Home for Christmas

CMI staff photo: Lillian Bowe
Gay Luna, right and her daughters, Devyn, middle, and Tori, far left, enter their new home built by volunteers from Habitat for Humanity.

by Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Gay Luna and her two daughters, Devyn, 16, and Tori, 15, got some Christmas joy a little early this year. On Saturday, the family got a newly constructed home from the Roosevelt and Curry County Habitat for Humanity. Tears shed and hugs given, the family moved in on […]

Christmas special, different

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com For Dianne Parker, Portales city council member, Christmas has always been a very special time for her family. Parker’s youngest daughter was due on Christmas day, but was born more than a week late, and two of her grandchildren were born only a few days after Christmas. “Just […]

Empty Stocking wrap: Charity fund sees shortfall

CNJ STAFF A group of large donations that helped the Salvation Army reach fundraising goals for the Empty Stocking Fund last year have not so far materialized for 2013. Donations were at $5,895 on Tuesday, significantly down from $13,800 received by last Christmas Eve. Lynn Berry, community relations manager for Clovis Media Inc., said a […]

Stuffing your stocking with ideas — Kevin Wilson

I file this column knowing this might be the most least-read thing I do all year. It’s like when Rick Reilly wrote the column on the back page of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. I could write a cure for cancer, and nobody would catch it. Still, we forge ahead. Today I present not a […]

Police blotter — Dec. 25

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Saturday • 12:02 a.m.: Domestic Violence Order violation report, 1200 block West Hickory Street. • 12:45 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 800 block West 14th Street. • 2 a.m.: Premise check, 600 block West 16th Street. • 2:07 a.m.: Premise check, 700 block South Avenue B. • 2:10 a.m.: Premise […]

Events calendar — Dec. 25

Today Community Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., El Rancho in Portales. Information: 359-9118. To add an event, contact Lillian Bowe at 356-4481 or e-mail lbowe@pntonline.com

My Turn: Music transports to holidays past — Sandy Fields

Kenny Loggins comes on the radio singing “Celebrate Me Home,” and I get tears in my eyes. It’s a Christmas tradition I apparently have no control over. It makes no sense. The lyrics seem to be about someone longing to be home with loved ones, though he’s on the road. I’m right here in my […]

Christmas Is Only As Strong As Its Weakest Link — Curtis K. Shelburne

By Curtis K. Shelburne I don’t usually think of Christmas and chains as going together, unless I’m reading about the ponderously-chained Ghost of Christmas Past who so terrorized old Ebenezer Scrooge! But I believe this to be true: Christmas is a “chain” which is only as strong as its weakest link. If Christmas deals only […]

AFSOC bases implement new, faster emergency notification system

By Raquel Sanchez Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs We’ve all heard the outside ‘giant voice,’ received a telephone call from the command post or seen that pop-up alert on our work computer during an emergency at one time or another. But do these methods provide instant accountability? With the launch of the AtHoc […]

New deputy no stranger to Portales


By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A new face of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department, Deputy James Beatty, 28, is not a stranger to Portales. Beatty, born and raised in Roswell,  went to New Mexico State University for his education, but found the second largest city in New Mexico too big. Transferring to Eastern […]

New clerk appointed

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Ninth Judicial District Judge Donna Mowrer swears in DeAun Searl as Roosevelt County’s new county clerk Monday. The seat became vacant Friday after former Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter resigned in protest because issuing same-sex marriage licenses conflicted with her personal and religious beliefs.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Commission grudgingly filled the county clerk position Monday that was vacated last week in protest to New Mexico becoming the 17th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriages. During an emergency meeting Monday, commissioners expressed their disappointment with state Supreme Court’s ruling but felt […]

Empty Stocking Fund

• Today’s focus: Family G • Household members: 4 • Children: 2 • Special circumstance: The father’s hours at work have been cut, plus they are struggling to pay medical bills and have no insurance. Also, one of the children’s birthday is in December. • Needs: Boy age 5 — wants anything, but would especially […]

Events calendar — Dec. 24

Wednesday Community Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., El Rancho in Portales. Information: 359-9118. To add an event, contact Lillian Bowe at 356-4481 or e-mail lbowe@pntonline.com

Police blotter — Dec. 24

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Friday • 12:01 a.m.: Officer requested, call back made. • 12:12 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 300 block South Avenue G. • 1:31 a.m.: Follow-up request, 1500 block Arizona Dr. • 3:29 a.m. Ambulance transfer from Roosevelt General Hospital. • 4:33 a.m.: Alarm activation, 400 block West Fir Street. […]

Giving season: Santa Cop event held


By Lillian Bowe PNT staff-writer lbowe@pntonline.com Bianca Velediac, 5, was bouncing up and down in anticipation Satyrday as she waited for her turn to sit on Santa’s lap and receive her gift. She was one of the many children gathered at the Memorial Building for the 15th Annual Portales Police Department Operation Santa Cop. Operation […]

Residents say Christmas’ meaning remains

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Despite a recent poll’s findings, most people contacted in eastern New Mexico say Christmas has not lost its religious meaning. Only half those responding to a Pew Research Center poll said they considered Christmas a religious holiday but locals say those results are far from what they celebrate […]

Fast start lifts Lady Rams for second game in row


By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com About the only things similar between the Portales Lady Rams’ 64-30 win over Las Vegas Robertson on Friday night and their 59-32 trouncing of West Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon at the Ram Athletic Center were the scores, and the fact that PHS got out quickly both nights. […]

ENMU adds policy for minors on campus

PNT staff Eastern New Mexico University has adopted a new public safety policy for minors, according to a press release. The policy requires that anyone under age 18 and not a university student must be accompanied and supervised by a parent, legal guardian or event facilitator at all times while on ENMU property. This includes […]

Empty Stocking Fund profile — Dec. 22

• Today’s focus: Family G • Household members: 3 • Children: 2 • Special circumstance: The mother and father have just separated. The mother is trying now to raise her family on her own. Finding it very difficult to find a way to pay the bills • Needs: Boy age 6 — Wants games. He […]

Holiday closures

The following businesses will be closed for the Christmas Holiday:   American Heritage Bank (closed Dec. 24-25) Animal Shelter (closed Dec. 24-25) Bank of Clovis (closed Dec. 24 at noon – Dec. 25 all day) Cannon Federal Credit Union (closed Dec. 24-25) Citizens Bank (closed Dec. 24 at noon – Dec. 25 all day) City […]