PHS homecoming just getting started

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Samantha Montoya, center, adjusts Sarah Lovato’s Homecoming Court sash as Savannah Sotelo looks on. The three girls are the sophomore, junior and freshman members of the 2015 Portales Homecoming Court.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER The 2015 Homecoming Week for Portales High School has already started, but the majority of the festivities have yet to begin. Today and Friday are the busiest days, according to school faculty. With the underclass homecoming court already named, the 2015 Homecoming Queen will be announced today during this […]

Editor’s notebook — Oct. 1

Dean Oliver is widely recognized as one of the all-time best calf ropers in the history of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association. Oliver won eight PRCA world championships for calf roping, from 1955 to 1969. One of Oliver’s inspirations? Clovis’ B.J. Pierce, who last weekend was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame for his […]

Pages past — Oct. 1

On this date … 1985: Some Clovis streets remained flooded after heavy rainfall from four days earlier. City officials were installing a pump “to alleviate the swelling of Greene Acres Lake,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. Eleven homes on La Salle Drive were damaged by flood waters, residents said. The city had received 1.2 inches of […]

To do list — Oct. 1

Today • Amazonian Experience: The Wanamey Tree — 2 p.m. at Sandia Room at ENMU. Information: 575-562-2451 • Preschool story time — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Coloriffic. Information: 575-356-3940 • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. for ages 9-12 at Portales Public Library. Activity: Paper pumpkins. Information: 575-356-3940 • Chamber luncheon — Noon […]

Williamson: Not the year for photographing goat heads

I received an email in June from my friend Don Mitchell who runs a small independent press on the big island of Hawaii. He was publishing a novella set in eastern New Mexico and written by our mutual friend, Stefan Kiesbye, a former professor of creative writing at Eastern New Mexico University. Don wondered if […]

School news — Oct. 1

ENMU ENMU graduate with a tender heart Esther Steinle, a 1990 Eastern New Mexico University graduate, helped form Angel Arms, which provides single airmen from Cannon Air Force Base with airline tickets to visit their families during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since its inception in November 2011, Angel Arms has made it possible for approximately 90 […]

Newspapers arriving late

To our readers: We had to print our newspapers in Odessa, Texas, last night. The papers have been printed and returned to Portales and should be delivered by noon. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you don’t have your paper by noon, please call the Clovis office at 575-763-3431 or the Portales office at 575-356-4483. […]

Engineer hired for water study

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Portales could run out of water within 15 years, according to a 2014 study, but as far as city officials are concerned, that’s not going to happen. Public Works Director John DeSha said the Portales aquifer drops about 2 feet per year, but dropped a little less than that […]

Study: State ninth worst for teachers

STAFF REPORT Despite the importance of the profession, teaching is among the jobs that are notorious for coming up short in the salary arena. According to a study done by WalletHub for best and worst states for teachers, income is not the only area that New Mexico’s teaching careers are lacking in with the state […]

Seven to be honored by ENMU Foundation

STAFF REPORT The 2015 Eastern New Mexico University Foundation Awards will be presented at the 40th Annual ENMU Foundation Homecoming Breakfast Saturday in the Campus Union Building, according to an ENMU press release. Cattle Baron Restaurants, Inc. was nominated for the Business of the Year award. Cattle Baron was founded by Jeffrey W. Wilson in […]

Editor’s notebook — Sept. 30

Good schooling: The Associated Press is reporting Melrose Elementary School is one of three New Mexico schools that will be honored at a November ceremony in the nation’s capital as a National Blue Ribbon School. The U.S. Department of Education announced the awards Tuesday to 335 schools. In addition to Melrose, they include Newcomb Elementary […]

Rodriguez: Rosaries more than symbols

As a child, I remember summers at the North Portales Community Center, weaving bright strands of yarn around the frame of two crisscrossed popsicle sticks, forming a woven diamond called “Ojos de Dios.” Eyes of God. As an adult, I’ve taken up another cultural craft: stringing colorful beads together, by the decades, to form prayer […]

Rodriguez: Rosarios son un símbolo de tristeza

Como niño, recuerdo veranos en el Norte Portales Centro Comunitario, brillantes filamentos tejidos de hilo alrededor del marco de dos palitos entrecruzadas, formando un diamante tejido llamado Ojos de Dios.” Como adulto, he tomado otra arte cultural, ensartando collares de colores, por las décadas, para formar enlaces de oración conocido como rosarios. He estado asistiendo […]

Lawsuit filed against Allsup’s

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Allsup’s Convenience Stores, alleging discrimination against at least eight identified pregnant or temporarily disabled women and several others. An Allsup’s spokeswoman declined comment, noting the convenience store headquartered in Clovis had just received the lawsuit Tuesday. According to […]

To do list — Sept. 30

Today • ‘We love our volunteers’ Community Services Center recognition dinner — 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at Roma’s Italian Restaurant, Clovis. Information: 575-356-8576 • Authentic Curandero — 2 p.m. at ENMU bookstore. Art of Mexican Folk Healing. Information: 575-562-2451 • Preschool Storytime —10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Coloriffic. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Amazonian Experience: […]

Once in a blood moon occurrence

Courtesy photo: Ronnie Cain

A full moon lunar eclipse took place Sunday night, causing what is called a “blood moon” or “harvest moon” when the moon goes behind the sun’s shadow. Some ancient civilizations feared lunar eclipses as a sign of death or the end of the world.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR It’s not exactly unheard of to see your neighbors pulling lawn chairs out in their front yard when they know a lunar eclipse is coming. There is always an air of excitement any time nature and the cosmos act in ways unusual to their daily — or nightly — […]

Local students learn about playas, wildlife

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson

During the Playa Festival at Dora Municipal School on Monday, presenter Jim Steiert lets one of the students help with an erosion demonstration.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER Fourth and fifth grade students from Dora, Elida and Floyd schools were given a wealth of scientific knowledge on playas and their inhabitants on Monday. Ogallala Commons hosted a playa festival at Dora Municipal Schools, which gave students a chance to learn about playas, the animals and insects that […]

Editor’s notebook

Way to go Congratulations are in order for author Gary Mitchell, singer Halle Reid and Cadet Derik Todd Kuykendall, all from Clovis. • Mitchell learned over the weekend his collection of Amos the Churchmouse columns is a finalist for honors in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for 2015. Winners will be announced Nov. 20. • Reid, a […]

Some words should keep the “g”

Liam Neeson was playing the part of a Kansas sheriff in an old movie I watched the other day. He’s Irish, but he sounded like a regular American from the heartland most of the time. It seemed like he must have had some accent coaching. Still, the pronunciation for some of the words kept bothering […]

To do list

Today • After school at the library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Woodland Masquerade activity for grades K-6. Information: 575-356-3940 • Spanish folklore story of ‘La Llorona’ — 6 p.m. in Pecos Room at ENMU. Information: 575-562-2451 Wednesday • ‘We love our volunteers’ recognition dinner — 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at Roma’s Italian Restaurant, […]