Guest column: NM needs to embrace free market reform

It often seems that New Mexico’s economy is haunted by the ghost of Lew Wallace. Wallace, who also wrote Ben Hur, was territorial governor of New Mexico in the late 1800s. He was apparently confounded by our state and was quoted as saying, “All calculations based on our experiences elsewhere fail in New Mexico.” In […]

ENMU ROUNDUP: Hounds, Buffs play to scoreless tie

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University and West Texas A&M played to a 0-0 tie in men’s soccer on Sunday at the ENMU pitch, giving the Greyhounds the season series against the Buffaloes for just the second time in the program’s 11-year history. ENMU (5-5-3) won at WT 1-0 earlier this season. The only other […]

New Mexico prep football rankings — Oct. 20 Class 6A Team    Record 1. Rio Rancho    8-0 2. Mayfield    6-1 3. Eldorado    7-1 4. Rio Rancho Cleveland    5-2 5. Las Cruces High     5-3 6. La Cueva    5-2 7. Alamogordo    5-2 8. Onate    5-3 9. Sandia    5-3 10. Atrisco Heritage    5-3 14. Clovis    2-5 Class 5A Team    Record 1. Centennial    7-0 2. Artesia   […]

Chamber boss happy with Peanut Festival turnout

Staff report Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce officials are putting another successful Peanut Valley Festival under their belts after the weekend’s festivities. Chamber director Karl Terry said the festival got off to a wet and chilly start Saturday morning, but picked up by the afternoon. Terry said the free event does not keep a record […]

Award offered in vandalism case

Staff report Tired of vandalism at its rock-crushing facility on the Bethel Highway, Heflin Construction is offering a $5,000 reward that leads to the conviction of the perpetrators. In the latest incident sometime over the weekend, vandals broke three widows of a payloader and damaged operator levers beyond repair on other equipment, according to Cheryl […]

I’ll take iced tea any day

By Sandy Fields Local columnist I’m old enough to remember the days when Roosevelt County was a teetotaling place, at least in theory. When I was a child this was a “dry” county. I recall the elections, the debates, and the adjustments as alcohol made its way into the grocery stores and the restaurants. Teetotalism. […]

Military Update: Choice Card rollout unlikely to meet deadline

By Tom Philpott Military Update Congress in August gave the Department of Veteran Affairs 90 days to issue medical “Choice Cards” to 9.1 million veterans enrolled in VA care. The tight deadline of Nov. 5 won’t be met, say representatives of major veteran organizations who attend periodic VA briefings on plans for rollout of the […]

County assessor candidates weigh in

Two candidates are on the Nov. 4 ballot for Roosevelt County tax assessor. An assessor is a specialist who calculates the value of property. It will be the assessor’s duty to determine the value of each taxable property in Roosevelt county. Running for the position are Republican George Beggs, who defeated incumbent Kenner Carrasco in […]

Portales couple keeps coming back

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Peanut Valley Festival attendees browse booths at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said the event had more than 110 booths set up and expected to host 5,000 visitors over the weekend.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Peanut Valley Festival veterans Claude and Victoria Jaramillo, the event only gets better with age. Victoria Jaramillo of Portales said she and her husband have been attending the peanut festival since it began 41 years ago. “We love it,” said Jaramillo. “I like coming here to look at […]

To do list — Oct. 19

Today • 41st Peanut Valley Festival — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Information: 575-356-8541 Monday La Escalera Art Guild — 6:30 pm at the REC Hospitality Room ,121 North Main in Portales. Jan Lloyd of Muleshoe will be doing a demonstration in watercolor and talking about the Duck Stamp Contest held yearly. […]

Jail log — Oct. 19

Jail Log As of 7 a.m. Friday Released in the past 24 hours: 4 One released by court order Three released on bond Booked in the past 24 hours: 3 Female, 19, two counts of criminal trespass, one count of battery Male, 26, probation violation Male 26, bench warrant Total number of inmates: 74

Rep. Roch: Capital outlay funds belong to Logan

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer The Interstate Streams Commission has taken charge of a $50,000 capital outlay allocation requested by the village of Logan, approved in legislation and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez. A spokesperson said the ISC will use the cash to update its existing study of Ute Lake’s capacity. Officials in Quay […]

ENMU director brings diversity to film class

By Amy Waltner ENMU Communication Services Shelly Short, assistant professor of digital filmmaking at Eastern New Mexico University, began working at ENMU the fall of 2013. She teaches cinematography and producing. “I provide students with the fundamentals of visual story-telling,” Short said. “I love seeing what the students create with the tools I have given […]

Governor candidate Gary Kings speaks on issues

Gary King

New Mexico’s attorney general, now the Democrat candidate for governor, Gary King flew into Clovis on Friday for a town hall question and answer session on education. King is running against Republic Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election. The CNJ asked King questions about his positions and his campaign. His answers are edited […]

Big dog’s got nothin’ on little yapper

By Karl Terry Local columnist Some days I think my two dogs swapped bodies somewhere along the line. Let me explain that I own one dog, Ranger, who is about 80 pounds and is most likely a mix of labrador retriever, pit bull and maybe some German shepherd, and another one, Maggie, who is 8 […]

Quilting with fleece on upcoming show

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on making a wrapped bouquet, projects with candy melts, and making a fleece quilt will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday, October 21st at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday, October 23rd at 12:00 noon. (All times are Mountain.) Floral designer, Carly Cylinder will show how to […]

‘MacBeth’ seldom produces neutral response

By Clyde Davis Local columnist Who was MacDuff and why was he wearing BDUs and carrying a fake M-16 ? The Shakespearean tragedy,MacBeth, has possibly been presented more times, and to more response, than any other play. It is also the perfect play for this time of year, with its dark atmosphere and supernatural elements. […]

Club notes — Oct. 19

Portales Woman’s Club Portales Woman’s Club met on Oct. 8 with President, June Ferguson presiding. Mary Lou Rowley gave the invocation and Della Kobernick led the pledges and Collect. There were 18 members and one guest present. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved and the door prize was won by Cami Howl. A […]

On the shelves — Oct. 19

These books are available at the: Clovis-Carver Public Library Antlers Forever by Frances Bloxam tells the story of Orville the moose who wakes up one day to find that his handsome pair of antlers are coming loose despite his misguided efforts to put things right. Little Tom Turkey by Frances Bloxam introduces young readers to […]

Rams win first district match in three straight games

By Derek Major Staff Writer The Portales Rams got off to the kind of District 4-4A start they wanted, cruising to a three game win against the East Mountain 25-13, 25-11, 25-7 at the Ram Athletic Center on Saturday. The Rams (5-10, 1-0) also snapped a four-game losing streak with their win over the […]