Legislature: Third grade retention bill advances in house

By Robert Nott The New Mexican A House bill that calls for holding back some third-grade students who don’t show proficiency in reading at their grade level cleared its first hurdle Tuesday after the House Education Committee recommended approval of the measure in a 6-4 vote along party lines. This followed a 6-6 vote that […]

Pages past — Jan. 27

On this date … 2006: Police were warning area business owners to beware of a fraudulent check scheme. Scammers were printing checks with phony account numbers and phony phone numbers for the banks. Suspicious business owners were calling the number listed on the checks and being told funds were sufficient. 1946: Excessive speed led to […]

Rodriguez: Price of cheap gas too high

Opinion When I was in high school, Dad would give us money to go buy him cigarettes. Of course we needed gas in the green van to buy those cigarettes. And we couldn’t buy cigarettes without cruising “The Drag.” And then, of course, we’d need a soda. This sounds kind of like the children’s book, […]

To do list — Jan. 27

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: C is for …Cake. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Game day: Minecraft. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Tween program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 9-12. Activity: Paper journals. Information: […]

Attorneys told to continue prep for Montoya retrial

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com District Judge Drew Tatum told attorneys Monday to continue preparing for next week’s murder trial despite the fact that he is considering a motion to dismiss all charges. Defense Attorney Chris Christensen made two motions to have charges dropped against his client, DeAngelo Montoya, at a hearing Monday. At […]

Coca-Cola plant closing doors

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The closing of a local plant in the near future could leave 59 people out of jobs. Coca-Cola Refreshments announced Monday that it will be “consolidating” its production by closing the local Portales Coca-Cola plant, sending its services to the Abilene and El Paso, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, […]

Pages past — Jan. 26

On this date … 1976: Jack Williamson, a science fiction writer and English professor at Eastern New Mexico University, was not convinced that recent UFO sightings suggested we had visitors from outer space. “It seems to me that if there were intelligent beings from outside our solar system and they wanted to get in touch […]

Opinion: Congress last hurdle to women in every combat role

By Tom Philpott Military Update On Jan. 8, six days before he closed out a 45-year Marine Corps career, his last job leading U.S. Southern Command, Gen. John F. Kelly sounded an alarm, which he must have hoped would be heard on Capitol Hill. Kelly was asked at his final Pentagon press conference to comment […]

Police blotter — Jan. 26

Jail log Released Friday-Sunday As of 7 a.m. Monday • Brandie Darlene Archer, 37, bond • William Levi Biggs, 30, bond • Thomas Lee Carney, 22, bond • Luke Cathey, 19, bond • Nicole Chandler-Carter, 24, bond • Randahl D. Day, 26, bond • Willie Eyonnee Grant Jr., 24, bond • John C. Kiernan, 19, […]

To do list — Jan. 26

Today • Books and babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for children 0-3. Book: Frosty Flakes. Information: 575-356-3940 Wednesday • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: C is for …Cake. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Game day: Minecraft. […]

They came to play

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Richard Schwartz, director of jazz studies at ENMU, teaches music educators how to teach extended jazz saxophone techniques Saturday morning during the all-state jazz 
conference held at the university this weekend.

By Rae Arnett Correspondent The New Mexico Jazz Educators All-State Jazz Conference was held at Eastern New Mexico University over the weekend and participating students were excited to be here. “It’s awesome, it’s amazing, it’s everything that I hoped it would be,” said 16 year old saxophone player Evan Zigmond, from Las Cruces, about his […]

Q&A: Legal pot wouldn’t be good, says District Attorney Reeb

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Andrea Reeb is the 9th Judicial District attorney. To your knowledge, which crimes have seen an increase from 2015-2016? Computer related crimes are what I have seen go up with technology as far as child pornography and sexual exploitation […]

Pages past — Jan. 24

On this date … 1976: A Texico boy had uncovered a human skull and skeleton buried more than 600 years ago. Arthur Chavez, 12, made the discovery while exploring a cave on his uncle’s farm 42 miles west of Las Vegas, New Mexico, during the Christmas break. Scientists at Eastern New Mexico University’s anthropology department […]

To do list — Jan. 24

Tuesday • Books and babies — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for children 0-3. Book: Frosty Flakes. Information: 575-356-3940 Wednesday • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: C is for …Cake. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Game day: Minecraft. […]

Boswell: Not seen Star Wars? Let me fix that

Opinion This year may have been the most excited I’ve ever been about the annual chamber of commerce banquet simply because of the theme chosen for it . I was thoroughly enthused to have the Star Wars theme music playing in the background and Star Wars decor on the tables. I immediately laid claim to […]

Legislature: Lawmakers focus on incentives, marketing

By Bruce Krasnow The New Mexican The list of tax breaks and economic development incentives handed to businesses over the past several years reads like a chapter book. New Mexico has spent money on job training and recruitment. It has helped businesses with necessary public infrastructure and worked to level the playing field with neighboring […]

Will rope for food

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, in cooperation with the non-profit organization Circle of Love, will be holding a team roping event at the Curry County Events Center on Sunday. The free event is being held in memory of banker and roper Eddie Stanfield, with the profits going […]

Eighth-grader floats first place in bee

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Ariel Kokoricha won her fifth consecutive Curry County Spelling Bee title on Friday.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Ariel Kokoricha survived the melee on Friday morning, impervious to words most of us can’t define, spell or use in a sentence. In the end, buoyancy sent the Clovis Christian School eighth-grader to Albuquerque for the fifth consecutive year, representing Curry County in the New Mexico Spelling Bee. Ariel overcame […]

Pages past — Jan. 23

On this date … 2006: The Factory Direct store had become Ashley Furniture in Portales, doubling in size and staff, according to store management. Co-owner June Merrick said one customer entered the new store and said, “It was like she left Portales and entered the big city.” 1956: Clovis Kiwanis Club was celebrating its 35th […]

Johnson: Homing pets no easy task

They come to us in many ways — perhaps the result of a planned and well researched decision, given as a gift by a loved one or maybe they turn up on the porch bedraggled and in need of a home and hit the jackpot — however it happens, pets and people come together. The […]