Wind project approaches next phase

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer The Roosevelt County Wind Ranch project is set to move forward after county commissioners on Tuesday approved a road maintenance and transportation agreement with Roosevelt Wind Project, LLC. The agreement is the final hurdle for the county and with its approval the Industrial Revenue Bonds, totaling $430 million, can […]

New vice president of Student Affairs at ENMU from rural Pennsylvania

By Desiree M. Cooper ENMU Communication Services Jeffrey C. Long has been named as the vice president for Student Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University. He will begin on Jan. 5. He will be responsible for the supervision of all areas within the division of Student Affairs, including budget, personnel and policies of the areas. […]

Important WIPP stay closed until good plan made

The New Mexico Environment Department got tough with the feds to the tune of $54 million in civil penalties. And for good reason: a leaky drum of nuclear waste packed for shipment at Los Alamos National Laboratory that contaminated nearly two dozen workers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad and resulted in closure […]

Dependence on fickle oil, gas no fun

By Tom McDonald State columnist It’s almost laughable the way Americans just can’t win with gasoline prices. If they go up, it’s money out of our pockets, and if they go down, it’s money out of our investments. Poor folks couldn’t care less about how it affects the financial markets; they’re all for the cheaper […]

Dairy rule hearings will stay in Roswell

By Steve Hansen Staff Writer The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday upheld a decision that will keep upcoming dairy rule hearings in Roswell, the New Mexico Environment Department announced. The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club had sought to move the hearings before the New Mexico Water Qualify Control Commission, saying that […]

Helping on the holidays

The following area schools collected more than 7,000 pounds of food in the annual School Holiday Food Drive, according to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico: Portales School    Lbs. Brown Elementary    774 Lindsey-Steiner Elementary    1,211 R.M. James Elementary    1,041 Valencia Elementary    1,096 Clovis Barry Elementary    629 Bella Vista Elementary    80 Cameo Elementary    100 James […]

United Way assists 35 local agencies, programs

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories profiling area charity organizations. Most of the information in this report comes from the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s website. Staff report Many local organizations need donations to help fund holiday programs for families in need this year, including the United Way of Eastern […]

ENMU grad promoted to anchor

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Brittany Nielsen said “Salinas has a big gang problem and learning that lifestyle is interesting to me.”

By Desiree M. Cooper ENMU Communication Services Eastern New Mexico University graduate Brittany Nielsen last month was named anchor for a weekday morning newscast in Salinas, California. Nielsen co-anchors the show at KSBW Action News Sunrise 8. She reports after that, which could include a live shot for Action News Midday and packages for Action […]

Fire destroys mobile homes that were site of 2012 slayings

By Steve Hansen Staff writer TUCUMACRI  — The site of the November 2012 slayings of Sue Day and her daughter Sherry Folts burned to the ground early Monday. The abandoned mobile homes where the victims and their slayer Tony Daylived were leveled by a fire that started in a corner of one of the […]

Cannon airmen share mission with students

By Airman 1st Class Devin Boyer 17th Training Wing Public Affairs GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A CV-22 Osprey from Cannon Air Force Base landed Dec. 8 to provide intelligence students with an orientation on special operations missions and aircraft they may support after graduation. The CV-22 is a tilt rotor aircraft that resembles […]

ENMU basketball capsules — Zias vs. Northern New Mexico

Women Northern New Mexico at ENMU • When: noon today at Greyhound Arena • Records: NNMC 8-2, ENMU 2-5 • Last time out: The Lady Eagles lost to visiting Oklahoma Panhandle State 78-74 on Saturday in  at Espanola. The Zias defeated Texas A&M International 74-70 on Friday at The Rock in Clovis. • Last meeting: […]

To do list — Dec. 16

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Roosevelt Cunty Commission meeting — 9 a.m., L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. Infomation: 575-356-5307. • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662. • Chamber Christmas potluck — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the board room at […]

Hillcrest Zoo hosting Christmas Nites

KEVIN WILSON: Staff photo
Kevin Wilson: Staff photo
A decorative bow hangs on the cage of Sooner, the Hillcrest Park Zoo’s Bengal tiger. A tree next to Sooner’s cage is also adorned with ornaments for this week’s Christmas Nites at the Zoo. The event is expected to draw more than 1,500 people over the four nights.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer ’Twas the week before Christmas For Hillcrest Park’s zoo The statues were tasseled Gold, silver, pink, blue The lighting was hung On the fences with care With knowledge that hundreds Would soon visit there For the Clovis zoo staff, the eighth annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo feels far […]

Local briefs — Dec. 16

Fire truck purchase  on county agenda Roosevelt County commissioners are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. today at  the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. Topics on the agenda include department reports and the presentation of final plans of the Magistrate Court Construction Project. The discussion and possible authorization for the purchase of a fire truck for […]

Package to protect commissary operations being negotiated

By Tom Philpott Military Digest House and Senate conferees negotiating a package to fund the Department of Defense through September 2015 have protected commissary operations by restoring 90 percent of a planned $100 million cut. Once again lawmakers thwarted a cost-saving initiative targeting military compensation and endorsed by the Joint Chiefs as a way to […]

Dora school news — Dec. 16

Finals week Dora High School students will be taking their semester finals this week. Today, students will be taking finals in their second-, third-, and fourth-period classes. On Wednesday, finals will be given for fifth, sixth, and seventh periods. Thursday is the last day of the semester, and there will be an abbreviated high school […]

Police blotter — Dec. 16

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Friday • 8:01 a.m.: Criminal damage, 400 block East 18th Street • 4:20 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, address unknown • 8:48 p.m.: Hit and run, 700 block West Second Street • 9:07 p.m.: Civil matter, […]

Letter to the editor: Governor taking wrong approach on education

I listened with disbelief that Gov. Martinez is suggesting an obsolete and insulting management proposal to fix student achievement in New Mexico. Two of the fixes rely upon the old “carrot and stick” practices of the industrial age which imposed 1) benefits and threats on oppressed populations and 2) only provides material goods. First, she […]

Empty Stocking Fund — Family P

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family P • Household members: 5 • Children: 3 • Special circumstance: This mother suffers from epilepsy, and moved to New Mexico a year ago to help her brother. She is a single mother in her 20s with two […]

Commencement speaker shares five ‘points of light’

Dustin Seifert, director of the Eastern New Mexico University band, was commencement speaker at Saturday’s ENMU fall graduation ceremony. Here is the text of his speech: Thank you President Gamble for that very generous and mostly factual introduction. You are so kind and such a fantastic mentor to all of us who aspire careers housed […]