Police blotter — Aug. 26

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday 12:35 a.m.: Noise disturbance, 1500 block of South Avenue H. 12:42 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, Eighth Street and Avenue A. 1:39 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, New Mexico 206 and Roosevelt Road 7. 5:38 a.m.: […]

Events calendar — Aug. 24

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598 Food Distribution — 1 p.m., Memorial Building. The distribution is open to those living in Portales who qualify by income. New clients will be asked to fill out an income eligibility form. Information: 575-763-6130 Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598 Tuesday […]

Deeply rooted

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KENW Director of Broadcasting Duane Ryan with the KENW staff in the 1970s. Ryan said more than half of his staff stayed with the station for 25 years. The  station’s roots go back to 1967, prior to reaching PBS status.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Duane Ryan came to Portales six decades ago with a vision to start a radio and television program from the ground up. KENW was born as a public broadcasting station 40 years ago, but Ryan, the station’s director of broadcasting, said there were challenges along the way. KENW broadcasts […]

Police blotter — Aug. 24

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Caller reported: Thursday • 1:34 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, 500 block of Sheldon Street. • 3:42 a.m.: Request to remove subject, 1100 block of Ross Street. • 4:54 a.m.: Missing person, 1400 block of West […]

Youngsters grab share of fair action

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These boys know it’s all about horse power as they compete Saturday in the stick horse race at the Roosevelt County Fair.

Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Future cowboys and cowgirls had their day in the center of the Pavilion on Saturday at the Roosevelt County Fair, racing stick horses, chasing down a goat and even rooting for turtles in a race. “These events are designed to give the younger children their time in the spotlight at […]

Firefighters put twist on ice bucket challenge

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Portales firefighters raised $280 for a Roswell girl battling leukemia.

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Fifteen members of the Portales Fire Department endured a different version of the ice bucket challenge Saturday morning, this one to raise money for a fellow firefighter’s daughter who is battling leukemia. “It was cold but well worth it to help out one of our own,” said Lance Hill, […]

Livestock sale night

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Kasyn Creighton of Elida 4-H/FFA shows her grand champion pig during the Roosevelt County Fair junior livestock sale. Creighton’s pig sold for $4,000, and received a $200 sponsor add-on.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com Sheltering the grand champion meat pen rabbits from the brief, heavy rain on Friday, Ethan Friend waited for his time to get in the sale ring at the Roosevelt County Fair. Dottie, Tt and Brandy, his three rabbits, snuggled up in their basket and made a cute trio when he walked […]

Animals have entered selfie craze

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist’ Goofy grins, sultry eyes, sweet smiles, pensive stares … everywhere you turn, they are all the rage. The “selfie” works a lot like playing in a mirror, capturing and immortalizing those fractional moments of self-perspective that in days of old were rarely documented. A phenomenon with ever-evolving social ramifications, thanks […]

Airman’s identity released

Staff report The man found dead Thursday in his Cannon Air Force Base home has been identified as Senior Airman Christian Barreto, a sensor operator with the 3rd Special Operations Squadron. Cannon officials did not provide any additional information on Friday, but Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said it’s his understanding the death is not […]

Thoughts on alternative history

By Grant McGee Local columnist Do you like to think about “what ifs”? I do. I was thinking about this while out driving one afternoon with The Lady of the House. I said to her, “You know alternative historians speculate that Utah could’ve gone on to be a nation on its own.” “Who said what?” […]

Convicted murderer gets life

By Vanessa Kahin vkahin@cnjonline.com Daniel Murrell III, who was convicted of first-degree murder by a Curry County grand jury on Aug. 7, was sentenced to life in prison plus 31 years Friday afternoon. The murder conviction stems from a Jan. 4, 2013, mugging, in which Murrell, 25, of Clovis, beat 61-year-old Joe Garcia, also of […]

Pages past — Aug. 23

On this date … 1964: Clovis city officials announced the Hull-Brady bypass was open to traffic and the final phase of construction would begin in about a week. The final phase consisted of placing “asphalt concrete” on the road, according to project supervisor Joe Nail. 1957: A 12-year-old Clovis boy picked up for taking a […]

Ram Band Booster Club volunteers

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Battling 93-degree heat for three hours is the price Suzi Webb pays to help out the Ram Band Booster Club, Armed with an air conditioner and some water, Webb and fellow club […]

Creativity kills the snake

By Audra Brown Local columnist Some of the most interesting stories you’ll hear told over a stiff cup of coffee are concerning the many and varied encounters a person has had with a rattlesnake. The first thing you need to understand about rattlers, is that there are plenty of ‘em and being aware of that, folks […]

Airman found dead at home on base

Staff report A Cannon Air Force Base airman was found dead in base housing early Thursday, a news release from Cannon reported. The airman’s name was being withheld until 24 hours after family has been notified, the release said. The body was found about 8 a.m. Capt. Neil Samson, with Cannon public affairs, said he […]

Events calendar — Aug. 22

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Roosevelt County Fair — 8 a.m. to midnight, Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Information: 575-356-4417. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Get Fit — 6 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Junior Livestock Sale — 6:30 p.m., Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Information: 575-356-4417. Saturday […]

5 things to know about animal rescue

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Wendy Turner, founder of Wendy Saves Dogs and secretary of Health and Human Services at Eastern New Mexico University, plays with a recent rescue she and her mother took in from Dallas. Turner said the number of animals in need of rescue could be cut significantly if more people had their pets spayed and neutered.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com Animals young and old are in need of rescue across Roosevelt and Curry counties according to local animal rescue organizations. Reasons for rescue can range from families that have to give up pets because of a move to animals that are neglected or injured. Local representatives from Hope Defined […]

Police blotter — Aug. 22

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:08 a.m.: Animal complaint, location unknown. • 5:21 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 300 block of East 17th Street. • 7:19 a.m.: Information report, 600 block of South Avenue A. • 7:22 a.m.: Animal complaint, 400 block of South Roosevelt Road V. • 7:47 a.m.: Traffic […]

Aquifer preservation initiative supported

By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter vkahin@cnjonline.com Members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority agreed to support Clovis Mayor David Lansford’s initiative aimed to help conserve the Ogallala Aquifer in New Mexico during a regular meeting Thursday morning at the Clovis-Carver Library’s North Annex. Lansford has discussed the New Mexico Ogallala Preservation and Conservation […]

Goat show success

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First-place winners of Wednesday’s goat shows wait for the judge to announce grand champion and grand reserve champion winners. Kynzi Creighton, second from right, won both titles. More photos on page 3.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com For 16-year-old Kynzi Creighton, staying on top is harder than getting there, but it’s a challenge she’s willing to accept. The junior from Elida reigned supreme at Wednesday’s Roosevelt County Fair Goat Show, winning grand champion, a step up from last year when she won reserve grand champion. Another […]