School board to hold special meeting

Alisa Boswell A Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education special meeting is 5 p.m. Monday in the Administration Building to consider budget adjustment requests.

Meetings watch: Board of Education

At the meeting Monday in the Administration building, board members: • Gave recognition to Roosevelt County spelling bee winner Abigail Cameron, a fourth-grader. • Gave recognition to junior division spelling bee winner Rebecca Christensen. • Gave recognition to the Portales High School media arts class with Principal Melvin Nusser showing live streaming video of the [...]

Twelve families displaced by Clovis Apartments fire

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Tonjia Rolan Nathan Alvarado was home with his 5-year-old son Kaiden and his mother, Angela Copeland, when the fire started Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments. “Me and my son were playing video games and I smelled smoke,” the 34-year-old Alvarado said. “Before I could get to the door to check it out, the door [...]

Thursday morning briefing: Cleaning up, citizen police and down under

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Scoop the poop For the convenience of those who walk pets on campus, Eastern New Mexico University has installed four pet waste stations. Each station provides bags and a trash can. They are located by the Administration Building, Campus Bookstore, between the Campus Union [...]

Number of homes, retailers growing

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Slowly but surely, Portales is on its way to having more family housing, according to the December report for building permits. “We’re actually up in every category this year except roofing,” City Planning Director Sammy Standefer said. “This year, we’re up on single family dwellings slightly.” Standefer said prior to 2008, 25 permits annually for [...]

ENMU briefs — Jan. 25

Circle K Club holding dinner The Circle K Club of Eastern New Mexico University is holding a spaghetti dinner 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday at the Memorial Building. Club members will be serving spaghetti with meat sauce and bread, along with a vegetarian sauce option, as well as desserts, tea and water. Tickets are $5 each. [...]

Portales says yes to Sunday alcohol sales

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Alisa Boswell Portales voters approved Sunday restaurant alcohol sales by a narrow margin in a referendum Tuesday. The final total was 311-278 for allowing sales of alcohol on Sunday at local restaurants. Election officials described the flow of voters as steady most of the day, but only a fraction of the city’s 6,007 registered voters [...]

ENMU briefs —

Trio Encantada performing Eastern New Mexico University will host Trio Encantada in a chamber recital at 7 p.m. Friday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. The event is free and open to the public. Trio Encantada, an ENMU faculty ensemble, features the combined talents of Tracy Carr, oboist; Jeanie Wozencraft-Ornellas, lyric soprano; and Mark [...]

ENMU briefs — Nov. 1

Federal Reserve presentations Eastern New Mexico University is hosting an event with Federal Reserve representatives. The El Paso branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve will make a series of presentations today at 3 p.m. in Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business building. A reception will be at 4:45 p.m. The topic is Crisis, [...]

Friday morning briefing: A new building, herding dogs and remembering Route 66

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Groundbreaking They’re breaking ground today at Eastern New Mexico University for a new $15.6 million residence hall. It’s at 1:30 p.m. at 17th and K streets in Portales, the former site of the now-demolished Lincoln Hall. It’s open to the public. Thunder road The [...]