Lucrative catfish added to waters

Staff report Eastern New Mexico fishers have a chance to net $100. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officials released five tagged catfish Thursday into a body of water in Clovis as part of a Clovis Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event. The catfish will have tags that resemble a red wire with numbers. Tags can […]

An ode to our backyard pool

By Grant McGee Local columnist The Lady of the House was relaxing in the backyard pool the other day. We were chatting about how nice the pool water was…cool and sparkling clean. You wouldn’t have recognized it a few months ago. As spring began you couldn’t see the bottom because the water was so dark. […]

Committee will consider revamp effort

Staff report There are no plans to disband the Local Growth Management Committee, but a new name and purpose might be on the horizon. During the LGMC meeting Friday morning at City Hall, Portales mayor and committee chairperson Sharon King said strategic planning might be in order for the group. The LGMC was created in […]

Chamber class has slots open

Staff report The Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce has openings remaining for its upcoming Leadership Clovis Class. The chamber’s flagship leadership program is an experience dedicated to helping people who will assume leadership roles in their companies and the community. The class, which had its first graduates in 1988, requires students spend the full day […]

Nose leads straight to pets’ hearts

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Sometimes it’s natural to wonder what they see in us. Perhaps we are nothing more than animate vending machines, back scratchers, play buddies and comfort givers – valuable things to have if you’re a dog trying to make it in the modern world. But if you ever had doubts that […]

Pages past — Aug. 2

Aug. 2 On this date … 1974: Hometown favorite Tony Romero was knocked down three times in the first round and lost his professional lightweight boxing match with Mexico’s Bobby Estrada at the Clovis Sports Arena. Romero said after the fight he could not remember anything after the second knockdown. 1960: A 13-year-old Carrizozo boy […]

Cattle Baron closed for code violations

Staff report Employees at Cattle Baron in Portales were working to reopen the restaurant Friday after an anonymous tipster led the New Mexico Environment Department to find a laundry list of violations. The restaurant was closed Thursday and will reopen once employees satisfy the inspector on site, according to NMED Communications Director Jim Winchester. The […]

On call around the clock

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Ashley Standish, left, Arise Sexual Assault Services advocate coordinator talks to Alexandra Miller, center, and Susan Morrison about the pamphlets they can hand out at the Arise office. Miller and Morrison volunteer for the Arise hotline.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Susan Morrison knows victims of sexual assault need someone to talk to. Having gone through the same things as the people who call the Arise Sexual Assault Services hotline, Morrison tries to […]

Serving with joy, no regrets

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St. Helen’s new priest Rev. Charles Ugochukwu is a native of Nigeria. Ugochukwu said he’s looking forward to serving the Portales and Eastern New Mexico University communities.

Editor’s note: This profile is the last in a series featuring new religious leaders in Portales. By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Rev. Charles Ugochukwu had an intense social life as a child growing up in eastern Nigeria. It was during his childhood he discovered he wanted to be a priest through his service as […]

Events calendar — August 1

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Get Fit — 6 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Saturday Stuff the Bus — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Walmart in Clovis and Portales. Information: 2-1-1 or 575-935-0211. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales […]

Clues speak to true character

By Patti Dobson Religion columnist Sometimes, we can be fooled by outside appearances. A person’s exterior can be bright and shiny, yet hide mean-spiritedness. We may be so dazzled by what someone shows on the outside that we miss important clues that speak to someone’s character. The opposite is true as well. We may be […]

I started practicing Kow-rate at a young age

By Audra Brown Local columnist There are many martial arts, some new, some old, and some in-between. But I’d like to talk about one of the oldest, yet never-talked about martial arts: The delicate art of Kow-rate. It’s origins are shrouded in green, methane-scented, mystery, but it’s practice is something I can tell you a […]

Police blotter — August 1

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday •1:18 a.m.: Officer requested, Third Street and Avenue K. •1:45 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 100 block of West Sixth Street. •7:06 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. •7:53 a.m.: Deputy requested, 1500 block of N.M. 267. •8:40 a.m.: Prisoner transport, 1700 block […]

No explanation for arachnophobia

By Tony Gennaro Local columnist Arachnophobia is an intense fear of spiders, enough fear to send people with this phobia into a full-scale panic. There is no explanation for arachnophobia, at least one that everyone will agree upon. But without question, phobias do exist. Some individuals state that arachnophobia is instinctive. Like all inherited characteristics, some […]

Teen wins title

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Kynzi Creighton, left, of Elida has been named the state’s junior beef ambassador for the 2014-2015 year.
Right of Creighton are Heather Stacy, Kaitlyn Farmer and Sage Mijares.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Kynzi Creighton has held a lot of leadership roles growing up in an agricultural environment but she hopes to come into her own with her newest title. The 16-year-old from Elida won the honor of becoming the state’s new junior beef ambassador at a summer conference held by the New […]

Courthouse office closures creating issues

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The temporary closures of some Roosevelt County Courthouse offices have brought on unforeseen issues for real estate agents, bankers and title companies as they say the last week of the month is their busiest. Real estate agent Lori Bohm said the closures have caused a huge hardship for people […]

Events calendar — July 31

Today Yoga Fit — 8:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. City Pool — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Lap Swim — 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Night Swim — 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., […]

Officials prepare for Cannon Appreciation Day

Staff report Clovis is preparing to show its appreciation for the men and women stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, Committee of Fifty and the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation are coming together to host the 25th annual Cannon Appreciation Day slated for Aug. 8. Courtney Bailey, Chamber of Commerce […]

Police blotter — July 31

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday •12:04 a.m.: Premise check, 200 block of West University Drive. •2:53 a.m.: Prowlers, location unknown •3:50 a.m.: Missing person, 400 block of North Avenue B. •6:54 a.m.: Welfare check, 200 block of West University Drive. •7:14 a.m.: Animal complaint, N.M. 206. •7:59 a.m.: Public assist, […]

Coyote population on rise

Stock Image: Coyote

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A report from the county’s U.S. Department of Agriculture’s wildlife department shows an increase in the coyote population in Roosevelt County. Reports from Roose-velt County’s USDA Wildlife Expert Cliff Ruppert has shown an increase in the number pups in a coyote’s litter. On average, a female coyote’s litter is […]