Volunteers driving force behind junior rodeo

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Marty Mathis of Amistad jumps over a rail while working the calf roping chute. Mathis, a rancher, said he has been volunteering for the High Plains Junior Rodeo for two years.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com The face of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals is the contestants steer riding, team roping and barrel racing, but the rodeo would not run smoothly without the volunteers. One such volunteer has helped out at the rodeo for two years and it is a family affair. Marty Mathis, a […]

Grand jury indicts Clovis slaying suspect

Staff report A Curry County grand jury indicted 40-year-old Eric Valdez of Clovis on Friday on charges of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. Valdez is accused of shooting Jose Barrera, 33, of Tucumcari in the head earlier this month in a vacant apartment on […]

A decade of supporting cancer patients on High Plains


By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com Family and support are the words cancer survivor Barbara O’briant uses when she talks about the Plains Regional Cancer Center. “All in all, Clovis Cancer Center became a home away from home with the best family anyone can ask for,” O’briant said as she addressed the crowd at the center’s 10-year […]

Healthy enough for humans but still for pets

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Pictures of delicate and juicy chunks of meat surrounded by peas and carrots call out from the labels of the cans. The messages they give: Nutritious and tasty, a well-balanced meal of vegetables and meats all brought together in one serving. And the price tag is the best part — […]

These days resale value seems to trump art

By Grant McGee Local columnist “WHAT WAS THAT THAT JUST DROVE BY? A CAR WITH CABBAGE PATCH DOLLS GLUED ALL OVER IT.” It was a post by one of my “friends” on The Facebook. I was excited. They had apparently just spotted their first “Art Vehicle.” “Are you near Bisbee, Arizona?” I posted to their […]

Fated to return to Portales

Christina Calloway: Staff photo
Rev. Keith Wilks is the new pastor of First United Methodist Church of Portales. Wilks is entering his 26th year in ministry, but originally wanted to be a lawyer to argue cases.

Editor’s note: This profile is a first in a series of featuring new religious leaders in Portales. By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Rev. Keith Wilks returns to Portales after 20 years as he enters his 26th year in ministry, but he said attending Eastern New Mexico University in 1994 is only a coincidence; coming […]

Cooler temperatures short-lived

Staff report Gray skies and sprinkles of rain created light-jacket weather on Thursday. With Thursday’s cold front, high temperatures didn’t reach much further than the day’s low temperatures in eastern New Mexico, according to Accuweather.com meteorologist Brian Edwards. Thursday’s morning low temperature was about 63 degrees, what Edwards said is about normal for the Clovis […]

More than a job

Lillian Bowe: Staff writer
House mother Serenity Richardson plays with Sam Penal, 2, on Thursday at the Baptist Children’s Home. Richardson and her husband Scott have been house parents for a year. The couple moved from Louisiana to take positions at the home.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Serenity and Scott Richardson are no strangers to being parents. The Richardson’s have an 11-year-old son and have been foster parents for five years, so when the opportunity to become full-time parents […]

Hallelujah for the rain

Audra Brown

By Audra Brown Local columnist Rain, oiled leather and the smell of freshly turned earth have to rank as some of the best smells there are. First off, let’s all give a hearty hallelujah. It rained. I mean, it RAINED! And enough to do some good, even. If you’re not happy about the blessed moisture, […]

Events calendar — July 18

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Kids Tennis Camp — 8 a.m. to 8:55 a.m., Portales Rams Tennis courts. For 4-8 year-olds. The camp is free. Information: lbrown@portalesschools.com or 760-4151. Kids Tennis Camp — 9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m., Portales Rams Tennis courts. For 9-14 year-olds. The camp is free. Friday […]