James students put reading on their lists

By Tony Parra James Elementary students are opening the door to the world of imagination books have to offer this week as part of the Scholastic Book Fair. Some James Elementary students were made their first visit to the book fair on Tuesday. Tina Miller, James Elementary librarian, said James Elementary students will take a […]

4/10 Local Briefs

Elida makes preparations for centennial in 2007 The Elida community is preparing for its 100th anniversary in 2007. Community members are seeking to find pictures that can be used in the publication of a memorial book. Pictures for an of the schools that consolidated with Elida as well as pictures and information of general interest […]

Nov. 24 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Transitions Birthday this week: Emily Hamilton, Bennie Jemez, Joel Moore, Kent Winders, Wanda Chenault, Debby Canon, Nathan Erdman, Margaret Wilcox, Jeff Bilbery, Clayton Ford and Tommy Hogg. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Jake Howard and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Southard. Church news There will be a Christmas musical Dec. 5 at the Methodist […]

County people hope to fight illiteracy

By Tony Parra The Portales councilors proclaimed Thursday as ‘Literacy Day’ for Portales and it brought awareness to one of the issues facing Roosevelt County residents. Currently, 25 percent of people in Roosevelt County are illiterate, according to statistics from the Roosevelt Literacy Council. Roosevelt County has 21 percent of the adults reading at Level […]

Bond money stocks junior high library

By Laurie Stone A well-stocked library can be a cornerstone for students which opens a door of opportunity for a growing mind as their interests and education develops. Thanks to the general obligation bond issue that was passed in Nov. 2002, Billy Dixon, the Portales Junior High librarian, puchased $20,000 dollars worth of new books. […]

Students choose logging on in lieu of library research

By Mike Linn The story goes something like this: A graduate student logs onto the Internet to research a major paper, finds a site, quotes its content only to find out later the site’s information was gathered by a sixth-grader. The tale is an example of the dangers associated with students using Internet search engines […]

May 9 Portales Junior High News

Recognition Assemblies Both the academic and athletic awards assembly will be May 26 at 1 p.m. in the old gym.  The promotion from eighth grade to high school will be May 27, at 5:30 p.m. in Greyhound Arena. The early hour will allow families who have seniors participating in the prom to attend both events. […]

May 2 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon Student Progress Reports This week teachers issued students their grades so far this last quarter. There are only four short weeks to keep the grades up or work to bring them up before school ends. Principal Steve Harris encourages students and parents to pay close attention to grades and work with the […]

Library to receive E-rate funding

By Michelle Seeber U.S. Rep. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) recently confirmed that the Portales Public Library will receive $5,713 in telecommunications discounts to ensure access to technology. The discounts are part of the E-Rate program that provides libraries discounted Internet and telecommunications services. Jenny Blaylock, circulation supervisor at the library, said, “We’ve been getting that discount […]

City cracking down on book borrowers

Mike Linn Local librarians scored a major victory in the never-ending battle to recoup books when the Portales City Council adopted an ordinance that would make not returning a book a petty misdemeanor. The ordinance passed by a 6-1 vote at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Council member Jake Lopez cast the lone no vote. […]