County schools show improvement

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County school administrators are celebrating their successes and have vowed to improve weaker areas in their districts in response to the state’s 2014 school grading results released Thursday by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Few schools missed the mark, with anything a C and above considered passing, […]

Free ride over

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Roosevelt County will stop paying trash dumping fees for county residents at the Portales’ Convenience Center. The center allows city and county residents to dump trash, metal, furniture and various other items.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Roosevelt County will no longer be paying the fee for county residents to dump trash at the Portales Convenience Center, it was decided Thursday at a special Commission meeting. With an increase in expenditures by the county due to replacing the HVAC system at the courthouse, County Manager Charlene […]

Jena Wilbanks named interim county manager

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb’s letter of resignation was accepted by Roosevelt County Commissioners on Thursday at a special meeting. The county’s Human Resources Director Jena Wilbanks was named interim manager. Webb received the Grant County manager job on Tuesday and her last day as Roosevelt County manager will […]

Longhorns ahead of herd in more ways than one

By Audra Brown Local columnist ’Tis the season for bull-buying. The choices are many and so are the dollars. It’s a critical decision point for any cattleraiser. For a beef producer like me, the end game is all about pounds, and color. That’s right. Color. Why? I’d love to know. But the truth is black […]

Events calendar — July 25

Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Baseball Camp — 9 a.m. to noon, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball field. The camp is for kindergarten through 8th grade. The cost is $50. Information: 575-562-2974. Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. All ages. Information: 575-356-3940. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales […]

Forgiveness only way to peace

By Pat Cantwell Religion columnist As a child of seven, over a period of months, I learned about sin through a study of the Ten Commandments. Romans 3:20 says, “for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” The first commandment explained who God is, what He had done for us, and what He required […]

Police blotter — July 25

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:27 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, location unknown. • 1:01 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 700 block of West 18th Street. • 1:37 a.m.: Public affray in progress, location unknown. • 1:48 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, location unknown. • 1:57 a.m.: Ambulance request, 1200 block […]

Zias’ Ortiz wins LSC preseason award

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ENMU junior Alyxandra “Xan” Ortiz, shown making a save during a match last season, was chosen the Lone Star Conference women’s soccer preseason goalkeeper of the year in a poll of league coaches and sports information directors, and media members.

Staff report RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was picked for last place in the six-team Lone Star Conference preseason soccer poll, but Zias junior Alyxandra “Xan” Ortiz has been chosen the Lone Star Conference women’s soccer preseason goalkeeper of the year. Ortiz, from Rio Rancho, started eight games for the Zias in 2013, […]

City budget adjusted for raises

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Freezing step increases for Portales city employees was a solution city officials reluctantly suggested to shore up a decrease in revenue in the city’s 2014-2015 preliminary budget. But with pressure from city’s councilors and support from the city’s leaders, the city’s administration was able to find a solution to […]

Still telling the story

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John Moak, left, and Caitlyne Moak spend a moment with their son Hunter before they took him off life support in June. Hunter died from a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a rare birth defect.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com In the month Caitlyne Moak was able to get to know her son Hunter, she discovered her baby boy was a fighter. Moak, a 22-year-old military wife from Michigan living in Portales, gave birth to Hunter, her second child with husband John, at 1:54 p.m. on May 3. His […]