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Arrests, calls for service down in Portales

PORTALES — Arrests and calls for service in the city of Portales dropped during the COVID-19 pandemic. But Portales police reported an increase in burglaries and some violent crimes. Portales Police Chief Chris Williams... — Updated 4/10/2021


Roosevelt approves purchase of gutter system

PORTALES — Roosevelt County commissioners approved the purchase of a new gutter system for the Show Barn at the county fairgrounds Tuesday at the county commission meeting. Bruce Nixon of Nixon Construction told commissioners... — Updated 4/6/2021


Q&A: Portales City Manager Sammy Standefer talks retirement, future plans

Portales City Manager Sammy Standefer is retiring May 28. Standefer, 47, began his career with the city of Portales in September 1992, mowing grass at the Portales Cemetery and in the city parks. Over the years, he has been... — Updated 4/6/2021


Marijuana bill prompts mixed feelings in area

New Mexico is on its way to joining more than a dozen other states in legalizing recreational marijuana. House Bill 2 passed the Senate with a 22-15 vote during Wednesday’s special session, moving it to the governor’s desk wher... — Updated 4/3/2021


Windmills bring in $17,500

PORTALES - Enthusiasts purchased 45 windmills from Roosevelt County on Saturday, bringing in $17,500. The money will go to the upkeep of the county's other windmills, which once... — Updated 4/1/2021


Business feature: Coffee houses open shop

PORTALES — Two new coffee houses are open for business in Portales on Chicago Avenue. Tabitha Nixon, co-owner of Nixon Construction, said when she and her husband, Bruce, decided to move their construction business from New... — Updated 3/30/2021


Officials optimistic on summer events

The fate of traditional summertime events remains up in the air. But local Chamber of Commerce directors are feeling optimistic. Curry County Chamber Executive Director Ernie Kos... — Updated 3/27/2021


Renewable energy projected to grow

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released a report last month highlighting its projections that the U.S. electricity generation mix made up of renewables will have doubled... — Updated 3/27/2021


New Mexico farmers forecast rough year

New Mexico farmers and ranchers are in for a tough year with production, according to New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “This is going to be one of the toughest years that New Mexico farmers and ranchers have had... — Updated 3/23/2021


Local educators weigh in on pandemic's effects

New Mexico film industry educators highlighted both the challenges and the pleasant surprises of educating film students during a pandemic in the Virtual Film & TV Day on Monday. Yes, challenges were overcome, and higher education... — Updated 3/20/2021


Public works director reports utility changes

PORTALES — Public Works Director John DeSha reported city utility changes to city councilors Tuesday night at the Portales City Council meeting at the Memorial Building. DeSha told councilors that many people outside city limits... — Updated 3/20/2021


Residents concerned about county disposals

PORTALES — Area residents on Tuesday asked county officials to preserve history. Roosevelt County commissioners listened, but an old house and dozens of windmills will be among items auctioned to the highest bidder on March 27... — Updated 3/17/2021


Roosevelt commissioners approve roof project

PORTALES -- Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday voted to move forward with only half of a roof replacement project. Commissioners were shown the roof in the hog show arena at the county fairgrounds and given two options for... — Updated 3/16/2021


Film educators discuss pandemic challenges, surprises

New Mexico film industry educators highlighted both the challenges and the pleasant surprises of educating film students during a pandemic in the past year during the Virtual Film & TV Day on Monday. Film educators from several hig... — Updated 3/16/2021


Blob grabbing attention of quail researchers

MULESHOE - West Texas researchers spent some time with a blob last week at the Muleshoe Wildlife Refuge. No, it wasn't scary for them. The blob is not an alien lifeform that consume... — Updated 3/13/2021


In tribute: Mickey Simms: A thrill-seeking soul

The words “rough and tumble” might come to mind for many who knew Mickey Simms. But those same people would likely also tell you he was someone with a sense of humor, whose heart was always in the right place. “One of the... — Updated 3/13/2021


Tres Amigas: What could have been

An electricity superstation that never came to be might have helped last month with Texas/New Mexico blackouts inspired by subzero temperatures, but it likely would not have... — Updated 3/13/2021


Students returning in person to class

New Mexico education and health officials announced Monday that all public school students will be allowed to return to in-person schooling with a goal of reaching full re-entry by April 5. A Public Education Department release... — Updated 3/10/2021


School music programs to return to in-person

With Monday's announcement that New Mexico public school students will be allowed to return to in-person school full-time came the announcement that music programs can now rehearse... — Updated 3/9/2021


Forecasters: Watch for active tornadoes later

A February press release from AccuWeather focused on meteorologists predicting a slow start to the storm and tornado season -- which could lead to more severe weather conditions later this spring. With El Nino weather conditions,... — Updated 3/6/2021


Confidence in COVID vaccine varies among residents

Since COVID-19 vaccines began in December, multiple headlines have appeared illustrating concern and uncertainty from many U.S. residents. Area residents appear to be no different... — Updated 3/6/2021


Counties holding voter registration meetings

Curry and Roosevelt counties will be holding public hearings this week for their boards of registration to clean up voter registrations. Curry County Clerk Annie Hogland and Roosevelt County Clerk Mandi Park both said voters are... — Updated 3/6/2021


Five Portales firefighters honored at city meeting

PORTALES - Five Portales firefighters were honored at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at the Memorial Building. Firefighters Gavinn Shultz, Trevor Chacon, Michael... — Updated 3/6/2021


Judge notes legal resources seminars

PORTALES — Roosevelt County Probate Judge Kendall Terry announced Tuesday at the county commission meeting that state entities hosted seminars for the Legal Resources for the Elderly Program in January, and more are scheduled for... — Updated 3/2/2021


Bringing joy by way of hippo

BOVINA - DeLayne Duffy doesn't know what inspired her to write a children's book about a hippopotamus and a tutu. She just knows she's happy to see it bringing joy to children in a... — Updated 2/27/2021


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