Boswell: While I’m away…

The week of chaos was over, and my staff and I could breathe once again. So I won’t deny that the knowledge that the Miss New Mexico pageant is approaching usually inspires groans and eye rolls from my staff and I, initially. We just know that Miss New Mexico, along with Heritage Days and all […]

Pages past — June 26

On this date … 1976: W. D. “Doc” Gattis, a pioneer educator, died at his home in Clovis. He was 85. Gattis had come to eastern New Mexico in 1919 from Tennessee, and taught his first year in the Grady school system. He moved to Clovis and began teaching at La Casita School a year […]

To do list — June 26

Monday • Get Your Game On — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Games: Jumbo classics. Information: 575-356-3940 Tuesday • Full STEAM Ahead — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades 2-6. Activity: Tower and bridge engineering. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages […]

Mobile horses at risk for disease

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER With summer in full swing, horses will participate in varied activities, including rodeos, races, or just leisurely rides. Because of the increased activity, however, horses are susceptible to a variety of diseases without proper precautions, according to Wendy Toombs, owner of the Portales-based horseback riding school Abrazos Adventure. “When […]

Friends of the Library host book sale at Clovis library

Staff photo: Ryan Galloway
Friends of Clovis-Carver library hosting a book sale to raise funds for the library’s programs. The sale continues 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today.

By Ryan Galloway STAFF WRITER It is once again time for Clovis-Carver Library book sale. The event is a fundraiser hosted by the Friends of the Library, a volunteer group tasked to support library programs. The library receives donations of books throughout the year to sell at the event, and many members of the […]

Pages past — June 25

On this date … 1966: Portales police were investigating the apparent beating death of a 27-year-old city resident found on the floor of his garage. A neighbor saw Robert Knight through a garage window and notified police. Knight was flown to Lubbock where he underwent brain surgery, but soon died from his injuries. Police said […]

Johnson: Toad toxicity real threat to pets

Like some kind of bizarre magic trick, one night they seem to just appear under the porch lights, scattered on roadways and littered across lawns. As if their sudden appearance weren’t weird enough, they often sit frozen, staring out into the night in a pose that is enough to make a casual observer look to […]

Berry: Summer brought sprinkler fun

When the temperature goes up, we look for ways to keep cool. In my days growing up in Portales, that usually meant a trip to the pool. On the days I could not go to the pool, it would mean spending some time in a yard sprinkler. We would usually go to my house or […]

Study: Youths want more to do

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Chelsea Starr, assistant professor of sociology at Eastern New Mexico University, presented a summary of the evaluation of a survey done with youth in Portales to the City Council Tuesday night. According to Starr, the survey, performed in cooperation with the Portales DWI Program, was designed to determine how […]

To do list — June 24

Today • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m. at the library for all ages. Movie: Norm of the North. Information: 575-356-3940 Saturday • Food distribution — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Central Christian Church at 1528 S. Main Street. Volunteers needed from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Information: 575-762-2103 • ENMU Alumni Band Reunion Concert — 4:30 p.m. in […]

Pages past — June 24

On this date … 1976: An earthquake registering 3.0 to 3.5 on the Richter scale was reported about 10 miles northwest of Tucumcari. The Associated Press reported the shaker was not felt in the city limits of Tucumcari, but did impact some at isolated ranches as far as 50 miles from the tremor. No injuries […]

Local man jailed for Clovis police chase

Staff report Last week’s car chase through city streets in Clovis registered speeds as high as 65 mph, according to an arrest report released Wednesday by the Clovis Police Department. The report redacts the name of the party arrested, but report details match those supplied by CPD on Friday when officials said they’d arrested Leonel […]

An academic leg up

Jonathon Tucker, 18, assigns TRiO Upward Bound 
students to 
kickball teams Tuesday 
during their team building exercises.

By Anna George Staff Writer The TRiO Upward Bound program is finishing its third week of classes and activities, all leading up to a week long trip to Washington D.C. in mid July, upon approval.   The TRiO program, which has about 50 students, spends six weeks teaching students math, English, science and team […]

Williamson: End of an era upon us

A longtime Portales business will be closing its doors at the end of this month, and this one feels personal: Had it not been for Joe’s Flowers, I might not exist. Joe Hayhurst, who has lived in Ruidoso since 1980, said he opened the business that would eventually bear his name as Portales Floral in […]

To do list — June 23

Today • Grand Slam guest — 10: 30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for all ages. Performer: Steve Blakely, Tae Kwon Do. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Movie: Cool Runnings. Information: 575-356-3940 Friday • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m. at the library for all ages. […]

Pages past — June 23

On this date … 2006: The region had plenty to celebrate with the recent announcement of a new mission for once-doomed Cannon Air Force Base, followed by an announcement of a new ethanol plant coming to Curry County — great news for an economy that had been decimated by the announcement a year earlier that […]

Dora graduate state’s homecoming queen


Dora graduate Lindsey Fletcher, 18, has been selected from all state wide applicants to represent New Mexico as the state homecoming queen. She will go to Memphis, Tennessee, July 27-30 to compete on the national level for America’s Homecoming Queen. She said her application listed activities from her high school career such as volleyball, track, […]

Meetings watch — June 23

The following were actions taken at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in the Memorial Building: • Councilors approved a resolution amending the council’s open meetings notice and schedule of council meetings. According to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, the notice was modified by city attorney Steve Doerr, who said that every council meeting, with the […]

County ponders concealed firearms

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Maintenance Director Gary Spinks proposed to County Commissioners on Tuesday a resolution to allow county employees to carry concealed firearms in county vehicles. The act was proposed to address the county safety committee’s concerns regarding safety on the job site. Active shooter reports have influenced this proposal, according to […]

Public health surveys addressed

STAFF REPORT At Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, Portales Public Health Office manager Carol Morgan addressed surveys listing community health concerns. Issues addressed include the most important factors for a healthy community, most important health problems, and most risky behaviors in the community, as shown in survey results from the Portales Public Health Office. Morgan […]