To do list — Sept. 11

Today • First Responder prayer service — 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, First Street and Avenue C. Local churches and community members will honor those who serve as first responders. Monday • ENMU Men’s Choir Festival — 4 p.m. at Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. Free admission. Information: 575-562-2798 Tuesday • Afterschool S.T.E.A.M. — […]

Company chosen to aid in ENMU president search

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor In a four to one vote, Eastern New Mexico University board of regents chose Witt/Kieffer of Washington, D.C. to aid in the search for a new university president. Current President Steven Gamble will be retiring in August 2017 after more than 15 years with the university. After a meeting […]

Portales remembers

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From left, David Stone, president of J.P. Stone Community Bank, stands with Eastern New Mexico University student Amy Carter and bank Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Richard Bradfute while speaking at the bank’s annual 9/11 memorial.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Local community members expressed feelings of patriotism Friday morning as a group gathered for the J.P. Stone Community Bank annual memorial ceremony The bank has been holding the event for 15 years to remember those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center […]

Berry: My first job was in TV

I enjoyed reading several people post about their first jobs as they reflected on Labor Day. It helped me to remember my first job. The one I remember the most from my childhood, was not one that I was paid for. My first job was as the remote control for our television. Like most families […]

On Sunday, let’s remember people, pets alike

With the passing of each day, it’s easy to be bogged down by the routines and inconveniences, forget how fleeting the moments really are and how fast the time truly passes — and all too often it is only in retrospect that we realize just how little time we actually have with our critters. Alas, […]

Pages past — Sept. 10

On this date … 1976: Tom Pendergrass, one of Clovis’ first residents and historians, died at Clovis Memorial Hospital. He was 76. Pendergrass was born in Weed in 1900, but came to Clovis with his family in 1907, the year the railroad established Clovis as its headquarters for a new route west. Pendergrass, who went […]

Clovis adopt-a-pet

The Clovis Animal Shelter at 22013 East Brady Avenue has multiple animals for adoption. Cost for a dog or cat is $165, which covers the animal’s sterilization, microchipping and initial vaccinations. New pet owners can also pick up a free pet license at the animal shelter with proof of a rabies vaccination. The shelter is […]

Food bank expands program with funding

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Casey Peacock, board member of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, puts together a food bag for the Backpack Program Thursday afternoon.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico hopes to expand a program for children with a challenge grant offering. The Carl C. Anderson, Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation has offered a $20,000 grant to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, according to food bank Executive Director […]

City seeks funding to update water wells

STAFF REPORT Portales city councilors approved a resolution authorizing presenting an application for funding to the New Mexico Finance Authority for approval. According to Public Works Director John DeSha, the funding, which would come from the New Mexico Water Trust Board, would go towards rehabilitation of the city’s Johnson Hill water storage tanks. “What this […]

Rodriguez: Saints live up to their names

I was sitting on the couch with Mom when the late night breaking news of Princess Diana’s death broke in 1997. This past weekend, Mom and I watched round-the-clock coverage of another iconic death, that of Juan Gabriel. And we also watched the canonization of the iconic Mother Teresa. Mom and I have shared many […]

Brandon: Let God be the strength of your heart

With my son John Scott’s heart issues, I have been thinking about “hearts” much of the time these last few weeks. The Bible has hundreds of scriptures in regard to “hearts.” But I like especially Psalm 73:26: “ My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my […]

Religion: Clovis church to host author


By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER They don’t call her “Big Mama” for nothing. Melanie Shankle is a public speaker and New York Times best-selling author, but her thousands of followers know her as “Big Mama.” Tonight, hundreds of her Clovis fans will gather to meet the writer behind “The Big Mama Blog” as she […]

Religion: Portales church reaches out to area seniors

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Keith Wilks, pastor at First United Methodist Church, leads a weekly Bible study at Wheatfields Senior Living Community Tuesday mornings.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Although they share the same space, seniors at the Wheatfields Senior Living Community in Clovis said they get the opportunity to know each other better through Bible study discussion. The newly founded Bible studies are part of an outreach by First United Methodist Church in Portales to reach out […]

Brown: Farmers measure every drop of rain

Hallelujah, it’s raining water. You might notice a slight uptick in the mouth-corners of your favorite farmer or rancher. There is only one thing pretty much guaranteed to have that effect and it’s moisture falling from the sky. But don’t fear, while they may be moving a little faster and more likely to tell a […]

Senior profile: Former dairyman has passion for working

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Al Ordonez shoots a game of pool at the Portales Senior Recreation Center Thursday morning. Ordonez likes to play a few games nearly every day, especially before going to work as he finds the game a great stress reliever.

STAFF REPORT For 40 years, Al Ordonez has called Roosevelt County his home. He moved to New Mexico at the age of 30 after growing up in Mexico and spent the first 20 years in Portales, working as a farmer and on a dairy ranch before he retired. A typical day for Ordonez is to […]

To Do List

Today • JP Stone annual 9/11 ceremony — 7:30-8 a.m. in the JP Stone Bank parking lot on First Street in Portales. A ceremony to honor the lives lost in the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Information: 575-356-6601 Saturday • St. Helen’s annual fiesta — All day at St. Helen’s Catholic Church, […]

Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Wednesday • 2:55 p.m.: Theft report, location unknown • 4:22 p.m.: Domestic violence order violation report, 1100 block North Avenue A • 4:32 p.m.: Fraud, 700 block North Avenue K • 5:47 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, New […]

Pages Past — Sept. 9

On this date … Sept. 9 1971: Cook’s Department Store was conducting business as usual after a Tucumcari man killed himself in front of the Clovis store a day earlier. Witnesses said Boyd Ivan Webb, 36, shot himself in the neck with a shotgun after holding a shopper hostage. The woman, Barbara Blasdel who lived […]

Portales man goes to trial next week

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor District Judge Donna Mowrer on Wednesday denied a request to lower bond for a Portales man facing multiple felony charges. Chance Plummer, 29, was charged with aggravated battery in January, then a short time later was charged with several counts of receiving stolen property. In April, Plummer was one […]

City continues search for water solutions

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER As of 2015, the Portales well field was the lowest it had been in 20 years at 960 million gallons of water, according to a water consultant. At the Tuesday Portales City Council meeting, city water consultant Charles Wilson presented councilors with the 2015 annual Portales water supply and […]