Ghouls and goblins everywhere

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER A series of family-friendly Halloween activities are approaching this weekend in Portales and Clovis, according to organizers. Jodi Diaz, director of the Portales Recreation Center, said it will host its annual haunted house from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 31 at the recreation center. “We do have a […]

Appreciation Day well-received

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
From left, Milnesand Fire Chief John Mohon, Laura Mohon, Milnesand Fireman Mike Batts and Support Officer Andrea Batts Andrea Batts conversate with one another at the Rotary Club’s first First Responders Appreciation Day Saturday afternoon.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER For local first responders, Saturday afternoon was a time for deeply felt appreciation and gratitude. The Portales Rotary Club hosted its first First Responders Appreciation Day at the Baptist Children’s Home Saturday afternoon. Members of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, Portales Police Department and Milnesand Fire Department were among […]

Candidate Q&A: Ninth Judicial District Court Judge


Editor’s note: Angelina Baca of Clovis is the Democratic challenger to Republican Matthew Chandler, who was appointed last year to be a district judge. Appointed judges must run in the next election cycle to retain their seat. The winner of that election then only faces retention elections to keep his or her seat. Candidates were […]

Boswell: Suicide a ‘growing epidemic’

November’s approach is usually bittersweet for me each year. Nov. 13 marks the day one of my closest friends would have turned the same age I will be a short six weeks later. Each year, I’ve thought about how my friend will not be turning 28 years old with me or 30 years old with […]

Pages past — Oct. 23

On this date … 1951: Southwestern Public Service Co. officials warned Clovis residents that water was “not readily available … nor is it inexpensive.” District Manager C.O. Greene announced the company’s No. 7 well, located in the Liebelt Tract near the high school athletic field, had caved in. The well was once among the company’s […]

To do list — Oct. 23

Today • Glengary Glen Ross concert — 2 p.m. in University Theatre Center at ENMU. Admission: $5 general public, free to ENMU students with current ID and sticker. Information: 575-562-1011 Tuesday • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Activity: Pumpkin catapults. Information: 575-356-3940 • Orgullo — 7 […]

Voters going off beaten path

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER With two unpopular candidates running in the 2016 presidential election, voters across the nation are pledging their support to third-party candidates. Eastern New Mexico is no exception. Hillary Clinton (Democratic Party) and Donald Trump (Republican Party) may be the chosen candidates of the United States’ largest political parties, but […]

Food bank just in time

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico volunteers have a couple reasons to enjoy the fruits of their labor: raising tens of thousands of dollars and an unexpected delivery of 13,000 pounds of produce. After almost one year of fundraising, the food bank collected enough money just in time […]

Candidate Q&A: Secretary of State

Editor’s note: Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell, and Maggie Toulouse Oliver, D-Albuquerque, are candidates for New Mexico secretary of state. Questions were asked and received via email. Responses have been edited for style. Allegations against the opponent have been deleted since the format does not allow for response. Nora Espinoza Age: 62 Current occupation: Retired teacher. Small […]

Clovis man accused of thefts

STAFF REPORT A Clovis man was arrested earlier this week on 80 criminal counts after a string of alleged thefts, according to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Daryn Wade Merrill, 25, is in the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $65,000 cash-only bond. It wasn’t known if he had an attorney. […]

Pages past — Oct. 22

On this date … 1966: Boycotting housewives, unhappy with the rising cost of groceries, spurred local Cashway stores to “initiate a reduction in services in order to hold the line on prices,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. Cashway executives said they would reduce the number of hours the stores were opened, discontinue a giveaway game and […]

Johnson: Children heavily impacted by pet losses

The connection between children and animals can be nothing short of magical — be it their lack of programmed perspectives, their pure, uninhibited approach to life or their inability to see differences, focusing instead on what they have in common — kids and critters can relate on a visceral level that bridges the human-animal divide. […]

Emergency service providers to be honored

STAFF REPORT Portales residents will honor their local emergency service providers this weekend with a Responders Appreciation Day. The event will be held 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the Baptist Children’s Home by the Portales Rotary Club and will allow the community to show gratitude to its police officers, deputies and fire departments, according to Rotary […]

Motion to dismiss denied


By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR A district judge on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss incest charges against a Clovis woman. Judge Drew Tatum issued a decision letter in the case against Monica Mares, 36, accused of an incestuous relationship with her son, 19-year-old Caleb Peterson. In the three-paragraph ruling, Tatum said he found, […]

Brown: Hunting a fun method of pest control

As we’ve discussed before, varmints are perpetual pests that need to be controlled in number. Critters are less immediate problems, tending to be herbivores rather than possessing meat-tearing teeth. But the critter can be a pest if its numbers grow too great. Critters both large and small have to eat, and while herbivores won’t bite […]

To do list — Oct. 21

Today • Glengary Glen Ross concert — 7 p.m. in University Theatre Center at ENMU. Admission: $5 general public, free to ENMU students with current ID and sticker. Information: 575-562-1011 Saturday • Special food distribution — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Central Christian Church, 1528 S. Main Street. Information: 575-769-2103 • Maggie Gomez Junior Recital — […]

Pet of the week — Oct. 21

Pitbull mix

Pitbull mix Gender: Female Age: About 6 weeks old Breed: Pitbull mix According to Adam Aguilar, animal control supervisor, this pup is very calm, has an outgoing personality and is very affectionate. Aguilar said she’s relaxed primarily, but as she’s still growing, she needs space to move around, making her ideal for any family that’s […]

Senior profile — Oct. 21

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Portales resident Clovie Chunn works on the microfilm machine at the Portales Public Library Wednesday afternoon. Chunn spends his free time researching the genealogy of his family, his wife’s family and his close friends.

Genealogy a decade-long project Editor’s note: The following is one in a continuing series on local senior citizens. By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER Anybody can claim that they can trace their family tree back to the 1600’s but not too many people can back it up with documents. For Portales resident Clovie Chunn, he […]

Meetings watch — Oct. 21

Eastern New Mexico Water Authority The following were actions taken at the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting Thursday in Elida: • Board members held an executive session to discuss limited easement matters. • Board members approved a request for an offer and easement agreement. ENMWUA Executive Director Justin Howalt said the easement is […]

Pages past — Oct. 21

On this date … 1976: Ranchvale school students were preparing to host a weekend carnival that included a haunted house in the basement of the gym. “The house is complete with screaming vampires, ghosts, bats and other spine-tingling supernatural beings,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. 1956: A Clovis television dealer had been the victim of robbery […]