Hypothermia culprit in bird deaths

By Tony Gennaro Local columnist Not long ago, around midnight, Portales received some heavy rainfall. “Marjorie, do we have flood insurance?” I asked my wife. She answered, “No.” That caused me to go from window to window the entire night to monitor the water level around our home. Fortunately, the rain stopped at daybreak, and […]

Pearce talks Constitution in Portales

Staff photo: Lillian Bowe 
Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., reads the U.S. Constitution as part of the event held on Friday at the Sandia Room at Eastern New Mexico University. Pearce went over what the document means and how it affects the country.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com The U.S. Constitution, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said on Friday, is a contract between the people and the government. And it works in favor of the people. “It’s like my wife getting our floors done at our house and, if the floor breaks, then she has the right to tell the […]

McGee: Anesthesia World not that exciting

Have you had an operation lately? I had one a few days ago. The doctor had to sew up some holes where it seemed my “chitlins” were trying to squiggle out. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had surgery,” I said. “The last time I had an operation they put me to sleep using […]

In search of ponies: Degrees matter to pets

The meager degree here and degree there is almost indistinguishable to us humans. Still warm enough for summer clothes, swimming and cookouts. However, if one rises early enough in the morning or ventures out after dark, the cooler temperatures can be felt easily enough. And though a drop from the mid 90s to the high […]

Police: Suspects identified in pumpkin theft

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University police have identified four juveniles as suspects in the weekend pumpkin thefts from the university’s Childhood Development Center. The suspects are 15, 15, 14 and 14, ENMU Police Chief Bradley Mauldin said. Video footage provided information that allowed police to identify the teens, Mauldin said. Mauldin said the four […]

Local social worker appointed

Staff report Sandra Turner of Clovis has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the Board of Social Work Examiners, according to a press release from the governor’s press office. Turner is a clinical therapist, social worker and owner of Life Changes Counseling and Consulting. She was previously a school social worker for Clovis Municipal […]

Pages Past: Sept. 13

On this date … 1961: Citizens Bank of Clovis and Clovis National Bank had established accounts for victims of Hurricane Carla, one of the nation’s all-time most powerful tropical cyclones. The local Red Cross, Boy Scouts and Salvation Army were collecting food, clothing and bedding to send to victims. Carla, which made landfall near Port […]

Prep football scoreboard

Friday Area Texico 49,Portales 32 Seagraves 40, Muleshoe 34 Fort Sumner 51, Questa 8 Clovis Christian 38, Whitharral JV 8 Hondo 62, Floyd 12 Logan 77, Dora 37 Bovina 27, Ralls 19 Farwell 23, Hale Center 6 New Mexico Alamogordo 46, Highland 8 Artesia 48, Valencia 31 Aztec 56, Kirtland Central 6 Belen 35, Farmington 20 Bloomfield […]

Pumpkin-theft suspects identified

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University police have identified four juveniles as suspects in the weekend pumpkin thefts from the university’s Childhood Development Center. The suspects are 15, 15, 14 and 14, ENMU Police Chief Bradley Mauldin said. Video footage provided information that allowed police to identify the teens and bring them in for questioning. […]

ENMU organizations joining to form food bank for students

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Last year, Eastern New Mexico University’s Student Veteran’s Organization advisor Lori Brunsen noticed a disturbing trend. Some of her student veterans were not eating. The reason for the students’ lack of food was their G.I. Bill, which not only pays for tuition, but gives out a housing allowance for […]

Seven being inducted in ENMU Hall of Honor

Staff report The seven members of the 2014 class of the Eastern New Mexico University athletics Hall of Honors will be honored Saturday during an induction ceremony. The event will begin with a “meet-and-greet” with the inductees 10 a.m. and conclude with the inductions. The honorees also will be honored at halftime of that evening’s […]

On this date — Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 1961: Roosevelt County farmers were closely watching the progress of 1,500 acres of castor beans growing in the Floyd and Bethel areas. Locals said the opportunity was unlimited for using the beans as an alternative for land usually used for growing grain sorghums.

To do list — Sept. 12

Today • Women’s Initiative Network luncheon — 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Clovis Civic Center. Admission is $15 for lunch and two raffle tickets or $20 for lunch and 12 raffle tickets. Information: 575-769-2103 • Constitution Day — 2 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building’s Sandia Room. Congressman Steve Pearce, R-New Mexico, will […]

Police blotter — Sept. 12

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 1:42 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1600 block of West Second Street. • 4:18 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1300 block of West Ivy Street. • 4:30 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 1600 block of East Spruce Street. • 7:58 a.m.: Prisoner transport, 1700 block of North Boston Street. […]

Tractor was a place to clear head, learn lessons

On the tractor. That’s where I’ve spent a lot of my life. Back and forth and forth and back. Downshift, implement up, turn, implement down, speed back up, drive straight, don’t run over any junk or wells … repeat until through. All day long for days on end. Some might look at it as a […]

Journey leads to mother’s childhood

Remember when you were a child full of imagination? You would ask your mom a thousand questions and she probably gave you short answers, especially if she were like my mom with five children. Mom had told me she grew up near Westport, Washington, and lived above a mercantile that her family owned. This was […]

Pumpkins roll in

Staff photo: Lillian Bowe
Elizabeth Vaughan, 4, picks out her favorite pumpkin from the pile of donated pumpkins on Wednesday at the Eastern New Mexico University Childhood Development Center. Program Director Elaine Gard said 10 pumpkins have been donated so far.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Elaine Gard was sitting at her desk on Wednesday when she heard the doorbell ring. At the door were three people, each with a pumpkin in hand. Gard, program director of the Childhood Development Center at Eastern New Mexico University, said the three had heard about the pumpkins stolen […]

Business tax rate increases

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Residential property tax rates in Portales will stay the same for 2014, but non-residential city rates will go up 2.8 percent. Roosevelt County commissioners on Wednesday approved the new tax rates as part of a special business meeting. The rates are set for 2014, which will be seen in […]

Today in history — Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 1961: Roosevelt County farmers were closely watching the progress of 1,500 acres of castor beans growing in the Floyd and Bethel areas. Locals said the opportunity was unlimited for using the beans as an alternative for land usually used for growing grain sorghums.

No reason to be sad about ‘empty nest’

I’ve heard the phrase “empty nest” a lot this year. With a daughter enrolled in an out-of-state college, I have been frequently approached by well-meaning friends who gently touch my arm and say with deep concern, “This must be so hard for you,” or “You must be so sad,” or (peering closely at my eyes […]