Detention center staff fears safety with being understaffed

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Detention Center is massively understaffed as was revealed in Tuesday’s county commission meeting. At the meeting, detention center Administrator David Casanova asked commissioners to allow him to fill three of his eight vacant positions, saying his staff members are at the point of not feeling safe in […]

County commission meetings watch

The following happened in the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday in the Portales Municipal Schools L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices: • Natural Chem President Robert Salazar introduced himself to commissioners, telling them about his company’s plans for their plant in Portales. “I know some people have been concerned about water. By having this discussion early on, […]

Portales City Council meetings watch

The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at the Memorial Building: • Awarded Portales Area Transit driver Sally Good with a certificate and plaque for being the employee of the quarter for the months of October through December. • Awarded 2nd Lt. Hugh Frank of the Portales Fire Department a […]

To Do List

Today • Preschool Storytime — 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 Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • “Camelot” spring musical — 7 p.m., Portales High School Performing Arts Center. $5 admission. Information: Kathi Fraze: 575-562-2377. Friday […]

Legislative Roundup

Days remaining in session: 31 It’s a boy! House Minority Leader Brian Egolf suddenly interrupted a lengthy debate on the House floor Monday night to announce some good news: The wife of freshman Rep. Andres Romero, D-Albuquerque, just had a baby. Both mother and son were doing well, Egolf said. Domestic violence Every female member […]

McDonald: We could use more of Atticus Finch

This whole Harper Lee story, about a long-lost manuscript showing up after a lifetime of being a one-book wonder, really has me intrigued. Turns out that “To Kill A Mockingbird” has a sequel, and while I can’t wait to read it, I’m also a bit afraid to read it. Lee’s book about a Southern white […]

Melrose schools delayed one hour

Schools in Melrose will start classes one hour late Tuesday morning because of inclement weather, Superintendent Jamie Widner reported. Classes begin at 9 a.m.

County landowners fight assessment change that would hike taxes on plots used for farming

By Staci Matlock The New Mexican Rob Salazar stood on a strip of vacant land off N.M. 503 in Nambé talking about why the property should still be taxed as agricultural. “Come back in June and the grass and alfalfa will be this high,” he said, holding his hand at hip level. Salazar, 53, is […]

Learning about politics

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Portales High student Ellie Chavez  said she encourages her peers to learn about the legislative process.

Staff report A Portales High School senior is striving to pay more attention to politics and encouraging her peers to do the same after a trip to Santa Fe last month. Ellie Chavez, 18, said she was encouraged to participate in an ENLACE (ENgaging LAtino Communities for Education) program essay contest by writing about a […]

Division among the ranks

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Proposed legislation at the state capitol has divided prosecutors and criminal-defense attorneys on whether or not it could help bring justice in domestic violence cases. According to a press release from Gov. Susana Martinez’s office, the legislation seeks to clarify New Mexico law so that law enforcement officers can […]

Senate confirms Skandera as education secretary

By Robert Nott The New Mexican The Senate voted Monday to confirm Hanna Skandera as secretary of the Public Education Department by a vote of 22-19. Five Democratic senators joined 17 Republicans in voting for Skandera. The Senate action ends more than four years of political conflict, committee hearings and public testimony over her confirmation, […]

Military officials divided over retirement reforms

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, new chairman of the Senate armed services’ subcommittee on military personnel, has signaled he will defend retirement reforms proposed for a new generation of service members by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. Graham last week led Commission Chairman Alphonso Maldon Jr. carefully through the logic that fueled its […]

Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 8:28 a.m.: Officer requested, 600 block of West Commercial Street • 11:36 a.m.: Fire rural, 500 block of East 18th Street • 12:41 p.m.: Officer requested, 500 block of South Avenue F • […]

Travel makes for nostalgia

As much as I love to explore new places and see new sights, there’s something so very special about traveling back to scenes from my past. When I lived thousands of miles from Portales, it was always with great joy that I watched the patchwork quilt of farmland come into view through airplane windows. Nostalgia […]

Dora school news

BPA Four members of the Dora Chapter of Business Professionals of America are competing in the BPA State Leadership Conference this week in Albuquerque. Velinda Fierro, Lance Fletcher, Dianna Herrera, and Hayden Skinner will be representing Dora at the competition, along with sponsor, Colleen Tollett. Progress reports Progress reports will be handed out to students […]

To Do List

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012. • County Commission meeting — 9 […]

A legacy preserved

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A group of die-cast police cars sits on a shelf inside of the late Charles Perez’ home. Perez’ children Kristyn and Jake plan to keep the toys in their father’s honor.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about antique collectors in Portales By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com To walk into the late Charles Perez’ home office is to walk into an era of toys that cannot be found today. Perez had an enormous collection of foot-tall G.I. Joe action figures, […]

Changes, additions at Ag Expo

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Attendees at this week’s 2015 New Mexico Ag Expo can expect to see a few changes and additions. For starters, Roosevelt County Extension Service Agriculture Agent Patrick Kircher said this is the first year the event will be held on a weekend. Kircher said ag expo has traditionally taken […]

To do list — Feb. 15

Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m., Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012. • County Commission meeting — 9 […]

Meetings watch — Feb. 15

Elida Municipal Schools The following items are on the agenda for the Elida Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Elida High School library: • Superintendent’s report • Gym dressing rooms • Quality of education surveys • Purchase of lots • Approval of donations • Budget committee • Approval of […]