Pastor made world kinder, gentler place

By Betty Williamson Local columnist You would be hard-pressed to gather more than three people in eastern New Mexico or West Texas without finding at least one who had a story about Herbert Bergstrom, the beloved pastor who died Aug. 1 after 97 years of making our world a kinder, gentler place. Dr. B was […]

Events calendar — Aug. 14

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., […]

Police blotter — Aug. 14

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 3:38 a.m.: Drunk driver, 1600 block of South Avenue B. • 7:15 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 8:35 a.m.: Fraud, 1500 block of South Avenue C. • 9:11 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 600 block of Wiley Cox Circle. • 9:25 […]

Quarterback battle friendly one

KEVIN WILSON: Staff photo
Sophomore Shawn Miller looks for an opening on a run during Wednesday morning practice at Portales High School. Miller was one of many linemen who took handoffs while the defense practiced against the run.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Whatever happens with the quarterbacks, the line, the defense, the Portales Rams are steadfast in the belief they win and lose, succeed and fail, together. “My goal is to show everybody this team’s a brotherhood,” senior Paul Conrow said Wednesday. “If we’re close off the field, we’re going to […]

Lobo women drop final game in Italy

Staff report The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team are leaving Italy with nearly 17 hours of travel ahead of them and a 2-2 record during their 10-day tour. The Netherlands National Team took a 54-41 win Wednesday night to score a sweep in the back-to-back games. The Dutch beat UNM 53-44 Tuesday. “I […]

New Mexico fishing report — Aug. 14

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 slow […]

Airman involved in shooting off base

Staff report Confusion over an airman shot off-base prompted about a 30-minute lockdown Wednesday at Cannon Air Force Base. The lockdown was ordered at 4:49 p.m. based on information an airman assigned to Cannon was a possible gunshot victim at an on-base location, according to a press release from Cannon’s public affairs office. The lockdown […]

False alarm leads to Cannon lockdown

A false report of an active shooter led to a lockdown at Cannon Air Force Base late Wednesday afternoon. Sgt. Matt Plew, with Cannon’s Public Affairs office, said a lockdown was initiated about 5 p.m. because there was an indication of an active shooter. Further investigation after the lockdown determined the report was false, Plew […]

Fishing report — Aug. 14

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 slow to […]

Hounds have 137 for first day

Kevin Wilson: Staff photo
Freshman safety Ismael Garrett fields a punt as assistant Kelly Lee watches during practice Tuesday at Eastern New Mexico University. The Greyhounds had 137 come out, according to third-year coach Josh Lynn.

Staff report PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University kicked off football practice on Tuesday with 137 prospects reporting for the opening workout. The Greyhounds are hoping to defend their Lone Star Conference co-championship of a year ago. They were picked for third in the LSC’s preseason poll. Third-year coach Josh Lynn said he hardly feels […]

Fair special time

By Jake Swafford  Guest columnist One of my favorite times of the year is almost here. The Roosevelt County Fair is scheduled Monday through Aug. 23. I always enjoy my time in the field working with landowners to create wildlife habitat, but it’s nice to take a break and mix with the people of Roosevelt […]

Program helps area educators learn about the lives of military students

Airman 1st Class Chip Slack: U.S. Air Force photo
Educators from the local community were able to sample various MREs (Meal Ready to Eat) during the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations event Tuesday at Cannon. An MRE contains up to 3,000 calories,providing educators with a taste of what airmen eat while deployed.

By Alisa Boswell PNT correspondent Clovis and Portales educators received an education on the life of military dependents Monday and Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base. Area teachers attended the Teachers Understanding Deployment Oper-ations (TUDOS) program at Cannon Air Force Base this week to gain insight into what life is like for military children, who […]

Commentary: Tragedy often catalyst for meaningful change

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist It’s the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2012. The moon is out, the lights are on, and Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth are racing two wide going into turn three. Coming off of turn four, they’re still side by side when Kenseth’s car slides up, Stewart’s car veers […]

Doing something trumps saying something

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer The names change, but the results rarely do. I had planned to talk a little about a lesson to be learned over the weekend, but now it’s just something to bring up briefly. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston participated in an online Q&A with Twitter users. The problem with the […]

Hard not to root for Groot

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer So of course I recently saw Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and I loved it. Being a huge Marvel fan from a small age, I’m always excited to see a new film. In all honesty, I had never heard of the comic book on which the movie is based, and […]

County manager: Employees requested chance to donate vacation time to coworker

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Interim Roosevelt County Manager Jena Wilbanks isn’t asking Roosevelt County employees to step up and donate their vacation time to another employee injured on the job. Wilbanks said Tuesday neither she nor any other manager would make such a request, despite a PNT story that may have incorrectly implied […]

Jones-Kcholi adds track duties to cross country at ENMU

Danielle Jones-Kcholi

Staff report Just three years after Danielle Jones-Kcholi finished competing for the Eastern New Mexico University track and cross crountry teams, she is now coach for both programs. The university announced the move Tuesday in a release. Jones-Kholi was already the college’s cross country coach, and takes over the track program from Melinda Bendik. “I […]

UNM women’s team absorbs first loss in Italy

Staff report ROME, Italy — The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team suffered its first loss during its tour of Italy on Tuesday, with the Netherlands National Team scoring a 53-44 victory in an exhibition game. The two teams face off again at 6:30 p.m. today (10:30 a.m. MDT), with the Lobos returning home […]

Police blotter — Aug. 13

Portales police, sheriff, and fire logs: Caller reported: Monday • 12:56 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 4000 block of South Roosevelt Road 21. • 12:57 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1800 block of South Roosevelt Road 7. • 4:44 a.m.: Domestic, 6th Street and Avenue A. • 7 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 7:16 […]

Robin Williams left lasting impact

By Christina Calloway Senior writer It’s funny that a childhood myth earned some truth as my friends and I remembered a legend. In a 2012 column, I wrote about Halloween and how every year, children across San Francisco would try to find Robin Williams’ home near Ocean Beach because we heard he was very generous. […]