Center offering summer youth program

PNT Staff Parents will have another option for their children this summer to help encourage healthy activity. Johnny Ledbetter, Portales Recreation Center Director, said the goal of the director’s inaugural summer youth program at the Portales Recreation Center is to keep children healthy and active. “I think kids need to have things to do in […]

5/22 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • Betty Beckwith, 44, pleaded no contest to aggravated DWI (2nd offense), careless driving and is ordered to serve 8 days in the Roosevelt County Detention Center followed by 356 days supervised probation, allow an ignition interlock device to be installed on any vehicles […]

Fire department receives grant from Homeland Security program

PNT Staff The Portales Fire Department is in operation mainly to stop fires that endanger the lives and property of Portales residents. The department also attempts to educate people in an effort to stop potential fires, and has received more than $20,000 to support their efforts. The Portales Fire Department was one of two New […]

School looks to its future

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer New Mexico legislators took a look at what could be the future of public education when they took a tour on Wednesday of facilities which will be used for the online courses at Portales High School. Sen. Stuart Ingle (R-Portales) and the senate majority leader, Sen. Gay Kernan (R-Hobbs) […]

AARP delivers stance on Social Security

By Kevin Wilson The New Mexico chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons is adamant that Social Security does need to be fixed, and they are concerned about a day that the federal program’s expenses will exceed its revenues. Their message to Portales residents in attendance was that private investment accounts are not the […]

Program provides gun locks

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Parents in Roosevelt County have free at their disposal gun locks to help protect children from accidental shootings. The Project Safe van made a stop in Portales on Thursday and gave away 800 gunlocks to law enforcement officials — 500 to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department and 300 to […]

Portales officials gain feedback on pothole program

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Portales city officials have reported fair results so far from a different type of adoption program — one where the items adopted are wanted by nobody. The city’s adopt-a-pothole program has been underway since March, and City Manager Debi Lee has been pleased with the participation from Portales citizens […]

Dual language program may become trend in border education

By Marlena Hartz; CNJ staff writer Upon first glance, the colorful ink numbers in Francis Duarte’s classroom, printed on cardboard, appear to be typical decorations in a typical kindergarten classroom — except below each numerical value is the corresponding Spanish word. In this classroom, Spanish is spoken 90 percent of the time; the goal is […]

Meth Watch program gains fans across state

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While prosecuting a methamphetamine manufacturer in 2002, District Attorney Matthew Chandler heard the words that inspired him to attack the drug head-on. After the Albuquerque man was convicted for manufacturing methamphetamine in a Clovis hotel, the judge asked him why he’d set up shop in Clovis. His response, according […]

ENMU gets Alcohol 101 Plus

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Patricia Madrid thinks tougher laws, including ignition locks for convicted drunken drivers and felony charges for those who provide alcohol to minors, will be effective in combating underage and binge drinking. But New Mexico’s attorney general thinks that’s only part of the solution. “We have to change the culture, […]

Housing project hitting snags with funding

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The possibility of a housing development in Roosevelt County is at least on hold after the project was denied for tax-credit funding. Jonathan Reed of Jonathan Reed & Associates, a corporation based in Albuquerque, had his application denied by the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority to receive funding to […]

Attorney General to speak at ENMU

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer State Attorney General Patricia Madrid is traveling around the state in an effort to combat binge and underage drinking. Madrid will speak to Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and Portales community members from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Faculty Lounge in the Campus Union Building […]

Governor has town hall meeting in Portales

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By Tony Parra Gov. Bill Richardson made a pro-education stance on Thursday morning with Eastern New Mexico University students, local politicians and members of the Roosevelt County community. Richardson spoke in the Becky Sharp Auditorium on the ENMU campus to answer questions about higher education, capital outlay money, the state economy and the 2005 state […]

Board discusses nutrition: PJHS students teach eating habits

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eva Dean Stephens, a family consumer science teacher at Portales Junior High, told the Portales school board Monday about the Eat Smart, Play Hard program in which PJHS students teach third graders the importance of eating healthy. Austin Inge was one of 18 PJHS students who took turns helping […]

4/10 Engagements, Anniversaries, Organizations

Engagements Stevens/Baker Debbie and Phil Gillespie of Levelland, Texas, along with Roger and Donna Stevens of Sparks, Nev. announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kayla K’mille Stevens of Portales to Joshua Price Baker, of Amarillo, Tex., son of Kerry and Ruth Baker of Amarillo, Texas. The couple will exchange vows June 4, […]

School officials explain online program

By Tony Parra Portales administrators were happy with the 100 percent sign-up rate after their presentation on online courses on Thursday evening at the Portales High School library. The goal of the administrators was to assure parents that high school students would receive the same quality of education learning through online courses as the quality […]

Budget cuts could doom Upward Bound program

By Tony Parra Upward Bound organizers are afraid the program may be cut by President George W. Bush in next year’s proposed budget to provide more funding for the “No Child Left Behind” program. The Eastern New Mexico University Upward Bound program has been operating for more than 30 years, and currently serves students from […]

ENMU to receive funds

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University administrators received news from the United States Department of Education that its College Success Program would receive $336,121 to help low-income first-generation ENMU students. Nico Cameron, director of CSP, said she wrote the grant for the funding during the summer and on Monday U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici announced, […]

Jamboree hosts a variety of performers from eight to 70 something.

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer There will be fiddlers, a trick-rope expert, country music, gospel music, an enchilada dinner, cowboy poets and comedians as more than 30 performers will participate in 55th annual Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree. The Grand Old Opry-style show started tonight in Floyd and runs through Sunday afternoon. Eight-year-old Amy […]

Mentors needed for local program

By Marlena Hartz: PNT Correspondent Charles Murrell has been all over the world and never made a friendship quite like the one he has with Kendall Christinson. Christinson, too, has seen many places. While his travels are a result of his mother’s change of employment, and Murrell’s are a result of service in the Air […]