Teen births drop from 2012 to 2013

Staff report New Mexico teenagers are giving birth less often, according to a Department of Health study released Thursday. The report shows the state’s birth rate dropped 10 percent from 2012 to 2013 for 15-to 19-year-olds. Roosevelt County’s numbers went up slightly during the same time period, but remain below the state average. DOH records […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 19

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family S • Household members: 5 • Children: 4 • Special circumstance: This mother of four recently had knee surgery and is caring for her children while recovering. The children’s grandmother, who they were close to, recently passed away. […]

Mills Canyon features rock cliffs, rugged landscapes

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The walls of the Melvin Mills house still stand at the Mills Canyon Campground near Roy.

Mills Canyon, in Harding County, presents a startling but pleasant change from the sea of prairie grass above it. At its end, the road into Mills Canyon descends rapidly, shifting from level prairie grasses to ponderosa and pinyon pine and rock cliffs. The descent ends at the Canadian River. A look back reveals the river’s […]

Ability to identify flammables good skill to have on farm

By Audra Brown Local columnist Life on and about the farm requires a number of skills. Some, quick to master, others more slow, and then there are those skills that must be learned before it’s too late. There is no try, just do it right and don’t blow it — or let it blow up. […]

Bird watchers flock to see rare Eurasian crane

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Last month, the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge received a special guest from Russia. His name is Vladimir, he stands taller than everyone around him, and he might stay until February. Just to be clear, Vladimir, or Waldo, depending on who you ask, is a Eurasian common crane and he […]

Water system first phase nears completion

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com The first phase of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System will be nearly completed by Saturday, officials said. The completion of the Ute Lake water intake station was announced Thursday morning during the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority board meeting at the Memorial Building in Portales. ENMWUA […]

Lord doesn’t expect what we don’t have

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist I told this story several years ago in my weekly column and I believe it is worth telling again. Several years ago, I had purchased a CD with Christmas songs sung by children for my grandchildren. Not long after that, I was on the way home from some doctor appointments […]

God entered the world at Bethlehem, and most didn’t notice

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist When the King of kings landed at Bethlehem, when God the Almighty began Heaven’s assault on Satan’s turf, when the forces of the Divine arrayed against the forces of evil, the landing craft (as C. S. Lewis has described it) was a manger. The God of the universe wrapped himself […]

Area coaches share differing strategies

Every coach has a different philosophy and a different way of doing things. However they all want the same result, which is to twin as many games as possible. So it’s interesting to see what coaches have in common and what they like to do differently to achieve that result. I asked three different coaches […]

Spreading Christmas cheer

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Kindergarten students sing “Feliz Navidad” to customers and employees at Yucca Telecom in Portales Wednesday.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Kindergarten students at Brown Elementary got a chance to bring a little Christmas cheer to several Portales businesses on Wednesday by singing Christmas carols. “We do this for a couple reasons,” said Brown Principal Rebecca Flen, who has been at the school for six years. “The community always gives […]

Official steps down

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Nancy Belcher doesn’t have any definite plans. “When you work, there’s stuff you put off that you really like to do, because you don’t have the time,” Belcher said. “I have a son who lives in Idaho, and I plan on going to see him and I just plan […]

ENMU basketball capsule — Dec. 18

Women ENMU at Florida Southern, vs. University of Tampa When: 11 a.m. today and noon on Friday (MST), respectively, at Lakeland, Fla. Both opponents are members of the Sunshine State Conference. Records: ENMU 3-5, Florida Southern 5-2, Tampa 6-2. Last time out: The Zias defeated Northern New Mexico 66-62 on Tuesday at Greyhound Arena. Florida […]

N.M. Fishing Report — Dec. 18

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. Cimarron […]

Sheriff has story worth hearing

By Betty Williamson Local columnist As he finishes his second term as Roosevelt County sheriff, you might expect Darren Hooker to be full of stories about crimes his department has solved, or bad guys he’s helped put behind bars. While I’m sure there is no shortage of those tales, the one Hooker is most eager […]

NM officials applaud bringing captive home

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Alan Gross emerged Wednesday from five years of captivity in Cuba praising the Cuban people and offering a lesson he said he learned: Freedom is not free. In his first public remarks after arriving in the U.S., Gross also spoke supportively of President Barack Obama’s move to restore diplomatic […]

Empty stocking fund — Dec. 18

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family R • Household members: 4 • Children: 3 • Special circumstance: This single mother has three daughters, ages 15, 8 and 1. Earlier this year she lost her job and had an accident that left her unable to […]

To do list — Dec. 18

Today • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Yam Music Series — 7 p.m., Hunton Fun Brothers at the Yam Theatre. Information: 575-356-8541. • Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority regular meeting — 10 a.m., Memorial Building auditorium, 200 East 7th Street. Information: 505-275-0022. • Craft bazaar fundraiser — 3 […]

Standings All Times MST Men Conf. All W-L W-L Tarleton State 0-0 8-0 Angelo State 0-0 10-1 Texas A&M-Commerce 0-0 8-2 Midwestern State 0-0 8-3 Eastern New Mexico 0-0 6-4 Cameron 0-0 5-4 West Texas A&M 0-0 5-4 Texas A&M-Kingsville 0-0 4-6 Friday’s game Angelo State 101, McMurry 48. Saturday’s games Eastern New Mexico 102, […]

The Blitz

A brief look at more top news PORTALES BOYS LOSE TO TUMCUMCARI: The Portales Rams fell to 1-4 on the season after a 45-39 loss. The Rams led 25-18 at the half, but scored in 14 points in the second half while allowing 27. The Rams will play back-to-back road game this weekend as they […]

Tucker scores 17 in second half of win

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com By her standards, Tori Tucker had an unusually quiet first half — no points and only one shot attempt for the leading scorer on the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. The senior forward took over in the second half, though, scoring six of her game-high 17 points […]