Fair board voting kicks off

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com As the Roosevelt County Fair begins today, so do fair board elections. Voting begins at 5 p.m. today in the Home Arts Building on the fairgrounds and will be open until 7 p.m. Saturday. There will be 10 people on this year’s ballot, and voters will select five of […]

Hard work makes local fair happen

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson

Brian Grady, right, looks on as Kristi Victor, left, enters her children’s 4-H projects to volunteer Paula Grady, right, in the Youth Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds on Monday. Victor said her jury duty was canceled, so she took the opportunity to beat the after-school rush and turn in the entries.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Fair officials and volunteers were hard at work Monday preparing for the Roosevelt County Fair, which officially kicks off today. Extension Office and Fair Secretary Sherri Best and her two helpers spent time making sure the home arts departments were ready to be judged at 7 p.m. Monday. “I […]

Fair schedule

The following is the schedule of events for next months Roosevelt County Fair: Today • New Mexico Christian Children’s Home pork chop breakfast: 6:30-8:30 a.m. at the Jake Lopez Building • Weigh steers: 8 a.m. • Judge adult crafts, fine arts, handiwork, photography, sewing and woodworking, 4-H, 4-H open, junior crafts, sub junior crafts, and […]

County bouncing back after deficit

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Department of Finance Administration officials made another visit to Roosevelt County the end of last week to help county officials with their annual auditing process. “This trip was to assist with preparing audit schedules,” said DFA Special Director Michael Steininger, who visited the county earlier this year to assist […]

Business brief

Gregg Reid of Clovis, a multiple line agent with American National Insurance Co., was recently recognized for 2014 sales achievements. A news release from the company said Reid received the 2014 President’s Trophy Gold Agent of the Year award, which is presented to the highest performing American National multiple-line agent. He also has been named […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 12:00 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1000 block of East Amazon Street • 12:16 a.m.: Battery in progress, 1000 block of West First Street • 2:10 a.m.: Officer requested, 900 block of East Amazon Street […]

A better late than never apology

One year a high school student was asked to be a judge at the county fair talent show. There was a little boy who played a patriotic piece on the piano, all dressed up, oozing with stage presence. Overall, she thought he gave the best and most crowd-pleasing performance. She gave him the highest marks. […]

Pages Past

Aug. 18 On this date … 1975: Five licenses to sell liquor were issued in Portales, which had been under prohibition since 1917. The recipients were The Blue Gem, the Plains Inn, Los Arcos, The Captain’s Lounge and Pizza Hut. 1970: Leon Williams, known throughout Clovis as Mr. Wildcat for his support of high school […]

To do list

Today • County fair — 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Fees/Admission: Adults $6 daily, Child (5-17) $4 daily, Adults $25 season, Child (5-17) $15 season, 4 and under free. Information: 575-356-8541 • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at Portales Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 • Roosevelt County Commission […]

Editor’s notebook

Read any false reports of celebrity deaths lately? It happened again Monday when a website claimed Selena Quintanilla Perez’s killer had been found dead in her prison cell. More reputable journalists soon refuted the story, talking with prison officials in Gatesville, Texas, who said Yolanda Saldivar is still alive and in prison. There is no […]

Fair fun just around the corner

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Fair kicks off Tuesday morning with the New Mexico Children’s Home Pork Chop Breakfast in the Jake Lopez building. There will be many other events throughout the week, including the livestock shows as well as live entertainment and carnival rides. Roosevelt County Fair Board President Chek […]

Activities center of fiesta

Staff photo: Rae Arnett
A group of fiesta attendees enjoy bingo on Saturday morning.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com The annual St. Helen Fiesta began Saturday morning and has been active according to volunteer Mary Murray. “Everything is really active this morning … the weather is absolutely perfect,” said Murray. The festivities began with a church service and the blessing of the grounds followed by the car show […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 16

Looking back: Japan surrendered to the United States and its allies 70 years ago this week, soon after atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. U.S. Sen. Carl Hatch of Clovis was in his hometown and offered this commentary to Ed Hadley of the Clovis News-Journal: “With proper statesmanship and […]

Dawg Days turnout increases

Staff photo: Rae Arnett
Groups lined up at the Community Fair for the barbecue on Saturday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s Dawg Days Community Fair had a great turnout Saturday afternoon, according to Campus Union Coordinator Nicky Reid. This is the largest incoming freshmen class to date, says Reid. The incoming freshmen have also been enjoying Dawg Days so far. “Its great. I love meeting all […]

Pages past — Aug. 16

On this date … 1965: Clovis police reported burglars entered Gary Pahl’s home at 1401 E. 11th and stole a $60 ring and six record albums. A home at 1120 Rencher was “ransacked,” the Clovis News-Journal reported, and thieves took a watch and purse. And Lester Merrill, who lived southwest of Clovis, reported three tractor […]

To do list — Aug. 16

Today • St. Helen’s Fiesta — 10 a.m., food and game booths open; noon, live entertainment; silent auction, bids end at 1:30 p.m.; and fiesta raffle at 2:15 p.m. with a live auction at 2:30 p.m. Information: 575-356-4241 Tuesday • County fair — 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Fees/Admission: Adults $6 daily, Child (5-17) […]

Boswell: Old book held surprising message

It was a Sunday afternoon. The store was Yesterday Antiques in Ruidoso. The book was an 1895 copy of Heart of Oak Books, Volume VI. Along with comic books and superheroes, another passion my boyfriend and I share is a love for old books and other vintage items, so when we find an antique store […]

Roosevelt County Fair schedule Aug. 16

The following is the schedule of events for next months Roosevelt County Fair: Tuesday • New Mexico Christian Children’s Home pork chop breakfast: 6:30-8:30 a.m. at the Jake Lopez Building • Weigh steers: 8 a.m. • Judge adult crafts, fine arts, handiwork, photography, sewing and woodworking, 4-H, 4-H open, junior crafts, sub junior crafts, and […]

University preps for Dawg Days

By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s Dawg Days begins Saturday with student move-in followed by the annual community fair outside of the Campus Union Building (CUB). Preparations for Dawg Days have been going on since the end of April, according to Dawg Days Co-Director Eduardo Rios. The training for the Dawg […]

Junior livestock sale marks Friday fair day

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
More than 600 people 
attended Friday night’s Curry County Junior Livestock Auction at the Curry County Events Center.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com On a Curry County Events Center floor populated by red Solo cups full of tea, white collapsible tables and blue folding chairs, hundreds of Curry County adults and youth put forth another color — green — to bridge one generation of American farmers to the next. The junior livestock […]