Building the jubilee float

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Baptist Children’s Home’s Mario Vidana, 15, staples lights onto the children’s home’s Christmas Jubilee Light Parade float. Foster children from the home helped to assemble the float Thursday afternoon.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Foster children, tutors and barn managers came together Thursday afternoon to build the Baptist Children’s Home’s float for tonight’s 28th annual Christmas Jubilee Light Parade. Children’s Home barn manager Charitie Kennedy said the float is the home’s first entry into the annual parade. Five of the home’s foster children […]

Eventually got that low range savior

By Audra Brown Local columnist It was a couple of weeks before Christmas, or otherwise well into winter that year. The point is, it was cold and had been snowing for days, and it sure hadn’t gotten anywhere near thawed. Been on the ranch doing cattle work that had to be done, while all the […]

Letter to the editor — Dec. 5

Regarding Wednesday’s death of former Eastern New Mexico University football coach Jack Scott: Coach Scott’s first college coaching experience was at Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, when I was a junior. He immediately changed the way we had done things. He instilled a spirit and attitude that playing football for him was important. Most of […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 5

Editor’s Note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family G • Household members: 6 • Children: 5 • Special circumstance: This grandmother is raising five children including one with a learning disability. She is taking care of them as a result of her daughter’s recent incarceration. The […]

Jail log — Dec. 5

As of 7 a.m. Thursday Released in the past 24 hours: • Two released on bond • One released by court order • One released for time served • One transferred to another facility Booked in the past 24 hours: • Female, 51, Walk-in Female, 33, Bench warrant • Male, 39, No seat belt, out […]

To do list — Dec. 5

Today • Christmas Jubilee Light Parade — 6:30 p.m., downtown Portales. Concert at 5:30 p.m. Information: 575-356-8541. Saturday • 17th annual Holiday Happening — 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., ENMU Campus Union Building Ballroom. Presented by Altrusa International Inc. of Portales. Information: Dannah Brown, 575-356-3705 or 575-607-6201. Tuesday • Executive Committee meeting — Noon, Chamber Board Room. […]

Homemakers Club hosting holiday luncheon

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Homemakers Club will be hosting the Causey Community Holiday Luncheon 1 p.m. Sunday at the Causey Community Building. The homemaker’s club has been in the Roosevelt County area for more than 50 years and the luncheon is open to the public. The club will provide meat, […]

Former Greyhound coach dies

Jack Scott

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico University lost a member of its coaching fraternity early Wednesday morning, as former football coach Jack Scott died in Lubbock of renal failure at the age of 85. Scott was the eighth coach in the history of the Greyhounds football program, Scott coached from 1970 to […]

Police: Arson suspect dreamt of fire

By Aubry Buzek abuzek@cnjonline.com The woman accused of setting fires at two car dealerships, a house and a city park told police she did it because something bad was going to happen with fire, according to court records. Angelica Madrid, 40, told a Clovis detective “we needed to evacuate the town…” because “she has some […]

Public Lands Commissioner vote recount delayed

Staff report The statewide recount of the vote for New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands, which was supposed to begin in all state counties Monday, has been delayed to allow the state Supreme Court to hear a challenge to the recount, according to Debbie Romero, a supreme court clerk. Incumbent commissioner Ray Powell, asked the […]

ENMU adds new twist to old tradition

By Betty Williamson Local columnist For most of its 80 years, Eastern New Mexico University has offered a December holiday concert as its gift to our community. This Yuletide event is so popular the school has long presented duplicate back-to-back concerts to accommodate overflow crowds (including junkies like me who regularly stayed for both performances). […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 4

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family F • Household members: 3 • Children: 2 • Special circumstance: This single mother is suffering health issues while trying to raise her two children. She is battling GBS syndrome, a condition in which there is a rapid […]

To do list — Dec. 4

Today • Little Miss Merry Christmas pageant — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Yam Theater. Information: 575-356-8541. • ENMU holiday concert — 7 p.m.-9 p.m., ENMU Campus Union Ballroom. Friday • Christmas Jubilee Light Parade — 6:30 p.m., downtown Portales. Concert at 5:30 p.m. Information: 575-356-8541. Saturday • 17th annual Holiday Happening — 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., ENMU […]

Study: Drought holding on

Staff and wire report District 63 State Rep. George Dodge said there isn’t much the Legislature can do about the state’s persistent drought. “You can’t legislate it,” said Dodge, chairman of the interim water and natural resources committee. The group heard researchers deliver their preliminary findings on the vulnerability of the state’s water supplies Tuesday […]

‘Tis the season for house fire dangers

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
With winter settling in, residents will be using a variety of methods, like the pellet stoves, as a supplemental heat source in their homes. Local fire chiefs suggest keeping flammable items such as clothes at least three feet away from heating appliances.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With frigid temperatures settling in for the winter, local residents are urged to use caution when keeping warm. Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said the winter months tend to see more house fires than during the warmer seasons due to improper heating methods. “We see a lot more fires […]

Police blotter — Dec. 3

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 8:07: a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 1300 block South Avenue F • 9:07 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 500 block South Avenue G • 11:49 a.m.: Child abuse, 1100 block North Avenue A • 12:49 p.m. […]

To do list — Dec. 3

Thursday • Little Miss Merry Christmas pageant — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Yam Theater. Information: 575-356-8541. • ENMU holiday concert — 7 p.m.-9 p.m., ENMU Campus Union Ballroom. Friday • Christmas Jubilee Light Parade — 6:30 p.m., downtown Portales. Concert at 5:30 p.m. Information: 575-356-8541. Saturday • 17th annual Holiday Happening — 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., ENMU […]

Group holding luncheon to discuss health insurance

Staff report The New Mexico Primary Care Association is holding a luncheon today to discuss information regarding the open enrollment period for health insurance coverage. The event is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. at the conference room of the Comfort Inn in Clovis. The luncheon will include information on coverage options, outreach strategies, partnering, […]

Meetings watch — Dec. 3

Roosevelt County Commission The following took place at the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday morning at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices: • Approved the 2015 Roosevelt County calendar. The calendar outlines the holidays and commission meetings for Roosevelt County for the year 2015. • Approved holiday pay for the sheriff’s office, detention center and road […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 3

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family E • Household members: 7 • Children: 5 • Special circumstance: This family lost everything after a fire destroyed their home just before Thanksgiving. The father is a dairy worker; the mother stays home with the five children, […]