Lobos’ hope dashed again, future uncertian

Pity the poor fans of University of New Mexico basketball. First, the euphoria of winning the Mountain West Conference season and tournament, then the No. 3 seed, whispers of Final Four possibilities, all ending with a humiliating loss to Harvard in their first NCAA tournament game. At least, though, the Lobos had next year — […]

Smoking cessation drugs available

Smoking cessation drugs now are available at no charge through the TRICARE Mail Order Program for service members, military family members and retirees under age 65 who want to kick this unhealthy habit. The free cessation drugs finally are available almost five years after Congress ordered them. The free medicines are part of a wider […]

Meetings Watch – Portales City Council

The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night: Portales Mayor Sharon King proclaimed April 8 as Fair Housing Day in Portales. A U.S. 70 reconstruction project official gave an update on the project. New Mexico Department of Transportation Project Manager Pat Garcia said First and Second streets should be paved from […]

Meetings Watch – Roosevelt County Commission

The following took place at the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday morning at the Roosevelt County Courthouse: Charles Bennett with the Joint Land Use Study committee gave an update on the committee. Bennett told commissioners that the committee is working with the U.S. Department of Defense to eliminate issues regarding local land development and its […]

Helps to be square

Amelia Christensen says the purchase of one tile can help support the Portales community. Christensen, HomeSpot director of property management in Portales, said HomeSpot bought its 8-by-8-inch tile, which is featured above the lobby of the Yam Theatre, to do just that. The purchasing of tiles, available to local businesses and organizations, is a fundraising […]

City manager search committee selected

The Portales mayor, three city councilors and one local business owner were selected to be on the search committee for a new city manager. City Manager Tom Howell plans to step down in December. According to city officials, there are nearly 20 applicants for the position. Portales Mayor Sharon King said the search will remain […]

Burglaries linked to property

Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Malin Parker told county commissioners Tuesday his office has linked 24 burglaries to stolen property recovered a few weeks ago in a residence east of Portales. Two people have been arrested in connection with the burglaries, said Parker, who has declined to identify those taken into custody, citing an […]

Easter means hope is always realistic forecast

It's the evening of a beautiful Easter Sunday as I write. And I must admit being surprised. My surprise is nothing compared to the amazement of Mary Magdalene and those with her who very "early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark," went to the tomb, found the stone rolled […]

Career in media helps jury dismissal

For the third time in my life, I've been selected for jury duty. The previous two times I was excused. First time: I was in college, and could not make the daily 1,200-mile trip the jury service would require. Second time: I was covering pretty much anything at the Portales newspaper, including cops and courts. […]

Events Calendar – April 3

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. "Sweet Smell of Rain" will be featured. Information: 356-3940. Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. "Mario Galaxy" will be featured. For ages 13-18. Information: 356-3940. Zumba — 5:15 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. […]

My Turn – I’ll keep my speech to a minimum

I appreciate the vote of confidence in my editor when he asked me to go pick up our awards this weekend at the 103rd annual Convention of the Panhandle Press Association in Amarillo. I rather look at it like that than my co-worker's response to the news, "Nobody else probably wanted to go." Either way, […]

Police Blotter – April 3

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Sunday 12:40 a.m.: Deputy reported an abandoned vehicle, Industrial Road. 12:46 a.m.: Caller reported her boyfriend threatened her, 1500 block of North Avenue K. 12:50 a.m.: Caller reported fights, 1000 block of West Second Street. 12:55 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 1000 block of […]

Hounds turn back Wayland Baptist

Eastern New Mexico University's bats were held in check in the final three games of a Lone Star Conference series last weekend at Abilene Chrsitian, all resulting in losses. Tuesday, the Greyhounds managed only five hits against Wayland Baptist, but were able to take advantage of most of the scoring opporunities provided by five five […]

Power restored in rural Roosevelt County

Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative customers in Arch, Elida and Causey went without power early Tuesday. RCEC spokesman Antonio Sanchez said outages started around 3:30 a.m. and power was restored to all customers around 10 a.m. There were cross arms broken on several poles throughout the county, most likely due to wind or tracking from moisture, […]

Want to honor a volunteer? Do it here

Clovis Media Inc. is accepting nominees for its third annual Volunteer of the Year award. Deadline for nominations is April 8. Tell us your nominee's name, where they volunteer and something special they did in 2012 that helped make someone's life better. Volunteers should live in Bailey, Curry, De Baca, Parmer, Quay or Roosevelt counties. […]

Rams third at Artesia

Senior Jackson Powers shot 41-41 — 82 on Monday as the Portales High boys golf team finished third out of only three full teams in the Artesia Invite golf tournament. Andrew Underbrink was next for the Rams at 45-40 — 85, followed by Jory Nix 46-48 — 94, Ty Bergman 50-48 — 98 and Brandon […]

Scholars to present findings

Natalie Moctezuma, an Eastern New Mexico University graduate student majoring in communicative disorders, has been working since the summer on her research comparing the immediate hydrating effects of water versus flavored water. "Flavored water is so popular nowadays, and voice experts are saying drink eight glasses of water a day, and if you don't like […]

Judge Teddy Hartley retiring after 10 years

After 10 years behind the bench, Teddy Hartley is giving up the gavel for free time. Teddy Hartley Hartley, a Clovis native, will retire from his position as chief justice for the Ninth Judicial District, effectively July 1. "I'm still healthy, and I'll be 73 years old (when I leave)," Hartley said. "I have health […]

Sunland test production pushed back

Test production runs of Sunland Inc.'s facilities have been pushed back a couple of weeks to mid-April, according to Vice President Katalin Coburn. She attributes the setback to the continuing installations of equipment and delays in deliveries. Coburn says Sunland has rehired 85 percent of its laid off workforce and says they will be closer […]

Police Blotter – April 2

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Thursday 2:30 p.m.: A subject in the lobby requested an officer, police station. 2:35 p.m.: Caller reported a noise disturbance, 1400 block of South Globe. 3:26 p.m.: Caller reported her daughter is having issues with a female, 500 block of West Fifth Street. 4:28 […]