Police blotter

Jail Log Released Wednesday As of 7 a.m. Thursday • Jimmy J. Galvan, 26, other jail • Charles M. Lopez, 30, serving sentence at department of corrections • Ever Perez-Castillo, 26, released by court order Booked Wednesday As of 7 a.m. Thursday • Adia Southern, 56, walk in • William Yates, 21, probation violation Total […]

BeWellNM presents on health insurance

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com New Mexico government officials educated Portales citizens on how to be informed consumers ahead of the open enrollment period for marketplace health insurance on Wednesday. Officials from BeWellNM and the New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance gave a presentation Wednesday afternoon at the Portales Public Library, telling […]

PHS hosts evening of music

STAFF REPORT Portales High School choir students will get the chance not only to show-off their skills but prepare for upcoming performances during a relaxing evening of jazz. PHS will host a “Coffee and Jazz Night” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the PHS Cafeteria. The event is coordinated by Portales Schools Choir Director […]

ENMU choirs prep for fundraising for European trip

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Jason Paulk, director of choral activities at Eastern New Mexico University, rehearses “Hort das lante Geton” by Franz Joseph Haydn with the ENMU University Singers Tuesday afternoon. The song will be performed at a choir concert program at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in ENMU’s Buchanan Hall.

STAFF REPORT The Eastern New Mexico University choir program is preparing for a number of fundraisers this fall as they gear up for a 10-day tour across Europe in May, according to Jason Paulk, director of choral activities. Paulk said the choir is selling CDs of recordings by the University Singers, Chamber Singers and Swanee […]

Meetings watch — Oct. 6

Portales City Council The following were actions taken at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in the Memorial Building: • Mayor Sharon King distributed an award for outstanding service, as well as several service awards to employees who have worked with the city for 20 years and more. King presented an award for “Employee of […]

To do list — Oct. 6

Today • A Night of Decadence — 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at Clovis Civic Center. Ladies only event. Tickets: $50 only at Diamonds Evermore. Information: 575-935-7070 • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 9-12. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Quarterly chamber […]

Hope Haven a blessing for single parents

Bill Marshall says the new housing area taking shape at 19th Street and South Avenue B in Portales is “like the ‘Field of Dreams’…if you build it, they will come.” In this case, “they” are single parents in search of new beginnings for themselves and their children. Time and again it happens in the program […]

Pages past — Oct. 6

On this date … 1941: One alleged robber was dead and three more suspects in jail after a Grady hardware store owner fought off an attack. R. C. Knowles, operator of the store, told authorities two men entered the store and asked about purchasing bullets for a rifle. When Knowles, 74, reached for the bullets, […]

Dora teacher excited about science


Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local educators each week. STAFF REPORT Dora Consolidated Schools science teacher Laura Wilbanks is dedicated to instilling a passion for science, technology, engineering and math in her students, and she does so by applying it to their own interests. Wilbanks began teaching in Dora in January […]

Floyd senior aims for political science degree


Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local students each week. Ch’Ree Essary, 17, is a senior at Floyd Municipal Schools. Essary is passionate about history and plans to major in political science at New Mexico State University when she graduates. According to Essary, her passion for politics stems from a desire to […]

Special session continues

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The New Mexico House of Representatives this morning will resume its special legislative session aimed to fix the state’s estimated $600 million budget deficit and consider crime bills. Gov. Susana Martinez originally called for the special session, which began Friday, to confront the budget shortfall due primarily to the […]

Colleges fear new proposal

By Russell Contreras The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Months after seeing funding cuts, university officials in New Mexico expressed concern Tuesday over a GOP-led House proposal that would slash more money from state colleges amid a statewide budget crisis. The concern came after House Republicans proposed Monday to replace Senate Democratic cuts in K-12 education […]

Schools take proactive approach to bullying

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Area schools will be holding events this month vital to combating bullying among students, according to local school officials. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and schools in both Portales and Floyd are gearing up with events, such as assemblies. According to Valencia Elementary School Guidance Counselor Kendra Messick, […]

Meetings watch — Oct. 5

The following were actions taken at the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday at the county courthouse: • County Assessor George Beggs reported to commissioners his office is getting ready to send out tax bills. • County Clerk DeAun Searl reported the clerk’s office is currently testing the voting tabulators and hiring poll workers for the […]

To do list — Oct. 10

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Apple Pie ABC. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at the Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • A Night of Decadence — 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at Clovis Civic Center. Ladies only event. Tickets: $50 only at Diamonds Evermore. Information: 575-935-7070 […]

Pages past — Oct. 5

On this date … 1966: Eastern New Mexico residents had come down with “Series virus,” according to the Clovis News-Journal. “During the afternoon hours, until the final pitch is thrown, business goes into a coma,” L.D. Ward wrote in a front-page article. “Store clerks don’t rush toward customers as promptly as usual — and shoppers […]

Drug case suspects appear in court

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Three Portales men related to a string of 11 drug trafficking arrests in April appeared in district court Monday morning. The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office conducted several drug trafficking investigations throughout the first three months of the year, arresting multiple individuals in April for various drug trafficking violations. Sheriff […]

Department of the week: Clerk’s office ‘keeper of the keys’

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Stephanie Hicks, chief deputy clerk for Roosevelt County, tests voting ballot machines for early voting and election day as part of the duties of the Roosevelt County clerk’s office.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling city, county and other departments in Roosevelt County each week. By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office is the “keeper of the keys” when it comes to many of the go-to needs of county residents. “We are the administrators of elections, and […]

Locals can leave mark on wind project

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Curry County residents will get the chance to leave their mark on the Broadview Wind Project. The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, Clovis Industrial Development Corporation and Pattern Energy Group will host a welcome party for the Broadview Wind Project at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in front of the Curry […]

Pages past — Oct. 4

On this date … 1976: Construction of Clovis’ new animal shelter at Brady and Norris streets had been delayed by late delivery of windows. Animal warden Junior Romero and Police Det. Lance Somers toured the site, which was expected to cost $79,232. The building, which consisted of 2,895 square feet of floor space, was scheduled […]