Trial for 2009 murder starts today

STAFF REPORT Opening arguments begin today in the murder trial of a Belen man accused in a 2009 death of Marco Bonilla of Portales. Marvin Silva, 40, is accused of first degree murder by bludgeoning 25-year-old Bonilla during a street brawl Nov. 23, 2009. At the time of the incident, Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie […]

Notebook — May 19

Headed home … • Roosevelt County commissioners can breathe a little easier. They’re headed back home. They’re meeting 9 a.m. today in the all-new, mold-free county courthouse. They have been meeting at the Portales schools administration building for several months while crews cleaned out the mold and renovated the old digs on the square. No […]

New business — May 19

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson
Rosie Jimenez, owner of Rosie’s Haircuts, cleans the counter in her shop on Monday afternoon. Jimenez said she likes being a business owner because she can set her own price rates and she is able to be in her shop as much as she wants.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series about businesses that have opened in Portales in the last year. Rosie Jimenez, owner of Rosie’s Haircuts, said she never thought she would be a business owner. “I’ve always worked for other people,” she said. “This is a dream come true for me.” Jimenez, who opened her […]

To do list — May 19

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children ages birth to 3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • After school at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Information: 575-356-3940. • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Information: […]

Fields: Resumes changed since typewriter

As a college student, I stumbled into a class called “Techniques of Interview.” At the time I was majoring in radio and television communications, and I presumed the class would teach me about putting a microphone in someone’s face and asking critical questions. I was wrong. Much to my surprise, on the first day of […]

Graduation schedule — May 19

The following is the schedule for graduations for Roosevelt County schools: • Portales Junior High: 5:30 p.m. Today at the ENMU Greyhound Arena. • Portales High School: 7 p.m. May 22 at the ENMU Greyhound Arena. • Floyd High School: 1 p.m. May 23, in the Floyd schools old gym. • Dora High School: 3 […]

Pages past — May 19

On this date … 1975: Funeral services were being planned for Horace Large, 77, of Clovis who drowned in Ute Lake. Officials said a boat carrying three men capsized in strong winds on May 17. Sgt. H.C. Dixon of Cannon Air Force Base and Horace Sutton of Clovis managed to reach shore safely. Large’s body […]

Fund set up for family of Staff Sgt. Jordan Lewis

Staff report An online account has been set up on behalf of the surviving family members of a staff sergeant serving at Cannon Air Force Base who was killed last week in a training exercise. Jordan Lewis, 30, is survived by his wife and two children, a 6-year-old and a 7-week-old. The fund will primarily […]

Future educators start journey

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble asks College of Education graduates to please stand Saturday morning at Greyhound Arena as he recognizes the completion of their bachelor’s degrees.

By Anna George Staff Writer Graduating education students at Eastern New Mexico University celebrated their success as a family on Friday. Each student was awarded a medallion in front of their peers, family, and friends before they start on their journey as licensed teachers. Alyssa Prince, 21, is starting her journey as a soccer […]

ENMU celebrates 128th graduation ceremony

Correspondent photo: Matthew Shelly
Eastern New Mexico University graduate Heather Anderson shakes hands with ENMU Foundation President Steve Doerr Saturday morning after receiving her diploma.

By Anna George Staff writer Eastern New Mexico Junior College graduated 17 students when it opened in 1935. Eighty years later, in its 128th graduation ceremony on Saturday, Eastern New Mexico University handed out more than 600 degrees, setting a school record. University officials said more than 1,000 students will graduate in the 2014-15 […]

Notebook — May 17

Animal stories … • The Animal Control Task Force — always a hoot — meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clovis City Hall. Open to the public. Lots of well-meaning folks who have a tendency to wander from the agenda, not unlike some Curry County commissioners we know. Water everywhere … • Gayla Brumfield’s position […]

To do list — May 17

Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children ages birth to 3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • After school at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Information: 575-356-3940. • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. in the L.C. Cozzens building. Information: […]

Portales moisture totals double the norm

Staff report Portales has seen more rain in May than in the three previous months combined, records from National Weather Service show. Through Friday, NWS statistics show Portales has received 2.7 inches of rain this month. The city saw just 2.24 inches from February through April. For the year, Portales has received 6.83 inches of […]

Boswell: Anyone can be a hero

It’s by no means a little-known fact that I am a superhero junky, who has been reading Marvel comics since she was 12. In fact, I subscribe to more series now than ever before for the simple fact that I can afford it; at 13, I could not. Back in February, a friend of mine […]

Pages past — May 17

On this date … 1960: Dora High School graduated 22 students in ceremonies at the Dora gymnasium. A party after graduation featured a white sheet cake and a color slide show of senior events. 1955: Sheridan McIntosh was sentenced to 60 days in the Curry County jail after he pleaded guilty to possessing liquor for […]

Local roundup — May 17

Road construction happening this week TLC Plumbing and Utility continues to progress on the pipeline through Portales, officials said. This week, crews will be working on the following: • North on Elgin from Third Street toward Morrison Park. Parts of Elgin will be intermittently closed during work. • West on 18th Street to cross New […]

ENMU baseball player jailed for battery

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR An Eastern New Mexico University baseball player was arrested Thursday for breaking another ballplayer’s jaw in a fight at the end of a game last month. Daniel Ward, 23, was booked into the Roosevelt County Detention Center for aggravated battery, a third-degree felony, after an incident that took place […]

May Day tradition continues at James Bickley

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
James Bickley Elementary held its fourth grade wind the Maypole event for the last time at the school’s old building Friday afternoon.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR The May Day tradition runs deep at James Bickley Elementary — in fact some may say it defines them. “It’s tradition,” Jody Burrage, a fourth-grade teacher at James Bickley Elementary said Friday before the 67th Annual May Day celebration. “That’s why. It’s our tradition. It is James Bickley.” In […]

Notebook — May 16

Never mind … • A Portales City Council meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday is canceled. The council will meet again May 28. Graduation reminder … • The clock’s ticking. Clovis High School graduation is 6 p.m. Friday at the Curry County Events Center. Portales High School seniors take the walk 7 p.m. Friday at […]

Pages past — May 16

On this date … 1970: David Paul Ryder, a 22-year-old Briton suffering from polio, was walking from “the Pacific Blue to the Emerald Green Atlantic,” to raise money and awareness for the handicapped. Ryder, who was passing through Clovis, said one of his missions was “to bring hope to the many handicapped people who have […]