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Lost to time

PORTALES — If a picture is truly worth 1,000 words, then Portales MainStreet may have just hit the jackpot. Thirty-eight photos brought to Executive Director Sandy Vigil in December appear to depict...

 

Reporter's notebook: Metallica has merit

Who says metal music has no merit? Certainly not Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, which will be rewarded to metal institution Metallica in June. The band will receive 90,000 euros for creating emotional works that recall “Wagner’s emotional turmoil...

 

ENMU achieves 21st consecutive spring enrollment record

PORTALES — An increasing demand for online education and faculty that truly care about students has helped Eastern New Mexico University achieve its 21st consecutive spring enrollment record,...

 

Reporter's notebook: Lip sync battle

Do you want to compete to win a music competition without all the hassle of learning how to sing or play an instrument? The United Way of Eastern New Mexico has the event for you. The lip sync battle is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. on March 4 at the Java...

 

Portales students recognized for band, choir success

PORTALES — Monday’s Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting was all about the arts. First, Portales Junior High and Portales High students were recognized for successfully completing all-district and all-state band and choir...

 

Company pledges to take on costs of road damage

PORTALES — The company that controls a facility from which mineral oil spilled, covering downtown Portales on Jan. 25, has pledged to incur any costs associated with road damage, according to the city’s public works director. John DeSha told the...

 

Roosevelt may join in opioid litigation

PORTALES — Roosevelt County may join the wave of cities, counties and states that have sued pharmaceutical companies for allegedly marketing addictive opioid drugs in a deceiving manner. In a regular meeting Tuesday, the Roosevelt County...

 

Concerns raised about Roosevelt intersection

PORTALES — Concern is brewing about unsafe behavior at a Roosevelt County intersection. At Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, County Manager Amber Hamilton said “extensive concerns” had been expressed about the safety of the...

 

Reporter's notebook: Let the good times roll

PORTALES — Laissez les bons temps rouler, Eastern New Mexico University. For those that don’t speak French, take note: That means “Let the good times roll,” and if you attend ENMU’s Mardi Gras Masquerade, you might be hearing it a lot. The...

 

Reporter's notebook: Poet to bring work to life

PORTALES — Poetry comes alive in a live setting, and Portales will soon have opportunity to see an award-winning poet breathe life into his own works. Chen Chen’s first book, “When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities,” was...

 

Fort Sumner restaurant closing after 40 years

FORT SUMNER — After 40 years serving the people of Fort Sumner and beyond, a staple closed its doors Saturday. Fred’s Restaurant owners Fred and Ron Gauna apologized to their clientele for closing “so soon,” but explained that “we simply...

 

Realtor: Median home prices down in area

New Mexico’s housing prices were the most expensive since 2008, but eastern New Mexico saw its lowest prices in five years, according to a local Realtor. The Realtors Association of New Mexico reported on Jan. 25 a median sales price of $190,000....

 

Museum artifacts see light of day

PORTALES — From 1969 to 2017, the Blackwater Draw Museum sat on U.S. 70. In 2017, its contents were relocated to a new building on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University, and those tasked with...

 

Science class makes foray into recycling

PORTALES — What separates the world we live in now from the gray, dystopian locales of our films and literature? It could be as little as a few trips to the recycling center each month, according...

 

Reporter's notebook - Feb. 2

PORTALES — Attention, agriculture professionals: An event catered just for you is coming. The High Plains Crop and Livestock Symposium is scheduled Feb. 22 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. Featuring seven educational programs, a...

 

Reporter's notebook - Feb. 1

High school students: Are you ready for college? If two New Mexico state legislators have their way, students would have to provide a definite answer. A bill, sponsored by Rep. Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque,...

 

So, what's your story?

PORTALES — Everyone has a story to tell, and this spring, eastern New Mexico residents will have a chance to tell theirs in an audio-recording studio. A national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the stories of all people will be in...

 

Damages by vandals could prove costly

PORTALES — Thursday’s mineral oil spill in Portales could potentially cost the city $40,000 per block in road repairs. The incident, called vandalism by officials, saw a massive amount of mineral oil leak from a J.D. Heiskell feed manufacturing f...

 

Mineral oil spills from feed facility

PORTALES - A massive amount of mineral oil spilled out of a feed manufacturing facility and onto the streets of Portales on Thursday morning in what officials called an act of vandalism. J.D. Heiskell...

 

Portales limits water authority payment

PORTALES — The Portales City Council on Tuesday decided it would pay only its debt and a small reserve as part of its annual member contribution to the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority. According to ENMWUA’s interim director, the...

 

Area unemployment rate lower than state average

New Mexico’s 6 percent unemployment rate — the second highest in the nation — isn’t sending eastern New Mexico into a panic. Though unemployment in the state has dropped from 6.1 percent in November of 2017, the unemployment rate in December...

 

Reporter's notebook: Fireworks for the birds

PORTALES — If your idyllic stroll through the Eastern New Mexico University campus tonight is interrupted by a series of loud popping sounds, you have nothing to fear — unless you’re a bird. The university’s physical plant will be performing...

 

Special collection at ENMU damaged

PORTALES — A treasured collection of literature is facing an uncertain future after sustaining damage from flooding over the winter holiday. On Dec. 29, a pipe in a restroom of the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building froze and...

 

Administrative proposal gets final approval

PORTALES — A proposal that sparked a debate spanning over two months and caused concern for one of Eastern New Mexico University’s branch campuses was granted final approval on Wednesday. In November, a recommendation by the Legislative Finance...

 

Reporter's notebook: Peanut butter to be celebrated

Crunchy or smooth? That will be the question on Wednesday. That’s when we celebrate National Peanut Butter Day, according to Nationaltoday.com, a website dedicated to commemorating holidays. While the day is one of several food-related holidays...

 

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