Meetings watch — April 23

The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at the Memorial Building: • City Councilors heard a presentation from Veda Urioste about the City of Portales’ Clean and Beautiful Program. Urioste gave awards to area students who were Great American Cleanup poster contest winners. Fifth grade winners included 1st place Tayli […]

Roosevelt County man arrested on sex charges

STAFF REPORT A Roosevelt County man was arrested Tuesday for sexual penetration of a minor. Marco Nunez, 37, was booked into Roosevelt County Detention Center at 6:02 p.m. Tuesday for the following charges: • Criminal sexual penetration with a child under 13, first degree felony •Two counts of criminal sexual contact with a with a […]

Williamson: KENW auction fun starts

When I was young and my father would take our family with him to the cattle auction or a horse sale, we were strictly admonished to sit still and, for goodness sakes, not wave our hands about and accidentally bid. I was mostly grown before I realized that auctioneers don’t waste time watching wiggly children, […]

Wilson: No hypocrisy served here

Ring … Thank you for calling Leviticus Pizza, how can I help you? Congratulations, sir; we’d love to cater your wedding. Everybody says nobody would want a pizzeria-catered wedding, and it’s not even worth a public statement. But we love to help with any ceremony that honors the Lord our God. The bride’s name? That’s […]

Pages past — April 23

April 23 On this date … 1975: Pat Burns, the son of Portales Mayor Mike and Ruth Burns, was in critical condition at an El Paso hospital following a hang-gliding accident. Burns, a student at New Mexico State University, was injured when a wing on his glider collapsed as he soared off of a hillside. […]

First steps for court project approved

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR The Roosevelt County Commission approved steps to move forward with a magistrate court building project at Tuesday’s commission meeting. County Manager Amber Hamilton and Consultant Eric Haragan asked commissioners to give them permission to move forward with amending the original bond agreement with the New Mexico Finance Authority for […]

Notebook — April 22

Coming later… • Due to press room maintenance issues, our newspapers had to roll our editions two hours ahead of normal deadlines. We will work to get late sports reports on our websites and in the following edition of each newspaper. Workshops… • To be held at the L.C. Cozzens administrative offices at the Portales […]

Old maps to inspire new art

Staff report This weekend the Art and Anthropology department will be hosting the Community Art Project and Applied Archaeology, Department of Art, and the Portales Arts Council (PAC) will host “New Mexican Stories”: A Community Art Project noon Saturday at the ENMU Art and Anthropology Building. Runnels Gallery Manager Bryan Hahn and others came up […]

Officer puts military experience to work


Name: Jason Spalding Title: Eastern New Mexico University Police Officer How did you decide to become a police officer? I originally decided to become an MP in the army because I had a couple of friends who did it. Once I got out I realized I enjoyed the work and I kind of had a […]

Meetings watch — April 22

Portales Chamber of Commerce The following took place at the Chamber Board meeting Tuesday at the Yam conference room: • Board member Greg Smith gave a presentation on the upcoming Miss New Mexico pageant and said the event is about empowering women, helping them grow and giving them scholarships for school. Smith requested sponsorship for […]

Pages past — April 22

On this date … 1969: Eastern New Mexico University’s Speech and Drama students were preparing to present “Othello,” Shakespeare’s 1603 play about racism, love, betrayal and repentance. Cast members included Bob Lockwood of Clovis and Duane Ryan, an assistant professor in speech and drama at ENMU. 1965: A prisoner allowed to drive his car from […]

Last goodbyes cherished

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist My Grandma Chaya died on Jan. 30. I drove two hours and prayed 50 hail Marys, a rosary that is, hoping to make it to Lubbock to see her before she breathed her last breath. I wanted to be there. I deeply believed it mattered, regardless of the fact that […]

To do list — April 22

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • ‘Both Sides’ compilation of plays — 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of the University Theatre Center at ENMU. General admission: $5. Information: 575-562-2253. • Preschool story time — 6 p.m., Portales […]

Zia Pueblos say they want symbol used respectfully

Courtesy photo

Eastern New Mexico University students voted to drop the Zia symbol from their women’s athletics on April 9 due to the Zia Pueblo people no longer wanting it used 
commercially, according to university officials.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Eastern New Mexico University students voted April 9 to discontinue the use of the name Zias for women’s athletics — much to the disappointment of some alumni. The ENMU Alumni Association Board backed the decision as well as a majority of the student body, who voted to change the […]

Residents skeptical of effectiveness of cigarette ban

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER Portales High School sophomore Trenton Small has little faith in the effectiveness of a recently passed electronic cigarette bill banning the sale of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, to minors. Senate bill 433, which was introduced by Sen. John Ryan and signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez, calls for […]

Portales attorney arrested for assault

Eric Dixon

STAFF REPORTS Portales attorney Eric Dixon was booked Monday on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting someone recently in Magistrate Court, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker. “The charge is assault,” Parker said. “It carried a very small bond. An assault is a misdemeanor in the state of New Mexico.” Dixon was booked at 3:37 […]

Company to help food bank make 300 food boxes

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER More than 200 employees from Comcast and the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico will be partnering up to celebrate the 14th Annual Comcast Cares Day on Saturday at Central Christian Church. According to Dianna Hernandez, executive director of FBENM, the event will be a normal volunteer day for […]

It’s been a special spring in the NM High Plains

It was another beautiful morning. Birds were singing, roses were working on their first buds of the season, dandelions were giving me a reason to stay outside, and a soft breeze kept the hair out of my face. I realized I’d lost all credibility with new friends who’d recently moved here from the East Coast. […]

Local roundup

Xcel named top energy provider Xcel Energy has been named the country’s top utility wind energy provider by the American Wind Energy Association for the 11th consecutive year. “Xcel Energy is proud to have grown the use of clean, emissions-free wind energy at a reasonable cost for customers. Our wind portfolio is second to none,” […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 12:15 a.m.: Prowlers, 500 block of South Avenue A • 8:39 a.m.: Assault report, 700 block of Wylie Cox Circle • 10:23 a.m.: Fraud,100 block of South Houston Avenue • 12:50 p.m.: Criminal […]