Water authority covers Ute Reservoir capacity, base funding

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The Ute Reservoir is at 96 percent capacity and Cannon Air Force Base will be receiving the most funding of any New Mexico military base in the recently approved defense policy bill. So heard board members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority at their meeting in Portales […]

Veterans added to ‘wall of honor’

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
World War II veteran Joe Blair, second to left, stands with his family Wednesday night as he is honored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com A lot of proud heritage filled the room at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515 on downtown Main Street in Portales Wednesday night. The VFW honored six local World War II veterans by making them the first to be placed on their “wall of honor.” The wall is […]

Notebook — Nov. 13

Produce on the way: The next Produce to People Market is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. The program features a variety of fresh produce provided at no charge, according to a Food Bank news release. Officials ask that anyone interested bring two to […]

Brown: Danger afoot on the farm

“Beware the badness of the terrace.” That’s good advice from a book on the art of fencing with the short sword that I would pose was rather badly translated from French. A better translation might be, “Watch where you step.” But the odd one seems to imply more of a sense of danger and, on […]

Pages past — Nov. 13

On this date … 1990: Vi Petty, widow of recording giant Norman Petty, had recently returned home to Clovis after seeing a Broadway musical about Buddy Holly’s life. She attended the premier of “Buddy” with Barbara Orbison, the wife of the late Roy Orbison. Roy Orbison and Holly recorded at the Petty recording studio in […]

Heat is on to beat the freeze

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com As the temperatures plummet into below-freezing zones, it may be time to consider raising the thermostat in the doghouse. Marty Martinez, director of the Clovis Animal Control Shelter, said the first thing man must do this winter is make sure man’s best friend has the proper shelter to stay […]

To do list — Nov. 13

Today • Pixels to Paper Design Conference — 9:45 a.m. -4 p.m. at ENMU Art & Anthropology Lecture Hall, room AA110. Artist presentations and demo. Open to anyone in the artist/design field. Information: 575-562-2162 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Friendship bracelets. Information: 575-356-3940 • Mirari Brass […]

Pet of the week — Nov. 13


Gender: Female Age: 1-1/2 years old Breed: Chihuahua Personality: Very friendly Story: This dog was brought in as a stray. According to Adam Aguilar, animal control supervisor, she’s a very nice dog and would be great for any type of family of any age. For adoption information, call 356-4404 or visit the animal shelter at […]

Losing sleep for kids at St. Jude’s

By Anna George Correspondent Despite having already raised over $5,000 for St. Jude’s Hospital with the Up ‘Til Dawn program, Eastern New Mexico University still has a long way to go in the next four months for its philanthropic event. Up ‘Til Dawn Director Eduardo Rios said the program has been ENMU’s philanthropic event since […]

In honor of those who served

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Lynnde Hall, 13, left, spreads out the American flag Wednesday morning with her great grandfather, Joe Blair, for the ‘Ragged Old Flag’ tribute during the 69th annual Veterans Day ceremony held by Portales American Legion Post 31.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com It was an emotional crowd that filled the room Wednesday morning in the Memorial Building as Portales American Legion Post 31 held its annual Veterans Day ceremony. Guest speaker Lt. Col. Ahave Brown Jr., commander of the 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, opened his speech by thanking Mayor […]

Notebook — Nov. 12

No, it’s not too early to think about Christmas. The Clovis Police Department would appreciate it. Officers are hosting the “Cops and Kids Christmas” program again. It’s designed to assist local children with having a great Christmas holiday, according to a police news release. Each child selected will receive a $100 gift card to shop […]

POPS Concert set for stage

STAFF REPORT The 48th annual POPS Concert at Eastern New Mexico University will take place Saturday night with all its unique highlights, which includes everything from student performances to instrumental music from Star Wars. Friends of Music Chairman Patrice Caldwell said there will be a “name that tune” portion of the show and faculty member […]

Williamson: Technology no substitute for librarian

Even in a world with high-speed Internet and clouds of information floating about us, there is still no substitute for a librarian. Portales Public Library Director Denise Burnett fielded a phone call a few weeks ago from a woman in California who was looking for help. Ann (not her real name) had recently purchased a […]

Pages past — Nov. 12

On this date … 1970: Area residents gathered in Clovis for a four-day symposium on drugs and drug abuse. “Many parents are unaware or unwilling to face the fact that their children are involved in drug abuse,” said Jim Osborne, a juvenile probation officer. Seventeen area school districts were represented at the conference, spurred by […]

To do list — Nov. 12

Today • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Hair Raising Good Time. Information: 575-356-3940 • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 9-12. Activity: Pixel self portraits. Information: 575-356-3940 • Friends of the Portales Public Library meeting — Noon program on Golden Library renovation in the meeting […]

School news — Nov. 12

Dora Book fair The Scholastic Book Fair is being held in the school library Monday through Nov. 23. Students and adults may shop during school hours for “buy one, get one free” items. Basketball • Tuesday — Dora Junior High at Melrose, 4 p.m. Five-day week School will be in session for grades K-12 Monday […]

Meetings watch — Nov. 12

Portales Municipal Schools Board The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education met together in regular session Monday night at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. The following was action taken during the meeting. • Lindsey-Steiner Principal Rick Segovia introduced members of the Portales Municipal School District who attended the 11th Annual Southeastern New Mexico Buddy Walk […]

Serving country a family tradition

Courtesy photos: Nick Gonzales
From left, sons Major Daniel Gonzales, Major Alex Gonzales, Lt. Col. Nick Gonzales and Lt. Victor Gonzales are pictured with their father, Sgt. Major Celestino Gonzales in the center.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com It’s not often one finds one family with over 125 years of combined military service, but the Gonzales family is one such legacy. After growing up in San Jon, Ruperto “Bob” Gonzales started the family’s legacy by joining the U.S. Army in 1943. “My grandfather was very patriotic,” said […]

Care packages go to deployed for holidays

By Jackie Johnson Staff writer jjohnson@pntonline.com Soldiers currently on deployment in Egypt and Afghanistan will be receiving care packages during the holiday season from Eastern New Mexico University, according to Lori Brunsen, advisor of the ENMU Student Veteran Organization. Brunsen said ENMU is in the process of collecting donated items to send in support of […]

Notebook — Nov. 11

Cheerful in the park: And now a shout out to local parks staff members who’ve been honored by the New Mexico State Parks Division. Wilhemina Martin, the administrator for the parks’ northeast region, was awarded the Governor’s Award. Conchas Lake State Park Staff received the parks’ Customer Service Award. According to a parks’ news release: […]