Cyclists rally at Tour de Taco

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
A group of cyclists, headed up by Daniel Miller of Albuquerque (wearing the taco suit), prepare to begin the Tour de Taco Saturday morning at the starting line at Taco Box in Clovis. The tour saw cyclists riding from Clovis to Portales and back, a total of 60 miles.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Cyclists of all skill levels, from both New Mexico and Texas, rode Saturday morning from Clovis to Portales and back, with many riding the full 60 miles. The Tour de Taco, which was organized by Taco Box owner Tom Martin, saw riders from both afar and the area, one […]

Dinner held to recognize senior volunteers

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Foster Grandparent Program and Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director Debbie Bowman, left, recognizes FGP volunteer Victoria Jaramillo during a recognition dinner Wednesday afternoon, which recognized the efforts of senior volunteers in the FGP, RSVP and Senior Companion Programs for the Community Services Center.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Wednesday afternoon provided a well-organized and fulfilling evening for local senior volunteers. The Community Services Center hosted a recognition dinner for volunteers of the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Senior Companion Program (SCP). The dinner was hosted Wednesday at the Hydration Station […]

Employment opportunities showcased

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Farmers Insurance District Recruiting Manager Melissa Mendoza gives job seeker Jamal McCall of Cannon Air Force Base information about employment opportunities within her company Thursday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico Job Fair in the Memorial Building.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Regardless of their backgrounds or skill sets, everyone flocking Friday afternoon to the Portales Memorial Building shared one common goal: To find employment. Joselin and William Gutierrez of Portales were not particular about the type of employment they were looking for as long as it would enable them to […]

Community, youth meet for prayer

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Portales community members, junior high and high school students gather around the flag pole at Portales High School to pray for their families, friends and community Wednesday morning at the “See You at the Pole” prayer event.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Community members, junior high and high school students gathered for a show of religious unity and prayer for the community early Wednesday morning. Portales churches held the event, “See You at the Pole,” at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Portales High School in conjunction with the Global Week of Student […]

Library programs growing with community

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Families and children gather for preschool storytime at the Portales Public Library. Preschool storytime is one of a number of children-oriented events hosted at the library.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling city, county and other departments in Roosevelt County each week. By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer It’s exciting to see how the family programs at the Portales Public Library  have grown and how they engage the community, according to librarians. One such program is the Books […]

Business feature: Food trucks on a roll

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Clovis food truck owner Byron Beevers offers a bacon cheeseburger for a customer on Friday.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer When Aaron Crandall’s business is on a roll, it may mean he’s gone. Don’t worry. He’ll be back. Crandall owns one of the trendy mobile food trucks that are becoming popular throughout the Clovis-Portales area. When Crandall lost his job of seven years, he decided to try AJ’s Wings, […]

‘Other Desert Cities’ closes today

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From left, Eastern New Mexico University faculty members Patrick McCreary and Janeice Scarbrough, who play Lyman and Polly Wyeth, chastise senior Chloe Rae Hammock’s character Brooke Wyeth in a key emotional scene of “Other Desert Cities.” The play’s final show is at 2 p.m. today at the University Theatre Center.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Attendees of the Eastern New Mexico University Department of Theatre’s production of “Other Desert Cities” said the timely show left a strong impression. The play, written by Jon Robin Baitz and directed by ENMU theater professor Janeice Scarbrough, has its final performance at 2 p.m. today at the ENMU […]

Fit Camp serves Clovis, Portales

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer Haleigh Bird figures young or old, there’s never a bad time to get healthier. And there’s no reason to do it alone. The Portales resident struggled with weight throughout her life, and started eating better. But nutrition only went so far, so she started a fit camp to help […]

Senior companion ‘feisty at 82’

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Pat Adams, left, along with fellow CSC volunteer Joyce Cox, discuss their plans after eating lunch Friday afternoon. Adams spends five days a week as a senior companion for five senior citizens around town and Cox is a foster grandparent.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER Pat Adams may be headed to see a senior citizen in a wheelchair one day. Another day she’ll visit one who is blind. As a volunteer for Portales’ Community Service Center (CSC), Adams spends four to five hours a day, five days a week as a senior companion, helping […]

‘Other Desert Cities’ opens today

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ENMU Theater Professor Janeice Scarbrough, left, and Assistant Professor Anne Beck rehearse the play “Other Desert Cities” at the ENMU University Theatre Center.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER An intimate and challenging play about a family and the politics that influence them is opening today at the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center. Cast members said “Other Desert Cities” is unique, because it is a small-scale production including students and faculty from the Department of Theatre. “It’s […]

’99 years young’ and still sewing

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Lucille Brooks 
displays a “trip around the world” style quilt she made.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER In her 99 years of life, Lucille Brooks has called Portales home for more than 60 of those years. Born Jan. 12, 1917, in Ralls, Texas, Brooks may only have hearing in her left ear anymore, but she still has the dexterity to participate in her favorite activities: Sewing […]

Teachers reach aspirations

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Recently hired Portales High School teachers Orlando Shelly (left) and Heather Hagler began their careers in public education in August. Both Shelly and Hagler are graduates of PHS.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local educators each week. By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Two graduates of Portales High School are now teaching the same subjects that made them passionate as students. Portales High School (and junior high) Choir Director Orlando Shelly and Portales High School Drama Teacher Heather Hagler […]

ENMU welcomes pups

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Grace is the mother of five healthy puppies, born last month at Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball arena.

By Amy Waltner ENMU communication services They had a winner on Aug. 26 at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena, but it had nothing to do with basketball. With time running out, university employees rushed in to assist as an abandoned dog gave birth to five healthy puppies. It’s unclear exactly how the animal — […]

Keeping the county books

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From left, Silke Allison gives Roosevelt County Treasurer Layle Sanchez a tax payment as Chief Deputy Treasurer Mickie Algire speaks on the phone. Conducting business in a professional but friendly manner is an important part of the treasurer’s office, according to Algire.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories profiling city, county and other departments. By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Keeping proper tabs on various Roosevelt County finances makes the treasurer’s office a vital part of county operations, according to officials. “Essentially the treasurer acts as the county’s banker,” said County Treasurer Layle […]

Special Olympics athletes converge on Clovis

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Clovis resident Joshua Martin navigates his horse through the Working Trails course during the Special Olympics New Mexico State Equestrian Competition Friday at the Curry County Events Center.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Athletes throughout New Mexico have descended on the Curry County Events Center in Clovis this weekend for the 2016 Special Olympics New Mexico State Equestrian Competition. “We have riders in from all over the state and this is the final event for the season,” said Competition Director Roxie Burgess, […]

In it to win it: College Daze Rodeo

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Volunteer Gary Lewis gets ready to test the rodeo field during set up for the College Daze Rodeo Thursday prior to the rodeo’s start at 7 p.m.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER An intense competition is on the way for contestants in the College Daze Rodeo, which kicked-off Thursday evening at the Lewis Cooper Arena at Eastern New Mexico University. The event will continue at 7 p.m. today with the finals at 7 p.m. Saturday at the arena. Eastern New Mexico […]

ENMU celebrates Hispanic heritage

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Eastern New Mexico University Hispanic Affairs Director Annabel Jauregui, left, and Office Assistant Berenice Salacar get organized for Hispanic Heritage Month, which kicks off today with events at the Campus Union Building.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Hispanic Heritage Month is kicking off today at Eastern New Mexico University with music, dancing and educational presentations, according to organizers. Catalina Arana, office assistant for the office of Multicultural Affairs, said she is excited for the start of the events, which will continue through Oct. 27. “We have […]

Recreation department gets children involved

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Jillian Garcia, 10, left, and Gloria Terrazas, 9, get ready to make paper apples Monday afternoon at the Portales Recreation Center. Arts and crafts are among the various activities offered to children at the center.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about various departments within the city of Portales, Roosevelt County and other entities. By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The recreation department for the city of Portales is an important way to get children in the community involved with a variety of activities, according to officials. […]

Portales churches honor local first responders

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Local firefighters were recognized Sunday night at First Baptist Church during a prayer service honoring first responders, local fire fighters and law enforcement.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Portales community members showed thanks for their local first responders Sunday as a means of honoring the lives lost in a tragic terrorist attack on the U.S. 15 years go. Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on […]

Community meets for fiesta

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From left, Florntino Baca, Joe Cordova and Candio Tafoya, who form the group Los Tres Compadres, perform at the St. Helen Catholic Church Fiesta Saturday morning.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Community interaction is what sticks out according to attendees of the St. Helen Catholic Church Fiesta. The fiesta continued Saturday at 10 a.m. with food, games and music. The weekend kicked off on a high note with a successful reverse raffle drawing Friday night, according to fiesta co-chair Emma […]