Education: School news

Dora school news: Volleyball • Today — Varsity play at Clovis, 5 p.m. • Friday and Saturday — Varsity tournament in Roswell • Monday — JH/JV/V play Floyd at Dora, 4:30 p.m. Football • Friday — JH/Varsity play Tatum at Dora, 4/7 p.m. ENMU Briefs: ENMU enrolls over 6,000 for first time With a 2016 […]

To Do List

Today • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Comic book wreath. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Calling All Cool Cats. Information: 575-356-3940 • Friends of the Library — Noon in he meeting room at the Portales Public Library, 218 South […]

Pages Past — Sept. 8

On this date … Sept. 8 1976: Baltimore Orioles right-hander Jim Palmer won his 20th game for the sixth time in seven seasons. Baltimore beat Cleveland, 3-1, as Palmer pitched a complete-game seven-hitter. The Indians only run came in the first inning when John Lowenstein tripled and scored on Larvell Blanks’ sacrifice fly. 1971: Items […]

Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Tuesday • 9:47 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, location unknown, report taken • 10:41 a.m.: Ambulance requested, location unknown • 11:16 a.m.: Forgery, 1600 block East Spruce Street, report taken • 12:08 p.m.: Domestic in progress, 500 block […]

Multiple trials set for next week

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The jury trial for a Portales man accused of assaulting a Portales police officer is set for next week. Anthony Ortega, 28, has a Sept. 16 trial date for the charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, disarming a peace officer (third-degree felonies) and resisting, evading or obstructing […]

Commissioners say no to policy

Staff report During Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, commissioners decided not to adopt a policy allowing county employees to carry handguns in county vehicles. Attorney Randy Knudson said it would be best for the county not to draft their own policy, because they comply with state policy, which allows employees to have concealed carry licenses. […]

Clovis man goes to trial next week

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor A Clovis man accused of shooting a Clovis police officer last week has a pair of unrelated cases going to trial Monday. Anthony Baca, 34, will have jury selection Monday and trial through Tuesday on cases: • 2015-442: Aggravated assault and shoplifting • 2016-44: case of trafficking, robbery, aggravated […]

Williams: Public miseducated on crime


Some are puzzled by the dishonesty, lack of character and sheer stupidity of many people in the media. But seeing as most of them are college graduates, they don’t bear the full blame. They are taught by dishonest and irresponsible academics. Let’s look at it. “A Clash of Police Policies,” a column written by Thomas […]

McDonald: Small town news also needs telling

For more than three years now, I’ve been collecting news out of small towns around New Mexico. I launched the Community News Exchange, or CNEx, as a news-sharing service in May 2013 and have been reading many of New Mexico’s smallest newspapers (either online or in hardcopies mailed to me) ever since. It’s a weekend-intensive […]

Editorial: NM boy proof that poor families can overcome

For all those who might believe New Mexico’s poor and minority kids are in a helpless, hopeless situation, 13-year-old Donovan Smith doesn’t fit the mold. His motto is “Do what you can.” That’s how he lives, and the young optimist thinks it’s something anyone can do. The seventh-grader has spent the last two years proving […]

Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 4:07 p.m.: Domestic in progress, 1900 block North Avenue K • 4:39 p.m.: Reckless driver, Kilgore Avenue/U.S. 70 • 4:44 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 1000 block Sun Court • 5:36 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident with injuries, 600 block […]

Pages Past — Sept. 7

On this date … Sept. 7 1976: Sirloin Stockade at 2018 Mabry Drive in Clovis was having a “steak sale.” Specials included “Buy one sizzlin’ sirloin at regular price … get a second sizzlin’ sirloin for 49 cents.” The steak filet was also on sale, for $2.69. 1971: The Pentagon did not issue a casualty […]

To Do List

Today • Tween program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 9-12. Activity: Tweens’ choice, early release game day. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Calling All Cool Cats. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: […]

Woman killed in train collision

Staff report An Austin, Texas, woman was killed Monday morning in a collision with a train east of Fort Sumner in Roosevelt County. A news release from New Mexico State Police said the crash occurred about 7:30 a.m. on Roosevelt Road AV near U.S. 60. Andrea Grimm, 54, was identified as the only victim. “The […]

Woman involved in police chase dies

Staff report The woman involved in last week’s  chase with Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies has died. Irisema Hernandez, 33, died Sunday at a hospital in Lubbock where she was airlifted after the incident. The man who drove the fleeing car, Eduardo Lopez, was released from the hospital on Friday and is back in the custody […]

Local fishers gather for derby

Staff photos: Eamon Scarbrough
Portales resident Matthew Salas casts his line.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer Saturday evening saw fishermen of all types gathering at Oasis State Park to celebrate their common passion. Oasis’ eighth annual “Biggest Catfish Challenge” brought out the competitive nature of participants, but also formed camaraderie between them. Rosemary Mathews of Portales forgot bait and swivels for her fishing rod, but […]

Local kids look to future

By Matthew Asher Staff Writer It’s the age-old question our society asks children: What do you want to be when you grow up? Some children know exactly what career path they want. But for the majority, that dream job changes as often as the styles of their clothes. For this Labor Day, children from […]

Seniors take look back at early employment

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer When she was 18, Patsy Rains worked as a waitress at Clyde’s Cafe on Main Street in Portales. Rains, a graduate of Floyd High School, later went on to gain her teaching degree and became a fifth-grade teacher in Portales. What did you enjoy about your first job? I […]

Pages past — Sept. 6

On this date … 1971: The Curry County Fair had an “international flair,” the Clovis News-Journal reported, thanks to Australia’s Wayne Lewis. Lewis, an exchange student from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, was living with the J.A. McDaniel family. He had entered three Poland-China hogs in the competition. Lewis said he hoped to one day […]

Officials talk about their first jobs

Editor’s note: As much of the region enjoyed a day without labor on Monday, we asked public officials about their first jobs. By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer One of the first things Roosevelt County Commissioner Shane Lee learned when he started his “real first job,” was that every customer matters. Lee was about 18 […]