Police say man waved machete during theft

Staff report Clovis police arrested a man witnesses told them stole a shopping cart full of items Tuesday morning. Andrew Anderson, 24, was booked into the Curry County Detention Center on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to a release from the department: • At around 5:15 a.m., […]

Difference between disagreement, persecution lost on some

“You’re not going to believe what Tim Tebow was caught doing, and how it’s got liberals outraged.” This looks like click-bait. But why is it controversial … did he yell at the paparazzi, shoplift something, marry Kim Kardashian? I clicked, and there Tebow was, praying with coworkers on the set of the SEC Network before […]

Officials back increased funding to attact businesses

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com In an effort to spur job creation in New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez and the bipartisan legislative Jobs Council have recommended more money be put into a state closing fund in 2015 for economic development. The additional money in the fund could result in more incentive for business looking […]

ENMU Student Affairs vice president retiring

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Judith Haislett was recently honored at the Panhellenic Scholarship Tea as a Woman of Distinction and Influence.

By Desiree Cooper ENMU Communication Services Friday was Judith Haislett’s last unofficial day at Eastern New Mexico University’s Student Affairs office, where she was vice president for seven years. After leaving for Utah on Monday, she will return for a visit on Jan. 5 for her official last day. Haislett started her ENMU career on […]

Turkey to go

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Super Save deli manager Lamario Miles removes a baked turkey from the store’s bakery oven Thursday afternoon. Grocery stores in Portales and Clovis have prepared Thanksgiving meals to ease the holiday stress for area residents.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With Thanksgiving days away, local grocers are looking to help out those who don’t have the time to spend preparing a full Thanksgiving meal. Tim Russell, owner of Russell’s Super Save Discount Foods in Portales, said he has been selling complete Thanksgiving meals for more than 10 years, and […]

General touts program for autistic children

By Tom Philpott Military Digest More than 26,000 military families with autistic children are getting better TRICARE coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy and related services, which can improve a child’s development and quality of life. But a Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration that began a slow rollout in late October will still leave retirees […]

Honorary commanders tour base

Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi: U.S. Air Force photo

U.S. Air Force aircrew members with the 16th Special Operations Squadron describe the unique capabilities of the AC-130H Spectre gunship to honorary commanders Nov. 13 at Cannon Air Force Base. The 27th Special Operations Wing honorary command program is geared toward fostering military pride and local support from a broad group of surrounding community ambassadors.

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Community leaders from Clovis and Portales witnessed a variety of demonstrations from Air Commandos during an honorary commanders’ tour Nov. 13. “The idea is to give a taste of what happens at the 27th Special Operations Wing,” said Col. Heather Buono, 27th Special […]

ENMU briefs — Nov. 25

Student Life director honored Draco Miller, director of Student Life at Eastern New Mexico University, has been named National Advisor of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine. He was chosen among advisors from more than 4,000 institutions. This is the same organization that awarded the ENMU Associated Students Activities Board the 2014 Campus (Activities Program) […]

Macy’s Parade delightful tradition

By Sandy Field Local columnist While the turkey is cooking and I’m deviling the eggs Thursday morning, the TV will be tuned to the Macy’s Parade. The marching bands, the gorgeous floats and those amazing balloons, even the cheesy comments from the hosts … they’ve always been a part of my Thanksgiving. The first parade […]

Police blotter — Nov. 25

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Friday • 8:21 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries) 200 block South Knoxville Street • 11:20 a.m.: Theft report, address unknown • 1:45 p.m.: Shoplifting report, 600 block, East Second Street • 6:14 p.m.: Hit […]

To do list — Nov. 25

Today   Afterschool at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Wednesday Sleepytime stories — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library, for ages 0-3. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday Portales Community Outreach Thanksgiving dinner — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Memorial Building at Seventh and Abilene streets. Deliveries available to homebound only from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 […]

Officials concerned about road funding delays

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com It may not be the longest road, but as far as Curry County Commission Chairman Frank Blackburn is concerned, it’s taking way too long to get it built. Blackburn says he is frustrated by two years of delays in trying to finish paving a 1.5 mile shortcut used by […]

Question reminder of importance of knowing history

 By Kistana Dounglomchan Local columnist I had just finished briefing a group of first-term airman on the enlisted force structure, when I asked them if they had any questions. Most of them had a glazed-over look; an airman in the back row yawned. Hardly ever does someone raise their hand, so I was surprised when […]

Toy run produces about 40 toys, $300 in donations

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo: Los Reyes members drop off new toys into the Santa Cop donation box at the police department. Each toy run participant brought a new, unwrapped toy to be donated during Saturday’s event.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Los Reyes Motorcycle and Car Club and the Portales Police Department teamed up Saturday to bring Roosevelt County children a toy-filled Christmas this year. Bikers and car enthusiasts were invited to enter Saturday’s toy run for a fee and an unwrapped toy to donate. Participants were escorted by police […]

Medicaid supplement plans overwhelming local choice

By Steve Hansen Staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com The federal Affordable Care Act’s first-year enrollment figures for New Mexico show the Medicaid supplement plans have proven more popular than the state’s health care insurance exchange. In Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties, the Medicaid expansion program, Centennial Care, has signed up about 5,000 users; the New Mexico Health […]

Clovis Livestock Auction puts up 289 horses

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A yearling 
stallion waits his turn in a paddock at the Clovis Livestock Auction’s Winter Horse Sale on Saturday. The colt, nicknamed “Wreckin’ Ralph,” was one of 289 performance horses presented at the sale.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The day began with a prayer. “… Lord, this morning I would just like to thank you for the horse. Ain’t nobody else been able to build one of them. They’re pretty cool, and we get to be a part of it…” And then Steve Friskup, the horse sale […]

Farming harder than most think

  By: Baxter Black On the edge of common sense In the land of Nod a movement sprung up to build houses without the use of power tools. The advocates of organic construction (OC) supported the movement because it prohibited the recovery and use of the carbon coal and oil. To be OC, any lumber […]

Winter can be hard for livestock

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By: Lillian Bowe PNT columnist Winter weather for me means sweaters and a lot of coffee, but for my father and my uncle’s cattle ranch it means more work. The last snow was less than an inch, which did not worry my father as our horses and cattle could still reach the grass below the […]

Police mixed on ban

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Enforcing New Mexico’s statewide ban on distracted driving has become a priority for the Portales Police Department. But Clovis police say the ban is difficult to enforce and they’ve not issued any citations. On July 1, a law went into effect that makes it illegal to send or read […]

Supreme court agrees to hear judge arguments

Staff report The state supreme court will hear arguments Dec. 4 in a request for a writ that would prevent Tenth District Court Judge Albert Mitchell from staying on the bench after failing to be retained by voters in the Nov. 4 general election. The request was filed by a committee that advocated Mitchell’s ouster […]