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Small shops get set for Saturday shoppers

For Clovis and Portales small business owners, a day dedicated to keeping money in the community is a no-brainer. Saturday is Small Business Saturday, an initiative created in 2010 to encourage residents to shop locally. “It’s an opportunity for...

 

Portales school board honored

PORTALES — The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education showed a dedication to its schools in 2017 that deserves recognition, according to a state organization. The board — comprised of members Antonio Sanchez, Inez Rodriguez, Alan Garrett,...

 

Landmark business closing its doors

PORTALES — For 62 years, Woody’s Jewelry has been providing gifts to commemorate whatever needs celebrating around Roosevelt County. But customers learned this month that the downtown staple will close Dec. 27. Owner Danny Woodward took over the...

 

Doctor leaves behind legacy as surgeon

Dr. Samuel Neff gave all of himself, both in the operating room and in the Clovis community, according to his friends and family. Neff, 96, of Clovis, died Wednesday, leaving behind a legacy as a...

 

Family remembers Fred McNeal as kind, caring

Fred McNeal's life was often difficult, but family members said Wednesday they will remember him as kind and caring. The 26-year-old's body was found in a shallow grave in Ector County, Texas, on...

 

Sewer service request prompts policy discussion

PORTALES — A request for sewer services by a county resident was approved by the Portales City Council on Tuesday after being denied once before. The decision also prompted councilors to begin the process for establishing policy for sewer/water...

 

Regents tentatively accept oversight proposal

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents on Tuesday tentatively approved a proposal to increase oversight at its branch campuses, but not without concern from officials at ENMU Roswell. The action was recommended by the...

 

State school board project stalls

PORTALES — Two activists who had previously presented to the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education plans to change educational priorities in New Mexico reported Monday that their project has stalled. Larry Smith and Bill Calton of the...

 

Portales students play hard at end of health program

PORTALES - Ready, set, play: Valencia Elementary School students on Friday experienced the fun of eating healthy and staying active. Third- and fourth-graders were put through a gauntlet of activities...

 

Veterans honored across area

Veterans from across Roosevelt County, including a 97-year-old who served in World War II, received a warm welcome from Floyd's elementary students Thursday morning. Each student thanked veterans for...

 

Six find homes on Adoption Day

PORTALES — Six area children found "forever homes" Thursday morning at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, and the judge officiating the event couldn't be happier. Of National Adoption Day — an...

 

Official proposes nuisance, mobile home ordinances

PORTALES — A proposed solution to county properties kept in sub-standard condition drew both supporters and skeptics at Tuesday's Roosevelt County Commission meeting. No consensus was reached....

 

Lawmaker stepping down after 10 years

Dennis Roch says family comes first. And so New Mexico District 67’s representative has decided to step down from the Legislature after 10 years. Roch, a Logan Republican, will not run for re-election when his term expires on Dec. 31, 2018. He...

 

Veterans Day events on tap

“If you don’t read history, or make people aware of history, then you tend to repeat history.” Those were the words of American Legion Post 31 member Mike Woolley’s history professor, and they were the most appropriate words he could use to e...

 

Dora school board has four new members

DORA — The Dora Consolidated Schools Board of Education has four new members after its predecessors resigned over a month ago. The resignations came several months after a report released by the state auditor showed more than $100,000 in funds pote...

 

Small fires keep department busy

A small fire Thursday near Melrose is one of several the Clovis Fire Department has dealt with recently. Thursday’s fire began at 8:30 a.m. and was contained in “less than 10 minutes,” according to CFD Lt. Chris Elam. A motorist “lost the...

 

Cold coming, but not to stay

A freeze is coming to the eastern Plains, but don’t get too comfortable in those winter coats. The cold weather isn’t expected to last. The season’s first frost is expected this weekend — lows should be around 25 degrees early Saturday mornin...

 

Portales High starts two new extracurricular programs

PORTALES — Anyone who complains there's nothing to do at Portales High School isn't paying attention, administrators say. With two new extracurricular programs at the high school this year,...

 

Financial report shows CCC scores high

Eastern New Mexico is in relatively fair financial health despite a Tuesday report that higher education is missing its fiscal mark in New Mexico, according to local college administrators. The non-partisan Legislative Finance Committee on Tuesday re...

 

Weeds worry Portales resident

PORTALES — Portales is infested with weeds after a rainy summer, but getting rid of them is a challenge when property owners won’t do it. Portales resident Raymond Fisher approached the Eastern New Mexico News about an abundance of 4-foot weeds...

 

Volunteers make festival happen

PORTALES — Preparation for the 45th annual Peanut Valley Festival has begun, and the 44th iteration isn't even underway yet. "The vendor sign-up process for next year will start before this...

 

Portales considering tax, fee hikes

PORTALES — A presentation on how Portales can raise revenue at Tuesday’s city council meeting had councilors asking how they could help the situation. City Manager Sammy Standefer informed councilors at the beginning of the presentation that the...

 

Official intends to expand water well fields

PORTALES — Public Works Director John DeSha made clear the intent to expand the acreage on Portales’ water well fields at Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting. After speaking to the New Mexico State Land Office about increasing the acreage...

 

County manager details tenative disaster relief plan

PORTALES — Roosevelt County Manager Amber Hamilton detailed at Tuesday's county commission meeting a tentative plan to apply for disaster relief funds from heavy rains in August. Because De Baca...

 

44th Annual Peanut Valley Festival kicks off Saturday

PORTALES — As the 44th annual Peanut Valley Festival approaches, several of the event's vendors are looking ahead to their fourth decade of attendance. The free festival is set for next weekend at...

 

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