Santa’s Elks

Kevin Wilson: Staff photo
Fred Lybarger of Clovis staples a cotton “snow blanket” to a trailer Thursday in his driveway in Clovis. The trailer was set up as a sleigh to help deliver gifts to a needy family for Christmas.

By Kevin Wilson For one down-on-its-luck family in Portales, Santa Claus is coming to town. Santa’s sleigh, which is set for a Saturday night delivery, is lined with reindeer, pulled by a truck and powered by Elks. The Clovis-Portales Elks Lodge No. 1244, which has membership through the area of more than 400, is […]

Birds, critters have inside scoop on weather

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies It’s not too hard to notice when things change. Some storms just seem to occupy, consuming the sky with an all-over gloom for hours. Others move in quickly, turning bright skies gray in a matter of minutes. Either way, it doesn’t take much in the way of deductive […]

No boxed stuffing at Christmas this year

By Grant McGee Local columnist Christmas time’s a- comin’, this week as a matter of fact. What’s on your Christmas feast menu? I’ll tell you this, there won’t be any “stuffing from a box” on our Christmas feast table. We had that at Thanksgiving. The Lady of the House and I probably won’t have it […]

Pages past — Dec. 20


On this date … 1973: Skippy Hawkins, 15, of Clovis, died while playing on a frozen Greene Acres Lake. A nearby gas station attendant saw the ice break and ran to help the struggling boy, breaking ice himself as he tried to reach him. Don Loring’s legs were badly bruised from the ordeal, but he […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 20

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family T • Household members: 5 • Children: 4 • Special circumstance: This mother is raising two boys and two girls during the day and working at night. The two girls are ages 3 and 17 and the two […]

Zias win third straight

Staff report After a bit of a stumble to start the season, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team has reeled off three straight wins. On Thursday, senior forward  Tori Tucker of Floyd scored 22 points and the Zias beat Florida Southern 66-48 Thursday in the first round of the Terrace Hotel Classic in […]

Student population steady

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Roosevelt County student populations have shown little fluctuation from last year to this year. There were 2,843 students enrolled on the 80th school day in Portales, according to a school official, which is down 22 students from last year at the same benchmark. Portales schools Student Teacher Accountability Reporting […]

Purple Heart goes home

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer On Feb. 14, 1968, Freddie Joe Roberts of Melrose was sent to Vietnam with the 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army. A month later, the infantryman was killed in hostile combat in the Quang Tri Province during the Tet Offensive at the age of 20, […]

Teen births drop from 2012 to 2013

Staff report New Mexico teenagers are giving birth less often, according to a Department of Health study released Thursday. The report shows the state’s birth rate dropped 10 percent from 2012 to 2013 for 15-to 19-year-olds. Roosevelt County’s numbers went up slightly during the same time period, but remain below the state average. DOH records […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 19

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family S • Household members: 5 • Children: 4 • Special circumstance: This mother of four recently had knee surgery and is caring for her children while recovering. The children’s grandmother, who they were close to, recently passed away. […]

Mills Canyon features rock cliffs, rugged landscapes

U.S. Forest Service photo
The walls of the Melvin Mills house still stand at the Mills Canyon Campground near Roy.

Mills Canyon, in Harding County, presents a startling but pleasant change from the sea of prairie grass above it. At its end, the road into Mills Canyon descends rapidly, shifting from level prairie grasses to ponderosa and pinyon pine and rock cliffs. The descent ends at the Canadian River. A look back reveals the river’s […]

Ability to identify flammables good skill to have on farm

By Audra Brown Local columnist Life on and about the farm requires a number of skills. Some, quick to master, others more slow, and then there are those skills that must be learned before it’s too late. There is no try, just do it right and don’t blow it — or let it blow up. […]

Bird watchers flock to see rare Eurasian crane

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Last month, the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge received a special guest from Russia. His name is Vladimir, he stands taller than everyone around him, and he might stay until February. Just to be clear, Vladimir, or Waldo, depending on who you ask, is a Eurasian common crane and he […]

Water system first phase nears completion

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer The first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System will be nearly completed by Saturday, officials said. The completion of the Ute Lake water intake station was announced Thursday morning during the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority board meeting at the Memorial Building in Portales. ENMWUA […]

Spreading Christmas cheer

Derek Major: Staff photo
Kindergarten students sing “Feliz Navidad” to customers and employees at Yucca Telecom in Portales Wednesday.

By Derek Major Staff writer Kindergarten students at Brown Elementary got a chance to bring a little Christmas cheer to several Portales businesses on Wednesday by singing Christmas carols. “We do this for a couple reasons,” said Brown Principal Rebecca Flen, who has been at the school for six years. “The community always gives […]

Official steps down

By Derek Major Staff writer Nancy Belcher doesn’t have any definite plans. “When you work, there’s stuff you put off that you really like to do, because you don’t have the time,” Belcher said. “I have a son who lives in Idaho, and I plan on going to see him and I just plan […]

Sheriff has story worth hearing

By Betty Williamson Local columnist As he finishes his second term as Roosevelt County sheriff, you might expect Darren Hooker to be full of stories about crimes his department has solved, or bad guys he’s helped put behind bars. While I’m sure there is no shortage of those tales, the one Hooker is most eager […]

NM officials applaud bringing captive home

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Alan Gross emerged Wednesday from five years of captivity in Cuba praising the Cuban people and offering a lesson he said he learned: Freedom is not free. In his first public remarks after arriving in the U.S., Gross also spoke supportively of President Barack Obama’s move to restore diplomatic […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 18

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family R • Household members: 4 • Children: 3 • Special circumstance: This single mother has three daughters, ages 15, 8 and 1. Earlier this year she lost her job and had an accident that left her unable to […]

To do list — Dec. 18

Today • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Yam Music Series — 7 p.m., Hunton Fun Brothers at the Yam Theatre. Information: 575-356-8541. • Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority regular meeting — 10 a.m., Memorial Building auditorium, 200 East 7th Street. Information: 505-275-0022. • Craft bazaar fundraiser — 3 […]