N.M. Fishing Report — 12-25

his fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and NMDGF, 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. Northwest Abiquiu Lake: Fishing pressure was very light and fishing was slow for […]

Best gift ever

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Mark Thompson, a trucker from Oklahoma City, still remembers the best Christmas present he received as a kid. “When I was nine I begged my dad for a BB gun,” said Thompson, a big smile on his face. “My dad kept saying no, but when I unwrapped my gifts […]

Stocking helps 236 families

Staff report For the last 23 days, the Salvation Army has shared stories of local families whose circumstances made the holidays a time of increased financial stress, not seasonal joy. From single mothers struggling with crippling medical expenses to grandmothers tasked with supporting their grandchildren on a fixed income, the Empty Stocking Fund aimed to […]

Christmas sermons message of faith, savior, redemption

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Central Christian Church Pastor Don Thomas said he has been preparing a Christmas message meant to personalize the birth of Jesus. Thomas said he prepared a music and a video for his Christmas Eve sermon. “A lot of times we say he (Jesus) is the savior of the world, […]

To do list — Dec. 25

Saturday • Craft bazaar fundraiser — 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Portales Church of God, 1427 East Amazon. Ongoing • 7 Deadly Sins, ENMU student juried art exhibition — Through Jan. 30, ENMU Golden Library. Admission: free. Information: Bryan Hahn 575-562-2778. The to do list publishes daily and features non-recurring public meetings and entertainment options of interest […]

Space station reliable attraction in night sky

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Ready for a break in the holiday routine? Here’s an idea to get you (and any nearby over-sugared children) out of the house. The International Space Station is one of the more reliable attractions in the night sky — a slow-moving, brilliant point of light — and we’re going through […]

Our own remembered most 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. Roy Ebihara was 8 when he was run out of town because of his race, but he was excited to return home in 2014. Micah Thompson pitched a fit when she saw […]

2014 year in review — Dec. 25

A brief look at some of the top stories in Roosevelt County in 2014. Portales man pleads guilty in murder-for-hire case Summary: Portales handyman Cody Guss of Portales was arrested in March and pleaded guilty in August for arranging to have his wife killed. He was 36 at the time of his arrest. According to […]

Surviving Buffalo Soldier still up for 3-hour talk

Tony Bullocks: Staff photo
Ira Pottard waves to the crowd during the Veterans Day Parade of  2013.

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Guest columnist Clovis’ Ira Pottard is one of the last living buffalo soldiers. He was 19 when he was drafted into the famed all-black cavalry unit in 1942. “You didn’t think much about being drafted,” he said. “You got a letter from the president saying, ‘Congratulations. You’re in the Army.’” I spoke […]

Holiday closings — Dec. 25

The following are closed for Christmas holiday: • City of Clovis offices • Clovis Area Transit System • Clovis-Carver Public Library • Curry County Offices • Fire Department administration • Hillcrest Park Zoo • District Court • Magistrate Court • Municipal Court • Police Department administration • Post offices • Public Works Sanitation • Curry […]

What’s happening — Dec. 25

Today Christmas Dinner — 11:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., free and open to public, El Rancho, 101 South Chicago Avenue, Portales. Information: 575-359-0098. Lighthouse Mission Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m.-1 p.m., free and open to the public, 407 L Casillas Boulevard. Information: 575-769-7775. Tuesday Holiday blood drive — 3:30 p.m., Curves, 2909 N. Prince St. Information: 575-762-2574. […]

Police blotter — Dec. 25

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday • 5:16 p.m.: Missing person, 1000 block of Cypress Street. • 8:22 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident, hit and run, Commerce Way and Prince Street. • 10:15 a.m.: Battery report, 800 block of West 9th Street. […]

Chandler resignation among 2014 events

DA Chandler announces resignation When: Jan. 20 Summary: Matt Chandler steps down as 9th Judicial District Attorney after more than nine years on the job the top law enforcement office in as Roosevelt and Curry counties. Chandler, who made the announcement Jan. 20, said he intended to open a private law practice in Clovis with […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 24

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family W • Children: 2 • Special circumstance: This family is made up of three generations living in the same home. The grandmother has recently been diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery three weeks ago. She may begin chemotherapy […]

Come full circle

Mark Gormley

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Editor’s note: This is a five part series recognizing people in the community who made a difference. Mark Gormley has come full circle in his life living in Portales and helping kids. Gormley, who was born in Roswell, but grew up in Portales, has been the principal of James […]

Source of apples in listeria case under investigation

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Area stores haven’t spent much time pulling caramel apples off the shelves due to a listeria outbreak, largely because they don’t have any product to pull. Citing an overabundance of caution, the Centers for Disease Control has asked U.S. consumers to avoid all commercially-produced prepackaged caramel apples. David Morgan, […]

Free beekeeping class offered at Curry County Extension Office

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Have you ever wanted to enter a swarm of bees and have complete control over the buzzing mob of insects before stealing their delicious honey? Ed Costanza will be teaching a free class on the art of beekeeping from 8 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 14 at the Curry […]

‘Tis the season for Christmas shtick

Kevin Wilson

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer ’Twas the day before Christmas And readers were fuming For their favorite columnist Had an idea for exhuming. The writing was there Like it had been before Kevin was reviving Parody shtick once more. “You’re far from our favorite; We find you quite witless You’re simply rewriting ‘Twas the Night […]

Yes, Virginia, Santa remains alive and well

The New York Sun in 1897 published its most famous editorial in response to a question from a reader. Dear Editor— I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there […]

Christmas is about the experiences

By Tom McDonald State columnist In terms of pure economics, our biggest national holiday is, of course, Christmas. I read somewhere that Halloween comes in as a strong second, but I’d be surprised if it’s anywhere close to the money we Americans spend for the yuletide. Perhaps that makes me a little off the mark, […]