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Portales schools make the grade

PORTALES — An "A" grade by James Elementary School in last year's state report card was recognized Friday morning with a dance party and a visit from a state official. "This is an exciting day,"...

 

Easement from Cannon could be costly

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority learned at its Thursday meeting that securing an easement for a pipeline from Cannon Air Force Base to Portales may prove costly. CAFB Water Quality Project Manager John Rebman told members...

 

Public input, security items tabled

PORTALES — Two action items that were tabled at Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting also prompted the most discussion. A proposal to change the public input portion of the meeting was put forth by City Attorney Steve Doerr after he had receiv...

 

Councilors approve resolution to purchase building

PORTALES — City councilors took the first step at their Tuesday meeting toward giving the Portales Police Department its own space. A resolution authorizing the purchase of the former magistrate court building on U.S. 70 for $339,400 was approved...

 

More progress made on disaster declaration

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission learned at its Tuesday meeting that more progress has been made in declaring a disaster in the county. Road Superintendent Ricky Lovato reported he had...

 

Portales man found guilty in rape case

PORTALES — A Portales man on Monday was found guilty of rape and faces up to 53 years in prison. Jurors found Roy Brown, 29, guilty of two counts of criminal sexual penetration resulting in great bodily harm, plus aggravated battery and other...

 

Eastern New Mexico University looks to drop insurance coverage

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents grilled the director of the New Mexico Risk Management Division on Thursday about withdrawing from its insurance coverage. NMRMD Director Lara White-Davis, along with representatives of...

 

Longtime GOP senator Pete Domenici dies

Pete Domenici was a longtime U.S. senator, but in New Mexico, many called him friend. Domenici, 85, died Wednesday of complications from abdominal surgery. The Republican was known for his... Full story

 

Group presents informal petition for Dora board resignations

DORA — A group of Dora citizens is accelerating its efforts to ask the Dora Consolidated Schools Board of Education to resign. In a board meeting Monday night, the group presented a list of citizens that had signed an informal petition asking the b...

 

Officials, lawmwakers hoping to establish state school board

PORTALES — The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education heard at its Monday night meeting plans to shift New Mexico’s legislative priorities. Larry Smith and Bill Calton, members of the Roosevelt County Republican Party, told the board they...

 

Locals remember 9/11

For many in eastern New Mexico, the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, was an opportunity not only for remembrance but also a reflection on current events. "The pain of that...

 

Opening arguments contentious in rape case

PORTALES — Jurors were met with contentious opening arguments on the first day of the trial of a Portales man accused of rape. Roy Brown, 29, faces multiple charges, including two counts of criminal sexual penetration resulting in great bodily...

 

Sexual assault trial starts Monday

PORTALES — The final preparations were made Friday before the trial of a Portales man accused of sexual assault. Roy Brown, 29, is accused of breaking into a woman’s home two miles south of Portales in June 2016 and attacking her as she slept. Hi...

 

Organization seeks actors for play about suicide

PORTALES —Suicide thrives in silence. That’s why a local organization is looking for actors in a play called “Saying Hello to Goodbye.” Jim Lee is a member of Project Sunrise — a group of Clovis and Portales residents dedicated to...

 

Water funds donated to Roosevelt fair

PORTALES — Even the fair needs water. Steve and Janet Mattfeldt, owners of Sun Valley Rides, which provided the Roosevelt County Fair with rides last month, made a $2,500 donation to the cause. The Mattfeldts presented the check to the county fair...

 

Officials discuss courthouse security officer

PORTALES — Roosevelt County Commissioners on Tuesday were asked to consider commissioning a security officer in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The discussion came about from a letter by 9th Judicial District Court Chief Judge Drew Tatum stating...

 

Locals share good and bad of employment

On Monday, we celebrate work. On Labor Day weekend, we asked area residents to tell us about their best jobs ... and their worst. • Portales resident Ricardo Salazar said he misses the benefits of working at Dairy Farmers of America, which...

 

Locals sending help for Harvey victims

Eastern New Mexico is preparing to send some neighborly love to Texas as it struggles through a disaster this week. Hurricane Harvey has destroyed property, displaced more than a million residents, and killed over 35 people so far. While the...

 

Line break far from city's first

PORTALES — A break in a water line that left most of Portales without running water for over 12 hours Saturday isn't the first of its kind, according to city officials. The break, which originated...

 

Community joins hands in prayer following shooting

CLOVIS — People deal with tragedy in a variety of ways, but for several members of Kingswood United Methodist Church, help from a higher power was needed. After two people were killed and four were...

 

Regional school scores strong

Results are in and Eastern New Mexico schools with good grades outnumber those with bad grades 2-to-1. It’s reason to celebrate, according to New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski. “We need to spend more time...

 

City expects 2019 substation opening

PORTALES — A fire substation intended to increase public safety should be in Portales by 2019, according to city officials. City Manager Sammy Standefer said the city’s goal is to go to bid for the construction of the substation by the beginning...

 

Vendors come from all over for fair

PORTALES — They come every year from across New Mexico and beyond to share their delectable treats with Roosevelt County. That's right: The Roosevelt County Fair has come again, and with it, food...

 

Lots to talk about at Pioneer Luncheon

PORTALES — Whether reminiscing about romance, personal triumph, or friendships, attendees at the Roosevelt County Fair's Pioneer Luncheon had much to talk about. Longtime residents and former locals...

 

Home arts participants keep tradition alive

PORTALES — For many participants in the home arts portion of the Roosevelt County Fair, winning takes second place. The most important part of the competition, some said Wednesday, is to keep the...

 

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