Children big winners at fair

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Janet Bresenham Where else but the county fair can a contestant take a puppy, a fish, a kitten or even a stuffed animal and win a prize? One of the highlights of the Roosevelt County Fair this was the assortment of children’s events Saturday afternoon, including the Kiwanis Pet Show, the stick horse race, dummy […]

Public Record Aug. 10

Recent dispositions from Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: Tony Sexton, 33, found guilty of aggravated driving while intoxicated (second offense) and will serve eight days in the Roosevelt County Detention Center and 356 days of supervised probation. Danny Sanchez, 34, found guilty of abuse of aerosol and will serve 364 days of supervised probation. Scott Garcia, […]

Obits Aug. 10

Alice Ackerman, 87 Mrs. Alice Ackerman, 87, a former resident of Portales, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee, Ariz. She was born Nov. 4, 1915, in a farm house near Roosevelt, Okla., to Ida and Clarence Hill. Along with her brothers and sisters, she endured the Depression after the […]

Partners reap rewards racing reptiles

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Mike Linn The last foot-long stretch of the turtle race at Saturday’s Roosevelt County Fair had one turtle owner leaping in the air, yelling like an NFL football coach on Super Bowl Sunday, and waving his cowboy hat in an attempt to coax his new pet to victory. It worked. Sixto Paiz, 11, and Randall […]

Old Timer’s Day reunites community

Darrell Todd Maurina Patsy Qavi left Melrose for California 23 years ago, but traveled nearly 960 miles with her father to take part in the Melrose Old Timer’s Day on Saturday. Qavi is just one of many who make the event part of their annual travel plans, according its organizers. “My father graduated from Melrose […]

Greyhounds’ coach anticipates season

Dave Wagner PORTALES — Veteran Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott still looks forward to the start of practice each fall. A broken hip sustained during spring practice when he couldn’t avoid a collision on a play which spilled over the sideline has slowed Elliott a bit, but coaching football helps keep him […]

Cheese firm originated in Ireland

Darrell Todd Maurina Strict milk quotas and government regulations imposed by the European Union fueled expansion into the United States, according to officials of the Irish milk processing company known as Glanbia. Glanbia, whose name means “pure food” in the traditional Irish language of Gaelic, first came to the United States in 1988 and currently […]

The Big Cheese

Haley Wachdorf ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis may not be the largest city in New Mexico, but it will soon be the Big Cheese. Clovis has been selected as the site of the new Glanbia southwest cheese plant, which is expected to be the largest cheddar cheese plant in North America. Select Milk Producers, the New Mexico […]

Fair offers chance for children to shine

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Janet Bresenham The day before the Market Goat Show at the Roosevelt County Fair, Kelsey McKinney’s goat did one of the things goats are known for doing — eating anything they find. Kit Pettigrew, McKinney’s agriculture teacher from Dora, was at the fairgrounds when it happened. “Her goat ate a whole bottle of soap,” he […]

Cheese plant to benefit local economy

Gary Mitchell The new $200 million cheese plant will have a greater impact on the area economy than many people realize, local officials said. “The cheese plant will create 2,000 jobs in the area in spinoff industries, according to the Dairy Farmers of America,” said Gene Hendrick, a consultant for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of […]

Cheese plant may conserve water

Mike Linn Weighing water usage at a cheese plant against usage on agriculture farms is like comparing gas consumption in a Honda Civic to a fuel-guzzling sport utility vehicle. Suffice it to say a cheese plant comparatively gets good water mileage. Water experts also say water extracted from milk to make cheese can be reused […]

$200 million cheese plant to bring jobs to Clovis/Portales microplex

By Gary Mitchell ALBUQUERQUE — A $200 million cheese plant will be built in Curry County and it will bring about 200 jobs to the Clovis/Portales microplex, local officials said Thursday morning. Gov. Bill Richardson and U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici on Thursday morning unveiled the news that a site five miles south of Clovis would […]

Communities gather to share views on water issues

Darrell Todd Maurina Nearly 100 people at a regional public comment forum Wednesday night urged staff members of the Interstate Stream Commission to consider views ranging from respecting private property and water use rights to emphasizing a community need for water. Rhea Graham, director of planning and communications for the Interstate Stream Commission, told those […]

Language barrier troubles schools

Mike Linn Standardized tests revealed what Portales School Superintendent Jim Holloway already knew, that language and socioeconomic factors are some of the toughest challenges Portales educators face. Recently released state ratings for Portales schools show that Hispanics and students who qualified for free or reduced lunches scored lower than the rest of their classmates on […]

‘Major jobs’ on horizon for region

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and Gov. Bill Richardson this morning will unveil news about “major jobs and economic development” in eastern New Mexico, according to a press advisory released Wednesday. “It deals with the dairy industry,” said Chris Gallegos, a spokesman in Domenici’s office. “It will be big news for Curry […]

Tying up loose ends

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By Kevin Wilson Although the Roosevelt County Fair officially opens today, the fairgrounds were a busy place on Tuesday as people from every facet of the fair made their final preparations. Local businesses and organizations set up shop in the merchant’s building, with spots reserved months in advance through the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. […]

Infant girl killed in crash south of Portales

By Darrell Todd Maurina Elida police captured a truck driver wanted in connection with an early Tuesday crash south of Portales that killed a 2-week-old girl. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said Brian Moshier, 40, believed to be from Roswell, was arrested on charges of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of an […]

Commission wants poles moved

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By Mike Linn Three utility poles in the middle of a quiet, heat-baked dirt road a few miles south of Portales create what county officials say is a dangerous maze for automobile traffic. So at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting county, officials said they want Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative to move the poles out of […]

Water meeting set for tonight

By Jack King CLOVIS — State Engineer John D’Antonio said his office needs input from residents on regional water needs and has scheduled a public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The meeting is one of 29 the Office of the State Engineer has scheduled statewide to get public input in […]

La Casa director recognized

By Mike Linn Before any money talk at Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting, Mayor Orlando Ortega presented two certificates of appreciation in recognition of Seferino Montano and his non-profit business, the La Casa Health Centers. Montano, executive director of the health center, has been serving the city of Portales in the current capacity for 27 […]