County building demo could start in weeks

By Robin Fornoff Demolition could start in three to four weeks at Curry County’s Gidding Street building. County commissioners approved a request Friday to start the process of obtaining permits, despite objections from Commissioner-elect Chet Spear the commission was “getting the cart before the horse.” Spear pointed out commissioners haven’t yet approved a $15 […]

Pages past — Nov. 8

On this date … 1969: New Mexico House Speaker David Norvell had been dropped from the list of dignitaries invited to participate in Clovis’ Veterans Day Parade because of his stand on Vietnam. Norvell had called the war a “monstrous error” and demanded President Nixon live up to promises to halt the fighting. Norvell said […]

Air gun found during school lockdown

Staff report Portales police requested a lockdown Friday morning at Portales High School after a caller reported seeing a gun being waved around in a vehicle near the school, according to police. Detective Charlie Smart said after gaining consent from the parents who owned the vehicle, police discovered an air pistol that shoots plastics bullets […]

Laundry can be hot zone in marriage

By Grant McGee Local columnist Stepping out of the utility room at The Stucco Hacienda, I spoke up so The Lady of the House could hear me in the kitchen. “I am about to utter some words I’m sure you never thought you’d hear come from me,” I said. “Oh?” said The Lady of the […]

Clovis man guilty of sexual assault

Staff report Daniel Bayless, 51, of Clovis was found guilty Thursday by a Curry County jury of the August 2013 sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl, according to a press release issued late Friday by District Attorney Andrea Reeb. The release said Bayless faces a mandatory 18 years in prison, must serve at least 85 […]

Cancer doesn’t care about species

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies Pets share many aspects of our lives, often living the same routines, sharing our moods and, yes, even illnesses. Specifically, cancer is one of those things that doesn’t discriminate based on whether one has fur or not. While the American Cancer Society reports an estimated 16.7 million U.S. […]

Meetings watch — Nov. 8

Roosevelt County Commission Roosevelt County commissioners met Friday morning at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices in Portales. They took the following action: • Approved a transfer of Magistrate Court construction funds to Western Bank. The funds designated for Magistrate Court construction in the amount of $3.4 million will be transferred from JP Stone Community Bank […]

Tetris, Jenga good practice for loading

By Audra Brown Local columnist Let’s tie down! Words that you may or may not be pleased to hear. Words that are heard quite often on, around, and on the way to, the farm. Perhaps the most common is when it’s time to secure a relatively simple and homogenous load. Hay bales, pallets of feed, […]

The science of writing

Derek Major: Staff photo
ENMU Professor Geni Flores, center, and fifth-grade teacher Cynthia Flores-Gonzales sit with the winners of their essay contest, from left, Josue Vargas, Carmelo Nunez, Zayra Alvarada and Angela Plascencia on Thursday for their working lunch.

By Derek Major Staff writer Every year, fifth-graders at Lindsey-Steiner Ele-mentary School take a field trip to the wetlands at Goodwin Lake Trail in Clovis. This year, teacher Cynthia Flores-Gonzales tied a writing assignment to the trip. “The kids have been writing in science journals since the year started and I wanted their writing […]

Organizations prepare events to honor veterans

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Veterans Day is shaping up to be a busy one as area organizations prepare events and ceremonies to honor the country’s service men and women. American Legion Post 31 will hold its 68th annual Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday morning at the Memorial Building in Portales. Post 31 Commander Joe […]

To do list — Nov. 7

Today • Harvest Jamboree — 7 p.m., Yam Theatre. Cost is $10 at the door and $8 if purchased from a Floyd Lions Club member. Information: 575-478-2574. • Joseph Flores Sr. recital — 3 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall. Information: 575-562-2377. Saturday • Anthony Aguayo Jr. Recital — 3 p.m., Eastern New Mexico […]

Meetings watch — Nov. 7

Roosevelt County Commission The Roosevelt County Commission meets 9 a.m. today at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. The agenda includes: • Request for approval of a Transfer of Magistrate Court Construction Funds to Western Bank. If approved, funds designated for Magistrate Court Construction in the amount of $3.4 million will be transferred from JP Stone […]

Portales schools honor rolls

Portales Junior High Seventh grade A honor roll Ezekiel Joshuah Aguirre Kinsey Jo Bilberry Abigail Renae Cameron Mariana Escobedo Aguirre Marisela J. Garcia Falon Marie McDaniel Nevaeh Moherman Timberlyn MaKae Neece Desiree Nadine Nettles Ignacio Gerardo Perez Ashley Paige Riccardi Zara Isabella Roy Payton R. Santillanes Atiana Tapia Emmalyn Marie Vest Amber Nichole Washburn Breanna Patricia […]

United Way hosting food distribution

Staff report The United Way of Eastern New Mexico and the Portales Ministerial Alliance will host a special food distribution from 10 am to 2 p.m. on Nov. 15. The distribution will be held at Central Christian Church, 1528 S. Main St., in Portales. The distribution is open to qualified individuals living in the Portales […]

Job fair offers options

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Plains Regional Medical Center’s Connie Vinson speaks with Donald Jones of Clovis Wednesday afternoon during the Eastern New Mexico Fall Job Fair at the Greyhound Arena. The job fair featured 38 businesses looking for potential employees.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For recent Idaho transplant Senovia Garcia, Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico fall job fair at was just what she was looking for. The fair, which is organized by the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, and the Curry County Chamber of Commerce, had options for […]

Golden Boy remains mum on plant plans

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Golden Boy Food’s officials have yet to comment on their plans for the peanut plant on Highway 70. Golden Boy purchased the plant in April for $26 million.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Eight months after completing a $26 million deal to buy Sunland Inc., Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods has yet to comment on the plant’s future. There have been signs of activity in the last month at the former Sunland peanut process plant, including a company sign. Post Holdings, […]

Turkey dinner place to be today

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Shortly after Keith Wilks moved to Portales in July, he was paying a pastoral call to Roosevelt General Hospital and telling someone that he’d just arrived in town to be the new preacher at First United Methodist Church. Wilks remembers the man lighting up and saying, “Oh, that’s the church […]

One more added to city manager finalist list

Staff report The Portales City Council added one more name to the list of finalists for city manager after reviewing eight new applications during an executive session Tuesday, Mayor Sharon King said. King said the council will interview the city’s general services director Mike Parkey during an executive session on Monday. Parkey, who oversees the […]

Police blotter — Nov. 6

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Tuesday • 11:48 a.m.: Warrant service, 1700 block North Boston Street • 11:49 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries), unknown address • 12:26 p.m.: Warrant service, 1000 block North Community Way • 5:35 p.m.: Burglary report, […]

To do list — Nov. 6

Today • 61st annual First United Methodist Church Turkey Day & Bazaar — 11 a.m.. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Tickets $8 for adults, $4 for children under 10. It is dine in or carry out and delivery available. Information: 575-356-8597 • Chambliss Lantana — […]