Burglaries up last year

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Christina Calloway Burglary reports last year in Portales were more than double compared to 2009, according to the Portales Police Department’s 2011 annual report. There were 293 burglaries reported in 2011 compared to 125 in 2009, according to the report. Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill said the jump in burglaries — which is described as […]

PNT ownership changes hands

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CMI Staff New owners Garry Ellis and Gary Stevenson say acquisition of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun marks the end of a 2 1/2-year search “for just the right (media) property.” The two are partners in Clovis Media Inc., which assumed ownership today of the three papers from Freedom Communications, […]

Salvation Army, PNT launching Empty Stocking program

Kevin Wilson The stories have different starting points. One family came to Clovis from Arizona to care for sick parents, and medical expenses wiped out their savings. Another family is uncertain if their place of employment may be closing. The ending points are all the same for about 300 families. They’re coming to the Salvation […]

PNT wins at press awards

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal on Saturday was awarded the top prize from New Mexico Press Association at its annual Better Newspaper Contest. CNJ won the general excellence award for the fifth consecutive year — the eighth time in nine years — taking honors for news and sports reporting and advertising […]

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 […]

My turn: Local talent impressive

I want to congratulate PNT columnist and Eastern New Mexico University’s Director of Media Relations Wendel Sloan on his recently acquired award for best columnist. I can’t imagine anyone who deserves it more. He is always a delight to read and work with. I covered the Floyd Jamboree on Saturday night and the musical talent […]

Statistics: Burglaries up

Argen Duncan The city of Portales saw an above-normal number of burglaries in 2010, but a significant decrease in DWI cases, according to city Police Department statistics. “We did have an increase in several areas,” said Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry, adding officers had been busy. However, Berry said the rates of solved cases […]

Former Elida coach to be inducted into NMHU’s Hall of Honor

By Melanie Dabovich-Roberts Special to the PNT Bob Dabovich of Raton, a former Elida coach, will be inducted Thursday into New Mexico Highlands University’s H-Club Hall of Honor Dabovich, who played college basketball and baseball at NMHU in the mid-1960s to early 70s, is one of six former student-athletes who will be honored by the […]

Salon owners expect no change from tanning tax

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By Jared Tucker PNT Staff Writer jtucker@pntonline.com Take your tax, and tan it. That’s what tanning salon owners and customers in Portales think about a new federal tanning tax that takes effect July 1. The new tax, part of the government’s health care bill, won’t keep die-hard tanning customers away, according to salon owners. Devan […]

Annual Heritage Days on horizon

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Clarence Plank It’s that time again for the 26th annual Heritage Days in Portales this coming weekend. The three-day weekend kicks off Friday with the Christian Country Jamboree at the City Park. Sharon King, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, said this is her favorite event of the year because families can […]