Officials: Storms will continue

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER On Monday, Portales received 1.25 inches of rain, bringing the rain total for July up to 3.2 inches in Portales. According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, Elida has received 4.4 inches for the month. In previous years, the average amount of rainfall in Roosevelt County for June […]

County commission hires new legal representation

By Alisa Boswell and Rae Arnett STAFF WRITERS Roosevelt County commissioners approved the local Doerr & Knudson Law Firm as the new legal representation for the county at Tuesday’s commission meeting in the county courthouse. The law firm will replace Rick Queener of Queener Law Firm for county legal services. Queener said he is leaving […]

Pages past — July 22

On this date … 1975: Border Town Days in Farwell-Texico was kicking off a three-day celebration on a Thursday with its annual parade through both communities. Other activities included three rodeo performances, a queen contest, a barbecue in Farwell’s City Park and the official dedication of the Parmer County Law Enforcement Center. 1950: Roads were […]

To do list — July 22

Today • Smashing storytime — 10:30 a.m., ‘Capital Heroes’ for preschoolers at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Unmask activity — 2 p.m., Be a Hero party for ages 13-18 at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • Guest performer — 10:30 a.m., Wear your favorite hero costume for summer close-out party. For all ages […]

Local roundup — July 22

Xcel hires substation operations director Xcel Energy has named Alan Bellinghausen as its director of substation operations and maintenance for its eight-state service area, according to a company release. Bellinghausen, previously director of substation operations and maintenance for Texas and New Mexico, first joined the company in 1975 as an apprentice electrician for Southwestern Public […]

Helena: Life is taking risks, stepping into unknown

You don’t know if you really know how to swim until you venture out into deep waters. Or in my case, if you jump into 5 feet of water (I am 4-foot, 11 inches) and don’t drown. I didn’t sink. I didn’t exactly float smoothly and eloquently across the glassy waters like a swan either. […]

Helena: La vida es tomar riesgos y entrar en lo desconocido

No sabes en realidad si eres un buen nadador hasta que te arriesgas a meterte a los profundo del agua o como yo, saltando a 5 pies del agua (mido 4 pies 11 pulgadas) y no ahogarse. No me hundí pero tampoco flote de manera elocuente y sin problemas a través de las aguas cristalinas […]

Residents concerned over railroad crossings

Staff Photo: Anna George

Cars cross the railroad tracks on Main Street on Monday. In recent months, the railroad crossing has been malfunctioning by not going down when a train comes by or lowering without a train coming.

By Anna George Staff Writer Portales drivers have become increasingly more concerned in recent months as Portales railroad crossings have begun regularly malfunctioning. In recent months, the crossings have been lowering with no train coming or remaining inactive as a train rolls through town. Kaitlan Massey, a Portales resident who lives over the tracks […]

New business

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson

Job Developer Dennis Lopez provides supportive employment to individuals with disabilities. Although his office is home-based, Lopez said his job is 98 percent field work and requires him to be out in the community.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series about Portales businesses that have opened in the last year. For Dennis Lopez, the best part of being a job developer is helping people get back on their feet. “I love helping people,” Lopez said. “It’s been a passion of mine for almost 20 years, and it’s […]

Study shows Roosevelt County ranks second highest in investments

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER Roosevelt and Curry counties ranked in the top 10 on a list of New Mexico counties drawing the most investments and potential economic growth. Roosevelt County ranks second in New Mexico and 201st nationally, and Curry County fifth in the state and 530th nationally, in the study conducted by […]

It’s all in the bag

A couple of years before Dora the Explorer came onto the scene, I had already fallen in love with the idea of wearing a mochila and seeing the world. In 1998, we traveled to Bolivia with the racquetball team from Guam. It was my first taste of South American markets, and I was hooked. My […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 9:05 a.m.: Theft report, 1000 block of East Second Street. • 11:59 a.m.: Fire/Still alarm, 1800 block of South Avenue I. • 2:22 p.m.: Vehicle theft report, 1700 block of North Boston Street. […]

To Do List

Today • Comic crafts — 10:30 a.m., super weaving for second through sixth grades at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Greek heroes crafts — 2 p.m. comic self portraits for ages 13-18 at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. at L.C. Cozzens building. Information: 575-356-5307. Wednesday • […]

Pages Past

July 21 On this date … 1975: Rain soaked the region for more than 24 hours, dropping 1.5 inches across Clovis. Automobiles were “drowning out” in the underpass on South Prince, the Clovis News-Journal reported. 1975: Clovis law officers from the city and county attended the Curry County Commission meeting to discuss the possibility of […]


Going fast… • Space for the annual Roosevelt County Fair is getting booked quickly in the Merchants Building but there’s still time. The fair is Aug. 18-22. Contact the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce at 575-356-8541. Special meeting… • The jail — big surprise — will be most of what’s talked about when Curry County […]

Kiwanis Club holds event for local children

Staff photo: Anna George

From left to right, Brandon Renteria, Joel Chaj and Jose Carrillo jump into the deep end of the city pool Friday.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER Friday afternoon was the first free swim day sponsored by Portales Kiwanis at the Portales City Pool which allowed an unlimited number of children ages three to 12 to swim free of charge. “(The Free Swim) is a new inspiration from the club, because we want to do more […]

Native author visits Portales to talk literature

Staff photo: Anna George

People gathered around on Saturday to hear Nathan Dahlstrom, an author from Floyd, read the third installment in his “The Adventures of Wilder Good” series Saturday at the Portales Public Library.

By Anna George STAFF WRITER Floyd native and young adult author S.J. Dahlstrom visited Portales Public Library on Saturday where he read to an audience, signed books and spoke about the inappropriate content rampant in young adult fiction. “It’s a much different world that I am raising my kids in than I was raised […]

StarGazer holds second event

Staff photo: Rae Arnett

“An Evening in Margaritaville” attendees enjoy drinks and conversation during the event Saturday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The StarGazer’s second event got off to a slower start than its first one held less than a month ago. The venue opened its gates Saturday afternoon for “An Evening in Margaritaville” with a limited crowd. Officials speculated that the heat earlier in the day had an impact on […]

ENMU president talks about STEM programs and the future

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Steven Gamble is president of Eastern New Mexico University. He is going into his 15th year as president. What has the university been doing to meet the needs of the growth in employees needed STEM fields? We’ve had strong […]

That’s life, that’s what people say

When it rains, it pours. There was never an expression so true to life. No doubt it sounds very reminiscent of sulking, but I sometimes I wonder why I can’t take a three-day weekend without being punished for it. Maybe it’s not so much that mayhem breaks loose as soon as you come back home, […]