Brown: Best birthday parties have no planning

Down on the farm There once was a kid who turned a year older. Friends and family congregated and waved down the combine to stop at the edge of the field. They brought food and presents and a pinata to pummel. The field was flat, no trees around, so they hung the paper mache box […]

Hansen: Shooting overreaction comes from media

Steve Hansen

I wonder how many people have paused to reflect on how much has gone right after the horror of the June 17 slaying of nine parishioners of the Emanuel African Methodist-Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It started with the congregation responding with prayer, not anger. The white police chief of Charleston then said exactly […]

Pages past — June 26

On this date … 1975: Fire broke out in the basement of the Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University. Firefighters said the small blaze was under control quickly and there were no injuries. A university spokesman said the fire probably started in the wiring of the air conditioning system. 1965: Clovis pyrotechnic fans […]

Area water wells tested for quality

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer A collection of 30 well water samples from Roosevelt and Curry counties submitted to New Mexico Tech laboratories will help determine the status of water quality for the area, according to Raymond Mondragon with the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. Mondragon disclosed the sampling Wednesday at an EPCOG meeting. […]

Wind farm boon for food trucks

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Maria Ureno, a cook for the food cart Chef’s Kitchen, prepares burgers for hometown residents and wind farm employees alike.

By Anna George Staff Writer The wind farm being built between Dora and Elida on N.M. 114 could pour as much or more than $2 million dollars into local economies said Jason Tillman, project manager for EDF Renewables. The EDF Renewables project has been under construction since January. Tillman said they have been paying […]

Walmart employee robbed at gunpoint

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Walmart's security cameras capture a photo of the robbery suspect.

STAFF REPORT An employee at the Portales Walmart was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday, according to police. Police said they suspect the robber had also recently struck at Walmart stores in Artesia and Roswell. According to witnesses, a man estimated to be in his 30s and somewhere between five-foot, five inches and six-feet tall entered the […]

Department of Veterans Services conducting survey

STAFF REPORT As part of National Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, the state Department of Veterans Services is conducting a survey that could potentially help assist health care needs of rural veterans. The survey is a statewide project administered by the Institute for Rural Social Work Research at Western New Mexico University, according to […]

To do list — June 25

Today • Guest yoga instructor Chandra Lee — 10:30 a.m., for K-sixth grade, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Teen movie — 2 p.m., “The Amazing Spider Man” at Portales Public Library. For ages 13-18. Information: 575-356-3940. Friday • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m., for K-sixth grade, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very […]

Williamson: Retiring judge familiar face in community band

While Judge Stephen Quinn doesn’t boast the only head with silver/gray hair in the Clovis Community Band or the Eastern New Mexico University Alumni Band, his might be one of the more recognizable faces to local audiences. He’ll be hanging up his judicial robe and lowering his gavel for a final time Tuesday in his […]

Strays big problem in city

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Cheetah, a 2-week-old stray found in the Portales dump, is being cared for by employees of Caprock Veterinary Clinic. They bottle feed him and will find him a permanent home when he is old enough.

By Anna George Staff Writer Two key people who work with strays may disagree on the biggest issue but they do agree on one thing — stray animals are a big problem in Portales. Portales Animal Control Supervisor Adam Aguilar said city crews are picking up approximately 20 animals a week and have been […]

Bee keeping sweet job for retiree

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Michael Terry, who began beekeeping April of last year, inspects one of his nine hives on his mother’s farm. Terry is wearing a suit to protect himself from bee stings.

STAFF REPORT As a new beekeeper, former Portales school official Michael Terry’s goal is to eventually produce local honey. Terry, who recently retired from Portales Schools and is transitioning into his new job as elementary school principal in Farwell, co-owns MT Bee Hives with his wife, Kristie. Terry provides swarm removal services and is hopeful […]

Get ready to roll at Draggin’ Main

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Draggin’ Main is back for its second consecutive year.

By Brittney Canon Deputy Editor Rev your engines and get ready for some nostalgia — Draggin’ Main is back this Saturday for its second consecutive year. Organizers Gene Porter and Bryan Boone started the event just to give a couple hot rod guys something to do in Clovis. “It was just a couple of […]

Local roundup — June 24

Portales man gets prison for trafficking A Portales man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday in Las Cruces federal court for methamphetamine trafficking On April 1, 2015, Brandon William Wood, 36, pled guilty to four felony counts of a participation in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, using […]

To do list — June 24

Today • Storytime — 10:30 a.m., for K-sixth grade, “Ready, Set, Play!” at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Teen summer reading program — 2 p.m., “Comic Pets” at Portales Public Library. For ages 13-18. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • Guest yoga instructor Chandra Lee — 10:30 a.m., for K-sixth grade, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. […]

Pages past — June 24

On this date … 1955: Portales’ assistant postmaster was trying to collect postmarked envelopes from each of Roosevelt County’s 60 known post offices. Keith Payne had obtained postmarks from more than half of the 60 and was asking area old-timers to check their old letters in search of marks from 28 early day post offices […]

A new venue in an old home

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The recently nicknamed StarGazer has been in Portales more than 30 years and once housed a local business.

By Joshua Lucero and Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITERS With a fresh renovation and an opening night full of music and fellowship, the StarGazer building is ready for business, which it received in large numbers Saturday night. Portales MainStreet Director Jan Elliott said more than 400 people came through the gates for the StarGazer’s opening event […]

Locals say pageant was a learning experience

6-23 pageant

By Anna George Staff Writer Between preparing for her mission trip to Peru and attending Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) Kelsey Prince, 21, barely had time to compete in the Miss New Mexico Pageant. The three-day pageant ended Saturday with the crowning of Miss New Mexico Marissa Livingston of Albuquerque. Prince, who won Miss […]


Cool cars… • The 2015 Great Race plans a stop in Tucumcari this morning, promising lots of vintage tin for car buffs to oogle. Among the cars expected are a 1964 1/2 Mustang and a 1917 Peerless. It’s at 11:30 a.m. outside the Tucumcari Convention Center. Public meeting… • Clovis continues its tradition of transparent […]

New business

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Marissa Mowrer works from home to provide technical writing and business consulting services with her business.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series about Portales businesses that have opened in the last year. Marissa Mowrer offers services on technical writing and business consultation through Mowrer Consulting, and one of her goals is to help people reach their widest audience possible. “I enjoy writing and editing documents,” Mowrer said. “I find […]

It’s that time of year for the best treat

Summer has officially arrived, and that means it’s time to break out the ice cream freezers. All you need is some sugar and cream, then toss in anything else that sounds delicious, and you’ve got yourself one of the best treats in the world. That’s how I go about concocting recipes. I’ve never been very […]