In case you’re traveling this Thanksgiving week, here’s a message from New Mexico State Police: Seems they will be participating in the nationwide “I-40 Challenge: The Drive to Zero Fatalities,” according to a news release. The release reports: “The safety initiative spotlights all states along Interstate 40 nationwide … Law enforcement agencies in each of […]

To do list

Today • Vocal Masterclass with Corey Trahan — 4:30 p.m. at ENMU Buchanan Hall. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-2377 Thursday • Community Outreach Thanksgiving Dinner — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Portales Memorial Building, 7th and Abilene. Deliveries for homebound only from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Admission: Free. Order: 575-356-4241/575-356-6001. Information: 575-607-5927 Ongoing • Farmer’s market —5 p.m. […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 1:16 p.m.: Information report, report taken, location unknown • 1:55 p.m.: Harassment report, location unknown • 5:33 p.m.: Theft report, 2100 block of Dove Lane • 5:33 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, […]

Pages Past

Nov. 24 On this date … 1970: A Clovis man was jailed after police caught him on a pharmacy roof with an ax. Officials believed the man had broken into the Medical Center Pharmacy at 920 W. 21st. They found a box of items from the pharmacy on the roof, including numerous pills. 1965: First […]

Holiday closings

The following businesses will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday: • City of Portales Offices — Thursday-Sunday • Fire Department Administration — Wednesday-Sunday • Police Department Administration — Thursday- Sunday • Portales Area Transit System — Thursday-Sunday • Portales Public Library — Thursday-Sunday • Magistrate Court — Thursday-Sunday • Municipal Court — Thursday-Monday • Roosevelt […]

Clovis Media Inc. names new publisher

Photo by Tony Bullocks

Rob Langrell has more than 20 years of newspaper experience.

STAFF REPORT Clovis Media Inc. has named Rob Langrell as its new publisher. Langrell will serve as publisher of the two daily newspapers — the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune — as well as oversee the company’s three weekly publications — the Quay County Sun, Cannon Connections and My Eastern New Mexico. Langrell, who […]

Singing scientist educates students

Staff photo: Matthew Asher

Brown Elementary Assistant Principal Anna Brock introduces the kindergarten students to “Curious” Chris Harrell on Friday afternoon. Harrell is a former Portales teacher, who uses music to teach science to young students.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER Throughout the week, students of Portales elementary schools were treated to the musical stylings of Curious Chris Harrell, who uses songs to teach young students about science. On Friday afternoon, Harrell was at Brown Elementary teaching the kindergarten students while playing a guitar and harmonica during his lessons. The […]

City and VFW offer community free Thanksgiving meals

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Portales will be hosting its annual community Thanksgiving dinner again Thursday at the Memorial Building.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515’s Thanksgiving program has steadily been growing in the six years since it began, and this year, 20 families will be receiving Thanksgiving meals, according to member Daun Medaris. “When we started the program, we only had three families,” Medaris said. “Last year, […]

Meetings watch: Portales City Council

The following were actions taken at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in the Memorial Building: • Councilors approved the ratification of bills for October and a resolution for budget adjustments for the current fiscal year. Finance Director Marilyn Rapp said a lot of money was spent in October — $3,8 million — with most […]

Pages Past

Nov. 22 On this date … 1970: About 50 De Baca Hall residents were displaced after a fire broke out in a dorm room on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. Officials said the room where the fire started — probably from a candle left burning after students left the room — was gutted. […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 2:58 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1000 block of East Brazos Street • 9:26 a.m.: Warrant service, report taken, U.S. 70 • 9:55 a.m.: Reckless driver, location unknown • 12:20 p.m.: Animal complaint, report taken, […]

To do list

Today • Freshman Showcase — 2 p.m. at ENMU University Theater Center. Admission: $5 general public; free to students with ID. Information: 575-562-2711 Monday • Singing Actor Workshop — 2 p.m. at ENMU Buchanan Hall. Guest teacher Corey Trahan. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-2377 Tuesday • Vocal Masterclass with Corey Trahan — 4:30 p.m. at ENMU […]


Traffic alert: A news release from Eastern New Mexico University reports: “Construction teams will be trenching across West University Drive directly north of U.S. Highway 70 near the Railroad Tracks in Portales. This construction is expected to start on (Tuesday morning) … and carry through Wednesday.” The release urges motorists to “detour your normal driving […]

Veterans of Son Tay Raid made a difference

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Cannon AFB Honor Guard present the colors to start the Son Tay ceremony Friday at Cannon AFB.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Silence filled an MC-130P flying away from Vietnam on Nov. 21, 1970, as the soldiers inside struggled to accept the overwhelming disappointment they had just experienced. This was the picture painted by Vietnam veterans honored Friday on Cannon Air Force Base for their participation in the Son Tay Raid, […]

Notebook — Nov. 21

So you’re ready to start holiday shopping and thinking a new car would look good in Uncle Frank’s garage and sister Helen could use a ruby necklace and … um, finances are the only thing standing between you and your good intentions. Finance professors Jeff Manzi and Randy Guttery from the University of Texas at […]

Pages past — Nov. 21

On this date … 1970: Vandalism was rampant around Clovis with 21 incidents reported in four days. Police estimated more than $2,000 had been reported in damages. Most of the destruction included slashed tires, broken car windows and broken car windows. 1960: Clovis city officials reported the recently implemented sales tax had been a “shot […]

Johnson: Share holiday fare with pets in moderation

Being steeped in tradition, perhaps the menu for Thursday is already planned and has been for decades or, for the adventurous, there may be some creative gourmet additions thrown in this year to change things up a little bit. Though variations in the fare do take place, and the spreads range from fancy to simple, […]

City council educated on potholes

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Portales road crews patched more than 35,000 potholes this fiscal year, according to Public Works Director John DeSha. “That was as of the beginning of this month,” DeSha told city councilors as he gave them a street activities report at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The 2015-16 fiscal year […]

Wind farm producing power

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A Blatner employee on the ground waits as a box of tools returns to him from the top of a wind turbine.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Construction is winding down for the $430 million wind farms being built off of New Mexico 114 in Roosevelt County. Joe Conte and contractor Cielo Wind Power, who manages the project, said the wind has given Blatner Energy officials — who are constructing the project — some problems in […]

Notebook — Nov. 20

Say thanks: What are you thankful for this year? Our newspapers would like to share some of your stories of Thanksgiving next week. The topics are obviously endless, and we’d like to hear about everything from new babies to business successes to athletic accomplishments. What has made you thankful in 2015? Email information to Editor […]