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Portales students give big for Christmas

PORTALES — Santa will have a sleigh full of presents to hand out on Dec. 16, thanks to donations by Portales school students. Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos and School Resource Officer Eric Muller on Thursday accepted a check from Lindsey...

 

Portales officials approve short capital wish list

PORTALES — Less is more when it comes to capital outlay requests, the Portales City Council decided on Tuesday. Councilors approved a four-item wish list: • $395,000 for wellfield improvements, • $175,000 for water circulation upgrades, •...

 

Roosevelt approves overdose prevention program

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday approved a program aimed at preventing opioid abusers from overdosing, despite some initial apprehension from commissioners. Roosevelt County...

 

Legislature 2018 slated for Jan. 16 start

The focus of the 2018 New Mexico legislative session may be on the state’s budget, but there is plenty more that legislators on the east side of the state hope to accomplish. The session runs from Jan. 16 to Feb. 15, and its primary purpose is to d...

 

Floats light up night

PORTALES - Family, fun, old Saint Nick himself - what more do you need to have a good time? Not much, if you ask any of the Portales residents attending the city's 31st annual Christmas Light Parade....

 

Cool dampens cotton quality

Rain helped cotton growers in eastern New Mexico and west Texas in 2017, but cool weather put a damper on the quality of their crops. Roosevelt County producer Kevin Breshears said he harvested two...

 

Police department Christmas programs kick off

Santa Claus will make an early visit to Portales on Dec. 16 to hand out presents, but he can't do it without a little help. He needs more than just elves: He has volunteers wrapping presents and...

 

Tree shortage not affecting local supplies

A nationwide Christmas tree shortage has had little effect on the High Plains’ ability to purchase the real thing this year, according to local nursery owners. The shortage has driven up prices across the country because of the 2007 recession,...

 

Shoppers pound pavement for perfect presents

Shoppers at the Portales Wal-Mart found Black Friday bargains without the rush typically associated with the “holiday.” Mark Hernandez of Clovis went to Portales on Friday to find bargains that he couldn’t get at home, and walked away with...

 

Fires in Curry, Roosevelt start weekend

The holiday weekend began with a reminder of fire danger in the region. A mobile home on the 1400 block of Roosevelt Road 4 in Roosevelt County caught fire around noon Thursday after a controlled burn “got out of hand and got under the mobile...

 

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...

 

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