Pages past — June 18

On this date … 1961: The state’s traffic fatality went up by three after unrelated accidents near Taos, Grants and Chimayo. United Press International reported the state’s traffic deaths totaled 142 for the year, but that was down from 174 on the same date a year earlier. 1956: Montgomery Ward was hosting a 10-day bicycle […]

Johnson: Resist urge to kill that spider

They are so creepy they have their very own phobia named after them, just a hint of their presence can be enough to keep some folks up all night in sheer terror, and if you haven’t noticed them around more lately, rest assured you will. Spiders are ever-present in the High Plains, which also has […]

Curry County victim of email scam

STAFF REPORT An email scam resulted in an improper wire transfer of more than $28,000 from the Curry County Treasurer’s Office this week, though county officials noted the money has already been recovered. County Manager Lance Pyle, via Friday email, said the matter is in the hands of multiple law enforcement agencies. “The County Treasurer […]

Q&A: Contestants say pageants require mental strength

To get to their first night of competing, local contestants for the 2016 Miss New Mexico pageant needed mental strength more than anything. Alexis Cupps, Miss Curry County, said as long as she stays strong through the late nights and practices then she knows she can do it. “I just have to stick to what […]

Berry: Pending marriage brings trip down memory lane

My oldest granddaughter has decided to get married at the end of the summer. It is hard to imagine her being old enough, but I guess she is. She is marrying a pretty good guy and we are all pretty excited for her. My wife and I have put pictures on our refrigerator ever since […]

Clovis man killed in motorcycle accident

STAFF REPORT A Clovis man was killed Friday afternoon south of the city limits when his motorcycle struck a hay trailer. Justin Musick, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on U.S. 70, Curry County Undersheriff Mike Reeves said. According to information supplied by Reeves: • Law enforcement received a call to […]

Partnership discussed for Ute Project

Staff report At the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting on Thursday morning, Executive Director Justin Howalt discussed the viability of entering a public-private partnership to complete the Ute Water Project. According to Howalt, he has talked to “a group out of Denver, MWH,” who discussed public-private partnerships. He said that a partnership like […]

Rodriguez: Good times at old community center

As a child, I remember blowing up balloons and sticking pasty strips of newspaper around them. After our papier mache projects dried, we added festive paper and streamers and they became piñatas. We weaved colorful yarn around popsicle sticks to create bright, ornamental ojos de dios. We also painted murals of Emiliano Zapata, Cesar Chavez, […]

Brown: Remember tractor drivers with special treats

Cappuccino and a Twinkie. That might sound like a feast, an odd combination, or just a snack. It depends on the situation. On the tractor, it’s all of the above and more. Days spent on a tractor are long. Wise folks will tell you to take your own lunch, probably supper too, lots of snacks, […]

To do list — June 17

Today • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m. at the library for all ages. Movie: The Game Plan. Information: 575-356-3940 Saturday • Wildlife presentation — 7 p.m. at Oasis State Park. Educating the public about local wildlife. Information: 575-356-5331 Monday • Get Your Game On — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Game: […]

Pages past — June 17

On this date … 1976: Regents at Eastern New Mexico University approved a proposal for a food catering service. Officials were concerned that current employees at the university-operated food service might lose their jobs if a food contractor were hired, so they included a stipulation that any dismissals would be reviewed by regents. Jim Parrish, […]

Teaching the teachers

Staff photo: Anna George
Students watch the news in Spanish Wednesday as their course work for the Spanish Immersion Institute.

By Anna George Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University is hosting its 17th Spanish Immersion Institute, a class geared toward teaching teachers fluent Spanish by not letting them speak English. The class requires that students speak only Spanish. If they break the rule, they are required to pay “el banco” a quarter for each […]

Q&A: Miss, Teen Miss New Mexico talk overcoming issues


Local contestants for both the 2016 Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen titles have had to overcome health and learning issues to get where they are today. The competition will take place this week with preliminary competitions beginning at 7 p.m. today in the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center. Outstanding Teen […]

Q&A: ENMU librarian invited to speak at conference


A research paper written by an ENMU employee has inspired an invitation to Africa. Sean Shepherd, an ENMU librarian since 2006, has been invited to speak at the International Peace Research Association conference Nov. 27-Dec. 1 Sierra Leone, Africa. Shepherd has been asked to present his research on the Israel-Palestine conflict, which is addressed in […]

Williamson: Heritage Days still a summer highlight

With the 32nd Roosevelt County Heritage Days coming up Friday and Saturday in Portales, I hit the files and microfilms at the Portales Public Library earlier this week to learn a little more about the origin of this long-running celebration. The earliest clipping in the library’s Heritage Days folder is from March 12, 1973, — […]

To do list — June 16

Today • Grand Slam guest — 10: 30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for all ages. Performer: Curious Chris: Singing Scientist. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Movie: A League of Their Own. Information: 575-356-3940 Friday • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m. at the library for […]

Pages past — June 16

On this date … 1966: Tornadoes threatened communities across eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle and heavy rains fell in places. Melrose Mayor Grady Bright reported some of the milo crop in the area was washed out as the community received 2.3 inches of rain. Portales had 3/4 of an inch of moisture, while […]

Governor urges fireworks ban

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, promising to fill the air with fireworks, New Mexico communities are seeing pressure from the state to ban the holiday trademark. In a letter to municipalities dated June 6, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez cautioned local leaders of “high winds, dry conditions […]

Principal proposes graduation changes

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff writer Portales High School Principal Mark Gormley proposed a revision to the high school’s graduation exercises at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. Instead of just recognizing the valedictorian and salutatorian, Gormley proposed recognizing all students with 4.0 grade point averages at graduation ceremonies as Ram Honor Graduates. Gormley hopes this […]

Miss, Teen Miss New Mexico hopefuls talk pageants

Kathryn Kincheloe, 19, signed up to lose the Miss New Mexico spring workshop pageant — her first ever pageant. Now, she is competing for the state title of Miss New Mexico. The Miss New Mexico and Miss Teen New Mexico pageants will take place at Eastern New Mexico University throughout this week. Kincheloe said she […]