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 […]

Police blotter — Oct. 14

Jail log As of 7 a.m. Monday Released in the past 24 hours: • Two released on time served •  Two transferred to another facility •  Three released on bond Booked in the past 24 hours : 6 •  Male, 24, bench warrant •  Male, 48 bench warrant •  Male, 55, criminal trespass •  Female, […]

Portales High students to put on show

Anna George: Staff correspondent
Sarah Durand, left, and Ryann Privett  discuss the suspected murderer in “Trifles.” Privett and Durand worked together as doo-op girls last year in the Portales High School theater department’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

By Anna George Staff correspondent On Sept. 14, a tight knit group of student actors at Portales High School began rehearsals for production of two one-act plays. And four weeks into those rehearsals, director Bill Strong said they are really pulling the plays together. “The kids have their characters well-developed and are almost off script,” […]

Portales synonymous with peanuts

Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce The first crop of peanuts in the Portales area was harvested a century ago this fall. Since that time the legume has sprouted deep in the hearts of Portales-area residents and our name has become synonymous with peanuts. Local farmer John M. Bradley is credited with planting and harvesting the […]

Dora school news — Oct. 14

FFA place winners According to Ag teacher James Shay Southard, Dora FFA participants who were places winners at the recent Eastern New Mexico State Fair were: • Kaly Cone, grand champion steer • Daelynn Lee, grand champion dairy heifer • Brenna Bates, first place, Class 4 dairy heifer and second place medium heavy cross bred […]

Taco Bell hoping to open doors this week

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
The newly constructed Taco Bell restaurant on West First Street is receiving the finishing touches this week as it is prepared for the first day of business. The restaurant is expected to open by the end of the week if state and city inspections are completed in time according to Texmex Crunch Time Restaurants LLC Asset Manager Laura Chacon.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com After about a six-month delay, Taco Bell is hoping open its doors to the Portales community this week. The restaurant is looking to open for business by Thursday, according to Laura Chacon, asset manager for the restaurant’s parent company, Texmex Crunch Time Restaurants LLC. Chacon said construction got off […]

Not from Texas, but close enough

Years ago when I used to fly back and forth across the Pacific, I sometimes had the good fortune to get bumped up to first class. That was back in the early days of frequent-flyer programs when I might have been one of the few people on board with an account. It would never happen […]

Eyes on the prize

Derek Major: Staff photo
Elida Tigers coach Darrell Chenault talks to his team during a timeout against the Floyd Broncos Thursday night. The Tigers defeated the Broncos in three games and have won all 16 games they’ve played this season as they attempt to win a fifth straight state title.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com When senior Kenzee Criswell was a freshman, she was pushed into a starting role and expected to be a leader while the Elida Tigers were trying to win their second straight state championship. Now, three years later as a senior, Criswell is following in the footsteps of those before […]

Recruiting, retention top list

Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Jan Elliott has recently assumed the role of executive director of Portales MainStreet and promotions director for the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Elliott is a Clovis resident, former Portales News-Tribune editor and an Eastern New Mexico University graduate. Elliott has also worked as the EMS Region 3 executive director […]

Peanut Valley Festival kicks off Saturday

Staff report A century of growing peanuts in the Portales Valley will be celebrated Oct. 18-19 at the 41st annual Peanut Valley Festival at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. The two-day event, with title sponsors Hampton Farms and Yucca Telecom, will tip its hat to 100 years of growing and processing peanuts in the […]

Holiday closures — Oct. 12

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will be closed Monday for the Columbus Day holiday: • J.P. Stone Community Bank • U.S. Bank • Western Bank of Portales • First Financial Credit Union • U.S. Postal Service • Portales Police Department’s Records Office • Portales Municipal Schools

Police blotter — Oct. 12

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Thursday 8:32 a.m.: fire, 1300 block Baseline Road 10:53: Motor vehicle accident (no injuries), 500 block East 18th Street 12:39 p.m.: motor vehicle accident (no injuries), Ivy Street 2:58 p.m.: vehicle theft report, 700 block […]

To do list — Oct. 12

Today • Dora High School BPA enchilada fundraiser — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dora School cafeteria. Donations will be accepted and take-out is available. Information: 575-760-7066. Monday • From Controversy to Cultural Pride: Our Complex Relationship with “Día de la Hispanidad” — 2 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Pecos Room. The talk is a […]

5 things to know about pumpkins

Kevin Wilson: Staff photo
Just-picked pumpkins at C&T Produce west of Clovis Thursday afternoon. The farm grows pumpkins

 on about 200 acres for distribution to large buyers, and only sells locally at area farmers markets.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Pumpkins have already been a local headline-grabber across the globe, thanks to a local account of pumpkins stolen from Eastern New Mexico University’s Childhood Development Center. The headline at The Guardian read, “New Mexico pilferers plunder Portales preschool pumpkin patch.” Here are a few facts about the fall vegetable, […]

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez speaks on education, Cannon

New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez was in Clovis on Thursday, part of a campaign swing through the state. Sanchez sat down with the Clovis News Journal to answer a few questions: Why are you in eastern New Mexico? For any statewide candidate, it would be a mistake not to visit every county, especially the […]

City Council looking within first for new city manager

Staff report The Portales City Council feels it’s important to look first to its current staff to find a replacement for City Manager Doug Redmond before pursuing outside candidates, according to Mayor Sharon King. The job opening was posted internally Wednesday with the council planning to interview candidates Wednesday after the 5 p.m. deadline closes, […]

Roosevelt County sample ballot — Oct. 12

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 […]

Raising awareness through athletics

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Texico and Portales seventh-graders graders take to the court adorned in pink uniforms for the “Volley for the Cure” games Thursday afternoon in Portales.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com For Texico eighth-grader and volleyball player Brianna Barnes, local “pink-out” athletic events are more than just an excuse to play in a pink uniform. Barnes, 14, said the annual breast cancer awareness “Volley for the Cure” game between Portales and Texico volleyball teams hits home because her aunt is a cancer […]

Condos come with rules

By Grant McGee Local columnist Some pals were up in arms the other day. It seems someone knew somebody who was told to remove the American flag flying outside their home. I didn’t know if I wanted to discuss such a hot topic; it might raise my blood pressure. “This may not be about the […]

Former Tucumcari officer target in arson investigation

By Thomas Garcia tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Recently resigned Tucumcari police Officer Dustin “Dusty” Lopez is the target of a state police investigation in a series of arson fires in the city last month, according to court records. Lopez resigned Oct. 2, the day after New Mexico State Police searched his home. Investigators seized Lopez’s cell phone while […]