Berry: ‘Shotgun’ tradition lives on

I had to stop by a local grocery store a few days ago. After finding a good parking place, I was just about to get out of my car when I saw four young men running towards a pickup parked nearby. I noticed just as the one in the rear yelled out “shotgun.” I knew […]

Fight with officer captured on video

PPD video clip
The above photo shows a clip of Anthony Ortega rushing at officer Nicholas Laurenz during an April 11 incident, in which Laurenz was shot with his own gun.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Police body cameras failed to capture the shooting of a Portales police officer on April 11, but audio is heard of Officer Nicholas Laurenz and criminal suspect Anthony Ortega gasping and grunting as they fight one another. Video footage from three Portales police officers’ cameras was released Friday following […]

Jail staff honored

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Roosevelt County Detention Center officers chow down on enchiladas Wednesday during a potluck Interim Administrator Joseph Alaniz provided in appreciation of their work.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER As part of National Correctional Employees Week, employees of the Portales Detention Center were honored for their efforts on Thursday afternoon. The roles that detention center staff play are important, but have strict requirements as far as a person’s mindset, according to Night Sergeant Kolby Tollett. “You have to […]

Locals pray for nation

photo: Ronnie Cain
A group of residents pray in a circle during the National Day of Prayer event in Portales Thursday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor There was a distinct message at Thursday’s Portales prayer event as residents gathered in front of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Area residents were gathered in honor of the National Day of Prayer, and Central Christian Pastor Don Thomas preceded the time of prayer by challenging the crowd to not […]

Senior profiles — May 6


Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles about local graduating high school seniors. Treyton Beggs plans to attend Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma. “I’m going to get my associates in wind energy and then try to get some ag degree. I don’t know just yet,” he said. In high school, […]

Brown: Harvest good reason to eat at 2 a.m.

Do you know how hard it is to find a decent meal at two o’clock in the morning? In a small town? Big cities seem to have both a reason and a willingness to do business after plenty of folks have presumably retired for the evening. Most times of the year, us country folk aren’t […]

Pet of the week — May 6


Gender: Male Age: About 3-4 months old Breed: Pitbull mix Personality: Energetic Story: This puppy was found and brought in last week. According to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, he’s a big attention seeker and very friendly. Martinez says this pup is great for a family with a lot of free time regarding training and […]

Pages past — May 6

On this date … 1976: A hail storm had wiped out multiple wheat fields near the Texas-New Mexico line. The pea-size hail cut a five-mile wide path of destruction, officials said, causing extensive damage to wheat that was beginning to head. Heavy rain added to the problems; some farmers reported 2.5 inches of rain fell […]

Rodriguez: Books were my multi-media

This is a continuation of last weeks’ column about being raised in a mostly oral history tradition of the Hispanic culture. We didn’t have many children’s books. But the books we had … they confirmed who I was … and wanted to be. When money became tight for us in the 1980s and Dad’s stories […]

To do list — May 6

Today • Dance and Experimental Film concert — 7 p.m. at ENMU’s Mainstage. Admission: $5. Information: 575-562-2711 Saturday • Elizabeth Williams Sr. recital — 3 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-1011 • Roberto Garza Sr. recital — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-1011 • Dance and […]

Pre-trial conference for Banda moved

STAFF REPORT The pre-trial conference for a former Portales man accused of child molestation was moved back once again Thursday afternoon. Rocky Banda, 35, was arrested in February on 10 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13, a first degree felony, among several other charges. Banda currently lives in Amarillo. An original […]

Economic Development Act modified

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer At their Tuesday night meeting, Portales city councilors approved an ordinance to modify the Portales Local Economic Development Act funds to allow commercial entities to qualify for economic development projects. According to City Manager Sammy Standefer, modifying the ordinance would allow the city to market the Portales Inn “for […]

Two win awards at supercomputing competition

By Kurt Munz-Raper Correspondent Portales High School students Nicholas Brown and Christopher Leap were awarded second place in the 26th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge held at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The two students took home the prize for their project titled “Yavanchlan: Creating Optimal Strategies for Artificial Intelligence to Play Against Humans.” “Our […]

To do list — May 5

Today • Friends of the Library — Noon in the meeting room at the Portales Public Library, 218 South Avenue B. Brown bag lunches are welcome. Information: 575-356-3940. • Preschool story time — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Love for Mom. Information: 575-356-3940. • Jonathan Lynch Sr. project — 7 p.m. in Buchanan […]

Local briefs — May 5

United Way needs help with many things A local realty company will be joining United Way of Eastern New Mexico for RED Day, a day “dedicated to renewing, energizing and donating to local communities.” Associates of Keller Williams Realty of Clovis will spend the day with United Way on RED Day — which is May […]

School news — May 5

Dora State track Track Coach Pablo Pena will be taking qualifying students from the Dora Track Team to Albuquerque to compete at the New Mexico State Track Meet today. BPA Nine students from the Dora chapter of the Business Professionals of America who qualified at the state level will be traveled to the national contest […]

Senior profiles — May 5


Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles about local graduating high school seniors. After she graduates, Kaly Cone plans to attend Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma, where she will judge livestock and study agriculture communications. Afterwards, she wants to transfer to Oklahoma State University. In high school, she was in […]

‘Hell’ breaks loose in August

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER Following the announcement that the locally shot film “Hell or High Water” has an August release date, plans are in the works for Clovis’ North Plains 7 to show the film. But ultimately, it’s not up to the theater on when — or if — the movie will be […]

Pages past — May 5

On this date … 1961: The Eastern New Mexico University Ag Club kicked off its 26th annual rodeo at the Roosevelt County Mounted Patrol Arena west of the fairgrounds. Sixty-five entries competed in six events, including 12 high school seniors. 1961: President Kennedy signed into law a bill gradually raising the minimum wage from $1 […]

Williamson: Sodexo goes all out on brunch

For the past 15 years, the serving staff for large banquet-style events at Eastern New Mexico University often includes young people from the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in Portales. This Sunday, Sodexo — Eastern’s food service provider — is saying thank you by offering a Mother’s Day Brunch to the community that will also […]