Fit Camp serves Clovis, Portales

By Crystal Mondragon Staff Writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Haleigh Bird figures young or old, there’s never a bad time to get healthier. And there’s no reason to do it alone. The Portales resident struggled with weight throughout her life, and started eating better. But nutrition only went so far, so she started a fit camp to help […]

Berry: Taking the path of least puddles

I got caught out in the rain last week. I waited as long as I could then made a mad dash to my truck. Before I stepped out, I planned what path I was going to take. I picked the smallest of puddles and the least amount of water to jump over. I ducked my […]

Johnson: Pets, owners have win-win relationship

The relationship between pets and their people can sometimes feel a little one-sided considering it is the two-legged animal that ends up doing most of the work and investing all the money. Indeed, maintaining a good feeding schedule, taking them for walks or changing litter boxes, cleaning cages, making sure they stay well-groomed, scheduling, making […]

Pages past — Sept. 24

On this date … 1976: A teenage driver crashed his car into the Radio Shack building at 121 Purdue in Clovis. No one was injured, but the impact left two holes in the building’s south wall. 1971: Clayton Reed, one of Clovis’ earliest settlers, had died at a local rest home. He was 90. Reed […]

Senior companion ‘feisty at 82’

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Pat Adams, left, along with fellow CSC volunteer Joyce Cox, discuss their plans after eating lunch Friday afternoon. Adams spends five days a week as a senior companion for five senior citizens around town and Cox is a foster grandparent.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com Pat Adams may be headed to see a senior citizen in a wheelchair one day. Another day she’ll visit one who is blind. As a volunteer for Portales’ Community Service Center (CSC), Adams spends four to five hours a day, five days a week as a senior companion, helping […]

Sunshine law training today

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Members of local government agencies, media and the general public will have an opportunity today to better understand laws which directly relate to government transparency in New Mexico. The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General will be at the Portales Memorial Building providing a free “road show” that […]

ENMU, Wal-Mart tagged by vandals

STAFF REPORT A string of graffiti vandalism took place in Portales Wednesday night, according to Portales police officials. Portales Police Department Public Information Officer Charlie Smart said police officials have not identified any suspects at this time, and there was no pattern to the vandalism with incidents occurring at random locations across town, including Eastern […]

Easement approved for wind project

STAFF REPORT At Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting, councilors approved the renewal of a transmission and access easement for the proposed Roosevelt II Wind Project. Infinity Renewables of Santa Barbara, California, plans to have the wind farm built in Roosevelt County, but a location and size for the project has not yet been determined. Christina […]

Rodriguez: Training for the ‘tamalada’

I’m not fluent in Spanish. I speak Spanglish, a mix of Spanish and English, but I conveniently understand bad words and when someone offers me food. Someone once asked me if I make tamales. No, I don’t, unless you count the once a year I help out at my church. With that said, I do […]

Pages past — Sept. 23

On this date … 1976: Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford squared off in their first televised debate, but most of Clovis learned little or didn’t watch. “However it should be noted that since the telephone survey was conducted during the morning hours of a work day, most of the respondents were housewives,” according to the […]

To do list — Sept. 23

Saturday • Special food distribution — 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Central Christia Church, 1528 S. Main Street. Information: 575-769-2103 • ‘Other Desert Cities’ play — 7 p.m. at ENMU University Theater. Admission: $5. Information: 575-562-1011 Sunday • ‘Other Desert Cities’ play — 2 p.m. at ENMU University Theater. Admission: $5. Information: 575-562-1011 Tuesday • Afterschool […]

Brown: Every dent has a story

If your motor-vehicle of record never leaves the paved road and only has encounters with those of its own kind and the occasional stationary object that — of course — just leaps out in your way, then the stories it tells are usually known as accidents and are hopefully forgotten and fixed rather than displayed […]

Assault on campus discussed

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s student government called an emergency meeting for students Tuesday night as a means to curb sexual assaults on campus. The Associated Students of ENMU Senate hosted the meeting with ENMU Senate Vice President Joshua Alvarez Favela saying the purpose of the meeting was to improve […]

‘Other Desert Cities’ opens today

Staff photos: Kurt Munz-Raper
ENMU Theater Professor Janeice Scarbrough, left, and Assistant Professor Anne Beck rehearse the play “Other Desert Cities” at the ENMU University Theatre Center.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com An intimate and challenging play about a family and the politics that influence them is opening today at the Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center. Cast members said “Other Desert Cities” is unique, because it is a small-scale production including students and faculty from the Department of Theatre. “It’s […]

Overdose deaths down in state

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Curry County was one of 20 counties in New Mexico with decreased drug overdose death rates in 2015, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. In a press release Tuesday, the NMDOH said nearly two-thirds of the state’s 33 counties saw a decline in overdose deaths last year. […]

To do list — Sept. 22

Today • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Beaded bracelets. Information: 575-356-3940 • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Welcome Fall. Information: 575-356-3940 • ‘Other Desert Cities’ play — 7 p.m. at ENMU University Theater. Admission: $5. Information: 575-562-1011 Saturday • Special food distribution […]

’99 years young’ and still sewing

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Lucille Brooks 
displays a “trip around the world” style quilt she made.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com In her 99 years of life, Lucille Brooks has called Portales home for more than 60 of those years. Born Jan. 12, 1917, in Ralls, Texas, Brooks may only have hearing in her left ear anymore, but she still has the dexterity to participate in her favorite activities: Sewing […]

Smokey Ball has heart of service

Smokey Ball may be one of the most recognizable figures in Roosevelt County. Highly visible in his trademark blue overalls, tinted glasses, beard, and ever-present cap, he’s rarely without a story, and he’s rarely alone. A lot of us have eaten produce from Smokey’s gardens over the years, and been privy to his tall tales, […]

Pages past — Sept. 22

On this date … 1976: The Curry-Roosevelt Council on Alcoholism had learned it would receive additional funding. Officials said $40,000 would be channeled to eastern New Mexico following a reduction in staff at the Albuquerque Treatment Center. 1976: President Ford and Jimmy Carter were preparing for their first presidential debate, with a television audience expected […]

Teachers reach aspirations

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Recently hired Portales High School teachers Orlando Shelly (left) and Heather Hagler began their careers in public education in August. Both Shelly and Hagler are graduates of PHS.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series profiling local educators each week. By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Two graduates of Portales High School are now teaching the same subjects that made them passionate as students. Portales High School (and junior high) Choir Director Orlando Shelly and Portales High School Drama Teacher Heather Hagler […]