Improper marking led to break

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City of Portales Public Works Director John DeSha shows city councilors the broken section of water line beside a section of pipe that the city now uses for water lines as part of a report on the incident Tuesday evening during the City Council meeting at the Memorial Building.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Inaccurate maps and improper installation led to the water line break that shut down water to the entire city of Portales for most of Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, according to a report given to city councilors. Portales Public Works Director John DeSha told the council on Tuesday […]

Portales team places fourth in state competition

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Portales High School Sophomore Christopher Leap demonstrates how to use a prosthetic/robotic arm he created with two other students.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR The most satisfying part of building and programming an electronic prosthetic arm is seeing it work successfully, according to Portales High School students Christopher Leap and Nicholas Brown. The PHS Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) club recently took home fourth place in a state competition, the highest they’ve ever […]

Clovis’ railroad ties steeped in history

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A model of the former train depot and surrounding areas in Clovis, built to a 1-to-87 scale, is housed in the upstairs of the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum.

Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. The Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum is a tribute to Clovis’ strong ties to the railroad industry for more than a century. Reason to go: Learn about the history of the railroad in Clovis or […]

Shooke Unleashed comes to the rescue

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On March 7, Shooke Unleashed Animal Rescue transported 77 unwanted dogs and cats from animal shelters and community surrenders in Clovis and Portales to animal rescue organizations in Colorado, where the demand for rescued pets is higher. Founder Summer Hooke said two service members from Cannon Air Force Base volunteered their time to make the drive.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Clovis has an unwanted animal problem. The numbers speak for themselves: Since 2010, the Clovis Animal Shelter has euthanized more than 1,500 unwanted cats and dogs every year. To combat the problem, several local citizens are coming up with creative solutions to find homes for these pets and reduce […]

Torres found guilty

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Noe Torres is led away by Curry County deputies after the verdict. Sentencing is to take place at a later date.

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR Jurors took about 90 minutes Friday to find Noe Torres guilty of the first-degree murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Torres, 36, showed no emotion as District Court Chief Judge Drew Tatum read the verdict — guilty on all seven counts stemming from the 2005 shooting of Carlos as he […]

Making learning fun

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Braden Irvin works with volunteers to see how a hot air balloon works Thursday night during the Eastern New Mexico University Family Math and Science Night at James Elementary.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER Mary Beth Daughrity knows that getting kids interested in their own education starts before they know how important an education is. “It’s extremely important,” said Daughrity, an associate professor of Elementary Education Eastern New Mexico University. “But it also has to be age appropriate and this is what we’ve […]

After this break …

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City of Portales Public Works Director John DeSha slowly turns on the water for the city Wednesday afternoon at the Johnson Hill water tanks located off of U.S. 70 after crews had repaired a leak created Tuesday morning.

By Derek Major Staff writer When it came to how business owners and operators felt about a full day without water, Jerome Clemons, the manager of Wells Fargo Bank in Portales, put it best. “Our tellers weren’t excited to find out we were going to be open today, and they aren’t happy about handling […]

Residents hunt for water

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Daniel Strong buys several gallons of water for his house and his dogs Wednesday afternoon at Super Save Discount Foods.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With no water to the entire city most of Tuesday and Wednesday, Portales residents scrambled to find water to keep up with their daily necessities. Crews from the City of Portales’ and TLC Plumbing worked through the night Tuesday and into the morning Wednesday to repair a cracked pipeline […]

City’s water down

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Laborers from TLC Plumbing, contracted to build the water reuse pipeline for the City of Portales, work to pump water away from a cracked pipeline near South Ithica Avenue and East 16th Street that required the water department to shut off water to the city Tuesday.

Staff report A water main break behind Valencia Elementary School led to Portales city officials shutting down water lines for the entire city Tuesday afternoon. The main break occurred around 10 a.m. when a contractor working on the reuse pipeline as part of the wastewater project, hit the water pipeline. City officials tried to isolate […]

Living his military dream

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Col. Benjamin Maitre, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, began his time with the Air Force in 1995 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

According to his parents, Benjamin Maitre knew what he wanted to do when he grew up around the time he started talking. Less than 20 years into his career, Maitre (pronounced “may-truh”) is the newest commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. Maitre, 41, grew up in New England and […]

Mother’s pleas for help open trial

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Noe Torres is led to his attorney Stacey Ward by Curry County deputy Chris Roper.

By Robin Fornoff Managing editor The first day of testimony in accused child killer Noe Torres’ murder trial included a mother’s gut-wrenching pleas for help saving her mortally wounded son and two eyewitnesses who put Torres at the scene of the killing. Jurors heard a hysterical Lupe Perez pleading with emergency responders to hurry […]

First step to the future

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Portales High student Maria Viera applies for financial aid online with assistance of financial aid officers Chandra Jefferson, right, and Samantha Rector, behind, as her daughter, Aylin, 1, plays on her lap.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Portales High School students took advantage of an opportunity to take their first steps with college preparation Sunday afternoon. A two-hour sign-up session at the high school allowed students to fill out financial aid applications with the assistance of financial aid officers from Eastern New Mexico University. Most of […]

Donut business comes to Farwell

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Dararithy Kea gets information from Joe Whitney for donut orders at the shop’s new Farwell location.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR Anybody who’s had the scenic tour of the Texico-Farwell border — more commonly known as “waiting for the train” — knows that on the Farwell side, there’s a prime piece of real estate for the right business. Dararithy Kea was told that on both sides of the border, there was […]

RGH staff trains for non-medical emergencies

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Roosevelt General Hospital safety officer John Bridges, center, plays the aggressor as RGH staff subdue him during the hospital’s non-violent crisis intervention class at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With new training aimed at emergency preparedness, Roosevelt General Hospital staff is being educated on how to handle any situation the hospital could find itself in. RGH safety officer John Bridges said the training program has been in place for about a year and features specific classes that focus […]

Jury selection for Torres murder trial starts Monday

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Noe Torres enters the courtroom prior to his pre-trial hearing at the Curry County Courthouse.

By Robin Fornoff Managing editor Jury selection begins Monday in the murder trial of accused child killer and longtime fugitive Noe Torres. Torres faces seven felony charges: first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, shouting at an occupied dwelling, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit shooting at an occupied dwelling, possession of a firearm […]

Street department finds ways to save

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City of Portales street department workers Troy McCollum, left, and Gary Ellison, right,
fill potholes on West Beech Street 
Thursday afternoon. Ellison said the 
pair had filled more than 100 potholes Thursday alone.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With miles upon miles of city streets to maintain, the Portales Street Department still manages to find ways to save money. The six-man crew ranges in age from 21 to 63 and spends their days filling potholes, paving streets, and helping the city’s other departments with small tasks. The […]

Students get inside look at filmmaking

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The cast and crew of Brianna Delgado's "Bentley's Adventure" prepare a scene during their first shoot. Students work to make a movie as professional as they can.

By Anna George Correspondent Sound speeding. Camera rolling. The director shouts action, and there is silence on set as the students wait for the background noise to fall away. Eastern New Mexico University film students know the routine well from being on projects for the upperclassman’s producing and production class. Every student must work […]

State-mandated testing rates high despite protests

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Josefita Griego of Clovis , left, and her daughter Breanna Montoya, 14, protest  PARCC testing Wednesday across the street from Clovis High School.

By Aubry Buzek STAFF WRITER Three days into state-mandated standardized testing, participation rates by area students are high despite a small protest in Clovis Wednesday and some concerns on social media. Some 37 of 8,450 students in Clovis Municipal Schools and less than 20 of 2,780 students in Portales Municipal Schools have opted out […]

New wastewater plant coming along smoothly

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Construction workers assemble rebar at the new Portales wasewater treatment plant Monday. The plant is on schedule to be completed in November.

Derek Major Staff writer John DeSha, the Portales Public Works director, showed his excitement about the construction of the new wastewater treatment plant on Monday. “It’s one of the biggest things to happen to this city,” DeSha said. The new treatment plant, which is being built where the current one is, has been under […]

Awake all night for good cause


By Derek Major Staff writer Most weekends, college students stay up late, hanging out at bars or playing video games with friends. But on Friday, about 50 Eastern New Mexico University students stayed up for a good cause. The Associated Students of ENMU held its annual “Up ’til Dawn” fundraiser for the St. Jude […]