Residents comment on city projects

STAFF REPORT The Portales community was invited Monday to comment on a list of high priority projects which will allow the city to receive funding for future infrastructure improvements. The Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan is a five-year plan used as a tool to plan for the growth of the community, according to City Clerk Joan […]

Amateur historian teaches Civil War lessons

Staff photo: Anna George
Paul Fischell, left, gives all the extra baggage a Civil War soldier would carry to Paul Acosta, 13, Saturday as part of his demonstration on bivouacking (camping) during the war between the states.

By Anna George Staff Writer       Paul Fischell put on his Union soldier uniform, picked up his musket and supplies and began to “bivouac” Saturday at Oasis State Park. Fischell, an amateur historian from Fort Sumner, went over the daily routines, materials soldier’s carried and the reality of a Civil War battlefield during his Civil […]

Portales schools feel Brexit effects

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER With the United Kingdom recently voting to leave the European Union, Portales schools have already felt some residual effects. Brexit, a combination of the words “Britain” and “exit,” became a reality after it was voted on 52 percent to 48 percent in a June referendum, according to an article […]

Pages past — July 26

On this date … 1976: Ronald Reagan announced Sen. Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania would be his running mate if he won the Republican presidential nomination. Reagan lost the nomination to Gerald Ford, but became president in 1980, selecting George H. W. Bush as his running mate. Schweiker, who said he was surprised to be named […]

Area businesses to reach out for interns

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Area businesses are taking their first steps in reaching out to Eastern New Mexico University students about internship opportunities following a presentation at last week’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. At the luncheon, ENMU Assistant Professor of Economics Jean-Marc Gandonou told local business leaders that university students are […]

Sunday fire contained in two hours

Staff report A 100-acre fire between Clovis and Portales took two hours to contain on Sunday, according to Clovis Fire Chief Mike Nolen. Nolen said the fire started sometime between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon around U.S. 70 and Curry Road 3. The Portales and Texico fire departments assisted with the blaze. Nolen […]

Police blotter — July 26

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff. Friday • 10:26 a.m.: Shots fired, 500 block Country Club Estates • 10:54 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, West First Street/North Avenue A, report taken • 12:41 p.m.: Verbal domestic, 800 block East First Street • 1:55 p.m.: […]

To do list — July 26

Today • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. in commission room at county courthouse. Information: 575-356-5307 • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 • Portales Rams volleyball camp — 9a.m.-noon for grades 1-5. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. for grades 6-8. At Portales High […]

Report: Violent crimes up

Staff Report According to the recently released 2015 annual Portales Police Department report, violent crimes — such as rape, robbery, and criminal damage — were showing higher numbers than in years past. According to Police Chief Pat Gallegos, the higher numbers for rape, which jumped from eight in 2014 to 11 in 2015, reflect a […]

Up ‘Til Dawn award a first

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Coordinators for the Eastern New Mexico University branch of St. Jude’s Up ‘Til Dawn (UTD) program were recently honored for their fundraising efforts in the 2015-16 school year. The “Up ‘Til Dawn” (UTD) program at ENMU raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is unique in that […]

Zika not cause for concern at the moment

By Anna George Staff Writer Mosquitoes with the ability to pass the Zika virus have been found in the Portales area. But it’s not a reason to be fearful, according to state health and local agricultural officials. Patrick Kircher, the Roosevelt County agriculture agent, compares the news announced last week to West Nile concerns […]

To do list — July 24

Today • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m. at the library for all ages. Movie: Zootopia. Information: 575-356-3940 Saturday • Special Food Distribution — 9-11 a.m. at Central Christian Church, 1528 S. Main St. New applicants can be seen at 10 a.m. Information: 575-769-2103 • History of camping presentation — 7 p.m. at Oasis State Park, […]

Boswell: I got the ‘I do’ in Wookiee

As many times as I’ve referenced it in my column, I guess it’s probably no secret that mine is a family of nerds with a love of superheroes and Sci-fi. So I guess it will make all too much sense, and not surprise any of you in the least, that a Star Wars reference made […]

Pages past — July 24

On this date … 1971: Mariachi music filled the air at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The community was celebrating its third annual Fiesta de Portales. Manuelito and Gabriel Cordova were among the younger performers. They lived at 1108 N. Abilene in Portales. 1961: Lynn Berry, 7, and his brother Glenn, 3, were pictured on the […]

Clovis’ Hastings to close its doors

Staff report Clovis’ Hastings is one of 126 Hastings Entertainment stores closing its doors within the next three months. The announcement issued by the Amarillo-based retail chain Thursday morning comes on the heels of bankruptcy proceedings in a Delaware court, which ended Wednesday, according to a statement from Peyton Burgess, a media consultant for Hastings. […]

Clinton chooses Sen. Kaine

By Ken Thomas and Alan Suderman The Associated Press TAMPA, Florida — Hillary Clinton named Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate Friday, adding a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state to the Democratic ticket. In a text message to supporters, the presumptive Democratic nominee said, “I’m thrilled to tell […]

Attorney: Judge’s comment inappropriate

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER A magistrate court judge’s comment following a jury trial could impact future trials, a Clovis defense attorney is alleging. Jennifer Burrill, who represented a woman acquitted of shoplifting and battery, said Magistrate Court Judge Richard Hollis made the comment Monday after the jury’s verdict. Burrill said Hollis announced in […]

Q&A: New librarian in Clovis open to new programs


Sara Williford is the new adult services librarian for Clovis-Carver Public Library. She answered questions about books, the library and what patrons can expect in the coming months: What are some of your favorite books? Oh, that isn’t an easy question. Do we go back to “Little House on The Prairie,” which started it all? […]

Berry: Ready for Pokemon after snipe hunts

I had thought I might enlist Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry to help me hunt Pokemons, but he seems to not be very interested. He might change his mind if he knows how good I will be at it. I have a lot of experience with that type of hunting. My first […]

Johnson: Two primates show affinity for alcohol

Images of staggering monkeys and swaying elephants are nothing new in pop culture and, for decades, depictions of drunken animals have worked their way into entertainment. Human opinions are mixed — some want nothing to do with it, others enjoy it — in the animal world, however, human contrived depictions aside, there has long been […]