Cannon airmen share mission with students

By Airman 1st Class Devin Boyer 17th Training Wing Public Affairs GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A CV-22 Osprey from Cannon Air Force Base landed Dec. 8 to provide intelligence students with an orientation on special operations missions and aircraft they may support after graduation. The CV-22 is a tilt rotor aircraft that resembles […]

To do list — Dec. 16

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Roosevelt Cunty Commission meeting — 9 a.m., L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. Infomation: 575-356-5307. • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662. • Chamber Christmas potluck — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the board room at […]

Hillcrest Zoo hosting Christmas Nites

KEVIN WILSON: Staff photo
Kevin Wilson: Staff photo
A decorative bow hangs on the cage of Sooner, the Hillcrest Park Zoo’s Bengal tiger. A tree next to Sooner’s cage is also adorned with ornaments for this week’s Christmas Nites at the Zoo. The event is expected to draw more than 1,500 people over the four nights.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com ’Twas the week before Christmas For Hillcrest Park’s zoo The statues were tasseled Gold, silver, pink, blue The lighting was hung On the fences with care With knowledge that hundreds Would soon visit there For the Clovis zoo staff, the eighth annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo feels far […]

Local briefs — Dec. 16

Fire truck purchase  on county agenda Roosevelt County commissioners are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. today at  the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. Topics on the agenda include department reports and the presentation of final plans of the Magistrate Court Construction Project. The discussion and possible authorization for the purchase of a fire truck for […]

Package to protect commissary operations being negotiated

By Tom Philpott Military Digest House and Senate conferees negotiating a package to fund the Department of Defense through September 2015 have protected commissary operations by restoring 90 percent of a planned $100 million cut. Once again lawmakers thwarted a cost-saving initiative targeting military compensation and endorsed by the Joint Chiefs as a way to […]

Dora school news — Dec. 16

Finals week Dora High School students will be taking their semester finals this week. Today, students will be taking finals in their second-, third-, and fourth-period classes. On Wednesday, finals will be given for fifth, sixth, and seventh periods. Thursday is the last day of the semester, and there will be an abbreviated high school […]

Police blotter — Dec. 16

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Friday • 8:01 a.m.: Criminal damage, 400 block East 18th Street • 4:20 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, address unknown • 8:48 p.m.: Hit and run, 700 block West Second Street • 9:07 p.m.: Civil matter, […]

Letter to the editor: Governor taking wrong approach on education

I listened with disbelief that Gov. Martinez is suggesting an obsolete and insulting management proposal to fix student achievement in New Mexico. Two of the fixes rely upon the old “carrot and stick” practices of the industrial age which imposed 1) benefits and threats on oppressed populations and 2) only provides material goods. First, she […]

Empty Stocking Fund — Family P

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family P • Household members: 5 • Children: 3 • Special circumstance: This mother suffers from epilepsy, and moved to New Mexico a year ago to help her brother. She is a single mother in her 20s with two […]

Commencement speaker shares five ‘points of light’

Dustin Seifert, director of the Eastern New Mexico University band, was commencement speaker at Saturday’s ENMU fall graduation ceremony. Here is the text of his speech: Thank you President Gamble for that very generous and mostly factual introduction. You are so kind and such a fantastic mentor to all of us who aspire careers housed […]

Doyle, you’ve spoiled us

By Sandy Fields Local columnist My niece from the big city loves to hear the tales from Portales. Living, driving, shopping among millions of people is such an amazing contrast to our little dot on the map. To her, I live in Mayberry. Yes, it’s true. Just like watching the ongoing competition between Aunt Bea […]

End of a journey

Derek Major: Staff photo
Brittany Lee Garner receives her bachelor’s degree in the College of Education on Saturday at ENMU’s commencement ceremony.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Jane Hammond had finally reached the end of her collegiate career after receiving her master’s degree in sports administration Saturday. She was ready to celebrate with her husband, Eastern New Mexico University Professor Bradford Hammond. “We have a bottle of wine at home, so we’ll have a couple glasses,” […]

Portales police chief talks department image, ‘spice’

Pat Gallegos

Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos has been on the job for about a year. Gallegos took over as interim chief in September 2013 after the resignation of Chief Doug Jones and was hired as the acting chief in December 2013. Gallegos has been working in law enforcement since 1998 and joined the Portales Police Department […]

Jury indicts Clovis man on first-degree murder

Staff report A Curry County grand jury indicted a Clovis man Friday on charges connected to the slaying of a Clovis mother. Matthew Jennings, 25, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the Nov. 9 stabbing death of 23-year-old Ariel Ulibarri. Jennings was in the Curry County jail on a […]

Police blotter — Dec. 14

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Thursday• 1:51 a.m.: Domestic report, 300 block South Avenue B • 1:55 a.m. Suspicious circumstances, 1600 block South Avenue C • 9:46 a.m.: Hit and run, 700 block West Second Street • 9:03 p.m.: Burglary […]

To do list — Dec. 14

Monday • Chamber Ambassador meeting — Noon, Chamber board room. Information: 575-356-8541. Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Chamber Christmas potluck — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the board room at the Chamber of Commerce. Information: 575-356-8541. • Chamber board meeting — 11:30 a.m., […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 14

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family O • Household members: 4 • Children: 3 • Special circumstance: This mother lost her job in July and her car broke down soon after. With limited mobility, she has been unable to find more work, and has […]

Committee of Fifty to put forth measures to be more transparent

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher I almost sound like I am at AA or something. My name is Robert Arrowsmith and I am a Committee of Fifty member. I am also on the image committee that was formed three months ago to work on the perceptions that are going on, not just in town, but on […]

Theft prevention

Joshua Lucero: Staff illustration
Local law enforcement agencies are urging residents to keep valuables and gifts out of sight while they perform their holiday shopping this Christmas season. Hiding valuables and locking doors help to limit the opportunities thieves have to steal from vehicles and homes.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@pntonline.com The holiday season is here and police are reminding area residents to be aware of holiday thieves. Portales Police Department Detective Charlie Smart said the December shopping season usually sees an increase in theft in the area. Smart said thefts often occur in vehicles that have valuable items visible through windows. […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 13

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family N • Household members: 6 • Children: 5 • Special circumstance: This single mother of five works at a Clovis homecare agency, but inconsistent hours make it difficult for her to provide for her family. Her boys are […]