Shrinking grant affects staffing

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com For the past five years, Portales schools Federal Programs Director Henry Montano has seen a decrease of funds for the schools’ biggest grant, Title I. Title I provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families, according to the New Mexico Public […]

‘Dairyman’s Special’ favorite at 4-H concession

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Here’s a Roosevelt County Fair math problem: What do you get when you add up 1,000 hamburgers, 250 hot dogs, 33 gallons of ice cream, 900 sodas, 15 cases of water, and 250 Frito pies? Roosevelt County Exten-sion Home Economist Connie Moyers hopes the answer is about $4,000, the target […]

Police blotter — Aug. 21

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 12:11 a.m.: Noise disturbance, 18th Street and New Mexico Drive. • 12:36 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 800 block of South Main Avenue. • 1:23 a.m.: Reckless driver, location unknown. • 4:19 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1500 block of South Avenue H. • 4:59 a.m.: Domestic […]

Food bank seeking partners

Staff report The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico will host a special distribution from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday at the Portales Memorial Building, according to a Food Bank press release. The special food distribution is open to qualified individuals living in the Portales area who are not currently being served through […]

Elida resident Angus Association alternate state representative

Staff report Greg Smith of Elida has been elected as an alternate delegate to the 131st Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates on Nov. 6 in Kansas City, Missouri, according to an American Angus Association press release. Smith, a member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri, is one of […]

Events calendar — Aug. 21

Today Roosevelt County Fair — 8 a.m. to midnight, Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Information: 575-356-4417 Yoga Fit — 8:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Will Banister & The Modern Day Ramblers — 8 p.m., Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Information: 575-356-4417. Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Roosevelt County Fair — 8 a.m. […]

Competing pigs

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Chandyn Southern, 1, chases pigs with excitement Tuesday afternoon during the Roosevelt County Fair Booster Swine Show. Children not old enough to compete in the swine show were given a chance to show what they could do with their families and pigs during Tuesday’s show.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com It was an exciting day at the Roosevelt County Fair for first-time swine show competitor Madea Geezay. Geezay, 14, had two pigs primed and ready to compete in the market swine first year feeder class. Geezay, who lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before moving to Portales, said it was her […]

City to raise water rates

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales city councilors see no way around raising base rates for utilities for all residents to compensate for the new $27 million wastewater treatment plant and reuse center. Councilors approved the Public Works Committee’s recommendation Tuesday to raise fees an additional $31.50 for all water customers, a change that […]

National flood insurance could become available

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Roosevelt County residents may soon be able to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program at a lower rate than going through a private company according to Christopher Wood, branch manager of Frost Mortgage Banking Group in Portales. The Roosevelt County Commissioners voted to apply to enroll […]

Events calendar — Aug. 20

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Roosevelt County Fair — 10 a.m. to midnight, Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Information: 575-356-4417. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 575-356-8598. Thursday Roosevelt County Fair — 8 a.m. to midnight, Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Information: 575-356-4417 Yoga Fit — 8:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. […]

Thanks for the memories, blessings

By Christina Calloway Staff writer If you’ve taken my call at 8 p.m. because I’m pushing deadline to make sure my story is right, thank you. If you’ve offered me tea or any form of comfort while I was in your home (even though I’m probably not supposed to take it), thank you. If you’ve […]

Meetings watch — Aug. 20

County commission The following took place at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting held at the L.C. Cozzens Administration Offices: • The meeting went into a public hearing for the 2016-2020 Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan. Mandi Park, the county health care assistance administrator, presented the plan which included 35 total projects, with 13 new projects added. […]

No changes for convenience center

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales city officials have no immediate plans to make changes at the Portales Convenience Center after the Roosevelt County Commission voted to stop funding county residents’ dumping services. The county’s move is expected to cost the city $60,000 to $80,000 per year. Suggestions to compensate for the loss included […]

Sherlockians a determined bunch

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer I have loved all things geeky since I was little, but there is one show that launched my obsession into overdrive. “Sherlock” is the show that got me obsessed with Benedict Cumberbatch, solving crimes and reading fanfiction. For those not familiar with the show, it is a modern retelling of the […]

It’s time for a smaller spoon

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist Less than a decade ago, a group of researchers took a few bowls of candy to the lobby of an apartment complex. Over several days, the researchers placed a bowl full of M&M’S on a table, with a spoon and a note that said, “Take what you want.” The bowl […]

Police blotter — Aug. 20

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 12:33 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, Fir and Main streets. • 8:19 a.m.: Prisoner transport, 100 block of Airport Road. • 9:18 a.m.: Prisoner transport, 100 block of Airport Road. • 9:35 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1100 block of North Avenue A. • […]

Veteran housing tackled

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The number of homeless veterans in the area alarms Tommy Knight and Lori Brunsen, two community leaders who work with veterans. The two dedicate time daily to help veterans, but when they were told by a New Mexico Workforce Solutions official that more than 70 area homeless veterans visited […]

Fond farewell

Krista Avritt
Starting classes at Clovis Community College

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Krista Avritt was crowned Roosevelt County Fair Queen last year. The process involved her having to go through an interview process, show off her horsemanship skills, recite a speech, model and answer an impromptu question. Avritt was a senior in Elida at the time, traveling around the county and […]

Training a child proverb true

By Sandy Fields Local columnist “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” It’s a proverb we all know and love. It’s hard work to train a child. There’s all that time and patience and money and patience and scheduling and patience […]

Fair schedule

Admission fees Daily tickets: Adults: $5 Children (5-17): $3 Children ages 4 and under are free Season passes: Adults: $20 Children (5-17): $12 Youth animal exhibitors: $5 Schedule Tuesday • 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: New Mexico Christian Children’s Home Pork Chop Breakfast in the Jake Lopez Building. • 8 a.m.: Steers will be weighed. […]