Sporting new kicks

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Portales Police Detective Charlie Smart hands out new shoes to brothers on Sept. 8.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Charlie Smart says Portales police are here to serve and protect. “And helping the community is part of the serving,” the police detective said. That’s why Smart has started “A Walk in Their Shoes,” which provides shoes to Portales school students in need of new footwear. The money for […]

Lady Rams fall to Goddard; Floyd tops Dora

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Portales High volleyball team faced its toughest opponent so far this season on Tuesday night at the Ram Athletic Center and took one on the chin, losing to Roswell Goddard 25-9, 25-15, 25-14. The Lady Rockets (7-2) took control of the match right away, running out to a […]

ENMU’s Buurma leads D-II in passer efficiency

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com After two weeks, the Eastern New Mexico University football team has a national statistical leader. Junior quarterback Jeremy Buurma’s completion percentage may not be all that impressive, but everything else that factors into “passer efficiency” is good enough to have him No. 1 in that category in NCAA Division […]

Zias win in soccer, lose in volleyball

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ENMU senior Alyssa Prince’s shot is deflected by Southern Nazerene goalkeeper Natasha Fuentes during the second half of Tuesday’s match at the ENMU pitch. The Zias beat the Crimson Storm 1-0.

Staff report Senior defender Victoria Perez scored her first goal of the season early in the match and the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team made it hold up for a 1-0 victory over Southern Nazarene on Tuesday at the ENMU pitch. The Crimson Storm (2-3) was on the attack early with three corner […]

Making a plan

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday passed a resolution to support a plan they hope will help preserve the Ogallala aquifer. Clovis Mayor David Lansford presented measures Clovis plans to adopt to keep the region’s only drinking water supply viable — financial incentives for farmers to switch from irrigation to […]

City fire call volumes on the rise

Staff report Portales City Coun-cil members on Tuesday approved a grant that could lead to a new substation for the city fire department. The $25,000 De-partment of Finance and Administration grant will allow the city to begin surveying and planning for potential substation locations after it is signed by Mayor Sharon King. Fire Chief Gary […]

Enter the realm of fan fiction

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer It’s time for a confession. I have said before that I love “Sherlock.” Well, that is an understatement. I know this because I have gone to the deepest, darkest realms that fandoms can go and that is fan fiction. Fan fiction has been around since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed off […]

Meetings watch — Sept. 17

Water Utility Authority The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales. Items on the agenda include: • Consideration/action for change that would be increasing the Ute Water Project’s contract to allow for setbacks such as windy days, according to program manager Paul […]

Cowboys gathering in Nara Visa

Staff report The Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering, recognized as one of the more genuine assemblies of cowboy poets and musicians anywhere, is scheduled Friday through Sunday at the Nara Visa Old School Community Center on Route 54. The format will be the same as always, which means that, except for some scheduled meals and performance […]

County manager interviews finished

Staff report Roosevelt County Commissioners on Tuesday interviewed their last candidate for county manager, but have not made a decision. Commission Chairman Kendell Buzard said commissioners may have a second round of interviews, but no decision has been made. Buzard said interviews went well and commissioners felt like they have “good candidates.” The position became […]

To do list — Sept. 17

Today Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Avast, Me Hearties! Information: 575-356-3940 Mexican Identity — 2 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building’s Sandia Room. This lecture is a part of Multicultural Affairs Hispanic Heritage Month. Information: 575-562-2451 Tween Programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Tween Wii-Tweens’ […]

Bet you I won’t be doing that again

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist “How,” I asked myself, “did I type my way into this one?” I went to the ends of the earth, bottles and candy bar in the passenger seat, wondering that very question. Answer: That’s what happens when you wager with your sister. Well, Holly’s not really my sister, and 12 […]

Federal agencies can’t justify overspending

This federal government boondoggle falls into the “you would never do this with your own money” category. If you’ve ever been to former copper mining town Ajo, Arizona, population 3,300, you know it’s not a high-dollar real estate market. In fact, the average price of a home in the hamlet about 40 miles north of […]

Progress stifled by pride and ego

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher There are an awful lot of grudges around here. I had seen and heard it before, and now that I am publisher they have come out even more. No, I will not go into the specifics of them out of respect to those that have talked to me in confidence, or […]

Libertarians adhere to one rule

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Contrary to what many seem to believe, libertarians are not against rules. In fact, they are defined by adherence to one rule in particular: the zero aggression principle. It simply states: “No human being has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, nor to advocate […]

NM fishing report — Sept. 17

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 fair using Christmas […]

LSC update: Tarleton State ends slide in Canyon

LONESTARCONFERENCE.ORG CANYON, Texas — Playing its season opener, No. 16 Tarleton State posted its first win at Canyon in 10 years by beating No. 22 West Texas A&M 31-27 on Saturday in the Lone Star Conference opener for both teams. It was the Texans’ first road win over a ranked opponent since beating then-No. 13 […]

Frye named to all-tournament team

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Lauren Frye was named to the all-tournament team last weekend at the Emerald Beach Hotel Javelina Volleyball Invitational in Kingsville, Texas. Frye finished the tournament with 66 kills and 12 block. She set career marks for attack percentage (.545, 15 kills on 22 attempts) against host Texas A&M-Kingsville […]

Bond issues, amendments alongside candidates

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Bond issues and constitutional amendments will join candidates on this year’s Nov. 4 general election ballots in Roosevelt County. Sample ballots will be available on Monday, according to Roosevelt County Clerk DeAun Searls. Searls said absentee voting will begin Oct. 7. Early voting begins Oct. 18. Absentee ballot applications […]

Meetings watch — Sept.16

Portales City Council The following items are on the agenda for today’s Portales City Council meeting: • A proclamation by Mayor Sharon King declaring the week of Oct. 5-11 as Fire Prevention Week. • Request for a letter of support from Portales for the Ogallala Water Conservation Initiative from Mayor David Lansford of Clovis. The […]