Overdose deaths down in state

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Curry County was one of 20 counties in New Mexico with decreased drug overdose death rates in 2015, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. In a press release Tuesday, the NMDOH said nearly two-thirds of the state’s 33 counties saw a decline in overdose deaths last year. […]

To do list — Sept. 22

Today • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Beaded bracelets. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Welcome Fall. Information: 575-356-3940 • ‘Other Desert Cities’ play — 7 p.m. at ENMU University Theater. Admission: $5. Information: 575-562-1011 Saturday • Special food distribution […]

’99 years young’ and still sewing

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Lucille Brooks 
displays a “trip around the world” style quilt she made.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com In her 99 years of life, Lucille Brooks has called Portales home for more than 60 of those years. Born Jan. 12, 1917, in Ralls, Texas, Brooks may only have hearing in her left ear anymore, but she still has the dexterity to participate in her favorite activities: Sewing […]

Smokey Ball has heart of service

Smokey Ball may be one of the most recognizable figures in Roosevelt County. Highly visible in his trademark blue overalls, tinted glasses, beard, and ever-present cap, he’s rarely without a story, and he’s rarely alone. A lot of us have eaten produce from Smokey’s gardens over the years, and been privy to his tall tales, […]

Pages past — Sept. 22

On this date … 1976: The Curry-Roosevelt Council on Alcoholism had learned it would receive additional funding. Officials said $40,000 would be channeled to eastern New Mexico following a reduction in staff at the Albuquerque Treatment Center. 1976: President Ford and Jimmy Carter were preparing for their first presidential debate, with a television audience expected […]

Teachers reach aspirations

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Recently hired Portales High School teachers Orlando Shelly (left) and Heather Hagler began their careers in public education in August. Both Shelly and Hagler are graduates of PHS.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local educators each week. By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Two graduates of Portales High School are now teaching the same subjects that made them passionate as students. Portales High School (and junior high) Choir Director Orlando Shelly and Portales High School Drama Teacher Heather Hagler […]

Q&A: High school junior makes college plans


Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local students each week. Kimberly Gonzalez, 16, is a junior at Portales High School. She is interested mostly in science because she plans to pursue a career in the medical field. After high school, Gonzalez plans to attend either Hardin-Simmons University or McMurry University (both located […]

City, county to host job fair

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Prospective employees from across the Eastern New Mexico and West Texas region will soon have the opportunity to seek potential jobs in Roosevelt County. The Portales and Roosevelt County Job Fair, coordinated by the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation, will be held on Sept. 29 from 3-7 p.m. at […]

Court building construction nears completion

STAFF REPORT Roosevelt County Manager Amber Hamilton reported to county commissioners at Tuesday’s county commission meeting that construction work on the magistrate court building is ahead of schedule from the original contracted completion date of April 2017. Hamilton said she hopes Magistrate Court Judge Linda Short and her team will move into the building by […]

Pages past — Sept. 21

On this date … 1976: A peacock was on the loose in the 3700 block of Autumnwood in Clovis. Gary Engel reported the colorful bird spent the night on his roof before flying to a neighbor’s house. Roman “Junior” Romero of Clovis’ animal shelter captured the bird after climbing a ladder and shooing it off […]

To do list — Sept. 21

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Welcome Fall. Information: 575-356-3940 • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. Game day — Tweens’ choice. Information: 575-356-3940 • Jordan World Circus — 7 p.m. at Curry County Events Center. Admission: $18 adults, $14 children, $40 family pack. Information: […]

ENMU welcomes pups

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Grace is the mother of five healthy puppies, born last month at Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball arena.

By Amy Waltner ENMU communication services They had a winner on Aug. 26 at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena, but it had nothing to do with basketball. With time running out, university employees rushed in to assist as an abandoned dog gave birth to five healthy puppies. It’s unclear exactly how the animal — […]

Officials: Water conservation paying off

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Water conservation measures are paying off with a steady decrease of water use, according to state and Portales city officials. Water use has decreased in Portales yearly since 2014, according to a report by the New Mexico Natural Resources Department. In April 2015, the city pumped about 103 million […]

Man accused of molestation to represent himself at trial

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com After discussing his options with Judge Donna Mowrer in a Monday hearing, accused child molester Rocky Banda decided he would represent himself at trial. Banda said he wanted an attorney other than Public Defender Chris Christensen, and was prepared to represent himself if one couldn’t be provided to him. […]

Keeping the county books

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From left, Silke Allison gives Roosevelt County Treasurer Layle Sanchez a tax payment as Chief Deputy Treasurer Mickie Algire speaks on the phone. Conducting business in a professional but friendly manner is an important part of the treasurer’s office, according to Algire.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories profiling city, county and other departments. By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Keeping proper tabs on various Roosevelt County finances makes the treasurer’s office a vital part of county operations, according to officials. “Essentially the treasurer acts as the county’s banker,” said County Treasurer Layle […]

Focus group to aid parents of learning disabled children

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com A focus group will be in Clovis on Wednesday to help parents of learning disabled children discover what resources are available to them. Mental Health Resources in Clovis will host a focus group meeting held by Families ASAP, a New Mexico organization that helps families obtain resources and services […]

Police blotter — Sept. 20

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 12:14 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1300 block South Avenue D • 4:39 a.m.: Threats in progress, 200 block South Roosevelt Road S • 7:59 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1300 block South Avenue E • 8:02 a.m.: Breaking and entering, […]

Pages past — Sept. 20

On this date … 1976: Cannon Air Force Base was a hot topic in Clovis coffee shops a day after the annual open house. Rainy weather had cleared just in time for the Thunderbirds to perform in front of several thousand people. “The rain left the base runway spotted with puddles, which inconvenienced some of […]

Peanut Valley Festival approaches

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Plans are in the works for an exciting — and hopefully busy — Peanut Valley Festival, according to organizers. The annual Peanut Valley Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, […]

Professor presents on religious liberty

STAFF REPORT The importance of religious liberty was the topic for a special Constitution Day presentation Friday at Eastern New Mexico University. University of Oklahoma Professor Wilfred McClay presented on the pursuit of religious liberty in the U.S. as it relates to the constitution. “It’s always good to talk about the constitution,” said McClay. “In […]