Street facelift planned

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This stretch of 18th Street in Portales, from Avenue O to U.S. 70, will be rehabilitated soon. The cost of the project is a little less than $75,000.

By Christina Calloway Senior Writer Portales resident Kathleen Turnbow said the city’s most recent project to be approved will be a bittersweet one. The retired resident lives along the stretch of 18th Street that will be rehabilitated, a project she says is long overdue but isn’t a real solution to the problem. “We get […]

Moving forward

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City and state leaders dig in Tuesday at the construction site of the city’s new wastewater treatment plant. The $27 million project is expected to be completed in about a year.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer With gold and chrome-colored shovels in hand, area and state leadership broke ground Tuesday at the construction site for Portales’ new wastewater treatment plant, the largest investment in water infrastructure that the New Mexico Environment Department has made, according to NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn. Construction of the $27 million […]

Digging movies

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David Kilby, professor of anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, shows artifacts he has found. Kilby is offering a class this fall called Anthropology on the Silver Screen.  The purpose is to show the differences between movies and real life.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer David Kilby, a professor of anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, has a special love for movies. Whether its action, drama or comedy, Kilby is a fan. His love for movies gave him the idea to start a class about how anthropologists and archaeologist are portrayed in the blockbuster […]

What’s in a name? Plenty

David Stevens

By David Stevens Editor Things you might not know about places you probably do: • Origins for the names of many eastern New Mexico communities have been lost to time. The tiny Roosevelt County village of Elida is a good example. “Roosevelt County History and Heritage,” published in 1975, includes multiple pages about Elida’s earliest […]

Car show packs Portales square

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Carlos Duran, 22, of Portales, examines cars with his wife Bianca Duran and their daughter Zanida Duran, 2, Friday evening at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Duran is a member of the Los Reyes car club and said he plans on showing his truck in the coming year.

By Christina Calloway Today, $4,600 for a vehicle may not seem too pricey, but for J.D. Cole of Clovis, that amount of money bought him the vehicle that would last four generations. It was a 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Station Wagon that took him, his wife, and four children to Missouri each summer, 11 […]

Student opportunities abound

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T.J. Richardson, 15, balances an egg on a fork as part of Upward Bound’s team build exercises on Tuesday at Eastern New Mexico University’s campus. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the students play games to get know one another better.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Isbele Garcia, 15, joined Eastern New Mexico University’s Upward Bound program this year knowing she would learn a little more than she would in school, but she did not expect to see […]

On the learning curve

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Third-grade students dissect owl pellets found near small animal skulls; part of the owl thematic unit.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Portales Elementary Schools are trying to bring their reading proficiency scores up by having students near proficiency attend a four-week, four-hour-a-day summer school. The summer school for elementary students is grades first through third and the school is only focused on literacy. The school’s goal is to get the […]

Drug plan reactions mixed

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Wal-Mart Pharmacy Technician Kendra Lopez fills a prescription Tuesday afternoon in the store’s pharmacy. The pharmacy will be accepting the Coast2Coast discount prescription card. Coast2Coast has been operating since 2006.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Roosevelt County officials are hopeful with the county’s participation in the Coast2Coast discount prescription card program, citizens will have access to low-cost medication. “With health care costs on the rise, prescription drug discounts will help ease some of the financial burdens individuals and families are facing at a time […]

Escapee has violent past at jail


By Christina Calloway Senior writer The Eddy County inmate who escaped from Roosevelt County officials while on a work detail Wednesday was also involved in a fight in the Roosevelt jail two years ago. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb has said officials did not know Senovio Mendoza Jr. was being held on murder charges; […]

Program helps parents find purpose


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer David Briseno knows the job of a parent is an important one. He uses his parenting skills gained dealing with four children and three grandchildren to teach parenting classes at the Portales Municipal School’s Family Leadership Institute. July is Purposeful Parenting Month and Briseno teaches parents what it means […]