Events Calendar — Aug. 8

Today Belly dance — 5 p.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. Boot camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Artists in Residence Poetry Workshop — 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Lea Hall Conference […]

My Turn: Citizen puts ideas into action

Nineteen-year-old Kelsey Prince is a young woman on a mission: to make her hometown of Portales a cleaner place, and to involve other young people of our community in the effort. It was an idea born from a birthday gift she received in June. New skateboard in hand, Kelsey started frequenting the skate park by […]

Portales mayor diagnosed with myeloma

PNT staff Portales Mayor Sharon King has been diagnosed with myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, according to a letter she sent to the Clovis Media Inc. about her recent hospital stay. In the letter, King said she had not been feeling well for about four weeks prior to receiving medical attention locally last […]

Director: New plant needed

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Portales City Council is looking at options to fund the construction of a new wastewater plant. Public Works Director John DeSha said the city’s need to replace its outdated plant is based on a growing population and because the current plant is not meeting state standards. The […]

Meetings Watch: Portales City Council — Aug. 7

The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at the Memorial Building: The Portales Police Chief Doug Jones introduced the Portales Police Department’s new Special Response Team. Jones said because of recent mass shootings within the last year in the country, the need for a SWAT team is important, but since […]

Police Blotter — Aug. 7

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Monday Caller reported: • 10:25 a.m.: Close patrol, 700 block of Wiley Cox Circle. • 10:36 a.m.: Animal problem, 600 block of South Avenue F. • 11:30 a.m.: Stray dog, 700 block of West 18th Street. • 11:31 a.m.: Officer requested case number, 700 block of South Avenue […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt County Commission — Aug. 7

The following took place at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting in the Commission Room of the Roosevelt County Courthouse: Jon Koehn of Infinity Wind Power presented a project overview of the Roosevelt Wind Ranch. The facility is projected to be on a 131,000-acre plot between Elida and Dora that contains land from 66 landowners. The […]

Events Calendar — Aug. 7

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Circuit training — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Artists in Residence Open Mic — 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Roosevelt County Brewing. Information: Danielle.Holmes@enmu.edu. Thursday Belly dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales […]

My Turn: Excited to be me

Christina Calloway

New music happens for me in three phases. I either hear a song from a variety of places, whether it be Pandora radio or surfing the web, or someone recommends I listen to it. There’s the introduction. If I like it, it may get more play on my headphones, and if it’s trash, I disregard […]

Letter to the Editor: Our actions, for good or evil, transcend our lifespan

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I have to hand it to Wendel Sloan for taking on a cherished belief in the afterlife in a Bible-belt outpost where a few zealots may be willing to send him there. It’s not like it hasn’t happened before. On July, 30, 2002, Clayton Frank Stoker killed his friend Johnny Joslin over an argument about […]

Lax security in the agri-chemical industry heinous

— The Dallas Morning News At last, there’s definitive action from the bureaucratic world toward cutting through the jumble of regulations that led to the West, Texas, fertilizer disaster. The fact that concrete steps are being ordered out of Washington and not Austin is hardly a surprise, considering how Gov. Rick Perry has been content […]

Defense furloughs cut from 11 to 6

By Lolita C. Baldor The Associated Press WASHINGTON  — The Pentagon moved Tuesday to ease the pain of mandatory, unpaid furloughs that civilian employees have had to bear for a month because of budgetary pressures, cutting the number of days off from 11 to six. Defense officials said the Pentagon found sufficient savings in the […]

Rams get into swing of practice

CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero
Portales Rams sophomore Jacob Salgado tags a pad held by PHS assistant coach Vic Lopez during a foot and handwork exercise on Monday as the Rams opened practice for the 2013 football season. PHS hosts Las Vegas Robertson in its opening game on Aug. 30.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Enorwood@pntonline.com It was obvious by the intensity and direction of Monday morning’s gathering of football hopefuls that this wasn’t just a summer workout. This was real practice at Portales High School, and it showed as the Rams began preparing for the upcoming football season. Everyone looked in sync, […]

Dual credit courses critical component

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Dual credit courses are being used across the county by area high schools to propel students toward their futures. It’s one of the common components among all Roosevelt County high schools that garnered an A grade in the college and career readiness category of the schools’ report cards […]

Ram band hard at work

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com After placing second in the 2012 Zia Marching Band Fiesta AA division and the 2013 New Mexico Activities Association State Band Contest, the Portales Ram Band has been at work since school ended in May. “We held our rookie camp the week after school ended for our […]

Police Blotter — Aug. 6

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Friday Caller reported: • 3:21 p.m.: Landlord tenant dispute, 1700 block of South Avenue F. • 5:36 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 800 block of East Second Street. • 7:22 p.m.: Alarm activation, San Juan Village. • 7:41 p.m.: Domestic, County Co-op. • 8:30 p.m.: Criminal damage, 800 block of […]

Local Brief: Wanted Clovis man arrested

A 54-year-old Clovis certified public accountant wanted for failure to appear in court to face charges he embezzled nearly $300,000 from the New Mexico Cattle Growers Foundation was arrested Monday in Lubbock, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Police say in 2010 and 2011, Charles W. Fleming deposited 20 checks totaling […]

Events Calendar — Aug. 6

Today Free Summer Film — 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40 p.m., Allen Theatres in Clovis. “Happy Feet Two” will be screened. Rated PG. Information: 763-7713. Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Commission Room of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Information: 356-5307. Artists in Residence children’s writing workshops — 4:30-6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Authors Don […]

My Turn: Fitness goals are invigorating

Sandy Fields

Day 1 — This day has been put on hold repeatedly … but it finally arrived. I had to get through the hectic days of June. I had to wait until after the vacation in July. Then there was that head cold after we got back home. When you’re not in shape, there’s always some […]

Rams get into swing of practice

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com It was obvious by the intensity and direction of Monday morning’s gathering of football hopefuls that this wasn’t just a summer workout. This was real practice at Portales High School, and it showed as the Rams began preparing for the upcoming football season. Everyone looked in sync, […]