Downtown returning to normal

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Traffic flows under the new fully-operational stoplights at the Main Avenue intersections of 1st and 2nd streets. Portales residents are glad the road construction on U.S. 70 has been substantially completed after 28 months.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Perla Nunez is relieved that the long overdue street construction through the heart of Portales is substantially finished after more than two years. “I’m glad they’re finally done,” said Nunez, a salesperson at Prestige Carpet on South Avenue A. “It looks a lot cleaner now. The lights are working. […]

Sheriff candidates talk concerns, needed improvements

Three candidates are seeking to win the Nov. 4 election to become Roosevelt County sheriff. Running for the position is Democrat Charles Perez, a former New Mexico Army National Guard member and current senior patrolman with the Eastern New Mexico University Police Department, Republican Malin Parker, who has served as chief deputy sheriff in the […]

‘Airbender’ an intense cartoon

By Lillian Bowe Staff columnist I love cartoons. There I said it. You may think it’s childish or stupid, but you just have not watched “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” This cartoon has nothing to do with the movie about the blue aliens, but it is an intricate and amazing story that made me want to […]

To do list — Oct. 22

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Fairytale Fun. Information: 575-356-3940. • Teen program — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Wii Wednesday. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 10 a.m., Texico City Fire Station. Information: 505-275-0022. • Tween program — 4:30 p.m., Portales […]

Police blotter — Oct. 22

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 2:48 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 800 block South Avenue B . • 9:12 a.m.: Criminal damage, 400 block South Avenue Road U. • 9:31 a.m.: Hit and run, 400 block East 18th Street. […]

RGH proactive against Ebola

Staff report Roosevelt General Hospital will now be pre-screening for Ebola outside of its facility, according to a news release issued Tuesday afternoon. Patients and RGH visitors arriving at the hospital and clinic will be asked a series of questions regarding symptoms of Ebola disease, according to the release. “These measures are being taken in […]

Family, friends open donation account for shop owner devastated by fire

Staff report Friends and family of Earl Woods started a bank account at Wells Fargo to make donations after Woods’ garage burned down last week. Woods’ granddaughter Elaine Nettles started the bank account a few days after the fire. “I put the information on Facebook and people messaged me and said they wanted to give […]

Honor rolls — Oct. 22

Dora Municipal Schools A honor roll Seventh grade Lydia Barron Kaitlyn Kircher Allie Luscombe Freshman Lance Fletcher Savannah Kircher Sophomore Isaac Carrasco Shaelei Payne Charlyn Simpson Junior Jaecy Banther Levi Bickham Kaly Cone Lindsey Fletcher Brittany Kanmore Sam McConnell Dalton Privett Senior Christian Gruis Jake Nations A/B honor roll Seventh grade Austen Jones Hunter Jones Alyssa […]

Festival good time despite crisis

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist For the 41st time, the community of Portales went nuts. This time, I helped. Saturday and Sunday marked the return of the annual peanut valley festival, celebrating the area’s prime crop with a trade show, health fair and entertainment at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. I remembered the festival from many years […]

Meetings watch — Oct. 22

Roosevelt County Commission Roosevelt County commissioners met Tuesday at the Portales Municipal Schools building. Their actions included: • Approval of resolution 2015-12. The resolution makes the city of Portales completely responsible for the operation of a misdemeanor DWI supervised probationary compliance program and brings the city into compliance with the New Mexico state statute regarding […]

Dora school news — Oct. 21

FUN NIGHT: Dora High School classes and organizations will sponsor the annual Fun Night on Saturday at the Rogers Gymnasium. Admission is free, but booths require one or more tickets to participate. Tickets sales (25 cents each) will begin at 7 p.m. Booths include fishing pond, putt putt pumpkin, bean bag toss, photo booth, eyeball knockout, […]

Sheriff candidates discuss budget, qualifications

  Three candidates are seeking to win the Nov. 4 election to become Roosevelt County sheriff. Running for the position is Democrat Charles Perez, a former New Mexico Army National Guard member and current senior patrolman with the Eastern New Mexico University Police Department, Republican Malin Parker, who has served as chief deputy sheriff in […]

Meetings watch — Oct. 21

Roosevelt County Commission The Roosevelt County Commission meets 9 a.m. today at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. The agenda includes: •  Request to approve resolution 2015-12 authorizing the city of Portales to operate a misdemeanor DWI supervised probationary compliance program. The resolution will allow Roosevelt County to be compliant with New Mexico’s Misdemeanor Compliance Program. • […]

To do list — Oct. 21

Today • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices, School Board Meeting Room. Information: 575-356-5307. • After School at the Library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662.   Wednesday • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • […]

Police blotter — Oct. 21

Jail log 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Monday: Released in the past 48 hours: 4 Two males on bond Two females on bond Booked in the past 48 hours:4 Male, 52, bench warrant Male, 31, bench warrant Male, 25, bench warrant Female, 19, bench warrant Number of inmates as of 7 a.m. Monday: 75 […]

Guest column: NM needs to embrace free market reform

It often seems that New Mexico’s economy is haunted by the ghost of Lew Wallace. Wallace, who also wrote Ben Hur, was territorial governor of New Mexico in the late 1800s. He was apparently confounded by our state and was quoted as saying, “All calculations based on our experiences elsewhere fail in New Mexico.” In […]

Chamber boss happy with Peanut Festival turnout

Staff report Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce officials are putting another successful Peanut Valley Festival under their belts after the weekend’s festivities. Chamber director Karl Terry said the festival got off to a wet and chilly start Saturday morning, but picked up by the afternoon. Terry said the free event does not keep a record […]

Award offered in vandalism case

Staff report Tired of vandalism at its rock-crushing facility on the Bethel Highway, Heflin Construction is offering a $5,000 reward that leads to the conviction of the perpetrators. In the latest incident sometime over the weekend, vandals broke three widows of a payloader and damaged operator levers beyond repair on other equipment, according to Cheryl […]

I’ll take iced tea any day

By Sandy Fields Local columnist I’m old enough to remember the days when Roosevelt County was a teetotaling place, at least in theory. When I was a child this was a “dry” county. I recall the elections, the debates, and the adjustments as alcohol made its way into the grocery stores and the restaurants. Teetotalism. […]

Military Update: Choice Card rollout unlikely to meet deadline

By Tom Philpott Military Update Congress in August gave the Department of Veteran Affairs 90 days to issue medical “Choice Cards” to 9.1 million veterans enrolled in VA care. The tight deadline of Nov. 5 won’t be met, say representatives of major veteran organizations who attend periodic VA briefings on plans for rollout of the […]