Legislative roundup — Jan. 24

Days remaining in session: 27 Minimum wage, Round 2: Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, says Democrats will introduce a bill to increase the state minimum wage, and he wants $10 an hour to be the starting point. “It’s one of our top priorities,” said Sanchez, the majority leader. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez last year vetoed a […]

Teen court learning, service catalyst

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Danyka Chaves is one high school senior who tries to see the good in her peers. She understands the pressures of adolescence and how teens can make bad decisions, but she’s optimistic that those teens can turn their life around. As a defense attorney with the Portales Teen […]

Portales transit drivers go the extra mile

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Driving all over Portales can be stressful for Sally Good some days, but she always manages to keep a smile. “I have this one regular passenger that every time she get […]

Street statistics

Here is a by-the-numbers review of Portales Street Department projects in 2013: • 8 — miles of roads, the department helped the water department repair at the city’s Well Field. • 2 — new Blackwater wells the department built fences and pads built for. • 34 — blocks of roadway chip sealed, with five blocks […]

Right thing not contingent on legality

I may have hinted in the past that I’m not a big fan of voting. I understand the reasoning behind it, and why some liberty advocates still vote, especially in local elections. They argue they are morally responsible for doing all they can to avoid a fight — even when they believe the fight to […]

Mature years can be fun

Old age can be something that we look forward to rather than something we dread. Many times we hear jokes about becoming older. However, entering the mature years can become quite fun! Believe it or not, older age does have its advantages. You still have a choice as to how you view the world. Now […]

Professionals should run state’s big show

Did it really take more than two years for the state auditor to figure out Expo New Mexico could use some professional management and oversight — when everyone knew that going in? The State Fair has always been a political plum — the general manager and seven commissioners are appointed by the governor — with […]

Zias’ streak ends at three

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com For the second night in a row, Eastern New Mexico University’s women dug themselves an early hole. This time, they were unable to dig out of it. Texas Woman’s opened a 14-2 lead less then six minutes into the game, then fought off the Zias with the help […]

PHS basketball capsules — Jan. 24

Boys Portales (6-4) vs. Texico (14-0), at Moriarty (9-9) When: 7 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Saturday, respectively Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 today, KSEL-AM 1450 on Saturday Last meetings: The Rams swept Texico last year, 66-63 in Texico and 55-54 at the RAC, both decided in the final seconds. They lost at home to Moriarty 56-51 […]

Prep basketball summaries

Thursday Boys Dora 59, Cuba 38 Dora (13-4) — Jesus Villegas 3, Sam McConnell 2, Josh Walker 12, Jestin Watson 10, Dalton Privett 9, Dylan Privett 23. Totals 23 9-14 59. Cuba (7-9) — Koby Aragon 2, Jarred Jacquez 2, Josh Chiquito 5, Isaac Trujillo 12, Rezham Antonio 3, Taray Johnson 10, Austin Toledo 4. […]

Hounds picked to tie for fifth in LSC baseball

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team was picked to tie for fifth-place with Cameron in the now-six-team Lone Star Conference preseason poll, released on Thursday by the conference office. The Greyhounds are coming off a 21-27 season (8-20 LSC) under Chris Terry, who left in August to become the head […]

Greyhounds win third straight

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ENMU senior Phil Henry gets a lay up pass Texas A&M-Commerce junior Christian Macauley in the first half of Wednesday night’s game at Greyhound Arena.

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s men were having a tough time shooting the ball. Texas A&M-Commerce had a tough time taking care of it. In the end they offset each other, but the Greyhounds (9-7, 3-2 Lone Star Conference) made enough plays down the stretch to pull out an […]

Zias move into second place in LSC

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ENMU sophomore Cassidy Doherty goes for a layup over Texas A&M-Commerce sophomore Aubree Butts in the first half of Wednesday night’s game at Greyhound Arena.

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Step one of a tough three-step week has been accomplished. Eastern New Mexico University’s women, playing the first of three Lone Star Conference games in four days, fell behind early 12-2, but roared back with a 16-3 run to take the lead by halftime and then pulled away […]

Events calendar — Jan. 23

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime— 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. “Making Magic” will be featured. Information: 356-3940. Board Game Night — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Open to students in grades 4-6. Information: 356-3940. Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — […]

Legislative roundup — Jan. 23

By Bruce Krasnow The New Mexican A year ago, when the New Mexico Legislature convened for a 60-day session, the state was dead last in job growth. A year later, New Mexico is still dead last in job growth. The state labor force grew less than 1 percent during the most recent three-year period, from […]

Some resolutions worth making

Barely over three weeks into a new year, I have decided to break my resolution to not have resolutions. It’s all the fault of the Internet. I snapped one evening when, as I was online attempting to procure inexpensive tickets for non-reserved seating at an event in Albuquerque, I was prompted to come up with […]

Math nights add up to fun

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The equation on the projection screen — (56 ÷ 7 + 4 x 2 ) — drew sighs of frustration from more than one student attending last week’s fifth-grade math night at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary Once they solved the equation, they would check to see if they had the […]

Police blotter — Jan. 23

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 12:18 a.m.: Harassment, N.M. 88. • 12:43 a.m.: Premise check, U.S. 70. • 5:19 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 600 block of South Avenue D. • 6:48 a.m.: Traffic stop, University Drive and U.S. 70. • 7 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 700 block of Wylie Cox Circle. […]

Job growth, creation on focus

By Bruce Krasnow The New Mexican A year ago, when the New Mexico Legislature convened for a 60-day session, the state was dead last in job growth. A year later, New Mexico is still dead last in job growth. The state labor force grew less than 1 percent during the most recent three-year period, from […]

Leaving a legacy

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Members of the Roosevelt County Youth Coalition pitch event ideas they’d like to host for the community at their weekly meeting.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales High School senior Jared Morgan said before he graduates and begins his journey to become a police officer, he wants to leave a legacy in Portales. Morgan said he keeps a busy schedule with being a full-time student, taking college courses, and having a job at a […]