Off to a good start

By Anna George Staff writer ageorge@pntonline.com Geovanny Lujan, a 21-year-old senior at Eastern New Mexico University from Albuquerque, came to ENMU’s Dawg Days nervous and unprepared his freshman year. Those are exactly the kind of feelings he and others are hoping to deter with the weekend’s Dawg Days celebration. Lujan was the first person in […]

Technique’s required with the big, red machine

By Audra Brown Local columnist Many hours and days and nights have I spent on a big, red machine. There’s even a song about it. It gets quite a bit right. A combine isn’t fast. Roading it with the header off, you can get close to 15, but rear-wheel steering at that speed makes things […]

Police blotter — Aug. 15

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:10 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, location unknown. • 12:24 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, location unknown. • 12:30 a.m.: Burglary, 800 block of South Avenue B. • 7:17 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 7:21 a.m.: Neighbor problem, 500 block of South Roosevelt […]

Devotion prompts walk across Spain

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New Mexican Blain Dern, 77, rests at a vineyard about half way through his 522-mile solo pilgrimage through Spain.

By Ned Cantwell Religion columnist Visitors to Ruidoso are familiar with the racetrack, the golf courses, the gambling halls. While enjoying the cool mountain breezes, they might also have dined at Log Cabin, the town’s popular breakfast headquarters. Blain Dern, who will be 78 in January, started the restaurant in 1989 and sold it to […]

Events calendar — Aug. 15

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. St. Helen Fiesta — 4 p.m., St. Helen Catholic Church. Information: 575-356-4241. Get Fit — 6 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Saturday St. Helen Fiesta — 8 a.m., St. Helen Catholic Church. Information: 575-356-4241. […]

Injured airman identified

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonlne.com A Cannon Air Force Base airman wounded in what investigators are calling an accidental shooting was identified Thursday as 22-year-old Joshua Halford, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Confusion about where the shooting happened set off a 30-minute lockdown Wednesday at Cannon. Waller said Halford was hit in […]

Ready or not

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Bill Strong, the theater teacher at Portales High School, and sophomore Emily Brown reminisce about her days in theater as a child at the school’s open house. Brown just transferred to PHS from an out-of-state public school.

By Anna George Staff writer ageorge@pntonline.com After 19 years of teaching, theater teacher Bill Strong was ready on Wednesday for another school year to start with the Portales Schools’ annual open house. Today is the first day of the new school year. “Ready or not, here the year comes,” Strong said. With 17 new teachers, […]

Aquifer level drop alarming

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com While underground water supplies may be taking a precipitous plunge in nearby Parmer County, it doesn’t necessarily translate into a similar drop in eastern New Mexico’s slice of the aquifer, according to studies by New Mexico’s State Engineer. Aquifer levels are dropping across Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to […]

Pastor made world kinder, gentler place

By Betty Williamson Local columnist You would be hard-pressed to gather more than three people in eastern New Mexico or West Texas without finding at least one who had a story about Herbert Bergstrom, the beloved pastor who died Aug. 1 after 97 years of making our world a kinder, gentler place. Dr. B was […]

Events calendar — Aug. 14

Today Yoga Fit — 8:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. City Pool — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Lap Swim — 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Night Swim — 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 575-359-4805. Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., […]

Police blotter — Aug. 14

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 3:38 a.m.: Drunk driver, 1600 block of South Avenue B. • 7:15 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 8:35 a.m.: Fraud, 1500 block of South Avenue C. • 9:11 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 600 block of Wiley Cox Circle. • 9:25 […]

Airman involved in shooting off base

Staff report Confusion over an airman shot off-base prompted about a 30-minute lockdown Wednesday at Cannon Air Force Base. The lockdown was ordered at 4:49 p.m. based on information an airman assigned to Cannon was a possible gunshot victim at an on-base location, according to a press release from Cannon’s public affairs office. The lockdown […]

False alarm leads to Cannon lockdown

A false report of an active shooter led to a lockdown at Cannon Air Force Base late Wednesday afternoon. Sgt. Matt Plew, with Cannon’s Public Affairs office, said a lockdown was initiated about 5 p.m. because there was an indication of an active shooter. Further investigation after the lockdown determined the report was false, Plew […]

Fair special time

By Jake Swafford  Guest columnist One of my favorite times of the year is almost here. The Roosevelt County Fair is scheduled Monday through Aug. 23. I always enjoy my time in the field working with landowners to create wildlife habitat, but it’s nice to take a break and mix with the people of Roosevelt […]

Program helps area educators learn about the lives of military students

Airman 1st Class Chip Slack: U.S. Air Force photo
Educators from the local community were able to sample various MREs (Meal Ready to Eat) during the Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations event Tuesday at Cannon. An MRE contains up to 3,000 calories,providing educators with a taste of what airmen eat while deployed.

By Alisa Boswell PNT correspondent Clovis and Portales educators received an education on the life of military dependents Monday and Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base. Area teachers attended the Teachers Understanding Deployment Oper-ations (TUDOS) program at Cannon Air Force Base this week to gain insight into what life is like for military children, who […]

Commentary: Tragedy often catalyst for meaningful change

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist It’s the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2012. The moon is out, the lights are on, and Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth are racing two wide going into turn three. Coming off of turn four, they’re still side by side when Kenseth’s car slides up, Stewart’s car veers […]

Doing something trumps saying something

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer The names change, but the results rarely do. I had planned to talk a little about a lesson to be learned over the weekend, but now it’s just something to bring up briefly. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston participated in an online Q&A with Twitter users. The problem with the […]

Hard not to root for Groot

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer So of course I recently saw Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and I loved it. Being a huge Marvel fan from a small age, I’m always excited to see a new film. In all honesty, I had never heard of the comic book on which the movie is based, and […]

County manager: Employees requested chance to donate vacation time to coworker

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Interim Roosevelt County Manager Jena Wilbanks isn’t asking Roosevelt County employees to step up and donate their vacation time to another employee injured on the job. Wilbanks said Tuesday neither she nor any other manager would make such a request, despite a PNT story that may have incorrectly implied […]

Police blotter — Aug. 13

Portales police, sheriff, and fire logs: Caller reported: Monday • 12:56 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 4000 block of South Roosevelt Road 21. • 12:57 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1800 block of South Roosevelt Road 7. • 4:44 a.m.: Domestic, 6th Street and Avenue A. • 7 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 7:16 […]