Brief filed to overturn rape case dismissal

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The state attorney general’s office on Friday filed a brief to overturn the dismissal of a rape case involving a former Dora middle school coach. The attorney general’s office filed its motion in support of the district attorney’s appeal of the case in which police said girls basketball […]

Station preps for drive

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KENW-TV Fall Drive volunteers Dolly Sarkar, left, and Terri Doerr practice their etiquette for when taking pledges from viewers Monday. The week-long drive starts Saturday.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Fall hasn’t officially arrived. But it’s getting close for Eastern New Mexico University’s KENW-TV to hold its annual fall membership drive. The goal during the week-long drive — which starts Saturday —is to raise $15,000 to $20,000 in pledges, according to KENW Promotion Director Rena Garrett. “It helps […]

Police Blotter — July 30

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Friday Caller reported: • 3:43 p.m.: Emergency medical services requested, 1300 block of East Brazos. • 3:55 p.m.: Burglary, 1900 block of North Main. • 6:09 p.m.: Harassment, Portales. • 6:13 p.m.: Cutting her foot and requested an ambulance, ENMU. • 7:24 p.m.: Deputy requested regarding harassment, 1500 […]

Events Calendar — July 30

Today Free Summer Film — 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40 p.m., Allen Theatres in Clovis. “Smurfs” will be screened. Rated PG. Information: 763-7713. Roosevelt County Playa Workshop — 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Dora Consolidated Schools. Topics will include aquifer recharge, depletion and playa ecology. Lunch and field trip is included. Information: 714-4577. Artists in Residence Book […]

My Turn: Diligence is the name of the game

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A neighbor came walking by one evening while I was pulling weeds. “You’ll never win”, she said in jest. “Oh, yes I will,” was my reply. This was a few years ago and, although I still have plenty of weeds in the yard, I’m closing in on them. Diligence. That’s the name of the game […]

Local Brief: Livestock judging team named state champions — July 28

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The Roosevelt County Livestock Judging Team was named state champions for the second year in a row at the 90th Annual State 4-H Conference held earlier this month at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, according to a 4-H press release. The following awards were also given out to students from Roosevelt County: Koby […]

Locals bird watch at Oasis State Park

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This great horned owl caused quite a stir at Oasis State Park Saturday because it was the first time a few people at the bird watching event saw it in-person.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Cheyenne Lattin was mid-sentence talking about the great horned owl when fate and coincidence interfered. People hustled over to the side of the Group Shelter at Oasis State Park with cameras and binoculars in hand, smaller children giving each other a lift to see over the ledge. It […]

Portales Arts Council program gets revived

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Danielle Holmes is excited to revive a Portales Arts Council program that will bring two writers she admires to Portales. Writers Ruth Thompson and Don Mitchell will be featured in the council’s Artists in Residence program to start on Tuesday. The pair will get comfy as they make […]

Northern states love climate change

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It’s always perplexing to me to hear visitors to Arizona in July remark, “Man, it’s really hot here!” Well, duh. Natives of the hot country from Dothan, Alabama to Brawley, California don’t complain much when the weather gets hot. It’s part of the deal. No one keeps a thermometer on their front porch or looks […]

Police Blotter — July 28

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Thursday Caller reported: • 12:47 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident, 300 block of North Chicago. • 2:40 p.m.: Someone threw rocks through his window, 500 block of East Second Street. • 3:33 p.m.: Officer requested in reference to a child, 1700 block of North Boston. • 3:34 p.m.: Welfare […]

Events Calendar — July 28

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales Farmers Market — 5 p.m., North Chicago Street, across from Big Valley Automotive. Information: 760-0690. Circuit Training — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Tuesday Free Summer Film — 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40 p.m., Allen Theatres […]

Area Road Construction — July 28

U.S. 70 project U.S. 70 project officials will begin removing asphalt on First Street between Avenues B and C, on Second Street in front of the downtown businesses and from Avenue A to Boston, according to Constructors, Inc., press release. The work will begin on Monday. With the construction continuing in this area, there will […]

Good deeds done more for ourselves than for others

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While sifting through books for a garage sale, I ran across an essay by Mark Twain about altruism. It articulated what I have long thought, but dared not utter in the hidebound hamlets of the High Plains — good deeds are done more for ourselves than others. Twain’s premise in “What Is Man?” is we […]

New approach needed to create jobs

Jobs. We all talk about them and New Mexico needs them. New Mexico needs jobs, especially high paying jobs. These jobs keep our sons and daughters here, and they stimulate our economy. But again the state of New Mexico is losing a chance at high paying jobs. The recently released Bureau of Land Management (BLM) draft environmental […]

Parties that stand to benefit need not foot the bill

— The Santa Fe New Mexican Here’s another door to shut in our bought-and-paid-for electoral system. Turns out that political action committees can’t just buy candidates. They can actually pay the costs of a special election — essentially buying the outcome. County clerks across New Mexico think that’s a bad idea and want the New […]

In search of ponies: The power of hunger

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By Sharna Johnson CMI columnist Easy vittles. Yep, vittles have motivated creatures for as long as there have been creatures, and easy vittles are a dream come true. Sure, it’s easy to forget just how compelling food can be when one is well fed and satiated, but one trip to the grocery on an empty […]

Q&A: Texas girl at heart

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By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Growing up in the small town of Farwell, Charla Corn dreamed of making it big in country music. Since her early beginnings singing at Border Town Days and local county fairs, Corn has toured nationally with the likes of Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager, Pat Green, Aaron Watson and the Josh Abbott […]

Curry County selects site for proposed jail

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Curry County Commission voted Friday to accept a 15-acre land gift from the city of Clovis as the home of its proposed jail. Transfer of the land is contingent upon voters approving a $9.8 million bond to help pay for the jail, which is up for vote […]

Curry County Commission approves pay raises

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By Emily Crowe CMI STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com All Curry County employees and elected officials will be receiving a pay increase, some as early as next month. The Curry County Commission voted Friday in a special meeting to raise the salaries of county employees on a graduated scale, dependent on how much each respective employee is […]

McGee: Yard art has limits

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By Grant McGee CMI columnist “Look,” said The Lady of the House. “Those are toilet tank lids by that Dumpster.” We were picking up our eats at a local fast food joint when the gleaming porcelain rectangles caught her eye. “Do you want them?” I asked. “Oh, we must have them,” she said, rolling her […]