Chamber choir wins first state title

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER The Portales High School Chamber Choir recently earned the Class 4A State Championship in Albuquerque earlier this month, the first victory of its kind in the choir’s history, according to PHS Choir Director James Golden. According to Golden, the choir hadn’t been to a state competition since 2010. Ryann […]

Pages past — April 23

On this date … 1971: Ealy’s Furniture Store at 209 Main in Clovis was destroyed by fire. Officials said the blaze, reported about 7 a.m., burned out of control for nearly three hours. Constance Ealy Jones, the store’s owner, estimated damages at $100,000 to $150,000. Officials said the cause of the fire was electrical. It […]

Berry: Tried my hand at slide building

This weekend, the kids in my neighborhood tried to make a slide off of the fence. The kids propped a piece of wood against the fence and covered it with a tarp. They tried to slide a few times, then gave up to go do something else. That reminded me of a slide I made […]

Johnson: ‘Bird-brain’ no longer an insult

Knowing there’s a treat is around can drive even the best—behaved critter into a frenzy of begging and searching. It’s a pretty basic concept and one that is easy to understand, treats are good and they want them NOW. Being tackled, harassed or otherwise infringed upon by an excited pet that wants something is generally […]

Judge declines bond ruling

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Judge Donna Mowrer declined to make a ruling on a bond reduction request made by Jason Ford at his probation violation arraignment on Thursday morning. Ford, who was allegedly involved in the April 11 incident in which Portales Police Officer Nicholas Laurenz was shot with his holstered gun, requested […]

Prince, pop icon, dies at 57

Los Angeles Times photo: Richard Hartog
Prince performs "Purple Rain" as the opening act during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards show on Feb. 8, 2004, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Prince died on April 21. He was 57.

Staff and wire reports Prince Rogers Nelson was known as Prince, The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, and back to Prince again. No matter the name, he was regarded as one of his generation’s most important artists. Nelson, who released 39 studio albums and 17 others over 38 years, was found dead Thursday in an […]

Q&A: ENMU student sole NM invitee to research conference


An Eastern New Mexico University student recently represented his school at the 2016 National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Asheville, North Carolina. Aaron Massey, a health and physical education major, said that to his knowledge, he was the only student from New Mexico that was chosen to attend the conference. “There were only 4,000 people […]

Brown: Hats tell stories about people

The top of a person’s head can tell you a lot about ‘em and what they’re up to that day. A cowboy hat certainly stands out these days, but look closer. Felt hat or straw hat? If it’s jacket-wearing weather, felt is fine, if it ain’t, then something might be up. Is it a nice, […]

Rodriguez: LPs were entertainment of choice

I’m getting to be a little more “I’m not so old” than what I thought I was. Lately, I’ve been thinking back to the good ol’ days, and then a newsflash blinks across my brain. These good ol’ days were not yesteryear. They were in a whole other decade, a whole other millennium. Yes, about […]

To do list — April 22

Today • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Zen coloring. Information: 575-356-3940 Saturday • Kiwanis flower sale — 8 a.m.-noon at C&S parking lot. Proceeds to benefit youth activities. Information: 575-749-1840 • Special food distribution — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Central Christian Church. Information: 575-769-2103 • Relay for […]

Habitat breaks ground on new home

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Executive Director Mike Gray lead the Marquez family of Clovis on a tour of their future home of Gidding Street. The home will be 1,350 square feet, with three bedrooms and two baths.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer Locals gathered at a ceremony in Clovis Thursday morning to observe Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties break ground on its latest project, marking the start of a new home for a family of five. But the nonprofit is breaking ground in more ways than one this […]

Police department outlines plans

STAFF REPORT At the Tuesday Portales City Council meeting, Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos gave his department report on the city’s police department and presented their comprehensive plan to the council. “I’ve come before you tonight to give our annual report for accreditation that we’re going to try to accomplish this year,” Gallegos said. The […]

Judge denies molestation case dismissal

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Portales District Judge Donna Mowrer once again denied a request to dismiss charges against a Portales man accused of child molestation. Marco Nunez, 38, was arrested in April 2015, then again in June, for charges of criminal sexual contact and penetration of a minor under 13 years old and […]

Pages past — April 21

On this date … 1961: Cannon Air Force Base personnel, deployed to other bases during construction of its primary runway, were all scheduled to return by May 5. Construction of the runway had already been completed, except for final inspections. 1961: Pat Sandoval, a Clovis High School senior who lived at 214 Thornton St., had […]

Fun weekend planned ’round town

The best fundraisers not only gather money for a good cause, but also reward or entertain donors. Three on tap this weekend in eastern New Mexico should do that nicely. Saturday morning, those good-hearted Kiwanians will be in the parking lot of C&S, 300 West First Street, in Portales hawking locally-grown petunias and geraniums as […]

To do list — April 21

Today • Preschool story time — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Catching Nature. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Earth Day seed bombs. Information: 575-356-3940 • ENM Spring Job Fair — 3 p.m.-7 p.m. at Clovis Civic Center. Information: 575-356-8541 • ENMU play […]

School news — April 21

Dora Preschool ends Next week is the last week of school for the Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday preschool classes. Preschool teacher Stacy Smith and her assistants, Elaine Schneider and Ann Marie Garcia, have special times planned for their last days of this school year. Sports • Today — Junior High School EPAC track meet in Texico, […]

Multi-county jail study to be discussed

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor At their Tuesday meeting, Curry County Commissioners rejected a request from Roosevelt County to delay hearing proposals to remodel its detention center. The Curry County Commission holds a $10 million bond to address the county detention center and has five years to spend the funds. “We’ve been negotiating with […]

County feels funding pinch

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The theme at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting seemed to be county government sitting in a tough spot when it comes to state government. New Mexico Association of Counties officials visited the commission on Tuesday to update commissioners on their activities and ask what areas commissioners have concerns in. […]

City continues search for water solution

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Portales city officials are searching for solutions to the city only having 16 years worth of water left. At a Monday night workshop at city hall, Portales city councilors and officials discussed the ongoing problem of water shortage in the area with Mayor Sharon King explaining that the Ogallala […]