Basis for ENMU Natural History Museum started years ago

By Tony Gennaro Guest columnist On a beautiful summer morning in Raton, my friend Frankie and I were sitting on the edge of a small arroyo. Frankie commented, “I’ll bet this arroyo gets much deeper.” I responded, “I imagine it does.” We were both 9 and nature fascinated us, even a small arroyo. We looked […]

Love is in the air

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Portales couple Devan Griego, left, and Kameron King joke Friday afternoon at the district court offices outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse while they recall the early stages of their relationship. Couples throughout Roosevelt and Curry Counties will be
celebrating their relationships for Valentine’s Day.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@pntonline.com Like other couples in Roosevelt and Curry County, Devan Griego and her fiancé Kameron King will be celebrating their relationship for Valentine’s Day today, but the real story is how their romance started. King and Griego, who have been dating for three years, said they met at Griego’s sorority function while […]

Time, attention as good as treats to pets

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies Cards, chocolate and flowers just won’t do when it comes to the critters, but that isn’t stopping pet owners from expressing overtures of love to the furry ones on Valentine’s Day this year. It makes sense that they should be included in a day set aside to acknowledge […]

Pages past — Feb. 14

On this date … 1974: Clovis city commissioners were attempting to secure funds from the State Library Commission to overhaul a historic building and turn it into a library. The building, located at Fourth and Mitchell, was originally a post office on land that was first home to Clovis’ zoo. The zoo moved to Hillcrest […]

Portales woman wins Valentine giveaway

Tony Bullocks: Staff photo
Publisher Robert Arrowsmith delivered Antonia Salas’ 12 dozen roses to her in person Thursday 
morning.

The winner of Portales News-Tribune and Butterfly Floral’s Valentine giveaway was Antonia Salas, who received 12 dozen roses Thursday morning. Here is what Antonia’s daughter, Margarita Pacheco, said about her: My special valentine is my mom You wouldn’t believe how amazing she is Valentine’s Day: An opportunity to say why I love her Always providing […]

Eastern New Mexicans shade-seeking kind of folks

By Grant McGee Local columnist “Was it really years ago? Seems like only yesterday … ” So goes the opening line of the Waylon Jennings song “Old Friend.” Yeah, it’s like it was only yesterday that I drove on down to Lubbock to see Waylon in concert. It was a hot spring day about 15 […]

Artistically different

Derek Major: Staff photo
Corey Pickett’s piece of the Black Panthers is on display at Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library Thursday. Pickett’s work known as Out Of The Box will be on display until Feb. 27.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor @pntonline.com On a typical night Corey Pickett stalks the sidelines, gives his team direction and works the referees as Clovis Christian’s high school basketball coach. On his own time, Pickett is an artist. His works are on display until Feb. 27 at Eastern New Mexico’s Golden Library. Pickett, who […]

Center’s focus to help more senior citizens

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Meals, home assistance and transportation are top priorities for Roosevelt County senior citizens, a Thursday public forum established. The Community Services Center in Portales hosted a full house with more than 50 people attending to share thoughts and concerns on how the organization’s programs and volunteers can better serve […]

You’d think I’d wear the warm clothes when it’s cold

By Audra Brown Local columnist The weather likes to keep everybody guessing. It seems like this time of year, it likes to put out a few, nice, warm days before swapping back to cold in the middle of the day and catching me with my coat in the pickup, rather than between me and the […]

United Way behind on funds

Staff report Donations to United Way of Eastern new Mexico are coming up short with just a week left in the agency’s annual fundraising campaign, according to a press release from Executive Director Erinn Burch. Burch said United Way donations pledged so far are about $62,000 less than the amount of money raised last year. […]

Ute water project awarded $700K

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority’s interim pipeline has been awarded $700,000 from the federal Bureau of Reclamation, according to a news release Thursday from U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. The money is part of $2.2 million Udall secured in last December’s omnibus funding bill for […]

To do list — Feb. 13

Today • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. 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., […]

Police blotter — Feb. 13

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 7:49 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 1300 block West 17th Lane • 9:12 a.m.: Burglary report, 1400 block South Roosevelt Road • 5:11 p.m.:Suspicious Circumstances, 2200 block Beech Street • 7:09 p.m.: Larceny, 9000 […]

House GOP sends third-grade retention bill to Senate

By Robert Nott Santa Fe New Mexican Although the outcome was never really in doubt, members of the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives spent more than three hours Wednesday night debating the pros and cons of holding back third-graders who can’t read at grade level, then sent a bill to do just that on to […]

RGH goes non-smoking

Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
Susan Womack, left, billing specialist for the Roosevelt General Hospital Clinic, chats Wednesday with Director of Marketing Greg McFarland in the RGH Cafe. Womack said fewer people spend time in the outdoor area now that RGH is a non-smoking facility, but none of the staff members that smoke seem to mind.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Roosevelt General Hospital staff members who smoke are saying not much has changed for them since the hospital enacted a non-smoking policy at the start of the new year. The hospital sent out a press release last week announcing the change, stating that the change was “a continued effort […]

Strange weather out there

Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com One day it’s shirtsleeve weather and another back into the winter coats. Welcome to eastern New Mexico. The National Weather Service said temperatures will continue to run up and down the thermometer with highs in the mid-60s this weekend, then skidding into the 30s early next week. “There are chances […]

Little orange neighbors need helping hand

By Betty Williamson Local columnist As good neighbors go, it is hard to improve upon a Monarch butterfly. These snippets of flying art are beautiful. They don’t bite, sting, spread disease, throw raucous parties, or play loud music. If there is a negative, it is this: They are picky eaters and they’ve been having a […]

Portales man found guilty of trafficking

Staff report Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced Wednesday that Vernie Davis, Jr., 36, of Portales, was found guilty Tuesday by a Roosevelt County jury for trafficking controlled substances, a second degree felony. In March of 2013, Davis sold methamphetamine to an undercover informant during a Region V Drug Task Force operation. Donna J. […]

Police blotter — Feb. 12

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Tuesday • 8:05 a.m.: Larceny, 100 block NM 267 • 9:58 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1100 block North Avenue B • 12:01 p.m.: Fraud, 200 block Rose Lane • 3:20 p.m.: Warrant service, 1000 block […]

To do list — Feb. 12

Today • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. 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., […]