Pages past — April 19

On this date … 1976: Clovis police claimed 99 percent of traffic accidents were caused by violations of the Clovis traffic codes and state motor-vehicle laws. More than 70 percent of vehicle crashes in the city were blamed on intoxicating liquors, police said. 1961: Elizabeth Taylor had captured the Oscar for best actress. “The dark-haired […]

Utility work to close street

Staff report The city of Portales Water Department will be conducting utility work on Lime Street from Avon to Boston from now through Thursday. This section of Lime Street will be closed to through traffic. The city’s Street Department will be working on a street improvement project at the intersection of Railroad and North Main […]

Police blotter — April 19

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Friday • 1:44 p.m.: Theft report, location unknown, report taken • 2:03 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, 1100 block West First Street • 3:27 p.m.: Narcotics, 100 block Airport Road, report taken • 4:14 p.m.: Ambulance requested, […]

To do list — April 19

Today • Books n babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 0-3. Activity: Hop To It. Information: 575-356-3940 • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 • Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. in commission room at county courthouse. Information: 575-356-5307 […]

Floyd wants payment from base

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Floyd school officials say they appreciate Cannon Air Force Base personnel and their mission. But they have a question about tax dollars the base is generating: Why don’t they receive any? Floyd officials recently appealed to lawmakers in a letter requesting help in obtaining compensation for the Melrose Air […]

Ladies prepare for crowning achievement

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Competitor Morgan Kennedy poses for a photo at the final preliminary Miss New Mexico pageant at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building on Saturday.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com Saturday saw young women from throughout New Mexico gathering at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building to compete in the final preliminary Miss New Mexico Pageant. “We’re just really excited today, because it will be an opportunity to crown a lot of girls,” said current Miss New […]

Relay for Life slated for Saturday

STAFF REPORT Portales residents will be continuing the battle against cancer by raising money for research at the annual Relay for Life event on Saturday. The event will run from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Park and, according to Relay for Life Co-Chair Julie Miller, is wholly driven by participation from the community. […]

Pages past — April 17

On this date … 1976: A Roosevelt County jury had found Alfred Hartley guilty of second-degree murder and attempted criminal sexual penetration. Judge Stanley Frost had sentenced him to two consecutive 10- to 50-year terms in the state penitentiary. His victim was Mary Jo Newton, who was killed Nov. 9, 1975, in her Pile-street apartment […]

Fighters of cancer all around

There are probably few others whose lives have been as impacted by cancer as that of Victoria Garrett. After losing both of her parents, Johnny and Jeannie Wood, to cancer in the same year, Victoria fought her own battle with breast cancer about 10 years ago, then battled uterine cancer just last year. Her parents […]

Commission suggests multi-county jail

Staff report Roosevelt County commissioners would like to see a study to determine if a multi-county detention facility would be feasible for Roosevelt, Curry, De Baca and Quay counties. A letter from Roosevelt County Attorney Randy Knudson asks Curry County officials to consider delaying plans for expanding their jail until discussions can be held on […]

To do list — April 17

Today • Alexis Olivas Jr. recital — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Free to public. Information: 575-562-1011 Monday • ENMU Saxophone Studio recital — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Free to public. Information: 575-562-1011 • Brown Early Childhood Center PreK, Kindergarten registration — 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring original birth certificate, immunization […]

Water leak in Portales troublesome

Courtesy photo: Pete Trujillo
According to Portales resident Pete Trujillo, this is what the street in front of his home on East Canadian looked like for at least two months before city crews cleaned it up Thursday.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Portales resident Pete Trujillo said he thought a miracle had occurred when he arrived home from work Thursday night to find the pond in front of his home gone after more than two months. “I was about to shout with joy and was about to build a shrine around […]

Project planned for Lyceum tiles

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com While the decorative tiles that graced the entryway to the Lyceum Theatre have now made way for a sidewalk and pedestrian improvement project, officials said there’s a potential second act in store for the creative offerings. “Although this (sidewalk project) is a fantastic long-term improvement for our downtown area, […]

Busy week ahead for ENMU music

STAFF REPORT The next few days look to be full of music with three performances planned by the Eastern New Mexico University Music Department. The Spring Choral Concert will start at 7 p.m. today in Buchanan Hall and will feature vocal performances by students in the department. “Three students will be performing transcribed works of […]

Pages past — April 16

On this date … 1976: Clovis Mayor Chick Taylor Jr. had proclaimed April 18-24 as Private Property Week in the city. The Clovis Board of Realtors requested the designation in effort to encourage private ownership of land. 1971: Eastern New Mexico coffee-shop talk centered on the previous night’s first significant rainfall of the year. Grady […]

Johnson: Study calls for citizen scientists

You’ve got to admit, it’s fun when the baking soda and vinegar aggressively bubble up from a homemade volcano, or when the shell of an egg soaked in vinegar disappears after a few days in the fridge. Whether in a classroom or with the guidance of parents, all the science experiments you get to do […]

Mother, son accused of incest free on bond

STAFF REPORT A Clovis man and his mother accused of incest were freed on bond Wednesday after being arraigned in district court proceedings one day prior. Caleb Peterson, 19, and his mother, Monica Mares, 36, were slated to be arraigned on the incest charges March 11 before Magistrate Court Judge Duane Castleberry. Instead, both were […]

Berry: Good bike seat required gear

With warmer weather, I thought it was time to get outside and get some exercise. I got my bike out and made sure there was plenty of air in the tires. I rolled out of the driveway and hopped on the seat. That was when I remembered why I don’t like to ride a bike. […]

Sen. Ingle gives update on session

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Sen. Stuart Ingle spoke at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon Thursday at the Yam Theatre. Ingle told attendees about some of the laws that came to fruition with this year’s legislative session.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Don’t panic, Sen. Stuart Ingle told area business leaders at the Thursday Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon at the Yam Theatre. While updating them on this year’s New Mexico legislative session, Stuart said that yes, the state driver’s license law is changing, but the change will not […]

Olympian presents at ENMU

johnny Quinn

By Rae Arnett Correspondent U.S. Olympian and former NFL receiver Johnny Quinn, a Texas native, gave a motivational presentation Wednesday evening at Eastern New Mexico University. Quinn opened the presentation with a funny story about how a photograph he took of a door he broke through in Russia during the 2014 Olympics. Quinn explained that […]