Hounds favored to capture third LSC crown in row


CMI staff RICHARDSON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team has been picked to capture its third consecutive Lone Star Conference champion-ship in a preseason poll released by the conference office on Thursday. ENMU received 16 of 20 first-place votes and earned 129 points in balloting done by conference coaches and […]

Coaches create offseason training programs


Editor’s note: This is the third story in a monthly series about fitness. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The offseason may be the toughest time for an athlete to train. Staying focused, sometimes without the direction of coaches, can lead to players getting complacent, or out of shape. “I think it is […]

La Casa gets government grant

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com As an outreach worker for La Casa Family Health Center, Sonia Armijo says it’s her job to help the uninsured find coverage. The hard part is when she has to tell them there’s not much she can do despite exploring every avenue. “By all means, you try every […]

Dairy neighbors file nuisance complaints


By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Farmers and dairymen have seen their fair share of hardships in recent years, including drought and rising operating costs. Most recently, nuisance complaints from neighbors have caused a string of lawsuits against dairies statewide, and many producers and advocates are asking for clearer legislation to help prevent further […]

Cannon drone damaged


CMI staff A remotely piloted aircraft, known as an MQ-9 Reaper, was damaged during a routine training flight Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base, according to the base’s public affairs office. “An investigation has been initiated into the cause of the incident, which took place on the runway,” Marcelo Calero of Cannon public affairs stated […]

Manager: Portales aquifer depleting rapidly

By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Paul Van Gulick, program manager of the Ute Water Project, told legislators at Thursday’s legislative water and natural resources committee meeting that underneath Portales the Ogallala Aquifer has only 40 feet of saturated thickness, and it is depleting at a rate of 4 feet per year. If this […]

Payment freeze forces TeamBuilders to close


By Steve Hansen CMI staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com The leaders of the TeamBuilders Counseling Services are preparing to throw in the towel after struggling to remain in operation since the New Mexico Human Services Department froze Medicaid payments to behavioral health services providers that are under investigation for possible overbillings, Lorraine Freedle, Teambuilders chief financial officer […]

Trust in Jesus

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Today is a brand new day. Let’s make it sparkle. Give it a verbal sunshine. Put on a “happy Face. Let the celebration of the gift of life begin in you. Enjoy God’s color of nature. Clap with the trees of the wind. Count the many blessings in your life. God is love. He is […]

Police Blotter — July 26

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Wednesday Caller reported: • 10:17 a.m.: Domestic situation, 700 block of Redwine Ball. • 10:27 a.m.: Requested close patrol, North Roosevelt Road N. • 10:30 a.m.: Stray dog, 42000 block of U.S. 70. • 10:39 a.m.: Close patrol, 1500 block of West Hickory. • 11:27 a.m.: Criminal damage, […]

Events Calendar — July 26

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Friday Flix — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Gnomeo and Juliet” will be screened. The movie is rated G and open to all ages. Information: 356-3940. Sunland Peanuts blood drive — 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunland Peanuts on U.S. 70. Information: 356-6638. Free […]

My Turn: Sequel just as charming

Alisa Boswell

As I mentioned before, the first Despicable Me movie endeared itself to my heart as one of my favorite animated movies due to the lovable characters, the fun antics, and the heartwarming story line. “Despicable Me 2” is definitely just as charming and lovable. This one follows leading character Gru as he delves back into […]

Lawmakers must address scam with licenses


On its editorial page this week, The Albuquerque Journal reminded taxpayers that their state lawmakers need to take action to end New Mexico’s driver’s license scams. We certainly agree. The issue was back in the news Monday when a former public notary from Portales reached a plea agreement after facing allegations she fraudulently obtain New […]

Libertarianism strictly individual philosophy

Kent McManigal

Commentator Michael Lind called it “The question libertarians just can’t answer:” “If (the libertarian) approach is so great, why hasn’t any country anywhere in the world ever tried it? Why are there no libertarian countries?” It seems Lind doesn’t understand what he’s asking; he certainly doesn’t understand libertarianism. That’s a common problem with criticisms of […]

Q&A: Summer in full swing

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Hanna Wade, 6, swims at the City Pool with other children from the Portales Recreation Center.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Portales Recreation Center provides a place for local children to learn and have fun during their summer program. Games, activities, and field trips highlight what the children participate in daily. We sat down with young Hanna Wade, 6, as we got to know one of the […]

Veteran assistance expands

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt and Curry counties are among 19 in the state receiving help through an expansion of Goodwill Industries of New Mexico’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which offers case management and temporary financial assistance for homeless and near-homeless veterans. According to Terry Armstrong, case management director for […]

Chairman: Dry may be norm in New Mexico

Although drought persists in New Mexico, Curry and Roosevelt counties have seen improvement over the last month. The area of D4 exceptional drought has receded in both counties. Roosevelt County has dropped to a D2 severe drought.

By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com The chairman of a newly formed state drought subcommittee says a study showing decades-long droughts in New Mexico is an eye-opener. Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Dona Ana County was referring to a precipitation study of the last 2,000 years based on tree rings that showed there was a […]

Local Brief: Last trafficking suspect in custody


The last suspect wanted in connection with a drug trafficking sting is in custody. Abran Baeza, 22, of Portales was arrested without incident Tuesday afternoon at a residence in the 1500 block of South Roosevelt Road 3, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. Baeza was among 17 Portales residents accused in warrants issued in […]

Local Brief: Free movie to show at Yam Theatre


There will be a free showing of the Disney Pixar movie “Up” 7 p.m. Friday at the Yam Theatre in Portales, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, This movie is sponsored by the Roosevelt Chamber Ambassadors and Hunton Insurance Agency. There will be chairs for seating or kids may […]

Cannon housing deal going into effect Aug. 1

A deal plagued by delays between the Air Force and a civilian contractor to privatize housing at Cannon Air Force Base will go into effect Aug. 1, according to a press release from three members of New Mexico’s Congressional delegation. Under the plan, Balfour Beatty Communities will renovate 361 homes, demolish 402 homes and construct […]

Xcel Energy to improve capacity, reliability

Xcel Energy is set to spend $24.7 million on a multi-year project to improve the reliability and capacity of the electric transmission system that serves Portales, according to an Xcel press release. “The existing system is just not capable of sustaining the kind of growth we’ve seen and the additional growth we expect to see,” […]