Wait’s almost over

Staff report Downtown Portales is about a week away from having functioning stoplights at two intersections, according to New Mexico Department of Transportation Project Manager Pat Garcia. Garcia said installation of the lights and crosswalks was delayed by about two weeks because of weather. The lights were originally scheduled for Sept. 18 activation, according to […]

Bond C good for community, economics

In the Nov. 4 General Election, Bond C is worth $139 million for higher education in New Mexico, and $11.5 million to Curry and Roosevelt counties. Due to an expiring bond, we are pleased to say this statewide bond, if passed, will not result in a tax increase. Eastern New Mexico University would receive $11 […]

Police blotter — Oct. 5

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers of Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 4 a.m.: suspicious circumstances, 1000 block, West First Street • 4:01 a.m.: harassment report, 1500 block South Avenue K • 6:24 a.m.: remove subject, 1000 block West First Street • 7:26 a.m.: harassment report, 1000 block, West […]

To do list — Oct. 5

Today • Wind Symphony Concert — 3 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall. Admission is free. Information: 575-562-2377 • Any Given Monday — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Studio Theatres. ENMU students free with student ID and general admission is $5. Information: 575-562-2377 Monday • History of soccer — 7 p.m., Eastern New […]

Point of imitating a dangerous snake is to get out of fights

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Rattling tops the list of sounds most likely to kick instinct into high gear and make the hair stand on end. But if the sound can take one to the edge of a heart attack, actually feeling the vibration of a rattle takes the prize for most visceral experience. Sunning […]

Pages Past — Oct. 4

On this date … 1973: The Clovis News-Journal’s policy on letters to the editor: “Letters … should be of reasonable length, should be signed with pencil or pen. … Letters will be published with the writer’s name withheld if that is requested, unless the letter concerns an individual or has a personal basis.” 1956: A […]

Hispanic Heritage Month continues at ENMU

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com For those looking to learn about and celebrate Hispanic culture, Eastern New Mexico University is the place to go. The university’s Office of Hispanic Affairs is preparing for the second half of its Hispanic Heritage Month filled with history, activities, and traditional celebrations. Hispanic heritage month began Sept. 15 in time […]

Judges deliver harsh criticism of district court’s jury process

By Robin Fornoff rfornoff@cnjonline.com The 9th Judicial District Court’s practice of segregating Spanish-only speaking jurors into one panel to save money on interpreters is the target of harsh criticism from the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Court officials in Clovis said the practice — stopped two years ago — was well intentioned. The New Mexico […]

Keep neighbors at a distance

By Grant McGee Local columnist There’s a rent-house across the street from The Stucco Hacienda. Folks come and go. Some people stay a long time, some stay for a month or two. It’s just typical stuff when you live across the street from a rent-house. A U-Haul was backed up to the garage of the […]

Actors: Play ‘Any Given Monday’ unique

By Amy Waltner ENMU Communications Chloe Hammock is playing a character a lot like herself … but different. Sarah is “a philosophy major that wants to get to the bottom of things; wants to know the cause and effect,” Hammock said. “She’s a very strong independent female character. “The subject matter and themes of this […]

Right on schedule

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
City of Portales Public Works Director John DeSha goes over plans for the city’s new wastewater treatment plant Thursday afternoon at City Hall. DeSha said the plant’s construction is 30-percent complete.

Staff report Construction of the new wastewater treatment plant and reuse facility is moving along smoothly, according to city officials. Portales Public Works Director John DeSha said construction of the $27 million plant is on schedule. The plant, which began construction in July, is slated for completion in August, according to DeSha. The wastewater treatment […]

Police blotter — Oct. 3

Police blotter Wednesday • 1:54 a.m.: suspicious circumstances, 600 block, West 14th Street • 7:19 a.m.: animal complaint, 800 block, West 16th Street • 7:20 a.m.: animal complaint, 1900 block, Avenue K • 8:58 a.m.: civil matter, 1000 block, West Second Street • 10:30 a.m.: trespass in progress, 1300 block, East Third Street • 11:45 […]

ENMU choir invited to Carnegie Hall

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University’s choir has been invited to perform next summer on hallowed ground — at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Jason Paulk, director of choral activities and associate professor of music at ENMU, said the MidAmerica Productions company, which promotes ensembles all over the world, invited ENMU to be a feature performer […]

To do list — Oct. 3

Today • Any Given Monday — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Studio Theatres. ENMU students free with student ID and general admission is $5. Information: 575-562-2377 Saturday • Oktoberfest — 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., First and Third on Main Street. Information: 575-607-9261 • City of Portales Cultural Affairs Committee canned food drive — […]

Our advances will be theirs one day

By Kitasana Dounglomchan Local columnist Thousands of years ago, if you wanted to kill someone who meant to do you harm, you had to use your hands to protect yourself. But at some point, a creative man — or maybe a chimpanzee — picked up a rock and realized that by using this it would […]

Getting started early

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Though it maybe a little early for most to be thinking about Christmas, that is exactly what the Portales Police Department has on its mind. For its 16th year, the police department will be donating gifts and food to needy families through its Santa Cop program during the holiday […]

Optimism grows with summer rains

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Stan Furry believes he will be able to harvest a dryland winter wheat crop this spring on his Broadview farm for the first time since 2010. Even with less rainfall than their counterparts to the south, Furry said farmers in northern Curry County are grateful and optimistic about the […]

To do list — Oct. 2

Today • Tween program — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Any Given Monday — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Studio Theatres. ENMU students free with student ID and general admission is $5. Information: 575-562-2377 • Jonathan Helton, guest saxophone recital […]

Police blotter — Oct. 2

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday 12:15 a.m.: Larceny, 1900 block of S Avenue I. 12:42 a.m. Drunken driver, 500th block of E 18th Street. 1:42 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 1200th block of Hickory Street. 7:23 a.m.: Criminal damage, 700th block […]

‘Woolly bears’ going to cocoon soon

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Mother Nature has carpeted our property this year with an infestation of some of the fuzziest and hungriest caterpillars I have ever seen. I tracked down Roosevelt County’s agriculture agent, Patrick Kircher, this week at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair in Roswell, where he confirmed that these voracious villains […]