Honor rolls

Elida schools Elementary School A Honor roll Abigail Ortega Alyssa Bargas Amy Anthony Ashley Mitchell Buster Barnes Cambree Bargas Chance Southard Claudia Klinker Cody Rinne Colton Ferguson Coy Thompson Emmit Falcon Faith Jasso Hayden Beard Jayden Wolf Jaylee Bradley Kayden Queener Mikael Mulloy Ryon Howell Tiffany Ortega Ty Kinman A/B Honor roll Aidan Berry Daniel […]

Senior happenings — April 27

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m. (Portales) Tuesday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.;  Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis); 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Sewing Group (Portales); 11 a.m. Wednesday: Daily Activities,  9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sewing group, 10 a.m. (Clovis); Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis) Thursday: Daily […]

Cooperation essential to fix health care

By Clyde Davis CMI Columnist I have no opinion on comprehensive health  care, or at least none that is justifiable and validated by evidence. What I suppose I can see, as a consumer, and you are one as well, is that health care in our country is part of a broken system, and if no […]

Ruidoso sweeps Portales

Staff report RUIDOSO — Everything looked great for the Portales Rams, up 10-1 on Ruidoso in the middle of the fifth and well on its way to clinching the District 4-3A baseball title. And then the rest of Saturday happened. The host Warriors posted a 12-run fifth en route to a surprising 17-10 comeback over the […]

Carter faces rebuilding job with Greyhounds

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Stott Carter eventually wanted to be a head coach. He just wasn’t sure it would be this soon. Eastern New Mexico University moved Carter from associate head coach to head coach of the men’s basketball program on Friday after coach Andrew Helton resigned earlier in the week to tend […]

Hounds, Cameron split

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Jorge Quezada got a late start to his final season of baseball as he tried to recover from a torn labrum. Suffice it to say, better late than never. Quezada, who has gone with a bit of a submarine delivery to help him baffle hitters, had his second impressive […]

Javelinas split with Zias to avoid LSC cellar

Staff report Needing a sweep to escape the Lone Star Conference cellar, the Eastern New Mexico University softball team came up a bit short. Still, the Zias mustered their reserve after giving up a seven-run fifth in the nightcap, rallying behind a three-run homer from junior third baseman Shelby Ripple to come back and end […]

Samoei paces Hounds

Stott Carter

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University got a 1-2 finish in the 3,000-meter run, and had a pair of other athletes take top-two finishes during the West Texas A&M Classic, held Friday and Saturday at West Texas A&M University. Senior Isaiah Samoei, who also finished fifth in the 1,500, finished the 3,000 […]

Joe’s Boot Shop event family affair

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com The final roper in Friday’s No. 11 competition got set to enter the south pen at the Curry County Events Center. The announcer for the Joe’s Boot Shop Roping event said 16-year-old Landon Koehn needed a 10.56 to win the average and net himself a saddle and a nice […]

System children going into real problem

There are common, underlying reasons why two out of every 1,000 New Mexicans files bankruptcy annually, why not even a third of residents have an associate’s degree and almost a third of students don’t graduate from high school on time. And despite the conventional wisdom, those reasons have less to do with being poor or […]

All of us have same yearnings

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist Scattershooting about things that puzzle me. I have a sense of humor about shaving my head. Rather than fight the obvious, I prefer the hassle-free look, and joke about it myself. What puzzles me are the constant clichés from (presumably) adults. While repeatedly having my hopes dashed of hearing something […]

Service day attracts families

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Emily Vickers tells the students to put their fingers to their lips while she tells them the days activities on Thursday at the Portales Recreational Center. Vickers coordinates the  activities of each day and where employees will be assigned.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The annual Comcast Cares Day at the Portales Recreation Center on Saturday was a family affair for many of the volunteers. Candace Heidlebaugh and her sons, Ethan, 11, and Noah, 13, were busy painting the new cubbies that were built by Comcast employees later in the week. “It is […]

Portales Police Department employment improving

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Volunteers of the Comcast Cares Day paint the cubbies Saturday at the Portales Recreation Center. Comcast Field Supervisor Spencer DeBord said there were 125 volunteers that helped with various projects.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com It’s been five months since Pat Gallegos accepted his job as the Portales chief of police, taking charge of a department that at the time was plagued with internal problems. Growing up in Portales, Gallegos felt it was his responsibility to do his hometown department justice. He vowed to turn […]

Prosecution of undocumented immigrants increasing

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com While there is widespread debate on whether deportations of undocumented Mexican workers are on the increase, prosecution is dramatically increasing. The most recent Justice Department figures show immigration charges jumped more than 45 percent in the state in 2013, with 6,000 more cases filed in federal court than the […]

Police blotter — April 27

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday • 12:09 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 800 block of West 15th Street. • 12:39 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1100 block of West Fir Street. • 3:01 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 3:22 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, U.S. 70. • 4:37 a.m.: Ambulance requested, […]

Events calendar — April 27

Today A Grand Night for Singing — 2 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s University Theatre Center, Mainstage. General admission is $5 or free with a current ENMU student ID. Information: Shirlene Peters, 562-2711. Senior Vocal Recital — 3 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. Information: Kathi Fraze, 562-2377. Monday Aerobics […]

Event success

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Raising money to help find a cure is why Veronica Cordova became a relay coach for US Bank. Losing her grandmother last year, she joined relay to raise money so one day someone will find a cure for cancer. Cordova’s team of 15 members did just that by raising […]

Local briefs — April 27

Elida man injured in accident An Elida man was injured in a Friday accident south of Dora, according to the New Mexico State Ploice. Kent Hale, 61, of Elida, was airlifted to Lubbock, where he is currently in stable condition, according to the NMSP. According to the state police: • Hale was driving northbound on […]

Prosecution will seek lesser murder charge

4-25 ricardo Sena

By Alisa Boswell aboswell@pntonline.com The prosecution amended Ricardo “Rico” Sena’s first-degree murder charge to second-degree on Friday, after failing to establish two key points during four days of testimony. According to Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover, first-degree murder is when someone plans to kill someone. Second degree-murder, he said, is an intentional act to harm […]

Cancer battles forged friendship among vets

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Cancer survivor Grayson Boerio, 2, dances with his aunt, Kaitlan Massey, during the 2014 Portales Relay for Life event Friday night at Greyhound Arena.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Old friends Harold Goodrich and Dennis Darrow sat side-by-side Friday night in a row of chairs that rimmed the top of the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena wearing matching purple shirts. While the two caught up, leaning in to share a few words over the rhythmic pop music blaring through […]