Movie schedule: July 27

Friday 7 p.m. — Rock of Ages, PG-13 Saturday 4 p.m. — Rock of Ages, PG-13 7 p.m. — That's My Boy, R Sunday 4 p.m. — Rock of Ages, PG-13 7 p.m. — That's My Boy, R Admission is $.99 Information: 784-3331

What's Happening: July 27

Friday Baby Sitter Bootcamp 8 a.m. Chavez CDC The Final Move 8:30 a.m. Community Training Room Friday Social Hour Snacks 4:27 p.m. The Landing Zone Family Bowl-a-Rama 5 p.m. Cannon Lanes Senior NCO Induction Ceremony 6 pm The Landing Zone Epic Proportions Tour 8 p.m. The Drop Zone Youth Karaoke 5:15 p.m. for Tweens and […]

The Spouse Briefs: All-natural pest control

When we first moved to Clovis, my husband had the option of putting rocks or grass in our front lawn. Unlike most of our neighbors he opted for mostly grass. It took awhile but finally after months of careful work we had a beautifully-established lawn. We soon came to understand that we were not the […]

Roosevelt county wins big at 4-H competition

Roosevelt County 4-H members won big at the 89th annual New Mexico State 4-H Conference earlier this month in Las Cruces. Members placed in five competitions including Livestock Skill-a-thon, Livestock Judging, Home Ec Skill-a-thon, Pasture and Range Evaluation and Land Judging. Roosevelt County 4-H members placed in each contest as followed: Livestock Skill-a-thon contest: The […]

Portales Parks Director celebrates 25th year

Portales Parks and Cemetery Director Ronnie Johns was recognized by the city council for dedicating 25 years of service to the city of Portales last week at its council meeting. City officials noted that it is rare they see workers display that type of longevity on the job. Johns answered questions about his 25 years […]

In their corner

Mike Miller has another year of being the voice for the county after commissioners approved renewing an annual contract at their July 17 meeting. The longtime lobbyist said he looks forward to another year as the representative for the county at legislative sessions in Santa Fe. "The rewarding part is you get to advocate and […]

Q&A: Portales Parks and Cemetery Director Ronnie Johns

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales Parks and Cemetery Director Ronnie Johns was recognized by the city council for dedicating 25 years of service to the city of Portales last week at its council meeting. City officials noted that it is rare they see workers display that type of longevity on the job. […]

Police Blotter – July 26

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 11 a.m.: Someone walked up for fingerprints. 11:28 a.m.: Deputy advised of a burglary, 6400 block New Mexico 206. 11:30 a.m.: Someone walked up for fingerprints. 12:33 p.m.: Caller reported harassment by phone, 700 block North Avenue O. 1 p.m.: Someone walked up for fingerprints. 1:39 p.m.: […]

My Turn – July 26

On my bookshelf I have a small softbound volume called New Mexico Handbook, written in 1989 by Stephen Metzger. While it's a fairly useful reference book, I've kept it for a single quirky paragraph that straddles pages 222 and 223, about the drive from Lovington to Portales. "Imagine a gorgeous waterfall plummeting 500 feet off […]

Gay marriage arguments awkward

So, the Muppets aren't eating at Chick-fil-A anymore? That was my reaction Monday, when I read the Jim Henson Company cut its ties with Chick-fil-A, with whom it had partnered with this month to release make-your-own-puppet kits as the toy given with kids' meals. Companies sever ties every day, but this one got national attention […]

Zia pulls out win in state Junior Division

CARLSBAD — The Clovis Zia All-Stars got run-scoring singles from Rafa Maldonado and Edgar Madrid in the top of the seventh and edged Albuquerque Zia 17-15 in a 3 1/2-hour marathon on Tuesday night in the Little League state Junior Division tournament. Clovis Zia trailed 9-2 after two innings, but scored four in the fourth […]

ENMU approves legislative appropriation fund application

At a special meeting for the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents on Tuesday in the Administration Building, regents approved once again applying for $5.5 million in annual legislative appropriation funds: President Steven Gamble said the funds go toward the athletics department, the KENW television station, the Blackwater Draw museum and site, allied health […]

EPCOG audits continue to show poor practices

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer Audit reports from 2006 through 2008 at the Eastern Plains Council of Government repeat findings from a 2005 report — poor accounting practices that either contributed to misuse of government-provided monies, or at least provided such opportunities. Just like an auditor's report and financial statement of 2005 done by […]

Traffic concerns raised

Billie G. Rains made screeching noises as she described the nearly daily occurrence of driver's slamming on their brakes to avoid vehicle accidents on Main Avenue. A Suburban stops beyond the stop sign into the intersection of Third Street and Main Avenue to watch for traffic on Main Avenue before crossing. A hair stylist who […]

Meter change halfway complete

The city of Portales is halfway through four-year project of installing a new automated water meter system. according to City Manager Tom Howel. Howell said city water department workers have spent the last two years replacing outdated water meters with meters that use an automatic reading system, eliminating the need to physically read meters, saving […]

Meter change halfway complete

The city of Portales is halfway through four-year project of installing a new automated water meter system. according to City Manager Tom Howell Portales City Manager Tom Howell said new automatic reading water meters being put into place in the city will not require attention from meter readers, saving the city the $25,000 annual salary […]

Traffic concerns raised

Billie G. Rains made screeching noises as she described the nearly daily occurrence of driver's slamming on their breaks to avoid vehicle accidents on Main Avenue. A hair stylist who works in the problem area, Rains said speeding is a problem on Main Avenue between Second and Fourth streets. She looked out the window and […]

Their view: Legislation aims to curb predatory lending

Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and two other senators introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic Lending Act. The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on the worst practices of the online payday lending industry and give states more power to enforce already-existing rules to protect consumers from predatory loans. "Too often, families who […]

Pledge threat to defense budget

Worried by the "sequestration" blade set to fall on defense budgets in January, Republicans are sounding alarms with special hearings, a flurry of press releases and bills that offer at least interim solutions. But will Republicans also reconsider their "anti-tax hike" pledge to the powerful lobbyist Grover Norquist? A rising chorus of critics, including some […]

Editorial: Bushs’ efforts put spotlight on AIDS issue

Before the moment passes, we join others in extending our appreciation for former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura's ongoing support for efforts to break the deadly AIDS epidemic threatening Africa. Thank you, President and Mrs. Bush. The former first couple spent a week earlier this month in Zambia helping to build a […]