Meetings watch — Nov. 19

Roosevelt General Hospital Board The Roosevelt General Hospital Board met in regular session Tuesday night in the hospital meeting room. The following was action taken: • Dr. Mohammed Shaibbr filled in for Dr. Oladotun Akinmurele for the medical staff report. Board members approved promoting Dr. Marcia Guidoni from associate privileges to full emergency room staff […]

To do list — Nov. 19

Today • Preschool story time — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Turkey Lurkey. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Gratitude jars. Information: 575-356-3940 • Book sale — 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at Portales Public Library by Friends of the Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Friends […]

Police rounding up toys for Santa Cop

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With the annual Santa Cop event approaching, the Portales Police Department is asking community members to donate toys and funds. The department will hold a toy drive this Saturday at Walmart.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor It’s the time of year for giving back, and the Portales Police Department is once again calling on its community members for helping children in need. The department’s almost 20-year tradition, Santa Cop, is approaching in less than a month, and families in need are already coming into the […]

Snow teases area

Staff report Yes, those were snowflakes showering much of eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reported no measurable amounts of snowfall in the area, but Curry, De Baca and Roosevelt counties all received moisture and parts of New Mexico saw heavy snowfall. Chris Luckett, a […]

Notebook — Nov. 18

The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Portales businesses to “turn the town red and black” this week. That’s because the Portales Rams — Can you guess their team colors? — are hosting a playoff game Friday in their quest for the Class 4A high school football state championship. The Rams, 10-0, have won […]

To do list — Nov. 18

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Turkey Lurkey. Information: 575-356-3940 • Tween program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 9-12. Game day: Kinect Sports Heroes. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Preschool story time — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Turkey Lurkey. Information: 575-356-3940 • […]

Pages past — Nov. 18

On this date … 1990: Four Clovis High School Wildcadettes had been selected to march in Macy’s 64th Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. Kym Sanchez, Myra Dingman, Melissa Perez and Raenell Drafts were selected to participate in the “How the West was Won” routine that featured 400 dancers kicking off the parade. 1975: […]

Rodriguez: We’re smarter than we think

I was watching the TV game show “Family Feud” with my daughter, Laura, and son-in-law Nino recently. It featured an Asian family, The Oh-Hos, verses an African-American family. I asked, “How come there are never Hispanic families on there?” Over the past two decades, I’ve only seen one or two Hispanic families on “Family Feud.” […]

Rodriguez: Somos más inteligentes de lo que pensamos

Estaba viendo la programación de TV recientemente, del juego “Family Feud” con mi hija, Laura y yerno Nino. Apare una familia de asiática, el Oh-Hos, versos una familia afroamericana. Y pregunté, “¿por qué nunca hay familias hispanas allí?” Hace unas últimas dos décadas, sólo he visto una o dos familias hispanas en “Family Feud.” Publicque […]

Governor makes stop at Southwest Cheese

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Gov. Susana Martinez announces the 
creation of jobs Monday at Southwest Cheese.

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Gov. Susana Martinez made an appearance Monday morning at the Southwest Cheese plant to announce 50 new jobs that will rake in average annual salaries of $60,000. Groundbreaking for the $140 million, 110,000-square foot expansion is set for early 2016 with completion within two years, according to Southwest Cheese […]

ENMU safety training goes online

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Eastern New Mexico University has begun a new regimen of safety training this fall to train students how to avoid situations of sexual assault. “Sexual violence is a growing problem in society and on college campuses,” said ENMU President Steven Gamble. “We believe the more we educate people on […]

Notebook — Nov. 17

AJ Larrañaga is a junior at Las Vegas Robertson High School. He’s concerned that the use of state lands by hunters is becoming a thing of the past. Here’s a snippet from a letter he’s written: “One of our oldest traditions, using our state’s vast lands to harvest food for our families, is at risk […]

Fields: Life doesn’t stop at lunch time

That couple apparently obsessed with their cell phones in the restaurant? Yes, that might be us. I know we’re not setting etiquette examples, but we do like to go out for lunch once in awhile, and the days spin by quickly, and our business doesn’t shut down just because we’re trying to grab some chicken […]

Capital outlay projects on city council agenda

STAFF REPORT Tonight’s city council meeting will feature an update on street department activities for 2015-2016, according to Public Works Director John DeSha. DeSha said he will give a report on what type of work the department has been doing, where they’ve been doing it and how much they’ve done the past year for the […]

Pages past — Nov. 17

On this date … 1970: A man put a straight razor to the throat of a 19-year-old service station attendant and made off with $67.60, Clovis police reported. Andrew Stochmal, an airman stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, was working at the station when a man he described as 5-foot-4, 150 pounds, put a yellow […]

To do list — Nov. 17

Today • Books and babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for children 0-3. Book: Sleepytime Stories. Information: 575-356-3940 • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 • ENMU Brass Choir — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-2377 Wednesday […]

All called to care for one another

Letter to the Editor Working for a sexual assault services organization has opened my eyes to things I was once oblivious to within the community. I never realized the magnitude of what sexual assault can do to a person until the moment I began to explore the topic. Sexual assault damages a person’s physical, emotional, […]

Area farmers disagree on Pareo indictment

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Two area livestock sellers are facing multiple fraud charges that could put them in jail for life. But some of the dairy farmers doing business with Portales’ Calvin and Darcie Pareo through High Plains Livestock Auction northeast of Portales say the pair were only doing what they said they […]

Student Success Center expands

STAFF REPORT The renovation of the Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library into the Student Success Center will mostly be an expansion of current student services, according to Director Melvita Walker. “We’re not really changing a lot,” Walker said during a presentation she gave to the Friends of the Library group and other community members […]

Portales schools superintendent talks PARCC

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Johnnie Cain is the superintendent of Portales Municipal Schools. State testing has been an ongoing issue with New Mexico schools. Do you feel that issue has improved? What do you feel needs to be the next step in that […]