Firefighters promoting safety tips

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For the month of October, the Portales Fire Department holds tours of its fire station for Brown Early Childhood Center kindergarten students, and is bringing the “Fire Buddy” fire safety education program to James Elementary School. Oct. 9-15 was proclaimed as Fire Prevention Week by Mayor Sharon King at the Tuesday Portales City Council Meeting.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer Although Oct. 9-15 was proclaimed as Fire Prevention Week in Portales by Mayor Sharon King at the Oct. 4 city council meeting, the city’s fire department is working all month to inform area youth of the importance of fire safety and the constant role that the department plays in […]

About 700 attend RGH Health Fair

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Doris McAfee points out the difference between candy and medicine in a guessing game during the Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER An interactive community and a friendly hospital staff made the sixth annual Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair worthwhile, attendees said. But those are just icing on the cake for attendees, where a variety of free health services were provided during the fair Saturday morning. “It’s a good way to […]

Boswell: ‘It’ is not funny

So, it has finally happened, many people’s worst nightmare has become a reality. “It” has come to life — quite literally. By “It” I am referencing Steven King’s 1986 horror novel in which a clown figure terrorizes children. One of my close friends called me Tuesday night very shaken up because someone in a clown […]

Pages past — Oct. 9

On this date … 1951: Ramona Griego had been unable to celebrate her fourth birthday because she was in Clovis Memorial Hospital. The child, who lived at 205 Cameo, was suffering from polio, doctors said. She’d been admitted over the weekend with severe weakness in her arms and legs and was confined to bed. She […]

To do list — Oct. 9

Today • Wind Symphony concert — 3 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-356-1011 Tuesday • Afterschool S.T.E.A.M. — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Play your way. Information: 575-356-3940 • Portales High School Coffee Night — 6:30 p.m. in the PHS cafeteria. A night of jazz, music theater, […]

Roosevelt General CEO resigns

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Roosevelt General Hospital’s administrator plans to leave in January, according to a Friday press release from the hospital. CEO Larry Leaming started at RGH in January 2010 and his last day with the hospital will be Jan. 6, 2017, the release said. Leaming has accepted a position as president […]

ENMU celebrates 82nd homecoming

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The Eastern New Mexico University homecoming parade to be held next Saturday morning is one of several homecoming events open to the public.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER For their 82nd homecoming celebration, Eastern New Mexico University has a week-long schedule of events that will reinforce the bond between the university and the surrounding community. According to ENMU Alumni Director Robert Graham, the bond between the university and the Eastern New Mexico community is vital to the […]

Pages past — Oct. 8

On this date … 1971: Public dancing was declared legal in Clovis, so long as the dance host had a permit and only held dances “on an occasional basis,” Clovis’ city attorney said. Eloy Garcia had asked the city approve his request for a public dance license several weeks earlier; he was initially denied because […]

Local roundup — Oct. 8

Grand jury increases Portales man’s charges A Portales man could face life in prison after a grand jury increased his felony charges. Roy Brown, 28, is accused of sexually assaulting a Roosevelt County woman after breaking into her home in the middle of the night in June. He was charged with two counts of criminal […]

Johnson: Obesity in pets a growing problem

One of the first indicators of easy livin’ is food – good food and lots of it means you’ve crossed a precipice of sorts, transitioning from rudimentary survival to steady comfort. In the human world, affluence and success are often measured by material possessions and the ease with which one is able to move through […]

Xcel powerline project complete

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A 75-foot pole erected near the Bailey County Substation south of Muleshoe connects to the new 115-kilovolt transmission line recently completed by Xcel Energy.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER Xcel Energy’s latest project connects New Mexico and Texas in a powerful way. According to Xcel Energy’s press release, the completed $38 million transmission line spans more than 37 miles between the Curry County Substation east of Clovis to the Bailey County Substation south of Muleshoe. The line is […]

It’s ‘all about the kiddos’ for volunteer

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER Some people are just born with the innate desire to help others. For Clovis resident Patricia Bazar, her daytime job at United Way isn’t enough as she also is a volunteer at the Clovis chapter of Kiwanis and is the most recent recipient of the El Desayuno Kiwanis Kachina […]

Brown: Running simple equipment an art

Operating a large piece of equipment — or any size, really — is an exercise in precision and prediction. From a bicycle to a bulldozer, the operator’s goal is always to maneuver in order to accomplish the goal as accurately as possible. But there are no buttons that just say, “go here” or “do that.” […]

To do list

Saturday • Double Reed Chamber Music recital — 3 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-1011 • RGH Health Fair — 8 a.m.-noon at Roosevelt General Hospital on US 70. Flu shots, blood panels, car seat clinic and more. Information: 575-359-1800 Sunday • Wind Symphony concert — 3 p.m. in Buchanan Hall […]

Portales man to spend 16 years in prison

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor A Roosevelt County man will spend the next 16 and a half years in prison after reaching a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office. Gustav Henry Jimenez, 33, was involved in a high speed chase when he fled from Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputies in January. The chase ended […]

Murder trial moved back due to lack of attorney

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor A Portales man accused of murder has had his trial date moved back due to lack of counsel. Roswell public defender Gokul Krishna Sripada appeared in Portales district Thursday afternoon to tell Judge Donna Mowrer that he would not be representing David Smith, 41, who is accused of first-degree […]

General Obligation Bonds to appear on election ballot

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER With the general election just around the corner, local officials are hoping for the passing of New Mexico General Obligation Bonds A, B and C. If Bond A passes in the Nov. 8 election, over $15.4 million total will be provided across the state to improve senior citizen facilities. […]

Pages Past — Oct. 7

Oct. 7 On this date … 1976: Charlie Bailey had been hired as the second female officer in the eastern New Mexico District for New Mexico State Police. The district had 17 officers, including nine stationed in Clovis, to cover Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Quay counties. 1976: Funeral services were planned for Bill Carr, […]

Religion: Local Bible service thought-provoking

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Peggy Davis, member of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, teaches a discussion-oriented course on the New Testament Wednesday evening.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER For members of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, every Wednesday night is a thoughtful and spiritual occasion. Church member Peggy Davis teaches a class called “Institute” at 7 p.m. Wednesdays to discuss the New Testament. Davis said she approaches the class with a discussion-oriented setting. […]

Police blotter

Jail Log Released Wednesday As of 7 a.m. Thursday • Jimmy J. Galvan, 26, other jail • Charles M. Lopez, 30, serving sentence at department of corrections • Ever Perez-Castillo, 26, released by court order Booked Wednesday As of 7 a.m. Thursday • Adia Southern, 56, walk in • William Yates, 21, probation violation Total […]