International cheese industry professionals visit Southwest Cheese

Cheese industry professionals from all over the world descended on Clovis this week to learn about United States cheese production and operations at Southwest Cheese. Visitors from Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Egypt, the Philippines, and Lebanon toured the cheese plant and a local dairy, and also attended several educational sessions. "This is a cheese buyers' mission," […]

Four apply for district judge position

Three Clovis lawyers and an attorney in Portales have applied to become the next district judge for Curry and Roosevelt counties. One of the four will be picked by Gov. Susana Martinez to succeed 9th Judicial District Chief Judge Teddy Hartley, who is retiring in June. A press release late Wednesday from the Judicial Selection […]

Q&A: Aikman among youth coach’s heroes

Bradley Mitchell coaches the Cubs Little League baseball team and serves at the athletic coordinator at Portales Junior High School. Born and raised in Portales, Mitchell graduated from Eastern New Mexico University and taught history at PJHS for nine years before switching over to physical education this year. His wife Erin works as a kindergarten […]

Events calendar – May 23

Today Belly dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Boot camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Yoga — 7 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales High School Maypole — 8 p.m., PHS Gymnasium. Information: 356-7000. Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., […]

There are rainbows even in darkest of tragedies

Oh, those heartbreaking images from the storm-ravaged Midwest. The nearest brush I have had with a tornado (and the nearest I hope I ever have) was 20 years ago. As the twister roared by east of us, baseball-sized hail decimated the roofs of every building we owned and shattered every north-facing pane of glass. We […]

Police blotter – May 23

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday Caller reported: 1:15 a.m.: Criminal damage, 900 block of West 14th Street. 1:36 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident, N.M. 467. 5:38 a.m.: Semi unable to cross railway due to signal malfunction on railway, Highway 467 and US 70. 7:03 a.m.: Telephone pole broke and […]

There are rainbows even in darkest of tragedies

Oh, those heartbreaking images from the storm-ravaged Midwest. The nearest brush I have had with a tornado (and the nearest I hope I ever have) was 20 years ago. As the twister roared by east of us, baseball-sized hail decimated the roofs of every building we owned and shattered every north-facing pane of glass. We […]

Full speed ahead: Sunland hopes to have products on shelves soon

Sunland Inc. Vice President Katalin Coburn said she's excited that Sunland is one step closer to getting its products back on the shelves as peanut butter production resumed Monday. Sunland is bouncing back from a salmonella outbreak that linked its products to 41 cases in 20 states last fall and shuttered its plant for months. […]

Maypole has symbolized rite of passage for seniors at PHS for 85 years

The bright, colorful dresses, the inspirational songs, the flashes from hundreds of cameras and the poles that stand as strong as the community's tradition are what keep Portales High School's Maypole ceremonies going. Maypole Director Wendy Brooks said every year it's a different group of students, with different talents and different formal wear, but one […]

Bears’ Urlacher hangs ‘em up

Former Portales High coach Mark McAfee knew Lovington's Brian Urlacher had a bright future when he coached against him as the Rams' defensive co-ordinator in the mid-1990s. McAfee didn't necessarily see him as an eight-time Pro-Bowl middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears. "He was a stud," McAfee said Wednesday night. "I knew he could play […]

ENMU athletes ready for nationals

Eastern New Mexico University sophomores Kaspars Briska and Alesha Jones have their work cut out in the NCAA Division II national outdoor track meet this weekend in Pueblo, Colo., but both are ready to give it their best shot. Briska, a junior college transfer from Riga, Latvia, qualified for the nationals in the 3,000 steeplechase, […]

Fishing report – May 22

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Charette Lakes — Fishing was fair using […]

Channel passion into charitable text messages

As I was watching news of the Moore, Okla., tornado unfold, emotions went from amazement of nature's power to empathy for those affected to eye rolls for people who turned tragedy into a way to forward their personal beliefs. I couldn't help but notice a story a friend commented on. Curt Autry, an NBC reporter […]

Councilors: No new laws needed to address panhandling

Portales city councilors concluded no new laws are necessary to enforce the prohibition of aggressive panhandling because there is a similar code that can be amended to include it. The Portales City Council gave a notice of intent Tuesday night at its meeting to rewrite a city code regarding peddlers. The council wants to outlaw […]

Meetings Watch: Portales City Council – May 22

The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night: Portales Mayor Sharon King recognized the Portales Police Department for vital public service to the citizens of Portales in a proclamation. John Guldemann, project director for the U.S. 70 reconstruction project, gave an update on the project. Guldemann said they are close to […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt County Commission – May 22

The Roosevelt County Commissioners met Tuesday in the commission room at the Roosevelt County Courthouse and took the following actions: The commission approved of the closure of South Roosevelt Road AZ, which approximately 20 miles west of Floyd. The road 1.73 mile long road will be closed effective immediately. "There is a tendency for an […]

Events Calendar – May 22

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. How to Successfully Market Your Business to the Government — 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Business Enterprise Center in Clovis, 105 E Grand Ave. The seminar is sponsored by the Procurement Technical Assistance Program. The cost is $79 per person for Tuesday and Wednesday. […]

My Turn – Cartoons are my destiny

Sometimes I think I was destined to be a cartoonist, but my skill level is probably at stick figures. It's just that my imagination runs away like the people who I try to interview. I create all these exaggerations in my head about what happens, and I turn people into these characters. One day I […]

Finalists named in city manager search

Two finalists were named in the search for Portales' new city manager Tuesday night at the Portales City Council meeting. Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. Director Doug Redmond and Stanley Livengood of San Antonio, Texas, are being considered to replace current city manager Tom Howell, who is retiring at the end of this year. Portales […]

More charges likely in ENMU embezzlement case

An Eastern New Mexico University employee charged with embezzling more than $18,000 from the university said he was embarrassed and ashamed of the crimes he committed in a video of his interrogation. Plane tickets, hotel stays, limo rides, Disney World tickets and a tiara for a drag queen contest were among the 56 unauthorized purchases […]