Fairly good numbers

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Fair goers walk through the Roosevelt County Fair’s south entrance during the third day of the fair. According to officials, 2014 fair attendance was up 28 percent compared to 2010.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Statistics don’t lie. The Roosevelt County Fair has grown more popular for the fifth straight year. Numbers released Wed-nesday show the 2014 fair saw 28 percent more people pass through its gates than in 2010. Officials said 4,756 people were on hand for the fair’s finale on Saturday, boosting […]

Today’s technology confusing

By Betty Williamson Local columnist I clearly remember the first cell phone I ever saw, sometime in the 1980s, strapped securely on the belt of a friend. It was huge by modern standards — about the size and weight of a brick, with an antenna as big as a pencil. To demonstrate this wonder, from […]

Chief: Military vehicle earns keep

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com One of the first things Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders did when his department got a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, from the Department of Defense, was to make it look less like a military vehicle. “It’s unfortunate that it’s a big monstrosity,” said Sanders. “We tried to […]

Saved from vending machine

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist It’s rumored our vending machine at work immigrated from an Eastern Bloc country to the United States sometime after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s also rumored the manufactured label reads: Made in the Motherland. And judging by the machine’s behavior, I’m inclined to believe these rumors are true. Every […]

Police blotter — Aug. 28

Tuesday • 12:39 a.m.: Civil matter, 200 block of East Seventh Street. • 1:05 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1400 block of South Main Avenue. • 2:06 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2000 block of South Avenue I. • 7:12 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1800 block of South Roosevelt Road 7. • 9:10 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 200 block of South […]

To do list

Friday Fifth Friday — Entertainment on the square downtown. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Information: 575-607-9261 Me, Myself & I — The national self portrait show is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Runnells Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Information: Call Bryan Hahn at 575-562-2778. Saturday Biggest Catfish […]

N.M. Fishing Report — Aug. 28

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 […]

Portales rallies to win opener at Hobbs

Clayton Jones: Hobbs News Sun
Portales’ Brooke Lopez sets during the Lady Rams’ win over Hobbs on Tuesday at Ralph Tasker Arena. Portales won 22-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-12, 15-7 in its season opener.

Staff report HOBBS — It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Portales’ early season record is. The visiting Rams rallied back from a 2-1 deficit and controlled the final two games in a 22-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-12, 15-7 victory Tuesday night at Ralph Tasker Arena in Hobbs. Portales, in its first match as a Class 4A […]

Rams, Wildcats play to scoreless tie

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Portales and Clovis battled deep into the evening, both unsuccessful in their bids to break the scoring ice. At the end of Tuesday’s nil-nil, double-overtime draw at Leon Williams Stadium, coaches had decidedly different reactions. “We played a lot of defense today,” Rams coach Nathan Dodge said. […]

Road to happiness

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Advanced Concrete’s Robert Lane, 22, readies concrete for sealing Tuesday afternoon as part of the U.S. 70 highway reconstruction project. 
Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann said he expects all four lanes to be open in a couple of weeks.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Twenty-seven months after it began, the U.S. 70 reconstruction project is coming to a close. The project, which began in May 2012, is expected to have the finishing touches completed over the next two weeks, Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann said. Guldemann said traffic will be switched onto the […]

Melrose rallies to aid clinic

Courtesy photo
The Melrose Health Clinic’s roof was torn off and its offices flooded on Aug. 15. Community members helped remove equipment and supplies. The clinic is being operated out of temporary offices at Melrose City Hall and the Church of Christ fellowship hall.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com When the roof of the Melrose Health Clinic was blown away by a storm on Aug. 15, the clinic started to flood, leaving equipment in danger of damage. Joy Garner, the clinic’s administrator who lives in Clovis, got a call about the damage and rushed to Melrose. When she […]

Excited about new Doctor

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer I have dealt with a lot of changes recently. My office has changed and I have a new Doctor. No, I’m not talking about a medical doctor, but Doctor from the sci-fi show “Doctor Who.” For those who do not watch the show, it’s about a time traveling alien named […]

To do list

Friday Fifth Friday — Entertainment on the square downtown. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Information: 575-607-9261 Me, Myself & I — The national self portrait show is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Runnells Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Information: Call Bryan Hahn at 575-562-2778. Saturday Biggest Catfish […]

Applying for worst vinyl collector

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist Everybody wants to be the best at something, but there is a finite number of somethings and billions of people. But still we try. For the same reason, some of us can never be the worst at something. But why let something like that stop me? My foray into extreme […]

Police blotter — Aug. 27

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 6:57 a.m.: Parking complaint, Third Street and Boulder Avenue. • 7:03 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 8:17 a.m.: Remove subject, 1100 block of North Chicago Avenue. • 9:05 a.m.: […]

Application numbers downplayed by mayor

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A preliminary application for a $4.1 million federal water conservation grant claims the Ogallala Aquifer could be drained in 10 to 15 years at the current rate of consumption. The dire warning, along with others in the preliminary application, however, is being downplayed by Clovis Mayor David Lansford, who […]

Ferguson proof military might not always right

Is anyone surprised that armored tanks and assault rifles have escalated rather than eased confrontations between civilians and police officers? So much for free stuff from the government not having a hidden price tag. This just might be the worst re-gifting idea ever. In the wake of days of violence in Ferguson, Mo., after a […]

Conformity puzzling phenomenon

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I’m sorry, but I have to write about this. It was one of the things I noticed last time I was here, and it is blatantly obvious again, but this time in a different form. What is up with all the white SUVs/Crossovers? Last time I was here everyone had a […]

Experts: Outbreak unlikely

John Arnold: Courtesy photo
Steven Bradfute’s work focuses on improving the effectiveness of experimental Ebola vaccines.

By John Arnold University of New Mexico A poll released last week shows that nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are worried there will be a large Ebola outbreak in this country. But such fears aren’t justified, Ebola experts say. A large, lengthy Ebola outbreak like the one happening in West Africa would be unlikely […]

County fair success

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Rising feed costs and a large graduating class of competitors a year ago led to fewer livestock animals competing in this year’s Roosevelt County Fair. But officials believe Saturday attendance may have set a record for the second year in a row. Officials said the unofficial gate was $48,000, […]