High school juniors to tour ENMU campus

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Eastern New Mexico University’s Junior Preview Day will take place this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is open to high school juniors and their parents, who will be able to tour the campus, meet with faculty and staff, and learn about how to apply for financial aid.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com This Saturday, high school juniors will have the opportunity to explore the possibility of being a student at Eastern New Mexico University. Juniors will be able to tour the campus, including classrooms and residence halls, as well as explore academic opportunities by meeting with faculty and staff. The event […]

Tax deadline extended three days

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com As tax season comes to an end, the scrambling begins to meet the fast-approaching — and often dreaded — filing deadline. But this year, there’s good news: taxpayers have three extra days to file. With Washington D.C. Emancipation Day being observed on Friday, the regular April 15 federal tax […]

Local owners: Restaurant automation not coming soon

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com As the debate to raise minimum wage continues in the fast-food industry, many establishments nationwide have considered eliminating human employees all together — opting instead for fully automated restaurants. Locally? Restaurant owners say that concept is not on their horizons. A 2013 study by researchers Carl Frey and Michael […]

Utility work to close street

Staff report A contractor will be closing Boston to through traffic in front of the Law Enforcement Complex through Thursday to conduct utility work. Portales city officials ask that drivers slow down and follow traffic control signage in the project area. For additional information, call 575-356-6662.

To do list — April 12

Today • After school @ the library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages K-6. Activity: Catapults and boomerangs. Information: 575-356-3940 Wednesday • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Do Like a Duck Does. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages […]

Police blotter — April 12

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 12:28 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1300 block South Avenue D • 8:13 am.: Ambulance requested, 1900 block South Roosevelt road 4 • 9:42 a.m.: Narcotics, 200 block South Knoxville Street, report taken • 10:34 a.m.: Trespass report, 200 […]

Pages past — April 12

On this date … 1971: Clovis Postmaster Charles Stanfield learned Clovis would be included in a new program aimed at increasing the speed of mail delivery. Clovis and seven other New Mexico cities were to be included on three air flights that operated daily between Albuquerque and Dallas. “Stanfield indicated the Clovis mail received at […]

Portales police officer shot

Jason Ford, left, and Anthony Ortega

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com A Portales police officer, shot while apprehending a criminal suspect, was being treated for a non-life threatening injury at a Lubbock hospital on Monday afternoon, officials said. Police said two individuals involved in the incident were being held on unrelated charges in the Roosevelt County jail. No charges had […]

County officials give update on detention center


The Roosevelt County Detention Center has seen some rough years with two jail escapes in 2013, changing hands with leadership and staff members in 2015 and the county facing lawsuits and tort claims from former officers and inmates last year. But things are looking up for the detention facility, according to County Manager Amber Hamilton […]

Boswell: Cancer seems to strike the best people

On the rare occasions that I attend church, I usually choose to attend the Community Church of the Brethren in Clovis, because it is the church I grew up in and because its pastor, Jim Kelly, has been an adopted grandpa since I was about 10. I visited the church last Sunday and was pleased […]

To do list — April 10

Tuesday • After school @ the library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages K-6. Activity: Catapults and boomerangs. Information: 575-356-3940 Wednesday • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Do Like a Duck Does. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages […]

Pages past — April 10

On this date … 1971: Dry weather was causing problems for area farmers and ranchers. “Climate observers are calling the drought one of the worst since the early 1920s,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. Curry County farmer Truman Woody said the ground on his property southeast of Clovis was so hard, “You can’t plow it.” “There’ll […]

State auditor talks area audits

Tim Keller

Tim Keller, a former state senator, is in his first term as state auditor. He was in Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari last week for a regional visit that included audit training. Question: You don’t get to Clovis often. What’s the purpose of this visit? Keller: We wanted to come to Clovis because there are a […]

Authors gather at luncheon

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Patrice Caldwell of Eastern New Mexico University speaks during the 40th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship luncheon. The luncheon featured several guest speakers, including this year’s guest of honor, Victor Milan.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The 40th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship attracted attendees both local and otherwise to its luncheon Friday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building Ballroom. This year’s lectureship, which is named after the renowned science fiction author who lived in Portales and taught at ENMU, saw several visiting authors, […]

Authority requests payment agreement

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com The Curry County Commission is scheduled to address, during Tuesday’s special meeting, an agreement requiring the county to commit its environmental gross receipts tax funds to the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority. The Authority introduced the measure at the behest of the New Mexico Finance Authority, which has […]

Writers share tips at lectureship

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Jack Williamson Lectureship guest of honor Victor Milan talks about dinosaur characteristics Friday afternoon during a quiz he gave audience members and fellow lecturers about dinosaurs.

By Anna George Correspondent Those attending the 40th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship likely didn’t expect a quiz at the start of Friday’s afternoon discussion panels, especially one about dinosaurs. The lectureship held a series of workshops for three hours in the Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Attendees learned from author and guest of […]

Pages past — April 9

On this date … 1966: Clovis attorneys Wesley Quinn and Dan Buzzard were planning to speak to the board of directors of the Texas Bar Association at a meeting in Amarillo. Quinn said the purpose of the trip was to see “if we can work out a better relationship across the state line with the […]

Johnson: Ease yourself, pets into activity

Days are longer, the weather is more pleasant and that means it’s getting to be the time of year when people start thinking of the outdoors. It’s not just about weather — ingrained in humans starting in childhood when the school schedule determines how time is spent, from an early age, spring and summer come […]

Berry: Something’s bound to grow

It seems just a few days ago that I was watching snow falling in my backyard. The next day, with temperatures back in the high 60s, I was thinking about a garden. Mind you I did say I was just thinking. I think about a garden every year and sometimes I even plant one. I […]

Fire burns 1,900 acres

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Arch firefighter Jody Nix prepares to battle Thursday’s grass fire.

STAFF REPORT About 1,900 acres of grassland near the New Mexico-Texas border was taken out by a Thursday fire that required about a dozen entities and eight hours to control. Lt. Scott Watson of the Portales Fire Department, commander of the effort, said the blaze was called in about 10:15 a.m. and knocked out around […]