Portales boy, 7, dies in one-vehicle accident

CMI staff A 7-year-old Portales boy died from injuries suffered Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover crash on N.M. 268 near Curry Road 23, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Dakota Myers died at the scene about 4 p.m. He was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by his 19-year-old brother, […]

‘Christmas puppies’ get bad rap

Four days and counting. After searching and waiting in line, the newest video games are secured, specific Barbies located and purchased … Pretty much everything on the lists is in the bag except that one thing you keep skipping over. “A puppy” = Not going to happen. Not so fast … it could be that […]

Traditional Christmas letters dying out

Christmas cards have been coming in at The Stucco Hacienda. There’s that one of Santa on a bicycle pedaling through the snow from our bicycle parts salesman up in Chimayo. There’s the handmade one from the son and his girlfriend in Socorro. And then there was “The Christmas Letter.” To me, The Christmas Letter is […]

Portales boy, 7, dies in vehicle accident

CMI staff A 7-year-old Portales boy died from injuries suffered Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover crash on N.M. 268 near Curry Road 23, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Dakota Myers died at the scene about 4 p.m. He was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by his 19-year-old brother, […]

Roosevelt clerk resigns; says God’s laws supersedes all others

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
\This sign was posted on a Roosevelt County Courthouse door Friday after Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter resigned.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter resigned Friday morning, a day after a State Supreme Court ruling was issued legalizing gay marriage, because she said she must obey God’s law, which supersedes all other laws for her. Deputy Clerk Janet Collins also resigned Friday over the same issue. Carpenter, […]

PHS boys, girls weekend capsules

Boys Clovis (2-2) at Portales (3-2) When: 7 p.m. today at the Ram Athletic Center Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last meeting: Clovis defeated the Rams 71-49 last season in Clovis. Last time out: The Wildcats beat Manzano 55-40 on Saturday at home. The Rams won on Tuesday at Friona 59-47. Of note: The Wildcats, hard-hit by […]

Thursday area prep summaries — Dec. 19

Boys Fort Sumner 66, Floyd 48 Floyd (5-5) — W.T. Whitecotton 13, Jose Torres 1, Rigo Navarro 8, Jonathon Diaz 11, Tanner Essary 7, Colby Rogers 6, Jesus Rascon 2. Totals 17 7-19 48. Fort Sumner (4-4) — Raymond Drake 3, Nate Maxwell 19, Garrett Hisel 6, Nik Sanchez 10, Talen Crist 10, Hunter Sparks […]

Baskets full of cheer

Christmas Baskets for Heartland residents By Lillian Bowe PNT Staff Writer lbowe@pntonline.com Dora High students came to Heartland’s Health Care Center intending to deliver baskets of goodies. They also delivered a smile to Kay Hyatt’s face Thursday afternoon. “The young people giving all of us these baskets is really nice to see,” Hyatt, a resident […]

Entities give capital outlay wish list

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Children aren’t the only ones with wish lists this time of year. Representatives of local government agencies and school districts stood before the area’s state legislators Thursday evening, asking them to support their capital outlay projects in the upcoming legislative session. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb said the […]

Christmas, God brings joy like no others — Joan Clayton

Joan Clayton

What is it about this time of year that makes it different from any other? Why are our spirits lift to the sounds of “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World?” Why do friends and family seem just a little closer and our hearts turn toward home. Could it just be that the Christ Child […]

NSA’s efforts unnecessary, maybe unlawful

The decision by a federal judge this week granting a preliminary injunction to block the government’s collection of domestic phone records is welcome to all who believe that U.S. citizens have the right to privacy absent probable cause of wrongdoing. U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon, in making his ruling, is saying that the […]

More Qatar work reform needed

News reports have revealed abuses of migrant workers in Qatar, ranging from 60-plus hour workweeks, hazardous working conditions, and poor living conditions. With the 2022 FIFA World Cup construction under way, including a metro system and soccer stadiums, there has been a surge of migrant workers entering the country, adding to the already giant population […]

Wishing you joy in simple things

It’s that time of the year again, when all but the most cynical grumps among us feel a bit sentimental and more forgiving toward their fellow humans. It’s a time when gifts are given and received, bringing joy to everyone involved. Unless the gift involves terra cotta and chia seeds. I wish I were rich […]

My Turn: Don’t forget your favorite holiday flick — Alisa Boswell


It’s hard to believe Christmas week is arriving already. The holidays have really crept up on me this year and it would seem I’m not the only one. And with the holidays being here, my wallet is worn thin, but it is taking every ounce of self-restraint I have to not buy the holiday cartoon […]

Police blotter — Dec. 20

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:10 a.m.: Follow-up request, 2200 block of South Roosevelt Road. • 12:15 a.m.: Officer requested, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 2:16 a.m.: Deputy requested, 1500 block of Cottonwood Place. • 2:26 a.m.: Officer requested, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 3:41 […]

State supreme court approves same-sex marriage

Miriam Rand, 64, left, and Ona Porter, 67, both of Albuquerque, N.M., talk to reporters Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, after the New Mexico Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in the state. The couple were part of a lawsuit that brought the case before the state's highest court. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Jose Garcia said Thursday was a proud day to be a New Mexican. As a gay man, the 22-year-old Garcia was ecstatic when he got word of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision to legalize marriage between same-sex couples, declaring it unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to […]

Events calendar — Dec. 20

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Winter Wonderland — 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Portales Senior Center. Information: 825-0156. Saturday Santa Cop — Noon, Memorial Building. Information: 356-4404. Wednesday Community Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., El Rancho in Portales. Information: 359-9118. To […]

Empty Stocking fund

• Today’s focus: Family X • Household members: 4 • Children: 2 • Special circumstance: The family works hard to pay its bills, but the husband has to travel from Clovis to Portales. He also is paying child support. • Needs: Boy age 4 — wants a play outdoor grill, so he can be like […]

New Mexico fishing report — Dec. 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 Charette Lakes: Closed for the season. […]

Cougars hold off Hounds

CMI staff AZUSA, Calif. — Junior guard Troy Leaf erupted in the second half, scoring 18 of his game-high 30 points and kickstarting an 11-4 run after halftime to put Azusa Pacific up for good in a 75-69 win over Eastern New Mexico University in a non-conference matchup Wednesday night. Tyler Monroe added eight points […]