Social media has become destructive


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Like any tool, the Internet can be used to create and to destroy, depending on the person behind the keyboard. In recent years, I have experienced increasing frustration with the way people choose to use the Internet, and specifically social media. While, on the surface, most people seem content to […]

To do list — Feb. 27

Today • Clovis Portales Kennel Club canine agility event — 8 a.m., Curry County Events Center. Daily show will continue into afternoon, ending when all runs have been completed. Free admission. Information: • The Portales Kiwanis Club 52nd Annual Chili Supper — 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., First Methodist Church. Traditional and vegetarian chili will be […]

Spare pieces or cash for new?

By Audra Brown Local columnist Rust waits for nothing, not even a good idea. It is difficult to fix something, if you can’t find it. It’s probably worth more freshly broke-down than broke-down and been sitting for a few years. Whether inclined or disinclined to clutter, even collectors such as myself have to take stock […]

Kiwanis chili dinner kicks off

Staff report An estimated 200 diners are expected today at the 52nd Annual Kiwanis Chili Dinner, a fundraiser to help support a variety of community programs. The dinner is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church. Anthony Schroeder, a member of the Kiwanis Club who is helping […]

Police blotter — Feb. 27

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 12:26 a.m.: Threats report, 100 block of Utah Drive • 9:15 a.m.: Vehicle theft report, 1300 block of West Ivy Street • 11:52 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 2100 block of Hayes Street • 12:56 […]

Joe’s Boot Shop files Chapter 7 bankruptcy

By Robin Fornoff Staff writer The owners of Joe’s Boot Shop in Clovis have filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition listing assets of $560,000 and debts of $4.2 million. The petition was filed Feb. 20 at federal bankruptcy court in Albuquerque by Clovis attorney Wesley Pool on behalf of owners Coli and Jenna Hunt […]

Bookmobile to roll through

Staff report The New Mexico State Library Bookmobile will be rolling through rural areas in Roosevelt and Curry Counties starting next week. The bookmobile features more than 4,000 books, DVDs, audio books and magazines for rural citizens to check out. Mary Kaminski, the public information officer for the New Mexico State Library, said the bookmobile […]

Melrose schools to let out two hours early Thursday

Melrose schools will release students two hours early on Thursday because of inclement weather, according to Superintendent Jamie Widner.

Student talks cultural pride, issues

Versia Hodges II, 26, lives in Portales and is currently a graduate student in the Eastern New Mexico University Communication Department. He was also a member of the ENMU Greyhounds men’s basketball team and graduated in the fall of 2013 from Eastern with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Production. Where did you grow up? What […]

Bigger, better things

Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
Liles Inc. Laborer Jacob Brady, left, carries more connecting parts for a water pipeline to coworker Jerry Olivas Wednesday morning. The two men are installing underground utilities for a duplex project that will provide single parents and their children with homes.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The New Mexico Christian Children’s Home is expanding its horizons with more housing in Portales for single parents. The non-profit organization has recently broken ground on a 7-acre empty lot on West 19th Street and South Avenue B where they plan to build 16 duplexes for their Single Parent […]

Food fundraisers good chance to eat for a cause

By Betty Williamson Local columnist As I was wolfing down my perfectly smoked pork chop on Friday — one of 727 served up by the Portales Rotary Club as part of its chuck wagon meal at the New Mexico Ag Expo — I was thinking about how much I love fundraisers that involve food. In […]

To do list — Feb. 25

Today • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • “Camelot” spring musical — 7 p.m., Portales High School Performing Arts Center. $5 admission. Information: Kathi Fraze: 575-562-2377. • “Reckless” theater production — 7 p.m. on the Mainstage of the ENMU University Theatre Center. Free admission for ENMU students with a valid […]

Police blotter — Feb. 25

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Tuesday • 2:24 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 500 block West University Drive • 9:07 a.m.: Fraud, 1600 block East Spruce Street • 10:02 a.m.: Disorderly conduct, 700 block East Third Street • 12:03 p.m.: Shoplifting […]

New spin on old favorite

Tony Bullocks: Staff photo
Kyleigh Lobstein, 9, a Brownie Scout with Troop 4078 sells Girl Scout cookies to Margie Cartwright on Tuesday at a store on Main Street.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Portales and Clovis, prepare your wallets and waistlines — this year, the Girl Scouts of New Mexico are back, armed with boxes full of Thin Mints, Samoas and Toffee-Tastics. Oh, and you don’t have to wait for weeks this year, either. They have a new trick up their sleeves […]

Creed: Dispatch hectic, rewarding

Alexa Creed

Editor’s note: This is a weekly feature profiling public service workers. Name: Alexa Creed, 23. Occupation: Dispatcher at Portales Police Department What is it like to be between a person needing help and the people who help them? It’s rewarding. It’s definitely hectic at times, but I definitely love my job. What are some of […]

Oscar night spent away from TV

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer You see the object right in front of you? Throw it. Go ahead, I won’t chastise you. I won’t be held responsible for what happens, but I won’t chastise you. That object you threw … there’s a good chance you hit somebody who thinks the Oscars are the Super Bowl […]

To do list — Feb. 25

Today • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • “Camelot” spring musical — 7 p.m., Portales High School Performing Arts Center. $5 admission. Information: Kathi Fraze: 575-562-2377. Friday […]

ENMU Briefs — Feb. 25

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble released a list of goals for the university in the Feb. 17 edition of the school’s student newspaper, The Chase, after presenting them during the university’s Jan. 15 faculty meeting. Gamble outlined goals that aim to improve the academic experience for students, improve relationships with the university’s constituencies, […]

#Disconnected and back to what matters

Brittney Cannon

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Hi, my name is Brittney Cannon. I’m 25, and I do not have an active Facebook account. Yes, you read that correctly. A 25-year-old is alive and well in 2015, and she does not have an active Facebook account. I say “active,” because, technically, I have an account. I’ve actually […]

Meetings watch — Feb. 25

County Special District Board of Trustees The following took place at the Roosevelt County Special Hospital District Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday at Roosevelt General Hospital: • The board heard a medical staff report from Chief of Staff Dr. Oladotun Akinmurele. Akinmurele reported that five radiology consultants and one family practice physician were to be […]