Report: State high on food insecurity list

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER One-in-three children in New Mexico struggles with food insecurity, according to Presbyterian Healthcare Services Director of Community Health Leigh Caswell. The 2016 “Map the Meal Gap” report by Feeding America shows that as of two years ago, New Mexico had the second highest child food-insecurity rate in the nation […]

Ag officials ask for public feedback

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is asking for feedback from local farmers and ranchers about improvements that can be made to the state’s Organic Program. The NMDA will host a meeting at the Roosevelt County Extension Office on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., according to a […]

Johnson: Pets may get back-to-school blues

It may not quite feel like summer is on its way out with temperatures still nudging triple digits, but the next couple of weeks will usher in one of the tell-tale signs that fall is coming soon — it’s time to start thinking school supplies and before long the big yellow buses will be hitting […]

Berry: Miss days of home town customer service

I had to call my cell phone company to ask a few questions this week. It was easy enough to get the right number, but I then had to listen to a long list of menu options. I hit the wrong option a couple of times and as a result spent about an hour on […]

Pages past — July 30

On this date … 1961: An Eastern New Mexico University senior from Clovis had been named Miss New Mexico in competition in Hobbs. The Clovis News-Journal described Sug Conn as a “statuesque auburn-haired green-eyed beauty.” Conn was a senior drama major at ENMU. 1951: A 15-year-old boy working on a farm 17 miles northwest of […]

County hires jail administrator

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor County officials announced Tuesday that they have hired a new administrator for the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Larry Phillips of the New Mexico Corrections Department in Los Lunas has over 30 years of experience in the corrections field, according to County Manager Amber Hamilton, who said Phillips was interviewed […]

Council reviews planning report

Staff report Tuesday night’s Portales City Council meeting saw the presentation of the annual planning department and planning commission report for the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year. Planning Director Donna Rutherford began the presentation with the city’s comprehensive plan, which was defined as “a document prepared by the city to provide guidance on community […]

To do list — July 29

Tuesday • NM Dept. of Ag public meeting — 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at Roosevelt County extension office, 705 E. Lime Street. Farmers, ranchers, processors, others involved with Organic Program invited to attend. Program operation, certification needs to be covered. Information: 575-646-3007 Ongoing • Open tennis courts — 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays all summer at […]

Brown: Tractor ‘selfies’ could be justified

It has come to my attention that the “selfie” is a popular and culturally prominent behavior. At first, I found it to be a little silly. At second, my first impression still seemed pretty solid. However, there does appear to be situations and circumstances when this is a reasonable — or at least understandable — […]

Meetings watch — July 29

Roosevelt General Hospital board The following are actions taken at the Roosevelt General Hospital monthly board of trustees meeting: • The board accepted the June 2016 financial report. According to CFO Eva Stevens, the hospital ended the month with a net operating margin of $125,800 with expenses costing $2.27 million and revenues hitting at just […]

Pages past — July 29

On this date … 1961: A 14-year-old California boy was riding his bicycle to visit family in Clovis. Billy Hall, of Sacramento, California, had made it to Santa Rosa, New Mexico, in six days — thanks to a truck driver who drove him across the desert. Family members in Clovis said the boy would have […]

Rodriguez: Sometimes we sacrifice for a greater cause

It’s been a Shakespearean summer in many ways as I brush up on classic literature for the upcoming school year. Shakespeare said, “The world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Protagonists and antagonists. As I read Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” recently, it brought to mind the political theatrics going on […]

School days around the corner

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER As the end of summer vacation looms on the horizon in Portales, educators and students alike are preparing in their own ways for the beginning of school. Educators, like students, are able to take time off during the summer, and thus have to face the prospect of preparing themselves […]

Educators filled in on social media policies

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Eastern New Mexico University officials received an education in campus social media policies this week at a web seminar held Tuesday in the Campus Union Building. Sexual harassment through social media was one of the topics discussed at a presentation called “When Social Media and Title IX Collide: What […]

To do list — July 28

Today • Right to Life chapter meeting — 7:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Chapter president visiting. Everyone welcome. Bring a guest. Information: 575-714-0455 • Portales Rams volleyball camp — 9a.m.-noon for grades 1-5. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. for grades 6-8. At Portales High School. Fee: $25. Information: 601-392-1362 Ongoing • Open tennis courts — 6 […]

Williamson: Nothing like watermelon on a hot day

Watermelon is a favorite food at our house. Though we live in a time when fairly passable watermelons are available year-round, when I was growing up these cool, crisp, refreshing gourds were a summer-time-only treat and one which was highly anticipated. After my grandparents came to eastern New Mexico in 1915, watermelons were one of […]

ENMU briefs — July 28

A taste of diversity Betty Dominguez Maldonado is an international student from Chiapas, Mexico, studying English Language Teaching at Eastern New Mexico University. This is not the first time that Ms. Maldonado decided to study abroad. She went to an English school in Montreal, Canada, six years ago when she was 15. Maldonado said her […]

Pages past — July 28

On this date … 1976: Clovis had scheduled its first school for DWI offenders. The eight-hour session was to be held at the Clovis Chamber of Commerce. A recent law allowed, but did not require, judges who invoke DWI penalties to consider the class as part of sentencing. Officials expected 15 to 18 people would […]

‘Hell or High Water’ makes debut

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By Anna George Staff Writer LUBBOCK — Chris Pine said he was proud of the work and awestruck by Jeff Bridges. Bridges said he just loves telling stories, especially when they’re about Texas. “Hell or High Water” came to the big screen Monday night in the form of a pre-screening at Alamo Drafthouses across […]

Review: Eastern New Mexico captured perfectly in film

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‘Hell or High Water,’ a classic Western film, is about two Texans whose ranch is in foreclosure.

By Anna George Staff Writer LUBBOCK — Though Portales and Clovis were only featured in about 50 percent of the scenes in “Hell or High Water,” I recognized every second of this movie. Whether it was the small-town attitude among the sparky minor characters, the vapes used by cowboys in restaurants or the excessive […]