Q&A: County commission candidates

The election for Roosevelt County candidates will be taking place this year, along with the presidential election. The primary will be held on June 7 with the general election on Nov. 8. Independents and minor parties will be able to file on June 30. Early and absentee voting have begun and will run through June […]

Graduates recall time at ENMU


With finals winding down and the school year coming to an end, the 2016 Eastern New Mexico University graduates are preparing for the graduation ceremony and their futures. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greyhound Arena with commencement speaker Gary Tonjes, president of Albuquerque Economic Development Incorporated. A reception will immediately […]

To do list — May 13

Saturday • ENMU commencement — 10 a.m. at the Greyhound Arena. Information: 575-562-1011 • Dora High graduation — 3 p.m. at the Guy Luscombe Gymnasium at Dora High School. Information: 575-477-2211 • Elida High graduation — 5 p.m. in the high school gym. Information: 575-274-6211 Sunday • Rise Above Republic concert — 4 p.m. at […]

Senior profiles — May 13


Portales High School Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles about local graduating high school seniors. Marquz Taylor plans to become a truck driver after he graduates from high school. How did high school prepare you for the real world? It really didn’t. What was your least favorite subject in high school? […]

Brown: My bet’s on twine for fighting zombies

In an effort to be overly prepared for the zombie apocalypse, I’ve been pondering the qualifications of various hay-bale-tying materials with regards to which would make the best post-apocalyptic accompaniment. Undoubtedly, like many things overlooked and under-appreciated in the good times, twine, baling-wire, and their latest pal net-wrap, will be hoarded and treasured in a […]

Pages past — May 13

On this date … 1976: Volunteers began preparing beans, cornbread, salads and desserts for those participating in the city-wide cleanup in Clovis. Area businesses, service clubs and individuals were volunteering time and food for the cleanup. 1966: A Cannon Air Force Base pilot was being credited with the “sidewinder shot that downed a Communist Chinese […]

Pet of the week — May 13


Gender: Female Age: About 2-3 years old Breed: Chihuahua mix Personality: Shy and energetic Story: This dog was brought in earlier this week. According to Adam Aguilar, animal control officer, she’s shy at first but will warm up to new people quickly. Aguilar says this dog is fine for any type of family regardless of […]

Night school serves variety of students

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com At the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday, Portales High School Assistant Principal Garrick Matthews gave a presentation on the status of the night school program, which he described as “an opportunity to provide students an alternative form of education, to allow our district to give […]

Junior high hosts life choices program

Courtesy photo: Roosevelt County Health Council
Portales Junior High students wear “preggy suits” and hold plastic babies to simulate parenthood at the junior high gym on Tuesday.
The activity was part of the Roosevelt County Health Council’s “Maze of Life” event.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Tuesday brought several community organizations to Portales Junior High School to discuss issues that teenagers face, including the risks of drug use and teen pregnancy, an experience that Portales DWI Program Director Riki Seat described as “really intense.” The event, which was coordinated by the Roosevelt County Health Council, […]

Williamson: College a worthy goal for any age

At 44, Ray Pallares will be one of the older Eastern graduates to cross the stage at Greyhound Arena Saturday morning, earning a degree that has taken him six years to complete, and one that he can’t wait to put to use. Ray graduated from House High School in 1990, but said, “Getting a higher […]

To do list — May 12

Today • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Activity: Pom pom bookmarks. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool story time — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Summer’s Coming. Information: 575-356-3940. • Logan Hays senior recital — 7 p.m. at ENMU’s Buchanan Hall. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-1011 Saturday • ENMU commencement — 10 […]

Pages past — May 12

On this date … 1976: Gail Shannon, former acting president and vice president for academic affairs at Eastern New Mexico University, had accepted a position as dean of the college of education at West Texas State University. The Kansas native had been at ENMU since 1960. 1961: Actor Ronald Reagan spent about an hour in […]

ENMU briefs — May 12

ENMU student helps develop app Carolyn Wallace, an information systems major studying under Veena Parboteeah, recently developed an app with students from other universities called “Student’s Little Helper.” The app was demonstrated at a conference at the University of New Mexico. “Our goal was to create an application to help students navigate the community they […]

Senior profiles — May 12


Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles about local graduating high school seniors. Dora High School After he graduates, Dalton Privett plans to earn his license in heating and cooling. He participated in basketball and baseball in high school. What was the most rewarding thing about high school for you? All of […]

Meetings watch — May 12

Portales School Board The following were actions taken at the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Monday at the L.C. Cozzens Administration Building: • The board recognized the recent achievements of several students at competitions. The Portales High School choir was recognized for winning first place in the 4A division state choir competition. “We […]

ENMU newspaper funding at issue

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Some Eastern New Mexico University students are publicly protesting a Student Fees Board decision to cut funding for the student newspaper, The Chase. The board, made up of 13 ENMU students, allocates $1.6 million in student fees to various university departments and organizations. While board members increased funding for […]

Senior profiles — May 11


Elida High School Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles about local graduating high school seniors. Rachel Valentine plans to attend Eastern New Mexico University to earn her pre-vet degree after graduation. In high school, she participated in volleyball, rodeo, track and Future Farmers of America. What scares you the most about […]

Former sheriff’s deputy files suit

STAFF REPORT A former Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputy is suing Roosevelt County and the sheriff’s office for wrongful termination. Portales Attorney Eric Dixon filed the lawsuit Monday in district court, saying that Robert Ellison was terminated from the sheriff’s office for an arrest he made as well as for reporting wrong doing by another sheriff’s […]

Pages past — May 11

On this date … 1971: Those who could remember when postcards cost a penny to mail “don’t have to worry about the draft,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. And those postcards were about to cost even more. New postal rates were less than a week from going into effect. Postcards would cost 6 cents to mail, […]

To do list — May 11

Today • Film Showcase — 7 p.m. at ENMU’s Mainstage. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-2711 • Teen game day — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Game: Minecraft. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Summer’s Coming. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public […]