Firework fund short of goal

Staff report Portales will once again have a professional fireworks display on the evening of July 4, but according to a Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce press release, the fireworks fund is still short of its goal. The Chamber has contracted with J&M Displays for the show, which will start at 9 p.m. Friday and […]

Police blotter — July 29

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday • 12:00 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1100 block of West Fir Street. • 12:26 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1600 block of East Spruce Street. • 12:45 a.m.: Follow up request, 1100 block of West Fir Street. • 2:22 a.m.: Welfare check, location unknown. • 2:48 a.m.: […]

Events calendar — June 29

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Tuesday Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Memorial Building. Information: 356-5307. Books N Babies — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Portales City […]

U.S. Fish and Wildlife sued over chicken listing

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Three conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, claiming the lesser prairie chicken should have been listed as endangered. The lesser prairie chicken was listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in March. The population of the bird has lowered […]

Hankerin’ to go rub an elm tree

Baxter Black

By Baxter Black On the edge of common sense When I was a lad I remember my brother John wouldn’t go anywhere without his “blanky.” My son and daughter each had a stuffed animal, a fuzzy rabbit and a sock monkey named Chango. I think Grandmother Phyllis made them. Looking at the photographs, Fuzzy and […]

Cultural diversity still ‘American’

By Tom McDonald State columnist When I first came to New Mexico nearly 10 years ago, I had never been to a fiesta. Since then, I’ve been to more than I can count. I wish I could say it’s because I wanted to embrace the culture I had moved into, but really it was because […]

Green Tea Party for bare essentials

Wendel Sloan

Wendel Sloan Local columnist If I decide to run against David Lansford and Sharon King for combined mayor of Clovis/Portales again, it will be on the resurrected Green Tea Party (GTP) ticket. Our views do not strictly fit Republican or Democratic platforms, and the Tea, Libertarian and Communist parties are impractical. The Parrothead Party would […]

State should note Wisconsin youthful offender study

In 1995, the Wisconsin Legislature established a program to study and, ideally, cut recidivism among the toughest of its youthful offenders — those who had committed homicide. Of the group of 200 that was given a year of specially designed therapeutic exercises and games, as well as designated ways to consider the consequences of their […]

Remembering a sleuth and a storyteller

David Stevens

By David Stevens Editor Last week’s passing of eastern New Mexico historian Lynn Moncus brings to mind one of our region’s more notorious homicide investigations. The “matchbook murder” case began in the fall of 1951, when authorities claimed an Army deserter from Brooklyn, New York, killed an Ohio steel worker, shooting him five times in […]

One down, 202 to go

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Cleats and Cleavage starter Mirna Valdez cheers on teammates as they run for home plate during Cleats and Cleavage’s game against the Scorpions Friday night at Guy Leeder Softball Complex

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com There’s no shortage of softball in Clovis, and there’s no shortage of tournaments during the summer at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. But Friday marked the opening of the city and center’s showcase, the Custom Classic. In its 31st year, the tournament annually draws more than 100 slow-pitch teams of all ages […]

Star-gazing parties summer staple at Oasis State Park

Staff photo: Christina Calloway
Oasis State Park Park Tech Advance Valerie Russ pulls out prizes for today’s star gazing party at Oasis. Russ said there will be giveaways for attendees.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Seeing stars without the distraction of city lights is one of the perks of working at Oasis State Park. It’s a joy the staff shares with the community each summer through the star gazing parties they host. For Valerie Russ, a park tech advanced who has been at Oasis for 10 […]

Every Clovis kid has fond memories of old Main Street

By Milburn Moore Guest columnist Editor’s note: Milburn Moore, a 1951 Clovis High School graduate, won’t be here for tonight’s “ Draggin’ Main and Gearhead Gathering,” but he has plenty of memories of downtown Clovis. When we first arrived in Clovis that spring of 1938, I was a very little kid. We came from Dawson […]

We’re not DYIers any more

By Grant McGee Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were amazed to find out we aren’t “DIYers” or “Do It Yourselfers” anymore. Sad to say I think it’s because we don’t like getting dirty. This self-revelation came about when I knocked out the front signal light of our four-door sedan. It was […]

Measure of universe is measure of God’s grace

By Pat Cantwell Religion columnist I realized last March as I viewed the red moon, late at night, that I hadn’t actually seen the stars, really seen them, in years. I had realized, as a girl moving to Clovis from Chicago, that the natural beauty here was not trees or water but the sky. But for a […]

Pets deserve reprieve from Independence Day

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist It’s pretty cool that Americans took a stand and declared their independence, laying claim to their unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — it’s an understandable reason and definite cause for celebration. A day off work for remembrance, fireworks, barbecues, enjoying the company of other Americans […]

Recruiting started for Leadership Portales program

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Recruitment has begun for the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s new Leadership Portales program expected to start in the fall. At Thursday’s Chamber quarterly luncheon, chamber leadership asked attendees to start considering themselves and others for the nine-month program, which will be comprised of courses, trips that will provide […]

Pi Kappa Phi rides again

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Journey of Hope project manager Taylor Thompson gathers the cyclists to lay out the itinerary for the next day’s ride Thursday evening at Eastern New Mexico University. The cyclists stayed at the Curry Hall dormitory for the night and were treated to swimming at the Portales City Pool and food from the South Side Church of Christ during their brief stay.

By Rae Arnett Staff writer rarnett@pntonline.com Many Greek-letter organizations are involved with philanthropy but Pi Kappa Phi is the only fraternity to start and maintain their own philanthropy, according to Adam Phillips of Pi Kappa Phi. Journey of Hope, a trans-American cycling event founded by Pi Kappa Phi which raises awareness for people with disabilities, […]

Events calendar — June 27

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Saturday Star Gazing — 7 p.m., Oasis State Park. This event is weather dependent and alternate date has been set. Information: 356-5331. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — […]

There’s a downside to every obsession

By Alisa Boswell Staff columnist Living with a 7-year-old wannabe karate master is not easy sometimes. You find yourself continuously feeling the need to protect your various body parts from a variety of sporadically uncoordinated kicks and randomly tossed weapons. We may regret this decision but as an early birthday present, his dad and I […]

Portales MainStreet program makes its mark on downtown

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Portales MainStreet board members helped run the 14th annual Heritage Days Fun Run on June 21. The event raised $2,000 for the MainStreet program.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Amelia Christensen, a Portales native, always liked what the Portales MainStreet program has done for the community, so in 2011 she decided it was time for her to join. Christensen said she […]