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 […]