Heard that before

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Drivers take a detour Wednesday afternoon while construction crews prepare to reopen the outside lane of West Second Street. The construction, which has taken nearly 27 months to complete, is said to be wrapping up in about two weeks, but a few business owners are skeptical of the expected completion date.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Chuck Abbott is aware the road construction through the heart of Portales is supposedly coming to an end. He remains skeptical. “They (Constructors Inc. officials) have been saying it would be done time after time,” said Abbott, who owns Big League Sports on the Portales square. “They don’t seem […]

Fairly good numbers

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Fair goers walk through the Roosevelt County Fair’s south entrance during the third day of the fair. According to officials, 2014 fair attendance was up 28 percent compared to 2010.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Statistics don’t lie. The Roosevelt County Fair has grown more popular for the fifth straight year. Numbers released Wed-nesday show the 2014 fair saw 28 percent more people pass through its gates than in 2010. About 1,600 people were on hand for the fair’s finale on Saturday, boosting the […]

Today’s technology confusing

By Betty Williamson Local columnist I clearly remember the first cell phone I ever saw, sometime in the 1980s, strapped securely on the belt of a friend. It was huge by modern standards — about the size and weight of a brick, with an antenna as big as a pencil. To demonstrate this wonder, from […]

Chief: Military vehicle earns keep

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com One of the first things Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders did when his department got a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, from the Department of Defense, was to make it look less like a military vehicle. “It’s unfortunate that it’s a big monstrosity,” said Sanders. “We tried to […]

Saved from vending machine

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist It’s rumored our vending machine at work immigrated from an Eastern Bloc country to the United States sometime after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s also rumored the manufactured label reads: Made in the Motherland. And judging by the machine’s behavior, I’m inclined to believe these rumors are true. Every […]

Police blotter — Aug. 28

Tuesday • 12:39 a.m.: Civil matter, 200 block of East Seventh Street. • 1:05 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1400 block of South Main Avenue. • 2:06 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2000 block of South Avenue I. • 7:12 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1800 block of South Roosevelt Road 7. • 9:10 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 200 block of South […]

To do list

Friday Fifth Friday — Entertainment on the square downtown. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Information: 575-607-9261 Me, Myself & I — The national self portrait show is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Runnells Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Information: Call Bryan Hahn at 575-562-2778. Saturday Biggest Catfish […]

Road to happiness

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Advanced Concrete’s Robert Lane, 22, readies concrete for sealing Tuesday afternoon as part of the U.S. 70 highway reconstruction project. 
Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann said he expects all four lanes to be open in a couple of weeks.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Twenty-seven months after it began, the U.S. 70 reconstruction project is coming to a close. The project, which began in May 2012, is expected to have the finishing touches completed over the next two weeks, Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann said. Guldemann said traffic will be switched onto the […]

Melrose rallies to aid clinic

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The Melrose Health Clinic’s roof was torn off and its offices flooded on Aug. 15. Community members helped remove equipment and supplies. The clinic is being operated out of temporary offices at Melrose City Hall and the Church of Christ fellowship hall.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com When the roof of the Melrose Health Clinic was blown away by a storm on Aug. 15, the clinic started to flood, leaving equipment in danger of damage. Joy Garner, the clinic’s administrator who lives in Clovis, got a call about the damage and rushed to Melrose. When she […]

Excited about new Doctor

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer I have dealt with a lot of changes recently. My office has changed and I have a new Doctor. No, I’m not talking about a medical doctor, but Doctor from the sci-fi show “Doctor Who.” For those who do not watch the show, it’s about a time traveling alien named […]

To do list

Friday Fifth Friday — Entertainment on the square downtown. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Information: 575-607-9261 Me, Myself & I — The national self portrait show is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Runnells Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University. Information: Call Bryan Hahn at 575-562-2778. Saturday Biggest Catfish […]

Applying for worst vinyl collector

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist Everybody wants to be the best at something, but there is a finite number of somethings and billions of people. But still we try. For the same reason, some of us can never be the worst at something. But why let something like that stop me? My foray into extreme […]

Police blotter — Aug. 27

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 6:57 a.m.: Parking complaint, Third Street and Boulder Avenue. • 7:03 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 8:17 a.m.: Remove subject, 1100 block of North Chicago Avenue. • 9:05 a.m.: […]

Application numbers downplayed by mayor

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A preliminary application for a $4.1 million federal water conservation grant claims the Ogallala Aquifer could be drained in 10 to 15 years at the current rate of consumption. The dire warning, along with others in the preliminary application, however, is being downplayed by Clovis Mayor David Lansford, who […]

Experts: Outbreak unlikely

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Steven Bradfute’s work focuses on improving the effectiveness of experimental Ebola vaccines.

By John Arnold University of New Mexico A poll released last week shows that nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are worried there will be a large Ebola outbreak in this country. But such fears aren’t justified, Ebola experts say. A large, lengthy Ebola outbreak like the one happening in West Africa would be unlikely […]

County fair success

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Rising feed costs and a large graduating class of competitors a year ago led to fewer livestock animals competing in this year’s Roosevelt County Fair. But officials believe Saturday attendance may have set a record for the second year in a row. Officials said the unofficial gate was $48,000, […]

Please, remember to RSVP

By Sandy Fields Local columnist To RSVP or not to RSVP? That was the question. We were sending invitations to a birthday party, and we wanted some idea of how many people would come. But we wanted people to feel free to come at the last minute if their plans changed, even if they had […]

To do list — Aug. 26

Friday Fifth Friday — Entertainment on the square downtown. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Information: 575-607-9261 Saturday Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby — Oasis State Park’s sixth annual event is open to all ages. Derby hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: $5 park entrance and $5 entry fee. Those 12 and up must have […]

Online shopping could boost other programs

By Tom Philpott Military Update Allowing 18.8 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online through military exchange services, which also operate brick-and-mortar department stores and concessions on base, could boost store profits enough to pump more than $100 million back into base quality-of-life programs. That’s part of the “business case” made by the Army and Air Force […]

ENMU briefs

Closed for holiday Eastern New Mexico University will be closed on Monday for Labor Day. The campus will reopen for its regular schedule on Sept. 2. Late registration ends today Students may still late-register for the fall semester through today. Classes are offered on-campus and online. The semester ends on Dec. 12. Information: enrollment.services@enmu.edu or call […]