Notebook — May 20

Healthy minds… • A recent survey found almost a third of school children in Curry County reported feeling sad or lonely in the past 12 months. The Curry County Health Council is promoting May as Mental Health Awareness month by hosting an event 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mental Health Resources, 1100 W. 21st St. in […]

Don Thomas to fill in as interim chamber president

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER With Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce board President Keith Thomas stepping down in June, board member Don Thomas will be stepping up to take over the president’s duties until elected president Matt Hunton is able to fulfill his position. The decision to appoint Don Thomas as board president came […]

To do list — May 20

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Preschool story time — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Maypole winding event— 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Portales High School. Information: 575-356-7015. • Roosevelt County […]

Rodriguez: Too young to remember what I don’t know

I remember the oval-shaped frame with the black and white photo of my mom — a 3-year-old at the time — with Grandma Emma and Grandpa Santiago. That photo stared at me a big part of my childhood. Grandpa Santiago was in his Army uniform, a U.S. flag in the background. In the 1960s, many […]

Meetings watch — May 20

Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners The Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners met 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Commission Room in the Roosevelt County Courthouse and took the following actions: • Approved County Manager Amber Hamilton’s request to reschedule a commission meeting from June 16 to June 18 to resolve a scheduling conflict. • Approved Sheriff […]

Pages past — May 20

On this date … 1960: Eleven black airmen from Cannon Air Force Base staged a “sit down” at a Clovis cafe after two had been denied service. Cannon band members had marched in an Armed Forces Day parade, then two of them attempted to eat at the restaurant. When they were denied service, they left […]

DeWitt: Real Waco a prism of contrasts


Once again, Waco, Texas is in the national news and associated with violence. Judging from some of the headlines you might have seen, it would seem this is all the world knows of the city. The Waco I knew as a Baylor student is a very different place, however. It defies the simple categorizations major […]

Recreation center summer program returns

STAFF REPORT Portales Recreation Center’s annual summer program will be returning in June to provide new adventures for children. Director Jodi Kibbe said this will be her fifth summer with the program, but to her knowledge it has been ongoing for at least 10 years. Kibbe said the program, which is offered to children who […]

Resident wins on ‘The Price is Right’


Dianne Parker, 54, used her spring break to attend an episode of “The Price is Right” and came out a winner. On March 30th, she was chosen as a contestant. She made it all the way to the showcase and won. The episode was aired on May 14th. Between March and May, she was not […]

Trial for 2009 murder starts today

STAFF REPORT Opening arguments begin today in the murder trial of a Belen man accused in a 2009 death of Marco Bonilla of Portales. Marvin Silva, 40, is accused of first degree murder by bludgeoning 25-year-old Bonilla during a street brawl Nov. 23, 2009. At the time of the incident, Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie […]

Notebook — May 19

Headed home … • Roosevelt County commissioners can breathe a little easier. They’re headed back home. They’re meeting 9 a.m. today in the all-new, mold-free county courthouse. They have been meeting at the Portales schools administration building for several months while crews cleaned out the mold and renovated the old digs on the square. No […]

New business — May 19

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson
Rosie Jimenez, owner of Rosie’s Haircuts, cleans the counter in her shop on Monday afternoon. Jimenez said she likes being a business owner because she can set her own price rates and she is able to be in her shop as much as she wants.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series about businesses that have opened in Portales in the last year. Rosie Jimenez, owner of Rosie’s Haircuts, said she never thought she would be a business owner. “I’ve always worked for other people,” she said. “This is a dream come true for me.” Jimenez, who opened her […]

To do list — May 19

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children ages birth to 3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • After school at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Information: 575-356-3940. • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Information: […]

Fields: Resumes changed since typewriter

As a college student, I stumbled into a class called “Techniques of Interview.” At the time I was majoring in radio and television communications, and I presumed the class would teach me about putting a microphone in someone’s face and asking critical questions. I was wrong. Much to my surprise, on the first day of […]

Graduation schedule — May 19

The following is the schedule for graduations for Roosevelt County schools: • Portales Junior High: 5:30 p.m. Today at the ENMU Greyhound Arena. • Portales High School: 7 p.m. May 22 at the ENMU Greyhound Arena. • Floyd High School: 1 p.m. May 23, in the Floyd schools old gym. • Dora High School: 3 […]

Pages past — May 19

On this date … 1975: Funeral services were being planned for Horace Large, 77, of Clovis who drowned in Ute Lake. Officials said a boat carrying three men capsized in strong winds on May 17. Sgt. H.C. Dixon of Cannon Air Force Base and Horace Sutton of Clovis managed to reach shore safely. Large’s body […]

Fund set up for family of Staff Sgt. Jordan Lewis

Staff report An online account has been set up on behalf of the surviving family members of a staff sergeant serving at Cannon Air Force Base who was killed last week in a training exercise. Jordan Lewis, 30, is survived by his wife and two children, a 6-year-old and a 7-week-old. The fund will primarily […]

Future educators start journey

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble asks College of Education graduates to please stand Saturday morning at Greyhound Arena as he recognizes the completion of their bachelor’s degrees.

By Anna George Staff Writer Graduating education students at Eastern New Mexico University celebrated their success as a family on Friday. Each student was awarded a medallion in front of their peers, family, and friends before they start on their journey as licensed teachers. Alyssa Prince, 21, is starting her journey as a soccer […]

ENMU celebrates 128th graduation ceremony

Correspondent photo: Matthew Shelly
Eastern New Mexico University graduate Heather Anderson shakes hands with ENMU Foundation President Steve Doerr Saturday morning after receiving her diploma.

By Anna George Staff writer Eastern New Mexico Junior College graduated 17 students when it opened in 1935. Eighty years later, in its 128th graduation ceremony on Saturday, Eastern New Mexico University handed out more than 600 degrees, setting a school record. University officials said more than 1,000 students will graduate in the 2014-15 […]

Notebook — May 17

Animal stories … • The Animal Control Task Force — always a hoot — meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clovis City Hall. Open to the public. Lots of well-meaning folks who have a tendency to wander from the agenda, not unlike some Curry County commissioners we know. Water everywhere … • Gayla Brumfield’s position […]