Final application for water aid submitted

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com The final application is in the mail for $20 million in federal cash to help keep eastern New Mexico’s only source of drinking water — the Ogallala Aquifer — from being sucked dry. The application filed Sept. 30 by the New Mexico Ogallala Preservation and Conservation Initiative is toned […]

To do list — Oct. 24

Today • Veterans clinic — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 505-880-8737. • Free Consultations with attorneys — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Clovis Civic Center. Information: 575-763-3435. Saturday • Second annual 5K run/walk — 8 a.m. 5K and 8:15 a.m. 1K, Roosevelt General Hospital. Information: 575-226-6669. • Fourth annual RGH fair […]

Ongoing study focuses on job creation

Steve Hansen: Staff photo
From left, Tucumcari MainStreet director Gail Houser, Raymond Mondragon of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments (EPCOG), and state Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan, join EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey in conversation at a workshop for the Legislative Jobs Council in Tucumcari.  The workshop was held Tuesday and Wednesday in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer TUCUMCARI — Job creation in eastern and northern New Mexico is hampered by lack of access to capital, workforce skills, lack of community leadership and business building inventories. Those were consensus conclusions in a day-and-a-half workshop in Tucumcari held Tuesday and Wednesday. The meeting gathered government and business leaders from […]

Area would get more than half million from bond

Staff report Senior citizen centers in Curry, De Baca and Roosevelt counties would receive more than a half-million dollars in state funding, mostly for meals equipment and to purchase and or equip vehicles, if General Obligation Bond A is passed. The local funding is part of a $17 million package that provides capital outlay funding […]

Police blotter — Oct. 23

Police blotter The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Tuesday • 8:09 a.m.: Hit and run, 2100 block Santa Clara Court • 11:50 a.m.: Fraud, 100 block South Abilene Avenue • 1:25 p.m.: Trespass report, 1000 block West 14th Lane • 9:26 […]

To do list — Oct. 23

Today • Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 10 a.m., Texico City Fire Station. Information: 575-769-7828. • Tween program — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Movable Mummy. Information: 575-356-3940. • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Fairytale Fun. Information: 575-356-3940. Friday • Veterans clinic — 9 a.m. to […]

County unemployment drops for September

Staff report New Mexico added 6,400 jobs from September 2013 to September 2014, according to the Department of Workforce Solutions’ September employment report, the largest all-industry increase in 13 months. The figures are for nonfarm payroll employment. During that same time frame, Roosevelt County’s workforce dropped by 241 — from 8,994 in 2013 to 8,753 […]

ENMU to host atlatl contest at Blackwater Draw

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University is hosting the 14th annual atlatl competition on Saturday at the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site on N.M. 467. The event is being sponsored by the Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark and the Mu Alpha Nu anthropology club. The gates open and practice begins at 9 […]

Contest would make Clovis Man chuckle

By Betty Williamson Local columnist With the 14th annual atlatl competition coming up Saturday at the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site, I called George Crawford, the long-time director of the site on Highway 467 between Portales and Clovis, to see if I have what it takes to be a contender. Crawford said the atlatl (a tool […]

First Baptist hires child ministry director

Staff report Sara Keller has been hired as the director of Children’s Ministries at First Baptist Church in Portales, according to a news release from the church. She will start her job at the church Dec. 7. According to the release: • Keller comes from Albuquerque, where she attended the University of New Mexico and […]

Officials: FBI investigating excessive force case

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Allegations of excessive force against Clovis police Officer Brent Aguilar are now being investigated by the FBI, according to city officials. Police Chief Steve Sanders and City Manager Joe Thomas confirmed an FBI agent recently requested the investigative file on Aguilar’s controversial take down of Jorge Corona in August. […]

NM fishing report — Oct. 23

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Charette Lakes: We had no reports from […]

Downtown returning to normal

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Traffic flows under the new fully-operational stoplights at the Main Avenue intersections of 1st and 2nd streets. Portales residents are glad the road construction on U.S. 70 has been substantially completed after 28 months.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Perla Nunez is relieved that the long overdue street construction through the heart of Portales is substantially finished after more than two years. “I’m glad they’re finally done,” said Nunez, a salesperson at Prestige Carpet on South Avenue A. “It looks a lot cleaner now. The lights are working. […]

Sheriff candidates talk concerns, needed improvements

Three candidates are seeking to win the Nov. 4 election to become Roosevelt County sheriff. Running for the position is Democrat Charles Perez, a former New Mexico Army National Guard member and current senior patrolman with the Eastern New Mexico University Police Department, Republican Malin Parker, who has served as chief deputy sheriff in the […]

‘Airbender’ an intense cartoon

By Lillian Bowe Staff columnist I love cartoons. There I said it. You may think it’s childish or stupid, but you just have not watched “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” This cartoon has nothing to do with the movie about the blue aliens, but it is an intricate and amazing story that made me want to […]

To do list — Oct. 22

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Fairytale Fun. Information: 575-356-3940. • Teen program — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Wii Wednesday. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority — 10 a.m., Texico City Fire Station. Information: 505-275-0022. • Tween program — 4:30 p.m., Portales […]

Police blotter — Oct. 22

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 2:48 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 800 block South Avenue B . • 9:12 a.m.: Criminal damage, 400 block South Avenue Road U. • 9:31 a.m.: Hit and run, 400 block East 18th Street. […]

RGH proactive against Ebola

Staff report Roosevelt General Hospital will now be pre-screening for Ebola outside of its facility, according to a news release issued Tuesday afternoon. Patients and RGH visitors arriving at the hospital and clinic will be asked a series of questions regarding symptoms of Ebola disease, according to the release. “These measures are being taken in […]

Family, friends open donation account for shop owner devastated by fire

Staff report Friends and family of Earl Woods started a bank account at Wells Fargo to make donations after Woods’ garage burned down last week. Woods’ granddaughter Elaine Nettles started the bank account a few days after the fire. “I put the information on Facebook and people messaged me and said they wanted to give […]

Honor rolls — Oct. 22

Dora Municipal Schools A honor roll Seventh grade Lydia Barron Kaitlyn Kircher Allie Luscombe Freshman Lance Fletcher Savannah Kircher Sophomore Isaac Carrasco Shaelei Payne Charlyn Simpson Junior Jaecy Banther Levi Bickham Kaly Cone Lindsey Fletcher Brittany Kanmore Sam McConnell Dalton Privett Senior Christian Gruis Jake Nations A/B honor roll Seventh grade Austen Jones Hunter Jones Alyssa […]