City pool repairs estimated at $40,000

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer The Portales Public Works director estimated $40,000 in repairs were needed to the city swimming pool before it reopens for the summer. The 60-year-old pool was leaking nearly 60,000 gallons of water a day the last swim season. Repairs include the replacement of a few valves and the […]

Yam Theater to get liquor license

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer In an effort to make the Yam Theatre a more competitive venue for events, Portales MainStreet officials secured the support of city councilors to apply for a government liquor license. The Portales City Council voted in favor of Portales MainStreet’s request to obtain a liquor license in a […]

Competitive, yes, but all in good fun

My friend — we’ll call him Thomas — is a man in a world that is not his own. He sees blue, they see red. He sees a star, they see an oval. They see contention, he has contempt. It’s a fun world for Thomas, because he’s a Dallas Cowboys fan living in San Francisco 49ers country. […]

Portales City Commission — Meetings watch

Portales City Council Other actions taken by the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting: • Councilors passed a resolution determining four residential structures dangerous and a menace to public health. The resolution allows councilors to move forward and enforce the city ordinances set in place, which require the owner of the properties on West 15th Lane […]

Milestone ignites new sense of determination

As a little girl my father always told to slow down, that I want to do everything and wanted too much. I know that’s when the rebellion started and a rocky relationship began between me and my old man. On Beyonce Knowles’ newest album, a song called “Flawless” resonates with that little girl in me. […]

NM Constitution should remain basic principles

Con-sti-tu-tion noun 1. a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed. By definition, a constitution is a set of guiding principles, not a mechanism to get something on the books or a way to do an end-run around a branch of government […]

Police blotter — Jan. 22

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday • 12:28 a.m.: Animal complaint, 1000 block of West 18th Street. • 1:01 a.m.: Traffic stop, Boston and Lime streets. • 1:05 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 700 block of South Main Street. • 3:05 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 700 block of South Roosevelt Road S. • […]

Events calendar — Jan. 22

Today Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Teens’ choice. Open to students in grades 7-12. Information: 356-3940. Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime— 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Making Magic” will be featured. Information: 356-3940. Thursday Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime— […]

Governor seeks reform over ‘status quo’

By Steve Terrell The Santa Fe New Mexican Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, speaking on the opening day of the New Mexico Legislature, made a plea for bipartisanship at the end of her State of the State address. However, many of the issues she brought up in her 47-minute speech already have attracted wide opposition from […]

Legislative roundup

Days remaining in session: 29 Skandera vote: Hanna Skandera has waited three years for the Senate to vote on her nomination as secretary of public education. Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, the majority leader and perhaps the most powerful state legislator, said Tuesday that Skandera’s nomination will be decided in the next 30 days. “It’s time […]

Roosevelt County Commission — Meetings watch

Roosevelt County Commission The following took place at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting: • Approval of a 2-mile closure of North Roosevelt Road. North Roosevelt Road 14 will continue to be open to the public for access for neighbors and Franklin Road will remain open to allow access to state lands. A Roosevelt County road […]

Clovis stays perfect with win over Portales

Portales sophomore Kambrey Blakey works her way around Clovis senior Kyleigh Guthals in the first half of Tuesday night’s game at the Rock.

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer CLOVIS — In little more than the blink of an eye, Danni Williams took Clovis High’s girls out of danger Tuesday night. Leading by one point early in the second period, the junior guard scored the final 11 points in a 17-0 run over a a span of […]

ENMU men’s/women’s basketball capsules — Jan. 22

Men Texas A&M-Commerce (12-4, 1-3 Lone Star Conference) at ENMU (8-7, 2-2) When: 7:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: The Lions lost at Cameron 69-66 last Wednesday. ENMU pulled out a 72-68 overtime win at home on Saturday over Angelo State. Last year: The teams split, Commerce winning 84-77 […]

Sims receives another preseason honor

CMI staff Eastern New Mexico University infielder Colton Sims has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s All-South Central Region first team, released on Tuesday. Sims batted .388 with four homers and 31 RBIs last season, with a .493 slugging percentage and a .489 on-base average. Earlier this month, the Reno, Nevada, native […]

State of the State Address text

Santa Fe — The following is the prepared text of the State of the State Address delivered by Governor Susana Martinez from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives on January 21. Lieutenant Governor; Senate President Pro Tempore; Mr. Speaker; Democratic and Republican leaders; esteemed members of the New Mexico Legislature; honorable members […]

All humans worship someone or something

Human beings are inherently religious. We will worship someone or something. Of course, some folks claim to believe in no god. Truth be told, the deity they refuse to bow before and direct prayers to is rarely a god of the “to whom the universe may concern” generic variety; it’s almost always the Judeo-Christian “God.” […]

PHS girls basketball capsules — Jan. 21

Portales (11-1)at Clovis (16-0) When: 7 p.m. today at The Rock Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9, KCLV-FM 99.1. Last meeting: Clovis pulled away to hand the Lady Rams a 58-41 loss last Jaunary at the Ram Athletic Center. Last time out: The Lady Rams beat Class 4A No. 8 Roswell High 53-37 on Thursday at Roswell. The […]

ENMU tracksters compete at Texas Tech Open

CMI staff LUBBOCK — Senior Jacob Lozano won the men’s 5,000 while juniors Beth Blind, Sabrina Huelga and Alesha Jones and sophomore Amber Saiz placed third in the women’s distance medley relay, highlighting Eastern New Mexico University performances over the weekend in the Texas Tech Open indoor track meet. Lozano posted a time of 15 […]

Celebrating a dream

Jadyn McAnarney, 9, asks Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble about civil rights Monday night at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day program. Questions were answered at the tail-end of the panel discussion.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Nine-year-old Jadyn McAnarney said in preparing for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, she learned a lot about the civil rights leader in her class. McAnarney learned facts such as King’s family history and that his mother was a musician, but what stuck out to her the […]

Dora school news

Regional spelling bee Winners of our local spelling bee are eligible to compete at the Regional Spelling Bee, to be held 1 p.m. Friday at Eastern New Mexico University. Junior division winner was Tayli Freed, with Austin Wall, runner-up. Senior division winner was Alyssa McAlister, with Jessalyn Beaty, runner-up. BPA state qualifiers Members of the […]