Jail Log

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 12:42 p.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 700 block West 17th Street • 1:04 p.m.: Trespass report, 700 block South Dallas Avenue • 4:11p.m.: Warrant service, 100 block Airport Road • 5:39 p.m.: Officer requested, Address […]

Early voting for school board officials begins

Staff report Early voting for Roosevelt County school board elections begins today. Voting will take place during normal office hours at the Roosevelt County Courthouse and run through Jan. 30. On the day of the Feb. 3 election, Portales voters can vote at the Roosevelt County Courthouse or the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices in the […]

Gas prices continue to plummet

Staff and wire reports Retail gasoline prices continue to drop across the nation and have dipped below $2 throughout Portales. The travel association AAA reports nationwide gasoline prices are down 6 cents this week, to reach $2.18 per gallon. Gasbuddy.com reports the average price in New Mexico is $1.98 per gallon, down 7 cents from […]

To Do List

Saturday • Insurance Enrollment Event — 9 a.m. to noon, La Casa Family Health Center, 1515 W. Fur. Information: 575-359-3764. Tuesday • Insurance Enrollment Event — 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., La Casa Family Health Center, 1515 W. Fur. Information: 575-359-3764. • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. […]

Clovis Media raffle will support food bank

Staff report Clovis Media Inc. is sponsoring a raffle for a 55-inch LCD HDTV, with proceeds to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Tickets are $1 each, or a donation of one can of food. “We are so thankful for Publisher Robert Arrowsmith and CMI’s generous donation of this deluxe HDTV,” Food Bank […]

All it takes is coffee and a barn

I talk a lot about the trouble that comes along on the farm and out on the ranch. There’s a reason for it; trouble is interesting, and conflict is the core of any story, including the ones I get to tell here every week. However, there are moments that are completely devoid of trouble and […]

Portales chamber retains executive director

Karl-Terry-Mug

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce has decided to retain Executive Director Karl Terry after a Wednesday morning board meeting, according to a press release from the chamber. Board members deliberated for three hours before coming to a 10-9 decision, with one abstaining, to keep Terry as director, the […]

City manager resigns for second time

Doug Redmond

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com Less than two months after withdrawing his initial September resignation, Portales City Manager Doug Redmond handed in his official resignation again Monday. Reasons for his resignation have not changed. Redmond said he has two side projects going on, which he declined to discuss until they are closer to being […]

Ice on roads still an issue

Staff report The Portales area spent most of Wednesday bundling up, with temperatures in the mid-20s during the day and low teens at night. The bigger issue, however, remains icy roads. Temperatures have been in the mid-40s or below since Friday night’s snowfall. While snow has melted some in the daytime, the resulting large puddles […]

Think before you copy and paste

It was either reported by Channel 13, or it was posted to be better safe than sorry. “As of January 4th 2015 at 8:35 pm Central standard time. I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement I […]

New support group in Portales

If you are starting 2015 reeling from the death of a loved one, you may be interested to know that a newly formed grief support group begins later this month in Portales, open to anyone who feels the need for it. Before coming to Portales last summer as the pastor at First United Methodist Church, […]

To do list

Today • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Ongoing • 7 Deadly Sins, ENMU student juried art exhibition — Through Jan. 30, ENMU Golden Library. Admission: free. Information: Bryan Hahn 575-562-2778. The to do list publishes daily and features non-recurring public meetings and entertainment options of interest to Roosevelt County residents. […]

Jail Log

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Tuesday • 7:53 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries), address unknown • 11:58 a.m.: Burglary report, 1500 block South Avenue J • 1:13 p.m.: Warrant service, 100 block Airport Road • 3:52 p.m.: Prisoner transport Jail log […]

Residents tap frustration on water rates

Alisa Boswell: PNT photo
Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
Portales City Councilor Matt Hunton talks to concerned Portales residents about the increase in water rates at a public hearing Tuesday night at the Memorial Building as Mayor Sharon King listens.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales residents gathered in the Memorial Building Tuesday evening to express grievances over the City of Portales increasing water rates. The rate increase, which is to help pay for the $24.5 million loan the city obtained to build its new waste water treatment plant, was initially set to increase […]

Meetings Watch — Roosevelt County Commission, Jan. 6

The following took place at the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday morning in the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices: • Commissioners unanimously voted Commissioner Kendall Buzard as chairman of the board and Jake Lopez as vice-chairman. • Commissioners heard a report from USDA Wildlife Specialist Cliff Rupert, who said the USDA has worked 80,925 acres in […]

Meetings Watch: Portales City Council

The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at the Memorial Building: • Mayor Sharon King declared Jan. 19 to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Portales. City Councilor Oscar Robinson said he will help coordinate a march and celebration in conjunction with Eastern New Mexico University. • Councilors approved […]

Roosevelt County deficit: $500,000 and counting

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Commissioners approved a temporary moratorium on hiring for the remainder of 2015 fiscal year because of an almost $500,000 shortfall. County Manager Amber Hamilton told commissioners that not filling certain open positions in the county is one of numerous steps being taken to get the county to […]

Blotter/Jail Log — Jan. 7

Police Blotter The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Monday 7:53 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries), Address unknown 1:36 p.m.: Verbal domestic, 100 block East 5th Street 4:17 p.m.: Warrant service, 100 block Airport Road 4:57 p.m.: Theft report, 1100 block […]

Portales chamber executive director asked to resign

By Robin Fornoff Managing editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce appears headed for a showdown with Executive Director Karl Terry, who is fighting efforts to have him removed. Chamber President Keith Thomas confirmed that Terry was asked Monday morning to submit his resignation by three members of the chamber’s executive committee. Thomas said […]

City Council will hold public meeting to discuss rate concerns

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo

The Portales City Council will be holding a town hall meeting tonight to address concerns about a proposed water-rate hike to pay for the city’s new $16.4 million wastewater treatment plant and reuse center.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com More than four months after a proposed $30-per-month water bill increase, Portales city councilors will hold a town hall meeting tonight to gather public input and address concerns about the rate hike. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Building. City Councilor Matt Hunton said the meeting […]