Events calendar — July 20

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Mad Scientists — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Kindergarten through 6th grade. Information: 575-356-3940. City Pool — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Lap Swim — 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., […]

Familiar face in new position

Robert Arrowsmith

Staff report Clovis Media Inc. has an old face as its new publisher. Robert Arrowsmith, 48, has returned to New Mexico to take over publisher duties for the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Arrowsmith, publisher at the Sidney (Montana) Herald since May 2013, previously was circulation director for Clovis Media Inc. […]

Stupid is as stupid does

Baxter Black

By Baxter Black On the edge of common sense In the movie Forrest Gump, the hero is a nice man with a low IQ, whose simplistic reasoning usually made sense. His response to anyone who called him stupid was to say, “Stupid is as stupid does.” My interpretation of that phrase is, “You don’t have […]

Volunteers driving force behind junior rodeo

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Marty Mathis of Amistad jumps over a rail while working the calf roping chute. Mathis, a rancher, said he has been volunteering for the High Plains Junior Rodeo for two years.

By Lillian Bowe The face of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals is the contestants steer riding, team roping and barrel racing, but the rodeo would not run smoothly without the volunteers. One such volunteer has helped out at the rodeo for two years and it is a family affair. Marty Mathis, a […]

Grand jury indicts Clovis slaying suspect

Staff report A Curry County grand jury indicted 40-year-old Eric Valdez of Clovis on Friday on charges of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. Valdez is accused of shooting Jose Barrera, 33, of Tucumcari in the head earlier this month in a vacant apartment on […]

A decade of supporting cancer patients on High Plains


By Joshua Lucero Family and support are the words cancer survivor Barbara O’briant uses when she talks about the Plains Regional Cancer Center. “All in all, Clovis Cancer Center became a home away from home with the best family anyone can ask for,” O’briant said as she addressed the crowd at the center’s 10-year […]

Healthy enough for humans but still for pets

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Pictures of delicate and juicy chunks of meat surrounded by peas and carrots call out from the labels of the cans. The messages they give: Nutritious and tasty, a well-balanced meal of vegetables and meats all brought together in one serving. And the price tag is the best part — […]

These days resale value seems to trump art

By Grant McGee Local columnist “WHAT WAS THAT THAT JUST DROVE BY? A CAR WITH CABBAGE PATCH DOLLS GLUED ALL OVER IT.” It was a post by one of my “friends” on The Facebook. I was excited. They had apparently just spotted their first “Art Vehicle.” “Are you near Bisbee, Arizona?” I posted to their […]

Fated to return to Portales

Christina Calloway: Staff photo
Rev. Keith Wilks is the new pastor of First United Methodist Church of Portales. Wilks is entering his 26th year in ministry, but originally wanted to be a lawyer to argue cases.

Editor’s note: This profile is a first in a series of featuring new religious leaders in Portales. By Christina Calloway Senior writer Rev. Keith Wilks returns to Portales after 20 years as he enters his 26th year in ministry, but he said attending Eastern New Mexico University in 1994 is only a coincidence; coming […]

Cooler temperatures short-lived

Staff report Gray skies and sprinkles of rain created light-jacket weather on Thursday. With Thursday’s cold front, high temperatures didn’t reach much further than the day’s low temperatures in eastern New Mexico, according to meteorologist Brian Edwards. Thursday’s morning low temperature was about 63 degrees, what Edwards said is about normal for the Clovis […]