StarGazer holds second event

Staff photo: Rae Arnett

“An Evening in Margaritaville” attendees enjoy drinks and conversation during the event Saturday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The StarGazer’s second event got off to a slower start than its first one held less than a month ago. The venue opened its gates Saturday afternoon for “An Evening in Margaritaville” with a limited crowd. Officials speculated that the heat earlier in the day had an impact on […]

ENMU president talks about STEM programs and the future

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Steven Gamble is president of Eastern New Mexico University. He is going into his 15th year as president. What has the university been doing to meet the needs of the growth in employees needed STEM fields? We’ve had strong […]

That’s life, that’s what people say

When it rains, it pours. There was never an expression so true to life. No doubt it sounds very reminiscent of sulking, but I sometimes I wonder why I can’t take a three-day weekend without being punished for it. Maybe it’s not so much that mayhem breaks loose as soon as you come back home, […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 7:22 a.m.: Remove subject, 1100 block of North Avenue N. • 10:13 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 200 block of South Avenue D. • 10:23 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 400 block of West […]

To Do List

Monday • Avenging activity — 10:30 a.m. activities for K through sixth grade at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Tuesday • Comic crafts — 10:30 a.m., super weaving for second through sixth grades at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Greek heroes crafts — 2 p.m. comic self portraits for ages 13-18 at Portales Public […]

Pages Past

July 19 On this date … 1975: Melrose was preparing for its annual Old Timers Day, which was set to kick off Aug. 9 with the Miss Melrose Pageant at the Melrose Auditorium. Other weekend activities included a parade — featuring Miss Melrose 1975 and 1976 and an assortment of boats, bicycles and horse riders […]


TRIO dollars … • More than $600,000 in grants were awarded Friday to Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College, according to a release from the state’s Senate delegation of Democrats Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. The money, part of 13 grants statewide totaling $3.3 million, will aid the TRIO Student Support Services program […]

Portales McDonald’s re-opens after makeover

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
McDonald’s Swing Manager Jonathan Nelson works as the toppings expert Thursday at the Portales McDonald’s, checking all of the vegetables before placing them on the burger.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor For the last week, Portales residents have been asking if they are in the right place when entering the local McDonald’s restaurant on First Street. After having its doors closed for a week, the restaurant re-opened last week for customers to find a complete makeover with operations. “I enjoyed […]

Notebook — July 18

Don’t go… • If you’re planning on attending Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting, better make new plans. It’s been postponed and rescheduled for July 28 … same time, same station. Good times… • Don’t forget about the annual Ethnic Fair today at Hillcrest Park. Lots of good food, vintage tin and intriguing ethnic entertainment for […]

Local roundup — July 18

Clovis man nabbed on murder charge A Clovis man was arrested Friday and faces an open count of murder connected to a March 8 stabbing death. Johnathan Cruz, 24, is accused of killing Joseph “Jo Jo” Chavez during an altercation at 1000 Beta in Clovis. He is being held without bond at the Roosevelt County […]

McGee: A tale of a howling hound dog

I awoke one morning this week to hear one of my dogs howling in a back room. I came up and looked him in the eyes. Was he trying to tell me something? I’ve heard him bark and whine and growl but I’ve never heard him howl. My grandmother believed a howling hound was a […]

Pages past — July 18

On this date … 1970: Downtown Clovis took on the appearance “of a college campus at the height of riot season, or, perhaps, a great outdoor stock exchange,” Clovis News-Journal photographer Charles Fischer Jr. reported. The hustle and bustle was centered around booths and stands city merchants had erected for the annual Sidewalk Bazaar. 1955: […]

Johnson: Toads handy during bug season

They’re back. Yep, toad days are here again. Just because you don’t have significant or numerous bodies of water doesn’t mean you don’t have toads, and a lot of them — in fact they’re pretty much an annual occurrence on the High Plains. During the day you won’t see much of them because they’re smart […]

Detention center gets new administrator

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Roosevelt County Detention Center has a new administrator as of Thursday morning. County Manager Amber Hamilton announced that recently hired Lt. Mark Gallegos was offered and accepted the position on Thursday. Hamilton said three highly qualified candidates were interviewed Wednesday for the position. The other two candidates were Johnna […]

StarGazer teams up for event

By Anna George Staff Writer They said the StarGazer was coming back, and now its here with two events in less than a month. Portales MainStreet, The Dawg Houze and Inspire Studios are hosting “An Evening in Margaritaville,” a Jimmy Buffet-themed night under the stars. Less than a month ago, Portales MainStreet hosted the […]

Ms. New Mexico: Pageants a platform

Bobbie Wallin

STAFF REPORT Bobbie Wallin saw pageanting as an opportunity to fulfill her dream of having a platform to inspire and empower others to achieve success. Wallin, a former student and basketball player of Eastern New Mexico University, was crowned Ms. New Mexico United States 2015 at the end of March in Albuquerque. She went on […]

To do list — July 17

Today • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m., ‘Underdog’ movie for all ages at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Kiwanis free swim day — 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Children ages 3-12 swim free at Portales city pool. Information: 575-356-6479. Saturday • Author visit — 10:30 a.m., S.J. Dahlstrom, author of the Wilder Good series, at Portales […]

Pages past — July 17

On this date … 1975: Clovis city officials announced plans to repair “long-neglected, deteriorating stretches of First and Seventh streets,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. Clovis Mayor Chick Taylor said the New Mexico Highway Department was pitching in 45 percent of the funds for the $140,000 projects. 1975: Clovis city commissioners learned that two city liquor […]

George: Portales home to me

Anna George

Though I only moved to Portales when I was a freshman in high school, after a year living here I considered it home.   I found friends who became family; I fell in love for the first time. I found my passion and started working towards a career doing what I loved. I even found […]

Brown: Hard to be a heifer sometimes

When life gives you goat milk…bake a cake with it. And make delicious cheese, and a homemade, vacuum-operated, goat-milking device. That’s what a certain kid (of the non-goat variety) did and I’ll tell you what, it was pretty tasty. The kid now has one, blue-eyed, well-horned, king-of-the-haybale, fluffy, wool-endowed buck goat and one blue-eyed doe […]