Pages past — Oct. 15

On this date … 1976: Clovis and Curry County officials were debating whether to pass ordinances aimed at curbing the sale of pornographic material. A new bookstore established outside the city limits had sparked the discussions. Assistant District Attorney Bill Bonem said he had determined that all material in that bookstore was harmful to minors […]

Bobcat at Hillcrest Park Zoo laid to rest

STAFF REPORT Hillcrest Park Zoo in Clovis said farewell this week to one of its bobcats. Ozzie the bobcat was euthanized Tuesday, Assistant Zoo Director Mark Yannotti said. Ozzie was 15, Yannotti said, and spent his last 14 years at the zoo. “He just had a bunch of age complications,” Yannotti said. “He was blind, […]

Gearing up for weekend festivities

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Portales is alive with activities this weekend as people celebrate community and university culture. As students put it earlier this week, Eastern New Mexico University’s homecoming is a time for people to come together. Sophomore Carlos Alvidrez referred to it as a “kind of a huge party the entire […]

To do list — Oct. 14

Today • Brown Early Childhood Center fall carnival — 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Armbands available before the event for $8 or the day of for $10. Food tickets also available. Information: 575-356-7074 Saturday • ENMU choir Europe tour fundraiser — All day at Something Diff’rent Grill. Information: 575-562-1011 • ENMU Homecoming — 11 a.m. parade, 3 […]

Feeding the local masses

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Next Saturday, low-income families will have the opportunity to obtain food, while also allowing volunteers to make a difference in their community. A special food distribution will be held from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 22 at Central Christian Church with nearly 300 families receiving free food, according to Patricia Bazar, […]

Education faces cuts

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The New Mexico special session has come and gone with state and local entities facing major cutbacks. Despite this, there is still hope for the future, according to Sen. Stuart Ingle and Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble, who both spoke at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce […]

Brown: Fun is where you find it

What is a toy but that object which brings you amusement via some exercise of your imagination? Some toys are packaged and wrapped and labeled, intended for a specific sort of imagining and amusement. But others can be quite generic. I prefer those with the more amorphous potential. The first thing that a young’un on […]

Letter to the editor — Oct. 14

We’re sorry; thanks for your patience Regarding concerns related to our new Greyhound Stadium at Eastern New Mexico University: This has meant inconvenience to area residents throughout the construction, and I appreciate the tolerance of the noise, dust and traffic during construction. I also realize the sound level during our football games is still too […]

Pages past — Oct. 14

On this date … 1971: Clovis’ American Legion Post was planning a Veterans Day parade. “Anything people would like to enter that’s in keeping with the Veterans Day theme of the parade would be welcome,” said parade chairman Robert Sisneros. “Advance registration is not necessary. Just show up in time for the parade.” Participants were […]

Three to run for Elida school board

STAFF REPORT Elida will be holding a school board election next year with three candidates. According to Elida School Board President Emiliano Jasso Jr., voting will take place in February with candidates Scott Burton, Garland Creighton and Genny Ann Clemons running. Jasso, who has been serving on the board since 2001 and acting as president […]

High school ‘Coffee Night’ draws full house

Staff photo: 
Kurt Munz-Raper
Attendees line up for coffee and dessert Tuesday evening at the Portales High School Coffee and Jazz night. Attendees said they enjoyed the variety of desserts and the atmosphere.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The Portales High School choir program performed for a house full of school officials and community members as part of a fundraiser Tuesday night. PHS hosted a “Coffee Night” to showcase their talented students and to help them prepare for upcoming performances and auditions. For residents and school officials, […]

Clown trend no laughing matter

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor A national trend of clown sightings appears to have made its way to Portales, according to local police officials. Eastern New Mexico University Police Department Chief Brad Mauldin said his department has had seven sightings of people driving or walking in clown masks reported in the last week. Police […]

Williamson: Plenty happening this weekend

This beautiful October High Plains weekend is like an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord loaded down with great entertainment, worthy causes, delectable food, and fine visiting. Grab your debit card and checkbook, loosen your belt, and take a look at what’s in store. ENMU’s fall choral concert is set for 7 p.m. today at Buchanan Hall in Eastern’s […]

Pages past — Oct. 13

On this date … 1961: Funeral services were pending for 14-month-old Wathena Gail Boyd, who had drowned in a fish pond at her grandparents’ home near the Roosevelt County community of Bethel. Officials said the child fell in the small pond while her mother and grandparents were harvesting potatoes in a nearby field. 1941: New […]

To do list — Oct. 13

Today • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. Activity: Halloween garland and misfortune cookies. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool storytime — 6:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Activity: Firehouse fun field trip. Information: 575-356-3940 • ENMU Fall Choral concert — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-1011 Friday […]

Bond C a sound investment in higher education

In the Nov. 8 General Election, Bond C is worth $131 million for higher education in New Mexico, with $13 million going to Curry and Roosevelt counties. Due to an expiring bond, we are pleased to say this statewide bond, if passed, will not result in a tax increase. Eastern New Mexico University would receive […]

Life, wife owed to twist of fate

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Chief Warrant Officer Rupert Gamble and his son Steven pose outside the ENMU President's House Monday.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer Call it fate, call it destiny, call it just plain luck, but if a 1943 U.S. Air Force delivery in Indiana hadn’t gotten delayed, Eastern New Mexico University wouldn’t have its current president. That’s because Chief Warrant Officer Rupert Gamble met his wife, Dorothy, while he was waiting for […]

Dual-language classes click with teacher


Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local educators each week. STAFF REPORT Brown Early Childhood Center dual-language teacher Kristian King already knew that he enjoyed working with children, but he didn’t realize his true calling until he found himself observing a dual-language classroom. According to King, who is originally from Dora, the […]

Written word a passion for high school sophomore


Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local students each week. Portales High School sophomore Samantha Bartl is passionate about English in several ways. She is both an avid reader and writer and has taken her love for the written word into the classroom by taking two English classes. Bartl, who also participates […]

Man arrested for attacking ENMU student

STAFF REPORT An Eastern New Mexico University student and football player was attacked Thursday morning during what appeared to be an attempted mugging, according to ENMU Police Department Chief Brad Mauldin. Mauldin said Tuesday that his department received a call at 5:42 a.m. Thursday regarding a battery that occurred on West Cherry Street near the […]