Violence in Dallas

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Police Chaplain Furgus Tunnell of Clovis leads police and citizens in prayer Friday afternoon in front of the Clovis Police Department. The group came to pray for the protection of the police as a result of actions against the Dallas Police Department Thursday evening.

By Laura J. Nelson and Nigel Duara Los Angeles Times MESQUITE, Texas — The shooter, barricaded in a downtown Dallas parking garage, bantered with negotiators during an hours-long standoff. He did not seem nervous and said he was not afraid to die. He told the armed officers facing him that he had been preparing for […]

Rocket’s red glare

Staff photo: 
Kurt Munz-Raper
The sky is lit up with red, white and blue Monday night as part of the Portales fireworks display, cut short by technical 
difficulties with the firework shooter.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com After days of celebrating and 102 degree heat, Portales residents were excited to settle down at the softball complex for the annual fireworks show. Catherine Mendoza, mother of 3-year-old Miles Mendoza, said this is the first year she has been able to bring her son to the fireworks. “I’m […]

Town celebrates Fourth

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Leonardo Diangson and William Lampkins check on their food at a Fourth of July picnic at City Park.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com The Fourth of July is a day meant to celebrate the United States’ independence, and while fireworks are one of the most popular ways to celebrate, the daytime lets families and friends celebrate their freedoms and presents them with an opportunity to be together. Several groups were gathered in […]

Business feature: Official ‘disappointed’ with farming, ranching ruling

Courtesy photo: Jennifer Lansford
Matthew Lansford checks on cow and calf pairs on his family’s farm, Lansford Inc. Lansford is one of the local employers affected by the recent New Mexico Supreme Court ruling on workers’ compensation for farmers and ranchers.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com In an action that will financially affect the agricultural industry, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that it is unconstitutional for farm and ranch workers to not have workers’ compensation. The ruling follows last year’s New Mexico Court of Appeal’s ruling that farm and ranch workers are not […]

City changes fireworks location

File photo
This year’s display at 
softball complex set to start around 8:15 p.m.

STAFF REPORT Independence Day is close at hand, and with it comes the prospect of many different celebrations, be it cookouts, pool parties, or just time spent with friends and family. One opportunity to enjoy the holiday is Portales’ annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration. The celebration, held by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, […]

Clovis garden makes debut

Staff photo: Ryan Galloway
The first harvest is ready to go at the Clovis Community Garden behind Plains Regional Medical Center. There will be rock painting, fresh salads, and fruit infused water available there 10 a.m to noon today.

By Ryan Galloway Staff Writer rgalloway@cnjonline.com As summer is hitting its stride, and many are looking for hobbies and activities to do during these warm days, the Clovis Community Garden is offering a day of activities to display the recently completed garden. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, community members can go out to the […]

Summer learning at Kids’ College

Staff photo: Anna George
Madison Parks, 8, does research on 
arctic animals Wednesday 
during Kids’ College. Kids’ College is using the theme Animal Planet this year.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The attendants of Eastern New Mexico University’s children’s program, Kids’ College, have spent the first four weeks trekking through the jungle and the arctic. But only with their imagination. Kids’ College, using the theme Animal Planet this year, has been spending its study time looking at animals from different […]

Trains collide head-on in Texas

Amarillo Globe-News photo: Sean Steffen
Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in Panhandle, Texas, that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area.

By David Warren The Associated Press DALLAS — Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. The two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same […]

Fireworks fund close to goal

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Levi Gallas organizes fireworks at the fireworks stand off of Avenue C and First Street. According to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Karl Terry, $9,100 of $10,000 goal for Portales’ fireworks fund has been raised.

STAFF REPORT July 4 is a day to celebrate the independence of the United States and the struggle to attain it, and one of the most popular ways to do so is through the use of fireworks. Portales holds its own fireworks presentation each year, filling the sky with bright lights and smoke, but in […]

Business feature: Businesses prep for summer

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Margaret Seales works on a flower boutique at Butterfly Flowers.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Auto and farming businesses across Portales are preparing for summer, whether it is anticipating an increase or a decrease in business based on demand or preparing for the fall season. Auto businesses in particular commented on the consistent issues customers have with their vehicles. Doug Frank, the owner of […]

Owner: Two or three months to Tower Loft opening

Staff photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
Matt Polk, top, and Abe Urias work inside the Tower Loft apartments.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Progress has been made on what used to be the Tower Twin movie theater off of Avenue A and First Street. A grand opening for what is now called the Tower Loft apartments is set for two to three months, according to Owner Max Merrick. A goal of the […]

ENMU Alumni Band reconnects

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Eastern New Mexico University Director of Bands Dustin Seifert leads the ENMU Alumni Band in a performance of Eric Whitacre’s “October.”

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Alumni of Eastern New Mexico’s music program converged on Portales this weekend to reconnect and meet other alumni, all leading up to a concert at Buchanan Hall on Saturday afternoon. The ENMU Alumni Band meets the weekend after Father’s Day every even-numbered summer for several reasons, according to ENMU […]

An academic leg up

Jonathon Tucker, 18, assigns TRiO Upward Bound 
students to 
kickball teams Tuesday 
during their team building exercises.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The TRiO Upward Bound program is finishing its third week of classes and activities, all leading up to a week long trip to Washington D.C. in mid July, upon approval.   The TRiO program, which has about 50 students, spends six weeks teaching students math, English, science and team […]

Official: Planning brings Heritage Days success

Staff photo: Anna George
Lawrence Gamble helps himself to a hamburger Saturday at the 2006 Portales High School 10-year reunion held in conjunction with Heritage Days.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The 32nd annual Heritage Days has come and gone from Portales, and according to several individuals involved in its various events, it was a success. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said that attendance for Heritage Days was easily between 2,000 and 3,000 people over its […]

Students exercise skills at internships

Staff Photo: Kurt Munz-Raper
From left, intern Aaron Flores, office manager Tammy Lee, and Sure-Green founder Curtis Breshears discuss blending sheets for product assembly.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Local Portales businesses have offered college students native to the area a chance to exercise their skills in newly-created internships. Sure-Green Lawn Fertilizer and Village Pharmacy officials said they aim to give back to the local community through their independent business models and emphasize friendly communication. Allison Segovia, 22, […]

Back to the ’80s

Staff photo: Anna George
DeAun Searl, class of 1989, catches up with classmates Saturday at the Portales High School classes of the 1980s reunion.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Portales High School graduates who for years spent their nights gathered at Donna’s Pizza Mill and Tower Twin Movie Theater spent Saturday night gathered at the Yam Theatre. The Yam hosted the Portales High School reunions for the classes from 1980-1989 Saturday for a night of snacking, dancing but […]

Miss Albuquerque crowned 2016 Miss New Mexico

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain

Miss Albuquerque Stephanie Chavez gets emotional Saturday night as she is crowned the 2016 Miss New Mexico on the stage of the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Miss Albuquerque Stephanie Chavez, 23, was crowned Miss New Mexico on Saturday evening on the final night of the 75th Annual Miss New Mexico Pageant. “It’s such a blur,” said Chavez. “I know it’s such a cliché when I say it’s such a surreal feeling, but it really is.” […]

Two awarded at Miss preliminaries Friday

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Miss Otero County Brandi Blair and Miss Albuquerque Stephanie Chavez pose for a photo with their preliminary award Friday at the Miss New Mexico preliminary competition at the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center. Blair won the award for talent, and Chavez won the award for swimwear.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The 2016 Miss New Mexico festivities continued Friday night at the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center where five preliminary winners were chosen: Three outstanding teens and two Miss New Mexico contestants. Miss Portales Outstanding Teen Madison Belcher, who won in a tie with Miss Holoman’s Outstanding Teen Misa […]

Local teen wins pageant

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Miss Portales’ Outstanding Teen Madison Belcher waves to the crowd Saturday afternoon after she is crowned the 2016 Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Miss Portales’ Outstanding Teen Madison Belcher, 16, was crowned Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen Saturday at the finals for the Miss New Mexico teen pageant. Sharron Melton, 1993 Miss New Mexico and mistress of ceremonies, hosted the final show for the teen pageant. “There are so many young people […]

Heritage Days activities a hit

Staff photo: Anna George
Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry, left, awards Ruth Moore with an engraved box Saturday for winning Pioneer of the Year at Heritage Days.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The 32nd Annual Heritage Days in Portales was commended this year on its ability to appeal to all ages. Several Roosevelt County citizens said they were impressed with the number of children’s activities offered this year such as bouncy castles, water balloon fights, a rock climbing wall and several […]