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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...

 

Portales vineyard closer to public opening

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico wine lovers, take heed: Portales is closer to having its own vineyard. Enchantment Vineyards, located east of Portales, was approved by the city for a license to distribute wine in 2016, and about four months ago...

 

Blackwater Draw photo series on display

PORTALES — Since 1932, discoveries have been made at the Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark that have shed light on the earth's history. Now, however, the site is getting some recognition...

 

Reporter's notebook: ENMU hosting part-time job fair

Are you looking for extra work to supplement your income? Is your school and home life preventing you from getting full-time employment? Then Eastern New Mexico University has an event for you. The university is hosting a part-time job fair from 11...

 

Reporter's notebook: Sending help to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma in September, has been receiving assistance from across the United States since the tragedy. Now eastern New Mexico and Texas Panhandle communities have joined in the rebuilding. Xcel Energy on...

 

City of Portales faces staffing issue

PORTALES — A state law could potentially be keeping the city of Portales from hiring a new building inspector, City Manager Sammy Standefer told the city council Tuesday. Standefer said that in late 2017, one of the city’s inspectors resigned....

 

Reporter's Notebook - Jan. 10

PORTALES — Tahir Shah wrote “Stories are a communal currency of humanity” in his book “In Arabian Nights.” If that is the case, a national non-profit group hopes to make us all rich. StoryCorps — whose mission, according to a press...

 

Roosevelt sheriff's office honored for helping in wake of library shooting

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office wasn't expecting anything out of the ordinary on Aug. 28, but found itself assisting the Clovis Police Department during a major tragedy. CPD Chief...

 

Municipal election day marked March 6

There will be at least one new face on the Clovis City Commission in March, along with a new mayor and city councilor in Portales. Incumbents in Clovis’ and Portales’ March 6 municipal elections are mostly seeking additional terms. The...

 

Two awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — On Jan. 5, 2016, a team of United States and Special Coalition forces in Afghanistan was under fire on all sides from enemy insurgents. When Capt. Charlotte Raabe and Staff...

 

Portales man's sentencing set for February

PORTALES — A Portales man found guilty of rape in September will have to wait until Feb. 6 for his sentence to be determined, according to Judge Donna Mowrer. A jury found Roy Brown, 29, guilty of...

 

Reporter's notebook: Nowhere to go but up

After surviving two separate diagnoses of cancer, Sean Swarner figured there was nowhere to go but up. His definition of “up,” however, was a bit higher than average. Swarner, 43, went on to reach the highest summits of all seven continents, a...

 

United Way hosting 'community conversations'

If you could build a stronger community through the youth, how would you do it? That question is guiding an upcoming series of “community conversations,” hosted by the United Way of Eastern New Mexico. In order to best improve the lives of the...

 

Local facilities offer shelter from cold

CLOVIS — Cold weather poses a problem for many people, but especially those without the luxury of a regular place to live. That means an increase in overnight guests at Clovis’ Lighthouse Mission. Director Richard Gomez said he has seen a few...

 

New year, new resolutions

It's a new year, and the future is uncertain, so why not make a resolution that makes you happy? That is exactly what Lazbuddie resident Anna Jennings has in mind; her goal in 2018 is to travel to Aus...

 

Year in review: Wind, storms pounded Roosevelt County

PORTALES — Roosevelt County had a wet and windy summer in 2017, with storms flooding over 60 miles of roads and pulverizing homes and buildings. The weather ranked among the year's top stories for...

 

Year in Review: Portales Inn plans in progress

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series reviewing the year’s events in eastern New Mexico. 2017 heralded significant changes in Portales’ city government, the most notable perhaps being an announcement that Mayor Sharon King won’t seek...

 

Portales council votes to sign on loan commitment

PORTALES — The Portales City Council voted on Tuesday to sign a document reiterating its commitment to paying two loans by the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority, but it had some questions first. The loans were in the amount of $1.5 million...

 

Roosevelt approves accessibility plan

PORTALES — Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday approved a plan to prepare county buildings to accommodate disabled visitors. Geographic Information Systems Technician Johnny Montiel presented...

 

ENMU oversight issue tabled until January

PORTALES - After over an hour of discussion, the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents on Friday developed a plan to address concerns about an oversight policy introduced in November. The...

 

Nearly 500 to cross stage at ENMU commencement

PORTALES — Hats will fly, new chapters will begin, and Eastern New Mexico University’s 10th president will officially be inaugurated at the university’s 2017 fall commencement ceremony on Saturday. Starting at 10 a.m., 491 candidates for...

 

ENMU named one of 2017's most valuable online colleges

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University is one of 2017’s most valuable online colleges, according to an international education magazine. The Knowledge Review, in its list of the “10 most valuable online colleges” in 2017, said ENMU...

 

Civil suit filed against Roosevelt County sheriff

PORTALES — A Portales attorney on Tuesday filed a civil lawsuit against Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker and the Roosevelt County Commission, citing civil rights violations in a 2016 pursuit that left one woman dead. The complaint — filed by...

 

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