Offering teacher bonuses not viable solution

The trouble with education reform is finding that elusive mix of what works. It’s clear that parenting matters, good teaching matters and an effective principal matters. It’s also true that smart curriculum is necessary. Since being elected governor, Susana Martinez has directed much effort at improving the state’s public schools. Programs, though, do not always […]

Police blotter — Sept. 27

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 9:27 a.m.: Warrant service, Portales. • 9:31 a.m.: Boy did not show up for school, Floyd. • 10:12 a.m.: Subject removal, 1500 block of West 18th Street. • 10:20 a.m.: Requested officer, 1000 block of Community. • 10:35 a.m.: Counterfeit money, 1700 block of […]

Water service returned to Portales

PNT Staff A water main break on Wednesday night left multiple homes and businesses on the west side of Portales with little or no water for hours. “It was from about Avenue K to Industrial (street), from Taco Box on west,” said Portales Public Works Director John DeSha. DeSha said the break occurred  across from […]

Fishing Report — Sept. 26

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Cabresto Lake — We had no […]

Police raid businesses

Malin Parker: Courtesy photo
Deputy TJ Gibson wraps glass pipes in newspaper that were confiscated as evidence from a Portales smoke shop on Wednesday.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Hundreds of bags of organic herbal potpourri were confiscated from two Portales smoke shops Wednesday by local law enforcement executing search warrants. The search warrants, based on information from a police informant, said police had probable cause to search the smoke shops because they believe the potpourri was […]

Month designated for Hispanic heritage


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing at Eastern New Mexico University. The office of Hispanic Affairs is celebrating this period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. by putting on multiple events on campus that are open to the public. “Our goal is to bring cultural awareness […]

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Tuesday Caller reported: • 11:38 a.m.: Suspicious activity, 600 block of East Brazos. • 11:51 a.m.: Harassment, Portales. • 12:01 p.m.: Juveniles fighting, 900 block of North Avenue I. • 12:48 p.m.: Requested officer, Portales. • 1:03 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 500 block of Moore’s Manor. • 1:09 p.m.: […]

Events Calendar — Sept. 26

Today New Mexico’s Living Landscapes — 2 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Auditorium in the College of Business. The program will be based on author Bill Dunmire’s book, “New Mexico’s Living Landscapes: A Roadside View.” Information: 505-867-3474. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for […]

My Turn: Dunmire is captivating storyteller

My junior high New Mexico history teacher, Pat Thatcher, can attest to the fact that when it came to learning about the early days of the Land of Enchantment, I was a less-than-passionate student. A few decades of perspective have changed that though, and books such as William Dunmire’s recently published “New Mexico’s Spanish Livestock […]

Quick strikes net Greyhounds win at UT-Permian Basin

CMI STAFF ODESSA, Texas — Julian Roberts had a goal and an assist, and Eastern New Mexico University scored twice in 49 seconds en route to a 4-2 win over Texas-Permian Basin. Kal Herbert scored his team-high sixth goal of the season to put the Greyhounds up for good 24:39 into the game, and goaltender […]