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 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    May 1, 2018

Local archaeologist receives award

If you ask the Society for American Archaeologists, it might say James Warnica “was instrumental in preservation of threatened collections and records from Blackwater Draw,” but if you ask him about the prestigious award he recently received...


Man charged in shooting death denied release

PORTALES - A Portales man charged with murder following an April 19 shooting death has been denied release from the Roosevelt County Adult Detention Center. District Judge Drew Tatum on Thursday made... Full story


Portales schools approves budget, including raises

PORTALES — The beginning budget for Portales Municipal Schools’ 2018-2019 fiscal year will be $23.2 million, according to officials. Finance Director Sarah Stubbs said at the Portales Board of Education’s regular meeting on Thursday that the...


Portales candidates make pitches at forum

PORTALES — A crowded Yam Theatre heard from political candidates from all manner of races Tuesday night. Before kicking off two hours of political pitches, master of ceremonies Pat Boone reminded attendees of the event’s importance. “It’s not...


RCCDC chooses new director

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation has found a new executive director within the state. William Hendrickson of Las Vegas, New Mexico, was chosen as the new executive director, according to a Wednesday press release...


ENMU putting on 'Steel Magnolias'

PORTALES - "Steel Magnolias" is widely viewed as a classic film from the 1980s. Many do not know, however, that it was a play first. The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Theatre and...


Training course offers basics on transgender issues

PORTALES — The first step in understanding and accepting transgender people is as simple as realizing there are more than two kinds of people in the world, according to the director of the New Mexico Transgender Resource Center. Adrien Lawyer... Full story


SADD chapter opens at Portales High

PORTALES — Students in this busy age may sometimes feel they’re drowning in a sea of choices. That’s why a group of Portales High School students have decided to throw out some life preservers. Students Against Destructive Decisions is an...


Reporter's notebook: Trains on track

All aboard, Clovis: Trains are rolling in on Saturday, but not the kind you might think. The Clovis Area Train Society is holding a model train show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ingram Room of the...


Portales woman shot to death

PORTALES — The victim of an alleged Thursday homicide was a “great soul,” a “go getter” and a “wonderful mother,” according to a friend. That’s how Cynthia Dominguez remembered her friend of 20 years, Erika Zamorano, who was found dea... Full story


Decision on building inspectors in Clovis' hands

PORTALES — The fate of a memorandum of understanding between Portales and Clovis will be in Clovis’ hands after the state demanded a piece of the action. Councilors on Tuesday approved amendments to the MOU requested by the New Mexico...


Officials vote to remove stop signs

PORTALES — After receiving concerns from residents, conducting traffic studies and debating extensively, the Roosevelt County Commission decided on Tuesday to remove stop signs from an...


Reporter's notebook: Award nomination

In the fight against sexual violence, Leigh Ana Eugene’s voice rings loud and clear, according to a national organization. The director of Arise Sexual Assault Services in Portales was nominated for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s...


Roosevelt to consider fire restrictions

PORTALES — Burners beware: A resolution seeking to restrict fire activity in Roosevelt County will be considered at today's commission meeting. County Manager Amber Hamilton said that because of...


Lea County fire scorches 60,000 acres

MILNESAND — A fire that raged through Lea County before spreading to Roosevelt and Cochran counties on Thursday evening was contained as of Friday afternoon, according to Milnesand Fire Chief John Mohon. The fire, which Mohon said burned at least... Full story


County lists overdue property taxes on site

PORTALES — More than 100 Roosevelt County property owners will soon be in the public eye. County officials are spotlighting them for failing to pay their property taxes. County Treasurer Layle Sanchez said the accounts in question have all gone...


Locals weigh in on 'unlucky' Friday the 13th

For some, it evokes images of black cats and cracked mirrors; for others, a machete-wielding maniac in a hockey mask. For several High Plains residents, though, Friday the 13th is just another self-fulfilling prophecy. Though it is difficult to...


Reporter's notebook: Bottom of the list

New Mexico: Great for green chile, but bad for millennials, according to a recent study. WalletHub has found that in a list of the best states for millennials — which includes the District of Columbia — New Mexico ranks 51. States were ranked...


KENW director of broadcasting honored for 50 years of service

A lot can happen in 50 years. Radio and television stations can be formed, and a plethora of students can go on to successful careers in broadcasting. For Duane Ryan, that scenario is a reality. The... Full story


Theater, criminal justice join forces at ENMU

PORTALES — Theater and law enforcement: While those two sound like a match akin to cops and robbers, they're being used together to educate tomorrow's law enforcement professionals. Don Raley, a... Full story


Reporter's notebook: Fighting the good fight

New Mexico is making strides in the fight against prescription painkiller deaths, according to the National Safety Council. In a recent report, the organization said New Mexico — along with 13 other states and Washington, D.C. — received its...


Portales man pleads guilty in DWI-related death

PORTALES — A Portales man charged with the DWI-related death of his son last April will spend four days in jail and over five years on probation after Judge Donna Mowrer accepted a guilty plea on... Full story

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    April 5, 2018

'Clean and Beautiful' changes approved

PORTALES — The city hopes to be a little more “Clean and Beautiful” after councilors approved changes to the program’s 2018-2019 application at Tuesday night’s meeting. The application for the Clean and Beautiful grant program — designed...

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    April 4, 2018

Residents remember the day King died

Fifty years ago today, James Earl Ray assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. The slaying inspired Americans black and white to take up the civil rights leader’s fight, which they continue today. Joyce Pollard of Clovis... Full story

 By Eamon Scarbrough    News    April 3, 2018

One dead in weekend crash

PORTALES — The suspect in a fatal crash possibly caused by alcohol on Saturday told police he was returning home from watching a movie at 4:30 a.m., officials said. Ricardo Navarrete, 31, of...


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