Pet of the week — Jan. 22


Gender: Female Age: 1 year old Breed: Unknown mix Personality: Very energetic This dog was brought in as a stray about a week ago, according to Tony Martinez, animal control officer, who said the pup is very friendly and has lots of energy. Martinez said the dog would be great for an active family but […]

Brown: No better hauler than a semi

Opinion Where a vehicle goes is an important part of what a vehicle is and, frequently, a part of what it is called. It is important to know where a vehicle goes. True off-road rigs, like a steel-tracked bulldozer, can go practically anywhere, but that doesn’t mean they should. If you go clanking across a […]

Meetings watch — Jan. 22

Portales City Council The following were actions taken at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in the Memorial Building: • Portales Mayor Sharon King recognized the service of several city departments during Blizzard Goliath. King presented plaques to the Portales Communications Department, Portales police, Public Works and the fire departments. Each plaque read, “In appreciation […]

Legislative tidbits — Jan. 22

Days remaining in session: 27 Three strikes House Republicans closed ranks Thursday to advance one of their crime-and-punishment bills, a measure that would add 11 felonies to the “Three Strikes” law for imposing life prison sentences. All four Republicans on the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee voted for the bill by Rep. Paul Pacheco, […]

Legislative tidbits — Jan. 21

Days remaining in session: 28 Legalized discrimination? Equality New Mexico, a gay-rights organization, and the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday denounced a bill that they say promotes discrimination. House Bill 55, sponsored by Reps. David Gallegos, R-Eunice, and Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell, would allow a business owner to refuse service to customers whose sexual orientation […]

Council to review substation proposal

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Tuesday night’s Portales City Council meeting highlighted the fact that some county landowners might be concerned about having their land “taken from them.” In the Tuesday meeting, City Manager Sammy Standefer presented a review of a proposed site for a new electrical substation through Xcel Energy. According to Standefer, […]

Professor awarded for music service


Thirty years of dedication and hard work paid off this week for Eastern New Mexico University Professor Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas, who received the New Mexico Music Education Association’s (NMMEA’s) Rollie V. Heltman Service Award. NMMEA Executive Director Don Gerheart said the award, named after a co-founder and member of the executive board of the NMMEA for […]

Impact begins for REAL ID act

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Federal officials announced Wednesday that New Mexico driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted as proof of identity to enter any Department of Defense installation. But Cannon Air Force Base officials said it won’t be making any immediate changes to policy. “Currently, the Air Force is reviewing DoD’s […]

Pages past — Jan. 21

On this date … 1976: Unidentified Flying Objects were sighted over Clovis for the second night in a row. Police said they counted 18 in the sky at one time. One of the objects “appeared to be hovering over Texico,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. Soon the object began to “rise rapidly,” and then a “jet […]

Williamson: Portales a pedestrian-friendly place

Opinion Strolling from the Portales Memorial Building along Abilene Street, and then down West First to Eastern New Mexico University on Monday evening with the rest of the folks out participating in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. walk, renewed my awareness of how rarely we walk anywhere in this community. One of my cousins […]

To do list — Jan. 21

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Into the Woods. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Game day: Kinect Sports Heroes. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Bird cages. […]

ENMU Briefs — Jan. 21

Professor asked to write a book Donald C. Elder III, professor of history, has been asked to write a book review for the journal, The Annals of Iowa. He will review “Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War: Exposing Confederate Conspiracies in America’s Heartland” by Stephen E. Towne. His review will appear in the Fall […]

Dora school news — Jan. 21

Basketball • Today — Junior High A & Varsity teams at Gateway, 3 p.m. • Friday — Homecoming games vs. Hagerman Junior Varsity & Varsity teams, 4 p.m. • Friday-Saturday — Junior High A teams at San Jon Tournament • Monday — Junior Varsity teams play at Portales; 4 p.m. • Tuesday — Junior High […]

Lifelong economist retiring

Connie Moyers

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER Roosevelt County Extension Office Home Economist Connie Moyers, who is retiring at the end of January, “believes wholeheartedly in the service of the people,” according to County Agriculture Agent Patrick Kircher. “I would say that the biggest thing that she believes in is what extension is,” Kircher said, explaining […]

Survey: Poverty up, education down in state

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor We’ve all heard it many times before — New Mexico is not the land of wealth. Surveys appear each year highlighting the state’s poverty level. Articles appeared last fall referencing New Mexico and Mississippi as the poorest states in the nation. The results for the 2015 Kids Count survey […]

Legislature: Education, crime on governor’s agenda

By Justin Horwath The New Mexican Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday set forth a sweeping agenda for the short 2016 legislative session, calling on lawmakers to get tough on crime, further stiffen DWI penalties, implement her education and economic development proposals and to finally pass a Real ID driver’s license bill that has been a […]

Pages past — Jan. 20

On this date … 2006: Drugs topped the list of several area lawmakers’ priorities as they headed to Santa Fe for the annual legislative session. Sen. Clint Harden was pushing for mandatory sentencing related to methamphetamine crimes. Harden said his intent was to “get cooks out of the kitchen.” Rep. Anna Crook was looking for […]

To do list — Jan. 20

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Into the Woods. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Game day: Kinect Sports Heroes. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Bird cages. […]

Rodriguez: Teach kids value of service

Opinion We need to teach our children, that, although they may mean the world to us, the world doesn’t revolve around them. My thoughts when my daughter Laura showed me an adorable outfit that read, “Crown me.” Laura is an outstanding mom of the year to my grandbabies, Gena, 2, and Giovanni, 5. She had […]

Residents march in memory of MLK

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Portales residents and Eastern New Mexico University faculty and students begin the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march down South Abilene Monday night in honor of the historical figure.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer Festivities honoring a historical icon began Monday with an oak tree. But this was no ordinary oak tree, according to Portales City Councilor Oscar Robinson. “Our purpose of putting this tree here is to link the city of Portales to the university. This tree is in line with the […]