Topdressing big topic at Ag Expo

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agronomist Calvin Trostle talked to Curry and Roosevelt County farmers Friday about the importance of putting nitrogen topdressing on their winter wheat crops early. The forum was one of many at the 23rd Annual Ag Expo.

By Alisa Boswell aboswell@pntonline.com A common mistake made by winter wheat farmers in the West Texas and Eastern New Mexico region is placing their nitrogen topdressing on to early. At least that’s what Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Agronomist Calvin Trostle told farmers from Curry and Roosevelt counties Friday afternoon as he talked to them at […]

Food class part of Ag Expo’s opening day

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers shows area residents how to cook Pecan-Crusted Chicken Friday morning during her Simply Prepared Meals and Menus class. Moyers also showed attendees how to make a cheeseburger skillet dinner and gave them advice on how to separate foods.

Staff report A room full of area residents laughed as Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers switched her cheeseburger skillet dinner over to a larger skillet. Moyers told her audience, “Don’t always do the things I do; do the things I say.” Moyers had a full house of people in the McAlister Room at […]

In search of ponies: Sorry, windows; cats still top threat to birds

Stealthy creatures who delight in the hunt, when they aren’t sleeping or basking in the sun, cats can usually be found stalking prey or practicing to, on the off chance fortune will put some small creature in their path. Most everything they do prepares them for the moment some unsuspecting thing will scurry by. Jumping, […]

McGee: Jury service no problem, assuming bathroom breaks

The notice came in the mail the other day. They wanted me for jury duty. The first thing that ran through my mind was, “Will they let me go to the bathroom when I need to?” I opened the letter and pored over all the instructions. As I did I got to thinking about the […]

Warm weather only temporary

Staff report Enjoy sunny skies and warm weather today because weather forecasters are saying but it won’t last for long. Sunday and Monday could bring cold weather and snow back to eastern New Mexico. Both days temperatures will be in the low 30’s and snow could accumulate between the two days. “The area could see […]

Highway death confirmed as suicide

Staff report Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker confirmed a death on the Floyd Highway (N.M. 467) Thursday afternoon was a suicide but declined to give any further information Friday “out of respect for the victim’s family.” According to Portales Police Department records, the call of a suspicious character on the highway came in about 3:45 […]

Limited funding, conflicting priorities likely to strain debate on state budget

By Patrick Malone Santa Fe New Mexican Inside the Rio Chama Steakhouse on Friday morning, a conversation over breakfast between two friends with decades of history foreshadowed a looming budget fight next door at the Roundhouse. Sen. John Arthur Smith, a Deming Democrat with a quarter-century of legislative experience and chairman of the Senate Finance […]

Senators introduce 11th-hour compromise on immigrant license law

By Milan Simonich Santa Fe New Mexican Two of the New Mexico Legislature’s longest-serving members have introduced a last-minute bill that they say is intended to forge a compromise on the controversial law that allows undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. Sens. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, have introduced legislation to make […]

Udall speaks against right-to-work, urges more funds for early ed

By Patrick Malone SAnta Fe New Mexican U.S. Sen. Tom Udall used his pulpit during a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature on Friday to weigh in on two of the most divisive issues facing state lawmakers this session. He spoke out against so-called “right-to-work” legislation and expressed support for a measure that would […]

Pages Past — Feb. 21

On this date … 1975: Burglars broke into the Eastern New Mexico University-Clovis branch business office and hauled off a 300-pound file cabinet safe. The safe contained numerous checks, an unknown amount of cash and business records, officials said. The empty safe was recovered along the roadside south of Clovis. 1968: Clovis school teachers had […]

Schools locked down for about an hour

STAFF REPORT A pair of Clovis schools were under a lockdown for about an hour Friday afternoon. Carrie Bunce, deputy superintendent for Clovis Schools, said a student made a suspicious comment, and a Level I lockdown was initiated at the Clovis High School Freshman Academy and Cameo Elementary, which are located next to each other […]

DUI programs making progress

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Local law enforcement officers overseeing programs to stop driver’s from operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are encouraged by fewer arrests because it means the programs are working. The Portales Police Department released its DUI numbers just a week after its annual DUI awareness week. […]

Last call for art entries

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University is making last call for all regional artists today as the sixth annual K through ENMU Juried Art Show deadline approaches. ENMU Runnels Gallery Manager Bryan Hahn’s office was flooded with ENMU art students and junior high and high school art teachers Thursday as regional artists of all ages […]

Might look at that again before tossing it

By Audra Brown Local columnist Even though it’s still snowing, people are already getting into the “spring cleaning” state of mind. There’s a lot of decluttering advice finding its way onto my computer screen and there are some folks already in the midst of yet another round of cleanup. Hoarding, or the unreasonable compulsion to […]

Public interest getting lost in power struggle

By Jim Constantopoulos Guest columnist In the rush to replace coal and nuclear power in electricity generation, something is getting lost: the public interest. Since 1995, natural gas has accounted for 75 percent of all new U.S. electricity-generating capacity – about 350,000 megawatts. Coal and nuclear power, the two sources of electricity that can produce […]

To do list — Feb. 20

Today • “Camelot” spring musical — 7 p.m., PHS Performing Arts Center. $5 admission. Information: Kathi Fraze: 575-562-2377. • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • NM Ag Expo — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Admission, parking free. Information: Karl Terry 575-356-8541, Patrick Kircher 575-356-4417. Saturday • “Camelot” […]

Coach cops to sexual penetration

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com Former Melrose contract coach Allison Draper, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony charges after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn ordered sentencing to take place at 1:30 p.m. today. Draper, facing six charges in the first day of […]

Ag Expo kicks off today

Staff report More than 50 vendors and 3,000-plus visitors are expected for this weekend’s New Mexico Ag Expo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The 23rd annual event begins today and continues Saturday. It’s the first time the expo has been held on a weekend, an attempt to attract larger crowds, officials said. “We’ve taken a […]

Police blotter — Feb. 20

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 8:38 a.m.: Deputy requested, 100 block Highlands Avenue • 10:06 a.m.: Criminal damage, 600 block East Second Street • 11:03 a.m.: Warrant service, 100 block West First Street • 3:56 p.m.: Verbal domestic, […]

Musical collaboration

Alisa Boswell: Staff photo
King Arthur, played by Jonathan Lynch, laments about war to Lady Guenevere, played by Hannah Weeks. Actors for the musical “Camelot” held a final dress rehearsal Wednesday night. Performances run tonight through Sunday.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Last August, Portales High School teacher Bill Strong and ENMU Music Professor Jean Ornellas ran into each other at a grocery store and struck up a conversation. Five months later the brain child of that conversation will be shown this weekend when Portales High students join Eastern students in […]