Notebook — May 17

Animal stories … • The Animal Control Task Force — always a hoot — meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clovis City Hall. Open to the public. Lots of well-meaning folks who have a tendency to wander from the agenda, not unlike some Curry County commissioners we know. Water everywhere … • Gayla Brumfield’s position […]

To do list — May 17

Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children ages birth to 3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • After school at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Information: 575-356-3940. • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. in the L.C. Cozzens building. Information: […]

Portales moisture totals double the norm

Staff report Portales has seen more rain in May than in the three previous months combined, records from National Weather Service show. Through Friday, NWS statistics show Portales has received 2.7 inches of rain this month. The city saw just 2.24 inches from February through April. For the year, Portales has received 6.83 inches of […]

Boswell: Anyone can be a hero

It’s by no means a little-known fact that I am a superhero junky, who has been reading Marvel comics since she was 12. In fact, I subscribe to more series now than ever before for the simple fact that I can afford it; at 13, I could not. Back in February, a friend of mine […]

Pages past — May 17

On this date … 1960: Dora High School graduated 22 students in ceremonies at the Dora gymnasium. A party after graduation featured a white sheet cake and a color slide show of senior events. 1955: Sheridan McIntosh was sentenced to 60 days in the Curry County jail after he pleaded guilty to possessing liquor for […]

Local roundup — May 17

Road construction happening this week TLC Plumbing and Utility continues to progress on the pipeline through Portales, officials said. This week, crews will be working on the following: • North on Elgin from Third Street toward Morrison Park. Parts of Elgin will be intermittently closed during work. • West on 18th Street to cross New […]

ENMU baseball player jailed for battery

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR An Eastern New Mexico University baseball player was arrested Thursday for breaking another ballplayer’s jaw in a fight at the end of a game last month. Daniel Ward, 23, was booked into the Roosevelt County Detention Center for aggravated battery, a third-degree felony, after an incident that took place […]

May Day tradition continues at James Bickley

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
James Bickley Elementary held its fourth grade wind the Maypole event for the last time at the school’s old building Friday afternoon.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR The May Day tradition runs deep at James Bickley Elementary — in fact some may say it defines them. “It’s tradition,” Jody Burrage, a fourth-grade teacher at James Bickley Elementary said Friday before the 67th Annual May Day celebration. “That’s why. It’s our tradition. It is James Bickley.” In […]

Notebook — May 16

Never mind … • A Portales City Council meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday is canceled. The council will meet again May 28. Graduation reminder … • The clock’s ticking. Clovis High School graduation is 6 p.m. Friday at the Curry County Events Center. Portales High School seniors take the walk 7 p.m. Friday at […]

Pages past — May 16

On this date … 1970: David Paul Ryder, a 22-year-old Briton suffering from polio, was walking from “the Pacific Blue to the Emerald Green Atlantic,” to raise money and awareness for the handicapped. Ryder, who was passing through Clovis, said one of his missions was “to bring hope to the many handicapped people who have […]

McGee: A tale of the lad and the chamber pot

The Lady of the House and I were looking at some real estate on the Internet. One particular home caught her eye. “It just has one bathroom though,” she said. “And it’s not near the master bedroom. It’s all the way at the other end of the house.” “We’ll just have to get a chamber […]

Johnson: Don’t forget to put on the sunscreen

The season is changing, and with it, the High Plains are about to get a whole lot of a good thing — sunshine. More than just warming, those extra rays of summer can be truly wonderful things that make a significant difference in the health and quality of life for creatures great and small. Not […]

Local roundup — May 16

Portales man convicted for child porn possession A Portales man charged with possession of child pornography was convicted Friday, according to a press release from the attorney general’s office. Robert Hawkins, 25, was convicted of one count of possession of child pornography and faces a maximum sentence of 18 months and must register as a […]

Meetings watch — May 16

ENMU Board of Regents The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met Friday in the Regents Room at the main campus in Portales. Regents took the following action: • Approved recommendation to designate Kathleen Donalson as associate professor emerita of reading education effective upon her retirement. • Approved recommendation to designate Leslie Paternoster as […]

County detention center making progress

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR The Roosevelt County Detention Center is a work in progress, but it’s getting there, according to County Manager Amber Hamilton. In February, Hamilton hired Contractor Sandra Stewart, who has 20 years experience in the criminal justice system and 10 years in the corrections field, to not only assess where […]

ENMU chief gives lessons in self-defense

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Brad Mauldin sits on top of Haley Madden during one of the last self-defense classes for the semester to demonstrate how someone might attack on the ground. Mauldin said substance abuse is often a factor in violent situations.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Eastern New Mexico University Police Chief Brad Mauldin takes the connection between substance abuse and domestic and sexual violence seriously. As a law enforcement officer whose daily life revolves around the 18 to 24 age range, a generation more prone to drinking and drug use, Mauldin said he has […]

Fire department teaches senior safety class

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Portales Fire Department’s Scott Candelaria, far left, spent Thursday afternoon at the Community Services Center filling in senior citizens and care takers on home safety and fire prevention.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER Keeping homes and senior citizens safe and prepared in the case of a fire was the aim of a class conducted Thursday by the Portales Fire Department. PFD firefighter and paramedic Scott Candelaria explained to seniors and care takers at the Community Services Center the dangers threatening senior citizens […]

Notebook — May 15

Liberal artists celebrate… • Ribbon cutting and open house 11:30 a.m. today at the newly rebuilt Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Open to the public. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry notes it’s “a building that is near and dear to a […]

Students get athletic scholarships

According to an Eastern New Mexico University public service announcement, the following local ENMU students were awarded scholarships from ENMU Athletics at the scholarship awards ceremony on April 21. • Andrew Anaya of Clovis • River Fine of Portales • Kaylee Foster of Portales • Hunter Haley of Portales • Anabel Muniz of Portales • […]

To do list — May 15

Today • ENMU Board of Regents meeting — 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Portales administration building. Information: 575-562-2377. Saturday • Eastern New Mexico University commencement — 10 a.m. to noon at Greyhound Arena. Information: 575-562-2377 or Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children ages birth to 3, Portales […]