Community gathers four generations

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Family and friends who formerly lived in New Hope — a small town that was south of Dora — join together for Sunday afternoon’s New Hope Centennial Celebration in Pep, New Mexico.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer Memories of hard work and determination brought together four generations of family members who grew up in the small town of New Hope, New Mexico. New Hope was a small community located south of Dora, off of Roosevelt Road T. A centennial celebration of the town began Wednesday and […]

Local National Guard unit reunites

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Retired Brig. Gen. Jack R. Fox speaks at the first ever 642nd OD CO CRC (-) banquet. Fox spoke about the importance of remembering the National Guard members who came before.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer Members of a local National Guard unit reunited at Eastern New Mexico University Saturday to gain a greater appreciation of their history and honor those who have supported them. At the first ever 642nd OD CO CRC (-) banquet at ENMU’s Campus Union Building, guest speaker retired Brig. Gen. […]

Police blotter — Aug. 9

The following are a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 12:03 p.m.: Verbal domestic, 200 block South Roosevelt Road S • 1:13 p.m.: Suspicious circumstances, location unknown • 1:44 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 300 block South Roosevelt Road R, report taken • 2:01 p.m.: Theft […]

Business feature: Apartments in former theater ready for renters

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor Although the new apartment complex in downtown Portales is ready for renters, the front retail portion of the once movie theater has yet to be leased. The Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation announced Friday the completion of the new Tower Loft Apartments on the corner of Avenue A and […]

Almost there

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Ted Fares, left, and Wendel Sloan inspect the artificial turf on ENMU’s new football field, which is a multi-colored artificial turf that feels like grass.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER After 11 months and $14.6 million spent, the new Eastern New Mexico University multi-purpose stadium will be completely operational by Aug. 15. Officially called the Al Whitehead Field at Greyhound Stadium, named in honor of the biggest donor for the project, the stadium is set to house ENMU football, […]

La Casa marks milestones

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Staff members of La Casa Family Health Center and Molina Healthcare register fair participants Saturday morning.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Employees and patients of La Casa Family Health Center all seem to agree that since founded 40 years ago, the facility has focused on the community and providing family-oriented service. “We’ve been able to serve a population that otherwise wouldn’t afford treatment,” said Marketing Director Kaitlyn White. “That’s our […]

Shoppers take a tax break

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Buz Goodson, owner of Bar G Western Wear, straightens straw hats Saturday during tax free weekend.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Portales businesses and customers alike reaped from the savings available during tax-free weekend Saturday as school supplies and clothing were bought. Several businesses, including Family Dollar, Bar G Western Wear and Bealls observed the state-wide weekend that suspends gross receipts tax. Jennifer Herrington, a supervisor at Bealls, said that […]

Boswell: So long, sweet Roxie

Doggie heaven gained a very precious spirit this week, but that gain comes as a heavy loss to several human hearts. Even now, I can feel my eyes filling with tears as I sit and write this column. Some of you might say, “it’s just a dog.” But I think many of you understand that […]

To do list — Aug. 7

Today • New Hope centennial celebration — All day reunion at 3283 Roosevelt Road T in Pep. Lunch at 1 p.m. Information: 575-760-9461 Monday • Stuff the bus event — 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Walmart. Donate school supplies for Portales Municipal Schools. Sponsored by United Way. Information: 575-769-2103 Portales Health Council produce give away — […]

Pages past — Aug. 7

On this date … 1956: Melrose residents were preparing for a 50th anniversary celebration for their town. Officials planned to honor old-timers, including former Gov. T.J. Mabry, who homesteaded at St. Vrain, and Rev. Thurman Harris who “came as a lad in knee pants with his parents to a homestead in the Rocklake community northwest […]

USDA shares drought relief resources

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USDA Farm Service Agency Program Specialist Anthony Chavez makes a presentation during Friday’s Agriculture Resource Fair at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and officials from a trio of USDA umbrella agencies huddled with local farmers and ranchers Friday as a means of potentially providing some relief from the stifling heat. “Based upon the drought conditions we’re facing in our communities and the devastating winter that […]

Q&A: Volleyball player named female Greatest Greyhound


In the words of Adam Pitterman, Eastern New Mexico University’s director of athletic communications, “it is an athlete of the year award and definitely one of the most time honored traditions the department has.” This year, fifth-year senior Jeremy Buurma and junior Lauren Frye were selected as the male and female recipients of this award, […]

Pages past — Aug. 6

On this date … 1976: Heavy rain pushed water from Greene Acres Lake onto 21st Street and brought out “water skiers” behind vehicles, the Clovis News-Journal reported. Jerrell Stone, Kyle Newell, Pat Smith, Keith Ingram and Paul Teel were among the sport’s participants, “with abrasions and bruises to prove it,” CN-J reported. 1956: A Farwell […]

Search underway for missing driver

By David Stevens Editor A 59-year-old newspaper carrier disappeared between Clovis and Fort Sumner early Friday morning. Elmer Waite, who works for the Santa Fe New Mexican, made his delivery in Clovis and was on his way to Fort Sumner when the GPS tracking device on his van stopped working, officials said. “The last […]

Berry: Bottle cash-in places were special

From the people that I talked to last week, it seems that I am not the only one who collected soda pop bottles. It does seem something of a mystery how we were all able to find so many empty bottles. Everyone had their own route that they would take in search of the empties. […]

Johnson: Pet health product of knowledge, effort

The rattling of the bag, the scraping of a scoop and the repetitive dinging of those dried kibble pellets filling the bowl are sounds that — not including the doorbell – tend to activate pooches faster than anything else. They know the drill and often even before their humans make it to the bag to […]

Football player awarded male Greatest Greyhound


Jeremy Buurma spent the last three seasons leading the Gridiron Greyhounds to 20 victories and the football team’s first post-season appearance since the 1983 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Playoffs. Back in 2013, he helped the team win a share of the Lone Star Conference title and Eastern New Mexico University’s first winning season […]

Medical alert systems available locally

STAFF REPORT Availability of medical alert systems and ways to maintain proper brain health were the two subjects covered by New Mexico Department of Health Educator Debbie Gentry at the Community Services Center Thursday afternoon. Members of the Foster Grandparent, Retired Senior Volunteer and Senior Companion programs attended the presentation. Gentry began her presentation by […]

Ag Resource Fair today

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Today, farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity to connect with various agencies to learn about the services and assistance they are able to receive in the current agricultural climate. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico’s Third District will host the Agricultural Resource Fair from 1 p.m. to […]

Brown: Conversation topics vary wildly

The subjects of conversation are as varied as the combinations of people who might engage in conversation. But despite this infinite potential variety, some topics are more likely and more common than others. In my experience, and likely in yours, there are conversations to be found that seem inordinately long and involved for the topic […]