Voter registration denial questioned

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer On the heels of the Curry County clerk’s office rejecting a Clovis resident’s attempt to register to vote based upon a felony conviction, a local attorney has requested the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office intervene in the matter. “I was approached by a gentleman who shared with me a […]

Portales magistrate building dedicated

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The work of Roosevelt County judges, commissioners and construction workers has paid off, according to local court officials. Magistrate Division Director Rosemary McCourt, Chief Justice Charles Daniels and Ninth Judicial District Judge Matt Chandler spoke at a dedication ceremony for the new Portales Magistrate Court building Friday afternoon. The […]

Lawmakers open debate on budget crisis, crime

By Morgan Lee The Associated Press SANTA FE — On the opening day of a special legislative session, efforts to institute tougher criminal sentences and bring back the death penalty to New Mexico took center stage Friday in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, while the Democrat-led Senate unveiled detailed plans for closing a major budget […]

Pages past — Oct. 1

On this date … 1976: Clovis High School Nurse Joyce McKinney and Vice-Principal Pete Villalba had been selected homecoming mom and dad for their school spirit. They were presented footballs signed by members of the Wildcats team. 1971: Clovis public school officials reported enrollment was down 355 students from the same time a year earlier. […]

Johnson: Vultures just passing through

Quite frankly, theirs is not a welcome sight — drifting in the air overhead, circling attentively, large wings outstretched and eyes trained on the ground below. Lore and common perception would indicate some unfortunate creature lies below, struggling to take its last breaths as they cruise around, waiting to pick the bones clean, and no […]

Dinner held to recognize senior volunteers

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Foster Grandparent Program and Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director Debbie Bowman, left, recognizes FGP volunteer Victoria Jaramillo during a recognition dinner Wednesday afternoon, which recognized the efforts of senior volunteers in the FGP, RSVP and Senior Companion Programs for the Community Services Center.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Wednesday afternoon provided a well-organized and fulfilling evening for local senior volunteers. The Community Services Center hosted a recognition dinner for volunteers of the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Senior Companion Program (SCP). The dinner was hosted Wednesday at the Hydration Station […]

Employment opportunities showcased

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Farmers Insurance District Recruiting Manager Melissa Mendoza gives job seeker Jamal McCall of Cannon Air Force Base information about employment opportunities within her company Thursday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico Job Fair in the Memorial Building.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Regardless of their backgrounds or skill sets, everyone flocking Friday afternoon to the Portales Memorial Building shared one common goal: To find employment. Joselin and William Gutierrez of Portales were not particular about the type of employment they were looking for as long as it would enable them to […]

Caring for animals still a passion for couple

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Glen and Beth Bradshaw stand outside their house. Glen holds Penny while Beth pets Molly. Both dogs were strays and were rescued by the Bradshaws. Glen estimates that while he and Beth were an informal animal shelter in Portales, the couple found homes for more than 1,000 animals.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER Regardless of age, a person’s passion will always stay a passion, just like Beth and Glen Bradshaw, who despite being in their 90’s and 80’s, respectively, still have the time and energy to take care of their neighbors and animals. Glen came to Portales back in 1980 and met […]

To do list — Sept. 30

Saturday • Mini golf fundraiser tournament — 9: 30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start at Casel-Land Fun Center in Clovis. Entrance fee: $200/4-person team. Proceeds will benefit the food bank. Information: 575-799-9098 Tuesday • Afterschool S.T.E.A.M. — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Information: 575-356-3940 • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 […]

Pages past — Sept. 30

On this date … 1976: The State Environmental Improvement Agency reported it had found significant problems with rats in Clovis, Texico, Portales, Tucumcari and two other New Mexico communities. Neil Weber of the EIA said Tucumcari, Portales and Raton had already taken steps to reduce rat infestations. Officials in Clovis, Texico and Albuquerque’s South Valley […]

Today’s goals all that matter

Agriculture is a never-ending business. It is an ongoing sequence of sometimes-repeating events that rarely gives you a reprieve. And if you find the breaks too long, you can always find a new facet of the business to fill up your free time. A farmer with too much time in the winter? Get some wheat […]

Shelburne — Meet Lancelot Andrewes

Lancelot Andrewes. Recognize the name? Probably not. But Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626) was Bishop of Winchester (Church of England), a member of the committee of scholars whose task it was to produce the King James Version of the Bible, and “probably contributed more to that work than any other single person.” For the information above, and […]

Senior living community discussed at meeting

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Roosevelt General Hospital board members are exploring the opportunity to build a senior living community by RGH. Scott Buckley, owner of Buckley Consulting Services, presented to board members research on the demand for senior housing communities during Tuesday’s meeting. Buckley said he collaborated with the Roosevelt County Community Development […]

Rodriguez: Anaya, Valdez honors overdue

Two of my favorite writers of all time, Rudolfo Anaya and Luis Valdez, were among three Hispanic writers awarded National Medals of Arts/Humanities by President Obama at The White House last week. A third writer, Sandra Cisneros, was also honored. I’ve shared many times how influential Rudolfo Anaya, author of “Bless Me, Ultima,” has been […]

Community, youth meet for prayer

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Portales community members, junior high and high school students gather around the flag pole at Portales High School to pray for their families, friends and community Wednesday morning at the “See You at the Pole” prayer event.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Community members, junior high and high school students gathered for a show of religious unity and prayer for the community early Wednesday morning. Portales churches held the event, “See You at the Pole,” at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Portales High School in conjunction with the Global Week of Student […]

ENMU student film garners unexpected award

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER A film made by Eastern New Mexico University students recently received an award at a showcase for student-made films from around the state, much to the disbelief of its director. “Crackers and Mr. B” was created in 2015 and surprised director and ENMU film program graduate Nick Flemens when […]

To do list — Sept. 29

Today • ENMU Fall Jazz Concert — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-1011 • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Apple Pie ABC. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. Game day — Teens’ choice. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Tween […]

Williamson: Library STEAM program a hit

As a scientific term, “steam” is recognized as the vapor that rises when water is heated. At the Portales Public Library, it has a whole different meaning, and one that was made possible by an innovative children’s librarian and a timely gift from a generous anonymous donor. Early this century, public schools latched onto the […]

Pages past — Sept. 29

On this date … 1976: The Albuquerque Publishing Co., which published the Albuquerque Journal newspaper, was challenging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s alleged right to inspect a business without a warrant. Company President Tom Lang said recent federal court decisions indicated government inspectors should not be allowed to walk into a private business without […]

Teacher builds respectable career


Beverly Howard, a reading, language arts and social studies teacher who works with Lindsey Steiner Elementary School’s bilingual program, doesn’t believe that her career is regarded with as much respect as it needs. “To be honest, I hate to see the disrespect for teachers. There’s a lot of good teachers. I’ve had two sons that […]