Floyd fifth-graders stage holiday plays

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Hannah McDonald, left, checks out Nicole Pacheco as she plays Paulina during the Floyd fifth graders rendition of First Stop, Ellis Island!

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Floyd fifth-graders treated elementary students and parents to two holiday plays Tuesday at Floyd Schools. Students in Monica Gibson’s 5th grade class performed a historical fiction play about immigration called First Stop, Ellis Island! and a fairy tale based on Chicken Little. She said her fifth grade classes have […]

Use extreme adjectives wisely

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher For those of you that came to the open houses in each market over the past two weeks, thank you for stopping by and it was a pleasure to meet you. For those who would still like to stop by and meet me or one of the other department heads, or […]

Balderas already delivering on promises

Attorney General-elect Hector Balderas isn’t wasting any time — his transition website is up and running (balderaselects.com) so that come Jan. 1, the new attorney general will be ready to get to work. Constituents are being invited to send in concerns — that’s important, considering that several of Balderas’ best investigations as state auditor came […]

Community Thanksgiving meal in 12th year

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Michelle Armijo of the Lighthouse Mission chops celery for stuffing to be served Thursday at the mission. Armijo has helped with all 12 meals for the mission, which expects to serve about 500 this year between on-site meals and deliveries.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Even if there’s no place to go for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Clovis and Portales both still offer a place to go. Whether it’s to help the homeless, hang out with friends and family or just help out, a pair of lunchtime meals are a constant in the area, with […]

Police blotter — Nov. 26

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Monday 9 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries), address unknown 10:09 a.m.: Theft report, 500 block North Avenue B 2:44 p.m.: Shoplifting in progress, 1600 block East Spruce Street 3:44 p.m.: Warrant service, 1100 block […]

To do list — Nov. 26

Today Sleepytime stories — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library, for ages 0-3. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday Portales Community Outreach Thanksgiving dinner — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Memorial Building at Seventh and Abilene streets. Deliveries available to homebound only from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 575-356-4241, 575-356-6001 to order. Information: 575-607-5927 or 575-693-3319. Ongoing • 7 Deadly […]

Holiday closings

Schools Portales Closed Wednesday through Friday Elida Closed Wednesday through Friday Dora schools Closed Wednesday through Friday Floyd schools Closed Wednesday through Friday Portales Public Library Closed Wednesday through Friday Banks Well Fargo branches Closed Thursday, open Friday U.S. Bank branches Closed Thursday, open Friday Western Bank of Clovis Closed Thursday, open Friday James Polk […]

Police say man waved machete during theft

Staff report Clovis police arrested a man witnesses told them stole a shopping cart full of items Tuesday morning. Andrew Anderson, 24, was booked into the Curry County Detention Center on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to a release from the department: • At around 5:15 a.m., […]

Difference between disagreement, persecution lost on some

“You’re not going to believe what Tim Tebow was caught doing, and how it’s got liberals outraged.” This looks like click-bait. But why is it controversial … did he yell at the paparazzi, shoplift something, marry Kim Kardashian? I clicked, and there Tebow was, praying with coworkers on the set of the SEC Network before […]

ENMU women’s basketball capsule — Nov. 25

Fort Lewis (2-1) at ENMU (1-2) • When: 6 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena • Radio: none. • Last time out: The Skyhawks posted an 81-47 win over Northern New Mexico on Thursday in their home opener. The Zias broke into the win column on Saturday night at The Pit in Albuquerque, beating Western New […]

Officials back increased funding to attact businesses

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com In an effort to spur job creation in New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez and the bipartisan legislative Jobs Council have recommended more money be put into a state closing fund in 2015 for economic development. The additional money in the fund could result in more incentive for business looking […]

ENMU Student Affairs vice president retiring

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Judith Haislett was recently honored at the Panhellenic Scholarship Tea as a Woman of Distinction and Influence.

By Desiree Cooper ENMU Communication Services Friday was Judith Haislett’s last unofficial day at Eastern New Mexico University’s Student Affairs office, where she was vice president for seven years. After leaving for Utah on Monday, she will return for a visit on Jan. 5 for her official last day. Haislett started her ENMU career on […]

Turkey to go

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Super Save deli manager Lamario Miles removes a baked turkey from the store’s bakery oven Thursday afternoon. Grocery stores in Portales and Clovis have prepared Thanksgiving meals to ease the holiday stress for area residents.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With Thanksgiving days away, local grocers are looking to help out those who don’t have the time to spend preparing a full Thanksgiving meal. Tim Russell, owner of Russell’s Super Save Discount Foods in Portales, said he has been selling complete Thanksgiving meals for more than 10 years, and […]

General touts program for autistic children

By Tom Philpott Military Digest More than 26,000 military families with autistic children are getting better TRICARE coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy and related services, which can improve a child’s development and quality of life. But a Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration that began a slow rollout in late October will still leave retirees […]

Honorary commanders tour base

Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi: U.S. Air Force photo

U.S. Air Force aircrew members with the 16th Special Operations Squadron describe the unique capabilities of the AC-130H Spectre gunship to honorary commanders Nov. 13 at Cannon Air Force Base. The 27th Special Operations Wing honorary command program is geared toward fostering military pride and local support from a broad group of surrounding community ambassadors.

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Community leaders from Clovis and Portales witnessed a variety of demonstrations from Air Commandos during an honorary commanders’ tour Nov. 13. “The idea is to give a taste of what happens at the 27th Special Operations Wing,” said Col. Heather Buono, 27th Special […]

ENMU briefs — Nov. 25

Student Life director honored Draco Miller, director of Student Life at Eastern New Mexico University, has been named National Advisor of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine. He was chosen among advisors from more than 4,000 institutions. This is the same organization that awarded the ENMU Associated Students Activities Board the 2014 Campus (Activities Program) […]

Macy’s Parade delightful tradition

By Sandy Field Local columnist While the turkey is cooking and I’m deviling the eggs Thursday morning, the TV will be tuned to the Macy’s Parade. The marching bands, the gorgeous floats and those amazing balloons, even the cheesy comments from the hosts … they’ve always been a part of my Thanksgiving. The first parade […]

Police blotter — Nov. 25

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Friday • 8:21 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries) 200 block South Knoxville Street • 11:20 a.m.: Theft report, address unknown • 1:45 p.m.: Shoplifting report, 600 block, East Second Street • 6:14 p.m.: Hit […]

To do list — Nov. 25

Today   Afterschool at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Wednesday Sleepytime stories — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library, for ages 0-3. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday Portales Community Outreach Thanksgiving dinner — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Memorial Building at Seventh and Abilene streets. Deliveries available to homebound only from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 […]

Officials concerned about road funding delays

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com It may not be the longest road, but as far as Curry County Commission Chairman Frank Blackburn is concerned, it’s taking way too long to get it built. Blackburn says he is frustrated by two years of delays in trying to finish paving a 1.5 mile shortcut used by […]