ENMU professor to give mentalist performance

Jon Barr

Editor’s note: The following is a Q&A with Jon Barr, assistant professor of digital filmmaking at Eastern New Mexico University, who will be performing a mentalist show at noon on Wednesday at the Portales Public Library. Can you explain what mentalism is? It’s sort of related to magic, but instead of using props, the premise […]

Portales among highest in state for homeowners insurance

STAFF REPORT If you’re thinking about buying a home in the Clovis or Portales area, you could be paying more for home insurance than you thought. According to a ValuePenguin survey, the cost of homeowners insurance in Portales is more than a $1,000 over the state average and the sixth highest rate in the state. […]

Dairy consortium draws in crowd

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Students from universities across the country flock to Clovis each year to learn everything about dairy farms — including how to know if a cow is pregnant. “It’s called palpation,” former student, Mary Lavender, explained. “And it’s actually really common.” Lavender hails from Texas A&M and has attended the […]

Infant’s death investigated as a homicide

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis police say they are conducting a homicide investigation into the death of an 18-month-old boy who arrived at Plains Regional Medical Center early Monday morning with bruises and suffering cardiac arrest. “It’s atypical for 18-month-olds to show up in the hospital with cardiac arrest,” said Police Chief Steve […]

Clovis hospital loses wrongful death lawsuit

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com A District Court jury has awarded $4 million to the husband of a Clovis woman who died of a heart attack almost seven years ago at Plains Regional Medical Center. Attorney Tye Harmon of Clovis said the jury returned its verdict late Friday, assessing $2 million for compensation and […]

Portales roads closed due to flooding

STAFF REPORT What began as a drizzle for Portales in the late afternoon Monday had turned into a tsunami by 10 p.m. Monday night. Just after 10 p.m., Portales Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger said Portales police have closed down 18th Street from Avenue G to Kilgore. “We’re trying to keep people off of 17th […]

New business

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero

Local entrepreneur Amanda Lamb works in the technology department at La Casa Family Health Center last Tuesday afternoon where she is contracted for information technology services.

With inspiration from her parents, Amanda Lamb began her own technology and technical communication company in April. Lamb said she started her business to fill a niche that didn’t have many options in the area. Lamb’s business aims to help people with technical communications like resumes, job applications, and letters of intent in addition to […]

Xeriscaping takes effort

I’m a big fan of drought-tolerant grasses. Bermuda and buffalo grass are my favorites. Both are found in great supply around my place, and I’ve watched them hang on through years of rain famine with little care. While I’m committed to saving our precious water supply, I’ll tell you I’m not a big fan of […]

Pages Past

May 5 On this date … 1975: A 4-year-old Clovis boy was hit by a car near his home at 406 Thornton St., but was not seriously injured. Officials said Bobby Porraz walked around a parked pickup into the street and was hit by a car driven by Neil Petty. Petty’s vehicle carried the child […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 1:02 a.m.: Larceny, 200 block of South Avenue K • 8:06 a.m.: Reckless driver, 1700 block of North Avenue K • 9:49 a.m.: Theft report, 400 block of West Eighth Street • 11:12 […]

To Do List

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children ages birth to 3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • After school at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Information: 575-356-3940. • ENMU Children’s Choir Spring Concert — 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Buchanan Hall […]

Nepal asks for support

By Binaj Gurubacharya The Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal’s government will need immense international support as the Himalayan nation begins turning its attention toward reconstruction in the coming weeks, in the wake of the devastating April earthquake, a top official said Monday. Nepal is one of the world’s poorest nations, and its economy, largely […]

National roundup

NYC police officer dies after weekend shooting NEW YORK — A 25-year-old police officer shot in the head over the weekend while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun died Monday from his injuries, the third New York City officer slain on duty in five months. Brian Moore, who was in a […]

Senator: Military sex-related violence ‘vastly underreported’

By Richard Lardner The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In a scathing critique of the Defense Department’s efforts to curb sexual assaults, a U.S. senator warned Monday that the true scope of sex-related violence in the military communities is “vastly underreported” and that victims continue to struggle for justice. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, said in […]

More candidates join presidential race

By Steve Peoples and Ed White The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson joined the rapidly expanding 2016 Republican presidential class on Monday, casting themselves as political outsiders in underdog campaigns, eager to challenge the elite of both parties. In announcements separated by both geography and style, […]

Southwest roundup

Police: Child left in cemetery ALBUQUERQUE — Authorities say a Roswell woman is accused of abandoning her son at a cemetery last weekend. They say Loraine Olivas is being held at the Eddy County Detention Center on suspicion of child abuse, abandonment and interference with a child abuse investigation. It was unclear Monday if she […]

Storyteller’s documents caught up in legal battle

By Michael Marks The Dallas Morning News Andrew Jackson Sowell was a Texas Ranger, a historian, a frontiersman and the nephew of an Alamo defender. But above all, he was a storyteller, writing extensively about Texas history, according to his great-grandson Weldon Lee Howard of Allen. “They would sit on the front porch and he’d […]

Accused gunman well known to FBI

The Associated Press Since at least 2007, the FBI has been able to recognize the voice of Elton Simpson — one of the men suspected in the Garland, Texas, shootings outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. Agents recorded the young man from Phoenix talking about fighting nonbelievers for Allah. About plans […]

Family digs prehistoric open house

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Clark Earle, right, of Portales helps his son Quinten Earle set up a spear on an atlatl during Saturday’s Blackwater Draw National Landmark Prehistoric open house at the Blackwater Draw dig site.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com After an invite from a neighbor, Portales resident Clark Earle decided to take his children to the Blackwater Draw National Landmark Prehistoric Open House Saturday for the first time to see what all of the fuss was about. The annual open house, which has been held for more than […]

Senators expect Legislature special session

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com State Senators Pat Woods of Broadview and Stuart Ingle of Portales believe there may be a special session of the state Legislature soon to deal with capital outlay. “That’s going to be decided this week,” Woods speculated on Tuesday. “What I understand, the leadership is meeting right now, today […]