Jena Wilbanks named interim county manager

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb’s letter of resignation was accepted by Roosevelt County Commissioners on Thursday at a special meeting. The county’s Human Resources Director Jena Wilbanks was named interim manager. Webb received the Grant County manager job on Tuesday and her last day as Roosevelt County manager will […]

Longhorns ahead of herd in more ways than one

By Audra Brown Local columnist ’Tis the season for bull-buying. The choices are many and so are the dollars. It’s a critical decision point for any cattleraiser. For a beef producer like me, the end game is all about pounds, and color. That’s right. Color. Why? I’d love to know. But the truth is black […]

Events calendar — July 25

Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Baseball Camp — 9 a.m. to noon, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball field. The camp is for kindergarten through 8th grade. The cost is $50. Information: 575-562-2974. Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. All ages. Information: 575-356-3940. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales […]

Forgiveness only way to peace

By Pat Cantwell Religion columnist As a child of seven, over a period of months, I learned about sin through a study of the Ten Commandments. Romans 3:20 says, “for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” The first commandment explained who God is, what He had done for us, and what He required […]

Police blotter — July 25

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:27 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, location unknown. • 1:01 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 700 block of West 18th Street. • 1:37 a.m.: Public affray in progress, location unknown. • 1:48 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, location unknown. • 1:57 a.m.: Ambulance request, 1200 block […]

City budget adjusted for raises

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Freezing step increases for Portales city employees was a solution city officials reluctantly suggested to shore up a decrease in revenue in the city’s 2014-2015 preliminary budget. But with pressure from city’s councilors and support from the city’s leaders, the city’s administration was able to find a solution to […]

Still telling the story

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John Moak, left, and Caitlyne Moak spend a moment with their son Hunter before they took him off life support in June. Hunter died from a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a rare birth defect.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com In the month Caitlyne Moak was able to get to know her son Hunter, she discovered her baby boy was a fighter. Moak, a 22-year-old military wife from Michigan living in Portales, gave birth to Hunter, her second child with husband John, at 1:54 p.m. on May 3. His […]

Events calendar — July 24

Today Yoga Fit — 8:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Baseball Camp — 9 a.m. to noon, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball field. The camp is for kindergarten through 8th grade. The cost is $50. Information: 575-562-2974. Mad Scientist Party — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Grades Kindergarten-6th. Information: 575-356-3940. City Pool — 1 […]

All aboard the orphan train

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Since 1998, Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster have been crisscrossing the United States to share a little-known chapter of our country’s history: The saga of an estimated 250,000 orphans who were moved by trains from New York City to homes across the nation between 1854 and 1929. Moore and Lancaster, […]

Police blotter — July 24

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 1:15 a.m.: Alarm activation, 100 block of Yucca Drive. • 4:12 a.m.: Alarm activation, 1600 block of South Main Avenue. • 5:58 a.m.: Prisoner transport, 100 block of Airport Road. • 7:11 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 7:22 a.m.: […]