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Local honor guard serves with distinction
On Monday, continuing a tradition begun back in 1868 according to PBS.org, many Americans honored veterans - specifically those killed while serving their country. Portales... — Updated 5/30/2017
Motorcycle safety rally Saturday
CLOVIS — May is National Motorcycle Awareness Month, and Saturday brings an event to draw attention to that. But event organizers say it’s always the right day and month to look out for bikes on the road. “We got to look out... — Updated 5/5/2017
Police: Two men likely responsible for each other's deaths
CLOVIS — Two men found dead by Clovis police on April 20 were arguing over marijuana and likely responsible for the deaths of each other, police said Thursday after completing their week-long investigation. David “Bo Bo... — Updated 4/27/2017
Easter goodies not good for pets
The advice comes sometime between Lent and Good Friday that Easter-day pets are a bad idea, for many reasons. Unscrupulous breeding practices may mean health problems. They grow up fast, and so does the kid’s responsibility as a... — Updated 4/16/2017
CCC raising tuition rates
CLOVIS — Tuition rates are going up for the first time in five years at Clovis Community College, school President Becky Rowley said Wednesday. CCC’s board of trustees on Wednesday morning voted unanimously to increase... — Updated 4/13/2017
Clovis man pleads guilty in stabbing, kidnapping
CLOVIS — A stabbing, kidnapping, car robbery and police standoff last June will put a Clovis man in jail for the next 59 1/2 years. That was the sentenced handed down Tuesday following a guilty plea by Aaron Morrisette. The four... — Updated 3/22/2017
Official: Effects of defunding PBS won't be immediate
It’s that time again. A recent election battle followed up by a budget fight. The inevitable topic of public broadcasting has hit headlines, and the conflict returns between those who embrace PBS as a necessity and those who... — Updated 3/21/2017
Departments report in at quarterly luncheon
CLOVIS — The Clovis Civic Center hosted a gathering of city and county officials for the quarterly gathering of department leaders. Of particular interest was the intent of the New Mexico Legislature concerning the City of... — Updated 3/15/2017
Anchor for Veterans' Park arrives in Clovis
CLOVIS — The U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command dropped anchor in Clovis on Monday. The historic piece probably won't get too wet in this climate, but it may have some... — Updated 3/15/2017
Ready for state
After producing two state champions since 2013, Curry County has its representative ready to compete at the New Mexico Spelling Bee this month. Porter Kidd, 11, won the Curry... — Updated 3/12/2017
Locals: Death penalty still has its place
An attempt to revive the death penalty in New Mexico has failed, but locals think there is still a place for the ultimate punishment. House Bill 72, introduced in this year’s legislative session, would have allowed capital... — Updated 3/12/2017
Wind storm roughs up trees
Eastern New Mexico's recent windstorms resulted in more than flying shingles and escaping hats. Local trees had a really rough time. Conifers weren't immune but deciduous trees got... — Updated 3/7/2017
Our people: Radio guy
Courtesy photo Lee and his son Robert in 1998. Jim Lee, News and Public Affairs Director at KENW/KMTH-FM in Portales has worked in radio, television, theater, movies and plays over the past 46 years. Now he is often referred to...
Democrats weigh in at polls
Staff and Wire Reports Polling places throughout the state were witnessing heavy turnout for the Democratic Presidential Preference Caucus Tuesday and Roosevelt County was no different. Long lines in some areas of the state forced...
Democrats have opportunity to weigh in on candidates
Following Super Bowl Sunday Democrats in Roosevelt County will get a chance to be a part of the presidential primary excitement called Super Tuesday. On Tuesday registered Democrats have the opportunity to participate in the...
Parker says water and civic pride city's top issues
Editor’s note: The following is the first part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Incumbent Dianne Parker is... Full story
Lee says improving quality of life will attract future growth
Editor’s note: The following is one part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Jim Lee will be running for...
Municipal candidates sound off
Portales city council candidates shared hope for continued ecomomic growth at a political forum Monday while differing on ways to achieve that growth. About 50 people attended the forum sponsored by city government and the Portales...
Prediction: Commercials overtake television in ‘06
Jim Lee: Local Columnist Well, it seems like only yesterday it was last year, doesn’t it? Not only that, in a couple of months it will be three years since starting this column. A lot has happened since that first column... Full story
Two special people earn their degrees
Jim Lee: Local Columnist Eastern New Mexico University presented its semi-annual commencement activities on Saturday at the Greyhound Arena here in Portales. That’s not really big news in a small college town. It’s big news to...
Healing through science not playing God
Jim Lee: Local Columnist I’ve been hearing a lot about the science-versus-playing-God controversy lately. I don’t exactly understand why it has to be a controversy. Maybe I’m dumber than a lobotomized rock, but I always...