Community, youth meet for prayer

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Portales community members, junior high and high school students gather around the flag pole at Portales High School to pray for their families, friends and community Wednesday morning at the “See You at the Pole” prayer event.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Community members, junior high and high school students gathered for a show of religious unity and prayer for the community early Wednesday morning. Portales churches held the event, “See You at the Pole,” at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Portales High School in conjunction with the Global Week of Student […]

ENMU student film garners unexpected award

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com A film made by Eastern New Mexico University students recently received an award at a showcase for student-made films from around the state, much to the disbelief of its director. “Crackers and Mr. B” was created in 2015 and surprised director and ENMU film program graduate Nick Flemens when […]

To do list — Sept. 29

Today • ENMU Fall Jazz Concert — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-1011 • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Apple Pie ABC. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. Game day — Teens’ choice. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Tween […]

Williamson: Library STEAM program a hit

As a scientific term, “steam” is recognized as the vapor that rises when water is heated. At the Portales Public Library, it has a whole different meaning, and one that was made possible by an innovative children’s librarian and a timely gift from a generous anonymous donor. Early this century, public schools latched onto the […]

Pages past — Sept. 29

On this date … 1976: The Albuquerque Publishing Co., which published the Albuquerque Journal newspaper, was challenging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s alleged right to inspect a business without a warrant. Company President Tom Lang said recent federal court decisions indicated government inspectors should not be allowed to walk into a private business without […]

Teacher builds respectable career

Howard

Beverly Howard, a reading, language arts and social studies teacher who works with Lindsey Steiner Elementary School’s bilingual program, doesn’t believe that her career is regarded with as much respect as it needs. “To be honest, I hate to see the disrespect for teachers. There’s a lot of good teachers. I’ve had two sons that […]

Q&A: Dora sixth-grader talks favorite teachers, sports

Rooney

This is one in a series profiling local students each week. 12-year-old Conner Rooney is a sixth-grader at Dora Consolidated Schools. His favorite subject is science, and he has fond memories of working with microscopes with his teacher Laura Wilbanks. Rooney enjoys playing basketball, baseball and football. While he found it difficult to say what […]

Clinics, hospital brace for funding cuts

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Local healthcare providers said they are looking at ways to prepare for potential healthcare cuts ahead of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s special session. According to an article by the Public News Service, state health care advocates are expressing concern over potential Medicaid cuts. “The state is losing $265 […]

ENMU welcomes alumni

STAFF REPORT Alumni from around the country will help make Eastern New Mexico University history at the university’s 82nd homecoming celebration. According to ENMU Alumni Director Robert Graham, 2016 marks the first year tailgating will be allowed at ENMU football games, and ENMU Alumni Affairs is co-sponsoring an alumni-student tailgate at noon on Oct. 15. […]

Debate reaches 84 million viewers

By David Bauder The Associated Press NEW YORK — The showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the most-watched presidential debate ever, with 84 million viewers. The Nielsen company said the viewership, over 13 different networks, toppled a record that had stood for 36 years. The previous record for presidential debate viewership was the […]

To do list — Sept. 28

Today • ENMU Fall Jazz Concert — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-1011 • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Apple Pie ABC. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. Game day — Teens’ choice. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Tween […]

Pages past — Sept. 28

On this date … 1966: The region’s first four truck loads of sugar beets harvested this year were waiting to be weighed, cleaned and put into railroad cars for shipment to the Holly Sugar Co. The crops belonged to J. Murray White and Leslie Patterson, who both farmed north of Clovis. 1956: A study by […]

Police blotter — Sept. 27

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 1:10 p.m.: Domestic in progress, U.S. 70 • 1:49 p.m.: Ambulance requested, 1900 block South Avenue G • 2:06 p.m.: Larceny, walk in, report taken • 4:29 p.m.: Remove subject, 800 block West Third Street • 6:22 […]

Tour de Taco picking up speed

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com This year’s Tour de Taco looks to be the largest event since it began three years with many riders from outside the area attending, according to Taco Box owner Tom Martin. “It looks like we’ll probably be having 125 to 150 riders this year, which will be the most […]

Business conference to be hosted at Yam

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Local businesses will get a chance to learn about important leadership development skills from motivational speakers, according to MainStreet officials. Portales MainStreet, along with Yucca Telecom and the city of Portales, will host the Live2Lead business conference from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 7 at the Yam Theatre with […]

Business digest — Sept. 27

Credit union accepts merger Clovis’ High Plains Federal Credit Union has accepted PenFed Credit Union’s proposal to merge, effective in early November. PenFed (also known as Pentagon Federal Credit Union) announced the merger on Sept. 19, stating in a press release it will gain more than 6,000 new members through the partnership. Established in 1935 […]

Library programs growing with community

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Families and children gather for preschool storytime at the Portales Public Library. Preschool storytime is one of a number of children-oriented events hosted at the library.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling city, county and other departments in Roosevelt County each week. By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com It’s exciting to see how the family programs at the Portales Public Library  have grown and how they engage the community, according to librarians. One such program is the Books […]

Business feature: Food trucks on a roll

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Clovis food truck owner Byron Beevers offers a bacon cheeseburger for a customer on Friday.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com When Aaron Crandall’s business is on a roll, it may mean he’s gone. Don’t worry. He’ll be back. Crandall owns one of the trendy mobile food trucks that are becoming popular throughout the Clovis-Portales area. When Crandall lost his job of seven years, he decided to try AJ’s Wings, […]

To do list — Sept. 27

Today • Afterschool S.T.E.A.M. — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Activity: Play your way. Information: 575-356-3940 Wednesday • ENMU Fall Jazz Concert — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-1011 • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Apple Pie ABC. Information: 575-356-3940 • […]

Pages past — Sept. 27

On this date … 1976: A coyote, a monkey, a raccoon and a Tasmanian devil had been returned to their homes at Clovis’ Hillcrest Park Zoo, but only after several dramatic chases. Officials said someone with wire cutters had freed the animals from their cages overnight. Police were first notified a coyote was roaming the […]