Thursday area prep volleyball — Aug. 28

Staff report HAGERMAN — The Elida Lady Tigers overcame a slow start to open the volleyball season on Thursday with a 13-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-9 win over Hagerman. “It looked like the first game of the season,” Elida coach Darrell Chenault said of the slow start. “After we got playing a little bit and settled […]

Home team pride

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
The Portales High School Rams prepare for the football 
season wearing the school’s signature red and black colors during their Tuesday afternoon practice. Local high school football fans will be able to cheer on their hometown teams  beginning  Friday.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Two things come to mind when Michael Doerr thinks about high school football in Roosevelt County: pride and unity. “People align themselves with the team and feel like they are a part of it. It creates a sense of unity,” Doerr said. Portales Rams fans will have to travel […]

Student population holds steady

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Portales schools’ student population has been gradually declining the past four years, but officials said it’s holding steady so far this year. Wednesday saw 2,816 students on the roster, compared to 2,804 at the end of last year. Superintendent Johnnie Cain said he is pleased with the overall increase, […]

No time for those pesky varmints

By Audra Brown Local columnist Plowing, planting, branding, weaning, harvesting, herding. Agriculture keeps you plenty busy, but you might not believe how much time is spent on pest control. Fact is, there’s never enough time for this particular duty. It’s almost as never-ending as building fence. On the lower end of the size-spectrum and the […]

Holiday closures

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday: • J.P. Stone Community Bank • U.S. Bank • Wells Fargo Bank • New Mexico Bank & Trust • First Financial Credit Union • Western Bank of Portales • City of Portales offices • Portales Public Library […]

Your call is very important to us

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist “The Nine Circles of Customer Service Hell.” That’s an article by Jay Steinfield, CEO of Blinds.com, who, with apologies to Dante and his original “nine circles of . . .” asked the question for phone-holding customers everywhere: “Your customers are the cornerstone of your success. So why offend them?” I […]

To do list — Aug. 29

Today Fifth Friday — Entertainment on the square downtown. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Information: 575-607-9261 Me, Myself & I — The national self portrait show is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Runnells Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Information: Call Bryan Hahn at 575-562-2778. Saturday Biggest Catfish […]

Police blotter — Aug. 29

Tuesday • 12:39 a.m.: Civil matter, 200 block of East Seventh Street. • 1:05 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1400 block of South Main Avenue. • 2:06 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2000 block of South Avenue I. • 7:12 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1800 block of South Roosevelt Road 7. • 9:10 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 200 block of South […]

Unbeaten Eagles blank Rams

Staff report The Portales High boys soccer team didn’t score against Hobbs on Thursday, but the Rams weren’t the first ones this season to come up empty against the Eagles. Hobbs scored twice in a two-minute span of the first half and that held up for a 2-0 victory on Thursday at the PHS soccer […]

Rams take on Robertson in season opener

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com For at least the fourth year in a row, the Portales Rams and Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals open the football season against each other. In the previous three years, the Cardinals have also ended the Rams’ season in the first round of the playoffs. Tonight’s contest at Robertson is […]

Heard that before

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Drivers take a detour Wednesday afternoon while construction crews prepare to reopen the outside lane of West Second Street. The construction, which has taken nearly 27 months to complete, is said to be wrapping up in about two weeks, but a few business owners are skeptical of the expected completion date.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Chuck Abbott is aware the road construction through the heart of Portales is supposedly coming to an end. He remains skeptical. “They (Constructors Inc. officials) have been saying it would be done time after time,” said Abbott, who owns Big League Sports on the Portales square. “They don’t seem […]

Fairly good numbers

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Fair goers walk through the Roosevelt County Fair’s south entrance during the third day of the fair. According to officials, 2014 fair attendance was up 28 percent compared to 2010.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Statistics don’t lie. The Roosevelt County Fair has grown more popular for the fifth straight year. Numbers released Wed-nesday show the 2014 fair saw 28 percent more people pass through its gates than in 2010. About 1,600 people were on hand for the fair’s finale on Saturday, boosting the […]

Today’s technology confusing

By Betty Williamson Local columnist I clearly remember the first cell phone I ever saw, sometime in the 1980s, strapped securely on the belt of a friend. It was huge by modern standards — about the size and weight of a brick, with an antenna as big as a pencil. To demonstrate this wonder, from […]

Chief: Military vehicle earns keep

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com One of the first things Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders did when his department got a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, from the Department of Defense, was to make it look less like a military vehicle. “It’s unfortunate that it’s a big monstrosity,” said Sanders. “We tried to […]

Saved from vending machine

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist It’s rumored our vending machine at work immigrated from an Eastern Bloc country to the United States sometime after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s also rumored the manufactured label reads: Made in the Motherland. And judging by the machine’s behavior, I’m inclined to believe these rumors are true. Every […]

Police blotter — Aug. 28

Tuesday • 12:39 a.m.: Civil matter, 200 block of East Seventh Street. • 1:05 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1400 block of South Main Avenue. • 2:06 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2000 block of South Avenue I. • 7:12 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1800 block of South Roosevelt Road 7. • 9:10 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 200 block of South […]

To do list

Friday Fifth Friday — Entertainment on the square downtown. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Information: 575-607-9261 Me, Myself & I — The national self portrait show is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Runnells Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Information: Call Bryan Hahn at 575-562-2778. Saturday Biggest Catfish […]

N.M. Fishing Report — Aug. 28

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 Charette Lakes: We had no reports […]

Portales rallies to win opener at Hobbs

Clayton Jones: Hobbs News Sun
Portales’ Brooke Lopez sets during the Lady Rams’ win over Hobbs on Tuesday at Ralph Tasker Arena. Portales won 22-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-12, 15-7 in its season opener.

Staff report HOBBS — It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Portales’ early season record is. The visiting Rams rallied back from a 2-1 deficit and controlled the final two games in a 22-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-12, 15-7 victory Tuesday night at Ralph Tasker Arena in Hobbs. Portales, in its first match as a Class 4A […]

Rams, Wildcats play to scoreless tie

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Portales and Clovis battled deep into the evening, both unsuccessful in their bids to break the scoring ice. At the end of Tuesday’s nil-nil, double-overtime draw at Leon Williams Stadium, coaches had decidedly different reactions. “We played a lot of defense today,” Rams coach Nathan Dodge said. […]