Another water line breaks in Portales

Staff photo: Anna George

Mike Begay, a TLC Plumbing and Utility worker, helps fix the water line break Monday on 18th Street  near Rotary Park. The water line break left half of the city without water for an undetermined amount of time.

By Anna George Staff Writer Despite an original two block radius prediction, half the city of Portales was without water Monday night after TLC Plumbing and Utility struck an unmarked water pipe around 4:15 p.m. Allen Bolinger of Albuquerque’s Smith Engineering, the resident project representative for the water pipeline being installed throughout Portales, said […]

Portales farmer’s market kicks off

Staff Photo: Anna George

Pam Wortham, left, sells asparagus to Patsy Jimenez at the Portales farmer’s market on Monday. Wortham has been selling at the farmer’s market for three years.

By Anna George Staff Writer Farmers and gardeners involved in Portales farmer’s market said this is the best crop they have seen in a long time despite it running later than usual. Don Wiley, owner of Good Shepherd Farms between Clovis and Portales, said this is the best crop he has seen in five […]

Melrose residents raise money for local child

Courtesy photo: Brenda Allen

Eliza Dodd, 2, of Melrose, has been hospitalized for the last three weeks undergoing treatments for Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). Three men from Melrose banded together Saturday night to raise money for the family at a brisket dinner and silent auciton. The men raised around $26,000, all of which is going to Eliza’s family.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR Melrose has a reputation of being a close-knit community due to its small size. Saturday night was one of its opportunities to come together, when three organizers pitched in to schedule a brisket dinner and silent auction along with the Melrose Fire Department to help out the Dodd family; […]

Fraternity raises money for people with disabilities

Staff photo: Anna George

From left, Sahand Yazdanyar, 21, Patrick Brophey, 19, and Hank Barnes, 20, cycle to their resting spot for the day after a 90 mile ride on Friday for The Ability Experience’s Journey of Hope. The riders arrived from Roswell to sleep for the night have dinner at Southside Church of Christ.

By Anna George Staff Writer After a 90-mile ride, 26 Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members from all over the nation cycled into Portales on Friday on their Journey for Hope, a fundraiser for those with disabilities. The cyclists and 10 crew members are traveling 3,700 miles across the country from Long Beach, California, to […]

New business


Editor’s note: This is one in a series about Portales businesses that have opened in the last year. Licensed educator Paul Anaya decided to use his experience to open a new business offering education services and consulting. Anaya’s wife, Sylvia Martinez, is the principal at La Casita Elementary in Clovis, and she is using her […]

Baseball ghosts fill Bell Park

The history of eastern New Mexico usually begins with Clovis Man about 13,000 years ago, then skips to Billy the Kid at Portales Springs and usually ends up in Norman Petty’s rock and roll recording studio. But my favorite regional ghosts began gathering in a field of dreams on East Seventh Street in Clovis at […]

Great technology for hearing loss

Do you get confused on whether the correct saying is “Here, here” or “Hear, hear?” I do, because both make sense. But “Hear, hear” it is. I’ll continue on with a few words about hearing and the lack thereof, and perhaps that will help cement it into my brain. My husband lost virtually all hearing […]

Pages Past

July 7 On this date … 1975: Police arrested three Clovis men in connection with burglaries from the C.B. Trucking Lines. About $4,000 worth of merchandise was recovered at an abandoned elevator shaft and other locations around town. 1970: Officials had set July 22 as the target date for opening a $40,000 visitor’s center and […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 8:13 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, 500 block of North Avenue A. • 3:13 p.m.: Harassment, 100 block of Main Street. • 3:42 p.m.: Fire rural, location unknown. • 5:34 p.m.: […]

To do list

Tuesday • County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Courthouse, Commission Room. • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012. • Comic crafts — 10:30 a.m., ‘melted suncatchers’ for second through sixth grades. Information: 575-356-3940. • Book discussion — 2 p.m., ‘Daniel X’ by James Patterson for ages […]


License time … The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will sell more than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk hunting licenses beginning 10 a.m. Wednesday. The sale includes 450 licenses for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow and 1,500 for hunters using any other weapon. The licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis […]

Independence Day an exercise in freedom

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Portales held its annual fireworks show Saturday night for the Fourth of July holiday with more than 100 Portales residents showing for the event.

By Anna George PNT Staff Writer It’s not hard to find Ernie Aguirre on the Fourth of July. Every Independence Day for the past 10 years, he’s been at his mom’s house on Avenue O in Portales, near Greyhound Arena where the city fireworks display lights up the night sky. “Since the fireworks are […]

Changes happening at detention center

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Roosevelt County Detention Center inmate Danny Espinoza sweeps and mops with Sgt. Manuel "Manny Gallegos Friday afternoon at the detention center. Espinoza said he feels like he and the facility have both been redefined with inmates now being allowed out of their cells to work.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The Roosevelt County Detention Center has made headlines over the last two years for all the wrong reasons. Five inmates escaped in two separate incidents in 2013. And last year, a murder suspect was allowed out on a work detail and given an ax that he used to beat […]

DA talks truancy, same-sex marriage

Andrea Reeb

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Andrea Reeb is the 9th Judicial District attorney. Question: You are working on reversing a state Supreme Court ruling last year that says only one charge of possession of child pornography can be brought, even if a defendant has […]

To do list — July 5

Monday • Games and activities — 10:30 a.m. for K through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Tuesday • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012. • Comic crafts — 10:30 a.m., ‘melted suncatchers’ for second through sixth grades. Information: 575-356-3940. • Book discussion — 2 p.m., ‘Daniel […]

Boswell: Looking for a book publisher

Some day I’m going to write a book of Gavinisms in which I list all the various statements that come out of my 8-year-old stepson’s mouth. I have determined I am going to start a Gavin journal, so I can begin recording all of the antics. I regret that I have not already done so […]

Pages past — July 5

On this date … 1975: Three people died in a head-on collision 12 miles west of Clovis. Dock and Maude Dodd of 516 Dixie Drive in Clovis were killed, along with a Lubbock man. The Clovis News-Journal reported the Lubbock man’s vehicle “was apparently across the center line” and had “clipped” another vehicle minutes earlier. […]

Water board plans conservation education day

STAFF REPORT There may not be water, water everywhere, but Thursday will be saturated with tips on conservation and ideas for improving water quality. Clovis Water Policy Advisory Board is hosting a Water Conservation Education Day starting at 10 a.m. Thursday Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. “For many years, the city of Clovis has adopted […]

Locals sound off about freedom

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER For Portales resident Donna Labatt, America isn’t just the land of opportunity, it’s also the land of possibilities. “Other countries don’t have it as well as we do,” she said. “If you don’t have freedom, you don’t have life.” Labatt said freedom means she has the opportunity to make […]

Preparing for fireworks launch

Staff photo: Brittney Cannon
Western Enterprises employees Ryan Lasusky, left, and Hal Perry, right, work on building the launch pad Friday for tonight’s Smoke on the Water fireworks show. Greg Clark, their supervisor, said this is the first year they are putting the boxes on tarp-covered palettes in hopes of keeping the explosives dry in case it rains. He estimates between 900 and 1,000 fireworks will be shot off.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR While a majority of city government was off on Friday to observe the Fourth of July holiday, public works employees and munitions company Western Enterprises were working hard on North Main Street preparing the launch pad for tonight’s Smoke on the Water firework display at Greene Acres Park. According […]