Community cleanup

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Portales residents will be participating in the Great American Cleanup project from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday. Participants comb the city while picking up trash and debris. “It doesn’t cost people anything, just their time,” said project director Veda Urioste. “It’s nice to clean up some eyesores.” Urioste said the event is sponsored by […]

Reader-submitted content: Flower sales benefit community

The Portales Kiwanis Club is selling flowers again this spring to beautify our local community. The flower sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the C&S parking lot on the corner of First Street and Avenue C. The Portales Kiwanis Club is selling geraniums and petunias. All plants are locally sprouted and […]

Our people: Nicole Thornton represents Portales as the city’s community affairs coordinator

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Nicole Thornton was the Community Affairs Coordinator for the city of Portales until Friday. Her husband received orders from the Air Force back to Florida so the couple will be returning home. Thornton said there is no such thing as a typical day for the community affairs coordinator. “I enjoy that every day is different […]

ENMU briefs — April 13

Eastern in Action Day on April 16 Eastern In Action is holding its second annual community service day on Saturday. Students, faculty and staff of Eastern New Mexico University will band together to give back to the Portales community with their time and elbow grease. Tree trimming, weed pulling and painting were some of the […]

Their view: Community’s outpouring of support appreciated

Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler recently offered his condolences to the family of Peyton Chavez, who died last week:

Announcements — April 10

Wedding shower A wedding shower for Lesli Dawn Caviness and Marty Paul Trey will be held at 2 p.m. April 16 at the Causey Community Building. The couple will be married in May.

ENMU springing into action

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Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University is offering many pairs of helping hands to the community with its Eastern in Action program again this year. With Eastern in Action, university students and employees do free yard work, painting, cleaning and other jobs for members of the Portales community not affiliated with ENMU. The work day […]

‘Eagle eyes’ keep community safe

While the arrest of the Saudi student in Lubbock has raised awareness over the likelihood of an attack against Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding community, it is important to remember that the threat of terrorism on U.S. military bases still exists since the tragic events of 9/11. Force protection specialists from Cannon agree […]

Portales resident enjoys helping

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Dennis Lopez is active in the Portales community. He was a Roosevelt County commissioner for eight years from 2000 to 2008. As the director of support employment at Mental Health Resources, Lopez said he enjoys helping and working with his clients. In his free time, Lopez enjoys golf, travel, exercise and playing cards.

Land use study unifies community

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), commissioned by the Curry County commissioners and funded by the Department of Defense, is an opportunity for the surrounding communities and Cannon Air Force Base to work together to identify and begin to address areas of common interest. Getting Cannon off of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) turned what […]

Finalists picked for Mesalands president

Freedom New Mexico Mesalands Community College has announced four finalists for president at the two-year college. The four finalists are: Larry Edwards of Oklahoma City; Jimmy Cargill of Glendive, Mont.; Veldon Law of Las Vegas, Nev. and Mildred Lovato of Albuquerque. Each candidate will tour the campus and have an interview with the Board of […]

Mothers, sons attend annual Winter Ball at The Landing

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Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Chuckie Kiser, 12, boogies on the dance floor with his mom, Jessica, Saturday night at the Mother and Son Winter Ball. Alisa Boswell Mothers and sons at Cannon Air Force Base spent quality time together Saturday night at the second annual Mother and Son Winter Ball held by the Community Center. […]

Card games building community in eastern New Mexico

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Alisa Boswell The term gamer isn’t just for athletic endeavors. It can also apply to friends in a friendly table battle. The term certainly applies when it comes to collectible card games, which bond many throughout eastern New Mexico. Two of the largest collectible card games are Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic: The Gathering. These games, and […]

Big give: Cannon community competes against each other with community service projects

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USAF file photo The “Log Dogs” from Cannon earned $3,000 for their work during the Big Give program on base last year. They were one of nine teams of 134 volunteers who worked to make the community better with numerous community service projects. Cannon Connections staff Cannon Air Force Base’s community center is gearing up […]

State regulators close First Community Banks

Freedom New Mexico Regulators with the New Mexico Financial Institutions Division shut down First Community Bank, which has branches in Clovis and Portales. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation released a statement Friday that said it was named the receiver. According to the statement: l The bank failure and its sale is expected to cost the […]

Ticket feature: String quartet to perform in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico A string quartet with unique twist will perform for Clovis community members Feb. 19. Brooklyn Rider is described as “adventurous,” with a “hip” contemporary take on classical music, according to promotional material from Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. Balancing a devotion to existing quartet literature and creating new works, Brooklyn Rider […]

Economic activity spiking in region

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Sharna Johnson Portales and Clovis are experiencing economic energy despite a rough economy, according to economic development directors in the communities. Greg Fisher, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation executive director, spoke of expansion in a variety of areas. Recently the Abengoa bioethanol plant reopened after two years of inactivity, employing nearly 50 people, and trucking […]

Community commemorates King

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Argen Duncan A number of Portales citizens heard a call to live out Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of love and service to others Monday. The community’s 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. event, with the theme “celebrating” our youth, began with a march from the Roosevelt County Museum to the Memorial Building. The Cannon […]

Rec center director discusses new plans

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Argen Duncan New Portales Recreation Center director Jodi Kibbe is aiming to make the facility more a part of the community. Kibbe started the job Jan. 3, and said it’s going well. “It’s busy. The staff that works here is really great,” Kibbe said, adding the other center employees helped her get to know the […]