Floyd Jamboree perfect occasion for socializing

By Betty Williamson A bit of good news If the Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree were a person, at the age of 65 she’d be eligible for retirement this year. Fortunately for us, that’s not even on the horizon. I attended a dress rehearsal as well as the opening night of the show last year […]

To do list — March 26

Today • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Rural Water System workshop — 8 a.m., north annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library. Presentation about economic perspective of Ute Reservoir pipeline project, future water needs. Information: 505-884-5600. • Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree — 7 p.m., Floyd High School gym. Admission: $7 […]

Rotary Park fields may become restricted

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com After years of repairing damaged fields at Rotary Park, Roosevelt County Little League (RCLL) is looking into restricting field use to preserve the work done during each season. RCLL President Stephen Swift brought his concerns about the fields the city council’s attention during the March 17 council meeting and […]

Golden Gloves glory

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Isabelle Garcia avoids the mitt of her trainer Juan Chavez as he simulates a boxer throwing a punch during their training session last Saturday.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Isabelle Garcia doesn’t mind getting punched in the face and likes to throw a few punches of her own. “It doesn’t bother me,” said Garcia. “I think it’s fun, it doesn’t hurt.” Garcia, 16, has been boxing since she was 9 and this weekend will have her first fight […]

On the lookout for varmints


Editor’s note: This is a weekly series profiling public service workers Name: Scott Tweedy Title: Firefighter, Portales Fire Department What’s the biggest fire you’ve fought? I’ve been to a few fire calls. The Fire on NM 206, the bed and breakfast, was a pretty wild fire. We we’re out there for a long time. That […]

Pages past — March 25

On this date … 1975: Navy Seaman Matthew Acker of Portales had graduated from Mess Management Specialist School at the Naval Training Center in San Diego. The eight-week course included instruction and on-the-job training in food preparation, menu planning and food service. 1960: Eastern New Mexico University was committed to a 10 percent budget reduction, […]

You might want to move over

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer I’ve never had good luck with multitasking and driving a car, and for the longest time, I thought the more points on your driving record, the better. Until I got a letter basically saying, “If you don’t go to driving school, we’re taking away your license.” Whoops. Apparently those speeding […]

To do list — March 25

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Rural Water System workshop — 8 a.m., north annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library. Presentation about economic perspective of Ute […]

Selena has become an icon

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist It’s hard to believe it has been 20 years since the sensational death of Tejano and pop music star, Selena. Two decades and 60 million albums later, this once unknown singer who performed at the Boot Hill in Clovis in 1994 has become iconic. March 31 will make the 20th […]

Commission votes to increase sales tax

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday voted to increase sales tax in the county at a special meeting. The current county sales tax is 1.125 percent, which is lower than most counties, according to County Attorney Richard Queener. Commissioners approved an increase to 1.5 percent. County Manager Amber Hamilton said […]

Freedom Inn housing project for homeless vets takes big step

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The organizers of the Freedom Inn made a big step Tuesday toward building a transitional housing complex for homeless veterans in the area. More than 20 people from Curry and Roosevelt County packed into a room at the New Mexico Workforce Connection building to volunteer for executive and advisory […]

Never had reason for walkup music

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer “Who are these guys?” “They’re my theme music. Every hero’s got to have some.” — John Spade and Jack Spade, “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” I’m not sure how often that exchange replays in my mind, but I know the answer is, “Not nearly enough.” But I thought of it […]

Students talk about spring break

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(From left) Eastern New Mexico University students Alix Russel, Carla Anaya, and Eddie Rios take a selfie while in Las Vegas, Nevada for spring break last week.

By Joshua Lucero and Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITERS For Eastern New Mexico University junior Ashley Pipkin, spring break was a last minute adventure that included her first trip to the ocean and hiking in a national park. Pipkin, who left for California with friends when ENMU’s spring break began March 14, said her trip began […]

A special anniversary for a long-time event

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The annual Floyd Jamboree will be held Thursday through Saturday with area residents enjoying old and new country tunes played by the young and old.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com This year marks a special anniversary in Roosevelt County — it’s been 65 years since the annual fundraiser Floyd Lions Club Jamboree began. “It’s like an institution around here. Sixty-five years is a pretty good longevity,” said Master of Ceremonies Dave Nash. “If there’s anything longer than that, we […]

Rebekah Burke: Wouldn’t trade my kids for anything

Rebekah Burke

Editor’s note: The following is a Q&A in a series featuring different women in our community for Women’s History Month. Rebekah Burke is an employee at Walmart and mother to four children between ranging 5 to 10 years old. She was born in Idaho and soon after, her family moved to Kansas. Burke met her […]

Spring always makes troubles melt away

That Monday seemed too good to be true. If only all weeks could begin like this one — productive meetings, delicious lunch, great promise in store. But then what should have been a routine business meeting on Tuesday went punch-in-the-gut south. Wednesday crawled by. Deadlines were missed on Thursday. Friday carried bad news from friends. You […]

Lessons learned from micromanager

A terrible boss can make it seem like you’re working under a rock. And when I reflect back on the worst bosses I’ve ever had, one of them always comes to mind. She came into the office on her first day and held an impromptu meeting. She gathered us in the conference room and went […]

Proud to be committed to New Mexico energy

George Dodge

As this year’s legislative session has ended, I am grateful I was able to spend another year representing my constituents and working on issues that affect my community. New Mexico has great opportunities to expand renewable energy, and I am committed to stimulating the economy through innovative and diverse energy initiatives. I was proud to […]

Speed limits to abortions: A legislative summary

The Associated Press A look at proposals that passed and failed during the 60-day session of the Legislature, which ended Saturday. Alcohol-drugs • Passed: Bill to allow restaurants and delivery companies to deliver beer and wine to residences and hotels; prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and nicotine liquid containers to minors; allow farmers in […]

Budget Control Act survives for now

Military leaders over the past week have sharpened warnings that force readiness is unraveling and it could plummet if Congress allows the next round of defense cuts mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), with its sequestration tool, to take effect Oct. 1 The House and Senate budget committees, in turn, issued their own […]