Director: Show aligns with Portales


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University Professor Jon Barr is bringing a story about a girl’s attempt to escape a hard life by becoming a famous soccer player to the University Theatre Center’s Main Stage. “Guapa” has a message that Barr believes everyone can relate to, but will also show […]

Officials: Poaching bigger threat than drought

By Thomas Garcia CMI staff writer Poaching is a greater threat to future deer population in Curry or Roosevelt counties and across the state than any effects caused by drought, according to New Mexico Game and Fish officials. Game and Fish officials are investigating 22 cases across the state involving elk, deer and antelope […]

My turn: Be prepared for bitter brittle battle

Betty Williamson

I fear there may be unrest in Portales today at the First United Methodist Church’s 60th annual Turkey Dinner & Bazaar. Here’s why. Organizers are hoping to serve their traditional Thanksgiving meal to more than 2,000 people at lunch and supper, but I have it on good authority that there are only 66 bags of […]

Events calendar — Nov. 7

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Turkey Dinner and Bazaar — 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m., Portales First United Methodist Church. Costs are $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Carry-out is available. Information: 356-8597. Newspaper baskets — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Open […]

Police blotter — Nov. 7


Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Tuesday Caller requested: • 11:31 a.m.: Requested officer, 1200 block of North Abilene. • 11:57 a.m.: Animal complaint, 1000 block of West 14th Lane. • Noon: Ambulance requested, 700 block of South Main. • 12:12 p.m.: Requested officer, 500 block of East Amazon. • 12:13 p.m.: Subject making […]

Ticket feature: Clovis Community Band sharing sounds of Sousa


CNJ staff The Clovis Community Band will be sharing the sounds of John Philip Sousa with Clovis tonight. A local tradition for more than 30 years, the concert will feature Sousa’s “Mother Hubband March,” “Black Horse Troop March,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and a compilation of the composer’s three arrangements of “Yankee Doodle.” “We’ll also […]

Fishing report — Nov. 7

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 […]

Dora voters pass school bond

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Dora schools Superintendent Steve Barron called Tuesday’s passing of a $1.5 million school bond issue a victory for Dora schools and the community. In a district of little more than 400 voters, 91 people voted in favor of the bond and 34 voted against. The money will be […]

Benoit wins hospital board seat

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Floyd schools Superintendent Paul Benoit beat out local business owner Lori Bohm for the Roosevelt General Hospital Board’s District 5 seat by only six votes in Tuesday’s election. A total of 56 people voted, 31 of those votes cast were for Benoit, in a district with nearly 2,000 […]

Pair of new Portales officers introduced


By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer Interim Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos and City Manager Doug Redmond introduced the Portales Police Department’s two newest staff members at Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting. Daniel Narvaez and Calvin Tayler graduated from the Farmington Police Academy the end of September and have been in field training since, […]

Commission approves bunk replacement

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Inmates used a bunk leg to poke a hole in the ceiling during escapes from the Roosevelt County Detention Center in June and September.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer The Roosevelt County Commission approved a request to replace 38 bunks in the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Replacing of the bunks is a safety measure as inmates used broken bed legs to puncture holes in the ceiling in escapes in June and September, officials said. “In both […]

City council passes synthetic marijuana ordinance

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer Local smoke shops say an ordinance passed Tuesday by the Portales City Council will not affect them one way or another because they do not sell any illegal synthetic marijuana products. In a unanimous vote, the city council passed an ordinance that will strip a business of its […]

My Turn — With friendly neighbors, you’re never lost

Christina Calloway

I want to give credit to our elderly and those who remember a time before the GPS. I have a horrible sense of direction and can’t read a map to save my life. I attempted to find a house in Causey last week using Google Maps. The person’s home, which was nearly 40 minutes from […]

Meetings Watch: Portales City Council, Nov. 6

At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in the Memorial Building, councilors: • Heard an update on Portales road construction by Wes Hancock of Constructors Inc. “The rain has delayed us but we’re only about four days from our goal,” Hancock said. He said road crews still plan to have traffic opened on the town square […]

Man jailed on sex allegations

PNT staff A 27-year-old Colorado Springs, Colo., man remained in jail Tuesday night on charges he molested a 9-year-old Portales girl, according to police. Sammy Castillo Deleon was arrested Monday afternoon on seven charges, including the criminal sexual penetration of a minor, a first-degree felony, according to police. Deleon is being held on a $87,000 […]

Meetings Watch — Roosevelt County Commission, Nov. 6

Roosevelt County commissioners took the follow actions at Tuesday’s meeting: • Adopted Ordinance 2014-01 authorizing the issuance and sale of Roosevelt County taxable industrial revenue bonds, worth up to $430 million for the Roosevelt Wind Project. The commission also approved the lease agreement between the county and Roosevelt Wind Project, LLC that will pay a $700,000 […]

Events calendar — Nov. 6

Today Pancake breakfast — 6-10 a.m., Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. The cost is $6 per ticket and tickets can be purchased at the Portales Police Department or the sheriff’s office. Proceeds will benefit Santa Cop. Information: 356-4408. Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Southwest […]

Police blotter — Nov. 6

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:   Monday: • 10:22 a.m.: Requested officer, 200 block of West Ivy. • 10:54 a.m.: Alarm activation, 1500 block of North Boston. • 11:19 a.m.: Requested officer, Brazos and Elgin. • 12:09 p.m.: Warrant service, Portales. • 12:35 p.m.: Burglary, 1000 block of East Brazos. • 1:23 p.m.: […]

Photo project helps show war’s true cost

It was a treasure hunt of sorts that took more than four years and involved gathering 398 pieces of paper that were at least 40 years old. But the completed project, overseen by Vietnam veterans Art Canales of Santa Fe with an assist by Art DeVargas of Albuquerque, does more than put faces with the […]

Don’t discriminate on my dime

You know the best way to ensure discrimination stays alive? Insist that anything but status quo would be discrimination against you. Hawaii is on the cusp of becoming the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage, and Nate Kellum of the Center for Religious Expression wrote a column on The Christian Post to argue Hawaii’s bill […]