Pages past — Sept. 15

On this date … 1971: Eastern New Mexico University students had elected more than 30 student senate and board of activities positions, according to Dallan Sanders, the student government advisor. John McKissack of Roswell had won the treasurer’s race over Cathy Overdorf. Bill Piatt was selected as ENMU’s first student attorney. 1956: A Clovis man […]

First grade teacher loves her work

Courtesy photo: Diane Maez
Diane Maez, who has been teaching first grade in Portales for 27 years, said she loves watching her students grow and become successful.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local educators each week. STAFF REPORT In her 27 years of teaching in Portales, first grade teacher Diane Maez has kept in touch with many of her former students, who have gone on to be successful adults. “At the end of the year, they write a […]

Music big part of student’s life


Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local students each week. Daymon Ryan, a senior theater student at Eastern New Mexico University, realized that he had a passion for sound design long before he decided to pursue it in college. “I was in band since about fifth grade, so music has always just […]

POW/MIA ceremony slated for Friday

STAFF REPORT Members of the Portales American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be hosting a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) ceremony Friday. The ceremony, to be held at noon at the Masonic Lodge, is to honor the lives of 83,000 veterans missing in action and presumed dead, according to Air Force veteran […]

Trials dropped, postponed

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The trial for a Portales man did not go forward on Tuesday as charges were dropped in the case. Chance Plummer, 29, was charged with aggravated battery in January. Assistant District Attorney Jake Boazman said Plummer’s trial, which was set for Tuesday morning, did not go forward, because the […]

Report: School district improved in math

STAFF REPORT The good news about the most recent Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) scores is it may be “the most useful data” Portales schools has gotten back so far, according to Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Curriculum David Van Wettering. At the Monday Portales schools Board of Education meeting, […]

To do list — Sept. 14

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Last Bit O’ Summer. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen programming — 2 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. No school game day — Teens’ choice. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 9-12. Emoji mason jars. […]

Pages past — Sept. 14

On this date … 1955: A farmer from the Perry community, northwest of Melrose, had delivered the year’s first load of grain sorghum. Clyde Battle delivered his crop to the El Rancho Mill and Elevator at Melrose. Officials estimated Battle would see about 100 pounds of grain sorghum per acre at his dry-land operation. 1941: […]

Commission approves tax rates

STAFF REPORT Roosevelt County Commissioners approved imposing property tax rates during a special business meeting held Tuesday at the county courthouse. Assessor George Beggs presented the 2016 tax rates from the New Mexico Department of Finance Administration. Beggs said rates increased for Dora and Causey to accommodate technology bonds passed for the schools while rates […]

Recreation department gets children involved

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Jillian Garcia, 10, left, and Gloria Terrazas, 9, get ready to make paper apples Monday afternoon at the Portales Recreation Center. Arts and crafts are among the various activities offered to children at the center.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about various departments within the city of Portales, Roosevelt County and other entities. By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The recreation department for the city of Portales is an important way to get children in the community involved with a variety of activities, according to officials. […]

Police blotter — Sept. 13

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 1:12 p.m.: Verbal domestic, 700 block West 17th Street • 1:27 p.m.: Theft report, 200 block New Mexico 267 • 1:32 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 1100 block West 17th Street • 2:35 p.m.: Fraud, location unknown, report taken […]

Portales churches honor local first responders

Staff photos: Kurt Munz-Raper

Local firefighters were recognized Sunday night at First Baptist Church during a prayer service honoring first responders, local fire fighters and law enforcement.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Portales community members showed thanks for their local first responders Sunday as a means of honoring the lives lost in a tragic terrorist attack on the U.S. 15 years go. Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on […]

Officials: More than 5,000 attended football game

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER The first Eastern New Mexico University football game in the new Greyhound stadium was a resounding success with more than 5,000 people in attendance, according to university officials. ENMU Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart guessed that the stadium had between 5,000 and 5,500 people for its inaugural […]

Settlement reached in county lawsuit

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor A former Roosevelt County inmate who suffered injuries during a jail escape has reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit. County officials and attorneys confirmed a settlement had been reached, but they declined to provide terms because the terms had not been finalized. Ruben Lozano filed a lawsuit against […]

Pages past — Sept. 13

On this date … 1966: Southwestern Public Service officials were responding to Clovis residents’ complaints that water-rate increases were too high. “The Public Service Commission of New Mexico held the hearing in Clovis so the people could be heard,” said SPS District Manager Gerald Dorough. “No one showed up to object to the proposed rate, […]

Community meets for fiesta

Staff photos: Kurt Munz-Raper
From left, Florntino Baca, Joe Cordova and Candio Tafoya, who form the group Los Tres Compadres, perform at the St. Helen Catholic Church Fiesta Saturday morning.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Community interaction is what sticks out according to attendees of the St. Helen Catholic Church Fiesta. The fiesta continued Saturday at 10 a.m. with food, games and music. The weekend kicked off on a high note with a successful reverse raffle drawing Friday night, according to fiesta co-chair Emma […]

Dairyman remembered

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Workers’ rights advocates show their support for a Roosevelt County dairy worker killed in an accident in July.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER A local workers’ rights organization, hoping to spotlight dairy safety issues, remembered the life of Luis Almader on Monday outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Almader, 47, was killed in an accident in July while working at J-Lu Dairy in Roosevelt County. The vigil was hosted by Somos Un Pueblo […]

Boswell: Cherish the little moments

It’s funny how distinctly specific moments in our lives impact us. When talking to my mom on the phone recently, she told me, “Guess who your dad just recently talked to? Don Anderson.” The Andersons were a fellow Air Force family we knew while stationed in Las Vegas, Nevada. After we moved from Nevada, the […]

Letter to the editor — Sept. 11

Let’s be game changers Every community faces challenges. Ours is no exception, and I struggle with how we can make a lasting impact. I believe we should seek to be game changers. In everyone’s life there are key people that have changed us in a dramatic way: parents who supported and guided us, a teacher […]

Pages past — Sept. 11

On this date … 2001: Nearly 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks at New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and on a plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. Former Eastern New Mexico University basketball player Ron Milam was among the victims. Maj. Milam was in the Pentagon, serving in the office […]