Boil-water advisory still on for Co-op customers

PNT staff A boil-water advisory remained in effect late Saturday for customers of Roosevelt County Water Co-Op, officials said. “They’re still doing the required testing,” Portales Public Works Director John DeSha said. “Two consecutive samples must come back clean before the advisory is lifted and they take 24 hours apiece. The soonest we will know […]

Rep. Pearce says amnesty not answer

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway

Republican U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce, right, listens to a local farmer’s concerns about immigration reform.

By Emily Crowe Immigration reform was the hot topic at Friday’s town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce in Portales. About 40 area residents, many representing the Somos Un Pueblo Unido immigrant group, gathered at the Yam Theater as Pearce answered questions from his constituents. While several concerned citizens posed questions about the […]

Clean underwear still a must

  By Grant McGee   CMI columnist Do mothers still say, “Always wear clean underwear. You never know when you might be in an accident”?     My mom did. I had visions of being hit by a car, sprawled out on the pavement, my leg broken and the emergency workers have to cut away […]

Puppies can turn life upside down

By Sharna Johnson CMI columnist The retelling took place in a fractional representation of the reality: “I cried in the staff meeting, I cried while the dog cried, I forced her into her crate, I got peed on and I forgot to take my allergy medicine.” That was day four with the new puppy. Nerves […]

Meetings watch — Curry County Commission

• Curry County commissioners met in special session Friday and took the following action: • Approved a canvass of ballots cast in a special $9.88 million jail bond issue election that failed, 1,491 to 741. • Postponed action for a second time on a vehicle seizure ordinance until Sept. 4. The ordinance would allow the […]

Roosevelt co-op customers remain under boil-water advisory


  By Christina Calloway Roosevelt County Water Co-op customers will remain under a “boil water advisory” until at least Monday morning, according to the cooperative’s manager. The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau issued the advisory Friday morning after bacteriological contamination, E. coli, was detected in a routine monitoring sample. The city’s water […]

Prescribed burns for Melrose Air Force Range

27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs To continue to reduce the risk of wildfires in eastern New Mexico, the 27th Special Operations Wing will conduct a series of prescribed controlled burns at Melrose Air Force Range during the next 90 days as weather permits. These fires clear the amount of vegetation in targeted areas and […]

Personally Identifiable Information: protect yourself, your wingman, the Air Force

By Airman 1st Class Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs “I don’t need to worry about identity theft because no one wants to be me.” Stand-up comedian, Jay London, makes light of identity theft with one of his famous one-liners, but the idea of an individual’s personal information being used without authorization in […]

Diamond Sharp airman: FAST and dedicated

By Senior Airman Ericka Engblom 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Editor’s note: This feature is the thirtieth in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The Airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where Airmen are recognized by wing leadership and first sergeants for their […]

Cannon participates in Feds Feed Families

By Senior Airman Jette Carr 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs It can be created by a series of unfortunate events — from unemployment, medical limitations and bills to just outright bad luck, but nevertheless the need is real. Hunger is not only a problem in third-world countries, but can be found in the U.S. […]

TERA program offers enlisted, officers early retirement

By Senior Airman Whitney Tucker 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Air Force Personnel Center officials recently announced the implementation of the Temporary Early Retirement Authority program allowing technical and master sergeants, captains, majors and lieutenant colonels in certain Air Force specialties to retire with fewer than 20 years of active service. Casually referred to […]

A generation of patriots

By Senior Airman Jette Carr 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs They can trace their roots further back than the Revolutionary War, to the arrival of the Mayflower and participation in the militia in Boston when the British tried unsuccessfully to impose new taxes on the American colonists. Since that first great American battle, from […]

Seniors excel on, off the field

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Weldon “W.T.” Whitecotton was the starting quarterback for the Broncos last year as a junior. He also starred in basketball and baseball.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a weekly series this month on students entering their senior year of high school. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Floyd High seniors Weldon “W.T.” Whitecotton and Tessa Nall will be busy campers this fall, with a full schedule of activities and commitments. Nall plays volleyball, […]

Man files lawsuit over false imprisonment

Staff and wire report A 22-year-old Portales man has filed a federal lawsuit against Roosevelt County after his attorney said the man was kept in county jail for 21 days without pending charges against him. An attorney for Francisco Franco filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court against the county and its various […]

Police Blotter — Aug. 9

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Wednesday Caller reported: • 2:08 p.m.: Criminal damage to vehicle, 1700 block of North Boston. • 2:49 p.m.: Requested officer regarding a check, 1000 block of North Chicago. • 4:03 p.m.: Welfare check, 500 block of North Avenue L. • 4:51 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 1800 block of N.M. […]

Have some heaven on your way there

Love is so important. Do you know what you can give away and it will always come back to you? It’s a smile. Try it sometime. An encouraging note or letter would only cost the price of a stamp. It could make such a difference in someone’s day. There are so many lonely people in […]

Man arrested for impersonating officer


CMI staff If you’re going to pretend you’re a police officer, the worst thing you can do is pull over a couple of law enforcement agents. John Shelton, 26, of Logan did just that on Thursday, according to New Mexico State Police. On Thursday afternoon, he was in jail facing charges of impersonating a police […]

Are you sure that was a scorpion?

Drawing by Tony Gennaro
The striped scorpion is the most common in the United States and is probably the one encountered by people in eastern New Mexico.

One summer while in high school, my friend Frankie and I each flung a bedroll and canteen over our shoulder, grabbed a bag with two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and two chocolate chip cookies, and headed out to spend the night in the mountains in Raton,. Because our homes were at the base of […]

Events Calendar — Aug. 9

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Town hall meeting — 1:30 p.m., Yam Theatre. Congressman Steve Pearce, R-N.M., will take questions and discuss concerns of locals. Information: 1-855-473-2723 or Artists in Residence closing reception — 6:30-9 p.m., Underground Embassy in Clovis. Information: Saturday Run/Walk For Your […]

Portales Mayor King: My prognosis is excellent

The Portales News-Tribune reported last week that I was in a Lubbock hospital. I want to give an update on what’s going on in my life. I’ll give the short version because the long one will require a full page. I had not been feeling very spunky for about four weeks. After running various tests, […]