Officer suspended for on-duty sex

By Alisa Boswell PNT staff writer A Portales police officer's certification was suspended by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board Tuesday for having sexual relations in a police vehicle while on duty. The allegations against Officer Mikel Aguilar stem from his 10-year employment with the Roswell Police Department prior to joining the Portales […]

Officials: Obey speed limit

Constructors, Inc. officials are asking motorists to be patient and obey the speed limit as they continue their construction plans along U.S. 70 on First and Second streets. According to Portales Police Department officials, citations issued for speeding in the construction area have nearly doubled compared to last year. PNT Staff Photo: Chirstina Calloway The […]

Locals divided over rain

After parts of Roosevelt County received up to almost two inches of rain Wednesday, opinions on the results of the rain varied the next day. Here's what local venues had to say about the rain Thursday: Farmer perspective: "I basically didn't get much of anything at my main farm 10 miles east of Portales," said […]

Letter to the editor: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”

Exodus 20 gives us this forgotten commandment, which begins with "Remember." This is the only one of the commandments that God must have believed we would forget. Verse 8 says: "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." What is the Sabbath day? The Sabbath day is the seventh day of the week. Genesis 2:2: […]

Gun laws won’t stop killers

Once again, the inevitable results of "gun control" have claimed more innocent lives. And, once again, those whom the majority of the media fawn over have begun their ritual blood dance; blaming everything and everyone but the shooter for the killings. Predictably they are calling for more violations of the fundamental right to own and […]

My Turn – July 27

I've heard a few people I know say they were disappointed in the new Spider-Man movie, which I cannot understand or relate to. Let me break it down as to why this new movie was a major improvement for those of us who are die hard Spider-Man comic book fans. Yes, I am such a […]

God puts zest in living

Of all the wonderful blessings we have been given in this life the thing I love the most is the Lord. Just to know that Jesus died for all of us and to live forever in heaven is such a joy. Won't it be great to see those who have already gone. We will see […]

Police Blotter – July 27

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 8:32 a.m.: Caller reported three stray dogs running around the neighborhood, 100 block of Oklahoma Drive. 8:53 a.m.: Caller requested an officer regarding a juvenile problem, 900 block of South Abilene. 9:05 a.m.: Caller reported a stray dog in the area, 500 block of West 17th Street. […]

Events Calendar – July 27

Today End of program party — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Fun and prizes. Information: 356-3940. Saturday Community service project — 8 a.m., Oasis State Park. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a community service project to remove unwanted, old fencing at the park. Hot dogs and cold drinks will be […]

Zia reaches tournament finals

CARLSBAD — The Clovis Zia All-Stars plated eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to break open a close game and went on to beat host Carlsbad 11-3 on Wednesday night to reach the finals of the Junior Division state Little League tournament. Zia faces Roswell Noon Optimists at 7 p.m. today in the […]

Roosevelt county wins big at 4-H competition

Roosevelt County 4-H members won big at the 89th annual New Mexico State 4-H Conference earlier this month in Las Cruces. Members placed in five competitions including Livestock Skill-a-thon, Livestock Judging, Home Ec Skill-a-thon, Pasture and Range Evaluation and Land Judging. Roosevelt County 4-H members placed in each contest as followed: Livestock Skill-a-thon contest: The […]

Portales Parks Director celebrates 25th year

Portales Parks and Cemetery Director Ronnie Johns was recognized by the city council for dedicating 25 years of service to the city of Portales last week at its council meeting. City officials noted that it is rare they see workers display that type of longevity on the job. Johns answered questions about his 25 years […]

In their corner

Mike Miller has another year of being the voice for the county after commissioners approved renewing an annual contract at their July 17 meeting. The longtime lobbyist said he looks forward to another year as the representative for the county at legislative sessions in Santa Fe. "The rewarding part is you get to advocate and […]

Q&A: Portales Parks and Cemetery Director Ronnie Johns

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Portales Parks and Cemetery Director Ronnie Johns was recognized by the city council for dedicating 25 years of service to the city of Portales last week at its council meeting. City officials noted that it is rare they see workers display that type of longevity on the job. […]

Police Blotter – July 26

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 11 a.m.: Someone walked up for fingerprints. 11:28 a.m.: Deputy advised of a burglary, 6400 block New Mexico 206. 11:30 a.m.: Someone walked up for fingerprints. 12:33 p.m.: Caller reported harassment by phone, 700 block North Avenue O. 1 p.m.: Someone walked up for fingerprints. 1:39 p.m.: […]

My Turn – July 26

On my bookshelf I have a small softbound volume called New Mexico Handbook, written in 1989 by Stephen Metzger. While it's a fairly useful reference book, I've kept it for a single quirky paragraph that straddles pages 222 and 223, about the drive from Lovington to Portales. "Imagine a gorgeous waterfall plummeting 500 feet off […]

Gay marriage arguments awkward

So, the Muppets aren't eating at Chick-fil-A anymore? That was my reaction Monday, when I read the Jim Henson Company cut its ties with Chick-fil-A, with whom it had partnered with this month to release make-your-own-puppet kits as the toy given with kids' meals. Companies sever ties every day, but this one got national attention […]

Zia pulls out win in state Junior Division

CARLSBAD — The Clovis Zia All-Stars got run-scoring singles from Rafa Maldonado and Edgar Madrid in the top of the seventh and edged Albuquerque Zia 17-15 in a 3 1/2-hour marathon on Tuesday night in the Little League state Junior Division tournament. Clovis Zia trailed 9-2 after two innings, but scored four in the fourth […]

ENMU approves legislative appropriation fund application

At a special meeting for the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents on Tuesday in the Administration Building, regents approved once again applying for $5.5 million in annual legislative appropriation funds: President Steven Gamble said the funds go toward the athletics department, the KENW television station, the Blackwater Draw museum and site, allied health […]

EPCOG audits continue to show poor practices

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer Audit reports from 2006 through 2008 at the Eastern Plains Council of Government repeat findings from a 2005 report — poor accounting practices that either contributed to misuse of government-provided monies, or at least provided such opportunities. Just like an auditor's report and financial statement of 2005 done by […]