Truancy program shows promise

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office has started its annual Abolish Chronic Truancy Program known as A.C.T. The A.C.T. is a proactive program designed to fight student dropout rates and increase attendance in schools in Roosevelt and Curry counties. Assistant District Attorney Troy Oliver, who spearheaded the campaign last […]

High Plains Quilt Festival kicks off Friday

An explosion of color and design awaits visitors to the 2014 High Plains Quilt Festival scheduled Friday and Saturday at the Jake Lopez Center. Doors open at 9 a.m. each day and close at 5 p.m. with a $3 admission that allows attendees to visit both days. Visitors can browse approximately 200 quilts in a […]

Habitat serving up brats to raise funds

By Betty Williamson Local columnist I’m not sure if Habitat for Humanity coined the term “sweat equity,” but over the last half-century, they have unquestionably made it theirs. Folks who end up in Habitat houses are required to put in 300 to 500 hours of that equity, whether it be pouring concrete, pounding nails, and […]

Police blotter — Oct. 16

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday 9:56 a.m.: breaking and entering, 300 block North Abilene Avenue 1:13 p.m.: battery report, 200 block South Knoxville Street 3:46 p.m.: warrant service, address unknown 5:25 p.m.: harassment report, 400 block West 6th Street […]

To do list — Oct. 16

Today • Paper plate kaleidoscope class — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Roosevelt County Extension Office. Admission cost $40. Information: 575-356-8541. • Annual Oktober Feast Fundraising dinner — 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dinner, First United Methodist Church. Ticket prices are: $10 for adults, $8 for […]

ENMU students give through tutoring

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Kathleen Donalson with the children at the Inlow Mission Camp in July.

By Desiree M. Cooper ENMU Communications Eastern New Mexico University students are giving back to the community and earning class credit by tutoring kids at the Christian Children’s Home, the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and the Bonem House — which provide housing and guidance to children in need. The ENMU student tutors are enrolled […]

Ebola outbreak no joke

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher It is time to become aware. It is not time to panic. It is time to stop joking about it. Ebola is in the United States. From the stories you read and hear on the news, the hospital in Dallas did not do the best job of handling the situation. As […]

Honor rolls — Floyd

Floyd Municipal Schools Elementary school All-A honor roll First grade Benjamin Arrendondo Damian Duarte T.J. Kenendy Rietta Stephens Third grade Sherlyn Borrego Benton Cain Landon Dominguez Fourth grade Maebri Know Star Pflieger Middle school Fifth grade Ibis Melendez Sixth grade William Bear Eli Terry Eric Terry Eighth grade Ryan Wallace High school 4.0 honor roll […]

Roosevelt County sample ballot

Here are candidates and issues on the general election ballot. Absentee voting runs through Oct. 31. Early voting is Saturday through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 4. Information: Roosevelt County clerk’s office at 575-356-8562. U.S. Senator • Allen E. Weh, R • Tom Udall, D U.S. Representative District 2 • Steve Pearce, R • […]

LSC Weekly volleyball roundup

All Times MDT Conf. All W-L W-L West Texas A&M 10-0 19-3 Texas Woman’s 7-3 12-7 Tarleton State 6-4 15-5 Angelo State 6-4 12-5 Texas A&M-Kingsville 4-4 12-7 Cameron 3-6 10-8 Eastern New Mexico 3-7 8-11 Midwestern State 2-7 6-13 Texas A&M-Commerce 2-8 4-17 Friday’s matches Midwestern State 3, Eastern New Mexico 0; Texas Woman’s […]

PHS drops final pre-district tuneup

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By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Portales volleyball team ended its non-district schedule on a sour note on Tuesday, falling to Texico for the second time in 10 days. Class 3A’s top-ranked team beat Portales 25-20, 24-26, 25-9, 25-20 at Ram Activity Center. Rams coach Ruth Chavez was baffled by her team’s errors. “We […]

Zias fall to West Texas A&M in LSC play

Staff report West Texas A&M ran its volleyball winning streak against Eastern New Mexico University to 18 on Tuesday night, but not without a bit of a scare from the Zias. ENMU led virtually all the way in winning the second set in squaring the match and hung tough with the Lady Buffs the rest […]

Time to watch plants

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Hestands Floral owner Rose Richards shows a chrysanthemum, which adapts to colder temperatures, Tuesday afternoon at the flower shop. According to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, the first freeze is expected to hit by Nov. 9.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com The first freeze has yet to hit the Portales area, but according to National Weather Service meteorological technician Troy Marshall, it’s right around the corner. Marshall said the average first freeze happens by about Oct. 19, but this year it could be as late as Nov. 9 as the […]

Schools to teach sexual abuse classes

By Rick White Managing editor rwhite@cnjonline.com Portales Schools will be teaching state-mandated sexual abuse curriculum at all grade levels during the 2014-2015 school year. The Portales school board approved a curriculum broken down into grade clusters “a comprehensive program that addresses so much more than sexual abuse prevention,” said David Van Wettering, Portales schools assistant […]

Every beloved character cursed to die

By Lillian Bowe Staff columnist I have a problem, and it’s not obsessing over Benedict Cumberbatch. All my favorite characters die. Spoilers for many shows, books and movies ahead. It’s a trend I have noticed since I was young when I was watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” I watched the last movie that came […]

Police blotter — Oct. 15

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 1:07 a.m.: alarm activation, 1000 block West Second Street • 9:29 a.m.: prisoner transport, 100 block Airport Road • 12:02 p.m.: animal complaint, 500 block North Avenue K • 2:18 p.m.: theft report, […]

Gunman robs U.S. Bank in Clovis

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By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A gunman wearing blue jeans, a green camouflage jacket and green mask pulled off the second bank robbery in Clovis in less than two years early Tuesday. Police said the man escaped on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. The robbery of U.S. Bank, 2501 N. Prince St., […]

To do list — Oct. 15

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Down on the Farm. Information: 575-356-3940. • Tween program — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Wii Wednesday. Information: 575-356-3940. • Ballet Folklórico Finale — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Sandia Room. The talk is a part of Hispanic Heritage Month. […]

Education suits could upend school funding

It’s a shame that school districts have had to file a lawsuit to force the state to fund education adequately. But that’s exactly what is happening. Last week, the Santa Fe Public Schools joined forces with the Gallup-McKinley County and Moriarty-Edgewood districts to claim that current funding levels violate the New Mexico Constitution. The lawsuit […]

Musings from a brain out to lunch

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist Some thoughts I had while driving around Monday, wondering why every post office was on lunch break before realizing it was Columbus Day and my brain was on lunch break: • A week ago featured an “all new” episode of “Gotham” on Fox. Sunday featured an “all new” episode of […]