Police Blotter — July 25

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs Tuesday Caller reported: • 10:09 a.m.: Cat in a trap, 1100 block of West University. • 10:51 a.m.: Welfare check, N.M. 206. • 10:57 a.m.: Ambulance requested, N.M. 206. • 12:06 p.m.: Requested standby, 500 block of East Third. • 12:52 p.m.: Fraud, 1300 block of South Avenue […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt County Hospital District board meeting — July 25

The following is a report from CEO Larry Leaming on Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Hospital District board meeting: Larry Anderson of J.W. Anderson and Associates presented audited financial reports from the fiscal years of 2011 and 2012. He reported the net income for 2011 at $2.15 million and $684,000 for 2012. Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens […]

Majority of Conservation Reserve Program land in local counties

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com More than three-quarters of the land in New Mexico accepted into the Conservation Reserve Program this year is in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties. The program, which pays agricultural producers to turn environmentally sensitive crop land into conservation areas, is expected to pump more than $552,000 annually into […]

Setting It Straight — July 25

A story in Wednesday’s edition about driver’s license fraud included incorrect information. Veronica Diaz, 38, of Portales entered what is known as an Alford plea, in which she maintains her innocence but acknowledged the risk of being convicted at trial in light of the evidence against her. She was charged with 47 counts, including forgery […]

Events Calendar — July 25

Today Closing Party — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Games, activities and prizes to celebrate the end of the summer program. Open to all ages. Information: 356-3940. Belly Dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales Farmer’s Market — 5 p.m., North Chicago Street, across from Big Valley Automotive. Information: […]

My Turn: Year of the goathead


I was in the backyard filling my third five-gallon bucket with goathead plants a few mornings ago when my friend Tish called me to see how my day was going. I whined about my prickly chore, and she told me, “I think this is the Year of the Goathead.” I am afraid she’s right. My […]

White space is not your enemy

I just ordered a book recommended to me by a friend helping me with some ideas for the cover of my new Christmas record. (A CD is still a “record,” as in “recording.” And, no, it is not difficult at all to sing “Let It Snow” with deep feeling on a 100-degree day.) The title […]

ENMU women’s soccer team picked for last place in LSC

CMI staff RICHARDSON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team didn’t fare any better in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason poll than its volleyball counterparts had a day earlier. The Zias were picked for sixth out of six teams in the LSC poll, a complilation of coaches, sports information directors and various […]

ENMU professor gives New Mexico the blues


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com It has been almost a century since the musical genre of the blues could be categorized as “new.” Yet, in this instance it may be suitable as KENW-FM on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University now broadcasts a weekly blues program called All These Blues on […]

Portales woman pleads guilty to fraud

Staff and wire reports A former public notary from Portales has pleaded guilty Monday to fraudulently obtaining hundreds of New Mexico driver’s licenses for people living outside the country. She is the fifth defendant to plead guilty in what state officials termed at the time the case broke as “one of the largest driver’s license […]

Mayor: Jail contract issues need rectification

By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Contract negotiations for a land deal between Clovis and Curry County for the purpose of building a new jail are ongoing, according to Mayor David Lansford. The deal, as presented by Lansford, would be handled as a government-to-government transfer giving 15 acres east of the landfill on Brady […]

Police Blotter — July 24

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Monday Caller reported: • 9:51 a.m.: Criminal damage to vehicle, 800 block of West 19th Street. • 10:07 a.m.: Criminal damage to vehicle, 700 block of South Avenue B. • 10:26 a.m.: Welfare check on children, 400 block of Bailey. • 11:20 a.m.: Stray dog, 800 block of […]

Know yourself and know your enemy

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” — Noam Chomsky   The cover was like most others at newsstands across the country. Teases to about half a dozen stories. On the bus with Willie Nelson. The […]

Events Calendar — July 24

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Tiny Earth Shakers — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “How Does Your Garden Grow?” will be featured. Open to children preschool-aged. Information: 356-3940. Kiwanis Swim Meet — 3 p.m., City Swimming Pool. Information: 760-6807. Circuit Training — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. […]

Local Brief — Bank of America to be converted

Two local locations are among the 51 Bank of America branches acquired by Washington Federal last week, according to a release from Washington Federal. Bank of America branches on Prince Street and the Cannon Air Force Base will be converted to Washington Federal on Nov. 1. The release also stated that Washington Federal offers employment […]

My Turn — Portales: Small town of heroes

I wouldn’t consider myself a local celebrity by any means but it’s nice to know that people read my columns and feel like they’re getting to know me from them. When my grandmother and aunt visited me in May, I had someone recognize me as the newspaper lady at a mall in Albuquerque. It wasn’t […]

Zias picked to finish last in LSC volleyball poll

CMI staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University enters the 2013 volleyball season looking up at the rest of the Lone Star Conference. The Zias, under first-year coach Sia Poyer, were picked to finish last in the now-nine-team league in the LSC preseason poll, released by the conference office on Tuesday. West Texas A&M, […]

NM needs more national cemetery space

— Albuquerque Journal For more than a decade, New Mexico has needed additional cemetery space for the men and women who have made the sacrifice inherent in serving this country. In fact, in 2001 New Mexico Republicans Heather Wilson and Pete Domenici introduced legislation in Congress to plan a new site in Albuquerque. Yet in […]

Portales woman pleads guilty in driver’s license fraud


The Associated Press CLOVIS — A former public notary has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining hundreds of New Mexico driver’s licenses for people living outside the country. Federal prosecutors say 38-year-old Veronica Diaz, of Portales, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of forgery, 32 counts of conspiracy to alteration or forgery of a driver’s license and […]

Cannon changes command

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Air Force Special Operations Commander Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, left, passes the wing flag to Col. Tony D. Bauernfeind during Tuesday’s change of command ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base. Bauernfeind replaces Brig. Gen. Buck Elton as 27th Special Operations Wing commander.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Brig. Gen. Buck Elton is trading New Mexico sunsets for the Sunshine State, but before he ended his leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing on Tuesday, he was praised for his legacy at Cannon Air Force Base, which included his leadership over the Air Force’s largest military […]