Police Blotter – July 20

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 4:07 a.m.: Caller requested an officer regarding suspicious activity, 600 block of South Elgin. 4:37 a.m.: Caller requested an officer regarding suspicious activity, 1200 block of North Avenue M. 6:03 a.m.: Caller reported a herd of cattle on the road, N.M. 236. 7:30 a.m.: Caller requested an […]

My turn – July 20

Last weekend turned out to be a busy one for me with back-to-back lunches, dinners and other social engagements. It was mostly filled with personal fun for me as I had a dinner night with my sister and her family, rediscovered an old friend and went to a house party for some games. Maybe this […]

Officials resolve Ute water issue

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com A sub-committee meeting of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority ended on a positive note Thursday after determining that issues with Ute Lake Reservoir water levels could be resolved. "It's going to take compromise on both sides," said steering committee member and Tucumcari City Commissioner Robert Lumpkin […]

Joan Clayton – July 20

God has created everything. We wouldn't even try to count his creation. I like to look at the stars God has put in place. In Psalm 147:4-5, I read "He counts the stars and names each one. Our Lord is great and very powerful. There is no limit to what he knows." (NCV) I heard […]

Grading system questioned

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, says the Public Education Department's new grading system does not reflect Rep. Howie Morales, D-Silver City asked Public Education Department officails about teir new A-F grading system Thursday at ENMU. He suffested the news system does not promote growth especially among low-performing schools. (Photo […]

Bruised, but unbowed

Carson Mills had a bit of a rough time in Thursday's first go of the High Plains Rodeo Association rodeo at Curry County Events Center. CMI photo: Tony BullocksRafe Winn of Carlsbad take a short ride during Thursday's first go of calf riding in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals at Curry County Events […]

Their view: Health Care Act not suited for U.S.

In his Sunday's letter — "Old health care system was not working" — Leon Logan insinuates the Heritage Foundation backs the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It does not. Among cons their analysts cite: ACA adds 35 million Medicaid clients, increasing the federal deficit. CBO estimates a $1.2 trillion deficit by year 11. Actual cost unknown. […]

Editorial: Search for new police chief will take time

Portales is preparing to hire a new police chief for the first time in 19 years. It's nice to hear City Manager Tom Howell say the process may take months, that he'll select a committee to help sort through the applicants and their qualifications and that he doesn't care if the next chief comes from […]

Column: You have right to refuse health care

The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," that Orwellian edifice of Medical Marxism more commonly referred to as ObamaCare, has been declared "legal." What a farce. It has nothing to do with protecting patients. It has nothing to do with making medical services affordable — unless you consider slavery an affordable alternative to paying for […]

Fishing report – July 19

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed […]

Ticket feature: Food theme of broadway class performance

An audience member may leave Monday night's Clovis Community College class performance hungry, but they'll also likely leave full of music and humor as well. Courtesy photo Cast members are set for "Food, Glorious Food," a 7 p.m. Monday performance at the Clovis Community College Town Hall. Admission is free for the show, the final […]

RGH Meetings Watch – July 19

The Board of Trustees of Roosevelt County Special Hospital District met in regular session Tuesday in the conference room at Roosevelt General Hospital: The meeting opened with a presentation and discussion about emergency department physician staffing by David Copple and Jackie Frazer, the regional medical director for EmCare. John Bridges, RGH safety officer, presented an […]

Events Calendar – July 19

Today Commodity distribution — 8 a.m.-noon, Los Abuelitos Senior Center. Farmer's Market vouchers will be given. Information: 356-5056. ENMWUA meeting — 10 a.m. Yam Theater, Portales. Information: 505-349-8454. LESC meeting — 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., ENMU Campus Union Building. The A-F Grading system will be discussed. Information: 562-2315. Big Stars — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public […]

My turn

There is a new flagpole behind Bill's Welding Shop in Dora. Twenty-four feet tall and gleaming white, it's topped with a simple cross, and home to a pristine American flag. The pole is a tribute built and erected by Bill and Joeli Cathey for their son, Cade, who will officially graduate Friday from the United […]

Q&A: Doug Redmond, Director of RCCDC

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Doug Redmond, the new director for the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp., is excited to come to Portales to use his skills and area of expertise. Redmond has worked in related positions, such as city and county manager in the state of Georgia. He answered questions about his […]

Portable pools considered nuisance

By Christina Calloway Pools subject to ordinance PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Phillip Aragon wouldn't know where to put his swimming pool now that he's aware he is in violation of city ordinance by having it on the side of his house. The construction worker from Portales and father of three is upset that city officials […]

Police report major drug bust on U.S. 70

An El Paso, Texas, man faces felony drug charges after investigators said they confiscated more than 1,700 pounds of suspected marijuana today from a horse trailer he was hauling outside Clovis. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Region V Drug Task Force investigators discovered 26 bales of suspected marijuana in a hidden compartment of the […]

Students should consider post high school education

If you pick up most any tangible item you will see it was made in Mexico or China. More and more we see labor exported from the United States to countries where labor costs are cheaper. If you followed the GM bailout story a few years ago, it became obvious to all (including the labor […]

Senators introduce water legislation

WASHINGTON — New Mexico's senators introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at helping the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System and other water projects gain priority funding. The legislation introduced by Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, D-N.M., would allow the Bureau of Reclamation to direct $80 million annually without further congressional action into high-priority water projects […]

Portales police chief announces plans to retire

Portales Police Department Chief Jeff Gill notified city officials Saturday that he will be retiring Sept. 21. Jeff Gill Gill, who has been the chief of the department for close to 19 years, said the decision was his and his alone. "I've given it some thought and I just feel it's my time to go […]