Learning to launch successful careers

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Guest speaker Arel Moodie tells students how to conduct themselves during job interviews Tuesday evening during the professional development dinner.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University students looking for a competitive edge when entering the job market were in luck Tuesday night as guest speaker Arel Moodie explained how to interview for and retain a job. Moodie, a speaker who travels the country talking to students about getting to college, through […]

Armed robbery suspect apprehended

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Tony Johnson, owner of Shop in a Box on East Second Street, helps a customer Tuesday afternoon. One of Johnson’s employees was held at gunpoint Friday night when the store was robbed.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com It didn’t take long for Portales police to arrest a man suspected of robbing a Portales smoke shop at gunpoint last week. Tony Johnson, owner of Shop in a Box on East Second Street, said his employee recognized William Valdez, 22, when he walked into the store at 10:30 […]

Booking officer prefers activity


Editor’s note: This is a weekly series profiling public service workers Name: Roberto Calderon Title: Booking officer Time: Four years What do you do exactly? Basically, I oversee all the intakes and releases for the facility. I am also in charge of making sure people in the booking area know how to do their job […]

Our parent’s music is cool sometimes

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist Music is on my mind. I seem to sing often at work lately, and not because I like to whistle while I work, but because many little things set off a song in my mind. One day one of my students was singing a song by one of my old […]

Sheriff’s office to close Fridays

Staff report The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office will be closing its office doors on Fridays for the next two months to conserve on electricity costs. Sheriff Malin Parker said deputies will still be out on patrol on Fridays; the administrative office just won’t be open for business. “We don’t know that it will make much […]

Elida schools nix spring break

Staff report Elida Municipal Schools has decided to opt out of including a spring break in its schedule this year. Superintendent Jim Daugherty said the decision was based on a combination of testing and school activities pushing the break so far back into the school year. “Last year when we were looking at our school […]

Never understood popularity of figs

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer While waiting for the oven to finish my dinner, I took a brief trip online to find a friend had photographed his dessert. I normally abhor such things, but he had a blueberry Newton. Wait, what? I had no idea these existed. I knew of the standard fig variety, and […]

To do list — April 1

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Preschool story time — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Child Find screening — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only at Floyd schools. Information: 575-478-2211. […]

Honor rolls — April 1

Third grade A/B honor roll Jasmine Elizabeth Acosta Ashlyn Paige Acree Brennan D. Armijo Pedro Eduardo Avery Maya Dolores Avila Victor Ivan Baca Isaiah Ruben Baldivia Bentleigh Banister Jasmin Xitlali Beltran Derek Jay Bowers Drue Ray Bowers Savanna Lynn Bricker Lacee Ryan Brooks Sean Paul Bustamante Noah Nathaniel Cabezuela Edgar Josue Castillo Bryan Castro Angel […]

Pages past — April 1

On this date … 1950: John Burroughs headed the “Good Government” ticket in Portales’ upcoming city elections. Burroughs’ group, which also included City Council candidates Pat Patterson, Jack Mears, Joe Ray and Roger Pattison, said they wanted to eliminate politics from the hiring of city employees. Another priority was to purchase a two-way radio system […]

Battle for water continues

By Susan Montoya Bryan The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A pipeline project intended to bring billions of gallons of water a year to a drought-stricken section of eastern New Mexico represents a lifeline to parched communities that are quickly running out of water. The lifeline, however, might not reach the region for more than a […]

County wanting to use volunteers

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Capital projects and health care Administrator Mandi Park, left, and county Manager Amber Hamilton review a file together Monday afternoon in the county Administration Office, which is currently looking to utilize volunteers for secretarial work.

Staff report Beginning April 1, Roosevelt County residents will have the opportunity to become more actively involved with their local government. According to County manager Amber Hamilton, there is currently an opportunity within the courthouse administration. Due to the budget crisis, the courthouse office has dropped in personnel from 97 employees in July 2014 to […]

League seeking logo

The current Roosevelt County Little League logo.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com A redesign is underway for the county’s baseball little league logo, but it’s not league officials who will be designing it. It’s you. “We had been talking about designing a new logo; we’ve had the same logo for a number of years,” said league board member Becky White. “We […]

New law allows for home delivery of alcohol

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com A bill recently passed by the New Mexico legislature could have alcohol going straight to customers’ doorsteps. The bill, introduced by New Mexico Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pinto, allows for the delivery of alcohol with a purchase of $20 worth of food in local districts that vote to approve […]

State round up

The Associated Press Motorist attacked in a  fit of road rage SANTA FE — Santa Fe police say a motorist was attacked by a man and then a woman in an apparent road-rage incident. According to police, the Saturday incident started when the man pulled up to the motorist’s car and accused the motorist of […]

National roundup

The Associated Press Arizona woman convicted of murder PRESCOTT, Ariz. — An Arizona woman has been convicted in the fatal stabbing of her husband, whose body was dumped at a New Mexico airport by her North Carolina lover. A Yavapai County Superior Court jury convicted Laura Stelmasek of Prescott on Friday in the 2011 killing […]

Officials continue the fight for military retirement

The Military Coalition can make Congress tremble from time to time, by presenting a united front of millions of members from more than 30 military associations and veterans’ service organizations in support of, or opposition to, legislation impacting military folks and veterans. That lesson was learned by budget committee chairmen a few Decembers ago after […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 12:03 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 200 block of South Roosevelt Road S • 12:29 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 400 block of South Roosevelt Road U • 12:32 a.m.: Deputy requested, 400 […]

Surely life is not a basketball game

Life is not a basketball game. I suppose I could write up some analogy about the game of life, but today I’m staying with the original thesis. Recently I was in a packed gym. About 80 percent of the crowd was cheering for my team. The other 20 percent was a vocal, seemingly angry, quite […]

Dora school news

Business professionals The Dora chapter of Business Professionals of America will be sponsoring an Easter food drive this week. The Roosevelt County food pantry is getting low and students want to help fill some Easter baskets. If you would like to help make this possible, please bring non-perishable goods to the Dora Consolidated Schools main […]