Local Briefs Aug. 20, 2008

Ortega elected Municipal League VP Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. was elected vice president of the New Mexico Municipal League on Thursday during the organization’s annual conference in Clovis, according to a NMML press release. He previously served as treasurer. Las Cruces Councilor Dolores Conner was elected president and Barb Wiard, mayor pro tem of […]

Events Calendar Aug. 20, 2008

TodayAARP Driver Safety program — 8 a.m. to noon, Community Service CenterRoosevelt County Fair — Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.Women’s Community Prayer Alliance — 11:45 a.m., Roosevelt General Hospital conference room.Portales town hall — 10:30 a.m. Campus Union BUilding, Eastern New Mexico University. Congressman Tom Udall, D-N.M. is holding a town hall meeting as part of his […]

Democrats could provide fireworks in Denver

Freedom New Mexico The Democrats’ nominating convention in Denver at the end of the month is shaping up to be more interesting than the scripted-for-television displays of party unity these dreary affairs have become. Maybe it won’t be as interesting as the conventions of yore dominated by smoke-filled (perish the thought nowadays!) back rooms where […]

Why can’t Canton be our caper?

By Kevin Wilson I don’t know if I should call them Cantonians or Cantonese. No matter. Whatever they’re called, they aren’t getting the joke. For the last month, Comedy Central fake news commentator Stephen Colbert has been mocking cities named Canton across the country. It started when Colbert mentioned that John McCain was campaigning in […]

Prosecutors seek death for Taylor

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Staff and Wire Reports The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it will seek the death penalty for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood who is charged with fatally shooting a 71-year-old rancher in Roosevelt County. Donald Taylor is charged with murder for allegedly firing a shot into the home of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn of Causey on […]

Home Arts at heart of fair

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor The Home Arts Building at the Roosevelt County Fair is the place numerous county residents make their fair connection. The variety of divisions and categories provide opportunities for a wide range of talents from baking and canning to handiwork and woodwork. Even though she’s entered items in the Roosevelt […]

County doused but still lagging in annual moisture

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor The parched landscape across Roosevelt County received some relief in the form of rain over the last week. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reported 1.32 inches of rain Sunday. Residents saw brief showers through the day but most of the moisture came with a storm that sliced through […]

It’s Their Job: Summer Wilson

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Clovis convenience store robbed

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis convenience store was robbed at gunpoint Sunday afternoon, according to Clovis police. Just before 5 p.m. a male suspect pointed a gun at a clerk at the Allsup’s at 14th and Norris streets and demanded the money in the cash register, according to a press release. He told the clerk […]

ENMU Briefs Aug. 19, 2008

Employee/Alumni BriefsManuel Varela, professor of biology, has been selected for the 2009 Edition of “Who’s Who in America.”Peggy Hardman wrote a review of Black Women in Texas History, Bruce Glasrud and Merline Pitre, Editors (Texas A&M Press, 2008). The review will be published in the Autumn 2009 Western Historical Quarterly. The Cyclone, the newsletter of […]

Events Calendar Aug. 19, 2008

TodayRoosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., commissioners roomRoosevelt General Hospital board meeting — 11:30, RGH conference roomRoosevelt County Fair — Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.Portales City Council meeting — 7 p.m. city council chambersAARP Driver Safety program — 8 a.m. to noon, Community Service Center WednesdayAARP Driver Safety program — 8 a.m. to noon, Community Service […]

U.S. Attorney to seek death penalty for shooting of Causey rancher

The Associated Press The U.S. Attorney’s Office says it will seek the death penalty for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood who is charged with fatally shooting a 71-year-old rancher in Roosevelt County. Donald Taylor is charged with murder for allegedly firing a shot into the home of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn of Causay on July […]

Weather Service: More rain coming

CNJ staff In the last three days, the Clovis area has received almost 4-inches of rain, more than half the amount of total rainfall through July. According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, since Friday, storms in the area have produced 3.72 inches of rainfall. Portales has received about half that with 1.81 inches. […]

Tucumcari hammer thrower fails to reach finals

U.S. Olympic hammer thrower Amber Campbell failed to qualify for the medal round late Sunday night in Beijing.

China takes Olympic fakery to sad extremes

Freedom Communications There have certainly been some genuinely thrilling moments so far at the Beijing Olympics, including a few that didn’t involve Michael Phelps. What is mildly troubling is how many of the thrilling moments have turned out to be fake. It is widely known now that 9-year-old Lin Miaoke, the achingly cute and expressive […]

Revamped downtown could benefit city

Karl Terry It happened downtown. That’s a line Portales MainStreet folks are hoping we’ll all hear a lot more often in the future. The passion this group of citizens displays toward the vitality of our city is likely going to make it happen too. As evidence, take the third Summer Wine Festival that filled the […]

Accepting lack of control a big challenge

Anita Doberman I am trying to learn one thing as I grow older. Yes, even I attempt to grasp higher truths, and these are not tips to be a better cook or crafty mom because they are impossible tasks for my incapable hands, but notions that I really have no control over most things that […]

County fair days ahead

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The show calves are conditioned just right and the grounds have been prepared for another year — it’s Roosevelt County Fair time. “The fair’s coming together real well,” Roosevelt County Extension Agent Patrick Kircher said. “It’ll be a good week of fun and festivites.” Booths begin going up in […]

Greyhounds’ new offense shines in Saturday scrimmage

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — These are not your father’s Greyhounds, for sure. Fourth-year coach Mark Ribaudo and his staff are implementing an uptempo-style spread passing attack in preparation for the 2008 season. Everything went pretty well in Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium, he said, helped by an unseasonably cool, […]

Schools ready to open Monday

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer As another school year looms for Portales Municipal Schools, students and teachers seem ready, and most Portales area schools hosted open house on Friday. School starts Monday for grades 2-12. “Today was open house and I got to meet a lot of my students and their parents,” Valencia fifth […]