Local water testing gets mixed results

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com An annual Portales water report was released last week to reveal Portales water is safe to drink, but residents may want to keep it away from small children. The 2014 Portales Water System Drinking Water Quality Report also highlighted that Portales residents may soon see a waste water treatment […]

KENW casts eye on art culture

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Paul Hunton, left, creator of “24 Frames,” and Drew Merritt, a Clovis artist, speak on a live episode of “24 frames.” Merritt was featured in an early episode of the show aired on KENW.

STAFF REPORT Portales native Paul Hunton wanted to use his art form to recognize the culture, music and art of the southwest, and he has done just that with the show “24 Frames,” which just began airing on local television station KENW. “24 Frames,” created, produced and directed by Hunton, is a 30-minute show of […]

Notebook — July 29

Taking a poll … With the National Football League teams reporting to training camp this week, it seems a good time to take a poll: Who’s your favorite NFL team? Before Tom Landry got fired in 1989, when Walt Garrison and Bob Lilly and Dan Reeves were routine visitors around eastern New Mexico, the region […]

Rodriguez: Paper dolls brought hours of fun

As a child, I remember walking with my sister, Becky, to the old North Main Grocery, a mom and pop store in north Portales, to buy candy. But what I really longed for was a book of cute paper doll cutouts. My eyes were set on a book of cheerful characters with bright colored outfits. […]

Rodriguez: Muñecas de papel trajeron horas de divertido

Como un niño, recuerdo que caminando con mi hermana, Becky, ala vieja tienda de comida del norte Main, una mamá y papa tienda norte de Portales, a comprar caramelos. Pero lo realmente ansiaba era un libro lindo de muñeca de papel. Mis ojos fueron fijados en un libro de alegres personajes con trajes de colores […]

ENMU board approves increase for cost of stadium

STAFF REPORT Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regent members approved revising the budget for the new football stadium at their Monday meeting. Regents had originally approved a budget of $12 million for the construction of the new facility, which increased to $13.5 million later. Officials said in order to construct a new facility with […]

Pages past — July 29

On this date … 1975: Charles Higdon, the band instructor at Marshall Junior High in Clovis, was among coaches for a summer band camp. Young musicians participating included sixth-graders Jackie Holt, Kenda Sue Dickenson and Cindy McDaniel. 1965: Heavy rains had pounded the region in recent days. The Otho Smith farm in Quay County recorded […]

To do list — July 29

Thursday • Roosevelt County Commission special meeting — 9 a.m. Commission Room in Roosevelt County Courthouse. Information: 575-356-5307 • Child Find program — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. free preschool screening clinic at Grady school. Information: Debbie Richardson at 575-357-2192 Sunday • PMAC scramble — Noon-7 p.m. Golf scramble teams up two military members with two civilians […]

Local walking trail receives clean up

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Dora football team members assist in cleaning up the walking trail Friday in Portales.

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com City of Portales officials and volunteers used a $7,000 grant to clean up the Portales walking trail last week. The New Mexico Clean and Beautiful Tourism Department awards grants to communities each year to work on improving and keeping communities clean. Clean and Beautiful Coordinator Veda Urioste said the […]

Leadership program kicks off again

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Veronica Cordova works on a challenge exercise as part of Portales Leadership at the ropes course at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell in September 2014. The teamwork retreat in Roswell will be the first event for Portales Leadership this year.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s Portales Leadership group is preparing for their second year after what participants call a wildly successful first run. Portales Leadership is a class that teaches 20 business professionals about Portales, being a leader and the inner workings of a small community. Karl Terry, […]

The goodness is overwhelming

Life takes us down paths we never want to travel, throwing medical terms at us we don’t want to learn. This has been a hard month to endure. My darling 2-year-old cousin Eliza became very ill in June. She was diagnosed with HUS — Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. Following a life flight to Cook Children’s Medical […]

Pages Past

July 28 On this date … 1975: A San Jon couple had been killed when an explosion rocked their home the day before. Erman and Thelma Waller, both 67, died. They’d lived in the area since 1937. Officials said a leaky butane line caused the explosion, which was so forceful it forced the home’s floors […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Saturday • 10:20 a.m.: Reckless driver, location unknown. • 10:29 a.m.: Articles found or lost, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 5:24 p.m.: Verbal domestic, 1400 block of North Main Avenue. • 6:06 p.m.: […]

To Do List

Today • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012. Thursday • Roosevelt County Commission special meeting — 9 a.m. Commission Room in Roosevelt County Courthouse. The to do list publishes daily and features non-recurring public meetings and entertainment options of interest to Roosevelt County residents. To suggest a […]

Notebook

Worth investigating … Every elected or appointed official in eastern New Mexico should care about this. Attorneys with New Mexico’s Office of Attorney General are conducting open-meeting and public-record training in Clovis on Aug. 31. Every public entity in the area should have at least one representative on hand to learn the laws related to […]

Library staff prepares to ‘book it’

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By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University is working towards replacing the Golden Library with a new $26 million building called the Golden Student Success Center. Melveta Walker, the director of the library, said the Golden Library has secured $15 million for the project from university commitments and a general obligations bond […]

Parade starts neighborly tradition

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People lined the side of U.S. 60/84 for the 
annual Border Town Days parade from Texico to Farwell, Texas.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Local lore holds that the annual Border Town Days is the only parade in the nation to cross state lines. While that’s not quite true — the Woodsville-Wells River Fourth of July Parade has been crossing the Connecticut River from Woodsville, New Hampshire to Wells, Vermont since 1981 — […]

To do list: July 26

Tuesday • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012. Thursday • Roosevelt County Commission special meeting — 9 a.m. Commission Room in Roosevelt County Courthouse. The to do list publishes daily and features non-recurring public meetings and entertainment options of interest to Roosevelt County residents. To suggest a […]

Police blotter: July 26

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 12:14 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 900 block of South Roosevelt Road E. • 12:25 a.m.: Fire/Regular response, 1300 block of West Ivy. • 3:18 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, location unknown. • […]

In awe of energy, empathy

Sometimes Jackie Johnson and I laugh with each other as the realization sinks in that we are the old ladies of our office. OK, so we’re not all that old in reality, but the two of us (at 30 and pushing 30) have spent the entire summer working with individuals anywhere from 19 years old […]