Construction to begin Monday on hospital addition

By Tony Parra Cooper Medical Building will begin work on an addition to the medical office building on Monday, construction foreman Dan Stivers at Thursday’s Roosevelt County Special Hospital District meeting. The Roosevelt County Special Hospital District Board of Trustees approved the designs for the medical building addition. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said the plans […]

Sunland receives help to expand business

Tony Parra United States Department of Agriculture officials presented Sunland Inc. President Jimmie Shearer with a $450,000 check on Friday in an effort to expand the business and purchase new equipment. “It’s a dream come true,” an ecstatic Schearer said. “It can only happen in America. This (Sunland Inc.) was once a farm field. There […]

Alliance fears Matt. 25 will affect Lighthouse Mission

Darrell Maurina As a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Clovis struggle to raise money to meet an end-of-the-year deadline for kitchen upgrades, some members of the Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance fear a plan to convert the old Memorial Hospital into a ministry center will cut into funds needed by the Lighthouse Mission. The plan […]

Catholic Center upgrades facility

Tony Parra There will be a new University Catholic Center for Eastern New Mexico University students on the western horizon and members of the St. Helen’s Church are excited about the possibilities. “We (St. Helens Church officials) feel the old building is inadequate,” Father Tobin Hitt of the St. Helen’s Church said. “We want to […]

ENMU officials plan campus improvements

Tony Parra Fixing a leaky roof and conducting constructional upgrades to another building at Eastern New Mexico University were the topics of discussion at the ENMU Board of Regents meeting on Monday. Recent rainstorms are the reason for one building experiencing leaks. The Board of Regents made two approvals on bids. The Board of Regents […]

PHS officials seek funds for auditorium

David Arkin Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser is hoping a local lawmaker’s request to help fund renovations to the school’s performing arts center will receive support in Santa Fe. Veteran lawmaker Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, is seeking $250,000 for the high school’s performing arts center, a facility that gets used by numerous school and […]

Updated True Value almost twice as large

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Tony Parra The building used to be Shop n Save, and then it was Furr’s grocery store. Now Max Merrick, owner of True Value Trader Horn, has filled the building off of University Drive and Avenue D with everything from tile to lumber to tool sets fit for weekend mechanics. Merrick relocated True Value on […]

Community dedicates The Hartley House

Jack King More than 100 people attended the dedication of The Hartley House Wednesday, the new administrative offices of the area’s shelter for domestic violence. The Hartley House, at 900 N. Main St., was renamed in honor of Mary Carol Hartley, a community leader who died Oct. 16 after a 15-year on-and-off battle with cancer. […]

City lobbies for funds

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Tony Parra City officials are hoping road work and construction signs decorate the city of Portales this year. With the help of more than $2 million in funding from the New Mexico State Legislature, city officials may just get their wish. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city officials are requesting $2.42 million in funds for a […]

Buried memories

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Michelle Seeber The old First United Methodist Church of Portales, where services first were held when it was only half a basement and later became a three-story building, will always be remembered by its ministers and members. Recently demolished for about $145,000, the church — now replaced by a new one at the intersection of […]

Golfers raise money to build church in Africa

Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to the generosity of Curry County golfers, a new church has been built in the far northwest region of the African nation of Kenya. Wes Grau, a Curry County rancher, said he worked together with Clovis car dealer Rick Cornelison and others to sponsor a “Cowboy Golf” tournament that raised money […]

Portales honors veterans

Tony Parra War veterans define Veterans Day as one of remembrance and appreciation to those who served our country in war. Portales will do its part with events commemorating veterans this week. American Legion will have its “Tribute to Veterans” beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The program will […]

Businesses expand, seek local support

Tony Parra Two businesses are depending on the support of the Portales community in their moves to expand from their current locations. Robert’s Television and Appliance is having it’s grand opening on Friday and Saturday in it’s new 20,000 square foot building at 509 South Avenue C, where the old Poynors Home and Auto Inc. […]

Being young and ambitious can get you into trouble

Bob Huber Here at the Consumer Institute (Slogan: We’re working to make your dollar worth a dime) we’re investigating two Roswell women who bought a rundown 16,000-square-foot warehouse, which they planned to remodel into a l6,000-square-foot colorful home that strangely resembles a rundown warehouse. In case you’re wondering, I have an insight into this investigation, […]

Device could assist firefighters

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Kevin Wilson The Portales Fire Department is encouraging business and home owners to think inside the box. The Knox Box is a small, metal mini-safe that is placed on the exterior of a building. It has space for keys, passwords or other devices that can provide access into a building and is accessible only by […]

Explosion rocks U.N. headquarters in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — A suicide truck bomb ripped through the hotel housing the U.N. headquarters on Tuesday, U.S. officials said. At least 15 people were killed and 40 wounded, including the chief U.N. official in Iraq, who was trapped in the rubble, U.N. officials said. A U.N. worker in Baghdad, Tharer al-Tikriti, said that […]

Floyd News

Jennifer Essary Transitions Recent birthdays: Jared Lee (4), Toni Whitecotton. News • The Senior Center will be having its weekly meeting from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. A pot-luck dinner and games are scheduled. • 4-H club will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Floyd Community Building. Brad Lee is doing the […]

City ready to rid itself of abandoned buildings

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Mike Linn Maybe the black, green-eyed cat lounging against the wall of the Saga Motel on Wednesday afternoon was waiting for somebody to let it in. After all, the motel’s sign does read “vacancy.” But city officials say the motel located on Avenue D across from the Cattle Baron restaurant has not been operational for […]

ENMU hits goal in attracting new students

Jack King The Eastern New Mexico University President Steven G. Gamble told the university’s Board of Regents on Saturday he is confident that for the first time since 1988, ENMU’s enrollment of full-time freshmen this fall will exceed 600. Gamble spoke at the regents’ regular meeting in Portales. He added the university’s goal this year […]

Tornado safety tips

The National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross offer these tips on preparing for a tornado: Tornado safety – Develop a plan for yourself and your family, at home, at work or at school. – Know your community and keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement. – Have […]