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 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    June 1, 2018

Parent hopes to voice rec center concerns at meeting

PORTALES — An uncertain future for Portales’ after-school and summer programs has made one parent uneasy. She’s inviting others to join her in voicing concern at the City Council’s meeting on Tuesday. Cristin Stewart referenced a letter...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 31, 2018

Roosevelt hospital to expand into Clovis

Roosevelt General Hospital has plans to expand into Clovis, officials confirmed Wednesday. RGH Chief Executive Officer Kaye Green wrote in an email that a billboard advertising the expansion "went up... Full story

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 30, 2018

Reporter's notebook: Weather wary

Warmer weather means more opportunity for fun in the outdoors, but summer fun can take a turn for the worst if you don’t exercise caution. The New Mexico Department of Health on Friday released a list of guidelines to keep you and anything in your...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 26, 2018

Portales students take next step

PORTALES - An old adage says life is more about the journey than the destination. PHS graduate Carmen Valadez' immediate destination on Friday was Greyhound Arena to receive her diploma, but her...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 25, 2018

Reporter's notebook - RGH introduces DAISY Award

Nurses at Roosevelt General Hospital will soon be recognized for something they exhibit every day: Compassionate care for their patients. RGH is beginning the semi-annual distribution of the DAISY Award, which recognizes recipients who “go above...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 24, 2018

Portales High commencement Friday

PORTALES — Four years can pass by in what seems like no time at all, and suddenly you’re on to your next adventure. For 153 Portales High School seniors, that future begins on Friday. The PHS commencement ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 24, 2018

Portales hoping to create 'entertainment venue'

PORTALES — The Portales Recreation Center may soon serve a new purpose, and city officials are hoping to find another home for the after-school and summer programs the facility currently offers. In a report of the city’s April 28 strategic... Full story

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 22, 2018

Business feature: Voting still on in restaurant art contest

Everybody likes prizes. Businesses like customers. That combination gave us the green monster art contest. Do Drop In in Portales is engaging the community with help from the green monster, a character based on its most popular sandwich. Residents...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 19, 2018

Portales teen: Bowling alley would be nice

PORTALES — So how do you like Portales? We asked area teens to assess the community’s pros and cons. A few responses: Madisyn Purcell said she’d like to see “a bowling alley or two.” Purcell, 16, said there wasn’t much for a teen to do...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 18, 2018

Drug Court program participants giving back

Many people that struggle with drug addiction focus on taking. The members of the Ninth Judicial District Drug Court Program are learning how to give back. The 15 month program requires drug offenders to attend therapy sessions and recovery meetings,...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 17, 2018

Drama camp to teach life skills

PORTALES — All the world’s a stage, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s a natural. So an upcoming day camp hopes to instill into local young people all the skills they’ll need for the great drama called life. Patrick McCreary, an Eastern New...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 16, 2018

Fairgrounds improvements next request for block grant

PORTALES — Various improvements to the fairgrounds will be the next project Roosevelt County will request completion of through its community development block grant application, officials said. At a public hearing on Tuesday morning, Special Proje...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 16, 2018

Reporter's notebook: Holidays of all kinds

If the only commemorative days you associate with the month of May are Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, think again. There are “holidays” for all types registered on Take today, for instance: If you have a penchant for writing...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 15, 2018

Roosevelt employees to receive incentives for certificates

PORTALES — Beginning this year, Roosevelt County employees who have special certifications will receive yearly incentives. The Roosevelt County Commission approved a resolution at its Monday...


Happy Mother's Day, grads

Dozens of area women have multiple reasons to celebrate and be celebrated today — it’s Mother’s Day and they graduated from college this weekend. Here are some snapshots: Elena Wimberly graduated from Clovis Community College on Friday and...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 10, 2018

Roosevelt candidates square off on guns, marijuana

PORTALES — Concealed carrying, marijuana legalization and economic development were just a few of the topics covered by Roosevelt County magistrate judge, sheriff and county commission candidates at a public forum Tuesday night. Master of...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 9, 2018

ENMU hosting free film screening

For several Eastern New Mexico University students, tonight will be devoted to a love of film — making, watching and critiquing it. ENMU’s department of theater and digital filmmaking is hosting a free screening of student film projects...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 9, 2018

Reporter's notebook: Celebrating nurses

Do you value your health? Nurses do, and the entire state is celebrating them this week, according to a press release by the New Mexico Department of Health. New Mexico is celebrating National Nurses Week from May 6 to May 12. This year’s theme is...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 8, 2018

ENMU students look back ahead of commencement

Editor’s note: As 763 Eastern New Mexico University students prepare for Saturday’s commencement ceremony, four prospective graduates look to the past, present and future while reflecting on their time at the college. PORTALES — ENMU’s...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 4, 2018

City starts Cinco de Mayo Fun Run

PORTALES — Cinco de Mayo is often associated with food, family and fun, but the city of Portales is adding a fourth ‘F’ this year: fitness. The city’s first Cinco de Mayo Fun Run is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Portales High...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 4, 2018

Reporter's notebook - Rare historical document found

After 150 years, an integral document in New Mexico’s history has been found over 2,000 miles away from its birthplace. The last of three copies of the Treaty of Bosque Redondo, which ended the forced internment of Navajos and Mescalero Apaches at...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 3, 2018

Portales students to perform at awards

Who says high art can't be creepy? Certainly not the New Mexico High School Musical Theatre Awards in Albuquerque, where the cast of Portales High School's production of "The Addams Family" will be...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 2, 2018

ENMU honors 20 at retirement ceremony

PORTALES — With over 300 years of combined experience, the 20 honorees at Eastern New Mexico University's 2017-2018 retirement ceremony define the college, according to ENMU President Jeff Elwell.... Full story

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 2, 2018

Roosevelt approves salary increase

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission voted Tuesday to approve the first increase in elected officials' salaries since 2012. The increase will in 2019 raise the salary of the county sheriff to...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 2, 2018

Reporter's notebook: Ancient artistry

PORTALES — It turns out flint knapping isn’t just a fun phrase to say; it’s the art of making arrowheads, and it will be on display at the Portales Public Library at noon on Thursday. Portales flint knapper Tommy Heflin will present his...


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