Pageant contestants tour town

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Miss New Mexico Pageant contestants pose for photos on the steps of the Roosevelt County Courthouse Monday afternoon before starting their “Crown the Town” event, which kicked off the pageant’s weekly activities.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER The city of Portales is going to be noticeably more beautiful this week as  Miss New Mexico pageant activities officially started Monday afternoon on the Portales town square. Miss New Mexico and Miss New Mexico Teen contestants spent Monday participating in the “Crown the Town” event in the Portales […]

Business feature: Pageant having positive effect

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Business for Portales restaurants, hotels and stores is expected to increase this week due to the Miss New Mexico Pageant occurring. “Something going on that brings people into the town is good for hotel business in general,” said John Billiot, manager of the Portales Super 8 Motel. Michaela Dodson, […]

Police blotter — June 14

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff. Friday • 8:09 a.m.: Fire rural, location unknown • 9:06 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 500 block West 15th Street • 10:18 a.m.: Remove subject, 1900 block Westview Diamond Way • 11:03 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1300 block South Avenue C […]

Pages past — June 14

On this date … 1961: Heavy rains fell across eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle, ending weeks of “teasing,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. The newspaper headline referenced the storm as a “frog strangler.” Bovina led the way with 4 inches of rain. The Hoyt Pattison farm northeast of Clovis received 3.5 inches, while Cannon […]

Heritage Days kicks off Friday

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The 32nd annual Heritage Days will take place Friday and Saturday in Portales. The Heritage Days car show will be part of the event again this year, taking place all day Saturday at Portales City Park.

STAFF REPORT Next weekend will see the return of Heritage Days to Portales, where residents will have the opportunity to reconnect with their community by participating in various activities, according to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry. Terry said the 32nd Annual Heritage Days will feature everything from barrel racing to a […]

ENMU to host Miss New Mexico pageant

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The 2016 Miss New Mexico pageant will be hosted at Eastern New Mexico University this week. Girls from 13 to 17 years old participate in the Miss Teen contest, while participants 17 to 24 participate in the Miss New Mexico contest. “The Miss New Mexico Scholarship Organization allows young […]

County clerk: 2,026 voted in primary

STAFF REPORT An Eastern Plains Council of Government (EPCOG) official gave an annual report to Roosevelt County commissioners at their Thursday commission meeting. Executive Director Sandy Chancey told commissioners that the organization serves seven counties by helping them with economic development — such as project administration and special projects — transportation planning — such as […]

Pages past — June 12

On this date … 1971: “Tornado-breeding clouds” dropped nearly 2 inches of rain across the region and kept eyes skyward, the Clovis News-Journal reported. No injuries were reported, but Clovis police said a tornado was spotted 1,000 feet off the ground about five miles south of Clovis near U.S. 70. The twister touched down briefly […]

Boswell: ARISE a worthwhile cause

Most days, it’s just the job — it’s the norm, and you don’t think too much about what you have to do or who you have to talk to. But then there are those days where the “don’t bring work home with you” rule is hard not to break. My significant other and I both […]

To do list — June 12

Monday • Get Your Game On — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Game: Minute to Win It. Information: 575-356-3940 Tuesday • Full STEAM Ahead — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades 2-6. Activity: Army man launchers. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for […]

Man slain at Clovis Apartments


Staff report A Clovis man was killed early Friday morning after an altercation at the Clovis Apartments on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. About 12:45 a.m. Friday, police were called to the north side of the apartments where they found Ramon Rollings Jr., 52, on the ground with head injuries. Rollings was transported to Plains […]

Economist position vacant in Roosevelt

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The Roosevelt County Extension Program will not fill its home economist position due to lack of funding, according to Bruce Hinrichs, New Mexico Cooperative Extension Services Eastern District Department head. “It has nothing to do with us not wanting that position,” Hinrichs said. “The funding just isn’t there, and […]

Car seat techs help at clinic

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Mike Loftis, left, talks about proper car seat weight distribution during a car seat safety clinic Friday afternoon in the shared parking lot for Hobby Lobby and Hastings.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER Of the estimated 30 cars that passed through the Safer New Mexico Now car seat safety clinic Friday afternoon, 24 were likely to have faulty car seats. According to Safer New Mexico Now Chief Operations Officer Mark McCracken, four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. Lisa Stansell, […]

Curry’s new admin building about ready

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Curry County is awaiting clearances from the state fire marshal and local building inspectors on its new administration building, but monitoring issues are slowing the process, per the project head. “The building is progressing well,” said SDV Construction Project Manager Jerry Morgan in his report to the Curry County […]

Johnson: Fish can learn recognition

In some respects they function more as decorations than as pets. After all, you don’t really “pet” or cuddle with fish, take them for walks or play with them the way you can other critters. Add to that the fact they live in a self-contained little universe in the corner of the room, they kind […]

Berry: No tools for tots

If I wrote a children’s book, I think I would call it, “If you give a 2-year-old a hammer.” You can imagine the different adventures that could take place. When I was a kid, whenever my dad would work on something, he would always make sure I had some tools of my own. I don’t […]

Pages past — June 11

On this date … 1961: TG&Y announced plans to open a store in Clovis. The variety store, which had locations nationwide, would be built on the site of the former Silver Grill in the 600 block of Main Street. The Silver Grill, one of Clovis’ more popular restaurants, had been destroyed by fire about a […]

Ladies learn governing

Staff photos: Eamon Scarbrough
New Mexico Senators Gay Kernan (third from right) and Stuart Ingle (second from right) give advice to participants of the New Mexico American Legion’s Girls State program at a simulated House of Representatives session Thursday in the Zia Room of Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER A session of the House of Representatives was in full swing Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University, with members reviewing pieces of legislation and making important decisions. However, something made this session unique: It was comprised entirely of high school juniors from throughout New Mexico. The New Mexico American […]

Bible school encourages teamwork

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Local Portales Baptist churches came together this week to hold Vacation Bible School for area children. Members of First Baptist Church and Emmanuel Baptist Church, among others, participated in the week-long event, which was held at the Baptist Children’s Home. It combined Bible study with athletics, according to Vacation […]

ARISE block grant contract denied again

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor A new ARISE Sexual Assault Services building will once again not be a reality after county commissioners voted Thursday to reject their $500,000 Community Development Block Grant contract. This was the second time the non-profit organization applied for CDBG funding without making a new facility a reality. Officials began […]