LSC POLLS: Hounds picked to repeat in cross country

SAN ANTONIO — As usual, Eastern New Mexico University teams didn't fare all that well in Lone Star Conference preseason polls, released on Tuesday at the league's media day. The exception was men's cross country, where the defending LSC champion Greyhounds were a solid pick to repeat their first league title. Even the men's soccer […]

ENMU’s Elder named LSC broadcaster of year

It's been quite a summer for longtime Eastern New Mexico University broadcaster Donald "Doc" Elder. First, Elder was chosen to the New Mexico Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in June. On Tuesday, he was named the Lone Star Conference's Broadcaster of the Year for the 2011-12 school year at the league's media day in San […]

Xcel Energy confident it will meet demands

By Gabriel Monte CNJ staff writer gmonte@cnjonline.com An Xcel Energy spokesman says the utility company is confident it will be able to meet power demands today one day after asking customers to conserve energy. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said the company issued the alert after a power generator in Texas was taken off-line for […]

Elder wins broadcasting award

PNT STAFF/CMI staff It's been quite a summer for longtime Eastern New Mexico University broadcaster Donald "Doc" Elder. First, Elder was chosen to the New Mexico Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in June. On Tuesday, he was named the Lone Star Conference's Broadcaster of the Year for the 2011-12 school year at the league's media […]

Food bank director in critical condition

Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor has been hospitalized in critical condition, food bank board President Allan Isbell said on Tuesday. Isbell said Taylor had returned home Sunday after riding horses with friends, woke sometime during the night and complained of pain. She was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center and […]

Police Blotter – August 1

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Sunday 12:56 a.m.: Caller reported a juvenile driving a vehicle, 1600 block East Spruce Street. 1:02 a.m.: Caller reported an attempted breaking and entering, 1600 block South Main. 1:26 a.m.: Caller reported that they hit a fence with their truck, 900 block South Roosevelt Road S. 1:41 a.m.: […]

Former Clovis mayor to vote for Ute funding

PNT staff Former Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield will testify today in the nation's capital at a Senate hearing for a bill that could provide the 75 percent of the money needed for the Ute water project. According to a news release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold […]

Events Calendar – August 1

Today Ram Soccer Youth Summer Camp — 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Ram Soccer Field at the high school. For ages 3 to 13. Bring cleats, shin guards and a water bottle. $30 per child for three days, which includes a T-shirt. Pre-register by Tuesday. Information and registration: 749-0801. Thursday Ram Soccer Youth Summer Camp — 8:30 […]

Elida man killed in fatal rollover

PNT staff An Elida man was killed Tuesday morning in a single vehicle rollover 10 miles east of Dora, according to Capt. Jimmy Glascock of the New Mexico State Police. C.L. Roach, 78, was driving a 1999 Ford pickup just before 6 a.m. on N.M. 114 when he drifted off the road for unknown reasons […]

My Turn – August 1

About seven months of living here and I found one of the things I appreciate most about moving here from a big city; the sky at night. Don't get me wrong, I love the sight and bright lights of the San Francisco Bay Bridge and the skyline, but I never really get to see the […]

Citizens request more bicycle lanes

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University librarian Heather Christensen says she rides her bike to and from work every day from her home about four miles outside of the city limits. CHRISTINA CALLOWAY: Portales News-Tribune Christensen's fellow librarian Gene Bundy has been struck three times by a vehicle while riding […]

Local police apply for vacancy

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Lt. Mark Cage of the Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said they plan to apply for the police chief position that will become vacant in September. Current Police Chief Jeff Gill has announced he plans to retire Sept. 21. Cage nor Hooker has submitted […]

Their view: Sen. Udall: Extending tax cuts to families critical

Sen. Tom Udall's office issued this press release last week on extending tax cuts to most Americans. "The average New Mexico family of four makes less than $45,000 a year and extending tax cuts for them is critical," said Udall, D-N.M. "The bill we passed today would benefit 98 percent of New Mexico families and […]

N.M. scientists’ work should be applauded

If you needed further proof that New Mexico is a hotbed for scientific research, here it is. This week six researchers with New Mexico ties will be among 96 U.S. researchers to receive the 2011 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor awarded by the U.S. government to scientists and engineers […]

Veteran programs falling short

House committees on armed services and veterans affairs held a joint hearing last week to review details of President Obama's plan to improve the Transition Assistance Program for separating and retiring military members, with a kind of five-to-seven-day "reverse boot camp" available by late 2013 to smooth transition to civilian life and employment. But lawmakers […]

Everybody loves train wreck

Tennessee tycoon Jimmy Haslam III is interested in buying the Cleveland Browns. Normally, a rich guy trying to buy a pro football is a news item without snap. But there aren't many instances where the guy is a rival owner, who claims high loyalty. About the time word of Haslam's interest to buy the Browns […]

Food bank director hospitalized

Nancy Taylor Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor has been hospitalized in critical condition, food bank board President Allan Isbell said on Tuesday. Isbell said Taylor had returned home Sunday after riding horses with friends, woke sometime during the night and complained of pain. She was taken to Plains Regional Medical […]

Elida man killed in one vehicle crash

An Elida man was killed Tuesday morning in a single vehicle rollover 10 miles east of Dora, according to Capt. Jimmy Glascock of the New Mexico State Police. C.L. Roach, 78, was driving a 1999 Ford pickup just before 6 a.m. on N.M. 114 when he drifted off the road for unknown reasons and overcorrected, […]

Press release: Elder Selected as Lone Star Conference Broadcaster of the Year

PORTALES,N.M.— Honors continue to roll in for longtime Eastern New Mexico University Athletics Broadcaster, Dr. Don Elder. After earning induction into the New Mexico Broadcaster's Association Hall of Fame, in June, he was selected as the Lone Star Conference Broadcaster of the Year for 2011-12 and was honored at the LSC Media Day, held in […]

Press release: Farmers Electric declares energy alert

High electricity demand has led Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) to declare an Energy Alert within its service area. FEC is urging members to cut back on their use of electricity, each evening, until 8 p.m. FEC declares an Energy Alert only when a reduction in electricity use is urgently needed to maintain the electrical system […]