To do list — Aug. 14

Tuesday • Child Find screenings — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fort Sumner schools. Development checks for ages 0-5. Information: 575-355-7766 • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. in commission room at Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 • Public meeting — 5: 30 p.m. in commission room at county courthouse. The Roosevelt County Commission […]

Pages past — Aug. 14

On this date … 1956: Clovis Air Force Base officials were warning area residents that “several rockets have accidentally been lost in flight recently.” The rockets, also described as bombs and explosive materials, were believed to be south of the base, officials said. “Items of this nature may be extremely dangerous … and should not […]

Portales man acquitted on sex charges

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Marco Nunez walked out of the Roosevelt County Courthouse on Friday afternoon after he was acquitted of allegations of criminal sexual contact. But a jury was hung on other sex charges against Nunez, and his court battle will continue. Nunez, 28, entered the week facing 10 charges related to […]

Fishing derby returns to Oasis

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Anyone with an interest in fishing will soon have a chance to win prizes with the return of an event at Oasis State Park. The eighth annual “Biggest Catfish Challenge” derby will return Sept. 3 to Oasis State Park and is held “to raise awareness about the park and […]

Thanks to our military

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James Burns and Raymond Mondragon speak about door prizes to be raffled off during the event. Items included various TVs, a grill and smaller gifts with a combined value of about $5,000.

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — It’s nice to be appreciated. But sometimes it’s nicest to grab a bite and take an hour of two away from all of your duties and stresses. The men and women of Cannon Air Force Base got a little of both, as volunteerism came […]

Berry: Wrapping books a favorite

It seems like the summer break just started and now it is already over. The school supplies are being prominently displayed in all of the stores. The same basic things we have always used are still on the list. Pencils, paper and tissues all still make the list. I have been looking for the white […]

‘Hell or High Water’ at the Yam

STAFF REPORT The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and Portales MainStreet will have a free screening of “Hell or High Water” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Yam Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. Chamber Executive Director Karl Terry sent an email to chamber members Friday to give them first notice of the 180 available […]

Johnson: Pet people protective of their critters

Short little hairs stuck to their clothing, smiling dog photos on the desk at work, holiday cards with pictures of them posed in matching outfits with their critters, a treat or new toy included in every shopping basket, or, a life set around walk and meal schedules – there are any number of clues someone […]

Clovis adopt-a-pet

The Clovis Animal Shelter at 22013 East Brady Avenue, has multiple animals for adoption. Cost for a dog or cat is $165, which covers the animal’s sterilization, microchipping and initial vaccinations. New pet owners can also pick up a free pet license at the animal shelter with proof of a rabies vaccination. The shelter is […]

Pages past — Aug. 13

On this date … 1966: Some Clovis residents complained to city commissioners that their neighborhood smelled bad. Jose Chavez, a spokesman for petitioners, said hog pens in the Mendenhall addition near the stockyards were creating “an awful stink and swarms of flies.” Dr. George Prothro, the district health officer, told officials, “Our city is a […]

Three charges against Nunez dropped

Editor’s note: The following story contains graphic accounts. By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Three of 10 charges were dropped Thursday morning before the start of a two-day trial for a Portales man accused of child molestation. The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office dropped charges regarding one of three victims that Marco Nunez, 28, allegedly […]

School days begin

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Portales High School Science Teacher Jack Willis readies a projector for a presentation Thursday in preparation for the first day of school. Classes for Portales Municipal Schools begin today.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER With the first day of school getting underway in Portales today, teachers will be meeting and greeting the students that will be in their classes for the school year. In order to make the next year a positive experience for the students and themselves, area teachers said that they […]

Q&A: Locals share thoughts on the Olympic games

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER For Portales residents, the unity and patriotism associated with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is what sticks out as the games finish in the first week. Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) Business Administration Student Bret Greeno and Portales resident Michelle Chavez said the Olympics are a great time for […]

Brown: Farming not for the faint of heart

Farming is an investment, not only of capitol and time, but of the soul. It is not an enterprise suited to dipping in a toe to check the water. It cannot be done halfway or in part. Most businesses can start in a place so small and a scale so reduced that the risk is […]

Pages past — Aug. 12

On this date … 1976: F. H. Smotherman, who lived at Fourth and Walnut in Clovis, had a large garden that included corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, carrots, okra and more. The corn stalks were 12-feet high. Smotherman, 85, said he grew most of the food he ate, except for meat. He said he’d raise cattle […]

To do list — Aug. 12

Today • Child Find screenings — 8:30 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Dora schools. Development checks for ages 0-5. Information: 575-477-2211 Tuesday • Child Find screenings — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fort Sumner schools. Development checks for ages 0-5. Information: 575-355-7766 • Portales City Commission meeting — 6:30 p.m. in commission room at Memorial Building. […]

Higher ed tightens budgets

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Portales and Clovis education systems are taking precautionary measures by tightening their fiscal belts, despite current state budget cuts not affecting education, according to state officials. According to a Tuesday Associated Press story, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has requested state institutions cut back budget spending by 5 percent. […]

Assault trial set for today

STAFF REPORT A two-day trial is set to begin today for a Portales man accused of child molestation. Marco Nunez, 38, was arrested in April 2015, then again in June, for charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor under 13 years old as well as unlawful exhibition of motion pictures to minors. Nunez allegedly […]

Local artist on the rise

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Portales High School student Derek Gonzales, 15, won third place in the U.S. division of the International Aviation Art Contest.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER A Portales High School student recently claimed a shot at an international art competition, one of many accolades he has claimed in his short art career. Derek Gonzales, 15, took third place in the U.S. division of the 2016 International Aviation Art Contest after his piece depicting a man […]

Williamson: Look into the night sky

As meteor showers go, the Perseids display each August is one of the best. It’s also one of three good reasons to spend some time outside tonight and Friday. While it is possible to “catch a falling star” almost any night, our annual pass through the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet creates one of the […]