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 […]

Where does America draw the line?

By David Lightman McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Three times in recent days, people uttering slurs against African-Americans were quickly punished. Yet such consequences are hardly automatic. Insults aimed at Muslims, Latinos, Jews, women and others are routinely decried but also often defended as free speech. A congressman says something derogatory about immigrants, yet remains […]

To Do List

Today • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m., programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Wednesday • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 9:50 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 42000 block of U.S. 70 • 2:00 p.m.: Theft in progress, 42000 block of U.S. 70 • 3:43 p.m.: Verbal domestic, 1500 block of South Avenue […]

Dora school news

  High school testing The high school was scheduled to do Standard Based Assessment tests in science on Monday. Makeup tests for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers will be taken this week. FFA events • Today — Ag mech practice, 4-7 p.m. • Wednesday — Livestock practice, 4-7 p.m. • Friday — Team […]

Here she is …

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Miss Portales 2015, Jessica Baird, is crowned by Miss New Mexico Outstanding Teen Lindsey Day, left, and Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson, right, during Saturday’s Miss Portales pageant.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com For Miss Portales pageant judges, choosing one winner from what they said was a pool of beautiful and intelligent young women was a difficult task. The pageant, which returned this month for the first time after a 21-year hiatus, featured seven Miss Portales contestants as well as five contestants […]

City manager: Another main break likely

Staff report Earlier this month, a water main break left Portales residents without water for more than 24 hours. City Manager Sammy Standefer said another main break is bound to happen again as the city will put 14 miles of new pipeline into the ground over the next few months as part of its new […]

Firmly rooted in teaching

Mosier

Editor’s note: The following is a Q&A in a series featuring different women in our community for Women’s History Month. Caley Mosier is a first-grade teacher at James Elementary. She was born in Oklahoma and then her family moved to Clovis where she attended school for a while before transferring to Portales schools. Mosier graduated […]

To do list — March 22

Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m., storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m., programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Wednesday • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales […]

Pages past — March 22

On this date … 1975: Medical reports showed two Iranian students attending Eastern New Mexico University died March 13 from carbon monoxide poisoning. Seyed Moshen Ariarad, 31, and Ebrahim Karimi, 27, were found dead on the bedroom floor of Karimi’s home at 1519 W. 17th St. in Portales. Officials said a friend found them earlier […]

Much to do at Oasis

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The 194-acre Oasis State Park offers fishing, hiking trails, sand dunes, campsites and other activities.

Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of features about destinations some consider treasures of the High Plains. There’s plenty to do at Oasis State Park now that warm weather is here, starting with a spring trout fishing derby next weekend, Saturday and March 29. Reason to go: The park is a true outdoor […]

Let’s get the party started

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com The time of year approaches for the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce to honor its own. But instead of just a dinner and speaking forum with some laughs involved, chamber Executive Director Karl Terry has planned for this year’s annual chamber banquet to be a party. In fact, he […]