Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Saturday • 10:20 a.m.: Reckless driver, location unknown. • 10:29 a.m.: Articles found or lost, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 5:24 p.m.: Verbal domestic, 1400 block of North Main Avenue. • 6:06 p.m.: […]

To Do List

Today • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012. Thursday • Roosevelt County Commission special meeting — 9 a.m. Commission Room in Roosevelt County Courthouse. The to do list publishes daily and features non-recurring public meetings and entertainment options of interest to Roosevelt County residents. To suggest a […]

Notebook

Worth investigating … Every elected or appointed official in eastern New Mexico should care about this. Attorneys with New Mexico’s Office of Attorney General are conducting open-meeting and public-record training in Clovis on Aug. 31. Every public entity in the area should have at least one representative on hand to learn the laws related to […]

Library staff prepares to ‘book it’

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By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University is working towards replacing the Golden Library with a new $26 million building called the Golden Student Success Center. Melveta Walker, the director of the library, said the Golden Library has secured $15 million for the project from university commitments and a general obligations bond […]

Parade starts neighborly tradition

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
People lined the side of U.S. 60/84 for the 
annual Border Town Days parade from Texico to Farwell, Texas.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Local lore holds that the annual Border Town Days is the only parade in the nation to cross state lines. While that’s not quite true — the Woodsville-Wells River Fourth of July Parade has been crossing the Connecticut River from Woodsville, New Hampshire to Wells, Vermont since 1981 — […]

To do list: July 26

Tuesday • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012. Thursday • Roosevelt County Commission special meeting — 9 a.m. Commission Room in Roosevelt County Courthouse. The to do list publishes daily and features non-recurring public meetings and entertainment options of interest to Roosevelt County residents. To suggest a […]

Police blotter: July 26

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 12:14 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 900 block of South Roosevelt Road E. • 12:25 a.m.: Fire/Regular response, 1300 block of West Ivy. • 3:18 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, location unknown. • […]

In awe of energy, empathy

Sometimes Jackie Johnson and I laugh with each other as the realization sinks in that we are the old ladies of our office. OK, so we’re not all that old in reality, but the two of us (at 30 and pushing 30) have spent the entire summer working with individuals anywhere from 19 years old […]

Pages Past: July 26

On this date … 1975: Esther Flores was reigning  queen of the Fiesta de Portales, which had been held at Lindsey Park in Portales. The selection had been made based on contributions, which were used for the next year’s fiesta. Flores collected $140. Runner-up was Glorie Corralez, who collected $107.49. 1960: Judy Hallford, 8, was […]

High winds, hail pound Portales

Staff photo: Anna George
A tree outside of La Casa was brought down on Friday by wind and rain during the storm.

STAFF REPORT In Portales, when it rains, it doesn’t just pour; it brings torrential winds and a downpour of hail. After a forecast of sunny skies for Friday, Portales received a downpour of rain and hail for almost three hours Friday afternoon with some heavy winds. National Weather Service of Albuquerque Meteorologist Annette Mokry said […]

Fair time fast approaching in Portales

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The livestock shows at the Roosevelt County Fair are the most popular part of the annual event with children and youth showing and selling their livestock.

STAFF REPORT The Roosevelt County Fair is approaching quickly with less than a month left, area children are gearing up to show off their livestock while the county preps the fairgrounds. The fair will be featuring some new entertainment this year, according to Roosevelt County Fair Board President Chek Rippee. “Carlos Medina from Las Vegas, […]

Arrest made on 2002 slaying

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com A 13-year-old unsolved homicide from is now closed with the July 21 arrest of a Clovis man, according to a press release received Friday from the Clovis Police Department. Capt. Roman Romero confirmed that David Gutierrez, 33, of Clovis was arrested for the murder of Jose “Chico” Valverde on […]

Two plead in Tucumcari arson case

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Former Tucumcari Police Officer Dustin “Dusty” Lopez and Robert Sandoval pleaded guilty to felony arson charges Friday at the Quay County Courthouse. With Tenth Judicial District Judge Albert J Mitchell presiding, Lopez and Sandoval entered pleas separately during the hearing for charges in connection to a Sept. 3, 2014 […]

McGee: This isn’t goodbye, folks

It’s time for me to say so long.The Lady of the House and I have bought a house in “L.A.”  As any good Southerner knows “L.A.” doesn’t stand for Los Angeles, nope, it stands for “Lower Alabama,” a little part of The Southland that also includes the Florida Panhandle. I’m not writing this piece as […]

In search of ponies: Study shows pets to plenty for health

Pets do a lot for us humans — they enrich our lives, provide companionship and are scientifically proven to improve health. More than that, however, for many pet owners, the critters become close friends in a sense. They are happy to see their people, love to be around for whatever their humans are doing, make […]

Pages Past: July 25

On this date … 1975: Bob White, who farmed west of Portales near the Bethel road, drove the front wheels of his tractor into a long-forgotten well. Only the tractor’s radiator kept the entire tractor from dropping 8 feet to the bottom of the well. White, who was not injured, said he had driven over […]

Notebook: July 25

Road work… Watch out for road crews on N.M. 88 near Portales. Starting Monday, state Department of Transportation works will be out there blading and patching potholes. Could be traffic interruptions there for the next two weeks. Game time… If you’re into gaming, head for the Clovis-Carver Public Library today. Family Game Day is 10 […]

Fond farewell to summer

By Rae Arnett STAFF WRITER rarnett@pntonline.com “Every Hero has a Story” was the theme this summer for the Portales Public Library summer program, which hosted its farewell party Thursday morning at Portales Public Library. The festivities included an obstacle course, a web toss, water balloon catching and snacks. Emma Chicovsky said she enjoyed the water […]

Local children talk about summer adventures

Staff photo: Rae Arnett
From left, Zariah Martinez, Jaylee Avarado, Emma Chicovsky and Dalton Church play a game of water 
balloon catch Thursday morning outside of the Portales Public Library.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com With the summer months winding down, students have only three weeks left before it’s back to assignments, desks and the seven-hour school day. Though many are excited about the start of school, students are taking advantage of the upcoming weeks to have all the fun they can. Dakota Beaty, […]

Notebook — July 24

Baskett honors… • They’re planning a big bash Aug. 15 for Clovis icon Hank Baskett Jr. He’s retiring as executive director after more than 20 years with Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center. The retirement party is actually a fundraiser for Oasis…way to go Hank. Call the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce 575-763-3435. Good food and… • […]