5 things to know about pumpkins

Kevin Wilson: Staff photo
Just-picked pumpkins at C&T Produce west of Clovis Thursday afternoon. The farm grows pumpkins

 on about 200 acres for distribution to large buyers, and only sells locally at area farmers markets.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Pumpkins have already been a local headline-grabber across the globe, thanks to a local account of pumpkins stolen from Eastern New Mexico University’s Childhood Development Center. The headline at The Guardian read, “New Mexico pilferers plunder Portales preschool pumpkin patch.” Here are a few facts about the fall vegetable, […]

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez speaks on education, Cannon

New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez was in Clovis on Thursday, part of a campaign swing through the state. Sanchez sat down with the Clovis News Journal to answer a few questions: Why are you in eastern New Mexico? For any statewide candidate, it would be a mistake not to visit every county, especially the […]

City Council looking within first for new city manager

Staff report The Portales City Council feels it’s important to look first to its current staff to find a replacement for City Manager Doug Redmond before pursuing outside candidates, according to Mayor Sharon King. The job opening was posted internally Wednesday with the council planning to interview candidates Wednesday after the 5 p.m. deadline closes, […]

Roosevelt County sample ballot — Oct. 12

Here are candidates and issues on the general election ballot. Absentee voting runs through Oct. 31. Early voting is Oct. 18 through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 4. Information: Roosevelt County clerk’s office at 575-356-8562. U.S. Senator • Allen E. Weh, R • Tom Udall, D U.S. Representative District 2 • Steve Pearce, R […]

Raising awareness through athletics

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Texico and Portales seventh-graders graders take to the court adorned in pink uniforms for the “Volley for the Cure” games Thursday afternoon in Portales.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com For Texico eighth-grader and volleyball player Brianna Barnes, local “pink-out” athletic events are more than just an excuse to play in a pink uniform. Barnes, 14, said the annual breast cancer awareness “Volley for the Cure” game between Portales and Texico volleyball teams hits home because her aunt is a cancer […]

Condos come with rules

By Grant McGee Local columnist Some pals were up in arms the other day. It seems someone knew somebody who was told to remove the American flag flying outside their home. I didn’t know if I wanted to discuss such a hot topic; it might raise my blood pressure. “This may not be about the […]

Former Tucumcari officer target in arson investigation

By Thomas Garcia tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Recently resigned Tucumcari police Officer Dustin “Dusty” Lopez is the target of a state police investigation in a series of arson fires in the city last month, according to court records. Lopez resigned Oct. 2, the day after New Mexico State Police searched his home. Investigators seized Lopez’s cell phone while […]

On this date — Oct. 11

On this date … 1962: Cannon Air Force Base was making weekend plans for its 20th anniversary. A Main Street parade was scheduled to include six marching bands, six former state fair queens from Curry County and an Air Force precision drill team. Meanwhile base personnel were busy lifting a transformer to the top of […]

PRMC pharmacy opens

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Plains Regional Medical Center Interim Administrator Bo Beames thanks those directly involved in construction of the PRMC Pharmacy at Friday’s grand opening.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com After almost two years in the making, Plains Regional Medical Center opened its new pharmacy Friday south of the hospital. The pharmacy is fully staffed and is ready to fill prescriptions with over the counter medication also stocked in the aisles. “The team that brought this place together took risks and […]

Breaking communication barriers critical for animals too

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist It’s a natural thing that happens almost without conscious thought — the line between things that makes them different tends to blur and disappear over time. Take for instance language, individual words and slang, accents and even the way words are emphasized or tone of voice. When cultures are mixed […]

Late rains negatively affect crops

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Recent rains have been good for Roosevelt and Curry counties, but the lateness of it has caused quality issues for some crops. Roosevelt County farmer Rick Ledbetter said the rain in September caused delays in harvesting corn, but had no effect on the quality of the corn. His other […]

‘Kash for Karen’ campaign aids West Nile victim

ENMU media relations A campaign has been started to raise funds to help Eastern New Mexico University athletics administrative assistant Karen Doherty and her family with medical expenses, according to athletics director Jeff Geiser. Doherty has been in the hospital and doing physical therapy since contracting West Nile Virus in September, according to a news […]

Drivers abiding by texting and driving law

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com On July 1, New Mexico passed the law that bans texting while driving and for the Portales Police Department they have only given out a few citations. Portales Chief of Police Pat Gallegos said the way the statute is worded it is hard to specifically cite a driver with […]

Dedication has rewards

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Dustin Seifert, Eastern New Mexico University band director and New Mexico Music Educators Association Music Educator of the Year 2015 winner, leads the Greyhound Sound marching band Saturday Sept. 27 during ENMU’s homecoming parade.

Eastern New Mexico University Music Department Chair Dustin Seifert’s work educating musicians at Eastern for more than 13 years has not gone unnoticed. Seifert is the 2015 recipient of the New Mexico Music Educators Association’s Music Educator of the Year Award. The Music Educator of the Year Award is based on nominations from NMMEA members. […]

Zias start reading program

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University Zias senior forward Tori Tucker knows that being part of the team is about more than just basketball. It’s also about helping the community that looks up to you grow. “It’s fun to go out in the community and help. It’s fun to inspire people […]

Health centers offering flu vaccinations

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com With flu season right around the corner, several health care centers in the area are offering flu shots. Dr. Napoleon Manian, a pharmacist at WalMart in Portales, said the flu shot vaccine has just arrived. “We just got them in and we’re getting everything together. We’ll be giving them […]

Morning dog walk turned up big surprise

By Betty Williamson Local columnist I never know what might turn up on my morning walks, but Tuesday morning I had a bigger surprise than usual. A white dot shining in the western sky caught my eye almost immediately. My first thought was that it was a weather balloon — or, more officially, a high […]

Boutique Air daily passengers up 19 percent

Staff report In the second full month of service for Boutique Air, passenger numbers have again risen from the prior month. According to a report sent by Interim Airport Director Cody Mills, Boutique completed all 156 flights it scheduled for September, with a total of 658 passengers. That is up from the August totals, where […]

To do list — Oct. 9

Today • Pancake breakfast — 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., Memorial Building. Breakfast cost $5. Information: 575-356-4404. • Celebrate your heritage — 2 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Sandia Room. The talk is a part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Information: 575-562-2451 • Tween program — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Today’s selection: Foam Stamping. Information: […]

Jail log — Oct. 9

The following is a list of citizens who were either booked or released through the Roosevelt Country Detention Center. As of 7 a.m. Wednesday: Inmates booked: 3 • Male, 38, bench warrant • Male, 46, bench warrant • Female, 32, probation violation Inmates released: 2 • Two released on bond • One released on court […]