Pages past — Aug. 26

On this date … 1976: Tammy Welch had been named Roosevelt County Fair queen. Welch, a 16-year-old junior at Portales High School, said her favorite hobby was horses. 1956: The new Clovis High School at 21st and Thornton was ready to open. The building featured nine classrooms, a library, study hall, a home economics department, […]

Pet of the week

Labrador mix

Labrador mix Gender: Female Age: 1-2 years old Breed: Lab mix Story: According to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, this is a calm dog. Martinez said she is fine with any type of family but does need a good amount of exercise so a college student or younger type of family would be preferred. Martinez […]

Ag True Tour comes to area

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Kenneth Davis, a third-generation farmer of Davis Farms, points out the different types of grapes in his vineyard as he talks to a tour group on Wednesday. The Ag True Tour in Clovis was hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, is all too familiar with New Mexico farms. But a tour of a Clovis dairy on Wednesday hit him differently than ever before. “I had a very interesting experience there at the dairy,” Woods said about Mid-Frisian Dairy in Clovis. “I’ve been around a lot […]

ENMU grad assists with ‘Hell or High Water’ production

Brandon Carter

Portales resident and Eastern New Mexico University graduate Brandon Carter, 23, worked as a location assistant on “Hell or High Water.” The film, released Aug. 12 in select cities and set for release Friday in Clovis, was partially shot in eastern New Mexico. Here’s what he had to say about his involvement in the production: […]

Williamson: Community would please pioneers

Even though my 55th birthday happens this year, and my AARP invitation may be already in the mail, I found out earlier this week that I am already, by definition, a Roosevelt County pioneer. Before you poke fun at my advancing age, hold on. You may be one, too. While the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a […]

Parent program returns to First Baptist

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Parents will have the opportunity for a free workout in parenting skills in the form of “parenting boot camp”, a training effort of First Baptist Church and James Elementary School. The boot camp will begin Sept. 13 at James Elementary School with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the class […]

Pages past — Aug. 25

On this date … 1966: Two Cannon Air Force Base airmen were listed in good condition at the base hospital after they ejected from their F-100 jet the day before near Floyd. The jet crashed into a maize field. The airmen said they bailed out after the plane developed engine trouble. 1946: Funeral services were […]

To do list — Aug. 25

Today • Roosevelt County Fair — All day at fairgrounds. Admission: $6 adults, $4 children. Information: roosevelt@nmsu.edu Friday • Roosevelt County Fair — All day at fairgrounds. Admission: $6 adults, $4 children. Information: roosevelt@nmsu.edu • ENMU Board of Regents meeting — 9:30 a.m. in regents room on campus. Information: 575-562-1011 Saturday • Roosevelt County Fair […]

Dora school news — Aug. 25

Volleyball • Today — JV team plays Clovis Christian at Dora, 5:30 p.m. • Tuesday — JH, JV and Varsity teams play at Floyd, 4:30 p.m. Football • Friday — Varsity play Mesilla Valley at Mescalero, 7 p.m. Pre-school begins Teacher Stacy Smith, along with Elaine Schneider and Ann Marie Garcia, educational assistants, welcome the […]

School PARCC grades released

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
From left, Brown Elementary Principal Becky Flen, Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain and Assistant Superintendent David Van Wettering congratulate teachers at Brown Elementary for receiving the only A grade for PARCC scores in the Portales district. Letter grades were released by the state on Wednesday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The New Mexico Public Education Department released letter grades for The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Wednesday afternoon, reflecting that local schools are a mixed bag of improvements and declines. Portales schools Superintendent Johnnie Cain said what matters most is seeing the improvement, however […]

Roosevelt County PARCC letter grades released

The New Mexico Public Education Department released the The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) letter grades for New Mexico schools Wednesday afternoon. Watch for a story later. The following are the grades for local school districts for the last three years. Portales Municipal Schools Brown Early Childhood Center: • 2013-14: […]

Fair entries works of heart

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Rita Jones, superintendent of the sweet delicacies competition at the fair, left, records the scores that judge Eva Dean Stephens gives items in the fancy cakes category.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Winners of the various home arts exhibitions at the Roosevelt County Fair credited their victories to love of their respective crafts. Carolyn Marshall’s candy box won best of show in the sweet delicacies category, one of many wins that she has had at the fair in recent years. “I […]

Chop breakfast marks start of fair

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Clockwise from left, Kerry Osburn, Ann Bettigrew, Shawn Osburn and Kayson Osburn, 1, eat at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home Pork Chop Breakfast Tuesday morning. The breakfast was the kick-off event for the Roosevelt County Fair.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Fair kicked off with great food and fellowship Tuesday morning at the Jake Lopez Building on the fairgrounds. The New Mexico Christian Children’s Home 18th annual pork chop breakfast supports an important cause, according to Portales residents and NMCCH officials. The fundraiser, which started in 1999, […]

To do list — Aug. 24

Today • Roosevelt County Fair — All day at fairgrounds. Admission: $6 adults, $4 children. Information: roosevelt@nmsu.edu Thursday • Roosevelt County Fair — All day at fairgrounds. Admission: $6 adults, $4 children. Information: roosevelt@nmsu.edu Friday • Roosevelt County Fair — All day at fairgrounds. Admission: $6 adults, $4 children. Information: roosevelt@nmsu.edu • ENMU Board of […]

Pages past — Aug. 24

On this date … 1976: A new year began at 8:30 a.m. for Clovis public school students. Classes dismissed at 3:15 p.m. Two sessions of kindergarten were offered, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. School dietician Jane Hammond said student lunch tickets were 45 cents. 1976: The Roosevelt […]

Meetings watch — Aug. 24

The following were actions taken at the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse: • Road viewer Paul Jones reported to commissioners that in regard to Roosevelt Road Q 1/2, he and other assigned viewers did not recommend closing the road but putting up flashing lights to warn of the road being hazardous […]

Long distance out for NTS customers

Customers with NTS Communications, a long-distance telephone provider headquartered in Lubbock, have been without service since at least Aug. 15 and company officials are not sure when it may be restored. A company employee who said his name is Phillip but declined to provide a last name, said workers are trying to “reroute the circuitry” […]

Ag info tour to promote understanding

Courtesy photo: Dalene Hodnett
A group on last year’s Ag True Tour, hosted by the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, explores a chili farm in the Rio Grande Valley.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com After Wednesday, area legislators may start to look at their food differently. A state agricultural organization is hoping a local tour will bridge the gap between lawmakers and producers. Under the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, the Young Farmers and Ranchers Program on Wednesday is hosting the Ag […]

Volunteers help keep fair running

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Portales 4-H student Megan Stacy, left, enters a project in the 4-H open category of the Roosevelt County Fair Monday morning at the Roosevelt County Fairground Youth Building with the help of volunteer Charla Bergsieker.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Officials and volunteers of the Roosevelt County Fair all seem to agree that without volunteers, there would be no fair. Volunteers and fair officials, who bustled about the fairgrounds all day Monday preparing for the week-long event, said the fair could not succeed without people willing to work to […]

Business feature: Vendors keep busy at fair

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
From left, Gilbert and Margaret Lueras set up shop at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Their business, Enchanted Corn Y-Mas, will be at the fair for the first time this year, serving Frito pies and stuffed pineapples.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Fair is an opportunity for community interaction and financial success for local vendors, according to area business leaders. Among the vendors appearing at the fair are the recently established Enchanted Corn Y-Mas and Little Bits, along with returning vendors Island Ice Cones and Cindy’s Hope for […]