Three charges against Nunez dropped

Editor’s note: The following story contains graphic accounts. By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Three of 10 charges were dropped Thursday morning before the start of a two-day trial for a Portales man accused of child molestation. The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office dropped charges regarding one of three victims that Marco Nunez, 28, allegedly […]

School days begin

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Portales High School Science Teacher Jack Willis readies a projector for a presentation Thursday in preparation for the first day of school. Classes for Portales Municipal Schools begin today.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER With the first day of school getting underway in Portales today, teachers will be meeting and greeting the students that will be in their classes for the school year. In order to make the next year a positive experience for the students and themselves, area teachers said that they […]

Q&A: Locals share thoughts on the Olympic games

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER For Portales residents, the unity and patriotism associated with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is what sticks out as the games finish in the first week. Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) Business Administration Student Bret Greeno and Portales resident Michelle Chavez said the Olympics are a great time for […]

Brown: Farming not for the faint of heart

Farming is an investment, not only of capitol and time, but of the soul. It is not an enterprise suited to dipping in a toe to check the water. It cannot be done halfway or in part. Most businesses can start in a place so small and a scale so reduced that the risk is […]

Pages past — Aug. 12

On this date … 1976: F. H. Smotherman, who lived at Fourth and Walnut in Clovis, had a large garden that included corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, carrots, okra and more. The corn stalks were 12-feet high. Smotherman, 85, said he grew most of the food he ate, except for meat. He said he’d raise cattle […]

To do list — Aug. 12

Today • Child Find screenings — 8:30 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Dora schools. Development checks for ages 0-5. Information: 575-477-2211 Tuesday • Child Find screenings — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fort Sumner schools. Development checks for ages 0-5. Information: 575-355-7766 • Portales City Commission meeting — 6:30 p.m. in commission room at Memorial Building. […]

Higher ed tightens budgets

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Portales and Clovis education systems are taking precautionary measures by tightening their fiscal belts, despite current state budget cuts not affecting education, according to state officials. According to a Tuesday Associated Press story, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has requested state institutions cut back budget spending by 5 percent. […]

Assault trial set for today

STAFF REPORT A two-day trial is set to begin today for a Portales man accused of child molestation. Marco Nunez, 38, was arrested in April 2015, then again in June, for charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor under 13 years old as well as unlawful exhibition of motion pictures to minors. Nunez allegedly […]

Local artist on the rise

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Portales High School student Derek Gonzales, 15, won third place in the U.S. division of the International Aviation Art Contest.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER A Portales High School student recently claimed a shot at an international art competition, one of many accolades he has claimed in his short art career. Derek Gonzales, 15, took third place in the U.S. division of the 2016 International Aviation Art Contest after his piece depicting a man […]

Williamson: Look into the night sky

As meteor showers go, the Perseids display each August is one of the best. It’s also one of three good reasons to spend some time outside tonight and Friday. While it is possible to “catch a falling star” almost any night, our annual pass through the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet creates one of the […]

Dawg Days this weekend at ENMU

Dawg Days this weekend at ENMU Dawg Days, the orientation for new freshman students at Eastern New Mexico University, will be held Saturday-Monday. The series of programs and events prepare new students for college life, in and out of the classroom. Student leaders and employees assist new students through a weekend of academic and entertainment […]

Pages past — Aug. 11

On this date … 1976: Charges of heroin possession and distribution against a Portales couple had been dismissed after lab tests showed the substance was sugared milk. A 29-year-old woman and 28-year-old man had been arrested and charged following a traffic stop at Thomas and Jefferson streets in Clovis. 1956: A burro tied in front […]

Educators get lesson in ‘Capturing Kids’ Hearts’

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Education Consultant Rose Jones explains how to develop social contracts to area educators at the Capturing Kids’ Hearts training program Tuesday morning at the Dora Schools library.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER In preparation for the new school year, local educators gathered Tuesday for a training program that “creates a student-centered culture in the classroom while re-igniting their passion for teaching,” according to Brandon Hays, principal of Dora Schools. The program, called “Capturing Kids’ Hearts”, “reminds them why they go into […]

Local officials to be educated on Zika precautions

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER Local officials say they will be traveling to Albuquerque to learn more about how to deal with the Zika virus, despite there still being no known cases in Roosevelt County. One of the two kinds of mosquitos that carry Zika — Aedes albopictus — was found in Roosevelt County […]

Portales schools begin year with more security

By Anna George PNT correspondent Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education members heard about how the district is winding down from the summer by finishing up 20 maintenance projects at their Monday night meeting. Director of Maintenance Nat Gomez reported that maintenance officials installed multiple new security measures on Portales High School and Junior High […]

Police blotter

The following are a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Monday • 11:02 a.m.: Theft report, 800 block North Avenue M, report taken • 2:02 p.m.: Breaking and entering, 1800 block Loma Vista, report taken • 2:26 p.m.: Fire rural, location unknown • 5:30 p.m.: Threats report, 1600 block […]

Philpott: Uncertainty still surrounds veteran legislation

Two no-cost initiatives to honor the service of Reserve and National Guard members are edging forward in Congress, though final passage this year is still far from certain. The more familiar of the two bills would bestow honorary “veteran” status on up to 200,000 Reserve and National Guard retirees who can’t now be called military […]

Clovis implements curfew after string of vandalism

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer Following more than $10,000 in damages from vandalism and theft at nine Clovis schools, a curfew has been instated for the entire year. “Trespassing signs will address the times of the day people can be on our properties,” Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Jody Balch said. “People will not be […]

Judge rules to drop 21 counts of battery in local case

STAFF REPORT A Curry County district court judge ruled Tuesday that 21 aggravated battery counts against a Fort Sumner man also facing an April kidnapping charge be merged into one count. During the motion hearing to dismiss counts three through 24 of the grand jury indictments against Robert M. Sena, 26, Judge Drew Tatum delivered […]

To do list

Friday • Child Find screenings — 8:30 a.m.-noon, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Dora schools. Development checks for ages 0-5. Information: 575-477-2211 Ongoing • Open tennis courts — 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays all summer at Portales Junior High School for ages 13 and up • Farmers market — 5 p.m. until sold out Monday, Thursday […]