Pages past — March 18

March 18 On this date … 1962: A community survey showed most of Portales considered its postal service “very good” or “adequate,” along with local telephone, electrical and gas services. Those surveyed had considerably lower opinions about area job opportunities and public restrooms. Schools rated a “passing score,” the Portales News-Tribune reported. 1960: A Portales […]

Meetings watch — March 18

City Council The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at the Memorial Building: • Awarded Waste Water Treatment Plant Chief Operator Mike Stroik a service award for 30 years of service with the City of Portales. • Passed resolution No. 14-15-20 supporting the reopening of the New Mexico Visitor Information […]

Portales team places fourth in state competition

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero

Portales High School Sophomore Christopher Leap demonstrates how to use a prosthetic/robotic arm he created with two other students.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR The most satisfying part of building and programming an electronic prosthetic arm is seeing it work successfully, according to Portales High School students Christopher Leap and Nicholas Brown. The PHS Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) club recently took home fourth place in a state competition, the highest they’ve ever […]

Teacher: Moms unsung heroes


Note: The following is a Q&A in a series featuring different women in our community for Women’s History Month. Shareen King is an instructional leader at Valencia elementary school. She was born in Albuquerque, spent her childhood in Colorado, then moved to Tucumcari when she was 13 years old. King came to college at Eastern […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 8:04 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 600 block of West 17th Street. • 9:15 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident, 100 block of West First Street. • 9:26 a.m.: Fraud, 100 block of New Mexico Drive. • […]

Pink car a giveaway in Clovis arson

Stephen Baker

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor Instead of being the getaway car, a pink 1961 Ford Falcon became the giveaway that led Clovis police officers to the man responsible for setting two businesses ablaze and robbing another in February. Stephen M. Baker, 19, of Clovis, used his Falcon as a getaway vehicle around 3:30 a.m. […]

Property tax bill fails to advance after deadlocked vote in Senate committee

By Milan Simonich The New Mexican Animosity continued to pervade the legislative session Monday as a Republican senator publicly accused a Democratic colleague of ducking a vote on a proposed tax increase. At issue was a proposed constitutional amendment seeking voter approval to increase the statewide property tax to better fund schools. The bill, by […]

Some lawmakers critical of school’s name change

By Milan Simonich The New Mexican New Mexico law says the school in Española that grants two- and four-year degrees is a college. But campus administrators already have renamed it Northern New Mexico University. Now, with five days remaining in this year’s legislative session, Northern’s management team is taking some heat as it pushes for […]

Hobby dates back to 11th Century Egypt

Knit one, purl two. It’s a phrase that stayed in my brain for decades, although I had no idea what it actually meant, or how one might go about accomplishing the feat. Several weeks ago, I decided it was high time I learned to knit. And so I have. I’m disastrously bad at it, but […]

Wounded Warrior goal is to ‘honor and empower’ veterans

Americans must be increasingly curious about Wounded Warrior Project with its ubiquitous TV appeals for donations to help veterans of our longest wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, recover and transition to civilian life. Operation Iraqi Freedom, after all, ended three years ago. U.S. forces in Afghanistan no longer engage routinely in combat. The Department of […]

To Do List

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m., programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • City council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Portales Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 • County commission meeting — […]

Dora school news

High school testing The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests will be administered to Dora students in grades 7-12 today through Thursday. The PARCC tests are computer based, math and English language arts/literacy assessments that are designed to show if students are on track in their learning. The results can help […]

Senior Olympics about connection

By Derek Major Staff writer Melinda Coslett says it’s about more than medals. “You don’t have to be an athlete to participate in the Olympics,” said Coslett, a participant in the 50+ Olympics for the last five years. “People sign up to stay active, meet friends and to learn new games. It’s about more […]

Shooting event finishes up today

By Derek Major Staff writer For people who don’t know what cowboy mounted shooting is, it’s shooting at balloon targets while going through a course riding on a horse. But Stoney Burks, the event coordinator of the New Mexico-Texas Border Wars shooting event, has a much better way of describing it. “It’s basically playing […]

United Way celebrates 55 years

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer United Way of Eastern New Mexico will be celebrating its 55th anniversary Friday with “The Springtastic Celebration” banquet at the Clovis Civic Center. Patrice Caldwell, executive director of planning and analysis at Eastern New Mexico University and a UWENM board member, said she thinks that without United Way, “We […]

High-interest loan company taken to court

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR Richard Oot of Albuquerque had no idea what he was getting into when he volunteered to help Roy L. Goodman of Clovis with his finances. Oot, a New York City native who’s started a few businesses of his own, didn’t hesitate to help Goodman when a mutual friend asked […]

To do list — March 15

Today • Border Wars/New Mexico Texas Shootout — 10 a.m. at Roosevelt County Events Arena at the fairgrounds. A Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association event. Admission is free. Information: Kathy Hollman-Ellsworth 575-748-5035. Monday • 50+ Senior Olympics registration — 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Roy Walker Recreation Center, 316 W. Second St., Clovis. Cost is […]

Clovis’ railroad ties steeped in history

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
A model of the former train depot and surrounding areas in Clovis, built to a 1-to-87 scale, is housed in the upstairs of the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum.

Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. The Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum is a tribute to Clovis’ strong ties to the railroad industry for more than a century. Reason to go: Learn about the history of the railroad in Clovis or […]

Short phrase never sounded so sweet

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor We got our little man back this weekend. He got into the car, and I waited for it. “Hey, Alisa …” And there it was. It didn’t even take five minutes for my 8-year-old partner in crime to use his trademark phrase. He starts almost every sentence with “Hey, Alisa […]

Shooke Unleashed comes to the rescue

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On March 7, Shooke Unleashed Animal Rescue transported 77 unwanted dogs and cats from animal shelters and community surrenders in Clovis and Portales to animal rescue organizations in Colorado, where the demand for rescued pets is higher. Founder Summer Hooke said two service members from Cannon Air Force Base volunteered their time to make the drive.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Clovis has an unwanted animal problem. The numbers speak for themselves: Since 2010, the Clovis Animal Shelter has euthanized more than 1,500 unwanted cats and dogs every year. To combat the problem, several local citizens are coming up with creative solutions to find homes for these pets and reduce […]