New policies approved for for Curry County jail

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR Curry County commissioners approved new policies for the jail Monday during a special meeting but it wasn’t without an hour-long discussion. The commission also discussed the possibility of no longer approving policy changes Jail Administrator Tori Sandoval enacts. Sandoval presented the commission with the jail’s new policy regarding “special […]

Judge orders commissioner to explain absence

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor A Clovis magistrate judge has issued an order asking attorney Angelina Baca to explain why she didn’t show up for a jury trial on May 27 — the day she landed in Albuquerque after attending a convention and mini-vacation in Hawaii. Baca, also a Curry County commissioner whose trip […]


Congrats … • To Farmer’s Electric General Manager Lance Adkins, Wells Fargo Bank Vice President Leo Lovett and Holistic Behavior Consulting owner Jason Vinson for recently graduating from the Leadership New Mexico Core Program. TV cowboys … • Eastern New Mexico University’s rodeo team is competing in the 2015 College National Finals Rodeo and you […]

New business

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero

Sly Tire Service owner Sylvester Dominguez loads tires onto his truck at the end of his work day Monday afternoon at a truck yard on U.S. 70.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series about Portales businesses that have opened in the last year. When Sly Tire Service owner Sylvester Dominguez’ uncle told him he needed someone to work in the Portales and Clovis area, he jumped at the chance to be his own boss. Dominguez, 31, said he established his […]

New military retirement proposal supposed to be better designed

Military leaders and Department of Defense pay experts have presented to Congress a reshaped version of that new “blended retirement” system for future service members, saying this one “best enables us to maintain the readiness of the All-Volunteer Force.” Their hope is that Congress will accept the fresh changes quickly and integrate them into the […]

Best things in summer are the simple things

The best things about summer are simple and carefree: • The heavenly scent of honeysuckle on a warm morning; • the sound of a lawnmower and the strong fragrance of freshly cut grass; • the patter of rain on the sidewalk, and the rush of the fresh, earthy aroma that comes with the first drops; […]

Pages Past

June 16 On this date … 1975: A Clovis cattle buyer reported he’d been robbed of $13,000 cash. Clarence Erdwurm, 61, said a man attacked him when he got out of his car in front of his home at 1932 Gidding St. He believed three men were involved in the robbery. All of the money […]

To Do List

Today • Miss New Mexico activity — 3 p.m. ‘Crown the Town’ event throughout Portales. Information: 575-356-5354 or Greg Smith at 505-463-3678. • Miss New Mexico activity — 6 p.m.-9 p.m. meet and greet at the CUB Ballroom at ENMU. Information: 575-356-5354 or Greg Smith at 505-463-3678. • Comic Crafts — 10:30 a.m., for K-sixth […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, the Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 12:19 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1500 block of South Avenue E • 1:54 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 600 block of West Second Street • 3:07 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 200 block […]

Miss New Mexico pageant this week at ENMU

STAFF REPORT New Mexico’s entry in the Miss America pageant will be selected Saturday night in Portales. The 74th Miss New Mexico Scholarship pageant is scheduled this week on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. “My first and only thought was to bring the pageant to Portales, the warm heart of the sunbelt, and […]

Jail head Casanova resigns

STAFF REPORT Roosevelt County jail Administrator David Casanova resigned on Friday, County Manager Amber Hamilton confirmed. Hamilton said although Casanova gave two weeks notice, he and county officials agreed the resignation would be effective immediately. Casanova could not be reached for comment, but a story by the Crookston Times in Crookston, Minnesota, said Casanova had […]

Q&A: County manager talks jail, capital outlay

Editor’s note: Amber Hamilton is Roosevelt County’s manager. She and other area officials are regularly asked to respond to questions about recent issues: Question: You said earlier this month that the county is playing “catch-up” in trying to meet deadlines for jail accreditation. Is that because detention center leadership does not consider the accreditation a […]

Notebook — June 14

A few bargains left … The KENW-TV auction still has two dozen items available for bid, until Wednesday. Among the items remaining are Eastern New Mexico University football season passes, gym memberships and certificates to various businesses around New Mexico. For information, contact Sheryl Borden at KENW at 575-562-2112. Football rule changes … The New […]

Stabilizing oil prices good for consumers

By Shaun Banther Staff Writer New Mexico drivers may save more at the gas pump this winter due to stabilizing prices of crude oil, according to an analyst at “I think we’re at our peak right now,” said Will Speer, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy “(Gas prices) were on a steady increase until […]

Boswell: Encounters with bullies part of job

It was the week where everything that could possibly go wrong did. At times, I have to stop and ask myself at the end of such weeks, how did we manage to get the paper out every day this week? What a whirlwind this week has been with so many things going on while being […]

Third-time racer takes top prize at soap box derby

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
2015 Clovis Rotary Club soap box derby winner Cody Little jumps in celebration after seizing first place Saturday afternoon. Cody will go on to compete at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio on July 25.

By Joshua Lucero Staff Writer After three years of competing, Cody Little finally seized the top spot at the Clovis Rotary Club’s 14th annual soap box derby. The Saturday morning derby featured 15 young drivers, ranging in age from 9 to 14, all vying for first place and a trip to the All-American Soap […]

Pages past — June 14

On this date … 1975: The Clovis Elks Lodge held its annual Flag Day ceremonies at Bell Park. Col. C.D. Crabb of Cannon Air Force Base was among guests. The event preceded a Mickey Mantle league baseball game at the stadium. 1972: Scott O’Dell, author of the award-winning “Island of the Blue Dolphins” had scheduled […]

Heritage Days schedule — June 14

Here is the schedule for the 31st Annual Heritage Days to be held at City Park in Portales: Friday: • 6:30 p.m. — Christian Country Jamboree at City Park Saturday: • 8 a.m. — MainStreet Fun Run at the Yam Theatre • 8 a.m. — Car show registrations at City Park • 9 a.m.-11 a.m. […]

To do list — June 14

Monday • Games and activities — 10:30 a.m., for K-sixth grade at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Tuesday • Miss New Mexico activity — 3 p.m. “Crown the Town” event throughout Portales. Information: 575-356-5354 or Greg Smith at 505-463-3678. • Comic Crafts — 10:30 a.m., for K-sixth grade, “marble maze” at Portales Public Library. Information: […]

Clovis native dies on the hunt

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR Shannon Tunnell had, at the age of 33, done what most people had aspired. He lived around family, he had good friends and he got a paycheck doing what he would have done for free. It was, unfortunately, a few moments that went wrong on June 5 near Raton […]