Best-selling author, New Mexico native, speaks at ENMU

Helena Rodriguez Her mother used to tease her for not using drugs. She once lived near a cesspool of violence and crime. And her cousins are in prison for murder. But somehow Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez said she was able to escape her family’s crime-riddled lifestyle and accomplish her dreams of becoming a best-selling writer. “I shouldn’t […]

Commodity program to improve

Tony Parra Officials involved in the commodities situation in Roosevelt County seem optimistic the new changes will be implemented in late October or November. “We’re hoping to find out the best solution,” Executive Director of the Life Saver Food Bank Nancy Taylor said. “We’ve been working on this change since January. At the latest we […]

ENMU Student Profile

Your name: Sara Holland Your classification: Senior Your major: Broadcast Journalism Your age (and birthdate): 21 (8/19/82) Your hometown: Albuquerque What’s your idea of a perfect day? Everyday What did you think about on Sept. 11? I was worried on several levels. My dad is an airline pilot and often flew in the area. Also […]

Voters to decide on amendments

Tony Parra Election day is here and the only word people need to hear is education and that may be enough to encourage Roosevelt County residents to vote. One question is how many people will turnout for the special election. There are 9,632 people who are eligible to vote, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce […]

Portales woman lassos state queen title.

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Mike Linn Since Silver Paiz was a young girl she dreamed of becoming the New Mexico State Fair Queen. Little did she know then she would be the first from Roosevelt County. Paiz, 19, won overall honors in the state pageant Saturday in Albuquerque, edging 14 other county queens. She also placed first in the […]

Public Record 9-21

The following marriage certificates were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: Rex A. Maggard, 38, and Mary E. Garcia, 40, both of Portales. The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: Wanda Holguin, 43, found guilty of issuance of worthless checks and will serve 364 days of supervised probation. Martin Vicuna, 36, […]

Fiesta of faith continues at St. Helen’s

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Helena Rodriguez The four-day fiesta of faith at St. Helen Catholic Church draws to a close today, but not until after another full day of celebration, which will include the crowing of a queen and princess at noon. Today’s event will also include food and game booths, Christian music and a game of soccer at […]

Unrelated crashes leave one dead, 6 injured

Darrell Todd Maurina One woman died and six people were hospitalized in two unrelated car crashes late last week, officials said. Patrolman Jason Spearman of the New Mexico State Police said he arrived about 4:20 p.m. Friday at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 70 a few feet from the Curry-Roosevelt […]

Courthouse to install surveillance system

Tony Parra There will be a close watch on those in the courthouse in the near future as the Roosevelt County Commission approved to have the installation of surveillance equipment in the courtroom. It was a no-brainer for the commissioners when, during the presentation by 9th Judicial District Deputy Court Administrator Renne Mains, she assured […]

Pat Green rocks ENMU

By Helena Rodriguez About 1,000 people packed the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom on Thursday night, all eager to hear the Texas phenomenon of the moment, Pat Green — who is making waves on national country music charts — perform a free concert. From die-hard fans to those unfamiliar, but curious about the recently unknown […]