Turquoise Health closing

By Aubry Buzek and Thomas Garcia Staff writers Turquoise Health and Wellness “cannot stand on its own” when Lifewell ceases operations with them March 31, according to an email sent to CNJ from Matt Kennicott, the director of external affairs for the New Mexico Human Services Department. Turquoise, a behavioral health agency treating Medicaid patients […]

To do list — Jan. 21

Today • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Saturday • Special food distribution — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Central Christian Church, 1528 S. Main St. Eligibility form required. Information: […]

My answer to sales quotas is the wild goose chase

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer When they push, I’ve pushed back. Well, not literally in either case. I’ll go to a clothing store, and a few of the clerks are instantly on me. They say, “What can I help you find?” when they really mean, “How can you help me hit my sales quota?” “I […]

Honor roll — Jan. 21

Portales Municipal Schools Second nine weeks Third grade A honor roll Alondra Acosta Dakota Chay Amann Alys Yareth Aniles Hermosillo Cyrus Exodus Alexander Aragon Bentleigh Banister Kaylynn Grace Belew Derek Jay Bowers Savanna Lynn Bricker Lacee Ryan Brooks Brendan Xavier Casey Sanjana Chava Lorena Lyzbett Fernandez Edel Fortanel Matthew G. Garcia Daena Sofia Gonzales Chandler […]

Portales residents celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

Joshua Lucero: staff photo

Students from Eastern New Mexico University’s Multicultural Affairs carry a banner celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015 in front of the Roosevelt County Courthouse Monday evening during the MLK Day march.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com For Portales records keeper Ted Sharpe, the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration was informative and enjoyable. The city of Portales and Eastern New Mexico University joined forces Monday evening to celebrate King and his legacy with a symbolic march and a program that aimed to inform as […]

Event coordinator talks about his hero

Robert Graham, ENMU Alumni events coordinator

Robert Graham, one of the coordinators for the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration held at Eastern New Mexico University Monday, has a deep passion for the leader of the civil rights movement and the message he tried to teach. Graham, who attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, the same college King attended, said having MLK […]

27th SOW change of command

27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Wing is scheduled to hold its change of command ceremony Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. in Hangar 4605. Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, Commander Air Force Special Operations Command, will preside over the ceremony where Col. Tony Bauernfeind, 27th SOW commander, will relinquish command to Col. […]

One man fought for all veterans

Retired Air Force Reserve Maj. Wes Carter almost didn’t travel to Washington D.C. this month where, to his surprise, he heard an independent panel of scientists verify what he had dogged the Air Force and Department of Veterans Affairs about for almost four years. The Institute of Medicine said Carter and up to 2,100 other […]

Be careful with what you hear

For several years now, I’ve been part of a Bible study group with a unique plan. We choose a theme, then we each bring a passage of Scripture to share and discuss. This week our topic is “birds.” So many times, the first passage I come across is the one I end up using, and […]

Dora school news

Progress reports Students will receive progress reports today to take home to their parents. These reports reflect academic progress for the first three weeks of the third grading period. Basketball • Today — Floyd hosts Dora junior high, junior varsity and varsity teams, 3 p.m. • Thursday — Dora junior varsity hosts Texico C teams, […]

Jail Log

Jail log As of 7 a.m. Monday Released in the past 24 hours: • Derek Hunter, 22, released for time served Booked in the past 24 hours: • Jason Adams, 41, embezzlement of a motor vehicle • Anastasia Lynn Howell, 38, bench warrant • Carolina Gonzales Ornelas, 31, bench warrant, fugitive from justice • Oracio […]

To Do List

Today • City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012. • Chamber board meeting — 11:30 a.m., Yam Theatre. Information: 575-356-5354. • Food storage classes — 7 p.m., LDS Church, 1913 South Ave. G, in Portales. This month’s topic is “fusion cooking.” Information: 359-1483. Wednesday • Preschool Storytime — […]

City, college team up

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Eastern New Mexico University Alumni Events Coordinator Robert Graham puts up posters on campus Thursday in preparation for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Monday.  The celebration begins with a symbolic march from the Courthouse to Buchanan Hall at ENMU.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University and the city of Portales are teaming up to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday afternoon. The annual celebration begins with a symbolic march from the Courthouse on the square to Buchanan Hall at the ENMU campus, according to ENMU Alumni Events Coordinator […]

Detention center operations under increased scrutiny

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A guard at the Roosevelt County Detention Center works the main security room Tuesday. The facility has 36 cameras, which all can be viewed from this room.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com When Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova went through his first walk-through of the facility after being hired in 2010, one thing stood out to him. “The first thing I noticed was that they had butcher knives in the kitchen and there was no accountability for them,” said […]

New county manager talks budget, legislature

Amber Hamilton

Editor’s note: Amber Hamilton became Roosevelt County manager late last year. We asked her about pressing issues: What has been most surprising for you as a new county manager? What did you not expect? This is a great question, and honestly, I think it’s been most surprising to learn the vast responsibilities of the county. […]

To do list — Jan. 18

Monday • MLK march and program — 5 p.m. march starts at Portales courthouse. 6 p.m. program starts at Buchanan Hall at Eastern New Mexico University. Information: 575-356-8541. • Chamber Ambassador meeting — noon, chamber board room. Information: 575-356-5354. • La Escalera Art Guild meeting — 6:30 p.m., Roosevelt County Electric Coop, Hospitality Room 121, […]

Police blotter — Jan. 18

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 12:18 a.m.: Warrant service, 100 block Airport Road • 4:59 p.m.: verbal domestic, 2300 block San Juan Court • 5:50 p.m.: Domestic report, 1800 block South Avenue I • 10:53 p.m.: Narcotics in […]

On the shelves — Jan. 18

The following books are available for checkout at: Portales Public Library The Third Target by Joel C. Rosenberg J.B. Collins, foreign correspondent for the New York Times, already knows that al-Qaeda factions are planning on taking down the governments in both Iraq and Syria, but when he hears from one of his sources that ISIS […]

Taking advantage

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Local rancher Shannon Kizer fills his truck
Friday afternoon in Portales. Residents
say with gas prices in the area falling under
$2 they have been able to use the extra money saved to go towards traveling and food.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For many Roosevelt and Curry County residents, a drop in gas prices means more money for food and travel. Gas prices declined dramatically during November and December, causing the largest decline in the energy index since 2008, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of […]

Getting medical help from our furry friends

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies When the days are shorter, the dark is longer and it’s cold outside, avoiding the whole shebang seems like it would be the best thing in the world. It’s easy to see how it would be great to find a nice cozy nook to hide in, hunker down […]