Huffman answers construction questions

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation and Portales contractors have heard a buzz from Portales residents concerned about local jobs going to Clovis constructors for the new Roosevelt County Chamber of Business Center in the downtown plaza. RCCDC officials selected LCI 2 Inc. out of Clovis to do the construction work or contract […]

Quintero knew meaning of a hard day’s work

By Tony Parra Florentino Quintero was a man who enjoyed everything, but was not mischievous and never looked for trouble, according to family and friends. Quintero died on Jan. 14 at his home at the young age of 36. “He was hard-working and he was a calm kid, growing up,” Antonio Quintero said about his […]

Simpson goes all-out to help elderly

Mary Jane Simpson has served two years as an Americorp VISTA for the Portales Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Her supervisor Vonnie Banther says she is a vital part of the team, and has helped the local Community Services Center rank third in the state for the number of accurate federal returns filed. Her term […]

ENMU upgrades social work study

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University officials are working toward accreditation of a social work program, which will enable students to enter the field of social work as licensed professionals. The social work program is in its second year and according to Allen Stata, director of ENMU’s social work program, it is hoping to […]

Judge says drug court important

Darrell Maurina The judicial district covering Curry and Roosevelt counties is one of only three in the state with no type of drug court for nonviolent offenders. Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley would like to change that. Drug court is a program that imposes strict probation conditions and mandatory treatment and work programs on […]

Program provides literacy help

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Tony Parra The following story maybe be easy to read for most people, but for others it might be in a foreign language they don’t understand. The Roosevelt County Literacy Council is celebrating it’s 15th-year anniversary and day-to-day more than 15 volunteers help give people within the ages of 16 to 60 the gift of […]

Air Force promotes Col. Yates to general

Darrell Maurina When Col. Robert Yates leaves Cannon Air Force Base for his new post in Virginia, he’ll carry with him a new title: “brigadier general (select).” Yates’ name was included on the list of promotions to one-star general released Tuesday morning by the Air Force, and while he won’t get to replace the eagle […]

Non-traditional students learn in House

Michelle Seeber House may be a small community in eastern New Mexico, but it has a school that draws students from all across the state. The school, known as The Learning Center at House High School, is for students, who for a variety of reasons, are unable to attend high school on a regular basis […]

City manager has ties to Portales

Tony Parra Debi Lee will begin her term as the Portales city manager on Dec. 29, a little more than a month after being selected for the position by the city council (Nov. 24). Lee is currently the assistant city manager in Hobbs. She attended Eastern New Mexico University in the late 1970s and her […]

Don’t forget your pastors

Joan Clayton Pastors who respond to God’s call to ministry are special people. Clergy Appreciation Month, which is this month, is observed by affirming and encouraging our ministers. These spiritual leaders are gifts from God.  Pastors and their families live in a world that never stops.  Their workload is large and tedious. Many have other jobs […]