Hunting license information available on redesigned website

Staff report Rules and information about applying for licenses and hunting big game, small game and turkeys in New Mexico are available now on the Department of Game and Fish’s redesigned website — — the department has announced. The 2015-16 Hunting Rules and Information booklet includes information hunters need to apply for and purchase […]

Columnists make paper worth what you pay for it

By David Stevens Editor Editor’s note: This is one in a series of columns looking back at regional news in 2014. It will continue through Jan. 1. When there’s no news, when the news is boring, when the news is all bad, I think our newspapers are still worth at least 75 cents every day. […]

Thanks for the interview of myself about ‘The Interview’

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Welcome to a very special interview. I’m Kevin Wilson, interviewing … Kevin Wilson, about the new movie, “The Interview.” So this is “The Kevin Wilson Interview of Kevin Wilson on ‘The Interview.” Kevin, thanks for joining me. “Pleasure to be here.” So, did you hear about the scalper who wanted […]

Police blotter — Dec. 31

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Friday 10:04 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries) 100 block Airport Road 1:56 p.m.: Deputy requested, address unknown 9:31 p.m.: Alarm activation, 1500 block South Main Avenue 11:22 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident (with injuries) 4000 […]

Immigration mixed message lost in translation

The Obama administration’s tough public message that young illegal border-crossers would be detained, then sent home, apparently was lost in translation. Or it was just a PR stunt to begin with. Of the detainees — mostly unaccompanied teens, and Central American mothers and young children — who were housed at a temporary immigration center in […]

Good time to look back, forward

By Tom McDonald State columnist It’s all a matter of perspective. The year 2014 might have been a great one for you. Or it could have been hell. I hope for your sake it was the former, but either way it’s a good time to look back — and forward. Politically, it was a rough […]

Caution encouraged on area roads

New Mexico State Police are reporting difficult and severe driving conditions across the state, including eastern New Mexico. Here is a list of roads on which black ice, ice, fog and snow are hampering roads, as reported by NMSP: Severe driving conditions (Travel is discouraged) • US 285 to Vaughn south to Roswell • US […]

Rescue gets new lease on life

Janine Fischer: Courtesy photo
In July, Cindy’s Hope for Precious Paws Animal Rescue took in a 
pug from Prince Street who was found with chemical burns on 
his body and burn injuries in his eyes. Today, “Clovis” is fully 
healed living in Parker, Colorado, with his adopted mom Janine 
Fischer. She describes him as “loving, curious, playful and 

Staff report Clovis, a young dog found last summer wandering Clovis streets with cruel chemical burn injuries, is alive and thriving in Colorado. In July, Clovis, a 2-year-old pug, was found wandering on Prince Street with chemical burns on his body and in his eyes. His new foster owner Janine Fischer of Parker, Colorado said […]

Year in review — Citizens save elm trees in cemetery

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Editor’s note: This is the first of three reports on the most compelling stories in the Portales area in 2014 as determined by the PNT staff. Citizens took action earlier this year, halting the demolition of the 90-year-old elm trees located at the Portales Cemetery. The elm trees are […]

Cases of flu in area rising

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer The medical director at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis and the federal Centers for Disease Control are recommending getting a flu shot. “For November and December we have had a considerably higher number of flu cases compared to last year at both Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis […]

To do list — Dec. 30

Thursday • First Day Hike — 1 p.m. at Oasis State Park. Fees waived for this event. This fun hike begins in a wooded are that leads to the dunes, where visitors will have a great view of the scenery and wildlife. Learn how the dunes evolved through the years. Information: 575-356-5331. Ongoing • 7 […]

May new year bring you sweet, simple pleasures

By Sandy Fields Local columnist Another year draws to a close. Another chapter finished. Another calendar placed in the bottom drawer of the old black dresser. With 2014 coming to an end, I’m thinking again how time flies. It’s time to open a new folder and label it “PNT 2015,” then begin to fill it […]

Critters make regional headlines in 2014

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of columns looking back at regional news in 2014. It will continue through Jan. 1. By David Stevens Editor For three nights in a row, alarms went off at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The first night, on Jan. 24, police arrived at 3 a.m. and spent 90 […]

Lady Rams turn back Monterey in first round

Staff report LUBBOCK — The Portales Lady Rams got off to a solid start on Monday in the Lubbock Caprock Holiday tournament. Junior Kambrey Blakey scored 20 points and senior McKenzie Bucksath added 15 points, a team-high eight rebounds and three steals as the Lady Rams dispatched Class 6A Lubbock Monterey 54-45. PHS (6-1) will […]

Smyer hands PHS 55-48 loss in Littlefield tournament

Staff report LITTLEFIELD — Portales boys held 6-foot-7 Smyer senior Brennen Fowler off the scoreboard in the first half, but they weren’t able to contain him the rest of the way. Fowler erupted for 15 points in the final two periods and the Bobcats rallied for a 55-48 win over the Rams in the second […]

Habitat helper problem solver

Bill Brunson

Editor’s note: This is a third report in a five-part series recognizing people in the community who made a difference in 2014. By Joshua Lucero Staff photo When Habitat For Humanity director Joyce Davis accepted the help of former Eastern New Mexico University professor Bill Brunson, she got more than just an extra hand, […]

Full service gas station to close

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
South Sea owner Doyle Onstott takes a moment Tuesday afternoon to look at the signatures and comments his customers left on the station’s walls. Doyle said he has been operating the station for more than 29 years.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer After nearly 30 years of service, South Sea Full Service Station owner Doyle Onstott says it’s time to hang up the pump and retire. Onstott has been pumping gas, checking air pressure, cleaning windshields, and fixing flat tires since he started running the full service station for his uncle […]

It’s that time of year for predictions

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher It is that time of year … the new year. New Year’s Eve tends to be a time to look back, to reflect, and yet also a time to make those resolutions and predictions for the upcoming year. Being a constant forward thinker, I do tend to look back, but typically […]

New Year’s resolutions achievable

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My New Year’s resolutions may not be challenging, but at least they are achievable. • I failed to accomplish everything I intended in 2014, and I resolve a repeat in 2015. • There were times this year when I upset, offended or angered readers. I promise to continue that in 2015. • I […]

Former restauranteur still going strong

Courtesy photo
Mary Casillas-Mendoza at her store in Clovis.

Bio Name: Mary Casillas-Mendoza Profession: Retired business owner Age: 90 Family: Her late husband, Ray R. Mendoza, daughters Christy, Julie and Patricia, son Mike and many grandchildren. Mary Casillas-Mendoza was born in Jalostotitlan in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Her family migrated to the United States, to San Diego, in 1927 when she was 3. […]