No, it’s not beginning to look a lot like Christmas

On my return from Phoenix last weekend, flying into Sunport, after two days of meetings that seemed to last a month, the first thing I did was what many of us, I suppose, do. I tuned in the car radio, looking for familiar Albuquerque stations, and prepared to run a few errands. Imagine my surprise. […]

We were boredom fighters

Imagination and ingenuity are traits they don’t pass out much anymore. We never lacked those qualities growing up. If we got caught out visiting some boring relative or friends of our parents where there were no toys or balls, we improvised. A shirt or towel could be rolled up and tucked or tied with string […]

Decorating tips coming up on new shows

Information on decorating wooden frames, making treat pops, and using botanical design stamps will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, and noon Thursday. Lisa Rojas is a mixed media artist and designer, and she’s going to demonstrate how to decorate a wooden frame with rubber stamped images and chalk pencils to […]

No place like home

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Emily Crowe CMI STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com After spending years traveling the world with her husband while he was in the Air Force, June Phillips said the two were passing through Clovis in 1973, stopped to visit some friends, and simply never left. “It was a place to settle down until we decided where we wanted […]

ENMU basketball squads suffer exhibition defeats

CMI staff ALBUQUERQUE — Eastern New Mexico University’s men competed admirably Saturday night in an exhibition game against five-time Mountain West Conference champion New Mexico before losing to the Lobos 87-68 at The Pit. The Lobos, 29-6 last season and ranked 23rd in the Associated Press preseason poll, never led by more than the final […]

Peanut growers in bind

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Peanut farmers have a different pay schedule than most. Once they harvest their peanuts in the fall, typically about mid to late-October, they are paid for their crop for the entire year. When Sunland Inc., declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy early in October, growers in eastern New Mexico and […]

Oasis hosts annual fishing clinic

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The 23rd Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic was up and running bright and early Saturday morning at Oasis State Park. Youth anglers brought their poles, tackle boxes, and listening ears as they took in the fundamentals of fishing from volunteers representing various organizations. The Kids Fishin’ Clinic was […]

Police blotter — Nov. 3

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:   Thursday: • 11:12 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 200 block of Utah. • 12:13 p.m.: Parking complaint, 200 block of South Avenue B. • 12:29 p.m.: Animal complaint, N.M. 236. • 12:52 p.m.: Animal complaint, 1000 block of East Danube. • 12:59 p.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 40000 block of U.S. […]

Creator’s best work is … us?

Most of you are familiar with theories about the universe being fine-tuned for human existence. The dynamics are too numerous and complex to encapsulate here, but a few examples from varied sources include: • If gravity were slightly weaker, it would not squeeze the sun’s core enough to ignite nuclear reactions needed for life-generating sunlight; […]

Ideology first, governance later helps nobody

As the world was focused on the antics of Congress and the White House last month, something significant happened in Texas that points to part of the problem in Washington. At a Tarrant County gathering of tea party Republicans, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, locked in a contentious bid for re-election, declared that he believed President […]

Tuesday to see pair of votes

PNT staff Elections on Tuesday are for a District 5 Hospital Board Member and a Dora School Bond. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for both for both elections. Ballots can be cast for the District 5 Hospital Board at the Jake Lopez Community Building. The polling place for the Dora School […]

Road construction — Nov. 3

Area road construction and closure information for this week: Portales Traffic has moved to the outside or south lane of U.S. 70. With this move, traffic is able to access Avenue A, Main Street, and Abilene off of Second Street. Access to the courthouse square and businesses on Avenue A and Main Street will be […]

County receives $5,000 grant

PNT staff Roosevelt County will receive nearly $5,000 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county, according to a press release from the Portales Community Services Center. A local board will determine how the money will be distributed. Local agencies chosen to receive funds must: • Be eligible to receive federal funds. • […]

Hounds stun WT with second-half comeback

CMI staff CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s football team once again has possession of the “Wagon Wheel.” Senior fullback Christian Long rushed for 121 yards and scored the Greyhounds’ final three touchdowns, including a 2-yard run with 51 seconds left, and freshman D’Majeric Tucker — who earlier returned a kickoff 99 yards for […]

Coyotes rout Animas to advance

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CMI staff DORA — One step down for the Dora Coyotes in their bid to return to the 6-man state finals. The next one gets a little tougher though. Dora opened a 41-0 halftime lead on Saturday and cruised to a 55-0 win over Animas in a quarterfinal game. The contest was called midway through […]

Lady Rams clinch district title

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com With a little blip in the middle, the Portales Lady Rams did on Saturday what they usually do — win the District 4-3A regular-season volleyball championship. Of more concern, though, was an ankle injury sustained by senior outside hitter Kristen Wagner midway through the fourth set of their […]

Socorro ousts Lady Rams from state soccer

CMI staff SOCORRO — A goal early in the second half was enough for Socorro to advance in the Class 1A-3A state girls soccer tournament on Saturday. Dominique Molina found the net for the Lady Warriors in the 46th minute, and they held on for a 1-0 victory over Portales High in a first-round matchup. […]

Lady Cats cruise to District 4-5A cross country title

CMI staff HOBBS — Clovis High’s girls were nearly perfect on Friday. Hobbs’ boys were as well. Both teams were easy winners in District 4-5A cross country competition. The CHS girls ran 1-2-4-5-7 for a score of 19 points to 48 for Hobbs and 67 for Carlsbad. Meantime, the Eagles went 1-2-3-5-6 for 17 points […]

Prep football capsules — Nov. 2

Friday Melrose 44, Tatum 14 Records: Tatum 5-4 (1-2 8-man District 3), Melrose 5-3 (2-1) Difference: Sophomore Rowdy Allen’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter opened an 18-0 lead for the Buffaloes, and they cruised from there. Difference-makers: Sophomore Wyatt Williams scored two first-quarter touchdowns for the […]

ENMU roundup: Hounds play No. 7 Midwestern St. to draw

CMI staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — If nothing else, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team has shown it can play with a top-10 program. The Greyhounds battled seventh-ranked Midwestern State to a scoreless double-overtime tie on Friday night, the second time this season ENMU has done that against the Mustangs (10-3-2). MSU leads […]