City asks for grant for water tank updates

Staff report In an effort to update the city’s water storage tanks, Portales has submitted an application to the Water Trust Board, which is part of the state Water Authority, for $12.3 million in funding. John DeSha, the Portales public works director, explained why the repairs are necessary. “The repair and rehabilitation is necessary to […]

ENMU gives highest honor

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Eastern New Mexico University Employee Bryan Hahn accepts his Spirit of Eastern Award on stage at the ENMU theater Wednesday during the awards ceremony. Award recipients from 2014 presented the awards to this year’s recipients.

STAFF REPORT There is no higher honor than the Spirit of Eastern Awards, according to President Steven Gamble. “Every person at Eastern is important to the university, no matter where he or she works,” Gamble told his audience of staff and faculty members Wednesday afternoon during the 2015 awards ceremony in the campus theater building. […]

Our graduates — April 16

Cathey

Editor’s note: Following is one in a series of profiles about graduating high school seniors. Faith Triumphant Christian School Seniors Tasha Cathey, 18, would like to attend Eastern New Mexico University in the fall. “It seems like a great school and I can stay in my hometown while I’m figuring out exactly what I want […]

To do list — April 16

Today • ENM Spring Job Fair — 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Clovis Civic Center at 801 Schepps Blvd. Information: 575-762-7714. n Preschool story time — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 Friday • International graduation ceremony — 3 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University President Steve Gamble will sash spring 2015 international graduates. Information: […]

Lilacs as tough as early settlers

By Betty Williamson A bit of good news It might seem premature in April to slap a label on the whole year, but I am ready to offer up 2015 as the Year of the Lilac. Judging by the number I’ve seen (and best of all, smelled) in glorious bloom this year, it’s clear others […]

Pages past — April 16

On this date … 1950: Portales’ five Baptist churches set an all-time record for Sunday school attendance, Rev. L.A. Doyle said. Doyle said 1,525 people were in Sunday school, shattering the previous record by 137. 1910: I.D. Johnson, 6, arrived in Clovis by train with his parents. “He learned to swim at a lake located […]

Death or taxes, which is worse?

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Which is more pleasurable, though, is still up for debate. I kid, of course — I would rather pay my taxes than die. I’m too young, after all, and have at least three-quarters of my life still ahead of me. But […]

Baptisms make big families

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist My granddaughter, Genavecia Ashley, will be baptized on Sunday. Gena is a year-and-a-half old. By my personal preferences, that is not soon enough, but never too late. Not only is baptism a rite of passage, it is a sacrament, and, it is an extension of family. Have you ever wondered […]

Mobile home goes up in flames

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Chuck Wells surveys his fire-ravaged home on South Roosevelt Road P Tuesday afternoon.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com A few stray sparks was all it took for Portales native Chuck Well’s home to go up in flames Saturday afternoon. Wells, who was cutting through metal with a plasma cutter beside his home, became the second person in Portales to lose their home to fire in less than […]

Dogs train to protect

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Amber Roos Holds back her German Shepherd Armino Sunday after she gave him the command to be in defensive stance against her pseudo attacker.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Mountain Cur Mattie Ross is just your ordinary house dog, relaxing in the sunshine in her backyard as owner Alison Hales scratches her ears — at least on most days. When the Blackwater K9 Protection Club meets on weekends, Mattie can turn from household pet into vicious attack animal […]

Family atmosphere at work draws firefighter

Rogers

Editor’s note: This is a weekly series profiling public service workers Name: Dwayne Rogers Title: Firefighter, Portales Fire Department, one year What’s the year at the PFD been like for you? It’s been very eye-opening for me. I’m not from here and here they’ve shown me everything as far what to do and how to […]

More fundraiser opportunities head to local area

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Two fundraising events will be coming to the local area within the next two weeks. The seventh annual Texico EMS Run for Life is being hosted by the Texico Fire Department on Saturday. Assistant Fire Chief Doug Scioli said anyone who can legally ride a motorcycle is eligible to […]

To do list — April 15

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • ENM Spring Job Fair — 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Clovis Civic Center at 801 Schepps Blvd. Information: 575-762-7714. • Preschool story time — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. […]

Police blotter — April 15

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 1:36 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1700 block of West 17th Street • 10:58 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 100 block of Texas Drive • 2:08 p.m.: Theft report, 1300 block of South […]

Pages past — April 15

On this date … 1975: The legal sale of liquor in Portales was approved for the first time since April 1917. City voters approved the action by a vote of 2,123 to 1,920. The Associated Press reported it was the fourth local option vote in Portales since prohibition. State statute made liquor sales legal in […]

Judge orders county to change policy

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com A local judge has set aside a Roosevelt County jail policy as unconstitutional. District Judge Donna Mowrer ruled Thursday that a Roosevelt County Detention Center policy allowing attorney contact with inmates only between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and only with 24 hours advanced notice was […]

Bill to help keep health care providers in New Mexico

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com State Sen. Stuart Ingle’s bill eliminating non-compete contracts for health professionals is now law. Gov. Susana Martinez recently signed the bill that will help retain health care professionals in New Mexico, according to a press release from the governor. Senate Bill 325 allows physicians, dentists, osteopathic physicians, podiatrists and […]

Meetings watch: Portales Municipal Schools

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com Portales High School and junior high school students were recognized at a school board meeting Monday for placing in the Eastern New Mexico University Regional Science Fair on March 7 and the New Mexico Tech State Science and Engineering Fair on March 28. Laura DeBusk, a junior high science […]

People need guidelines for gadgets

Have you noticed those ads on TV concerning meal time? There’s one in which the family is successful in getting the teenager to put down her cell phone and enjoy the food. Then there’s another ad in which a teenaged girl is telling a story to her family with great detail. Again, the same feeling […]

Muleshoe alcohol sales back up for debate

Caleb Chandler

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Even after seven years, there’s still a deja vu feeling in Muleshoe. The Bailey County seat, labeled on its website as a place, “Where Progress is Routine,” is going through what must feel like another routine with a wet-dry election in May. It is the third election on the […]