Officials appeased by Los Abuelitos explanations

Roosevelt County seniors and officials left the county courthouse on good terms Tuesday afternoon after rough beginnings in a public forum. The topic of discussion in the afternoon meeting was the new Los Abuelitos Senior Center building on West Fir Street, which was built using $734,000 in Community Development Block Grant and county money. The […]

State judge dismisses one of three lawsuits against Ute pipeline project

A state judge on Monday granted a motion to dismiss litigation the Village of Logan filed in an attempt to halt construction on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, also known as the Ute Water Project. The litigation, heard by Judge Sarah Singleton of the First Judicial Court in Santa Fe, is one of […]

Empty stocking fund – Dec. 5

Today's focus: Family P Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: This family needs help for Christmas because the mother is going to school to be a certfied nursing assistant and working. This is a single-parent family and with school and working there is not a lot of money left over at the end of […]

Same-sex spouses still lack benefits

With repeal last year of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law, many military people, including senior leaders, assumed that married gay and lesbian couples had gained not only job security but also equality in allowances, benefits and access to family support programs. That assumption is wrong. Since the law took effect 14 months ago, the […]

Idle time for the shredder

I took a few days off last week, and to quote "Office Space" protagonist Peter Gibbons, "I did absolutely nothing, and it was everything I thought it could be." OK, so it was a little bit more, as I discovered that giving me idle time is a terrible idea. With no major renovation project to […]

My Turn – Milk every outing that isn’t work

Why do we have to experience pain before we learn the lesson? Why can't we just hear the saying from our parents and take the hint? Sure sayings have their wit but they're played out when you speak them and then you become an adult and you realize they've never been more factual. The whole, […]

Plant closure isn’t peanuts to Portales

Two months is a long time to watch millions of pounds of a crop sit in barns, to be out of a job in a tough economy, to have a business shuttered with no clue as to when it can re-open. But that's the position the federal government has put Portales farmers and workers in […]

Empty stocking fund – Dec. 4

Today's focus: Family R Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: The husband was without a job for three months, during which time the family got behind on bills. The family has been able to catch up on bills, but has little money for presents. Clothing needs: Boys size 6, shoe size 3; girls size […]

Police Blotter – Dec. 4

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Friday 4:01 p.m.: Caller requested an officer for a standby, 1500 block Arizona Drive. 4:08 p.m.: Caller requested a canine be picked up, 600 block South Avenue A. 4:17 p.m.: Caller requested a standby, 1000 block North Avenue A. 8:52 p.m.: Caller reported a domestic disturbance in the […]

Events Calendar – Dec. 4

Today Bubble Wrap Art — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. For children kindergarten to sixth grade. Information: 356-3940. Teen writer's group — 5 p.m., Portales Public Library. For youth 13 to 18 years old who are interested in writing. Information: 356-3940. ENM Children's Choir concert — 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Buchanan Hall in the ENMU Music […]

Meetings Watch – City Council

The following items are on the Portales City Council agenda meeting today at 7 p.m.: An update on the U.S. 70 construction project. A report and presentation of the ComCast partnership sign given to the Portales Recreation Center. An informational report on the Yam Theatre. A resolution authorizing the mayor's signature to submit the EMS […]

My Turn – Pioneer stories much loved

My family history with Roosevelt County begins in the early 1900s, and I've always loved the stories of the pioneers. But I've never known much of the personal history from the late 1800s until very recently when I read the new book by Ruth Burns, "A Man Was a Real Man in Them Days." It's […]

Seniors express concerns over building

Another public hearing will be held today to further discuss issues surrounding the new senior center building in Portales. A hearing was held Thursday in the county courthouse to announce the completion of the new Los Abuelitos Senior Center building on West Fir Street and take questions and concerns from any members of the public […]

Holiday Express program assists military families

"Santa … It's going to be Santa …" Lorena Vigil with the New Mexico National Guard had just announced that a special visitor would be coming through the Holiday Express and children aboard the train had no disillusions about who the special visitor was going to be. The whispers turned to shouts as Santa Claus […]

Rams’ new head coach excited by opportunity

When Mark Gallegos took the job as athletic director at Portales High, Rickie McBroom was the right man for the job Gallegos left behind. As it turns out, it's the right job for the man, too. CMI correspondent: Joshua LuceroPortales senior guard Jacob Aranda, right, works against senior forward Zach Blaeser during the Rams' practice […]

Empty stocking: Family R

• Today's focus: Family R • Household members: 4 • Children: 2 • Special circumstances: The husband was without a job for three months, during which time the family got behind on bills. The family has been able to catch up on bills, but has little money for presents. • Clothing needs: Boys size 6, […]

In tribute: Former Fort Sumner coach made impact

Figuratively, it could be said that Mario Martinez was always looking out for the little guy. De Baca County News: Scot Stinnett Mario Martinez is carried to the center of the field by his players immediately following the 28-27 win in the 1995 Class 1A state championship game, the first for Fort Sumner. They were […]

ENMU student scholarships could be at risk

The scholarships of more than a quarter of Eastern New Mexico University students could be at risk as a depleting state lottery scholarship fund is expected to run out of money in the next fiscal year. Legislators are looking at changing the criteria of eligibility for these scholarships, possibly making them need or merit-based to […]

Lady Broncos finish fifth at Texico

TEXICO — The Floyd Lady Broncos beat Melrose 58-44 on Saturay to claim fifth place in the Citizens Bank Border Shootout. Tony Bullocks: CMI staff photo Floyd senior Monique Gomez drives pass Melrose sophomore Caley Barnard during the second half of Saturday's girls fifth-place game in the Citizens Bank Border Shootout at Texico. Gomez scored […]

Cannon clinic to test extended hours

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — In order to better accommodate Air Commandos and their families at Cannon Air Force Base the 27th Special Operations Medical Group, is testing the demand to extend clinic hours. U.S. Air Force graphic: Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal In order to better accommodate Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base […]