Rams’ receivers help keep defenses honest

By Derek Major Staff Writer dmajor@pntonline.com Even though the Portales Rams run the ball twice as often as they throw it, senior wideout Travis Connell said he is ready when his number is called. Connell is third on the team with 16 catches, which have been good for 159 yards and a touchdown. He caught […]

Elida finishes regular season unbeaten

Staff report FLOYD — The Elida Lady Tigers completed a perfect volleyball regular season on Thursday night with a 25-16m 25-21, 22-25, 25-7 District 4-1A victory over Floyd. The Lady Tigers (20-0, 10-0 district) will have the top seed in next week’s district tournament. The 3-6 seeds will play off on Monday, with the lowest-remaining […]

Scary stories: Live bodies not welcome

Editor’s note: Clovis Media Inc. received about three dozen entries in our Scary Story Contest. Here are the essays our staff liked the best. By Crissy Lee Hagan Portales There were no cars outside the small-town movie theater as they pulled up to it. No lights were on and the place looked closed. “Are you sure […]

Oasis hosting Kids Fishin’ Clinic

Staff report Youth looking for adventure in the great outdoors need look no further than Oasis State Park this weekend. The park is hosting its 24th annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic on Saturday at the park’s pond. The clinic begins at 9 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. Parents must pre-register their children with Oasis […]

Bible study members save pinned man


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com What started as an average Wednesday evening Bible study at Church of the Nazarene turned into a heroic act. Church members rushed to the aid of a man trapped under a pickup, lifted the vehicle off of him, and pulled him to safety. John Reilly, 47, was in a […]

More regular hours farming than you might think

By Audra Brown Local columnist Burn the midnight oil, but don’t set anything on fire. It is a well-established fact that farm work does not adhere to a particular set of hours. From day to day, the start time, end time, and total time between can vary from a short eight hours, to a good […]

To do list — Oct. 31

Today • Trunk or treat — 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Blackwater Draw Stadium. Information: 575-356-7000. • Trick or treat and play — 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., trick or treating, 7 p.m. P-ville Pirates show, Faith Triumphant Church. Information: 575-359-1559. • Trick or treat — 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Heartland Health Care Center. […]

Lara, Pearce discuss jobs, Cannon Air Force Base

Democratic Roxanne Lara faces Republican incumbent Steve Pearce in the race for U.S. Representative, District 2. Here are profiles on the candidates: Steve Pearce The basics • Republican, 67 • Lives in Hobbs • Contact information: 575-392-2061, www.Peopleforpearce.com, Steve@Peopleforpearce.com, and facebook.com/peopleforpearce Background • Family: Raised in Hobbs, Pearce and his wife Cynthia raised their family in Hobbs • Education: Attended […]

Area agencies to host job fair

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico Council of Governments, in collaboration with the P-4 (Public-Private Private-Public) Partnership and other agencies, will host a regional fall job fair from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Greyhound Arena in Portales. According to a news release from the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce: In eastern New […]

‘I’ll be back’ — Spooky story entry

By William Pretzman Floyd At a family reunion during the night, the kids were up telling horror stories. One cousin came up and he started off saying, “There was a man named Steve.” Steve was an ordinary man who had an office job and he lived in a small apartment. When Steve went to sleep, […]

‘Leave or you will be next’ — Spooky story contest entry

By Eli Terry Floyd Once upon a time, my family and I moved to Clovis. About a week after we moved there, a person knocked at the door. I went to answer, but there was nothing. But, I did feel something brush by me. That night, I got in my warm bed and closed my […]

KENW-TV campaigns for estate planning awareness

Staff report KENW-TV is participating in a public awareness campaign to promote estate planning, according to a news release from the station. According to the release: •“Public television has long served as an advocate for financial literacy,” said Sheryl Borden, director of marketing at KENW-TV/FM. “Estate planning is a critical component of the financial health […]

Warning: Paragraph one is a lie

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist Not only does size matter, it’s the only thing that matters. That statement is a lie; it smells of the smoke of hell. But few lies are more deeply held by our terminally shallow society. We might as well tattoo it on our foreheads. We embrace it like a lover. […]

Gas average lowest since December 2010

Derek Major: Staff photo
Morgan Arguello pumps gas at a Phillips 66 station in
Portales. Gas prices have been dropping over the past 
month and are now below $3 in most stations in Portales and Clovis.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Gas prices are dropping across the state and the country and the trend could continue. According to the website Gasbuddy.com, which gathers retail price data via crowd-sourcing for more than 133,000 gas stations across the country, the number of stations selling gas below $3 climbed to 50 percent of […]

Drop in students may mean loss of funding

Staff report Portales Municipal Schools is down nearly 100 students, to 2,793, from a year ago, according to 40-day attendance figures provided by the school district. Superintendent Johnnie Cain said the 3.3 percent drop from last year’s 40-day figure of 2,887 reflects a trend being experienced statewide outside of the oil boom areas. “I really […]

No costume more terrifying than burlap feed sack

By Betty Williamson Local columnist One Halloween, when my brothers and I were but sprouts, someone came up with the idea of dressing us as miniature matching hobos. Cottonseed meal, a ranch feed staple of the time, was delivered in burlap sacks. Once the feed was removed, the sacks were endlessly recycled for everything from […]

To do list — Oct. 30

Today • Friends of the Portales Public Library meeting — noon, Portales Public Library’s meeting room. Information: 575-356-3940 • Safe trick or treat — 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., downtown Portales. Information: 575-356-8541. • Halloween family night — 5:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Wear Halloween costumes; event is for all ages. Information: 575-356-3940. • Día […]

Police blotter — Oct. 30

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Tuesday • 1:10 a.m.: Articles found or lost, 1000 block South Abilene Street • 2:46 a.m.: Burglary report, 600 block West 16th Street • 2:02 p.m.: Narcotics in progress, 700 block East Third Street • […]

Retired professor going strong at 90

Vern Witten

By Wendel Sloan ENMU Communication Services Vern Witten, 90, who retired as an ENMU math professor in 1991 at age 67, has lived an adventurous life. He recently stopped by the Monday Memo headquarters and reminisced about his first 90 years, which started with his 1924 birth in rural Daviess County, Missouri. In the second […]

District 3 US Rep candidates address immigration, water

Republican Jeff Byrd faces Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Lujan and write-in candidate Tommy Hook in the race for U.S. Representative, District 3. Here are profiles on the candidates: Jefferson L. Byrd The basics • Republican, 43 • Lives in Tucumcari • Contact information: jeff@jeffbyrdforcongress.com Background • Family: Married with two boys. • Education: Bachelor of […]