Meetings Watch: Portales City Council — July 3

The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night: Portales Mayor Sharon King presented City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry with the Employee of the Quarter Award. Portales Public Works Director John DeSha gave an update on the U.S. 70 reconstruction project. DeSha says construction workers are trying to reopen all the intersections from […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt County Commission — July 3

The following took place at the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday morning in the Commission Room of the Roosevelt County Courthouse: Roosevelt General Hospital will be required to refund $536,343 to the federal government. The refund comes after a recalculation of payouts by the Center for Medicare of Medicaid Services (CMS) that showed the state […]

Events Calendar — July 3

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Circuit training — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598.  Thursday Fourth of July celebration and fireworks show — 6 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University soccer field. The event is organized by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Information: […]

My Turn: Good life is happy life

A good life is a happy life. I always say I want to be like my grandmothers at their age because they do what they want but can still hold a family together. But my great aunt Estella took the cake. At 103, she could still lead conga lines around the living room at Christmas. […]

Police Blotter — July 3

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:  Monday Caller reported: • 8:17 a.m.: Elderly female having trouble breathing, 200 block of West Fourth Street. • 9:00 a.m.: Animal problem, 600 block of South Roosevelt Road Q 1/2. • 11:47 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident in parking lot, 1200 block of North Chicago. • 1:36 p.m.: Case […]

Indepenence Day set aside to celebrate freedom

Have you ever spent much time thinking about Independence Day and those who put their lives on the line to ensure that Americans remain free and, well, independent? Here’s some food for thought for those who look upon this holiday as just another reason to fire up the grill, play at the park or light […]

Firework sales mark Fourth

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales
Yruegas, 34, counts
inventory at the firework booth on the corner of North Chicago and East Canadian. Yruegas has been running firework stands in
Portales for five years.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Independence Day is upon us, and that means fireworks stands are popping up around the city. Fireworks have long been affiliated with Fourth of July celebrations, and this year the firework vendors of Portales have been doing their part to uphold the tradition. Some have been in […]

Local: June rains significant

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Almost half of this year’s rain in the area has been recorded in the month of June, according to an meteorologist. According to, 3.22 inches of rain fell in June at Cannon Air Force, the official recording site for the Clovis-Portales area. The historical average for […]

College students face Stafford loan interest rate jump

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Rosa Harper says she’ll have to find another way to pay the three semesters she has left at Eastern New Mexico University. The senior from Lubbock said the jump in the interest rate for the subsidized Stafford loan she normally uses to pay for school is just too […]

Events Calendar — July 2

Today Free summer film — 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40 p.m., Allen Theatres in Clovis. The movie will be Despicable Me. Information: 763-7713. Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Commission Room of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Information: 356-5307 Boot camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales City Council […]