McManigal: Politicians irrelevant, unnecessary

Many people are terribly obsessed over what a tiny minority of rather unimportant and silly people are doing. It would be funny if it didn’t waste so much life. So much time and space is taken up by the news media discussing them, and so much time is spent by individuals debating which one is […]

McDonald: Contamination deserves discussion

A couple of reports related to Superfund sites in northwestern New Mexico caught my attention last week, in part because of a trip I took to the Navajo Nation and its governmental center, Window Rock, Ariz., where the Navajo Times is headquartered. The Times had a front-page story on contaminated groundwater as a result of […]

Samoei finishes eighth in Division II 10,000-meter

Staff report For the second time in three seasons, Eastern New Mexico University senior Isaiah Semoei finished eighth in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Division II outdoor track championship. Samoei will run again Saturday night at the national outdoor meet in Allendale, Michigan, as he will compete in the 5,000-meter run. Samoei, a native […]

Thunderbirds arrive at Cannon

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By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com The grin said it all as Maj. Jason Curtis, of the Air Force Thunderbirds, stepped down from his plane. There was no doubting that the 33-year-old pilot loves what he does. “It’s  an extremely humbling experience to be a part of a team that is comprised of such amazing […]

Council tightens city’s belt

By Christina Calloway Staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Decreases in revenues and gross receipts taxes have pushed the city’s administration into creating a conservative budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. During Thursday’s interim budget workshop, Portales city councilors reviewed and approved the proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which had a decrease in gross receipts taxes […]

Meet the veterans: Service life-changing

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Dennis Darrow reads the names of fallen soldiers Thursday at the Roosevelt County War Memorial. Darrow served in the Army six years from 1956 to 1962.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community.     By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Robert Elliot traveled many places when he joined the Armed Forces in 1979, but his favorite location was Egypt. Elliot was stationed in Egypt in 1998 when he was in the […]

My turn: ‘Buffy’ means never having to say sorry

Coworker Lillian Bowe and I had a couple of people staring at us with looks of pity the other night as we got into an in-depth conversation about the television show, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Make fun of us if you must, but don’t judge too harshly if you have never watched the show. I […]

USDA earmarks StrikeForce funding

Staff report The U.S. Department of Agriculture has earmarked $450,000 for New Mexico through the StrikeForce initiative, according to a USDA press release. The initiative provides one-on-one conservation assistance for rural farmers and ranchers. Those who want to apply or see if they qualify can visit a local Natural Resources Conservation Service center. The centers […]

Stay thirsty for God’s living water

Daily we hear the sound of aircraft from Cannon Air Force Base circling above our home in Portales. Our grandson shouts with glee as we run out the door to see them. After living in Roosevelt County for 42 years, I feel proud to have the base as neighbors. And yet, every time I see […]

Events calendar — May 23

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Maypole Ceremony- 8 p.m., Portales High School Ram Athletic Center. Information: 356-7015. Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Portales High […]

Police blotter — May 23

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:15 a.m.: Criminal damage, 200 block of South Knoxville Street. • 1:31 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 600 block of Wylie Cox Circle. • 7:17 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 700 block of Wylie Cox Circle. • 8:56 a.m.: Standby all other, 1700 block of North Boston Street. […]

Portales Area Graduation Tab 2014

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Congratulations Class of 2014 • Portales High School • Floyd High School • Elida High School • Dora High School • Faith Triumphant Christian School

Severe storms may strike eastern New Mexico

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A storm system bringing hail and possibly damaging wind moved across New Mexico on Thursday ahead of what is expected to be a Memorial Day weekend packed with severe weather. The National Weather Service said eastern New Mexico, especially around Clovis, is under a “slight risk” for severe storms and […]

ENMU senior seeks medals in two events

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ENMU’s Isaiah Samoei, a senior from Eldoret, Kenya, has been awarded Division II All-American honors twice in track.

Staff report Senior Isaiah Samoei is scheduled to represent Eastern New Mexico University in the 10,000 and 5,000-meter runs at the NCAA Division II national outdoor track meet, beginning today in Allendale, Mich. Samoei, from Eldoret, Kenya, is the ENMU record-holder in both events, having run a time of 29 minutes, 18.38 seconds in the […]

Rams basketball camp set for next week

Staff report Portales High boys basketball is sponsoring the Ram Fundamental Basketball camp from Tuesday through Thursday of next week at the Ram Athletic Center. Boys entering grades 3-6 are scheduled from 9-11:30 a.m. each day, while boys entering grades 7-9 will go from 1-4 p.m. The cost of the camp is $45 and includes […]

Taking root not bad idea

By Betty Williamson Local columnist My husband and I are members this year of a not-very-exclusive club. I call us POGS: Parents of Graduating Seniors. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that in the United States there are about 3.3 million other families preparing to deck their children out in mortarboards with dangling tassels […]

Moo-ve It! truck pull hits Curry Fairgrounds

Staff report Southwest Cheese will hold its fourth annual Moo-ve It! fundraising truck pull competition May 31. Teams of up to 15 people are invited to sign up to be the fastest team to pull a 50,000- to 60,000-pound milk tanker 25 feet. Each team will have two attempts to pull the load. Awards will […]

‘Hometown Hero’ taking flight

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Today marks a significant moment in the life of Clovis resident Ronnie Marez, a meter reader for Farmers’ Electric Cooperative. As the local “Hometown Hero,” Marez will fly in the plane of one of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, who chose him for the honor after he was nominated […]

Glitz and glamour

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Portales senior Karimah Hulett enters Maypole as part of the queen’s court Wednesday evening at the Ram Athletic Center during the 2014 Maypole rehearsal. The rare rights of passage ceremony is in its 86th year at PHS.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales High School senior Anissia Lucero said dressing like a princess is “every little girl’s dream come true.” The senior had dress envy since she didn’t get to celebrate a quincenera, a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday in parts of Latin America, and has been waiting for senior […]

Events calendar — May 22

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Maypole Ceremony — 8 p.m., Portales High School Ram Athletic Center. Information: 356-7015. Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Portales […]