County hires jail administrator

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com County officials announced Tuesday that they have hired a new administrator for the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Larry Phillips of the New Mexico Corrections Department in Los Lunas has over 30 years of experience in the corrections field, according to County Manager Amber Hamilton, who said Phillips was interviewed […]

Council reviews planning report

Staff report Tuesday night’s Portales City Council meeting saw the presentation of the annual planning department and planning commission report for the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year. Planning Director Donna Rutherford began the presentation with the city’s comprehensive plan, which was defined as “a document prepared by the city to provide guidance on community […]

To do list — July 29

Tuesday • NM Dept. of Ag public meeting — 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at Roosevelt County extension office, 705 E. Lime Street. Farmers, ranchers, processors, others involved with Organic Program invited to attend. Program operation, certification needs to be covered. Information: 575-646-3007 Ongoing • Open tennis courts — 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays all summer at […]

Brown: Tractor ‘selfies’ could be justified

It has come to my attention that the “selfie” is a popular and culturally prominent behavior. At first, I found it to be a little silly. At second, my first impression still seemed pretty solid. However, there does appear to be situations and circumstances when this is a reasonable — or at least understandable — […]

Meetings watch — July 29

Roosevelt General Hospital board The following are actions taken at the Roosevelt General Hospital monthly board of trustees meeting: • The board accepted the June 2016 financial report. According to CFO Eva Stevens, the hospital ended the month with a net operating margin of $125,800 with expenses costing $2.27 million and revenues hitting at just […]

Pages past — July 29

On this date … 1961: A 14-year-old California boy was riding his bicycle to visit family in Clovis. Billy Hall, of Sacramento, California, had made it to Santa Rosa, New Mexico, in six days — thanks to a truck driver who drove him across the desert. Family members in Clovis said the boy would have […]

Rodriguez: Sometimes we sacrifice for a greater cause

It’s been a Shakespearean summer in many ways as I brush up on classic literature for the upcoming school year. Shakespeare said, “The world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Protagonists and antagonists. As I read Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” recently, it brought to mind the political theatrics going on […]

School days around the corner

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com As the end of summer vacation looms on the horizon in Portales, educators and students alike are preparing in their own ways for the beginning of school. Educators, like students, are able to take time off during the summer, and thus have to face the prospect of preparing themselves […]

Educators filled in on social media policies

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University officials received an education in campus social media policies this week at a web seminar held Tuesday in the Campus Union Building. Sexual harassment through social media was one of the topics discussed at a presentation called “When Social Media and Title IX Collide: What […]

To do list — July 28

Today • Right to Life chapter meeting — 7:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Chapter president visiting. Everyone welcome. Bring a guest. Information: 575-714-0455 • Portales Rams volleyball camp — 9a.m.-noon for grades 1-5. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. for grades 6-8. At Portales High School. Fee: $25. Information: 601-392-1362 Ongoing • Open tennis courts — 6 […]

Williamson: Nothing like watermelon on a hot day

Watermelon is a favorite food at our house. Though we live in a time when fairly passable watermelons are available year-round, when I was growing up these cool, crisp, refreshing gourds were a summer-time-only treat and one which was highly anticipated. After my grandparents came to eastern New Mexico in 1915, watermelons were one of […]

ENMU briefs — July 28

A taste of diversity Betty Dominguez Maldonado is an international student from Chiapas, Mexico, studying English Language Teaching at Eastern New Mexico University. This is not the first time that Ms. Maldonado decided to study abroad. She went to an English school in Montreal, Canada, six years ago when she was 15. Maldonado said her […]

Pages past — July 28

On this date … 1976: Clovis had scheduled its first school for DWI offenders. The eight-hour session was to be held at the Clovis Chamber of Commerce. A recent law allowed, but did not require, judges who invoke DWI penalties to consider the class as part of sentencing. Officials expected 15 to 18 people would […]

‘Hell or High Water’ makes debut

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By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com LUBBOCK — Chris Pine said he was proud of the work and awestruck by Jeff Bridges. Bridges said he just loves telling stories, especially when they’re about Texas. “Hell or High Water” came to the big screen Monday night in the form of a pre-screening at Alamo Drafthouses across […]

Review: Eastern New Mexico captured perfectly in film

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‘Hell or High Water,’ a classic Western film, is about two Texans whose ranch is in foreclosure.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com LUBBOCK — Though Portales and Clovis were only featured in about 50 percent of the scenes in “Hell or High Water,” I recognized every second of this movie. Whether it was the small-town attitude among the sparky minor characters, the vapes used by cowboys in restaurants or the excessive […]

Distemper confirmed in local dogs

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Local veterinarians are warning pet owners to get their pets vaccinated for distemper after a Portales vet saw two cases of the virus last week. “If you do get a puppy or any dog that hasn’t been vaccinated get them vaccinated,” said Caprock Veterinary Clinic owner Dr. Kathryn Bartlett. […]

Road construction — July 27

STAFF REPORT The city of Portales Street Department will be conducting road work on East Second Street from Chicago to Globe Aug. 1-19, according to a Portales public service announcement. This section of Second Street will be closed to through traffic. City officials are asking drivers to use caution while traveling near the project area. […]

To do list — July 27

Today • Portales Rams volleyball camp — 9a.m.-noon for grades 1-5. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. for grades 6-8. At Portales High School. Fee: $25. Information: 601-392-1362 Thursday • Right to Life chapter meeting — 7:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Chapter president visiting. Everyone welcome. Bring a guest. Information: 575-714-0455 • Portales Rams volleyball camp — […]

Pages past — July 27

On this date … 1976: The Federal Power Commission nearly tripled the amount producers were allowed to charge for natural gas. The action meant consumers could expect to see their bills increase an average of $15.60 per year. 1971: A researcher with the Environmental Improvement Agency in Santa Fe was studying mosquito breeding habits — […]

Guns in county vehicles tabled again

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Commissioners have once again tabled a resolution to allow Roosevelt County employees to carry handguns in county vehicles. The resolution was first presented at the June 21 meeting by Maintenance Director Gary Spinks, who said he was concerned about the safety of Roosevelt County employees who have […]