Flying just isn’t fun anymore

By Grant McGee Local columnist Flying seems to be part of the holiday season for many. Not for The Lady of the House and me. Oh, it’s not that we’re afraid of flying, but we have our reasons why. For The Lady of the House it’s about an incident that happened many years ago when […]

Pages past — Dec. 13

On this date … 1973: Owners of pigs being kept in Clovis city limits were given six months to relocate them or get out of the hog business. City commissioners approved the ordinance banning pig feeding in the city after receiving complaints from residents about odor and rodent problems. 1964: A second Eastern New Mexico […]

Portales man pleads to drug, firearm charges

Staff report Justin Shipley of Portales pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and firearms charges in Las Cruces federal court Friday, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney. Shipley, 30, and co-defendant Brandon Wood, 35, also of Portales, were arrested April 24 in Otero County on a criminal complaint that charged them with methamphetamine […]

Only two apply for judge

Staff report A spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez said Friday she will likely select one of two men recommended by a nominating committee as the next 10th Judicial District judge. “Although a final decision has not been made, we do not anticipate sending the list back for additional names,” Mike Lonergan said Friday. The governor […]

Construction on schedule

Joshua Lucero:
Staff photo
Williamson Restoration workers remove a large portion of the old ventilation system Saturday morning at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. County officials said the new HVAC system is currently being installed and will directly impact three floors of the building.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Construction at the Roosevelt County Courthouse is running smoothly and on schedule, according to County Manager Amber Hamilton. The overhaul of the building’s heating and cooling system began in August with the removal of eight types of mold found by a private lab consultant, including a toxic strain of […]

Graduate believes ENMU best decision in life

Stacy Goode

By Derek Major Staff writer Stacy Goode, 24, decided six years ago to attend Eastern New Mexico University, mostly because she knew her education was paid for through a scholarship and grants. Looking back on her decision two days before she graduates, Goode believes it was the best decision of her young life. “I […]

So much good to say about petroleum products

By Audra Brown Local columnist Petroleum products rule. They are awesome. Don’t try to argue. You won’t win. The author is quite familiar with the use of these marvels, and among their many qualities, they are frequently quite flammable. Fact. But let us take note of some less-exciting, but equally important uses. There is, of […]

Crop production — Dec. 12

New Mexico highlights Based on Dec. 1 conditions, all cotton production in New Mexico is expected to total 71,000 480-pound bales, up 8 percent from 2013, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Upland cotton harvested acreage is forecast at 35,000 acres, up 4,000 acres from last year. […]

Police blotter — Dec. 12

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 12:08 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (with injuries), location unknown • 1:12 a.m.: Warrant service, location unknown • 9:03 a.m.: Burglary report, 1200 block West Lime Street • 9:58 a.m. Gas drive off, 1200 […]

To do list — Dec. 12

Today • Chamber Ambassador movie night — 6 p.m., Yam Theatre. Information: 575-356-8541. Saturday • ENMU commencement — 10 a.m.-noon at Greyhound Arena. Information: 575-562-1011. Monday • Chamber Ambassador Meeting — Noon, Chamber Board Room. Information: 575-356-8541. Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 12

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family M • Household members: 4 • Children: 3 and one on the way • Special circumstance: This mother is raising three children and expecting a newborn for Christmas. The two brothers are ages 2 and 5, and the […]

State Rep. Crook honored for two decades in House

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Some might consider a stink bomb or whoopee cushion an inappropriate diversion while bills are being debated on the legislative floor. State Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, didn’t play by that rule. At the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s legislative breakfast Thursday, guests and attendants shared lighthearted stories of the […]

Agreement not yet reached on Abengoa plant purchase

Staff report Abengoa officials have said it “has not reached any agreement with Natural Chem Group” for the purchase of its Portales plant. Natural Chem Group officials said the Houston-based energy company has intentions to acquire the plant as part of a plan to begin production of ethanol, biodiesel, glycerin, liquid natural gas and compressed […]

Arson suspect to be arraigned in Tucumcari on Monday

By Steve Hansen Staff writer Dustin “Dusty” Lopez, a former Tucumcari police officer accused of felony arson, is scheduled to be arraigned 1 p.m. Monday before District Court Judge Albert Mitchell in Tucumcari. Co-defendant Robert Sandoval of Tucumcari will be arraigned at the same time, according to Special Prosecutor Matt Chandler of Clovis. Another […]

ENMU board to vote on bond proposal today

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Eastern New Mexico University hopes to issue $12.3 million in bonds to put toward existing projects. The ENMU board of regents will vote on the proposal today in during its meeting at the university’s Roswell campus. Scott Smart, ENMU vice president of Business Affairs, said the university is looking […]

Final thoughts

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
ENMU students study for finals in the Golden Library Wednesday night. Students are taking final exams for the fall semester throughout the week.

Eastern New Mexico University students are in their last week of the fall semester and many of them are taking up residence in Golden Library as they prepare for their final tests. We caught up with several students Wednesday evening to find out how they are handling finals week. Name: Shawn Martinez Classification: Junior Major: […]

Land commissioner recounts start today

Staff report The statewide recount in the race for New Mexico land commissioner will start 8 a.m. today, according to Roosevelt County Clerk DeAun Searl. The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted the stay it had imposed after reviewing a petition filed by incumbent Democrat Ray Powell over concerns his campaign had with the […]

‘A Christmas Carol’ best when true to original

By Betty Williamson Local columnist When it comes to Christmas stories, it is impossible to beat the timeless tale of the three ghosts who facilitate Ebenezer Scrooge’s conversion from tight-fisted curmudgeon to kind-hearted benefactor in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” In spite of having seen a thousand incarnations since Dickens wrote it in 1843 (my […]

Portales Ministerial Alliance to host food distribution

Staff report The Portales Ministerial Alliance will host a special food distribution from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 20 at Central Christian Church, 1528 S. Main St., according to a news release from United Way of Eastern New Mexico. According to the release: • The food distribution is open to qualified individuals living in the Portales […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 11

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family L • Household members: 7 • Children: 6 • Special circumstance: This single mother is raising six children and working as a babysitter whenever she can. Her husband is incarcerated. The boys are ages 6, 9 and 12 […]