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July 1 On this date … 1991: Eastern New Mexico University-Clovis officially separated from ENMU-Portales to become Clovis Community College. 1942: Floyd Golden was named the second president of Eastern New Mexico College. He kept the job until 1960. No one has been president of the Portales university longer, before or since. 1908: Fire wiped […]


Granted, we’ll miss him … Radio personality (and newspaper columnist) Grant McGee is leaving town. He announced on his Facebook page Tuesday he and the “Lady of the House” are moving to Florida, where she has family. They’ll be around until July 31. Garage sale hosts from Muleshoe to Fort Sumner are among those mourning […]

To Do List

Saturday • Fourth of July celebration — Sundown, behind Greyhound Arena. Information: 575-356-8541. Ongoing • “Comancheria” casting call — Looking for a lot more people, especially people with the right kind of cars — not white, black or red. If you would like to work in scenes with Jeff Bridges, please send a photo of […]

Prospective rodeo queens learn skillsets

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Roosevelt County Fair Queen contestants Rachel Valentine, right, and Tanessa Watson, center, listen to 2008 Miss Rodeo New Mexico RaeLynn Stuart as she gives horsemanship and posture tips during Sunday morning’s horsemanship and interview clinic at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER With horses and hats in hand, rodeo queen hopefuls took to the outdoor arena at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Sunday to hone the skills they need to win the 2015 Miss Roosevelt County Fair Queen title. Sunday’s horsemanship and interview clinic, organized by Lisa Hale, featured instruction and tips […]

Chamber close to its firework fundraising goal

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Portales Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry says the chamber is just a few hundred short of its goal for 2015 fireworks.

STAFF REPORT Portales residents can expect a similar fireworks show Saturday night to those they’ve seen in the past, according to Portales Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry. Terry said the same company as last year, J&M Displays, will be putting on the show. It will be synchronized to music broadcasted on KSEL […]

New workers’ compensation ruling could cost local farmers

By Anna George Staff Writer The New Mexico Court of Appeal’s ruling that farmers and ranchers are not excluded from the Workers’ Compensation Act may cost those in the Curry and Roosevelt county area up to 40 percent in wages. Caren Cowan, executive director of the New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association, said that the […]

Veteran program takes a hit due to $2.6 billion shortfall

By Aubry Buzek Staff Report A program that affects rural veterans and veterans on waiting lists took a hit Thursday as Republican lawmakers said they would support legislation that would shift money from the “Choice Card” program to cover a $2.6 billion shortfall in the Department of Veterans Affairs budget. Representative Jeff Miller said […]

New business

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Ashlee Banister, an employee at Hair Haven Salon, gives India Tapia, 9, a haircut. Tapia said she decided to donate her hair to Pantene, an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients, because she wanted to help people.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series about Portales businesses that have opened in the last year. For Hair Haven Salon Owner Brenda Landeros, the best thing about owning a business is being able to control her schedule. “It’s always convenient, because you can make your own hours,” she said. Landeros said she grew […]

God’s notion of sin has been abandoned

In Psalm 51, King David wrote: “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving kindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” God’s notion of sin today has been abandoned in favor of moral relativity — […]

Military families prefer food stamps to military food assistance program

The Senate has voted to end a special food allowance stateside that was conceived 14 years ago primarily to avoid more news reports of military families using food stamps. On that original goal it failed miserably. The idea behind the Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) was to offer junior enlisted with large families an alternative […]

To Do List

Ongoing • “Comancheria” casting call — Looking for a lot more people, especially people with the right kind of cars — not white, black or red. If you would like to work in scenes with Jeff Bridges, please send a photo of yourself with your height, weight and phone number to Please put Clovis […]

Be thankful for your freedoms

Pushing the envelope. We do that in our nation. We climb social ladders, we question our leaders, we don’t settle for status quo. It makes sense to me. The American Dream … achieve more than the last generation, do more for the next one. Somewhere along the line this striving to make things better got […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 12:22 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 700 block of South Dallas Avenue • 9:44 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, Second Street/Bryan Street • 6:45 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, University Drive/U.S. 70 • […]


Orange cone alert … New Mexico Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting for 5 p.m. Wednesday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. The subject is proposed improvements to US 60/70/84, Mabry Drive in Clovis. About $9 million worth of work is slated to start on Monday. She’s a winner … Congratulations to Noelle Bartl, director […]

Pages Past

June 30 On this date … 1975: Memorial Hospital of Clovis’ membership voted 23-3 to transfer all assets and liabilities to Presbyterian Hospital Center of Albuquerque. The Albuquerque hospital group assumed management the next day and began working on plans for a new hospital. Clovis Memorial Hospital, which opened in 1939 at 12th and Thornton, […]

Pages past — June 28

On this date … 1975: A shortage of railroad cars to transport grain from storage facilities was a concern to area elevator operators. A Melrose manager told Clovis News-Journal reporter Jerry Large he was “at the mercy of the railroad” and nearing capacity. In Grier, an operator said he could only hold out maybe 10 […]

Analysis: Natural Chem story a familiar one

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR Natural Chem wants to bring a trio of renewable energy plants to Clovis. That’s because CEO Robert Salazar said Clovis has the right ingredients to make their biodiesel, liquefied natural gas and glycerin facilities successful. It’s a familiar story. • That was the story late last year in Portales, […]

Notebook — June 28

Your business … • Curry County commissioners meet 9 a.m. Tuesday at the library’s north annex. Judging from the agenda, it looks like another long one. Among the items up for a vote are a new roof for the jail and closing a portion of County Road 8 from CR W to CR X, CR […]

Shatner on scholarship campaign

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William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth prepare to leave Tucumcari on Saturday, heading west. They're traveling Route 66 to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

Staff Report TUCUMCARI — Actor William Shatner briefly stopped Saturday in Tucumcari, traveling from St. Louis to Los Angeles along old Route 66 as part of a campaign to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship. Shatner is best known for his portrayal of Capt. James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV […]

Dora reunion deadline approaching

STAFF REPORT The deadline is noon Thursday to reserve a meal for the Dora all-schools reunion, scheduled 9 a.m. July 11 at the Dora Consolidated School. The event is open to anyone connected to the communities in the Dora school district, including Causey, Lingo and Rogers. A meal featuring barbecued chicken and brisket will be […]