Johnson — Lessons in caring for pets stays with kids

There can be something magical that takes place between animals and children and, as a general rule, they are fascinated with one another. Perhaps it is because they share the same playful, loving spirits, or it might be their mutual disregard for boundaries and rules that make them so compatible. In fact, in no other […]

Smoking hazards covered at presentation

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER Health Educator for the Department of Health Debbie Gentry gave a presentation to Portales seniors about tobacco and electronic cigarette use and hazards at the Community Services Center Thursday afternoon. Gentry discussed the health problems posed by smoking cigarettes, such as cataracts, lung disease, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary […]

Band camp time to bond

Staff photo: Anna George
The Portales High School band practices their marching on Wednesday during their summer band camp, which began Monday.

By Anna George Staff Writer The Portales High School summer band camp, which started July 27, is about strengthening the bonds between students, according to those who participated. The band camp took place at the high school this week. Drum major Anna Erwin said the leadership team in the PHS band has spent the […]

Editor’s notebook — July 31

A sampling of emails from readers in recent days: • Stu Stratton replied to a question asking about readers’ favorite pro football teams: “When we moved here from Tucumcari when I was 4, my first Christmas I got an electric football set. (One team was) the Minnesota Vikings and the other was the Green Bay […]

George: Shopping with friends worth expense

It has happened to all of us. You buy something you really want or even “need” in the moment and mere seconds later, you are filled with lead-stomach, sweaty-palmed regret. We have all done it, especially people my age, if I had to guess. We just looked so cute and curvy in that blouse or […]

Meetings watch — July 31

Roosevelt County Commission During the special Roosevelt County Commission meeting on Thursday, commissioners approved the final budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The following is details from the 2015-16 budget: • County Manager Amber Hamilton said county roads received $100,000 in capital outlay. She said they reduced the amount budgeted for from $1,051,544 down to […]

To do list — July 31

Sunday • PMAC scramble — Noon-7 p.m. Golf scramble teams up two military members with two civilians for a fun afternoon of golf at Portales Country Club. Cookout to follow for invited golfers. Civilian entry: $40. Information: 575-356-8541 Tuesday • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 • […]

Exploring Green Way in Kow-rate

Let us once again consider the ancient martial art of Kow-rate. In the area of branding, we have already discussed the Way of the Head, or the Red Way. A very hands-on discipline, it is marked by nose locks, ear grabs, and proficiency in a variety of tools. Today, we shall consider the mastery of […]

Pages past — July 31

On this date … 1975: New Mexico Gov. Jerry Apodaca spent the day in Clovis, discussing political issues and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Little League all-star baseball game. He said he did not support expansion of the state penitentiary despite the growing prison population, but he did support the idea of […]

After-school program gets rate hike

By Anna George Staff Writer In a 4-2 vote on Tuesday, the city council approved tripling the rates for the Portales Recreation Center after-school program. The program, which caters to somewhere between 70 and 90 children, will go from costing $50 per semester per child to $150, according to Portales City Manager Sammy Standefer. […]

Budget approved by city council

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Discussions about the city’s budget for the current fiscal year were business as usual Tuesday night with the exception of one topic. After the public hearing at Tuesday night’s city council meeting in which Finance Director Marilyn Rapp gave a presentation on the final budget for the 2016 fiscal […]

Stretch of NM 88 to be repaved

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
New Mexico Department of Transportation Maintainer Matthew Askew spreads materials on the road Tuesday afternoon while working on New Mexico 88. Residents on the highway complained about the condition of the road.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Complaints from residents living off New Mexico 88 near Arch have inspired the New Mexico Department of Transportation to repave a mile-long stretch of the road. But despite the department taking action, residents living off the highway don’t have a lot of hope the new road will last. “I […]

Editor’s notebook — July 30

Today is a good day to remember Lane Frost, a champion bull rider with regional ties, who died on this date in 1989. Frost, 25, was competing in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming. He’d just ridden a bull named “Takin’ Care of Business,” when the bull attacked him, hitting him in the side […]

Williamson: It’s county fair time again

Fair season is upon us. I’m not talking about the weather — although sometimes it cooperates. I’m talking about the Curry County Fair, set to kick off on Aug. 11 in Clovis, and the Roosevelt County Fair, which opens its gates in Portales on Aug. 18. I love county fairs … the people, the animals, […]

Pages past — July 30

On this date … 1975: Clovis Police Chief Nelson Worley had issued a list of “self-protection tips for women.” The 27 tips included: • Install a peep hole in the door. • Replace locks when moving to a new home. • Draw shades after dark and never dress in front of windows. • Stay near […]

To do list — July 30

Today • Roosevelt County Commission special meeting — 9 a.m. Commission Room in Roosevelt County Courthouse. Information: 575-356-5307 • Child Find program — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. free preschool screening clinic at Grady school. Information: Debbie Richardson at 575-357-2192 Sunday • PMAC scramble — Noon-7 p.m. Golf scramble teams up two military members with two civilians […]

Consumer science teacher making a difference in lives

Christine Hightower

Editor’s note: The following is one in a new series profiling new teachers for Roosevelt County school districts. Come the 2015-16 school year, Christine Hightower will be the new family and consumer science teacher at Portales Junior High School. She will be helping the seventh- and eighth-graders discover their interests and future career goals by […]

Local water testing gets mixed results

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER An annual Portales water report was released last week to reveal Portales water is safe to drink, but residents may want to keep it away from small children. The 2014 Portales Water System Drinking Water Quality Report also highlighted that Portales residents may soon see a waste water treatment […]

KENW casts eye on art culture

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Paul Hunton, left, creator of “24 Frames,” and Drew Merritt, a Clovis artist, speak on a live episode of “24 frames.” Merritt was featured in an early episode of the show aired on KENW.

STAFF REPORT Portales native Paul Hunton wanted to use his art form to recognize the culture, music and art of the southwest, and he has done just that with the show “24 Frames,” which just began airing on local television station KENW. “24 Frames,” created, produced and directed by Hunton, is a 30-minute show of […]

Notebook — July 29

Taking a poll … With the National Football League teams reporting to training camp this week, it seems a good time to take a poll: Who’s your favorite NFL team? Before Tom Landry got fired in 1989, when Walt Garrison and Bob Lilly and Dan Reeves were routine visitors around eastern New Mexico, the region […]