Senators introduce 11th-hour compromise on immigrant license law

By Milan Simonich Santa Fe New Mexican Two of the New Mexico Legislature’s longest-serving members have introduced a last-minute bill that they say is intended to forge a compromise on the controversial law that allows undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. Sens. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, have introduced legislation to make […]

Udall speaks against right-to-work, urges more funds for early ed

By Patrick Malone SAnta Fe New Mexican U.S. Sen. Tom Udall used his pulpit during a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature on Friday to weigh in on two of the most divisive issues facing state lawmakers this session. He spoke out against so-called “right-to-work” legislation and expressed support for a measure that would […]

Pages Past — Feb. 21

On this date … 1975: Burglars broke into the Eastern New Mexico University-Clovis branch business office and hauled off a 300-pound file cabinet safe. The safe contained numerous checks, an unknown amount of cash and business records, officials said. The empty safe was recovered along the roadside south of Clovis. 1968: Clovis school teachers had […]

Schools locked down for about an hour

STAFF REPORT A pair of Clovis schools were under a lockdown for about an hour Friday afternoon. Carrie Bunce, deputy superintendent for Clovis Schools, said a student made a suspicious comment, and a Level I lockdown was initiated at the Clovis High School Freshman Academy and Cameo Elementary, which are located next to each other […]

DUI programs making progress

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Local law enforcement officers overseeing programs to stop driver’s from operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are encouraged by fewer arrests because it means the programs are working. The Portales Police Department released its DUI numbers just a week after its annual DUI awareness week. […]

Last call for art entries

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University is making last call for all regional artists today as the sixth annual K through ENMU Juried Art Show deadline approaches. ENMU Runnels Gallery Manager Bryan Hahn’s office was flooded with ENMU art students and junior high and high school art teachers Thursday as regional artists of all ages […]

Might look at that again before tossing it

By Audra Brown Local columnist Even though it’s still snowing, people are already getting into the “spring cleaning” state of mind. There’s a lot of decluttering advice finding its way onto my computer screen and there are some folks already in the midst of yet another round of cleanup. Hoarding, or the unreasonable compulsion to […]

Public interest getting lost in power struggle

By Jim Constantopoulos Guest columnist In the rush to replace coal and nuclear power in electricity generation, something is getting lost: the public interest. Since 1995, natural gas has accounted for 75 percent of all new U.S. electricity-generating capacity – about 350,000 megawatts. Coal and nuclear power, the two sources of electricity that can produce […]

To do list — Feb. 20

Today • “Camelot” spring musical — 7 p.m., PHS Performing Arts Center. $5 admission. Information: Kathi Fraze: 575-562-2377. • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • NM Ag Expo — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Admission, parking free. Information: Karl Terry 575-356-8541, Patrick Kircher 575-356-4417. Saturday • “Camelot” […]

Coach cops to sexual penetration

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Former Melrose contract coach Allison Draper, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony charges after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn ordered sentencing to take place at 1:30 p.m. today. Draper, facing six charges in the first day of […]

Ag Expo kicks off today

Staff report More than 50 vendors and 3,000-plus visitors are expected for this weekend’s New Mexico Ag Expo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The 23rd annual event begins today and continues Saturday. It’s the first time the expo has been held on a weekend, an attempt to attract larger crowds, officials said. “We’ve taken a […]

Police blotter — Feb. 20

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 8:38 a.m.: Deputy requested, 100 block Highlands Avenue • 10:06 a.m.: Criminal damage, 600 block East Second Street • 11:03 a.m.: Warrant service, 100 block West First Street • 3:56 p.m.: Verbal domestic, […]

Musical collaboration

Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
King Arthur, played by Jonathan Lynch, laments about war to Lady Guenevere, played by Hannah Weeks. Actors for the musical “Camelot” held a final dress rehearsal Wednesday night. Performances run tonight through Sunday.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Last August, Portales High School teacher Bill Strong and ENMU Music Professor Jean Ornellas ran into each other at a grocery store and struck up a conversation. Five months later the brain child of that conversation will be shown this weekend when Portales High students join Eastern students in […]

Natural Chem not buying Abengoa

Staff report Portales city officials seemed to be breathing a little easier and Natural Chem officials were feeling positive Tuesday evening after having face-to-face time. President Robert Salazar said he felt conversations with various officials were productive and that Natural Chem can reach agreements with all parties concerned. Salazar made it clear Tuesday that Natural […]

Disc golf Ice Bowl on Saturday

Staff report The Tex-Mex Disc Golf Club inaugural Ice Bowl is Saturday at the Portales Sports Complex with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. There will be a morning disc golf clinic for children, at a charge of either $10 or 10 cans of food. The tournament begins at 10 a.m. Registration […]

‘Camelot’ production may get your shoes dancing

By Betty Williamson Local columnist The last time Portales High School and the Eastern New Mexico University School of Music collaborated on a production, I had a spunky, barely-4-year-old girl living at my house. When the pit started playing for the Sunday matinee of Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” on March 5, 2000, we were seated […]

Police blotter — Feb. 19

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 10:17 a.m.: Larceny, Address unknown • 11:50 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1900 block South Roosevelt Road • 1:13 p.m.: Criminal damage, 1900 block Westview Diamond Way • 2:33 p.m.: Trespass report, 1600 block […]

To do list — Feb. 19

Today • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • “Camelot” spring musical — 7 p.m., Portales High School Performing Arts Center. $5 admission. Information: Kathi Fraze: 575-562-2377. Friday • “Camelot” spring musical — 7 p.m., PHS Performing Arts Center. $5 admission. Information: Kathi Fraze: 575-562-2377. • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., […]

Change of command at Cannon

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo

From left, Air Force Special Operations commander Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, outgoing 27th SOW commander Col. Tony Bauernfeind, and 27th SOW commander Col. Benjamin Maitre bow their heads in prayer as the change of command ceremony begins Tuesday afternoon at CAFB. Before assuming command at CAFB, Maitre served as commander of the 353 Special Operations Group at Kadena Air Base in Japan.

Staff report It was a star-spangled event at Cannon Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon as Col. Tony Bauernfeind handed over command of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Benjamin Maitre. The 27th SOW performed the change of command ceremony in a Cannon hangar Tuesday in front of an audience comprised of U.S. Air Force […]

Firefighter likes the simple things in life

Tanner Elliott

Editor’s note: This is a weekly feature profiling public service workers. Name: Tanner Elliott 21, of Cortez Colorado Occupation: Fireman for three years How do you feel when you get a call? Most of the time we’re pretty calm. We go to where the call tells us. For most people that’s their worse day, but […]