Police Christmas program under way

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Alisa Boswell The Santa Cop program has kicked off at the Portales Police Department as toys begin to flood into the department for children, who would otherwise, have no Christmas gifts. Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said 170 names have been submitted so far for the program and he expects there to be close to 1,500 […]

Fishing report —

This fishing report is provided by the Department of Game and Fish. East-Central, including the Pecos River Coyote Creek — The flow is 1.5 cfs. No report. Pecos River — The flow is 34 cfs. The river is continues to fish well. The water is very clear, so go to long leaders, fine tippets and […]

KENW airing scamming special

PNT staff report KENW-TV will host Scam Alert, a Consumer Protection Special, on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. The one hour-long special will be a live call-in program, which will allow viewers the opportunity to call the studio with direct questions to a panel of experts on the subject of scams. Panel members will consist […]

Police chief to retire

PNT staff Portales Police Department Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry will be retiring from the Portales Police Department, effective Dec. 30 after more than two decades with the PPD. Berry began his law enforcement career as a patrolman in 1985, achieving captain in 1996. He was designated as deputy chief in the fall of 2009. During […]

Officials offer winter driving advice

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Alisa Boswell Blankets, a flashlight and some nonperishable foods are items drivers should always have in their cars during the winter time, according to auto mechanic and New Mexico Department of Transportation officials. “Have a blanket and water and snacks in your trunk in case you get stuck or in case you get somewhere where […]

Fishing report — Nov. 10

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Whooping cough on rise

Whooping cough

Staff and wire reports Whooping cough is on the rise in parts of New Mexico, but not an issue so far this year in the eastern part of the state. Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial respiratory infection putting infants most at risk. The New Mexico Department of Health says cases of whooping cough, […]

New fire protection gear to be purchased for road department

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Alisa Boswell The Roosevelt County Road Department will soon be fighting fires in new personal protection gear. The Roosevelt County Commission recently approved funding to purchase 15 wildland suits at about $325 a piece. “These guys go out there and they’re very critical to helping with grass fires, and they’re not very well protected,” Roosevelt […]

Fishing report — Oct. 20

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Dust storm causes visibility problems

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Kevin Wilson A fast-moving storm blew through the area Monday afternoon, creating roiling dust clouds thousands of feet tall and smothering roads and highways with thick dust that dropped visibility to nearly zero in some places. The wall of dust darkened skies and stopped traffic, while the winds caused widespread minor damage and toppled trees. […]

Fire department promotes fire prevention week

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Alisa Boswell Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols believes children are never too young to learn about the dangers of fire. Pre-school and kindergarten aged children were given tours of the fire department this week as Fire Prevention Week. “We target our young kids, and always have, to start that education early on,” said Nuckols, who […]

Fishing report — Oct. 13

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Local vendors see decline in farmers market

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Alisa Boswell According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report, farmers markets have been on the rise in popularity in the U.S. this year with markets having increased by 17 percent nationally and by 38 percent in New Mexico. Despite this national and state increase, vendors from the local Clovis and Portales markets said, […]

Fishing report —

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

NM fishing report, Sept. 20

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. East–Central, including the Pecos River Coyote Creek — The flow is 0.57 […]

Sept. 20 —

PHS drama production announced The drama department is in rehearsal for their upcoming production of Oscar Wilde’s play, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” which will open Nov. 18. The house will open at 6 p.m. with a 7 p.m. curtain. Tickets will be $5 for all seats.

2011 special session: Governor pushes merging agencies

Trip Jennings As part of her call for the special legislative session, Gov. Susana Martinez wants state lawmakers to shrink government by merging several state agencies. Under her proposal, the cultural affairs and tourism departments would merge, the Department of Information Technology would become part of the General Services Department and the New Mexico’s Homeland […]

DoD focuses on school renovations

On orders from Congress, the Department of Defense is deciding how to spend a first appropriation — $250 million — to upgrade a set of public schools that are in disrepair or disturbingly overcrowded. The catch is that these schools, though part of local school districts, are on stateside bases and 94 percent of their […]

Meetings watch —

Roosevelt County Commission The Roosevelt County Commission will meet in a Work Session today at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ room in the Roosevelt County Courthouse to discuss the Magistrate Court Complex Project. The following items will be discussed today during the regular commissioners meeting at 9 a.m.: • Information about the Security Posture Assessment […]

Drug-sniffing dog joins sheriff’s office

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Alisa Boswell The newest deputy at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office is going to help keep drugs off the county streets and highways, according to Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Fram, a black Labrador retriever, just returned from two weeks of training in Spring Branch, Texas, with his new handler, Deputy Sonny Wilcox. Wilcox said he […]