Pages past — Oct. 5

On this date … 1966: Eastern New Mexico residents had come down with “Series virus,” according to the Clovis News-Journal. “During the afternoon hours, until the final pitch is thrown, business goes into a coma,” L.D. Ward wrote in a front-page article. “Store clerks don’t rush toward customers as promptly as usual — and shoppers […]

Drug case suspects appear in court

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Three Portales men related to a string of 11 drug trafficking arrests in April appeared in district court Monday morning. The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office conducted several drug trafficking investigations throughout the first three months of the year, arresting multiple individuals in April for various drug trafficking violations. Sheriff […]

Department of the week: Clerk’s office ‘keeper of the keys’

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Stephanie Hicks, chief deputy clerk for Roosevelt County, tests voting ballot machines for early voting and election day as part of the duties of the Roosevelt County clerk’s office.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling city, county and other departments in Roosevelt County each week. By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer The Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office is the “keeper of the keys” when it comes to many of the go-to needs of county residents. “We are the administrators of elections, and […]

Locals can leave mark on wind project

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Curry County residents will get the chance to leave their mark on the Broadview Wind Project. The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, Clovis Industrial Development Corporation and Pattern Energy Group will host a welcome party for the Broadview Wind Project at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in front of the Curry […]

Pages past — Oct. 4

On this date … 1976: Construction of Clovis’ new animal shelter at Brady and Norris streets had been delayed by late delivery of windows. Animal warden Junior Romero and Police Det. Lance Somers toured the site, which was expected to cost $79,232. The building, which consisted of 2,895 square feet of floor space, was scheduled […]

Police blotter — Oct. 4

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 12:21 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 200 block South Knoxville Street • 12:39 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, location unknown • 1:57 p.m.: Breaking and entering, location unknown • 3:27 p.m.: Fire/still alarm, 200 block New Mexico 88 […]

Cyclists rally at Tour de Taco

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
A group of cyclists, headed up by Daniel Miller of Albuquerque (wearing the taco suit), prepare to begin the Tour de Taco Saturday morning at the starting line at Taco Box in Clovis. The tour saw cyclists riding from Clovis to Portales and back, a total of 60 miles.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Cyclists of all skill levels, from both New Mexico and Texas, rode Saturday morning from Clovis to Portales and back, with many riding the full 60 miles. The Tour de Taco, which was organized by Taco Box owner Tom Martin, saw riders from both afar and the area, one […]

RGH Health Fair set for Saturday

STAFF REPORT This Saturday, Roosevelt County residents will have the opportunity to obtain vital health care services. The 6th Annual Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair will take place 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, providing attendees with necessities such as free flu shots and an affordable blood panel, according to RGH Public Relations Director Greg McFarland. “We do […]

To do list — Oct. 2

Tuesday • Afterschool S.T.E.A.M. — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Information: 575-356-3940 • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. in commission room at court house. Information: 575-356-5307 • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 Wednesday • Preschool storytime […]

Pages past — Oct. 2

On this date … 1966: Owen’s Barber Shop had moved to Studio City at 2112 Thornton St. in Clovis. A newspaper ad reported there were “4 barbers to serve you better.” The barbers were Mike Green, Ellison Green, Darrel Smith and Heavy Owen. 1946: Republican candidates had made “a strong bid for the veteran vote” […]

Drug court celebrates milestones

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor One year and four graduates later, the Portales Drug Court program has more participants than ever before. Saturday marked the program’s one-year anniversary with four graduations having taken place and another set to happen next month. The program is basically “an outpatient outreach program for criminal offenders who have […]

Voter registration denial questioned

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer On the heels of the Curry County clerk’s office rejecting a Clovis resident’s attempt to register to vote based upon a felony conviction, a local attorney has requested the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office intervene in the matter. “I was approached by a gentleman who shared with me a […]

Portales magistrate building dedicated

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER The work of Roosevelt County judges, commissioners and construction workers has paid off, according to local court officials. Magistrate Division Director Rosemary McCourt, Chief Justice Charles Daniels and Ninth Judicial District Judge Matt Chandler spoke at a dedication ceremony for the new Portales Magistrate Court building Friday afternoon. The […]

Lawmakers open debate on budget crisis, crime

By Morgan Lee The Associated Press SANTA FE — On the opening day of a special legislative session, efforts to institute tougher criminal sentences and bring back the death penalty to New Mexico took center stage Friday in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, while the Democrat-led Senate unveiled detailed plans for closing a major budget […]

Pages past — Oct. 1

On this date … 1976: Clovis High School Nurse Joyce McKinney and Vice-Principal Pete Villalba had been selected homecoming mom and dad for their school spirit. They were presented footballs signed by members of the Wildcats team. 1971: Clovis public school officials reported enrollment was down 355 students from the same time a year earlier. […]

Johnson: Vultures just passing through

Quite frankly, theirs is not a welcome sight — drifting in the air overhead, circling attentively, large wings outstretched and eyes trained on the ground below. Lore and common perception would indicate some unfortunate creature lies below, struggling to take its last breaths as they cruise around, waiting to pick the bones clean, and no […]

Dinner held to recognize senior volunteers

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Foster Grandparent Program and Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director Debbie Bowman, left, recognizes FGP volunteer Victoria Jaramillo during a recognition dinner Wednesday afternoon, which recognized the efforts of senior volunteers in the FGP, RSVP and Senior Companion Programs for the Community Services Center.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Wednesday afternoon provided a well-organized and fulfilling evening for local senior volunteers. The Community Services Center hosted a recognition dinner for volunteers of the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Senior Companion Program (SCP). The dinner was hosted Wednesday at the Hydration Station […]

Employment opportunities showcased

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Farmers Insurance District Recruiting Manager Melissa Mendoza gives job seeker Jamal McCall of Cannon Air Force Base information about employment opportunities within her company Thursday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico Job Fair in the Memorial Building.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Regardless of their backgrounds or skill sets, everyone flocking Friday afternoon to the Portales Memorial Building shared one common goal: To find employment. Joselin and William Gutierrez of Portales were not particular about the type of employment they were looking for as long as it would enable them to […]

Caring for animals still a passion for couple

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Glen and Beth Bradshaw stand outside their house. Glen holds Penny while Beth pets Molly. Both dogs were strays and were rescued by the Bradshaws. Glen estimates that while he and Beth were an informal animal shelter in Portales, the couple found homes for more than 1,000 animals.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER Regardless of age, a person’s passion will always stay a passion, just like Beth and Glen Bradshaw, who despite being in their 90’s and 80’s, respectively, still have the time and energy to take care of their neighbors and animals. Glen came to Portales back in 1980 and met […]

To do list — Sept. 30

Saturday • Mini golf fundraiser tournament — 9: 30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start at Casel-Land Fun Center in Clovis. Entrance fee: $200/4-person team. Proceeds will benefit the food bank. Information: 575-799-9098 Tuesday • Afterschool S.T.E.A.M. — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Information: 575-356-3940 • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 […]