Their view: Candidates anything but gracious

Retired newspaper editor and sometimes columnist Ned Cantwell is annoyed with the antics of both candidates in New Mexico’s governor’s race. Excerpts from a recent opinion piece:

Officer should exhibit better judgment

Freedom New Mexico The June 19 vehicle rollover that involved a Portales police officer was a frightful reminder of how dangerous those public servants’ jobs can be. It also is a reminder that law officers have no super-human skills — even when they’re trying to help somebody — and that safety must come first. Thankfully, […]

Jazz ensemble unites music, non-music majors

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Clarence Plank The Eastern New Mexico University Jazz ensemble is a collection of music majors and non-music majors who have come together to play their favorite music. The band is open to all students. “They play for local social events,” said ENMU Director of Bands Dustin Seifert, “and a couple of members … last semester […]

ENMU weighing options on Lone Star Conference

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble raised concerns Saturday about the future of the athletic conference ENMU competes in with Texas and Oklahoma schools. During ENMU’s Board of Regents meeting in Portales, Gamble said the Lone Star Conference is “unraveling before our eyes,” and said the university may soon have to hunt for a […]

Embezzlement charges appear to fit pattern of conduct

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New mexico Embezzlement charges against the owner of Portales Livestock Auction appear to fit a pattern of conduct leading to a shutdown of the facility more than a year ago. Randy Bouldin is charged with embezzling more than $450,000 in December 2008, when prosecutors say he sold 1,000 head of cattle […]

Weekly update — June 27

The recent Heritage Days sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce raised $1,030. Sharon King, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said $1,000 was used to pay expenses for the five gospel bands who performed. The remaining $30 left after expenses was put toward advertising, along with some money which came in from […]

Police blotter — June 27

Recent calls received by Portales Dispatch Wednesday through Friday, according to call logs: Wednesday • At 9:59 a.m., a caller in the 1600 block of West Second requested an officer to make a report of two women being injured by a cat. • At 4:44 p.m., a caller in the 400 block of North Avenue […]

My turn: Local history presented in numbers

Some local history by the numbers (according to “Roosevelt County History and Heritage” and “Portales, New Mexico: The First 100 Years”):

VFW holds first Texas Hold ‘em Poker Run

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Clarence Plank Local veterans participated Saturday in the first Texas Hold ‘em Poker Run at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9515 in Portales. Thirty-one riders participated in the 130-mile trip taking riders to Muleshoe, Clovis and Melrose. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Charles Eaton, commander of Post No. 9515, said proceeds are […]

Better Business Bureau warns of phone scam

The Better Business Bureau in Albuquerque is warning of a phone scam in which callers from Jamaica tell people they have won a prize and need to pay fees to claim it. According to a release from the bureau, the caller identification systems show an 876 area code and the callers have Jamaican speech patterns. […]