To do list

Friday Fifth Friday — Entertainment on the square downtown. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Information: 575-607-9261 Me, Myself & I — The national self portrait show is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Runnells Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Information: Call Bryan Hahn at 575-562-2778. Saturday Biggest Catfish […]

Applying for worst vinyl collector

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist Everybody wants to be the best at something, but there is a finite number of somethings and billions of people. But still we try. For the same reason, some of us can never be the worst at something. But why let something like that stop me? My foray into extreme […]

Police blotter — Aug. 27

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 6:57 a.m.: Parking complaint, Third Street and Boulder Avenue. • 7:03 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 8:17 a.m.: Remove subject, 1100 block of North Chicago Avenue. • 9:05 a.m.: […]

Application numbers downplayed by mayor

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor A preliminary application for a $4.1 million federal water conservation grant claims the Ogallala Aquifer could be drained in 10 to 15 years at the current rate of consumption. The dire warning, along with others in the preliminary application, however, is being downplayed by Clovis Mayor David Lansford, who […]

Experts: Outbreak unlikely

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Steven Bradfute’s work focuses on improving the effectiveness of experimental Ebola vaccines.

By John Arnold University of New Mexico A poll released last week shows that nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are worried there will be a large Ebola outbreak in this country. But such fears aren’t justified, Ebola experts say. A large, lengthy Ebola outbreak like the one happening in West Africa would be unlikely […]

County fair success

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Rising feed costs and a large graduating class of competitors a year ago led to fewer livestock animals competing in this year’s Roosevelt County Fair. But officials believe Saturday attendance may have set a record for the second year in a row. Officials said the unofficial gate was $48,000, […]

Please, remember to RSVP

By Sandy Fields Local columnist To RSVP or not to RSVP? That was the question. We were sending invitations to a birthday party, and we wanted some idea of how many people would come. But we wanted people to feel free to come at the last minute if their plans changed, even if they had […]

To do list — Aug. 26

Friday Fifth Friday — Entertainment on the square downtown. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Information: 575-607-9261 Saturday Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby — Oasis State Park’s sixth annual event is open to all ages. Derby hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: $5 park entrance and $5 entry fee. Those 12 and up must have […]

Online shopping could boost other programs

By Tom Philpott Military Update Allowing 18.8 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online through military exchange services, which also operate brick-and-mortar department stores and concessions on base, could boost store profits enough to pump more than $100 million back into base quality-of-life programs. That’s part of the “business case” made by the Army and Air Force […]

ENMU briefs

Closed for holiday Eastern New Mexico University will be closed on Monday for Labor Day. The campus will reopen for its regular schedule on Sept. 2. Late registration ends today Students may still late-register for the fall semester through today. Classes are offered on-campus and online. The semester ends on Dec. 12. Information: or call […]

Ute Lake Reservoir intake decision upheld

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor A federal court of appeals in Denver has refused to reverse a decision giving the green light to construction of an intake at Ute Lake Reservoir, part of the Ute Lake Project plan to pipe drinking water to communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The decision made Monday rejects […]

Police blotter — Aug. 26

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday 12:35 a.m.: Noise disturbance, 1500 block of South Avenue H. 12:42 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, Eighth Street and Avenue A. 1:39 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, New Mexico 206 and Roosevelt Road 7. 5:38 a.m.: […]

Events calendar — Aug. 24

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598 Food Distribution — 1 p.m., Memorial Building. The distribution is open to those living in Portales who qualify by income. New clients will be asked to fill out an income eligibility form. Information: 575-763-6130 Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598 Tuesday […]

Deeply rooted

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KENW Director of Broadcasting Duane Ryan with the KENW staff in the 1970s. Ryan said more than half of his staff stayed with the station for 25 years. The  station’s roots go back to 1967, prior to reaching PBS status.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Duane Ryan came to Portales six decades ago with a vision to start a radio and television program from the ground up. KENW was born as a public broadcasting station 40 years ago, but Ryan, the station’s director of broadcasting, said there were challenges along the way. KENW broadcasts […]

Police blotter — Aug. 24

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Caller reported: Thursday • 1:34 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, 500 block of Sheldon Street. • 3:42 a.m.: Request to remove subject, 1100 block of Ross Street. • 4:54 a.m.: Missing person, 1400 block of West […]

Youngsters grab share of fair action

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These boys know it’s all about horse power as they compete Saturday in the stick horse race at the Roosevelt County Fair.

Thomas Garcia Staff writer Future cowboys and cowgirls had their day in the center of the Pavilion on Saturday at the Roosevelt County Fair, racing stick horses, chasing down a goat and even rooting for turtles in a race. “These events are designed to give the younger children their time in the spotlight at […]

Firefighters put twist on ice bucket challenge

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Portales firefighters raised $280 for a Roswell girl battling leukemia.

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer Fifteen members of the Portales Fire Department endured a different version of the ice bucket challenge Saturday morning, this one to raise money for a fellow firefighter’s daughter who is battling leukemia. “It was cold but well worth it to help out one of our own,” said Lance Hill, […]

Livestock sale night

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Kasyn Creighton of Elida 4-H/FFA shows her grand champion pig during the Roosevelt County Fair junior livestock sale. Creighton’s pig sold for $4,000, and received a $200 sponsor add-on.

By Lillian Bowe Sheltering the grand champion meat pen rabbits from the brief, heavy rain on Friday, Ethan Friend waited for his time to get in the sale ring at the Roosevelt County Fair. Dottie, Tt and Brandy, his three rabbits, snuggled up in their basket and made a cute trio when he walked […]

Animals have entered selfie craze

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist’ Goofy grins, sultry eyes, sweet smiles, pensive stares … everywhere you turn, they are all the rage. The “selfie” works a lot like playing in a mirror, capturing and immortalizing those fractional moments of self-perspective that in days of old were rarely documented. A phenomenon with ever-evolving social ramifications, thanks […]

Airman’s identity released

Staff report The man found dead Thursday in his Cannon Air Force Base home has been identified as Senior Airman Christian Barreto, a sensor operator with the 3rd Special Operations Squadron. Cannon officials did not provide any additional information on Friday, but Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said it’s his understanding the death is not […]