Gas average lowest since December 2010

Derek Major: Staff photo
Morgan Arguello pumps gas at a Phillips 66 station in
Portales. Gas prices have been dropping over the past 
month and are now below $3 in most stations in Portales and Clovis.

By Derek Major Staff writer Gas prices are dropping across the state and the country and the trend could continue. According to the website, which gathers retail price data via crowd-sourcing for more than 133,000 gas stations across the country, the number of stations selling gas below $3 climbed to 50 percent of […]

Drop in students may mean loss of funding

Staff report Portales Municipal Schools is down nearly 100 students, to 2,793, from a year ago, according to 40-day attendance figures provided by the school district. Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the 3.3 percent drop from last year’s 40-day figure of 2,887 reflects a trend being experienced statewide outside of the oil boom areas. “I really […]

No costume more terrifying than burlap feed sack

By Betty Williamson Local columnist One Halloween, when my brothers and I were but sprouts, someone came up with the idea of dressing us as miniature matching hobos. Cottonseed meal, a ranch feed staple of the time, was delivered in burlap sacks. Once the feed was removed, the sacks were endlessly recycled for everything from […]

To do list — Oct. 30

Today • Friends of the Portales Public Library meeting — noon, Portales Public Library’s meeting room. Information: 575-356-3940 • Safe trick or treat — 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., downtown Portales. Information: 575-356-8541. • Halloween family night — 5:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Wear Halloween costumes; event is for all ages. Information: 575-356-3940. • Día […]

Police blotter — Oct. 30

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Tuesday • 1:10 a.m.: Articles found or lost, 1000 block South Abilene Street • 2:46 a.m.: Burglary report, 600 block West 16th Street • 2:02 p.m.: Narcotics in progress, 700 block East Third Street • […]

Retired professor going strong at 90

Vern Witten

By Wendel Sloan ENMU Communication Services Vern Witten, 90, who retired as an ENMU math professor in 1991 at age 67, has lived an adventurous life. He recently stopped by the Monday Memo headquarters and reminisced about his first 90 years, which started with his 1924 birth in rural Daviess County, Missouri. In the second […]

District 3 US Rep candidates address immigration, water

Republican Jeff Byrd faces Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Lujan and write-in candidate Tommy Hook in the race for U.S. Representative, District 3. Here are profiles on the candidates: Jefferson L. Byrd The basics • Republican, 43 • Lives in Tucumcari • Contact information: Background • Family: Married with two boys. • Education: Bachelor of […]

Udall, Weh talk child welfare, money in politics

Democratic incumbent Tom Udall faces Republican Allen Weh in the race for U.S. Senate. Here are profiles on both candidates: Allen E. Weh The basics • Republican, 71 • Lives in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque • Contact information: 505-828-4876,, and Background • Family: I am a husband, married to my wife, Becky, for […]

Story of blast memorialized by marker

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Randy Dunson knows history of the area of Roosevelt County and he noticed one incident is never talked about even though the generation who lived through it will never forget it. “Your generation remembers exactly where they were on 9/11 and my generation remembers the Kennedy assassination, my parents […]

Cosplay opened up Halloween dress-up for me

By Lillian Bowe Staff columnist Halloween has always been a sore spot for me. I hate the stigma that women have to wear sexy costumes and guys get to be whatever they want. Being a geek, I have come to appreciate Halloween a little more only because I get to cosplay. Yes, good old cosplay, […]

Police blotter — Oct. 29

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday 10:17 a.m.: Burglary report, 600 block South Avenue A 11:29 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries), 900 block East Amazon Street 11:47 a.m.: Battery repot, 200 block South Knoxville Avenue 2:41p.m.: Shoplifing in progress, […]

Certain birthdays big mile markers

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist It makes me feel old whenever I ask a younger airman where they were during 9/11. One recently told me that he was in kindergarten when the second tower came down. I was a senior in high school at the time. Another thing that gets me is when I talk […]

To do list — Oct. 29

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: spooky stories. Can wear Halloween costumes for event. Information: 575-356-3940. • Tween programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Wii Wednesday. Information: 575-356-3940. • Cassandra Cole Jr. recital — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall. Information: 575-562-2377. Thursday • […]

Education better flipped to local control

Jerry Harmon

By Jerry Harmon Guest columnist Flipping classrooms is a hot topic in education. Flipping the classrooms means that a teacher flips the lesson plan backward. Students view the material in advance of class through different sources including free online materials, a text, or lecture notes. Then in class they perform the homework. There the teacher has […]

Candy being used for anti-vaccine message

By Kevin Wilson Local columnist Right up until my junior year of high school, I had never trick-or-treated, because I didn’t want to break the law. Town leaders weren’t hysterical about sex offenders snatching up kids, but argued a combination of other issues. They feared without supervision on sparsely-lit residential streets, little kids would get […]

Tricks and treats

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Portales Recreation Center's Karen Sanchez prepares the "Butcher Shop" room Monday for a haunted house. Organizations and businesses in Portales are gearing up to provide entertainment and candy for this year's Halloween festivities.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer With Halloween on Friday, area organizations are gearing up for a safe and entertaining week. The Portales Recreation Center will kick off the Halloween festivities Wednesday evening with its annual haunted house. Recreation Center director Jodi Diaz said the haunted house is open to all ages and will be […]

RGH stops parking lot pre-screening

Staff Report Roosevelt General Hospital will no longer pre-screen for Ebola in the hospital’s parking lot, according to a statement Monday from RGH CEO Dr. Larry Leaming. RGH began pre-screening vehicles last week as a precaution after three Ebola cases had been diagnosed in the U.S. Leaming said hospital officials decided not to continue conducting […]

Almost time to give pruning shears a rest

The last week of October marks the end of my yard working season. Roses are still glorious in October. Trees are splendid. Temperatures are perfect. My beautiful black cat and I take opportunity of every possible afternoon to work outside. The season has been filled with the typical sympathetic comments from well wishers. They go […]

Interim HealthCare makes top 100 for care

Staff report The National Research Corporation and Decision Health has named Interim HealthCare of Clovis a HomeCare Elite Top 100 winner for 2014. The Clovis office was named a top 100 out of 2,501 elite agencies across the country, according a press release from Interim HealthCare. The winners were ranked by an analysis of performance […]

Dora school news — Oct. 28

Fundraisers Dora Future Farmers of America students are taking orders on FFA meat, fruit, and cookie dough items through Nov. 12, for delivery the second week of December. The Dora class of 2018 is selling various cutlery items now through Dec. 1. Sports • Today — Dora junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams host Melrose, […]