Locals feel immigration effects

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Following a United States Supreme Court tie last week, up to 3,000 people in Portales could be affected by the suspension of President Obama’s plans to legalize undocumented immigrants in the United States. Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of […]

ENMU offering summer programs

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Summer brings long, hot days and an occasional lack of activities, but Eastern New Mexico University’s summer programs can give interested parties some respite from inactivity. With programs both athletic and academic, ENMU gives residents the opportunity to make use of their time during the summer. The university’s distance […]

Trains collide head-on in Texas

Amarillo Globe-News photo: Sean Steffen
Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in Panhandle, Texas, that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area.

By David Warren The Associated Press DALLAS — Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. The two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same […]

Ambulance service relieves pressure from fire department

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Elite Medical Transport, after months of administrative hassles, took pressure off the Portales Fire Department when they took over some medical transfers in October. Now, after months, they are doing better than ever. According to Robert Campion, president of Elite Medical Transport, the service received a warm welcome from […]

Pages past — June 29

On this date … 2006: Portales’ First Baptist Church, which had been without a pastor for 20 months, was about to welcome David McFadden to its pulpit. McFadden had been preaching for 30 years, in Texas, Arizona and Oklahoma. “I’m looking forward to making a home in the community, the wonderful things the church is […]

To do list — June 29

Today • Ready, Set, Storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for preschoolers. Book: I Hear a Pickle. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Team windsocks. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Grand Slam guest — 10: 30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for all ages. […]

Fireworks fund close to goal

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Levi Gallas organizes fireworks at the fireworks stand off of Avenue C and First Street. According to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Karl Terry, $9,100 of $10,000 goal for Portales’ fireworks fund has been raised.

STAFF REPORT July 4 is a day to celebrate the independence of the United States and the struggle to attain it, and one of the most popular ways to do so is through the use of fireworks. Portales holds its own fireworks presentation each year, filling the sky with bright lights and smoke, but in […]

Business feature: Businesses prep for summer

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Margaret Seales works on a flower boutique at Butterfly Flowers.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Auto and farming businesses across Portales are preparing for summer, whether it is anticipating an increase or a decrease in business based on demand or preparing for the fall season. Auto businesses in particular commented on the consistent issues customers have with their vehicles. Doug Frank, the owner of […]

Owner: Two or three months to Tower Loft opening

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Matt Polk, top, and Abe Urias work inside the Tower Loft apartments.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Progress has been made on what used to be the Tower Twin movie theater off of Avenue A and First Street. A grand opening for what is now called the Tower Loft apartments is set for two to three months, according to Owner Max Merrick. A goal of the […]

Pages past — June 28

On this date … 1970: Clovis police said they had wrapped up a series of recent burglary cases involving vandalism and stolen bicycles with the arrests of two teenagers. The 13-year-old boys were caught “pilfering several automobiles” at the Memorial Hospital parking lot, Patrolman Daryl Rice told the Clovis News-Journal. Six stolen bicycles were recovered. […]

Police blotter — June 28

The following are a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for the Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 8:19 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 200 block of North Main Avenue • 9:22 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident with injuries, 600 block of South Roosevelt Road Q • 11:18 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1700 block of […]

ENMU Alumni Band reconnects

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Eastern New Mexico University Director of Bands Dustin Seifert leads the ENMU Alumni Band in a performance of Eric Whitacre’s “October.”

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Alumni of Eastern New Mexico’s music program converged on Portales this weekend to reconnect and meet other alumni, all leading up to a concert at Buchanan Hall on Saturday afternoon. The ENMU Alumni Band meets the weekend after Father’s Day every even-numbered summer for several reasons, according to ENMU […]

ENMU student to speak about scholarship

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico University alumni association is sending ENMU Senior Amy Carter to speak in Albuquerque to donors and sponsors about how their scholarships have affected her life. Carter was awarded the alumni scholarship for $1,500. She will speak at the ENMU Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament in Albuquerque […]

Boswell: While I’m away…

The week of chaos was over, and my staff and I could breathe once again. So I won’t deny that the knowledge that the Miss New Mexico pageant is approaching usually inspires groans and eye rolls from my staff and I, initially. We just know that Miss New Mexico, along with Heritage Days and all […]

Pages past — June 26

On this date … 1976: W. D. “Doc” Gattis, a pioneer educator, died at his home in Clovis. He was 85. Gattis had come to eastern New Mexico in 1919 from Tennessee, and taught his first year in the Grady school system. He moved to Clovis and began teaching at La Casita School a year […]

To do list — June 26

Monday • Get Your Game On — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Games: Jumbo classics. Information: 575-356-3940 Tuesday • Full STEAM Ahead — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades 2-6. Activity: Tower and bridge engineering. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages […]

Mobile horses at risk for disease

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com With summer in full swing, horses will participate in varied activities, including rodeos, races, or just leisurely rides. Because of the increased activity, however, horses are susceptible to a variety of diseases without proper precautions, according to Wendy Toombs, owner of the Portales-based horseback riding school Abrazos Adventure. “When […]

Friends of the Library host book sale at Clovis library

Staff photo: Ryan Galloway
Friends of Clovis-Carver library hosting a book sale to raise funds for the library’s programs. The sale continues 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today.

By Ryan Galloway STAFF WRITER rgalloway@cnjonline.com It is once again time for Clovis-Carver Library book sale. The event is a fundraiser hosted by the Friends of the Library, a volunteer group tasked to support library programs. The library receives donations of books throughout the year to sell at the event, and many members of the […]

Pages past — June 25

On this date … 1966: Portales police were investigating the apparent beating death of a 27-year-old city resident found on the floor of his garage. A neighbor saw Robert Knight through a garage window and notified police. Knight was flown to Lubbock where he underwent brain surgery, but soon died from his injuries. Police said […]

Johnson: Toad toxicity real threat to pets

Like some kind of bizarre magic trick, one night they seem to just appear under the porch lights, scattered on roadways and littered across lawns. As if their sudden appearance weren’t weird enough, they often sit frozen, staring out into the night in a pose that is enough to make a casual observer look to […]