Stores prep for Black Friday sales

DEREK MAJOR: Staff photo
Troy Harris stocks packages of protein mix to prepare for Fitness and More’s Black Friday sale.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Stores in the Portales and Clovis area will be stocking the shelves and opening early for Black Friday sales. Creighton’s Town & Country’s Black Friday sales will include 20 percent off belts, clothing and jewelry. “It’s been good to us in the past, and last year was great,” said […]

Students thankful for family, food

Photo illustration by Joshua Lucero

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Students from James Elementary and Valencia Elementary shared what they are thankful for during the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is a sampling of their letters. “I  am thankful for my house and my toys.” Keith Grayson, James Elementary “I  am thankful for my mom, because she is the best mom […]

Holiday opportunity to travel for some

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com For international college student Menglin Wong, Thanksgiving means traveling to places he’s never been before. Wong, a senior from China attending Eastern New Mexico University, said he is taking advantage of the five-day break from school to go to Las Vegas, Nevada, with friends. “If I could go home […]

To do list — Nov. 27

Today • Portales Community Outreach Thanksgiving dinner — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Memorial Building at Seventh and Abilene streets. Deliveries available to homebound only from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 575-356-4241, 575-356-6001 to order. Information: 575-607-5927 or 575-693-3319. Monday • YAM Entertainment Committee meeting — 10 a.m., Chamber office. Tuesday • Roosevelt County Commission meeting […]

Empty Stocking Fund campaign begins Friday

Staff report The holiday season may be a happy time for most, but there are some who can still use a little help. Illness and job loss have no respect for the season and can take a toll on families, especially on children. This year, more than 200 area families have turned to the Salvation […]

Nine vie for Little Miss Merry Christmas

Staff report The 2014 Little Miss Merry Christmas candidates have been announced by the Ambassadors of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. This year’s field includes nine girls from ages 5-10 vying for the title. As a part of Portales’ holiday tradition, the Little Miss Merry Christmas Contest raises funds for the white Christmas lights […]

To do list — Nov 27

Today • Portales Community Outreach Thanksgiving dinner — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Memorial Building at Seventh and Abilene streets. Deliveries available to homebound only from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 575-356-4241, 575-356-6001 to order. Information: 575-607-5927 or 575-693-3319. Monday • YAM Entertainment Committee meeting — 10 a.m., Chamber office. Tuesday • Roosevelt County Commission meeting […]

Holiday closings — Nov. 27

The following are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday: Schools Portales — Closed through Friday Elida — Closed through Friday Dora— Closed through Friday Floyd — Closed through Friday Eastern New Mexico University — Closed through Friday Banks Well Fargo — Closed Thursday U.S. Bank — Closed Thursday Western Bank of Clovis  — Closed Thursday James […]

Support those who support us

By Betty Williams Local columnist While I’m the kind of person for whom shopping ranks only slightly above shoving bamboo slivers under my fingernails, I am well aware that the biggest shopping season of the year begins almost the moment the last dollop of whipped cream is licked off of our dessert plates today. If […]

Floyd fifth-graders stage holiday plays

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Hannah McDonald, left, checks out Nicole Pacheco as she plays Paulina during the Floyd fifth graders rendition of First Stop, Ellis Island!

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Floyd fifth-graders treated elementary students and parents to two holiday plays Tuesday at Floyd Schools. Students in Monica Gibson’s 5th grade class performed a historical fiction play about immigration called First Stop, Ellis Island! and a fairy tale based on Chicken Little. She said her fifth grade classes have […]

Community Thanksgiving meal in 12th year

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Michelle Armijo of the Lighthouse Mission chops celery for stuffing to be served Thursday at the mission. Armijo has helped with all 12 meals for the mission, which expects to serve about 500 this year between on-site meals and deliveries.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Even if there’s no place to go for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Clovis and Portales both still offer a place to go. Whether it’s to help the homeless, hang out with friends and family or just help out, a pair of lunchtime meals are a constant in the area, with […]

Police blotter — Nov. 26

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Monday 9 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries), address unknown 10:09 a.m.: Theft report, 500 block North Avenue B 2:44 p.m.: Shoplifting in progress, 1600 block East Spruce Street 3:44 p.m.: Warrant service, 1100 block […]

To do list — Nov. 26

Today Sleepytime stories — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library, for ages 0-3. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday Portales Community Outreach Thanksgiving dinner — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Memorial Building at Seventh and Abilene streets. Deliveries available to homebound only from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 575-356-4241, 575-356-6001 to order. Information: 575-607-5927 or 575-693-3319. Ongoing • 7 Deadly […]

Holiday closings

Schools Portales Closed Wednesday through Friday Elida Closed Wednesday through Friday Dora schools Closed Wednesday through Friday Floyd schools Closed Wednesday through Friday Portales Public Library Closed Wednesday through Friday Banks Well Fargo branches Closed Thursday, open Friday U.S. Bank branches Closed Thursday, open Friday Western Bank of Clovis Closed Thursday, open Friday James Polk […]

Police say man waved machete during theft

Staff report Clovis police arrested a man witnesses told them stole a shopping cart full of items Tuesday morning. Andrew Anderson, 24, was booked into the Curry County Detention Center on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to a release from the department: • At around 5:15 a.m., […]

Difference between disagreement, persecution lost on some

“You’re not going to believe what Tim Tebow was caught doing, and how it’s got liberals outraged.” This looks like click-bait. But why is it controversial … did he yell at the paparazzi, shoplift something, marry Kim Kardashian? I clicked, and there Tebow was, praying with coworkers on the set of the SEC Network before […]

Officials back increased funding to attact businesses

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com In an effort to spur job creation in New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez and the bipartisan legislative Jobs Council have recommended more money be put into a state closing fund in 2015 for economic development. The additional money in the fund could result in more incentive for business looking […]

ENMU Student Affairs vice president retiring

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Judith Haislett was recently honored at the Panhellenic Scholarship Tea as a Woman of Distinction and Influence.

By Desiree Cooper ENMU Communication Services Friday was Judith Haislett’s last unofficial day at Eastern New Mexico University’s Student Affairs office, where she was vice president for seven years. After leaving for Utah on Monday, she will return for a visit on Jan. 5 for her official last day. Haislett started her ENMU career on […]

Turkey to go

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Super Save deli manager Lamario Miles removes a baked turkey from the store’s bakery oven Thursday afternoon. Grocery stores in Portales and Clovis have prepared Thanksgiving meals to ease the holiday stress for area residents.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With Thanksgiving days away, local grocers are looking to help out those who don’t have the time to spend preparing a full Thanksgiving meal. Tim Russell, owner of Russell’s Super Save Discount Foods in Portales, said he has been selling complete Thanksgiving meals for more than 10 years, and […]

General touts program for autistic children

By Tom Philpott Military Digest More than 26,000 military families with autistic children are getting better TRICARE coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy and related services, which can improve a child’s development and quality of life. But a Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration that began a slow rollout in late October will still leave retirees […]