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County making education gains, but poverty remains impactful

By Alisa Bowell Managing editor The recently released 2015 Kids Count Data Book showed New Mexico rates have improved in regards to poverty and education but not by much. The study showed 31 percent of New Mexico children live in poverty while fourth-grade reading proficiency in students is 44 percent. Roosevelt County showed a […]

Two prepare for police academy

Elijah Saina

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department and Eastern New Mexico University’s Police Department are sending two individuals to the police academy. Elijah Saina, ENMU Police Department, and Kole Tollett, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, answered some questions about the process and what they expect the academy to be like. Elijah Saina What […]

Youngster makes best of circumstances

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Thallan Schwartz enjoys the day golfing at camp at Colonial Golf course in Clovis.

Our People Thallan Schwartz, 11, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His family moved to Portales in 2013 when his father was offered a job at Eastern New Mexico University where he teaches saxophone and Jazz. Schwartz will be in sixth grade at Lindsey-Steiner in Portales. He spends his summers hanging out with friends and going […]

Davis: Those who’ve served deserve respect, honor

Several weeks ago, this column focused on history of Memorial Day, and the need to recover the primary focus of this U.S. holiday, which is to honor those who have given their lives in the cause of free and to remember all of our loved ones who have died. Fittingly enough, this week lands us […]

ENMU women hopeful to make run at team title


By Dave Wagner Sports writer Eastern New Mexico University’s women claimed the Southwest Regional rodeo championship earlier this month for the second year in a row. Now the Greyhounds are looking for a bigger prize. They’ll send a four-woman team to Casper, Wyoming, for the College National Finals Rodeo, scheduled for June 14-20. ENMU […]

State baseball, softball tournament results

BASEBALL Single elimination (Seeds in parentheses) Class 6A Thursday’s quarterfinals At UNM Lobo Field, Albuquerque (6) Eldorado 10, (3) La Cueva 1 (5) Volcano Vista 1, (13) Sandia 0 (2) Rio Rancho 3, (10) Mayfield 1 (9) Hobbs 6, (1) Onate 5 Friday’s semifinals At UNM Lobo Field, Albuquerque Volcano Vista 5, Hobbs 2 Eldorado […]

Wagner throws no-hitter as Rams win two

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Rey Ornelas throws a pitch during the Rams second game against NMMI Tuesday.

Staff report Grant Wagner pitched an abbreviated no-hitter and Portales scored a combined 26 runs as it swept New Mexico Military Institute in a doubleheader, 11-0 and 15-4, ion Wednesday at NMMI. Wagner kept the Colts (7-4) hitters off balance in the first game, striking out eight while throwing just 77 pitches — 51 for […]

Community Calendar — April 5

Clovis Club/organization meetings American Legion Unit 25 Ladies Auxiliary — 7 p.m. third Wednesdays each month; 7 a.m.-11 a.m., $6 breakfast, open to the public, first Saturday each month; 2 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Tuesdays, bingo;  9 p.m.-1 a.m., dance, every Friday. 2400 West. Seventh St. Information: 575-763-5392. American Legion Post 117 Ladies Auxiliary […]

Easter celebrations hosted around town

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Sharon Cissell, left, and Doris Welch visit the “The Altar of Burnt Offering,” the second station at The Tabernacle at Central Christian Church. The live tabernacle is one of the church events going on in conjunction with Easter at local churches.

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer Local churches will be celebrating Easter with a variety of special events throughout the weekend. There will be a special Easter Polynesian program presented by Eastern New Mexico University and featuring Polynesian football players at the Portales Church of Nazarene. “They’re a program of around 15-17 people and six […]

Rams second to Clovis

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Portales ophomore Andrew Underbrink watches a tee shot during Monday’s Texico Invitational golf tournament, played at Farwell Country Club. Underbrink posted the Rams’ best score for the day with a 79.

Staff report FARWELL — Sophomore Andrew Underbrink posted a score of 79 Monday to lead Portales High’s boys in the Texico Invitational golf tournament, played at Farwell Country Club. Only two teams competed in the boys event, with Cl,ovis posting a four-man score of 320 to 342 for the Rams. Underbrink’s tally was the second-best […]

ENMU men fall to TSU

STAFF REPORT ALLEN, Texas — The Lone Star Conference’s top seed made quick work of Eastern New Mexico Wednesday night, and moved on with an 80-50 victory over Eastern New Mexico at the Allen Events Center. Malcolm Hamilton scored 21 points to lead three players in double figures for the Texans (27-2), who moved on to […]

Even telling time varies with generations

Rather than go through the stressful ordeal of adjusting a digital watch for Daylight Saving Time, I almost prefer leaving it alone — simply keeping in mind that the watch is an hour off for half the year. This is why I no longer own a digital watch. Oh, the sweet joy of pulling out […]

Former DA Harris found dead

Staff report Former 9th Judicial District Attorney Randall Harris, 54, was discovered dead in his home in the 1300 block of Concord Road early Monday, according to Clovis police. A police spokesman said rescue workers were responding to a call at 2:16 a.m. The spokesman said foul play wasn’t suspected and investigators are awaiting results […]

Zias post pair of 6-1 wins over Newman

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Freshman Simone Laurenz of Portales hit a game-breaking, two-run triple to right field in the seventh inning and Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team completed a 6-1, 6-1 sweep of Newman on Friday in the Lady Buff Invite, hosted by West Texas A&M. The Zias (9-3) face St. Edward’s (9-6), […]

Zias come up short vs. Cameron

By Dave Wagner Sports writer Once again, Eastern New Mexico University’s women fought back from a double-figure deficit in the second half. Only this time, the Zias came up short. Junior guard Jordyn Cooper’s 3-point attempt to tie in the closing seconds was off the mark, and Cameron escaped with a 68-63 Lone Star […]

Dora school news

Kiss-O-Gram deadline Today is the last day to order Kiss-O-Grams from any Dora Business Professionals of America member, for in-school delivery this Thursday. This fundraiser will help alleviate costs of travel for BPA members to upcoming contests. Kiss-O-Grams are 75 cents each. Presidents Day Dora schools will be in session on Monday. It will be […]

Winter perfect time for fires and songs

Seasons. I love living in a place where we get them all. I’m unrepentantly partial to the one that includes roaring fires, snow, and Christmas. But each holds its own particular hue and beauty, and I’m on mostly good terms with them all. Seasons come. Seasons go. No surprise. But the changing colors, varying for […]

Portales chamber retains executive director


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce has decided to retain Executive Director Karl Terry after a Wednesday morning board meeting, according to a press release from the chamber. Board members deliberated for three hours before coming to a 10-9 decision, with one abstaining, to keep Terry as director, the […]

City manager resigns for second time

Doug Redmond

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor Less than two months after withdrawing his initial September resignation, Portales City Manager Doug Redmond handed in his official resignation again Monday. Reasons for his resignation have not changed. Redmond said he has two side projects going on, which he declined to discuss until they are closer to being […]