Businesses on square in the dark

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Portales business owners on the square are currently living in the dark as city officials wait for answers from the state on when downtown lights can be replaced.

STAFF REPORT Downtown business owners in Portales are currently living in the dark due to no lights around the downtown square. Portales City Manager Sammy Standefer said city officials are waiting on the New Mexico Department of Transportation to re-light the Portales town square, which is black at night due to the removal of faulty […]

La Casa celebrates national health center week

Staff photo: Rae Arnett
Children at the La Casa Health Fair line up to play Angry Birds at a booth on Wednesday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER The La Casa Health Fair was in full swing Wednesday afternoon. The health fair has been held in Portales for the past 12 years according to La Casa CEO Seferino Montano. “It is a way of getting the community out and getting the community and children screened,” said Montano. […]

Work detail escapee gets 18 years in prison

STAFF REPORT The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that Senovio Mendoza, Jr., 33, of Carlsbad was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday. Mendoza pleaded guilty to kidnapping, armed robbery and escape from jail. In July 2014, Mendoza, an Eddy County inmate being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center, assaulted county […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 13

Coming Friday: Columnist Pat Cantwell shares some secrets for a lasting marriage. She and her husband are celebrating 47 years together so she’s kind of an expert on the topic. Looking further ahead: United Way and Portales Ministerial Alliance are planning to host a special food distribution from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Pages past — Aug. 13

On this date … 1975: The Clovis Chamber of Commerce announced Gen. George Brown, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would be the guest speaker at its annual banquet on Oct. 17. Gen. Brown ranked under only President Ford and Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger in military hierarchy. About 400 people attended the Chamber […]

Williamson: Rotary Youth Exchange alive and well

When my niece, Chloe, found out this spring that she had landed a summer internship with the Food Bank of South Africa, the first person we contacted was Sally Roberts, who spent 1988 in Portales as a Rotary Youth Exchange student from that country. Chloe’s internship was in Cape Town and Sally lives in Johannesburg […]

To do list — Aug. 13

Today • USDA rural development home loan presentation — Noon at the Portales Senior Center, 421 N. Industrial Dr. Information: 505-761-4951 Friday • St. Helen’s Fiesta — 4-8 p.m. for the Ranchero bistec dinner and 4 p.m. for the silent auction. Information: 575-356-4241 Saturday • St. Helen’s Fiesta — 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., games, booths, […]

Learning goes both ways for new teacher


Editor’s note: The following is the last one in a series profiling new teachers for Roosevelt County school districts. Come the 2015-16 school year, Kelly Cradock will be a new pre-K developmentally delayed educational assistant at Brown Early Childhood Center. As a teaching assistant, Cradock will be helping the head teacher in the classroom. Cradock […]

Water, gas prices topic at EPCOG meeting

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR Water conservation, Tres Amigas and gas prices dominated the Eastern Plains Council of Governments meeting Wednesday morning at the EPCOG office in Clovis. Economic and Community Development Planner Raymond Mondragon gave a report from well water testing that was done by New Mexico Tech in conjunction with a U.S. […]

University ready with new staff

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University has hired 18 new professors in time for what Vice President of Academic Affairs Jamie Laurenz called his favorite time of year, the start of a new school year. “We have what we think are some great people coming in,” Laurenz said. “It’s an exciting time with all of […]

Fair time to make memories

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With the Roosevelt County fair approaching, Portales residents are remembering their favorite fair times. One resident said his favorite fair memory is showing sheep.

By Anna George Staff Writer With the fair right around the corner, memories have come flooding back to Portales residents of their favorite fair moments. Hank Garcia, a Portales resident for 45 years, said any memory he makes at the fair is a good one as long as it is with his grandchildren. Garcia […]

Make way for large loads

Staff photo: Anna George
Wind turbine parts for the Roosevelt and Milo Wind projects between Elida and Dora rolled through downtown Portales Monday afternoon. EDF officials said the turbines will be put up over the course of next week.

STAFF REPORT Officials of EDF Renewable Energy said they were on their way and sure enough, wind turbine parts hundreds of feet long began rolling through Portales on Monday. The deliveries will last for 15 weeks, until mid-November, with 10 turbines being delivered each week, according to Associate Project Developer for EDF Renewable Energy Jeff […]

Editor’s notebook — Aug. 12

Rain drops falling: Here’s an example of when it rains, it pours around here: Much of the High Plains got wet on this night in 1917, but parts of the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico had enough rain to stop a train. “Glenrio was isolated Monday so far as train service was concerned,” Quay […]

Rodriguez: Remembering old stories of Portales

Last week, I wrote about the old North Main Grocery store in Portales. Like Portales, many Small Town Americas had many mom and pop stores. They were a lot like today’s convenience stores, but with several major differences. These mom and pops supplied. Unlike today’s ready-to-eat meals toasting under hot lamps at your 24-hour convenience […]

To do list — Aug. 12

Today • La Casa health fair — 4-7 p.m., La Casa Family Health Center, 1515 W. Fir. Includes bounce house, dunking booth and super hero face painting. Superhero 5K begins at 7 p.m. Information: 575-359-3802 Thursday • USDA rural development home loan presentation — Noon at the Portales Senior Center, 421 N. Industrial Dr. Information: […]

Meetings watch — Aug. 12

Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education members met Monday at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. They took the following action: • Approved the mutual aid agreement with the city of Portales for sale of non-potable water. • Approved a resolution accepting a cooperative agreement with the New Mexico Department of Transportation for a project improving […]

Pages past — Aug. 12

On this date … 1970: State Liquor Control Director Carlos Jaramillo had received 34 applications for five licenses to sell alcohol in Portales. Jaramillo was in town to conduct two days of hearings at Portales City Hall. 1957: Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be The Day” made its debut on Billboard magazine’s top 40, ultimately reaching No. […]

Local archeologist gives presentation

Staff Photo: Rae Arnett

Director of the Blackwater Draw Museum George Crawford demonstrates the use of an atlatl, a spear-throwing mechanism, at Oasis State Park on Saturday afternoon.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER Director of the Blackwater Draw Museum George Crawford gave a presentation on the Clovis culture and Blackwater Draw discoveries Saturday night at the Oasis State Park. The Blackwater Draw discoveries were very significant to the archaeological society because of the preservation of the remains and artifacts as well as […]

Local teachers feel economic impact of back-to-school

By Anna George Staff Writer With the start of the new school year approaching, teachers are starting to feel the economic weight of having a classroom. “Throughout the year, we are constantly buying things for our students to assist the curriculum,” said fourth grade teacher Heather Sanchez. Sanchez said she typically spends hundreds of […]

Women should dress according to their comfort

Anna George

People watch movies set in the 1950s and laugh at the idea of a woman waiting eagerly for her husband to get home, so she can wait on him hand and foot. We watch our mothers, our grandmothers, our coworkers, our friends all challenge the idea every day that women cannot succeed in business the […]