Health care enrollment off to slow start locally

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Todd Farrell said enrollment for New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange has been slow so far. Farrell, owner of the Todd Farrell Insurance Agency, is one of five area representatives of the exchange — known as BeWellNM — in the area. All are in Curry County. Enrollment opened Saturday. “Its […]

Police blotter — Nov;. 19

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Monday • 9:24 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries), address unknown • 10:23: a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries), address unknown • 12:04 p.m.: Harassment report, 1400 block North Avenue B • 7:34 p.m.: Attempted […]

To do list — Nov. 19

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Teen programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Brass Choir fall concert — 7 p.m., ENMU Buchanan Hall. Admission: free. Information: Kathi Fraze 575-562-2377. Thursday • Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting — 10 a.m., City Hall, Information: […]

Record low set in Portales on Monday

Staff and wire report The blast of wintry weather that pushed through New Mexico this week resulted in several record-low temperatures, including one in Portales. The National Weather Service’s weather observer reported a low of 5 degrees Monday, which broke the old record of 7 degrees set in 1959, according to Jason Frazier, meteorologist with […]

It’s Schaapnog weather

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer The first snow of the season means sweater weather. And hot-chocolate weather. And “how the expletive did it take me seven hours to drive home from Albuquerque” weather. It’s also Schaapnog weather. Confused? You should be. It’s pronounced “scop-nog,” and sounds like a sibling torture technique. Bam, charley horse. Eww, […]

Habitat short on homeowner candidates

Photo courtesy of Joyce Davis
Habitat for Humanity volunteers work on Gay Luna’s house during Habitat’s Women’s Build Day in July 2013 as part of Habitat’s affordable housing program. Habitat for Humanity Director Joyce Davis said the program has been unable to find a qualified candidate for the program this year.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With no families qualifying for Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing program this year, the eastern New Mexico organization is looking to take on smaller projects until it can find a qualified applicant. The organization, which has built 12 homes in Curry and Roosevelt Counties since it became an HFH […]

City collecting coats again

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com The city of Portales is looking for more people to come out to get coats during the city’s third annual coat and blanket drive. The drive, in partnership with the New Mexico Clean and Beautiful program, has been collecting new or gently used coats and blankets at locations around […]

Scanlan takes on command chief position

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operation Wing Public Affairs Through the recent U.S. Air Force Command Chief Screening Board, Chief Master Sgt. Randy Scanlan was selected the 27th Special Operations Wing command chief, effective Oct. 21. “Being selected as the command chief for the 27 SOW is not what I expected to […]

Police blotter — Nov. 18

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 8:11 a.m. — Criminal damage, 100 block of West First Street. • 8:46 a.m. — Suicide threat, 1000 block of West 18th Street. • 4:49 p.m. — Narcotics in progress, 2000 block of […]

Counties seek changes to lessen indigent funding burden

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com New Mexico counties, including Roosevelt, have made changing the state’s Safety Net Care Pool (SNCP) system to fund indigent health care a priority in their legislative “wish list” through the New Mexico Association of Counties. The SNCP was passed into law by the 2014 Legislature and replaced the voluntary […]

We all should strive to be more like Audrey Hepburn

By Sandy Fields Local columnist So many times I long for a fairy tale world. Yet, even as I type that, I realize that a fairy tale world would still be filled with villains and tragedy. There’s no escaping that. I suppose my daydream actually finds me acting out the roll of the sweet soul […]

ENMU briefs — Nov. 18

• Jeff Long has accepted an offer to become vice president for Student Affairs, effective Jan. 5. He is assistant vice president for Student Affairs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Long holds a Ph.D. in counseling and student personnel services with a concentration in student affairs administration from the University of Georgia. He and his […]

Dora school news — Nov. 18

Dora school news Five-day week • School will be in session for grades K through 12 Monday through Friday this week, with Friday being a full day (no early release). Preschoolers will be on their regular school schedule. Basketball • Today — Dora junior high hosts Melrose, 4 p.m. • Friday — Dora junior varsity […]

Sunday’s snow results in minor accidents, delays at area schools

Staff photo: D’Nieka Hartsfield
Joe Salazar rakes the snow from his driveway early Monday morning on Clovis’ Timothy Street. He said he always makes sure to clean up the driveway and around the area when it snows to make it safe for him and his family to move around. National Weather Service reported Clovis had 1.5 inches of snowfall on Sunday.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer qcsunomline.com Portales police said they responded to eight traffic accidents on Sunday with no serious injuries, but first the season’s significant snowfall — 2 inches in places — mostly was an inconvenience. Accompanied by temperatures in the teens and low 20s, the weather did delay school and some business openings […]

To-do list — Nov. 18

Today • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. • Afterschool at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Portales City Commission — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Wednesday • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Teen programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public […]

Weather delays/closings

The weather has impacted the following schools and government agencies on Monday: * Dora Municipal Schools is on a two-hour delay. * Elida Municipal Schools is on a two-hour delay. * Floyd Municipal Schools is on a two-hour delay. * Clovis Municipal Schools is on a two-hour delay. * Clovis Christian Schools is on a […]

Two weapons found at scene

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Portales police spokesman Eric Muller said Friday investigators recovered two weapons at the scene of a Nov. 1 altercation that left a Portales man dead. Muller said evidence collected at the scene points toward self-defense as the motive behind the shooting death of Fabian Madrid, 26. Madrid, whose funeral […]

FFA convention inspires

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Once a year, students from all over the nation gather to participate in agriculture-based competitions. This event is called the National FFA Convention — one of the greatest experiences of my life. This year the convention was from Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 in Louisville, Kentucky. Every four years the […]

To do list — Nov. 16

Tuesday • Afterschool at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Wednesday • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Teen programming — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Brass Choir fall concert — 7 p.m., ENMU Buchanan Hall. Admission: free. Information: Kathi Fraze 575-562-2377. Thursday […]

Police blotter — Nov. 16

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday • 8:11 a.m.: Criminal damage, 100 block West First Street • 8:18 a.m.: Theft report, 300 block East 1st Street • 2:15 p.m.: Fraud, 500 block West 18th Street • 4:41 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident […]