Notebook — Nov. 12

No, it’s not too early to think about Christmas. The Clovis Police Department would appreciate it. Officers are hosting the “Cops and Kids Christmas” program again. It’s designed to assist local children with having a great Christmas holiday, according to a police news release. Each child selected will receive a $100 gift card to shop […]

POPS Concert set for stage

STAFF REPORT The 48th annual POPS Concert at Eastern New Mexico University will take place Saturday night with all its unique highlights, which includes everything from student performances to instrumental music from Star Wars. Friends of Music Chairman Patrice Caldwell said there will be a “name that tune” portion of the show and faculty member […]

Williamson: Technology no substitute for librarian

Even in a world with high-speed Internet and clouds of information floating about us, there is still no substitute for a librarian. Portales Public Library Director Denise Burnett fielded a phone call a few weeks ago from a woman in California who was looking for help. Ann (not her real name) had recently purchased a […]

Pages past — Nov. 12

On this date … 1970: Area residents gathered in Clovis for a four-day symposium on drugs and drug abuse. “Many parents are unaware or unwilling to face the fact that their children are involved in drug abuse,” said Jim Osborne, a juvenile probation officer. Seventeen area school districts were represented at the conference, spurred by […]

To do list — Nov. 12

Today • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Hair Raising Good Time. Information: 575-356-3940 • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 9-12. Activity: Pixel self portraits. Information: 575-356-3940 • Friends of the Portales Public Library meeting — Noon program on Golden Library renovation in the meeting […]

School news — Nov. 12

Dora Book fair The Scholastic Book Fair is being held in the school library Monday through Nov. 23. Students and adults may shop during school hours for “buy one, get one free” items. Basketball • Tuesday — Dora Junior High at Melrose, 4 p.m. Five-day week School will be in session for grades K-12 Monday […]

Meetings watch — Nov. 12

Portales Municipal Schools Board The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education met together in regular session Monday night at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. The following was action taken during the meeting. • Lindsey-Steiner Principal Rick Segovia introduced members of the Portales Municipal School District who attended the 11th Annual Southeastern New Mexico Buddy Walk […]

Serving country a family tradition

Courtesy photos: Nick Gonzales
From left, sons Major Daniel Gonzales, Major Alex Gonzales, Lt. Col. Nick Gonzales and Lt. Victor Gonzales are pictured with their father, Sgt. Major Celestino Gonzales in the center.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor It’s not often one finds one family with over 125 years of combined military service, but the Gonzales family is one such legacy. After growing up in San Jon, Ruperto “Bob” Gonzales started the family’s legacy by joining the U.S. Army in 1943. “My grandfather was very patriotic,” said […]

Care packages go to deployed for holidays

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer Soldiers currently on deployment in Egypt and Afghanistan will be receiving care packages during the holiday season from Eastern New Mexico University, according to Lori Brunsen, advisor of the ENMU Student Veteran Organization. Brunsen said ENMU is in the process of collecting donated items to send in support of […]

Notebook — Nov. 11

Cheerful in the park: And now a shout out to local parks staff members who’ve been honored by the New Mexico State Parks Division. Wilhemina Martin, the administrator for the parks’ northeast region, was awarded the Governor’s Award. Conchas Lake State Park Staff received the parks’ Customer Service Award. According to a parks’ news release: […]

Pages past — Nov. 11

On this date … 1980: A Truth or Consequences man was in Clovis’ jail on forgery charges, but was also being questioned about a $2 million racehorse that had been missing for a week. The man had picked up the horse in Oklahoma City and was supposed to deliver it to Sunland Park racetrack in […]

To do list — Nov. 11

Today • American Legion Post 31 annual ceremony — 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Building. Information: 575-226-0302 • Veterans Day ceremony and social — 5:30 p.m. at VFW Doug Stone Post 9515, 316 South Main Street. Information: 575-359-0332 • Pocket Flag Project — 6 p.m. in the Sandia room in the ENMU Campus Union Building […]

Gone, but not forgotten

Homer Mitchell

Editor’s note: We asked readers to share stories about veterans. Clovis’ Patsy Acuff submitted this essay about her uncle: This Veterans Day, I would like to pay tribute to my uncle, Homer J. Mitchell, who was killed in action during World War II in Germany. Homer was born to Roy and Gussie Mitchell on Oct. […]

Rodriguez: Sabor diferente de multiculturalismo se trae a la mesa

Recientemente escribí sobre un escritor famoso, Rudolfo Anaya. Es vergüensoso llamarlo un “escritor de Nuevo México”. Es un escritor de hispanos, conocido al nivel nacional. Rompió las fronteras regionales. Me gustaría saber cuando se romperán de nuestras fronteras de hispanos, dentro las fronteras históricas. No estoy hablando acerca de aquellos que fueron nacidos del otro […]

Rodriguez: Multiculturalism brings different flavor to the table

I wrote recently about famed writer Rudolfo Anaya. It’s a shame to call him a “New Mexico writer.” He’s a nationally known Hispanic writer. He broke the regional borders. I wonder when historical borders will be broken for Hispanics within our borders. I’m not talking about those born on the other side of the border. […]

United Way needs help with cleanup

STAFF REPORT United Way has scheduled a workday today in the Successful You Career Closet from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will be putting the room to order, tidying up and putting some finishing touches on the room. “Anyone willing and able to stop by to assist will be welcomed and appreciated,” said a […]

Livestock auction managers indicted on 139 charges

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor A Roosevelt County grand jury has indicted the managers of High Plains Livestock Auction on charges of forgery, fraud, conspiracy and racketeering, according to a news release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Calvin Pareo, 50, and Darcie Pareo, 41, of Portales could face up to life in […]

Here’s hoping for the best

If I wanted to hire a chef to prepare a grand meal for a dinner party, maybe I’d seek out seven or eight of them to ask about their qualifications. I might bring them all together in one meeting to let them do what they could to win my business. They’d probably want to bring […]

Subcommittee chairman plans to reform commisaries

Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nevada, is a brigadier general in the Army Reserve, a soldier-physician thrice deployed and also a discerning commissary shopper. Heck bristles at seeing half-empty shelves and goods askew because commissaries, unlike commercial grocers, rely on vendors to stock most items, and some do so only a few times a week. Shoppers, he […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 6:48 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 2800 block of South Roosevelt Road U • 10:26 a.m.: Criminal damage, 400 block of East 17th Street • 10:27 a.m.: Larceny, report taken, 1000 block of West 18th […]