May 4 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael We are wondering about this colder spell here on Sunday. It is certainly unusually late since it seemed spring had arrived for good. In any case, it hadn’t been warm enough, long enough to warm the ground suitable for planting corn or peanuts. Visitor Tannis Cathey’s mother was here visiting over the […]

Nature Conservancy on mission to save lesser prairie chickens

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Members of the Nature Conservancy chapter in New Mexico listened about the importance of preserving the habitat of the lesser prairie-chicken on Friday night, then on Saturday got a first-hand look at what they were preserving. There was a reception held at Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble’s […]

Levin content with librarian role

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Your name: Stephanie Levin Your job: Youth Services Librarian Your age: 36; Aug. 4, 1968 Your hometown: Roy, Utah Your family: Brian (husband), Rachel (4), and Megan (6 mo.) Your hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: I really enjoy reading, cooking and working on projects. What do you think of Portales? “Portales […]

Dec. 1 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The farmers were thankful for a few days of sunshine last week so they could do a little more in harvesting. Some of the peanut farmers were able to work a couple days getting some out that had been dug for several weeks. Some farmers have hundreds of acres of hay swathed […]

4-H members prepare for fair

By Tony Parra The time is quickly approaching for 4-H agriculture students and their projects. They will have their craftsmanship on display this week during the fair. Students participating in the 4-H events will have to start entering their horticulture, arts and crafts, sewing and baking projects in on Tuesday between 12 p.m. to 6 […]

Department of Labor office will stay open in Portales

By Tony Parra Questions and doubts over whether people from Roosevelt County would have to drive to Clovis for unemployment and veterans services were answered in one hour on Thursday morning in the city hall chambers. Steve Gallegos, Deputy Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Labor, Kim Huffman, Community Development Director and landlord of […]

Kryden enjoys life of books

What do you think of Portales? “I love Portales. That’s why I came back, for family and also Portales has always been my hometown.” What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Getting up and sitting in the backyard. Being able to sit down and paint. Other than that, traveling. I love to travel.” What is […]

Group pedals with a purpose

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By Tony Parra A bicycle journey across America made its annual stop in Portales on Monday on its way to Charleston, S.C. The bicycling event is called the Journey of Hope and bicycle riders dressed in their blue, red and white uniforms made time to pose for a group photo outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse […]

Two arrested in connection to vandalism

By Kevin Wilson Two juveniles were arrested Monday on vandalism charges related to last week’s damage at three local schools and three businesses. Two 13-year-olds were arrested upon tips received by the Portales Police Department. “I got a tip the morning of the criminal damage that gave us suspects,” Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. […]

Family remembers special loved one

By Michelle Seeber Tamara Smart Smith, 28, who lived in Portales the last year-and-a-half of her life, was the mother of a daughter, Hailey Towler, of Artesia. She was a friend to her “special sisters, Misty, Sunnidae and Sandy Taylor” and to her “special mother,” Mary. But most of all, she was happy, family members […]

Civilian pilot makes emergency landing at Cannon

Darrell Maurina A civilian pilot suvived because Cannon Air Force Base took emergency steps to guide his damaged plane to Cannon’s runways during severe weather on March 12, according to Col. Robert Yates, 27th Fighter Wing commander. “When you have a fellow pilot in trouble you just pull out all the stops to get them […]

Simpson goes all-out to help elderly

Mary Jane Simpson has served two years as an Americorp VISTA for the Portales Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Her supervisor Vonnie Banther says she is a vital part of the team, and has helped the local Community Services Center rank third in the state for the number of accurate federal returns filed. Her term […]

Student spells his way to state

Tony Parra Eighth-grader Juan Contreras topped 11 contestants to claim the Portales school district Spanish spelling bee title Friday morning. Contreras, who edged a fifth-grade student in the final round, will participate in the state spelling bee contest in Albuquerque on Feb. 7. Contreras finished third in last year’s competition, but on Friday beat out […]

Logan holds off Dora in second half

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — With tough schedules earlier in the season, Dora and Logan were better than their combined records of 5-11 might suggest. With 8-1 Texico waiting in the bracket, though, it was the Lady Longhorns that were able to hit crucial jumpers and start off the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament with […]

Hounds on three-game streak

By Dave Wagner Preseason conditioning can be real drudgery, and Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan is known to crack the whip. As far as Greyhounds senior Garland Coleman is concerned, though, all that work was worth it Saturday night when ENMU went four overtimes to eke out a 91-89 win over […]

Parents visit with teachers, cafeteria

Tony Parra Portales school officials were able to accomplish two goals when they held a parent-teacher conference in the newly-renovated Portales High School cafeteria on Monday. Parents were able to talk with teachers about student progress. And they got to view the new cafeteria. The cafeteria had an addition to it which eliminated an open […]

Teen arrested in Portales, accused of car-jacking, kid-napping

Darrell Todd Maurina Portales police on Sunday afternoon apprehended a 19-year-old ranch hand who allegedly went on a 2 1/2 hour crime spree through three counties where he robbed numerous people at gunpoint, broke into homes and hijacked cars — among other crimes. John C. Cates, 19, is being held in the DeBaca County jail […]

Public defender likes having an impact on people

Monica Casias, 26, was recently hired as an assistant public defender with the 9th Judicial District public defender’s office. Question: When were you officially hired as an attorney with the public defender’s office, and when did you start work here? Answer: I began working in this office on Sept. 17 as a law clerk for […]

Rams to test new offense against West Las Vegas

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By Kevin Wilson Though he’s in pretty exclusive company right now, T.C. Nusser doesn’t consider himself a one-of-a-kind player by any means. When the Portales High senior comes into tonight’s 7 p.m. game against West Las Vegas at Greyhound Stadium, he’ll be the only player that has started in each of the last three season […]