement while councilors Mike Miller, Oscar Robinson, […]

Notebook — Nov. 6

Note to readers: Due to press issues, papers in Clovis and Portales had to be printed in Roswell Thursday night. Newsroom staff had to observe early deadlines. Late news and sports coverage will be available at and and will run in Saturday editions. Coming Saturday: The annual Boneyard motocross event will be held […]

Brown: Not too wet, not too dry

The tall fields of haygrazer are laid low and as soon as the moisture gets just right, the nights of the baler begin. Many jobs can last long into the evening and the early morning, but most of them at least start in the daylight hours. Baling hay, in my experience, usually starts just after […]

To do list — Nov. 6

Today • Floyd Lions Club Harves t Jamboree — 7 p.m. at the Yam Theater. $10 per person or $8 military with ID. Information: 575-226-3783 • Kappa Kappa Psi Haunted House — 7 p.m.-midnight in Harding Hall at ENMU. Admission: $5 general, $3 military. Information: 575-356-8541 • ENMU Board of Regents meeting — 9:30 a.m. […]

Clovis man faces prison for alleged robberies

STAFF REPORT A Clovis man is facing six felony charges and up to 19 years, six months in jail on accusations he robbed both Portales and Clovis Wal-Mart stores at gunpoint three months apart. In June, an unidentified person pulled a gun on a Portales Wal-Mart staff member when the staffer tried to prevent him […]

Pet of the Week — Nov. 6


Gender: Male Age: 6 weeks old Breed: Tabby Personality: Very friendly This kitten was brought in last week as a stray. According to Adam Aguilar, animal control supervisor, the kitten still needs to be litter box trained. He’s relaxed around people and does have a healthy set of lungs as he has a very vocal […]

Princess party moves to ENMU

Courtesy photo
Monarch Formals’ 4th Annual Princess Party is being held this Saturday at the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena for girls 2 to 12 years old.

STAFF REPORT Non-profit Monarch Formals annual princess party is being moved to Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena this year. The event, which is in its fourth year, is to be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the arena with girls from 2 to 12 years old being welcomed. Monarch Formals Founder […]

Fire substation plans move forward

STAFF REPORT The city of Portales is moving forward with plans for a new fire substation on the north side of town. At their Tuesday night meeting, city councilors approved the Portales Fire Department moving forward with contract negotiations for the architectural plan and design of the new substation. Portales Fire Department Chief Gary Nuckols […]