Black bear shot in Logan

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer LOGAN — Police officers here shot a black bear to death Monday night, saying they did so in the interest of public safety. Officers said they located the bear about 9:30 p.m. Monday in a tree in the neighborhood of Perch and Sunfish in the village of Logan, said […]

Council gets detailed report on recreation center

Staff report Portales Recreation Center Director Jodi Diaz presented her department’s report to city councilors at their Tuesday night meeting. According to Diaz, the three programs contained in the recreation department of the city are the after-school program, summer program and city sports program. There were 68 full members in the after-school program this year, […]

Pages past — June 9

On this date … 1951: Clovis law officers raided two locations in the city, arresting residents for selling “illegal intoxicants.” Performers and fans of the Pioneer Days Rodeo were also brought into police headquarters for questioning about their alleged purchases of whiskey, wine, gin and cold beer. 1951: John Wilkins, 63, operator of Wilkins Grocery […]

To do list — June 9

Today • Grand Slam guest — 10: 30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for all ages. Performer: Musician Andy Mason. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Movie: The Karate Kid. Information: 575-356-3940 Friday • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m. at the library for all ages. Movie: […]

Williamson: Still some nice humans around

I’m hardly a frequent flyer, but a few times most years, I find myself in an airport participating in the once-glamorous ritual of air travel. Last Saturday was one of those times. The last connection, from Dallas to Lubbock, had issues from the get-go. Boarding was delayed because of excessive heat on the aircraft. When […]

Campus Life director talks about new post


Ron Williams officially began his position as the director of Campus Life at Eastern New Mexico University at the end of May after a full semester at the university. The director of campus life is responsible for overseeing Greek life, campus clubs, student activities and the freshman student orientation Dawg Days at ENMU. Williams, who […]

Roosevelt County primary results

Republican primary ballot President • Donald J. Trump: 966 • Ted Cruz: 145 • Benjamin S. Carson: 65 • John R. Kasich: 53 • Jeb Bush: 47 • Carly Fiorina: 8 U.S. Representative, District 2 • Steve Pearce: 625 U.S. Representative, District 3 • Michael H. Romero: 249 • Michael Glenn Lucero: 223 Secretary of […]

Clinton claims historic victory in Democratic primary

By JULIE PACE and LISA LERER Associated Press NEW YORK  — Claiming her place in history, Hillary Clinton declared victory Tuesday night in her bruising battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party and casting herself as the beneficiary of generations who fought for equality. “This […]

Hunton wins primary for district two commissioner

By Alisa Boswell and Kurt Munz-Raper Staff writers Incumbent Rick Leal lost the Roosevelt County District 2 commission seat to former Portales city councilor Matthew Hunton by six votes in Tuesday’s primary election. “I feel all right,” Leal said about the loss. “I ran a good campaign. Matt ran a good campaign. I wish him […]

Election to be ‘phenomenal’

Staff photo: Anna George
From left, Petie Baca, Silvia Baca and James Prince work through the voting process Tuesday at the memorial building for the 2016 New Mexico primary.

By Anna George Staff Writer Love him or hate him, Presidential Candidate Donald Trump was the motivation for many Roosevelt County voters’ at Tuesday’s primary election. Many voters said they came to vote simply as a part of a movement to prevent the businessman candidate from making it to office. Ashley Wimberly, a 22-year-old […]

Area youth meet for ag contest

Staff photo: Anna George
Patrick Kircher, left, teaches Ryon Howell, 11, Monday how to complete his quiz for the agriculture skillathon. The skillathon involves a wildlife competition, wool identification, tool identification and meat identification.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer Roosevelt County youth have been honing their problem-solving skills this week at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. According to Roosevelt County 4-H Agent Ryan Craig, the 4-H challenge promotes “youth development and problem solving skills” in areas including home economics, horticulture, nutrition and livestock. “These are the future consumers of […]

Q&A: ENMU faculty member appointed to State Parks Advisory Board


New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez recently announced appointments she made to various boards and commissions, one of them being for John Montgomery of Portales. Montgomery, the assistant vice president for Research and Program Development at Eastern New Mexico University and a current member of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Board of […]

Pages past — June 8

On this date … 1971: The Pioneer Days parade had lined up 52 entries with four days to go. Police were scheduled to lead the way, followed by a color guard from Cannon Air Force Base, politicians and Miss Clovis. Floats already signed up would represent Barry Hardware, the Senior Citizens Kitchen Band and the […]

To do list — June 8

Today • Ready, Set, Storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for preschoolers. Book: Feeling Good. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Yoga with special guest Chandra Lee. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Grand Slam guest — 10: 30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for […]

Girls’ State ready for elections

Staff photo: Anna George
Portales Mayor Sharon King leads the elected officials of the fictional city Cactus in their induction Monday during 2016 New Mexico Girls’ State.

Anna George Staff writer New Mexico Girls’ State will elect their state and county officials today following their city council elections among their 80 delegates from across the state and region. New Mexico Girls’ State, which has been hosted at Eastern New Mexico University for close to 10 years, is a program for upcoming […]

Early voting down ahead of primary

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Early voting numbers for Roosevelt County continue to remain low since the 2010 primary, according to County Clerk DeAun Searl. The New Mexico primary election for the county, state and presidential elections is being held today. The general election will be Nov. 8. Searl said voting numbers have been […]

Video store relocating, expanding

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer After more than 23 years, a Portales mainstay is moving to a new home. And with this move comes a hefty expansion. The video store is moving from its current location at 401 South Avenue C just 200 feet away to 421 South Avenue C, according to owner Landall […]

Police blotter — June 7

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff. Friday • 12:19 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, 1500 block South Avenue F, report taken • 3:36 a.m.: Reckless driver, unknown location • 4:18 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 700 block Wylie Cox Circle • 10:41 a.m.: Criminal damage, […]

Pages past — June 7

On this date … 1976: A local veterinarian had been named the Cowbelle’s father of the year. Dr. E. E. Krause, a consultant for multiple area feed lots, received the honor for his work with the cattle industry across eastern New Mexico. 1971: A former state lawmaker and prominent De Baca County rancher was killed, […]

Heritage Days not all in store

STAFF REPORT Several 1980s classes of Portales High School graduates will converge on Portales the weekend of June 18 for a reunion. The third annual PHS 1980s reunion, held in conjunction with Portales’ annual Heritage Days event, will see people from a number of classes reuniting and reminiscing, according to graduate Kristie Stokes. The classes […]