Once in a blood moon occurrence

Courtesy photo: Ronnie Cain

A full moon lunar eclipse took place Sunday night, causing what is called a “blood moon” or “harvest moon” when the moon goes behind the sun’s shadow. Some ancient civilizations feared lunar eclipses as a sign of death or the end of the world.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com It’s not exactly unheard of to see your neighbors pulling lawn chairs out in their front yard when they know a lunar eclipse is coming. There is always an air of excitement any time nature and the cosmos act in ways unusual to their daily — or nightly — […]

Local students learn about playas, wildlife

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson

During the Playa Festival at Dora Municipal School on Monday, presenter Jim Steiert lets one of the students help with an erosion demonstration.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Fourth and fifth grade students from Dora, Elida and Floyd schools were given a wealth of scientific knowledge on playas and their inhabitants on Monday. Ogallala Commons hosted a playa festival at Dora Municipal Schools, which gave students a chance to learn about playas, the animals and insects that […]

Editor’s notebook

Way to go Congratulations are in order for author Gary Mitchell, singer Halle Reid and Cadet Derik Todd Kuykendall, all from Clovis. • Mitchell learned over the weekend his collection of Amos the Churchmouse columns is a finalist for honors in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for 2015. Winners will be announced Nov. 20. • Reid, a […]

Some words should keep the “g”

Liam Neeson was playing the part of a Kansas sheriff in an old movie I watched the other day. He’s Irish, but he sounded like a regular American from the heartland most of the time. It seemed like he must have had some accent coaching. Still, the pronunciation for some of the words kept bothering […]

To do list

Today • After school at the library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Woodland Masquerade activity for grades K-6. Information: 575-356-3940 • Spanish folklore story of ‘La Llorona’ — 6 p.m. in Pecos Room at ENMU. Information: 575-562-2451 Wednesday • ‘We love our volunteers’ recognition dinner — 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at Roma’s Italian Restaurant, […]

Pages past

Sept. 29 On this date … 1985: An 18-year-old Clovis man was charged with murder in connection with the shooting deaths of his brothers, 17-year-old Juan Munoz and 9-year-old Fedencio Cardenas. Jesus Cardenas was also accused of shooting his mother, father and sister, who were all hospitalized. Cardenas suffered what authorities described as a self-inflicted […]

Chamber shells out extra to keep location

STAFF REPORT Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce officials are hoping for the best with the additional costs for this year’s annual Portales peanut festival. There was temporary panic among chamber and city officials earlier this year when Roosevelt County commissioners voted to close the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds for 11 months following the county fair. “It […]

Single resident applies for seat

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Only one Roosevelt County resident has applied directly to the county for the open District 5 commission seat, according to county Manager Amber Hamilton. The District 5 seat became vacant on Aug. 19 when Commissioner Kendell Buzard tendered his resignation to the county, citing reasons of needing to spend […]

Addiction: A mother’s perspective

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Vicki Williams Jinks with her son, Seth.

Editor’s note: Vicki Williams Jinks is a 1978 graduate of Muleshoe High School. This excerpt is from a speech she’s written in hopes of helping those who struggle with addictions. In November 1993, I looked at my third baby and saw a face of pure sweetness. Little did I know all that I would learn […]

Editor’s notebook — Sept. 27

Soles for souls: October, according to the Lighthouse Mission in Clovis, is “sole-saving month.” The community shelter at 407 L. Casillas Blvd. is asking for donations of gently used or new shoes, all sizes and styles, throughout the month. This is the eighth annual shoe drive, according to Lighthouse Administrative Assistant Geri Gomez. Remembering Yogi: […]

Boswell: Cultural waving habit most endearing

Only in Portales would you see a chicken cross the road … every day. And the funny part? She really was just trying to get to the other side. I confess that I began to wonder where my little Lime Street chicken was headed to on the other side of the road as I stopped […]

Prepare; winter is coming

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com The first day of autumn has come and gone, and it’s time for Clovis and Portales residents to get ready for the winter months ahead. But how does one prepare for the winter months? Several local experts decided to weigh in on proper winter maintenance to prepare cars, homes […]

To do list — Sept. 27

Today • Laughter on the 23rd Floor — 2 p.m. at ENMU main stage. Admission: Free for ENMU students with ID, $5 general. Information: 575-562-2711 Monday • Iridium Saxophone Quartet — 7 p.m. at ENMU Buchanan Hall. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-2377 Tuesday • After school at the library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. […]

Pages past — Sept. 27

On this date … 1990: One of Clovis’ newest pastors could do more than preach. Scott Blazek, the new minister at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Clovis, had illustrated four children’s books. “I had two aspirations — one, to be a Lutheran minister, and the other, to be an illustrator,” Blazek told the Clovis News Journal. […]

Pope in US has people talking

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Nikki Neff McGalliard remembers when Pope John Paul II first came to the United States in 1979. That same excitement consumes her now that Pope Francis is visiting the U.S. this week. “I’m not Catholic, but it fascinates me,” McGalliard said. “I just find all the history and the […]

Portales’ Oktoberfest set for kick-off

STAFF REPORT Main Street in Portales will be bursting with celebration next Saturday as the Portales MainStreet Program hosts its second annual Oktoberfest. The event is returning after what Portales MainStreet Program Executive Director Jan Elliott said was a successful introduction last year. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. between […]

Editor’s notebook — Sept. 26

Moon matters: Look, up in the sky, on Sunday and you can witness a lunar event that won’t occur again for 18 years. AccuWeather reports a lunar eclipse will coincide with a supermoon at 7:07 p.m. MDT on Sunday. “As the moon will be in its closest proximity to Earth, it will appear up to […]

Clovis’ interim fire chief takes permanent job

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com The interim chief for the Clovis Fire Department will begin work Monday with one less word on his position. The city announced Nolen, a 15-year veteran of the department, will continue as permanent chief in a release. Nolen, promoted to battalion chief in October 2011, has served as the […]

Pages past — Sept. 26

On this date … 1990: Eastern New Mexico University was preparing to celebrate its homecoming. Highlights included the play “Children of a Lesser God” in the campus theater and the comedy/magic show of Craig Karges in the Campus Union Building. 1970: Weekend football scores included: Muleshoe 20, Friona 7 … Clovis 20, Hereford 12 … […]

Johnson: Critters on menu for most critters

The list of critters out there enjoying the juicy crunch is a long one – birds, reptiles, fish and a number of mammals – and if it weren’t for the creepy crawly inhabitants of our world, a lot of stomachs would go empty. Robins pull squirming worms from the moist earth after it rains, frogs […]