Press release: Judge Stephen Quinn retiring

A vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court will exist in Curry and Roosevelt Counties as of July 1, 2015, upon the retirement of the Honorable Stephen K. Quinn. The judicial vacancy is for Division 1, General Jurisdiction with a heavy criminal docket. Further inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should […]

Students taught finance

STAFF REPORT April is Financial Literacy Month, and the Financial Aid office at Eastern New Mexico University partnered with Inceptia, a non-profit organization that educates students on financial literacy, to offer students tips on preparing for and understanding their financial future. “Our goal is to give students the tools they need in order to pay […]

Notebook — April 24

Notebook Traffic alert… • Portales drivers being warned to avoid Globe and 18th streets next week. There will be repaving in the area to repair damage from installing the city’s re-use water system pipeline. No through traffic from Sunday through May 2. Town hall… • If you live in District 4 in Clovis — that’s […]

Extension agents ready to help

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service Agriculture Agent Patrick Kircher sets up a presentation for an extension service class Thursday afternoon in the Jake Lopez building.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER Whether it’s agriculture, nutrition, or home economics, the Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Service has an agent ready to lend a helping hand. The service, founded more than 100 years ago as an outreach for land grant universities, is used to provide research information in a range of free services […]

To do list — April 24

Today • ‘Both Sides’ compilation of plays — 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of the University Theatre Center at ENMU. General admission: $5. Information: 575-562-2253. • National Association of Chamber Ambassadors Conference — 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Clovis Civic Center. Information, registration: 575-763-3435. Saturday • ‘Both Sides’ compilation of plays — […]

Salon gives to kids with cancer

Courtesy photo: Kassandra Howard
Tabitha Love shows off the hair she’s donating to Kassandra Howard to give to a foundation that makes wigs for kids with cancer. Love donated nine inches of hair to Howard.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER When Kassandra Howard opened Hair Haven Salon in late 2013, she wanted to find a way to give back. Her influence was her daughter Demerie, whose friend lost her hair while fighting cancer. From that, Howard and her two employees, Olivia Sotelo and Brenda Landeros, who will become the […]

Musical dream a reality for ENMU grad


Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. Mitch Paliga left Portales 30 years ago with a degree in music and a dream of playing saxophone professionally. The longtime Chicago-area resident will return to eastern New Mexico in August — for the first time […]

Pages past — April 24

April 24 On this date … 1975: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rogers of 2209 Moberly Drive in Clovis were looking for witnesses to the “senseless and cruel shooting of our house cat” on April 14. The Rogers’ said the injured cat “crawled almost home,” but their veterinarian was not able to save him. “As for […]

Lucero: Internet information calls for critical thinking

With news sites and news blogs popping up every day on the Internet, consumers need to begin thinking critically of the information contained in the posts they read and share daily through social media. On Facebook, I see people sharing news stories daily but often the stories come from a source that is clearly biased […]

Brown: Distance best measured in gates

There are theories and equations that are undecided and constantly debated and improved. A lot of thought and time and money is spent analyzing the motions and patterns of the universe. One theory in particular is of great concern out on the farm. The optimization of a route for the minimization of gate-getting … while […]

Final decision on Zia symbol comes today

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR The Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents meets today to make the final decision of whether the Zia symbol and name will be dropped from women’s athletics. President Steven Gamble will make a recommendation to board members, a recommendation based off student vote, according to Gamble, who says student […]

County commission reviews 2016 expenses

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Roosevelt County commissioners held their first workshop Wednesday to review projected expenses for departments for the 2016 fiscal year. County commissioners agreed with County Manager Amber Hamilton that the county is not in a position to make its usual contributions to community entities, such as the Hartley House, the […]

Third strike for sign

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Michael Valdez, 29, fled on foot Wednesday morning after crashing his car into the “Welcome to Portales” sign that greets visitors entering Portales from the north, according to police. The sign sustained minimal damage and Valdez has been charged with multiple violations, including a fourth-degree felony battery charge for allegedly kicking a police officer.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF PHOTO For the third time in four years the “Welcome to Portales” sign that greets drivers entering Portales from the north has been damaged by an out-of-control vehicle. The sign was struck about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning by 29-year-old Michael Valdez, of Portales, who fled the scene on foot and […]

Attorney accused of ‘menacing conduct’

Staff report A Portales attorney booked for misdemeanor assault Monday was upset by a man he accused of harassing his client, court records show. According to a criminal complaint filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: Attorney Eric Dixon “did unlawfully act, threaten or use menacing conduct which caused Butch Allen to reasonably believe that he […]

Notebook — April 23

Notebook Water, water everywhere… • Watch yourself driving on west 21st Street today. EPCOR is flushing a well behind James Bickley at Mitchell and Purdue streets for 24 hours…part of a federal requirement. The water will be running along Mitchell Street toward 21st Street and into Greene Acres Lake. Artist call… • Eastern New Mexico […]

To do list — April 23

Today • ‘Both Sides’ compilation of plays — 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of the University Theatre Center at ENMU. General admission: $5. Information: 575-562-2253. • Preschool story time — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • National Association of Chamber Ambassadors Conference — 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Clovis Civic […]

Our graduates — April 23


Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of profiles about graduating high school seniors. Portales High School Seniors Ashlynn Idsinga, 17, plans on attending Eastern New Mexico University after graduation. “I know I can get a quality education there, and everyone on campus is very friendly,” she said. Idsinga said science has always intrigued […]

Dora school news — April 23

BPA lunch The Dora Chapter of Business Professionals of America is having their annual brisket lunch fundraiser Sunday in the school cafeteria. Meals will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and donations are appreciated. Proceeds will help with BPA travel expenses to contests. Nine students will be competing at the national level in […]

New bill gets teachers into classrooms faster

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER A new bill changing requirements for students in New Mexico looking to enter teaching has been signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez. Senate Bill 329 will reduce the mandatory college coursework needed to obtain an elementary and secondary education licensure from 57 arts and science credit hours to […]

ENMU Foundation awards scholarships

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Eastern New Mexico University student Anna George receives the Alpha Psi Omega Endowment for Theatre Arts and Digital Cinema Arts  scholarship from ENMU Foundation President Stephen Doerr Tuesday afternoon during the Endowment Scholarship and Awards Ceremony at the Campus Union Building.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER For Eastern New Mexico University senior Desiree Cooper, the school’s annual Endowed Scholarships and Awards Ceremony allows her to focus on learning. The annual awards ceremony, organized by the ENMU Foundation, took place Tuesday afternoon and delivered scholarships to students from each of the university’s colleges. ENMU Foundation Executive […]