Police blotter

The following are a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 3:33 p.m.: Verbal domestic, 1000 block of West 18th Street • 4:16 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, 1000 block of West Second Street • 4:53 p.m.: Burglary, 1000 block of West 18th Street • 5:03 […]

Ag feeling the heat

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Fire and agricultural risks are expected to increase in the near future due to a consistently hot summer, according to Roosevelt County fire officials and local farmers. “It looks like at this point there will be a lower chance of precipitation,” said New Mexico National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark […]

Grant funds police ‘super blitz’

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Local law enforcement is cracking down on traffic violations in the summer months with a state grant program. The Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office have been pulling over more people and issuing more tickets in a “super blitz,” according to police officials. Lt. Chris Williams of […]

Boswell: We’ll grow up someday

I often find myself admiring the minds of those in the science fiction realm. When you really stop to think about it, those who create science fiction ages, realms, worlds, etc., are not only creative thinkers, but they are possibly the most innovative and inspiring thinkers in regards to mankind. When I went to a […]

To do list — July 17

Monday • Get Your Game On — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Games: Fan favorites. Information: 575-356-3940 • National Car Collector Show — 7 p.m. at courthouse square. Admission: Free. Information: 575-693-2511 Tuesday • Full STEAM Ahead — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades 2-6. Activity: Newton’s cradle. Information: […]

Pages past — July 17

On this date … 1961: A deposit bag containing about $7,000 in cash and checks was “either lost or stolen,” Clovis police said. An employee of Wayne Wallace Motor Co. told police the money was either grabbed from under her arm or picked up when she laid it down in a store. The employee said […]

Print edition missing pages

To our readers: Today’s print editions of the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune are missing pages 5A, 6A, 5B and 6B. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will publish most of that content in Sunday’s print editions, and all of the content is available now on our ePaper online. To access the ePaper, go […]

Roping and wrangling

7-16 Kyan Wilhite

By Douglas Clark STAFF WRITER dclark@cnjonline.com A chance encounter with a rope and a bucket helped to craft a Clovis child’s love for all things rodeo. “One day I just found an old rope and started roping a tin can bucket,” said Kyan Wilhite, who is competing in the goat tying and ribbon roping events […]

Pence wins Trump’s vote

By Julie Pace and Brian Slodysko The Associated Press WASHINGTON — After frenzied, final decision-making, Donald Trump announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate Friday, adding an experienced politician with deep Washington connections to the Republican presidential ticket. Trump’s pick was aimed in part at easing some Republicans’ concerns about his temperament and […]

‘Pokemon Go’ give economy a boost

Staff photo: Anna George
Pokemon Go players gather at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Portales courthouse to battle the Pokemon Gym leaders and access the Pokestops at the county courthouse.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com As the app sensation “Pokemon Go” sweeps the nation, it appears to be benefiting local economy while giving local police officers a headache. The game uses GPS signal to allow people to virtually catch Pokemon — creatures from a Japanese television show that was also turned into a manga […]

Heavy rains, thunderstorm hit Clovis

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico residents got a short respite from week’s relentless heat on Friday, but even that came with its own mix of problems. Amid a week of triple-digit temperatures, Clovis was hammered with about a half hour of hard rains. According to KVII’s Schoolnet, Clovis received .44 inches as of 8 p.m., […]

Berry: No quick store runs for me

A few days ago I had to take a quick run to the store to pick up a couple of items forgotten on the previous trip. Since I just needed a couple of items I just ran to the local big box because it is closest to my house. It was the middle of the […]

Johnson: Goats increasingly popular pets

There is little doubt that the Internet — viral videos and memes to be specific — has helped with their gain in popularity and reputation as a downright cute critter. After all, it’s pretty hard to resist an adorable bouncing baby Pygmy goat. The reality is, however, not only is the relationship between goats and […]

Pages past — July 16

On this date … 1971: The service station at First and Prince in Clovis was robbed at gunpoint shortly after midnight. Police reports showed the bandit took $206. Police said the robber carried a small caliber pistol. Station attendant Michael Walters, who was not injured, said the man fled on foot toward the Santa Fe […]

Officials: Assistance applications altered

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com A state agency has fallen under scrutiny for the way it handles its food stamp program, according to state officials. The New Mexico Health Services Department Income Support Division has been improperly processing and altering applications for its emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), officials charge. According to New […]

Brown: High plains are plain plains

There’s a terrain that runs through this part of the world and guess what? It’s flat. There just ain’t much other way to describe it. It’s a pretty plain plain. I’m personally quite fond of open country. Born a flatlander, I get a little claustrophobic when I can’t see the curve of the earth by […]

Rodriguez: Focus on prevention, not contention

Growing up in north Portales, as kids we called police “pigs.” If we were at Grandma Chaya’s house in Lubbock, they were “chotas,” slang for police. I’m not proud of this, but it was what I ignorantly picked up in the 1970s growing up after the civil rights movement. My mom worked for Community Action […]

To do list — July 15

Today • Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m. at the library for all ages. Movie: Cinderella. Information: 575-356-3940 • Leadership Portales sign-up deadline — 5 p.m. at Roosevelt County Chamber at 100 Avenue A. Fee: $400. Information: 575-356-8541 Monday • Get Your Game On — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Games: Fan […]

Meetings watch — July 15

Portales City Council The following were actions taken at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in the Memorial Building: • Mayor Sharon King and City Manager Sammy Standefer presented City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry with an award pin for 35 years of service, along with a bouquet of flowers. The vase that contained the flowers was […]

Former jail kitchen manager booked for battery

STAFF REPORT A Portales man was arrested and booked into the Roosevelt County Detention Center this week for the alleged battery of two jail inmates. Andy Pena, 36, was contracted as the jail’s kitchen manager, according to an arrest affidavit obtained Thursday. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at the detention center on […]