Pages past — April 17

On this date … 1970: A tornado struck the Quay County community of McAlister, causing an estimated $1 million in damages, but no injuries. The Church of Christ sustained the most damage, losing its roof and glass from the windows. Officials also said fences, windmills and irrigation systems in the region were destroyed. McAlister-area residents […]

Avon Lady looked good working

By Audra Brown Down on the farm Country girls can get work done and look good doing it. Now, I’m about the furthest thing from an expert on the subject. (My version of that motto would end with “and read a book while doing it.”) But, there are more than a few ladies who do […]

To do list — April 17

Today • International graduation ceremony — 3 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University President Steve Gamble will sash spring 2015 international graduates. Information: 575-562-1011. • ENMU Board of Regents meeting — 9 a.m., Regents room in administration building on campus. Information: 575-562-1011. Saturday • New Mexico Clean & Beautiful cleanup — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. […]

Roosevelt County ranks high in health study

STAFF REPORT A new national health study ranks Roosevelt and Curry county high in the state for health issues but there are indications more work may be necessary. Results are part of the 2015 County Health Rankings, a collaborative project between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Results […]

Student gets Comcast scholarship

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER Portales High School senior Cory Gutierrez was one of 26 students to receive a scholarship from the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. A press release from Comcast says the program provides scholarships to students who strive to reach their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their […]

Study: Business management software use high in state

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER New Mexico businesses are investing in business management software at a rate rivaled only by Alaska and Texas, according to a study conducted by Wisconsin based organization Find Accounting Software. Ace Hardware Co-Owner Rustin Self said the software his business uses is able to track sales and make automatic […]

Local briefs — April 17

Portales woman killed by vehicle A Portales woman was struck and killed about 8:53 p.m. Wednesday on New Mexico 88 at Mile Marker 2, according to New Mexico State Police Sgt. Chad Pierce. Pierce said the woman, not identified, was struck by a motor vehicle while walking. Pierce said no further information is available because […]

Life’s great moments might be lost to your cell phone

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Can you imagine life without a cell phone? I know I can’t. I use my phone daily for work, conversations, and a plethora of other activities. I find it mind blowing that for people in many of the world’s developed countries cell phones are almost an extension of the human […]

City asks for grant for water tank updates

Staff report In an effort to update the city’s water storage tanks, Portales has submitted an application to the Water Trust Board, which is part of the state Water Authority, for $12.3 million in funding. John DeSha, the Portales public works director, explained why the repairs are necessary. “The repair and rehabilitation is necessary to […]

ENMU gives highest honor

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Eastern New Mexico University Employee Bryan Hahn accepts his Spirit of Eastern Award on stage at the ENMU theater Wednesday during the awards ceremony. Award recipients from 2014 presented the awards to this year’s recipients.

STAFF REPORT There is no higher honor than the Spirit of Eastern Awards, according to President Steven Gamble. “Every person at Eastern is important to the university, no matter where he or she works,” Gamble told his audience of staff and faculty members Wednesday afternoon during the 2015 awards ceremony in the campus theater building. […]

Our graduates — April 16


Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of profiles about graduating high school seniors. Faith Triumphant Christian School Seniors Tasha Cathey, 18, would like to attend Eastern New Mexico University in the fall. “It seems like a great school and I can stay in my hometown while I’m figuring out exactly what I want […]

To do list — April 16

Today • ENM Spring Job Fair — 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Clovis Civic Center at 801 Schepps Blvd. Information: 575-762-7714. n Preschool story time — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 Friday • International graduation ceremony — 3 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University President Steve Gamble will sash spring 2015 international graduates. Information: […]

Lilacs as tough as early settlers

By Betty Williamson A bit of good news It might seem premature in April to slap a label on the whole year, but I am ready to offer up 2015 as the Year of the Lilac. Judging by the number I’ve seen (and best of all, smelled) in glorious bloom this year, it’s clear others […]

Pages past — April 16

On this date … 1950: Portales’ five Baptist churches set an all-time record for Sunday school attendance, Rev. L.A. Doyle said. Doyle said 1,525 people were in Sunday school, shattering the previous record by 137. 1910: I.D. Johnson, 6, arrived in Clovis by train with his parents. “He learned to swim at a lake located […]

Death or taxes, which is worse?

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Which is more pleasurable, though, is still up for debate. I kid, of course — I would rather pay my taxes than die. I’m too young, after all, and have at least three-quarters of my life still ahead of me. But […]

Baptisms make big families

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist My granddaughter, Genavecia Ashley, will be baptized on Sunday. Gena is a year-and-a-half old. By my personal preferences, that is not soon enough, but never too late. Not only is baptism a rite of passage, it is a sacrament, and, it is an extension of family. Have you ever wondered […]

Mobile home goes up in flames

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Chuck Wells surveys his fire-ravaged home on South Roosevelt Road P Tuesday afternoon.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER A few stray sparks was all it took for Portales native Chuck Well’s home to go up in flames Saturday afternoon. Wells, who was cutting through metal with a plasma cutter beside his home, became the second person in Portales to lose their home to fire in less than […]

Dogs train to protect

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Amber Roos Holds back her German Shepherd Armino Sunday after she gave him the command to be in defensive stance against her pseudo attacker.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Mountain Cur Mattie Ross is just your ordinary house dog, relaxing in the sunshine in her backyard as owner Alison Hales scratches her ears — at least on most days. When the Blackwater K9 Protection Club meets on weekends, Mattie can turn from household pet into vicious attack animal […]

Family atmosphere at work draws firefighter


Editor’s note: This is a weekly series profiling public service workers Name: Dwayne Rogers Title: Firefighter, Portales Fire Department, one year What’s the year at the PFD been like for you? It’s been very eye-opening for me. I’m not from here and here they’ve shown me everything as far what to do and how to […]

More fundraiser opportunities head to local area

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Two fundraising events will be coming to the local area within the next two weeks. The seventh annual Texico EMS Run for Life is being hosted by the Texico Fire Department on Saturday. Assistant Fire Chief Doug Scioli said anyone who can legally ride a motorcycle is eligible to […]