Critter’s always a critter, but sometimes a varmint

By Audra Brown Local columnist Last week, we discussed the definition of varmint. This time, I’d like to talk about critters. Now critters are not, by definition, excluded from being varmints from time to time, but they’re generally not full-time varmints, or might never really be quite as bad as a varmint. Also, a lot of critters […]

New dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus, found mostly complete

Charles Fox: Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT
Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, a paleontologist at Drexel University, talks about the humerus of Dreadnoughtus schrani and its many muscle scans. Dreadnoughtus, which means "fears nothing," was discovered in Argentina by Lacovara.

Staff and wire reports It just might be the biggest dinosaur skeleton ever unearthed, according to a report released Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports. That’s why the discovery of a mostly complete Dreadnoughtus in Argentina is making headlines around the world. But that’s not why the curator at Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum in […]

Felony charges dropped against state police officer

Staff report Felony child abuse charges were dropped against a New Mexico State Police officer in Quay County Magistrate Court on Thursday morning. Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett found no probable cause to support child abuse allegations against Isaac Vigil, who has been a state police officer for about a year and a half, following a […]

Saving science fiction

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
 Gene Bundy, Eastern New Mexico University special collection’s librarian, puts away one of Jack Williamson’s books. Bundy spoke about the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library at a convention held in August at Washington D.C.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer A year ago, the special collections librarian at Eastern New Mexico University, Gene Bundy, received an email from the Society of American Archivists about how their convention has never hosted a panel on archiving science fiction. Since the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library is the third largest science fiction […]

Commission plans applicant review Friday

Staff report Roosevelt County commissioners are scheduled to meet at 7 a.m. Friday to review applications they’ve received for their county manager position. Commissioner Jake Lopez said the deadline for applications was Aug. 28. Commissioners are expected to discuss the applicants in executive session. Lopez said he anticipates officials will interview “three or four” applicants […]

Police blotter — Sept. 4

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 12:01 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 42100 block of U.S. 70. • 12:34 a.m.: Open door/window, 1500 block of South Avenue E. • 12:37 a.m.: Noise disturbance, 1500 block of South Avenue H. • 1:18 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 600 block of South Avenue D. • 1:29 […]

‘Homeland’ good place to be this weekend

By Betty Williamson Local columnist When Wayne Anderson, part-time minister of music at First Baptist Church in Portales, and Pastor Dave McFadden decided to do a community production of the patriotic musical, “Homeland,” Anderson said he hoped he could gather maybe 40 local singers to participate. Instead, “the response was overwhelming and 70 showed up […]

To do list — Sept. 4

Today Preschool storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: “New Friends.” Information: 575-356-3940. Friday Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners special business meeting — 7 a.m., fifth floor conference room, 109 W. First, Portales. Commissioners will consider a resolution regarding the Endangered Species Act in open session. An executive session is scheduled in which […]

Portales schools’ night school accepting drug court participants

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Portales Municipal Schools’ Night School is opening more doors to not just suspended students, but now to adults, who are in Ninth Judicial District Adult Drug Court program. The virtual school is offered to Portales High School students and community members for no cost and can be done through […]

Yearbook to remember

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Portales resident Clayton Barber, a pair of photos published in the 2014 Portales High School yearbook have crossed the line of good taste. Barber, who has a daughter attending Portales Junior High, said the new “Most Likely to Skinny Dip” award in the PHS yearbook shouldn’t have made […]

Councilors to explore water rate options

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer There have to be better bad options than this. That’s the approach the Portales City Council is taking to a recommendation of a $31.50 monthly base increase for all city water customers to pay for a $27 million wastewater treatment plant. “We’ve got to take a real hard look […]

Legislation could change indigent care fund

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Roosevelt County commissioners in June passed an ordinance accepting the state’s new indigent care fund — the Safety Net Care Pool (SNCP) — despite their disagreement with the plan. Now commissioners are supporting proposed legislation by the New Mexico Association of Counties that could change the pool plan. Senate […]

Meetings watch — Sept. 3

Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday: • Approved a resolution to participate in the National Flood Plains Insurance Program. Johnny Montiel, with the county’s rural addressing office, said the resolution is the first step in the process of enrolling in the program. NFIP is offered by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and is voluntary for communities, […]

To do list — Sept. 3

Today Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: “New Friends.” Information: 575-356-3940 Tween program — 4:30 p.m., programming for ages 9-12, Portales Public Library. Today’s topic: Teen Wii — ’tweens’ choice. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: “New Friends.” Information: 575-356-3940 Saturday Supa-Soul Saturdays Open […]

Disaster plan covers more than zombies

By Lillian Bowe Staff columnist One night in high school, around Halloween when my father and I were alone, we watched the movie “Night of the Living Dead.” I was familiar with zombies, but this was my first zombie movie. I was not sure what to expect, but what I got was one of greatest […]

Hitting the stop sign for 90 days

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist There’s a stop sign near where I live. It’s only a few years old, put there by the request of the neighborhood and in a place you wouldn’t expect a stop sign. But it’s still there, plain as day. And it’s still a stop sign, red with eight sides and […]

Police blotter — Sept. 3

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 12:11 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, Seventh and Abilene Street. • 12:49 a.m.: Noise disturbance, 1600 block of Brazos Street. • 3:11 a.m.: Overdose, 200 block of South Stone Ranch Road. • 7:57 a.m.: Noise disturbance, […]

ENMU briefs — Sept. 3

‘Breaking Bad’ actor to perform Comedian Steven Michael Quezada, a former Eastern New Mexico University student and actor on the “Breaking Bad” television series, is scheduled to perform at the ENMU Theater later this month. The five-time recipient of the New Mexico Hispanic Entertainers Association Comedian of the Year Award, he has appeared on HBO, […]

Elida school news — Sept. 3

Upcoming events Thursday and Saturday — Junior high and junior varsity girls will travel to the Friona tournament Friday — high school students will be awarded a trip to Lubbock for receiving A grades. Saturday — first junior high football game, 10 a.m. at Vaughn Breakfast menu: Today: Pigs in blanket, fruit, milk, cereal Thursday: […]

Holiday attendance at area lakes mixed

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer Labor Day weekend attendance was up at Sumner and Conchas lakes compared to last year’s Labor Day period. Attendance was down at Ute Lake and Oasis State Park this past weekend, though. Sumner Lake State Park in Fort Sumner recorded 1,200 visitors over the weekend, 100 more than the […]