Terrorism initiative questions answered

The Associated Press The Obama administration is piloting programs in Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis focused on tackling global terrorism on a local scale. But some community members and activists worry the efforts will amount to wide-scale government surveillance of Muslim communities. Some questions and answers about the initiative: Question: What is this program in […]

Southwest roundup

Amarillo senator hurt in cycle wreck AUSTIN — Texas state Sen. Kel Seliger’s office says the lawmaker was injured and needed surgery after a motorcycle accident in Austin, but could return to work within days. Spokeswoman Becky Womack said Seliger, R-Amarillo, was injured Sunday afternoon in a collision with another vehicle. He was taken to […]

Luke Bryan takes top honors at music awards

By Mesfin Fekadu The Associated press ARLINGTON, Texas — Miranda Lambert won four awards, including album and song of the year, but the singer lost the night’s top prize to Luke Bryan at Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards. It was a repeat of the Country Music Association Awards in November, where Lambert won multiple […]

Common core repealed but still present in Oklahoma

By Ron Feemster The Hechinger Report OKLAHOMA CITY — Common Core may no longer be law in Oklahoma, but it has not disappeared from the classrooms. Heather Sparks, Oklahoma’s 2009 Teacher of the Year, teaches eighth-grade math. In her classroom at Taft Junior High School, students gather at round tables to mold chunks of play […]

Portales High to bid farewell to principal


By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com Melvin Nusser’s first teaching job came in 1985. No one else wanted it, he said. “They had a job that opened up the week before school started, so I ran down here,” Nusser said. “There weren’t any other applicants so they pretty much had to hire me.” That job […]

Spring pests coming

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Spring is in the air, and we all know what that means — pests. Curt Jaynes, co-owner of the Garden Source in Portales, said the first pests that will be noticeable this time of year are aphids. “Aphids will be prevalent on your irises, daylilies and some of your […]

Sen. Ingle weighs in on capital outlay

Editor’s note: New Mexico Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, has been a lawmaker for 30 years. His Senate District 27 represents portions of Curry, Roosevelt, Chaves, De Baca and Lea counties. We asked him for an update on regional legislative issues. New Mexico Gov. Susanna Martinez called for more bipartisan cooperation in the New […]

Notebook — April 19

Dustbowl … • Dirt track demons dig in for some dusty roundy-round today at the Ned Houk Sports Complex on Curry Road 17. It’s the Clovis Motocross Races from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Honors … • Volunteers of the month in Portales are the Portales Public Works Department for staying on the job non-stop […]

Staff earn excellence awards


By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com The New Mexico School Boards Association recently released its list of recipients for the 2015 Excellence for Student Achievement Awards. Here are those honored from Roosevelt County: • Nat Gomez, Portales Municipal Schools Maintenance Department “Under Mr. Gomez’s leadership over the past 13 years, he has saved this district […]

Drug addiction not ‘so cliche’

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor Talking about writing and writing workshops last weekend got me thinking about a writing workshop I attended early last year. I had written a short story for the workshop, which revolved around substance abuse, and the person running the workshop did not care for my story. He said I was […]

To do list — April 19

Tuesday • 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., programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Portales Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. […]

Company president spun records at ENMU


Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. As president of Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc., part of Gary Tonjes’ job is to recruit businesses to locate in the city. His start as a recruiter began at Eastern New Mexico University, including serving as a […]

Modern rummage sale historically rooted

By Shaun Banther Correspondent Portales school teacher Ashley Ray sums it up nicely: “You never know what you’re gonna find. People are always looking for nice stuff at a bargain.” That’s why area residents love to go garage saleing. Ray said she usually attends garage sales to find furniture and antiques. She believes low prices […]

Former police officer dies in accident

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com A former Portales police officer died Wednesday night in Portales after being struck by a vehicle while walking along the highway near her home. according to New Mexico State Police Capt. Matt Broom. Kandi Davis, 30, — formerly Kandi Garcia — was struck shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday on […]

Professors ride to fund student trip

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero

Eastern New Mexico University Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Mary Ayala races fellow professors Friday afternoon during the ENMU American Choir Directors Association Stages of Life Relay race at the Campus Union Building.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com With nothing but their pride on the line, Eastern New Mexico University professors took to their tricycles Friday afternoon for a fun fueled race to help choir students fund a trip to Carnegie Hall. Professors at ENMU were enlisted by American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) students to race in […]

Foreign students enjoyed time at university

Staff photo: Derek Major

Students wearing sashes to represent their native countries Friday at the International Graduation Ceremony.

By Derek Major STAFF WRITER dmajor@pntonline.com Jehmaine Brooks never heard of Portales until he got a scholarship offer to play soccer at ENMU. After four years he calls it his home. “I came here not knowing what Portales was at all, but I came on a soccer scholarship,” Brooks said. “If it wasn’t for Eastern […]

Texico woman pleads guilty

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com A Texico woman shot by police after allegedly trying to throw bleach in an officer’s face pleaded guilty Friday to third-degree felony assault, according to Assistant District Attorney Matt Andrasko. Andrasko said Lisa Salguero pled guilty to aggravated assault upon a police officer with a deadly weapon, charges stemming […]

Those who don’t want to drink, don’t have to drink

This thing about whether or not the folks in nearby Muleshoe will have alcohol sales in their town is soon coming up before the voters there. I always thought if you want a refreshing libation you ought to be able to get one somewhere. If you don’t like booze, don’t buy any. But life is […]

Dogs have us with just one glance

Somehow over the course of a few thousand years, dogs have managed to edge themselves into a pretty good spot when it comes to humans. While some species avoid or have altogether adversarial relationships with humans, dogs have managed to wiggle their way into human hearts to such an extent they are more often than […]

Curry County police blotter

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations April 16. • 12:21 a.m.: Failure to comply, 21st and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard • 2:14 a.m.: Fraud, 1400 block of north Norris Street. • 5:20 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 220 block of Hickory Street. […]