To do list — May 13

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Preschool story time — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Friday • ENMU Board of Regents meeting — 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Portales administration building. Information: […]

Chamber director talks drought, economy

Editor’s note: Karl Terry has been executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce in Portales since 2011. This is the latest in a continuing series of Q&As on area business issues. Now that this year’s 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature has finished, what is the status of area legislative requests that […]

Pages past — May 13

May 13 On this date … 1975: The Clovis fire department was called to Clovis High School to remove a tire from atop the flag pole. A toilet was also found atop the roof of the choral building. “We have no proof that these shenanigans were perpetrated by the senior class, but the evidence points […]

ENMU film students to show off work

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson

Valerie Thorson, a film student at Eastern New Mexico University, edits her film Monday morning. Thorson’s film will be among the 10 featured at the film department’s screening on Wednesday. Thorson said the showing this year will be bittersweet, because she is a senior and it will be her last film at ENMU.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Students from Eastern New Mexico University’s digital filmmaking program will be celebrating a year’s worth of hard work and dedication Wednesday with a film screening. Jon Barr, assistant professor of digital filmmaking who teaches the upper level producing/production class the students take, said the event is a time to […]

Eastern New Mexico receives downpour

Eastern New Mexico received more rain last week than it did from January through April. National Weather Service records on May 1 showed Cannon Air Force Base had received 2.89 inches of moisture for the year. But last week, NWS reported Cannon recorded 4.77 inches, including 4.16 inches on Monday and Tuesday. Here are area […]

National roundup

Google: Self-driving cars in 11 accidents LOS ANGELES — Google Inc. revealed Monday that its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago. The company released the number after The Associated Press reported that Google had notified California of three collisions involving its self-driving […]

Drought could mean dryer future

By Alison Vekshin Bloomberg News SAN FRANCISCO — The record drought plaguing California isn’t limited by lines on a map. Arid conditions caused by dwindling rainfall and snowpack are stretching across the West. In Washington’s Yakima Valley, popular for growing wine grapes and beer hops, officials were cutting off water to about 1,700 farmers for […]

Southwest roundup

28,000 back on graduation path AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill that would allow Texas high school students to fail two high-stakes exams and still graduate. Abbott said Monday that the state “must protect” students from what he called evolving testing standards. His signature offers an immediate path to graduation […]

Governor’s trips add up for taxpayers

The Associated Press SANTA FE — State records show New Mexico taxpayers have spent more than $27,000 on out-of-state travel expenses for Gov. Susana Martinez, her staff and security during the first three months of the year. Some of the trips were for meetings of the Republican Governors Association in February and March. Martinez was […]

Deadly blaze remembered

By Jim McBride Amarillo Globe-News FRITCH, Texas — Bit by bit, new residences and mobile homes have sprung up around Lake Meredith a year after a massive wind-whipped wildfire destroyed 225 homes and dozens of smaller buildings around the lake. The Amarillo Globe-News reports that but here and there, bare concrete slabs, blackened trees and […]

Pages Past

May 12 On this date … 1970: A fire set by a burglar “extensively damaged” the medical office of Drs. Allan Haynes and John Conway at 1217 Pile St. in Clovis. Police Detective Caleb Chandler said narcotics were the likely motive for the break-in, though Chandler said doctors were forbidden by law to keep narcotics […]

New Habitat director’s knowledge an asset

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero

Habitat For Humanity Executive Director Mike Gray works at his desk Monday afternoon in Habitat’s Portales offices on Second Street. Gray took over as executive director after former Director Joyce Davis stepped down in late March.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com After years of service, Portales Habitat For Humanity Director Joyce Davis has stepped down and handed the reigns to Gallup’s Mike Gray as the organization continues to grow. Gray, who previously worked as the director of the Manuelito Navajo Children’s Home and School in Gallup for about 20 years, […]

Water authority hopes to speed up pipeline project

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is anticipating an estimated $4.2 million in grants to help speed up construction of the Ute Pipeline in the next few months, according to authority leaders. “The Water Trust Board funding is becoming available as well as the Bureau of Reclamation,” said […]

DA’s office wins awards

By: Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Two prosecutors and an investigator from the District Attorney’s office were recently recognized by their peers for outstanding excellence in their profession, according to a press release issued Monday by District Attorney Andrea Reeb. “I’m just really excited and proud of these three individuals and my staff,” Reeb said. […]

Thank you notes are a treasure

Every day I make two treks to the mailbox. The morning trip is my routine for getting checks dispersed to a great variety of people and businesses in the building industry. The afternoon jaunt is for gathering the stack of catalogs, bills and notices. Occasionally something special catches my eye in this stack of paper. […]

Graduation calendar

The following is the schedule for graduations for Roosevelt County schools: • Eastern New Mexico University: 10 a.m. Saturday at the ENMU Greyhound Arena. • Elida High School: 5 p.m. Saturday in the multi-purpose room at the school. • Portales Junior High: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the ENMU Greyhound Arena. • Portales High School: 7 […]

To Do List

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., story time for children ages birth to 3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • After school at the library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Information: 575-356-3940. • Child Find screening clinic — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., House schools. For […]

New business

Staff photo: Jackie Johnson

Joseph Beaty, a mechanic with Overtork LLC, replaces exhaust manifest bolts on a truck Monday morning.

Lyle Fraze, owner of Overtork LLC, said his favorite part of being in the truck repair business is mainly the people he gets to work with. “I enjoy working with the people of Eastern New Mexico,” he said. “For the most part, that’s why I’ve stayed here.” Fraze, who said he has been running trucks […]

‘Modern day western’ to be filmed in Clovis

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Extra, extra — about 600 actor hopefuls turned out for the casting call at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com About 600 people formed a long line around the block at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday afternoon for the opportunity to participate in paid, non-speaking, extra roles in an upcoming feature film. Chamber Film Liaison Nick Mondragon said the film — starring Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges […]

Blowing off some steam

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
ENMU admissions recruiter Jacob Jones leads The Outsiders as they take on the All Denim Everything in the tug-of-war challenge.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com Friendly competition and a day away from the books were all the incentive Eastern New Mexico University students needed to show up to compete in the ENMU FFA’s Ag Olympics. The Ag Olympics started early Saturday morning at the Lewis Cooper Arena with teams competing in the dummy roping […]