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Sept. 29 On this date … 1985: An 18-year-old Clovis man was charged with murder in connection with the shooting deaths of his brothers, 17-year-old Juan Munoz and 9-year-old Fedencio Cardenas. Jesus Cardenas was also accused of shooting his mother, father and sister, who were all hospitalized. Cardenas suffered what authorities described as a self-inflicted […]

Chamber shells out extra to keep location

STAFF REPORT Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce officials are hoping for the best with the additional costs for this year’s annual Portales peanut festival. There was temporary panic among chamber and city officials earlier this year when Roosevelt County commissioners voted to close the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds for 11 months following the county fair. “It […]

Single resident applies for seat

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Only one Roosevelt County resident has applied directly to the county for the open District 5 commission seat, according to county Manager Amber Hamilton. The District 5 seat became vacant on Aug. 19 when Commissioner Kendell Buzard tendered his resignation to the county, citing reasons of needing to spend […]

Addiction: A mother’s perspective

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Vicki Williams Jinks with her son, Seth.

Editor’s note: Vicki Williams Jinks is a 1978 graduate of Muleshoe High School. This excerpt is from a speech she’s written in hopes of helping those who struggle with addictions. In November 1993, I looked at my third baby and saw a face of pure sweetness. Little did I know all that I would learn […]

Editor’s notebook — Sept. 27

Soles for souls: October, according to the Lighthouse Mission in Clovis, is “sole-saving month.” The community shelter at 407 L. Casillas Blvd. is asking for donations of gently used or new shoes, all sizes and styles, throughout the month. This is the eighth annual shoe drive, according to Lighthouse Administrative Assistant Geri Gomez. Remembering Yogi: […]

Boswell: Cultural waving habit most endearing

Only in Portales would you see a chicken cross the road … every day. And the funny part? She really was just trying to get to the other side. I confess that I began to wonder where my little Lime Street chicken was headed to on the other side of the road as I stopped […]

Prepare; winter is coming

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER The first day of autumn has come and gone, and it’s time for Clovis and Portales residents to get ready for the winter months ahead. But how does one prepare for the winter months? Several local experts decided to weigh in on proper winter maintenance to prepare cars, homes […]

To do list — Sept. 27

Today • Laughter on the 23rd Floor — 2 p.m. at ENMU main stage. Admission: Free for ENMU students with ID, $5 general. Information: 575-562-2711 Monday • Iridium Saxophone Quartet — 7 p.m. at ENMU Buchanan Hall. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-2377 Tuesday • After school at the library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. […]

Pages past — Sept. 27

On this date … 1990: One of Clovis’ newest pastors could do more than preach. Scott Blazek, the new minister at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Clovis, had illustrated four children’s books. “I had two aspirations — one, to be a Lutheran minister, and the other, to be an illustrator,” Blazek told the Clovis News Journal. […]

Pope in US has people talking

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Nikki Neff McGalliard remembers when Pope John Paul II first came to the United States in 1979. That same excitement consumes her now that Pope Francis is visiting the U.S. this week. “I’m not Catholic, but it fascinates me,” McGalliard said. “I just find all the history and the […]

Portales’ Oktoberfest set for kick-off

STAFF REPORT Main Street in Portales will be bursting with celebration next Saturday as the Portales MainStreet Program hosts its second annual Oktoberfest. The event is returning after what Portales MainStreet Program Executive Director Jan Elliott said was a successful introduction last year. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. between […]

Editor’s notebook — Sept. 26

Moon matters: Look, up in the sky, on Sunday and you can witness a lunar event that won’t occur again for 18 years. AccuWeather reports a lunar eclipse will coincide with a supermoon at 7:07 p.m. MDT on Sunday. “As the moon will be in its closest proximity to Earth, it will appear up to […]

Clovis’ interim fire chief takes permanent job

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR The interim chief for the Clovis Fire Department will begin work Monday with one less word on his position. The city announced Nolen, a 15-year veteran of the department, will continue as permanent chief in a release. Nolen, promoted to battalion chief in October 2011, has served as the […]

Pages past — Sept. 26

On this date … 1990: Eastern New Mexico University was preparing to celebrate its homecoming. Highlights included the play “Children of a Lesser God” in the campus theater and the comedy/magic show of Craig Karges in the Campus Union Building. 1970: Weekend football scores included: Muleshoe 20, Friona 7 … Clovis 20, Hereford 12 … […]

Johnson: Critters on menu for most critters

The list of critters out there enjoying the juicy crunch is a long one – birds, reptiles, fish and a number of mammals – and if it weren’t for the creepy crawly inhabitants of our world, a lot of stomachs would go empty. Robins pull squirming worms from the moist earth after it rains, frogs […]

Local roundup — Sept. 26

Man jailed for human trafficking attempt A Clovis man was arrested Wednesday on charges of attempted human trafficking, according to a release from the state attorney general’s office. Jeremy Bowerman, 36, was charged following an investigation from the office’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit in conjunction with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Clovis Police Department […]

Ready Roast starts with incentives

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Ready Roast Nut Company coming to Roosevelt County is “great news” and “huge economic benefit,” according to economic development and Portales city officials. The California-based company held its grand opening event on Monday to announce beginning its operations in the former Sunland Peanuts building on U.S. 70 just outside […]

Five elected to fair board

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER The volunteer work that comes with being a fair board member is one of the best aspects of being in the position, according to Roosevelt County Fair Board President Chek Rippee. “We’re elected officials, but it’s all volunteer work to make sure we have the best fair we can […]

Editor’s notebook — Sept. 25

Senator’s staff visiting: Staff representing U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, are in Clovis and Portales today. A news release from Heinrich said they will “be on hand to assist residents who have questions regarding Social Security benefits, Medicare, immigration, veterans benefits, student loans, and other federal programs.” In Clovis, Heinrich staff will be at […]

Road construction — Sept. 25

STAFF REPORT The City of Portales Street Department will be working on a street improvement project on North Avenue Q from University to Cherry from Tuesday through Thursday. The project area will be closed to through traffic, so drivers are advised to use caution when in the area. Another street improvement project at the Intersection […]