Roosevelt County to get PILT money

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER On June 23, New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich released a plan to give $37.7 million to the state of New Mexico through the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program. The PILT program is used to support local state government programs, including law enforcement and emergency services, […]

Summer learning at Kids’ College

Staff photo: Anna George
Madison Parks, 8, does research on 
arctic animals Wednesday 
during Kids’ College. Kids’ College is using the theme Animal Planet this year.

By Anna George Staff Writer The attendants of Eastern New Mexico University’s children’s program, Kids’ College, have spent the first four weeks trekking through the jungle and the arctic. But only with their imagination. Kids’ College, using the theme Animal Planet this year, has been spending its study time looking at animals from different […]

Q&A: Bill Strong, retiring PHS theater teacher


After 21 years of blood, sweat and tears given to the Portales High School theater department, theater teacher Bill Strong is retiring. Though he said so far it feels just like a regular summer, he knows he will miss the beginning of a new show and that feeling everyone gets on opening night. Strong has […]

To do list — June 30

Today • Grand Slam guest — 10: 30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for all ages. Performer: Lubbock Science Spectrum. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Movie: Kicking and Screaming. Information: 575-356-3940 Friday • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m. at the library for all ages. Movie: […]

Williamson: Plenty of jelly rolls at quilt camp

There were no campfires or s’mores at the quilt camp held recently by the Winner’s Circle 4-H Club in Portales, but there were plenty of jelly rolls to go around (more on that in a moment), and a downright impressive collection of beautifully hand-crafted projects to show for the effort. Two of the “campers” — […]

Pages past — June 30

On this date … 1976: Upcoming bicentennial celebrations were planned in Clovis, Portales and Texico-Farwell. Clovis was scheduled to dedicate a fountain at Greene Acres Park Lake prior to a fireworks display at Leon Williams Stadium. Portales was slated to dedicate a Servicemen’s Memorial on the Roosevelt County Courthouse lawn. Farwell City Park was planning […]

Meetings watch: RGH — June 30

The following were actions taken Tuesday at the Roosevelt General Hospital Board meeting: • Board members approved the May 2016 Financial Statement as presented by Dr. Larry Leaming. “(RGH) ended up with gross revenues that were about $378,000 higher than what we’ve been doing on an average basis throughout the year,” Leaming said. According to […]

Locals feel immigration effects

By Anna George Staff Writer Following a United States Supreme Court tie last week, up to 3,000 people in Portales could be affected by the suspension of President Obama’s plans to legalize undocumented immigrants in the United States. Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of […]

ENMU offering summer programs

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Summer brings long, hot days and an occasional lack of activities, but Eastern New Mexico University’s summer programs can give interested parties some respite from inactivity. With programs both athletic and academic, ENMU gives residents the opportunity to make use of their time during the summer. The university’s distance […]

Trains collide head-on in Texas

Amarillo Globe-News photo: Sean Steffen
Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in Panhandle, Texas, that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area.

By David Warren The Associated Press DALLAS — Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. The two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same […]

Ambulance service relieves pressure from fire department

By Anna George Staff Writer Elite Medical Transport, after months of administrative hassles, took pressure off the Portales Fire Department when they took over some medical transfers in October. Now, after months, they are doing better than ever. According to Robert Campion, president of Elite Medical Transport, the service received a warm welcome from […]

Pages past — June 29

On this date … 2006: Portales’ First Baptist Church, which had been without a pastor for 20 months, was about to welcome David McFadden to its pulpit. McFadden had been preaching for 30 years, in Texas, Arizona and Oklahoma. “I’m looking forward to making a home in the community, the wonderful things the church is […]

To do list — June 29

Today • Ready, Set, Storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for preschoolers. Book: I Hear a Pickle. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Team windsocks. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Grand Slam guest — 10: 30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for all ages. […]

Fireworks fund close to goal

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Levi Gallas organizes fireworks at the fireworks stand off of Avenue C and First Street. According to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Karl Terry, $9,100 of $10,000 goal for Portales’ fireworks fund has been raised.

STAFF REPORT July 4 is a day to celebrate the independence of the United States and the struggle to attain it, and one of the most popular ways to do so is through the use of fireworks. Portales holds its own fireworks presentation each year, filling the sky with bright lights and smoke, but in […]

Business feature: Businesses prep for summer

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Margaret Seales works on a flower boutique at Butterfly Flowers.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff writer Auto and farming businesses across Portales are preparing for summer, whether it is anticipating an increase or a decrease in business based on demand or preparing for the fall season. Auto businesses in particular commented on the consistent issues customers have with their vehicles. Doug Frank, the owner of […]

Owner: Two or three months to Tower Loft opening

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Matt Polk, top, and Abe Urias work inside the Tower Loft apartments.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Progress has been made on what used to be the Tower Twin movie theater off of Avenue A and First Street. A grand opening for what is now called the Tower Loft apartments is set for two to three months, according to Owner Max Merrick. A goal of the […]

Pages past — June 28

On this date … 1970: Clovis police said they had wrapped up a series of recent burglary cases involving vandalism and stolen bicycles with the arrests of two teenagers. The 13-year-old boys were caught “pilfering several automobiles” at the Memorial Hospital parking lot, Patrolman Daryl Rice told the Clovis News-Journal. Six stolen bicycles were recovered. […]

Police blotter — June 28

The following are a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for the Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 8:19 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 200 block of North Main Avenue • 9:22 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident with injuries, 600 block of South Roosevelt Road Q • 11:18 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1700 block of […]

ENMU Alumni Band reconnects

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Eastern New Mexico University Director of Bands Dustin Seifert leads the ENMU Alumni Band in a performance of Eric Whitacre’s “October.”

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Alumni of Eastern New Mexico’s music program converged on Portales this weekend to reconnect and meet other alumni, all leading up to a concert at Buchanan Hall on Saturday afternoon. The ENMU Alumni Band meets the weekend after Father’s Day every even-numbered summer for several reasons, according to ENMU […]

ENMU student to speak about scholarship

By Anna George Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University alumni association is sending ENMU Senior Amy Carter to speak in Albuquerque to donors and sponsors about how their scholarships have affected her life. Carter was awarded the alumni scholarship for $1,500. She will speak at the ENMU Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament in Albuquerque […]