Capital outlay in legislative gridlock

Staff and wire reports Infrastructure issues in eastern New Mexico have run into another obstacle — gridlock. Amid partisan fighting and barbs over blame, the New Mexico Legislature failed Saturday to come up with a plan to pay for various state projects as the 60-day legislative session came to an end. The Republican-controlled New Mexico […]

Arrests made for truancy

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Two Portales parents have been arrested in the last month for not sending their children to school. A 35-year-old man was arrested on Feb. 24, and a 30-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday, with both being released the day of their arrests on $1,000 bonds. Neither parent could be […]

Breaking horses his living

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Tripp Townsend of Earth, on board Dallas Fort Worthy, shows what the horse can do at Friday’s afternoon Ranch Horse Competition & Demonstration at the Curry County Events Center. Townsend took first place in the competition.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor Tripp Townsend grew up on a ranch, riding horseback and managing livestock in Earth and later on the Blackwater Ranch east of Portales. His dad urged him to do something else with his life and get a different job, but ranching is just in his blood. “It’s just all […]

Pets important to happiness

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies In a near magical fashion, faces light up when they’re around, smiles emerge, body language softens and, all too often, laughter is the end result. Critters — those with feathers, fur and even scales — have an uncanny way of reaching people in the most sincere and uninhibited […]

Be sure to check out any weirdness

By Grant McGee Local columnist I caught “the diabetes.” Oh, I know you don’t “catch” the diabetes. It just reminds me it didn’t catch me. Or did it? You see I rode my bicycle to and from work every day, well, except for those bad-weather days or when the wind was crazy. I did it […]

Former Clovis resident joins board at NMHU

Staff report A former Clovis resident has been approved as a member of the board of regents at New Mexico Highlands University. Sandra Turner was one of three nominees of Gov. Susana Martinez confirmed March 13 by the Senate, according to a release from the Las Vegas, N.M., school. She is a behavioral health unit […]

Person of interest in homicide released

Staff report A man police have identified as a person of interest in a March 8 homicide was released on bond from the Curry County jail on Thursday afternoon, officials said. Brandon Cordova, 32, of Clovis, had been held on a probation violation. The homicide occurred around 4 a.m. on March 8 at 1000 Beta […]

Pages past — March 21

On this date … 1971: Clint Judah of 1808 Axtell in Clovis authored a letter published in the Clovis News-Journal offering praise “where praise is greatly deserved but is so seldom given. I would like to say thanks to a policeman (or cop or pig as they are so unjustly called) who knocked on my […]

One hospitalized, one dead in murder/suicide

Staff report A former Tucumcari resident is dead and an unidentified woman hospitalized for life-threatening injuries following an attempted murder/suicide in Amarillo, according to the Amarillo Police Department. At 6:25 a.m. Tuesday, APD officers responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired at 6215 Belpree near Bell Street and Interstate 40, said Lt. Erick Bohannon, […]

Senate approves Ingle-sponsored driver’s license compromise

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate approved a two-tiered bill on Friday that would continue to grant driving privileges to people in the country illegally. The compromise reached on the issue calls for two distinct driver’s licenses — one that complies with federal identification requirements and another that does not. The bill […]

Then there were two

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has narrowed its list of candidates for executive director to two finalists. Chairman Gayla Brumfield said Thursday the finalists are: • Jonathan Batt, an attorney from Lone Tree, Colorado, who is also a finalist for the Clovis city manager’s job. • Alan […]

They’re the fix-it team

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer When it comes to keeping students and faculty comfortable, the Eastern New Mexico University Physical Plant’s operations department has the staff for the job. The department, which includes plumbers, electricians, HVAC specialists and mechanics, is responsible for keeping up with the day-to-day operations of the university and making sure […]

Floyd Jamboree worth your money

By Audra Brown Local columnist Three big nights, once a year, every year. For sixty-five years, the rural community surrounding Floyd has ponied up an impressive roster of talented musicians, singers, poets, and a few unclassifiable acts of entertainment. Not all the members of the Country Jamboree are from Floyd, in the strictest since, but […]

Children’s home gets partner

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Running a residential childcare facility can be a tough ministry, according to New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home campus Director Malcolm Philips. But Del Norte Baptist Church in Albuquerque recognized the value of what the children’s home in Portales is doing and has stepped up to assist it through a […]

Pages past — March 20

On this date … 1962: An unnamed Portales man was fined $24.50 for 11 parking tickets he’d received in the past month, the Portales News-Tribune reported. Judge Eldon Whitten said a traffic officer witnessed the man removing a ticket from his windshield and throwing it on the ground. “That was when the summons was issued […]

Law enforcement gets app

By Derek Major Staff writer In effort to create a stronger link between Roosevelt County citizens and the law officers that serve them, Roosevelt County law enforcement departments have teamed up with Crime Stoppers to release a new phone and tablet application. People who download and use the app can do everything from alert […]

ENMU instructors win award

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer Rebecca Poe, an adjunct instructor of sociology at Eastern New Mexico University, won a “Best Presentation” award along with her colleague, Megan Lockard, at the University of Nevada Reno’s fifth annual conference, The College of Liberal Arts Graduate Symposium. According to Poe, the conference, which took place in February, […]

Senior considers military


Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of profiles about graduating high school seniors. Marcos Lopez, age 18, says that he will probably attend the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro to get an engineering degree. Lopez said he enjoyed taking a physics class and engineering seems like a interesting career […]

To do list — March 19

Today • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 Friday • United Way’s Springtastic Celebration — 6 p.m. at Clovis Civic Center. Begins with social hour, dinner at 7 p.m., entertainment at 8 p.m. $35 per seat. Information: 575-769-2103. Saturday • Special food distribution — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central […]

Come two-by-two

By Betty Williamson Local columnist The dirt-moving equipment had barely begun leveling the vacant lot on the corner of 15th and South Main in Portales when Don Thomas started getting questions. Don pastors Central Christian Church, which adjoins the freshly smoothed plot of land. For some reason I thought of Noah, wondering if he drew […]