Conchas Lake boat ramp closed

A declining water elevation and shoreline damage prompted the closure of the south boat ramp at Conchas Lake State Park, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials. "Heading into the holiday weekend we wanted to update the concerned citizens about the south boat ramp being closed," said Karl Martin, Albuquerque District chief, Lake Operations [...]

Portales fireworks rescheduled for Saturday

The only thing that lit up the sky Wednesday night was lightning. PNT correspondent: Joshua Lucero Dora fire chief Paul Luscomb and Eastern New Mexico University detective Gary ford watch as storm clouds move over the fourth of July celebration Wednesday evening. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce canceled its annual Independence Day fireworks show [...]

My turn: Mother Nature doing her part in election year

While I am in no way a scientist, I am an endlessly fascinated observer of nature. Even as we and our neighbors have plodded through this drought, reducing herds and leaving fields unplanted, I am amazed daily by what has survived and, in some cases, thrived. The last month or so on my morning walks, [...]

Q&A: Corrections officer says lot has changed in 25 years

A 25-year veteran of Roosevelt County Detention Center will leave work for the last time on July 13. George Rowan, RCDC booking officer, will retire this month after 25 years with the center, one of the longest stretches in the history of the detention center. Rowan, who spent his 25 years also working second jobs [...]

City concerned about pool safety

If you have a portable pool out on your lawn, you may be in violation of city ordinance. The Portales city council plans to look further into the city's laws and statutes to see if portable pools are required to be in a fenced in area, the reason being for child safety. At Tuesday's city [...]

Meetings watch: City council (July 3)

The Portales City Council met Tuesday and took the following action: Made changes to the June 19 meeting minutes. Heard an update on U.S. 70 construction from construction project officials. Changed a future scheduled meeting date from Jan. 1, 2013 to Jan. 3. Authorized Mayor Sharon King to execute juvenile adjudication fund grant. The grant [...]

U.S. 70 construction update

On Monday, construction on U.S. 70 will begin on First Street between Avenue C through F, according to construction project officials. The outside lanes will be closed for this portion of the project and should take two to three weeks. Pat Garcia with the New Mexico Department of Transportation said the project may move along [...]

Airmen help mentor children at Baptist home

The children of New Mexico's Baptist Children's Home in Portales have extended family in the Air Force. Cannon Air Force Base members are putting forth an effort to be big brothers and sisters in the lives of the residents at the children's home, many of whom come from troubled circumstances. Staff members at the children's [...]

Police blotter – July 4

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Monday 9:50 a.m.: Caller reported a stray pit bull, 100 block of West Ivy. 10:44 a.m.: Caller reported a cat in a trap, 1900 block of West View Diamond. 11 a.m.: Subject in lobby wanted to turn himself in, 1700 block of North Boston. 11:01 a.m.: Caller needs [...]

Area officials remember Griffith

Entertainer Andy Griffith died Tuesday at his North Carolina home. He was 86. The cause of death has not been released. Area officials had fond memories of the man best known for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor on the TV series "The Andy Griffith Show." Curry County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman: "I liked anytime [...]