Livestock sale night

Kevin Wilson: Staff photo
Kasyn Creighton of Elida 4-H/FFA shows her grand champion pig during the Roosevelt County Fair junior livestock sale. Creighton’s pig sold for $4,000, and received a $200 sponsor add-on.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com Sheltering the grand champion meat pen rabbits from the brief, heavy rain on Friday, Ethan Friend waited for his time to get in the sale ring at the Roosevelt County Fair. Dottie, Tt and Brandy, his three rabbits, snuggled up in their basket and made a cute trio when he walked […]

Animals have entered selfie craze

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist’ Goofy grins, sultry eyes, sweet smiles, pensive stares … everywhere you turn, they are all the rage. The “selfie” works a lot like playing in a mirror, capturing and immortalizing those fractional moments of self-perspective that in days of old were rarely documented. A phenomenon with ever-evolving social ramifications, thanks […]

Airman’s identity released

Staff report The man found dead Thursday in his Cannon Air Force Base home has been identified as Senior Airman Christian Barreto, a sensor operator with the 3rd Special Operations Squadron. Cannon officials did not provide any additional information on Friday, but Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said it’s his understanding the death is not […]

Thoughts on alternative history

By Grant McGee Local columnist Do you like to think about “what ifs”? I do. I was thinking about this while out driving one afternoon with The Lady of the House. I said to her, “You know alternative historians speculate that Utah could’ve gone on to be a nation on its own.” “Who said what?” […]

Convicted murderer gets life

By Vanessa Kahin vkahin@cnjonline.com Daniel Murrell III, who was convicted of first-degree murder by a Curry County grand jury on Aug. 7, was sentenced to life in prison plus 31 years Friday afternoon. The murder conviction stems from a Jan. 4, 2013, mugging, in which Murrell, 25, of Clovis, beat 61-year-old Joe Garcia, also of […]

Pages past — Aug. 23

On this date … 1964: Clovis city officials announced the Hull-Brady bypass was open to traffic and the final phase of construction would begin in about a week. The final phase consisted of placing “asphalt concrete” on the road, according to project supervisor Joe Nail. 1957: A 12-year-old Clovis boy picked up for taking a […]

Ram Band Booster Club volunteers

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 Battling 93-degree heat for three hours is the price Suzi Webb pays to help out the Ram Band Booster Club, Armed with an air conditioner and some water, Webb and fellow club […]

Creativity kills the snake

By Audra Brown Local columnist Some of the most interesting stories you’ll hear told over a stiff cup of coffee are concerning the many and varied encounters a person has had with a rattlesnake. The first thing you need to understand about rattlers, is that there are plenty of ‘em and being aware of that, folks […]

Airman found dead at home on base

Staff report A Cannon Air Force Base airman was found dead in base housing early Thursday, a news release from Cannon reported. The airman’s name was being withheld until 24 hours after family has been notified, the release said. The body was found about 8 a.m. Capt. Neil Samson, with Cannon public affairs, said he […]

Events calendar — Aug. 22

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Roosevelt County Fair — 8 a.m. to midnight, Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Information: 575-356-4417. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Get Fit — 6 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Junior Livestock Sale — 6:30 p.m., Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Information: 575-356-4417. Saturday […]

5 things to know about animal rescue

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Wendy Turner, founder of Wendy Saves Dogs and secretary of Health and Human Services at Eastern New Mexico University, plays with a recent rescue she and her mother took in from Dallas. Turner said the number of animals in need of rescue could be cut significantly if more people had their pets spayed and neutered.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com Animals young and old are in need of rescue across Roosevelt and Curry counties according to local animal rescue organizations. Reasons for rescue can range from families that have to give up pets because of a move to animals that are neglected or injured. Local representatives from Hope Defined […]

Police blotter — Aug. 22

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:08 a.m.: Animal complaint, location unknown. • 5:21 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 300 block of East 17th Street. • 7:19 a.m.: Information report, 600 block of South Avenue A. • 7:22 a.m.: Animal complaint, 400 block of South Roosevelt Road V. • 7:47 a.m.: Traffic […]

Aquifer preservation initiative supported

By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter vkahin@cnjonline.com Members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority agreed to support Clovis Mayor David Lansford’s initiative aimed to help conserve the Ogallala Aquifer in New Mexico during a regular meeting Thursday morning at the Clovis-Carver Library’s North Annex. Lansford has discussed the New Mexico Ogallala Preservation and Conservation […]

Goat show success

Christina Calloway: Staff photo
First-place winners of Wednesday’s goat shows wait for the judge to announce grand champion and grand reserve champion winners. Kynzi Creighton, second from right, won both titles. More photos on page 3.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com For 16-year-old Kynzi Creighton, staying on top is harder than getting there, but it’s a challenge she’s willing to accept. The junior from Elida reigned supreme at Wednesday’s Roosevelt County Fair Goat Show, winning grand champion, a step up from last year when she won reserve grand champion. Another […]

Shrinking grant affects staffing

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com For the past five years, Portales schools Federal Programs Director Henry Montano has seen a decrease of funds for the schools’ biggest grant, Title I. Title I provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families, according to the New Mexico Public […]

‘Dairyman’s Special’ favorite at 4-H concession

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Here’s a Roosevelt County Fair math problem: What do you get when you add up 1,000 hamburgers, 250 hot dogs, 33 gallons of ice cream, 900 sodas, 15 cases of water, and 250 Frito pies? Roosevelt County Exten-sion Home Economist Connie Moyers hopes the answer is about $4,000, the target […]

Police blotter — Aug. 21

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 12:11 a.m.: Noise disturbance, 18th Street and New Mexico Drive. • 12:36 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 800 block of South Main Avenue. • 1:23 a.m.: Reckless driver, location unknown. • 4:19 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1500 block of South Avenue H. • 4:59 a.m.: Domestic […]

Food bank seeking partners

Staff report The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico will host a special distribution from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday at the Portales Memorial Building, according to a Food Bank press release. The special food distribution is open to qualified individuals living in the Portales area who are not currently being served through […]

Elida resident Angus Association alternate state representative

Staff report Greg Smith of Elida has been elected as an alternate delegate to the 131st Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates on Nov. 6 in Kansas City, Missouri, according to an American Angus Association press release. Smith, a member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri, is one of […]

Events calendar — Aug. 21

Today Roosevelt County Fair — 8 a.m. to midnight, Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Information: 575-356-4417 Yoga Fit — 8:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Will Banister & The Modern Day Ramblers — 8 p.m., Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Information: 575-356-4417. Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Roosevelt County Fair — 8 a.m. […]