Hopefully your number won’t be up too soon

By Grant McGee Local columnist Did you ever hear that saying, “Well I guess their number wasn’t up”? I can remember the first time I heard the phrase. I was just a kid. My mom and dad were getting ready to go on another trip. They were always going on trips. They’d go to a […]

Pages Past — Aug. 30

On this date … 1967: Poor Boy’s Butcher Shop, at 801 Prince in Clovis, offered 4 pounds of fresh, lean hamburger for $1, in a Labor Day weekend sale. And the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. was promoting a new way to enjoy its products — in no-deposit, no-return bottles. 1955: Around 500 hands were at work […]

Prep football scoreboard — Aug. 29

Las Vegas Robertson 23, Portales 20 Muleshoe 48, Levelland 46 Farwell 24, Panhandle 14 Santa Rosa 25, Texico 12 Bovina 40, Plains 0 Melrose 50, Mescalaro 0

Home team pride

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The Portales High School Rams prepare for the football 
season wearing the school’s signature red and black colors during their Tuesday afternoon practice. Local high school football fans will be able to cheer on their hometown teams  beginning  Friday.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Two things come to mind when Michael Doerr thinks about high school football in Roosevelt County: pride and unity. “People align themselves with the team and feel like they are a part of it. It creates a sense of unity,” Doerr said. Portales Rams fans will have to travel […]

Student population holds steady

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Portales schools’ student population has been gradually declining the past four years, but officials said it’s holding steady so far this year. Wednesday saw 2,816 students on the roster, compared to 2,804 at the end of last year. Superintendent Johnnie Cain said he is pleased with the overall increase, […]

No time for those pesky varmints

By Audra Brown Local columnist Plowing, planting, branding, weaning, harvesting, herding. Agriculture keeps you plenty busy, but you might not believe how much time is spent on pest control. Fact is, there’s never enough time for this particular duty. It’s almost as never-ending as building fence. On the lower end of the size-spectrum and the […]

Holiday closures

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday: • J.P. Stone Community Bank • U.S. Bank • Wells Fargo Bank • New Mexico Bank & Trust • First Financial Credit Union • Western Bank of Portales • City of Portales offices • Portales Public Library […]

To do list — Aug. 29

Today Fifth Friday — Entertainment on the square downtown. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Information: 575-607-9261 Me, Myself & I — The national self portrait show is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Runnells Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Information: Call Bryan Hahn at 575-562-2778. Saturday Biggest Catfish […]

Police blotter — Aug. 29

Tuesday • 12:39 a.m.: Civil matter, 200 block of East Seventh Street. • 1:05 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1400 block of South Main Avenue. • 2:06 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2000 block of South Avenue I. • 7:12 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1800 block of South Roosevelt Road 7. • 9:10 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 200 block of South […]

Heard that before

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Drivers take a detour Wednesday afternoon while construction crews prepare to reopen the outside lane of West Second Street. The construction, which has taken nearly 27 months to complete, is said to be wrapping up in about two weeks, but a few business owners are skeptical of the expected completion date.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Chuck Abbott is aware the road construction through the heart of Portales is supposedly coming to an end. He remains skeptical. “They (Constructors Inc. officials) have been saying it would be done time after time,” said Abbott, who owns Big League Sports on the Portales square. “They don’t seem […]

Fairly good numbers

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Fair goers walk through the Roosevelt County Fair’s south entrance during the third day of the fair. According to officials, 2014 fair attendance was up 28 percent compared to 2010.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Statistics don’t lie. The Roosevelt County Fair has grown more popular for the fifth straight year. Numbers released Wed-nesday show the 2014 fair saw 28 percent more people pass through its gates than in 2010. About 1,600 people were on hand for the fair’s finale on Saturday, boosting the […]

Today’s technology confusing

By Betty Williamson Local columnist I clearly remember the first cell phone I ever saw, sometime in the 1980s, strapped securely on the belt of a friend. It was huge by modern standards — about the size and weight of a brick, with an antenna as big as a pencil. To demonstrate this wonder, from […]

Chief: Military vehicle earns keep

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com One of the first things Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders did when his department got a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, from the Department of Defense, was to make it look less like a military vehicle. “It’s unfortunate that it’s a big monstrosity,” said Sanders. “We tried to […]

Saved from vending machine

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist It’s rumored our vending machine at work immigrated from an Eastern Bloc country to the United States sometime after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s also rumored the manufactured label reads: Made in the Motherland. And judging by the machine’s behavior, I’m inclined to believe these rumors are true. Every […]

Police blotter — Aug. 28

Tuesday • 12:39 a.m.: Civil matter, 200 block of East Seventh Street. • 1:05 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1400 block of South Main Avenue. • 2:06 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2000 block of South Avenue I. • 7:12 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1800 block of South Roosevelt Road 7. • 9:10 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 200 block of South […]

To do list

Friday Fifth Friday — Entertainment on the square downtown. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Information: 575-607-9261 Me, Myself & I — The national self portrait show is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Runnells Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Information: Call Bryan Hahn at 575-562-2778. Saturday Biggest Catfish […]

Road to happiness

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Advanced Concrete’s Robert Lane, 22, readies concrete for sealing Tuesday afternoon as part of the U.S. 70 highway reconstruction project. 
Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann said he expects all four lanes to be open in a couple of weeks.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Twenty-seven months after it began, the U.S. 70 reconstruction project is coming to a close. The project, which began in May 2012, is expected to have the finishing touches completed over the next two weeks, Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann said. Guldemann said traffic will be switched onto the […]

Melrose rallies to aid clinic

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The Melrose Health Clinic’s roof was torn off and its offices flooded on Aug. 15. Community members helped remove equipment and supplies. The clinic is being operated out of temporary offices at Melrose City Hall and the Church of Christ fellowship hall.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com When the roof of the Melrose Health Clinic was blown away by a storm on Aug. 15, the clinic started to flood, leaving equipment in danger of damage. Joy Garner, the clinic’s administrator who lives in Clovis, got a call about the damage and rushed to Melrose. When she […]

Excited about new Doctor

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer I have dealt with a lot of changes recently. My office has changed and I have a new Doctor. No, I’m not talking about a medical doctor, but Doctor from the sci-fi show “Doctor Who.” For those who do not watch the show, it’s about a time traveling alien named […]

To do list

Friday Fifth Friday — Entertainment on the square downtown. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Information: 575-607-9261 Me, Myself & I — The national self portrait show is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Runnells Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Information: Call Bryan Hahn at 575-562-2778. Saturday Biggest Catfish […]