A new definition for loud

Children were not invited. “We’re worried about the effect of the noise caused by the sonic boom of participating jet aircraft,” explained 1st Lt. Curtis Rape, the information officer at Cannon Air Force Base 50 years ago this week. Adults were welcome to watch, he continued, but children might be upset by the exploding rockets, […]

NCO wins big

By Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs One lucky Air Commando at Cannon Air Force Base walked away with a sizable cash reward courtesy of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service June 18. Staff Sgt. Scott Langguth, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Controller, received a great start […]

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 […]

Lucero makes write-in deadline for general election

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Sheriff races in Roosevelt and De Baca counties got hotter and a fiercely independent candidate turned Curry County’s probate judge race into a three-way contest Thursday during the one day write-in candidates had to file and make the ballot for the November general election. Former longtime Curry County probate […]

Police blotter — June 27

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:26 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 500 block of South Avenue B. • 1:06 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1600 block of West 18th Street. • 4:22 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 42100 block of U.S. 70. • 7:12 a.m.: Prisoner transport, 100 block of Airport Road. • 7:34 […]

Limited government Utopian dream

By Kent McManigal Local columnist The siren songs of the next election season are already tickling your ears. One thing I notice a lot of people advocating is a “return to the Constitution,” which they believe would bring back “limited government.” I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it didn’t work before, […]

King should look into campaign money scheme

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, one of the people specifically empowered to look into campaign finance violations, should take a break from his run to put the Democrats back in the Governor’s Mansion and investigate how around $128,000 was essentially laundered through a web of liberal political action committees before the June 3 primary […]

N.M. Fishing Report — June 26

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 […]

Teen programs need sponsors

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The coordinators of the Municipal Court’s DWI Program and the Portales Teen Court program are looking for more sponsors that can provide community service opportunities for court offenders. Every offender in Teen Court, an alternative sentencing program for youth who commit misdemeanor crimes, is given community service hours to […]

Breakfast is served

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
From left, Christian Martinez, Melissa Gilbert and Joseph Martinez enjoy the nice weather and lunches from the free summer lunch program on Wednesday at City Park. Christian and Joseph came with Gilbert, a family friend, and their mother Ashley Martinez.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Brothers Christian Martinez, 4, and Joseph, 7, got to enjoy a small picnic with fresh fruit, chicken nuggets and milk on Wednesday at City Park. Ashley Martinez, their mother, said the best part of the picnic was that her sons’ meals were free. Their free lunch is part of […]

Events calendar — June 26

Today Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon — Noon to 1 p.m., Yam Theatre. Information: 356-8541. Journey of Hope — 1:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: pushamerica.org or chapterservices@pushamerica.org Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Food Storage 101 — 7 p.m., Latter […]

Missed out on something special

By Betty Williamson Local columnist My high school had no band and when I was a student at Eastern New Mexico University, where band was a popular elective, I lacked both the courage and initiative to make the leap. But I must admit that every two years when the ENMU Alumni Band gathers for its […]

Police blotter — June 26

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 12:06 a.m.: Remove subject, 700 block of West First Street. • 12:41 a.m.: Suicide threat, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 12:45 a.m.: Incomplete 911, 100 block of East Nogal Street. • 1:12 a.m.: Alarm activation, 1400 block of South Avenue C. • […]

Unique summer classes offered by ENMU

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Jason Nielson, an Eastern New Mexico University senior from Tucumcari, files down one of his ring molds Wednesday during his jewelry class. The jewelry making class lasts for two hours and the students can make any item of jewelry they want.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Freedom to make whatever jewelry is in Michael Sanchez’s mind is one of the reasons he took Art 271 on jewelry making this summer at Eastern New Mexico University. Sanchez, from Las Vegas, New Mexico, has made a key chain and a ring during the four-week course and is now […]

Smooth customer transition promised by AT&T

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com On the verge of sealing a deal to buy Plateau Wireless assets, AT&T officials are saying they will make the transition a smooth one for customers. “We’ll work hard to make the transition as smooth as possible for them, and we think they’ll like being part of AT&T,” said […]

Fishing report — June 26

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 from […]