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 […]

First of three portables arrives

Lillian Bowe: Staff photoSemi-trucks hauling a portable office to the Roosevelt County Courthouse had to drive over the sidewalk to get into the parking lot. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb said Williamson Renovations, the company moving the portables, would be pay for damage to the sidewalk.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer One of the three portables offices, which will be used to house the employees of Roosevelt County Courthouse during the replacement of HVAC system, arrived on Monday at the north parking lot of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The two halves of the portable office being hauled by two semi-trucks […]

Positive response

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Rita Ake gave blood Saturday in the United Blood Services Donor Coach set up at Walmart. Ake said she donates blood because she never knows when her family might need it. After donations, donors get salty snacks and water to keep hydrated.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer The need for O negative blood brought the United Blood Services (UBS) in Lubbock to Portales on Saturday and they were not disappointed with the response from donors. Peggy Brown, one of the coordinators of the blood drive, said they had seen 14 people by noon and they had […]

Homeowner search is on


By Lillian Bowe Staff writer The search for a new partner family for the Roosevelt and Curry County Habitat for Humanity has been a hard one this year. After their last build that ended in December, Habitat for Humanity has gone through 14 applicants. Joyce Davis, executive director of Habitat for Humanity for Roosevelt […]

Fireworks light up Portales sky

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Miriam Morales, 12, left, tries to light fireworks with her sister Jennifer Morales, 10, as the Portales Fourth of July celebration begins Friday evening at the Eastern New Mexico University track.

By Lillian Bowe Emma Baca, 9, smiled as the fireworks lit up the sky on Friday at the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena. But there was one problem. “The bugs keep attacking me,” Emma complained. Emma’s mother, Jodi Baca, said she loved the fireworks, but she had to keep kicking off the bugs. […]

Escapee murder suspect


By Christina Calloway Senior writer A Roosevelt County inmate being held on first-degree murder charges remained in the custody of Texas officials Thursday after being accused of assaulting a county employee to escape a work detail and leading police on a high-speed chase from Portales to Sudan, Texas, according to officials. Senovio Mendoza Jr., […]

Job with fringe benefits

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Rosemary Cota of Portales set up some activities for her young adult group at the Portales Public Library. Cota is working on a party that is based on the book and soon-to-be movie “The Giver.”

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Growing up in Portales, Rosemary Cota would go to storytime at the Portales Public Library. Cota always loved going to the library, so when the opportunity to work at the place she […]

For pets, think ‘fearworks’


By Christina Calloway Senior writer Holly has always been a little different than most dogs but one common feature she does share is a fear of noise. In the season of thunder and fireworks, the 10-year-old black lab can be found cowering in the bed of her owner’s pickup, a place Donna Rutherford said […]

Portales misses large rainfall

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Some places around Portales flooded more than others after Wednesday’s thunderstorm, including the intersection of North Main and West Railroad. According to Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger, 18th Street was flooded in the early morning and signs were up warning drivers.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Portales missed out on a large rain Wednesday as the area received around 1 to 2 inches of precipitation yet Clovis was reported to have 4 to 5 inches of rain according to the National Weather Service. Jason Frazier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said […]