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Police reach out to community

The promise of riding down water slides in 85-degree weather was one way Portales police were able to keep more than 200 second-grade students from getting out of control Monday at Rotary Park. Christina Calloway: Portales... Full story


Model T club coming through Portales

If you see a group of Ford Model T vehicles riding around Portales and Clovis between Thursday through the weekend, it is not because you time traveled back to the 1920s. The Tin Lizzies of Albuquerque's Model T Auto Club, along...


Gas prices heating up

Sumer Garcia said she'll have to limit the number of trips outside of Portales after seeing gas prices jump more than 60 cents a gallon within two days. The gas station attendant and mother of three said her every day routine of... Full story


Superintendent search continues

The search continues for the next Portales schools superintendent as the last pair of community meetings with candidates are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Portales Municipal Schools Director of Instruction David Van... Full story


Mother knows best

Jamie Wilsher gets no bigger joy than seeing her children grow. She only wants the best for them, to know that they're safe and happy and like most mothers, one of the hardest parts is letting go after seeing that change. But...


Woody Guthrie sing-along draws locals

Woody Guthrie did what he was famous for Thursday night at the Portales Yam Theatre, organizing and uniting people. Locals sang with passion as they clapped along to the folk...


Woody Guthrie sing-along draws locals

Woody Guthrie did what he was famous for Thursday night at the Portales Yam Theatre, organizing and uniting people. Locals sang with passion as they clapped along to the folk...


Portales man charged with sexual assault

A Portales man charged with the criminal sexual penetration of a 14-year-old girl was released from jail Tuesday on a $30,000 cash bond. Jose Zamora, 29, of Portales has been...


ENMU employee charged with embezzlement

An Eastern New Mexico University employee has been charged with embezzling more than $15,000 from the university. Jeremy Phillippi, 26, was arrested Saturday after admitting to... Full story


Farmers to get payouts

Farmers waiting on payouts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their participation in an insurance program for grazing losses can expect to see the money as early as Friday, according to a rep for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall,...


Senator opening local office

Portales Mayor Sharon King is enthusiastic about U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., opening an office in Portales, a first for the area. "I'm very excited because he's always been so...


Farmers lose thousands

New Mexico farmers who signed up with a U.S. Department of Agriculture insurance program for grazing losses are out thousands of dollars and fear things will only get worse. New Mexico Cattle Growers Association Executive Director...


Portales dry spell broken

Scott Parker says if a few days of sun follow Monday evening's thunderstorm, his lawn and shrubs may have a chance. "There's nothing like a good rain," said Parker, Portales High School's girls assistant soccer and softball coach,...


ENMU honors seventeen retirees

As Eastern New Mexico University's school year comes to an end, graduates aren't the only group of the ENMU family to start a new chapter in their lives. ENMU recognized 17 retirees earlier this week at a reception, honoring the...


Blackwater Draw site host to open house

George Crawford says he expects "children" ages 8 to 80 lining up for atlatl (spear) throwing this weekend at Blackwater Draw just six miles north of Portales. Sure the fun stuff will attract people to Saturday's Prehistoric New... Full story


Portales students celebrate U.S. Law Day

Ninth Judicial District Judge Drew Tatum enlisted the help of children from Brown Early Childhood Center and James Elementary to redecorate his courthouse. Hundreds of Portales students recognized U.S. Law Day in Portales on...


Cold weather plunges into High Plains

Unless you were alive during the Great Depression, today might be the first time you've seen snow in May in the Clovis and Portales area. According to the National Weather Service's projected forecast, there is a 40 percent chance...


ENMU senior project to highlight immigration in America

Hailey Vandewiele wants you to see growing up in America through the eyes of Ariela, a teenage girl who is the epitome of a teenager growing up in the "1.5 generation." Vandewiele, an Eastern New Mexico University senior and a nati... Full story


Superintendent candidates to meet with public

Elida Municipal Schools Superintendent Jim Daugherty will be the first candidate of four vying for retiring Portales Superintendent Randy Fowler's seat to meet with the public. The first in a series of meet-and-greets with... Full story


Officials eye city manager replacement

The Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. director is among the six candidates being eyed to replace retiring Portales City Manager Tom Howell. City officials said although they are tightening the scope of nearly 20...


Business owner: GMO effects unresearched

One agricultural expert says the future of farming depends on the use of genetically modified organisms in order to meet the food demands of a growing population. But one local business owner is worried about the long-term effects...


Organization offering assistance

The director of the local New Mexico Small Business Development Center office wants to make sure the people of Roosevelt County, including business owners and entrepreneurs, are utilizing its services. The NMSBDC office is on the...


ENMU secures funding for renovation

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble is declaring a victory following New Mexico's 2013 legislative session. In addition to the $9 million ENMU is set to receive from a successful general obligation bond proposal... Full story


Educators voice concerns at forum

With the onset of a new teacher and principal evaluation system, local educators jumped at the opportunity to voice their concerns to the state's Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera at an educator forum Wednesday at Portales...


County fire ban to end

Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols is asking Roosevelt County residents to exercise good judgment as the county's open fire ban is set to expire Friday. The Roosevelt County Commission voted against extending a fire danger...


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