La Casa strikes deal for ENMU health services


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University students will no longer have to be referred to Roosevelt General Hospital for medical needs that can’t be taken care of at the school’s clinic as officials finalized a deal to contract medical services from La Casa Family Health Center. The nurse practitioner who […]

Salmonella case at Portales hatchery considered closed


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer A New Mexico Department of Health official labeled a nationwide salmonella outbreak connected to a Portales hatchery in August a “case closed.” The department’s Public Information Officer David Morgan said Privett Hatchery, which supplies baby chicks and other live baby poultry, has corrected the issues that linked a […]

Worrying never beneficial

Joan Clayton

Of all the things you have ever worried about, tell me something good that came about a result of your worrying. I don’t like to worry. It disturbs my peace. It makes me nervous. It makes me feel bad. What is worry? I define it as “rehearsing calamity,” a meditating on the worse thing that […]

Police blotter — Sept. 20

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:   Wednesday Caller reported: • 10:59 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident, Melrose. • 11:16 a.m.: Assault, 800 block of South Avenue C. • 12:19 p.m.: Juvenile with a taser, 300 block of Chicago. • 1:16 p.m.: Car fire by high school, 300 block of School Drive. • 1:24 p.m.: […]

My Turn — No power sounds like horror to me

Alisa Boswell

We’ve all seen our fair share of post-apocalyptic movies and television shows where the world goes to chaos and life as we know it ends for one reason or another, whether by zombies, war or a massive meteor. A lot of people seem to enjoy these stories, probably because they focus on the fight to […]

Events calendar — Sept. 20

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for one year. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for one year. Information: 356-8598.   Saturday We the Kids, For the Kids park cleanup — 9 a.m., […]

Fishing Report — Sept. 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 — We had no […]

Education feature: Class shows students how to take a dive


by Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer This fall at Eastern New Mexico University, exploration is just a dive away as a scuba diving certification course will be available to the public. The class is taught by Mike Hale, who has been holding scuba certification courses at ENMU for the past 11 years. “Mike […]

Education concerns aired to study committee

CMI staff photo: Emily Crowe
Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers, second from left, addressed the Legislative Education Study Committee Wednesday at W.D. Gattis Middle School, along with other members of the district’s administration department.

By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools officials went to bat for New Mexico public schools before a group of state legislators Wednesday. The state’s Legislative Education Study Committee brought its meeting to Clovis this week, and CMS Superintendent Terry Myers let senators and representatives know that he is concerned about the […]

West Nile Virus cases reported

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CMI staff A 29-year-old Curry County man was among three new West Nile Virus cases reported in the state Wednesday, according to a Department of Health press release. The man had a more severe West Nile neurologic disease as compared to the other two cases, which included a 56-year-old woman from Dona Ana County and […]

Events calendar — Sept. 19

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for one year. Information: 356-8598. Movie and popcorn — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. “Bless Me, Ultima” will be screened. The movie is rated PG-13 and is open to students in grades 7-12. Information: 356-3940. Portales Farmers Market […]

Police Blotter — Sept. 19

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:   Tuesday Caller reported: • 9:09 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1100 block of Libra. • 11:08 a.m.: Alarm, 2200 block of Boxwood. • 11:17 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1700 block of North Avenue O. • 12:15 p.m.: Someone damaged her grandmother’s house, 100 block of N.M. 267. • 12:21 p.m.: Civil matter, Portales. • 12:45 p.m.: […]

My turn — Voice of our anthems will be missed


At all but a handful of Portales’ Memorial Day services, and at every single local Veterans Day service since the mid-1980s, the National Anthem has been performed by the distinctive baritone voice of Donald Paschke. For the past eight years, Paschke has also been a “chronologically gifted” member of ENMU’s University Singers, gamely tackling the […]

Lady Rams coast past Goddard

CMI staff ROSWELL — The Portales Lady Rams have been looking to finish off matches lately. Tuesday night, they got that accomplished. Senior Kristen Wagner had 12 kills and 19 digs to lead PHS to a 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 win over Roswell Goddard. Coach Ruth Chavez said her team has had a tendency to struggle […]

ENMU volleyball team snaps losing streaks

CMI staff LAWTON, Okla. — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team put two long streaks to bed on Tuesday night against Cameron. With a 25-14, 25-20, 25-18 win over the Aggies in the Lone Star Conference opener for both teams, the Zias (3-6) ended losing streaks of 16 matches overall and 24 road matches […]

Lady Tigers improve to 5-0

CMI staff ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers improved to 5-0 on Tuesday night with a 25-21, 25-10, 25-15 win over Melrose. The Lady Buffs took the junior varsity preliminary match 25-23, 11-25, 16-14. On Monday night, Elida hosted Friona and notche a 25-17, 25-18, 28-26 sweep over the Squaws. Friona won the JV contest […]

Shaking up business


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Mike Doerr and Robyn Pease didn’t know what to quite expect when they decided to open SunFit Nutrition in August. Both had been using Herbalife products for a few months, and saw a need for a place in Portales that offered nutritional products and a community support […]

Spice law concerns council

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Portales city councilors agree the intentions of an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of synthetic marijuana in Portales are good, but questioned the legality of enforcing such an ordinance Tuesday night. Councilors said they were moved by recent events at Portales High School, which involved the hospitalization […]

United Way starts fundraising campaign

By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer Helping local individuals and families in need could be as simple as filling in the gaps and connecting the dots. Local volunteers and community members gathered Tuesday to help the United Way of Eastern New Mexico kick off its annual fundraising campaign to do just that. “At this […]

Meetings Watch: — Portales City Council, Sept. 17

The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at the Memorial Building: • Portales Mayor Sharon King presented service awards to street department employees. Randy Lee, an equipment operator for the department, was given a 20-year service award. Superintendent Jerry Rose was given a 25-year service award. • U.S. 70 reconstruction project […]