Late rains negatively affect crops

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Recent rains have been good for Roosevelt and Curry counties, but the lateness of it has caused quality issues for some crops. Roosevelt County farmer Rick Ledbetter said the rain in September caused delays in harvesting corn, but had no effect on the quality of the corn. His other […]

‘Kash for Karen’ campaign aids West Nile victim

ENMU media relations A campaign has been started to raise funds to help Eastern New Mexico University athletics administrative assistant Karen Doherty and her family with medical expenses, according to athletics director Jeff Geiser. Doherty has been in the hospital and doing physical therapy since contracting West Nile Virus in September, according to a news […]

Drivers abiding by texting and driving law

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com On July 1, New Mexico passed the law that bans texting while driving and for the Portales Police Department they have only given out a few citations. Portales Chief of Police Pat Gallegos said the way the statute is worded it is hard to specifically cite a driver with […]

Dedication has rewards

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Dustin Seifert, Eastern New Mexico University band director and New Mexico Music Educators Association Music Educator of the Year 2015 winner, leads the Greyhound Sound marching band Saturday Sept. 27 during ENMU’s homecoming parade.

Eastern New Mexico University Music Department Chair Dustin Seifert’s work educating musicians at Eastern for more than 13 years has not gone unnoticed. Seifert is the 2015 recipient of the New Mexico Music Educators Association’s Music Educator of the Year Award. The Music Educator of the Year Award is based on nominations from NMMEA members. […]

Zias start reading program

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University Zias senior forward Tori Tucker knows that being part of the team is about more than just basketball. It’s also about helping the community that looks up to you grow. “It’s fun to go out in the community and help. It’s fun to inspire people […]

Health centers offering flu vaccinations

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com With flu season right around the corner, several health care centers in the area are offering flu shots. Dr. Napoleon Manian, a pharmacist at WalMart in Portales, said the flu shot vaccine has just arrived. “We just got them in and we’re getting everything together. We’ll be giving them […]

Morning dog walk turned up big surprise

By Betty Williamson Local columnist I never know what might turn up on my morning walks, but Tuesday morning I had a bigger surprise than usual. A white dot shining in the western sky caught my eye almost immediately. My first thought was that it was a weather balloon — or, more officially, a high […]

Boutique Air daily passengers up 19 percent

Staff report In the second full month of service for Boutique Air, passenger numbers have again risen from the prior month. According to a report sent by Interim Airport Director Cody Mills, Boutique completed all 156 flights it scheduled for September, with a total of 658 passengers. That is up from the August totals, where […]

To do list — Oct. 9

Today • Pancake breakfast — 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., Memorial Building. Breakfast cost $5. Information: 575-356-4404. • Celebrate your heritage — 2 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Sandia Room. The talk is a part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Information: 575-562-2451 • Tween program — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Foam Stamping. Information: […]

Jail log — Oct. 9

The following is a list of citizens who were either booked or released through the Roosevelt Country Detention Center. As of 7 a.m. Wednesday: Inmates booked: 3 • Male, 38, bench warrant • Male, 46, bench warrant • Female, 32, probation violation Inmates released: 2 • Two released on bond • One released on court […]

Food bank hosts special food distribution

Staff report The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico will host a special distribution from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at Central Christian Church, 1528 S. Main St. in Portales. Distribution is open to qualified individuals living in the Portales area who are not being served through any other mobile food distribution site. […]

Staff sergeant shares wisdom before base change

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist Staff Sgt. Steven Colley’s first assignment was Cannon Air Force Base. He enlisted in the Air Force out of Bristol, Tennessee, in 2010 as an aerospace propulsion apprentice. After working for three years and seven months on the flight line, he was selected to take over as the First Term […]

Roosevelt County sample ballot — Oct. 9

Here are candidates and issues on the general election ballot. Absentee voting runs through Oct. 31. Early voting is Oct. 18 through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 4. Information: Roosevelt County clerk’s office at 575-356-8562. U.S. Senator • Allen E. Weh, R • Tom Udall, D U.S. Representative District 2 • Steve Pearce, R […]

Housing market down

Staff report The housing market in Portales took a hard downturn in the 2013-2014 fiscal year, according to building permit numbers reported at Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting. After issuing an average of 50 building permits a year for new single-family and multi-family dwellings in fiscal years 2009-2010 to 2012-2013, the total dropped to 20 […]

Police blotter — Oct. 8

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 12:08 a.m.: Criminal damage, 800 block West 2nd Street • 5:05 a.m.: Burglary report, 1800 block West 2nd Street • 9:35 a.m.: Vehicle theft report, 1600 block East Elbe Street • 10:30 a.m.: Warrant service, […]

To do list — Oct. 8

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Hot, sweet and spicy churro eating contest — noon, Eastern New Mexico University’s cafeteria. The contest is a part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Information: 575-562-2451. • Fall jazz concert — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall. Admission is free. Information: […]

Burrs bigger threat to me than ebola

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist We’ve got a visitor from another country. You get daily reminders of its presence. The reminders seem to grow daily. And lest you forget, reminders are painful. Ebola? Heck no, I’m talking about goatheads. Let’s talk scientifically about tribulus terrestris — yes, it even sounds like a jerk scientifically. It’s […]

District attorney candidates on the record

Editor’s note: Andrea Reeb is an 18-year prosecutor appointed district attorney when Matt Chandler resigned March 1. Jennifer Burrill is a criminal defense attorney and a former prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Reeb, a Republican, and Burrill, a Democrat, are running for district attorney in the Nov. 4 general election. They answered […]

NM sample ballot

Here are candidates and issues on the general election ballot. Absentee voting runs through Oct. 31. Early voting is Oct. 18 through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 4. Information: Roosevelt County clerk’s office at 575-356-8562. U.S. Senator • Allen E. Weh, R • Tom Udall, D U.S. Representative District 2 • Steve Pearce, R […]

Craft beer sales at peanut festival denied

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Roosevelt Brewing Company owner Justin Cole’s request for deviation from fairground policy to allow the sale of pre-packaged beer at the Peanut Valley Festival next weekend was denied during Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting. Cole requested to sell his locally brewed beer in bottles to take home during the […]