Commencement speaker shares five ‘points of light’

Dustin Seifert, director of the Eastern New Mexico University band, was commencement speaker at Saturday’s ENMU fall graduation ceremony. Here is the text of his speech: Thank you President Gamble for that very generous and mostly factual introduction. You are so kind and such a fantastic mentor to all of us who aspire careers housed […]

Doyle, you’ve spoiled us

By Sandy Fields Local columnist My niece from the big city loves to hear the tales from Portales. Living, driving, shopping among millions of people is such an amazing contrast to our little dot on the map. To her, I live in Mayberry. Yes, it’s true. Just like watching the ongoing competition between Aunt Bea […]

Just TV 12-14 to 12-20

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Just TV 12-14 to 12-20

Prep Basketball Roundups

Staff reports  LADY RAMS WIN MORIATRY TOURNAMENT: Portales stayed undefeated and took home some hardware as they defeated Miyamura 45-41 in the Moriarty Tournament final Saturday. Kambrey Blakey led the Lady Rams (3-0) with 17 points and McKenzie Bucksath and Brooke Lopez both added five points. Amber Antez led Miyamura (3-3) with 11 points. The […]

Prep basketball summaries

  Saturday Girls Moriarty Tournament Final Portales 45 Miyamura 41 Portales (3-0) — Bailey Schillings 2, Bailey Rowley 3, Sheraya Cox 6, Brooke Lopez 5 Kambrey Blakey 17, Lindsay Blakey 2, Kaycee Stone 3, Amanda Schmidt 2 McKenzie Bucksath 5. Miyamura (3-3) — Sarah Gilmore 2, Hannah Murphy 4, Amanda Pawya 4 Amber Antez 11, […]

End of a journey

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Brittany Lee Garner receives her bachelor’s degree in the College of Education on Saturday at ENMU’s commencement ceremony.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Jane Hammond had finally reached the end of her collegiate career after receiving her master’s degree in sports administration Saturday. She was ready to celebrate with her husband, Eastern New Mexico University Professor Bradford Hammond. “We have a bottle of wine at home, so we’ll have a couple glasses,” […]

Wyms scores 29 in Hounds Victory

Staff report ODESSA, Texas — Junior guard Chris Wyms scored a season-best 29 points and hit four consecutive free throws in the final minute to lift Eastern New Mexico University’s men to a 102-99 victory over Texas-Permian Basin on Saturday. Wyms went 5-for-5 from 3-point range and added 12-of-13 at the free throw line as […]

Portales police chief talks department image, ‘spice’

Pat Gallegos

Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos has been on the job for about a year. Gallegos took over as interim chief in September 2013 after the resignation of Chief Doug Jones and was hired as the acting chief in December 2013. Gallegos has been working in law enforcement since 1998 and joined the Portales Police Department […]

Jury indicts Clovis man on first-degree murder

Staff report A Curry County grand jury indicted a Clovis man Friday on charges connected to the slaying of a Clovis mother. Matthew Jennings, 25, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the Nov. 9 stabbing death of 23-year-old Ariel Ulibarri. Jennings was in the Curry County jail on a […]

Police blotter — Dec. 14

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Thursday• 1:51 a.m.: Domestic report, 300 block South Avenue B • 1:55 a.m. Suspicious circumstances, 1600 block South Avenue C • 9:46 a.m.: Hit and run, 700 block West Second Street • 9:03 p.m.: Burglary […]

To do list — Dec. 14

Monday • Chamber Ambassador meeting — Noon, Chamber board room. Information: 575-356-8541. Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Chamber Christmas potluck — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the board room at the Chamber of Commerce. Information: 575-356-8541. • Chamber board meeting — 11:30 a.m., […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 14

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family O • Household members: 4 • Children: 3 • Special circumstance: This mother lost her job in July and her car broke down soon after. With limited mobility, she has been unable to find more work, and has […]

Committee of Fifty to put forth measures to be more transparent

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I almost sound like I am at AA or something. My name is Robert Arrowsmith and I am a Committee of Fifty member. I am also on the image committee that was formed three months ago to work on the perceptions that are going on, not just in town, but on […]

Public education improvement focus appropriate

Report cards for teacher colleges? You bet. “Nothing in school matters as much as the quality of teaching our students receive,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said recently. With that in mind, the Obama administration is pushing forward with regulations to require states to issue report cards for their teacher training programs. Under the plan, programs […]

Humor makes point easier to take

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My December book-of-the-month summary is “The Comedy Thesaurus” by Judy Brown, purchased for a quarter at this year’s Portales Public Library sale. The 480-page book’s 3,241 quips and quotations illustrate how humor makes subversive points more palatable. Here is a sampling: • “The KKK adopted a highway. The joke is […]

Tourism generated by advertising

By Tom McDonald State columnist Since moving to New Mexico a decade ago, I’ve had a lot of family and friends come out for a visit, and they’re often quite curious about this land and its people. On such occasions, I like to play tour guide, taking my visitors around to see various historic and […]

Artsy assessor

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Curry County Assessor Candace Morrison looks over some work in her office.

Candace Morrison was born in Portales. She was raised in Clovis from the time she was 7 years old. Morrison graduated with the class of 1999 at Melrose High School. She studied computer information systems at Clovis Community College and earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration degree at Eastern New Mexico University. Morrison went […]

Redstone true winter wonderland

By Karl Terry Local columnist One of the things I miss about Colorado is the postcard perfect scenes at Christmastime. It’s hard to beat a blue spruce tree loaded with snow — unless you drive into a whole peaceful grove of them on Christmas Day and notice elk feeding and resting peacefully all around you. […]

Learn how to select jewelry on show

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on using a Scissor Mouse, selecting jewelry, and making window treatments will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” Tuesday 9:30 p.m. and Thursday at noon. Marisa Pawelko is a designer and crafter, and she is going to demonstrate one of the neatest “gadgets” to come out in the […]

Altrusa fundraising to support projects

Staff report Altrusa International is selling nuts to help support the organization’s community service projects. Nuts offered include pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews and mixed nuts. The organization supports many local programs including The Hartley House, Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and Meals on Wheels. Each 12-ounce package costs $8, and some orders include local […]