Senior companion ‘feisty at 82’

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
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

Staff photos: Kurt Munz-Raper
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

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
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

Courtesy photo
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

Courtesy photo
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

Staff photo: Douglas Clark 
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

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
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

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
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

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
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

Staff photos: Kurt Munz-Raper

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

Staff photos: Kurt Munz-Raper
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 […]

Dairyman remembered

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Workers’ rights advocates show their support for a Roosevelt County dairy worker killed in an accident in July.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER A local workers’ rights organization, hoping to spotlight dairy safety issues, remembered the life of Luis Almader on Monday outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Almader, 47, was killed in an accident in July while working at J-Lu Dairy in Roosevelt County. The vigil was hosted by Somos Un Pueblo […]

Portales remembers

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
From left, David Stone, president of J.P. Stone Community Bank, stands with Eastern New Mexico University student Amy Carter and bank Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Richard Bradfute while speaking at the bank’s annual 9/11 memorial.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Local community members expressed feelings of patriotism Friday morning as a group gathered for the J.P. Stone Community Bank annual memorial ceremony The bank has been holding the event for 15 years to remember those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center […]

Clovis adopt-a-pet

The Clovis Animal Shelter at 22013 East Brady Avenue has multiple animals for adoption. Cost for a dog or cat is $165, which covers the animal’s sterilization, microchipping and initial vaccinations. New pet owners can also pick up a free pet license at the animal shelter with proof of a rabies vaccination. The shelter is […]

Food bank expands program with funding

Courtesy photo

Casey Peacock, board member of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, puts together a food bag for the Backpack Program Thursday afternoon.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico hopes to expand a program for children with a challenge grant offering. The Carl C. Anderson, Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation has offered a $20,000 grant to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, according to food bank Executive Director […]

Senior profile: Former dairyman has passion for working

Staff photo: Matthew Asher

Al Ordonez shoots a game of pool at the Portales Senior Recreation Center Thursday morning. Ordonez likes to play a few games nearly every day, especially before going to work as he finds the game a great stress reliever.

STAFF REPORT For 40 years, Al Ordonez has called Roosevelt County his home. He moved to New Mexico at the age of 30 after growing up in Mexico and spent the first 20 years in Portales, working as a farmer and on a dairy ranch before he retired. A typical day for Ordonez is to […]

Local fishers gather for derby

Staff photos: Eamon Scarbrough
Portales resident Matthew Salas casts his line.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer Saturday evening saw fishermen of all types gathering at Oasis State Park to celebrate their common passion. Oasis’ eighth annual “Biggest Catfish Challenge” brought out the competitive nature of participants, but also formed camaraderie between them. Rosemary Mathews of Portales forgot bait and swivels for her fishing rod, but […]

Time to test your fishing skills

STAFF REPORT Today Oasis State Park will host an event that will bring families together while instilling valuable skills in children and offering cash prizes, according to Park Technician Valerie Russ. The eighth annual “Biggest Catfish Challenge” Derby will give participants the chance to win prizes of up to $100 for the largest catfish caught, […]

Pet of the week — Sept. 2

Gray domestic shorthair

Gender: Female Age: About 6 weeks old Breed: Gray domestic shorthair According to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, this kitten came in with her two siblings. This is a very calm and curious cat. The owner of this kitten just needs to have time to play and socialize with the cat while she’s still growing, […]