State official: Clovis ideal location for veteran cemetery

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services held a town hall meeting Tuesday in Clovis to discuss a proposed initiative to build veteran cemeteries in rural New Mexico. NMDVS Secretary Timothy Hale was joined by Lt. Gov. John Sanchez to present the State Veterans Cemetery Initiative, which is […]

My Turn — Biopic pays homage to childhood

If I had one cassette that couldn’t be snatched from my hands and that always stayed in the tape deck of my mother’s car, it was TLC’s Crazy Sexy Cool album. I loved “Waterfalls.” I knew Lisa Left Eye Lopes’ verse by heart, even if I messed up the words with what I thought I […]

‘Hot coffee’ lawsuit longest U.S. game of ‘Telephone’

“The bigger the lie, the more they believe.” — Detective William “Bunk” Moreland, “The Wire” It’s been more than 20 years since an Albuquerque woman spilled a cup of McDonald’s coffee on herself and was awarded millions by a jury in the most famous example of egregiously frivolous lawsuits. Well, that’s the version in one […]

Events calendar — Oct. 23

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for one year. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Color Me a Story” will be featured. Information: 356-3940. Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Teens’ choice. Open to students in grades 7-12. Information: […]

Police blotter — Oct. 23

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:  Monday Caller reported: • 7:31 a.m.: Officer requested, First Street and Main Avenue. • 8:14 a.m.: Motorist assist, Second Street. • 8:37 a.m.: Follow-up request, 400 block of South Roosevelt Road U. • 9:42 a.m.: Alarm activation, 800 block of South Dallas. • 10:13 a.m.: Traffic stop, Avenue […]

Buckner made world a better place

He left the world a better place. I know, it’s trite. But the truth is John Crawford Buckner left the world a better place. He grew from a boy who never wanted for a meal to a man who dedicated a lot of his time and money making sure fewer Americans go hungry. The guy […]

Meetings watch: Portales schools

The following took place at the Portales schools Board of Education meeting Monday night: • The board recognized Shauna Smith for being named the NMGRADS new teacher of the year and Mark Gallegos for being named the New Mexico Activities Association’s Athletic Director “Rookie of the Year.” • Portales High School teacher Franklin Smith addressed […]

Communty program addresses dangers of teen impaired driving


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Melvin Nusser said in the 12 years he’s been principal at Portales High School, he’s thankful that none of his students have died in an accident caused by drinking and driving. He hopes that will remain unchanged through awareness brought to his students and the school’s community through […]

Hounds look to build on back-to-back road wins

CMI staff Now that Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is on a mini-winning streak, second-year coach Josh Lynn is hoping the Greyhounds can take it to the next level. ENMU (3-3, 1-1 LSC) has won its last two games — on the road, no less — and returns to Blackwater Draw for a 3 […]

PHS squads split against Robertson

CMI staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Portales Rams got a bit of a lift Monday as they try to earn a state Class 1A-3A playoff berth. Senior Brandon Gomez and sophomore Christian Martinez each scored a pair of goals as the Rams defeated Las Vegas Robertson 5-2 in non-district play. The Rams (7-9) close […]

Zias notch team title in Texas Tech rodeo

CMI staff LUBBOCK — Led by junior Keely Weger, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s rodeo team captured first place in the Texas Tech rodeo over the weekend. Weger, from Mead, Okla., was the women’s all-around winner in the event as the Zias scored 320 points to 290 for host and runnerup Texas Tech. The […]

Lady Tigers sweep House

CMI staff HOUSE — The Elida Lady Tigers improved to 16-1 overall and 5-0 in District 2-B on Monday with a 25-6, 25-12, 25-6 victory. The Lady Tigers have three regular-season matches left, all in district play, beginning tonight Clovis Christian  

Portales school board non-committal on proposed $1 million share of stadium financing

This illustration shows what the new Eastern New Mexico University football stadium would look like at its location on campus.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Whether Portales schools decides to support an $8 million Eastern New Mexico University football stadium by paying an eighth of its cost through a bond election is only up for discussion right now, says the district’s Superintendent Johnnie Cain. After ENMU was able to secure half the funding […]

Events — Oct. 22

Today Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. “Dem Bones” will be featured. Open to students in grades K-6. Information: 356-3940. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Wednesday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for one […]

Deputy to be released from hospital

Deputy to be released from hospital  PNT staff A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputy is expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday after being treated for injuries she sustained from being hit by a pickup truck. Amber Moore, 26, suffered a dislocated ankle and broken leg, according to the sheriff’s office Chief Deputy Malin […]

Dora School News

Dora School News Sports • Today — Junior high, JV, varsity volleyball at Floyd, 4:30 p.m. • Thursday — Junior high, JV, and varsity volleyball at Tatum, 4:30 p.m. • Friday — Dora varsity football at San Jon, 3 p.m.  Fun night Dora Schools will host its annual Fun Night on Saturday in the Rogers […]

Police blotter — Oct. 22

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:  Friday Caller reported: • Midnight: Welfare check request, 700 block of West 16th Street. • 3:35 a.m.: Emergency transfer to RGH, U.S. 70. • 6:17 a.m.: Prisoner transport, Roosevelt County. • 7:24 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, N.M. 262. • 7:39 a.m.: Alarm activation, 1000 block of West Second Street. […]

My turn: No app for small town living

Sandy Fields

I just caught the ending of a little news blurb. The morning show hosts were happily touting the features of an app for next-door-neighbor-dot-something-or-other. It seemed to be a happy place where neighbors could share events, get to know one another, and give warnings when frightening people moved onto the street. The host of the […]

NM officer injured in shootout with suspect

The Associated Press ROSWELL — A New Mexico State Police sergeant has been hospitalized and a suspect is dead following a shootout along a highway in southeastern New Mexico. State police spokesman Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says the shooting happened Monday following a four-mile chase along U.S. 285 south of Roswell. Gutierrez says the suspect began […]

Amish don’t make a mess in the first place

The Amish have many admirable traits; generosity, a work ethic, a Godly discipline, thriftiness and a small footprint on the ecology. Talk about recycling! They put us glass, tin can, cardboard, energy-hungry practitioners to shame. We use so much diesel, gas and oil driving, hauling, mashing, crushing and condensing the messes we make it’s probably […]