On call around the clock

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Ashley Standish, left, Arise Sexual Assault Services advocate coordinator talks to Alexandra Miller, center, and Susan Morrison about the pamphlets they can hand out at the Arise office. Miller and Morrison volunteer for the Arise hotline.

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 Susan Morrison knows victims of sexual assault need someone to talk to. Having gone through the same things as the people who call the Arise Sexual Assault Services hotline, Morrison tries to […]

Serving with joy, no regrets

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St. Helen’s new priest Rev. Charles Ugochukwu is a native of Nigeria. Ugochukwu said he’s looking forward to serving the Portales and Eastern New Mexico University communities.

Editor’s note: This profile is the last in a series featuring new religious leaders in Portales. By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Rev. Charles Ugochukwu had an intense social life as a child growing up in eastern Nigeria. It was during his childhood he discovered he wanted to be a priest through his service as […]

Events calendar — August 1

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Get Fit — 6 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Saturday Stuff the Bus — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Walmart in Clovis and Portales. Information: 2-1-1 or 575-935-0211. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales […]

Clues speak to true character

By Patti Dobson Religion columnist Sometimes, we can be fooled by outside appearances. A person’s exterior can be bright and shiny, yet hide mean-spiritedness. We may be so dazzled by what someone shows on the outside that we miss important clues that speak to someone’s character. The opposite is true as well. We may be […]

I started practicing Kow-rate at a young age

By Audra Brown Local columnist There are many martial arts, some new, some old, and some in-between. But I’d like to talk about one of the oldest, yet never-talked about martial arts: The delicate art of Kow-rate. It’s origins are shrouded in green, methane-scented, mystery, but it’s practice is something I can tell you a […]

Police blotter — August 1

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday •1:18 a.m.: Officer requested, Third Street and Avenue K. •1:45 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 100 block of West Sixth Street. •7:06 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. •7:53 a.m.: Deputy requested, 1500 block of N.M. 267. •8:40 a.m.: Prisoner transport, 1700 block […]

No explanation for arachnophobia

By Tony Gennaro Local columnist Arachnophobia is an intense fear of spiders, enough fear to send people with this phobia into a full-scale panic. There is no explanation for arachnophobia, at least one that everyone will agree upon. But without question, phobias do exist. Some individuals state that arachnophobia is instinctive. Like all inherited characteristics, some […]

Teen wins title

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Kynzi Creighton, left, of Elida has been named the state’s junior beef ambassador for the 2014-2015 year.
Right of Creighton are Heather Stacy, Kaitlyn Farmer and Sage Mijares.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kynzi Creighton has held a lot of leadership roles growing up in an agricultural environment but she hopes to come into her own with her newest title. The 16-year-old from Elida won the honor of becoming the state’s new junior beef ambassador at a summer conference held by the New […]

Courthouse office closures creating issues

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The temporary closures of some Roosevelt County Courthouse offices have brought on unforeseen issues for real estate agents, bankers and title companies as they say the last week of the month is their busiest. Real estate agent Lori Bohm said the closures have caused a huge hardship for people […]

Events calendar — July 31

Today Yoga Fit — 8:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. City Pool — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Lap Swim — 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Night Swim — 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., […]

Officials prepare for Cannon Appreciation Day

Staff report Clovis is preparing to show its appreciation for the men and women stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, Committee of Fifty and the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation are coming together to host the 25th annual Cannon Appreciation Day slated for Aug. 8. Courtney Bailey, Chamber of Commerce […]

Police blotter — July 31

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday •12:04 a.m.: Premise check, 200 block of West University Drive. •2:53 a.m.: Prowlers, location unknown •3:50 a.m.: Missing person, 400 block of North Avenue B. •6:54 a.m.: Welfare check, 200 block of West University Drive. •7:14 a.m.: Animal complaint, N.M. 206. •7:59 a.m.: Public assist, […]

Coyote population on rise

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A report from the county’s U.S. Department of Agriculture’s wildlife department shows an increase in the coyote population in Roosevelt County. Reports from Roose-velt County’s USDA Wildlife Expert Cliff Ruppert has shown an increase in the number pups in a coyote’s litter. On average, a female coyote’s litter is […]

New assessment tests on horizon

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The new school year is just around the corner and Portales Municipal Schools will be implementing a new way to assess their students. Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the schools will be making their own assessment test which will test students on the state’s Common Core standards. Cain said the […]

United Way executive director endlessly devoted

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Erinn Burch jokes that people cross the street when they see her coming. The longtime executive director of the United Way of Eastern New Mexico, Erinn is a relentless champion for the agency, a woman always on a mission. This Saturday, that mission takes the form of yellow school buses […]

ENMU names Hart interim men’s soccer coach

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico University acted quickly to fill its men’s soccer position. Tyler Hart, 26, a former ENMU player who served as a graduate assistant for the team last season, was named the interim coach on Wednesday. He replaces Harold Munoz, who recently resigned the position after spending six […]

Weekly fishing report — July 29

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 — Trout fishing was good […]

Best of Portales 2014


All the best from Portales, New Mexico as voted on by our readers!

Young player getting an early start

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Preston Jeffs, 9, received MVP for his position of defensive end at a football camp in Flagstaff, Arizona. Winning this award allows Preston to go to the All-American League Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Preston Jeffs’ one dream is to play in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He already knows what college he wants to play football with as well — Oregon University. Preston, 9, is already preparing for his future by going to the Offense-Defense Football Camp, which hosts […]

Identification please


By Lillian Bowe Staff photo lbowe@pntonline.com Over many years, photographs have been donated to Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library’s special collections, but these photos have no names to the people in them. The foyer of the library had open display cases that needed to be filled this summer and Catalog Librarian Debbie Lang had […]