Baby steps best way to reform immigration

Sweeping reform of immigration law has been sidelined once again. Last week, House Speaker John Boehner announced the House will not hold formal talks on the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate earlier this year. So consider President Barack Obama’s supposed top second-term issue DOA for now. “The idea that we’re going to take […]

Broken things create opportunity

One by one, the bags were excavated from car trunk to shopper hands. With each one transferred from trunk to hand, the mind declares, “This will fit too; no reason to make two trips. I’m on a schedule.” En route to the door, one bag receives a transfer from hand to teeth. “This bag isn’t […]

Batkid renews faith in humanity

Here I am, often telling people about how “hard” and “ruthless” big-city folk can be and then Batkid happened. He’s the cause of my tears at work on Friday, and even though no one asked about my red, puffy eyes, I had a lame excuse prepared. Batkid is 5-year-old Miles Scott, a child diagnosed with […]

Cultural connection


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer It’s been hard for Barbara Layog to see destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the country she grew up in. Layog moved from the Philippines to Roosevelt County about nine years ago. The 34-year-old physical therapist at Roosevelt General Hospital said she’s noticed a similarity in cultures between […]

Razor wire OK’d for jail

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Roosevelt County commissioners approved a plan Tuesday to add additional security at the Roosevelt County Detention Center that has been the scene of a pair of inmate escapes this summer. Razor wire will be installed along the lining of its roof to prevent a repeat of escapes […]

Smarts does not equal good leadership skills

Consider the following: Valerie Jarrett, quoted in “The Bridge” by David Remnick: “I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. … He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the […]

Budget office rolls out fresh ideas

Tom Philpott

Military members, retirees and veterans have a few more reasons to be wary of politicians who say their top priority is to cut federal spending. The Congressional Budget Office last week released a report of more than 100 options for reducing budget deficits. It’s a timely product as House and Senate conferees strive to negotiate by […]

Police blotter — Nov. 20

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 8:55 a.m.: Battery, Portales. • 9:11 a.m.: Burglary, 500 block of North Avenue I. • 9:25 a.m.: Animal complaint, 700 block of West 17th Street. • 9:36 a.m.: Requested officer, 700 block of East Third Street. • 10:55 a.m.: Warrant service, 1500 block of […]

Events calendar — Nov. 20

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Turkey Giggles” 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: 356-3940. Thursday Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon — Noon, Yam Theatre. […]

Hounds holding out slim hopes for bowl berth

CMI staff As of Monday night, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn still had hope for a possible bid to the first Heart of Texas Bowl, but he’s not holding his breath. As expected, Tarleton State was chosen on Monday for the game, scheduled for Dec. 7 at Copperas Cove, Texas. Lynn said […]

ENMU men’s basketball capsule — Nov. 19

ENMU (1-1) at Lubbock Christian (1-0) When: 6 p.m. (MST) today at Rip Griffin Center Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: The Hounds routed University of the Southwest 114-62 on Saturday at Greyhound Arena, while the Chaparrals opened their season on Friday night with a 111-55 blitzing of The Open Bible College at Lubbock. No […]

Zias drop to 0-4 after setback to Dustdevils

CMI staff LAREDO, Texas — Senior forward Malika Jackson scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Monday night as Texas A&M International posted a 69-59 women’s basketball victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Senior guard Tina Dang went 4-for-7 from 3-point range and scored 16 points for the Dustdevils (3-0), while sophomore guard Jessica Prieto […]

Grad fix in works

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Local school district officials are taking steps to ensure current high school seniors graduate. The actions are in response to a state Public Education Department memo issued last week that said the department plans to clarify and amend graduation standards. The standards that come into question are those […]

Roosevelt General Hospital has a new Board member


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Paul Benoit will be tackling new challenges as a newly elected Roosevelt General Hospital Board member. The superintendent of Floyd Schools is venturing into an unfamiliar territory for the lifetime educator.. I understand that the hospital board seat is a volunteer position. Why did you want to […]

Portales man under evaluation

PNT staff A Portales man is being medically evaluated as of Monday after being involved in a shooting incident Saturday, according to Portales police. No injuries were reported. Acting Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos said the man, who is believed to be in his 60s, was suicidal and was only a threat to himself Saturday […]

Dora news — Nov. 19

Future Farmers of America FFA students are to turn in their meat, fruit, and cookie dough sales and payments to sponsor Kit Pettigrew by Wednesday. Delivery will be the first week of December. Pettigrew will be taking FFA students to compete at the district creed contest in Clovis on Monday afternoon. Athletics Today – Junior […]

My turn: An invitation to share my trip

When I was a child, my visions of the world were found in geography text books and those wonderful magazines with the bright yellow borders. And then there were slide shows. Special times with my grandparents’ friend, Carl Walker, would come to town with a slide presentation of his and Lorene’s latest travels. They traveled […]

Cannon airman earns audition on the ‘The Voice’


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER A local country singer and guitarist is headed to Hollywood next month to audition for NBC’s reality television singing competition “The Voice.” Josh Sullivan, who is stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and works as an AC-130W instructor pilot, only recently began singing for crowds both solo and […]

Events calendar — Nov. 19

Today Pancake breakfast — 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., Portales Senior Center. Cost: $3. Information: 356-8741. Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Commission Room in the Courthouse. Information: 356-5307. Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Participants will play “Minute to Win It.” Open to students in grades K-6. Information: 356-3940. […]

Police blotter — Nov. 19

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Friday Caller reported: • 8:55 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1600 block of West Cherry. • 9:15 a.m.: Missing person, 300 block of North Abilene. • 9:34 a.m.: Requested officer, 1600 block of South Avenue B. • 10:19 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 100 block of South Globe. • 10:31 a.m.: Fraud, […]