Religion: Portales church reaches out to area seniors

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper

Keith Wilks, pastor at First United Methodist Church, leads a weekly Bible study at Wheatfields Senior Living Community Tuesday mornings.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Although they share the same space, seniors at the Wheatfields Senior Living Community in Clovis said they get the opportunity to know each other better through Bible study discussion. The newly founded Bible studies are part of an outreach by First United Methodist Church in Portales to reach out […]

Brown: Farmers measure every drop of rain

Hallelujah, it’s raining water. You might notice a slight uptick in the mouth-corners of your favorite farmer or rancher. There is only one thing pretty much guaranteed to have that effect and it’s moisture falling from the sky. But don’t fear, while they may be moving a little faster and more likely to tell a […]

Senior profile: Former dairyman has passion for working

Staff photo: Matthew Asher

Al Ordonez shoots a game of pool at the Portales Senior Recreation Center Thursday morning. Ordonez likes to play a few games nearly every day, especially before going to work as he finds the game a great stress reliever.

STAFF REPORT For 40 years, Al Ordonez has called Roosevelt County his home. He moved to New Mexico at the age of 30 after growing up in Mexico and spent the first 20 years in Portales, working as a farmer and on a dairy ranch before he retired. A typical day for Ordonez is to […]

To Do List

Today • JP Stone annual 9/11 ceremony — 7:30-8 a.m. in the JP Stone Bank parking lot on First Street in Portales. A ceremony to honor the lives lost in the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Information: 575-356-6601 Saturday • St. Helen’s annual fiesta — All day at St. Helen’s Catholic Church, […]

Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Wednesday • 2:55 p.m.: Theft report, location unknown • 4:22 p.m.: Domestic violence order violation report, 1100 block North Avenue A • 4:32 p.m.: Fraud, 700 block North Avenue K • 5:47 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, New […]

Pages Past — Sept. 9

On this date … Sept. 9 1971: Cook’s Department Store was conducting business as usual after a Tucumcari man killed himself in front of the Clovis store a day earlier. Witnesses said Boyd Ivan Webb, 36, shot himself in the neck with a shotgun after holding a shopper hostage. The woman, Barbara Blasdel who lived […]

Portales man goes to trial next week

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor District Judge Donna Mowrer on Wednesday denied a request to lower bond for a Portales man facing multiple felony charges. Chance Plummer, 29, was charged with aggravated battery in January, then a short time later was charged with several counts of receiving stolen property. In April, Plummer was one […]

City continues search for water solutions

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER As of 2015, the Portales well field was the lowest it had been in 20 years at 960 million gallons of water, according to a water consultant. At the Tuesday Portales City Council meeting, city water consultant Charles Wilson presented councilors with the 2015 annual Portales water supply and […]

Program raises money for rec center

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Children from the Portales Recreation Center are the focus of a community service project being done by the 2016 Leadership Portales class. The class will host a scholarship awards ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the rec. center for children participating in the recreational activities, according to Roosevelt County […]

Stevens: Officer’s mom: ‘He is cut out to do this’

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Donna Harvey poses with her son, Chris Caron, after his graduation from the police academy in 2014.

The phone call came a little after midnight on Aug. 30. “I can’t even explain how I felt,” Donna Harvey said. “It was just … It was a mom’s worst nightmare.” The voice on the phone — Harvey can’t remember who the man said he was — gave her news she had feared since her […]

Education: Curry County to address childhood obesity

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer In the wake of September being designated National Child Obesity Awareness Month, myriad of statistics support addressing what health care personnel call a serious concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity rates for the past decade for children and adolescents age 2 to 19 are approximately 17 […]

Education: CCC board approves service animal policy

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Miniature horses are now welcome to roam Clovis Community College campus. During its regular meeting Wednesday, the CCC Board of Trustees was presented with a policy establishing guidelines that allow service animals for students or staff with disabilities. Among the allowable animals are service dogs and qualified service miniature […]

Education: New Mexico students to bond over music

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University male choir members are gearing up for a day of musical bonding, according to Director of Choral Activities Jason Paulk. The third annual Men’s Choir Festival will be all day Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include a free concert at 4 p.m. Monday in […]

Education: Student of the week


Itzel Hernandez, 16, is a junior at Portales High School. The subject she is most interested in is math, which she likes because she is good at it. She said she enjoys math, because “it’s just mostly been easy for me since going through all of my classes since fifth grade.” Hernandez is an athlete, […]

Education: New ENMU faculty say Portales pleasant place


By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Portales has been a pleasant experience so far for two new Eastern New Mexico University faculty members. Assistant Professors Jenny Dean and Darrell Roe of the ENMU Communication Department both said they admire the friendliness of Portales residents. Dean, who recently transferred from the University of Oregon in Eugene, […]

Education: School news

Dora school news: Volleyball • Today — Varsity play at Clovis, 5 p.m. • Friday and Saturday — Varsity tournament in Roswell • Monday — JH/JV/V play Floyd at Dora, 4:30 p.m. Football • Friday — JH/Varsity play Tatum at Dora, 4/7 p.m. ENMU Briefs: ENMU enrolls over 6,000 for first time With a 2016 […]

To Do List

Today • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Comic book wreath. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Calling All Cool Cats. Information: 575-356-3940 • Friends of the Library — Noon in he meeting room at the Portales Public Library, 218 South […]

Pages Past — Sept. 8

On this date … Sept. 8 1976: Baltimore Orioles right-hander Jim Palmer won his 20th game for the sixth time in seven seasons. Baltimore beat Cleveland, 3-1, as Palmer pitched a complete-game seven-hitter. The Indians only run came in the first inning when John Lowenstein tripled and scored on Larvell Blanks’ sacrifice fly. 1971: Items […]

Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Tuesday • 9:47 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, location unknown, report taken • 10:41 a.m.: Ambulance requested, location unknown • 11:16 a.m.: Forgery, 1600 block East Spruce Street, report taken • 12:08 p.m.: Domestic in progress, 500 block […]

Multiple trials set for next week

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The jury trial for a Portales man accused of assaulting a Portales police officer is set for next week. Anthony Ortega, 28, has a Sept. 16 trial date for the charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, disarming a peace officer (third-degree felonies) and resisting, evading or obstructing […]