To do list — Dec. 9

Today • Executive committee meeting — Noon, Chamber of Commerce board room. Information: 575-356-8541. • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Wednesday • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m. Tween’s choice, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. […]

ENMU briefs — Dec. 9

Fall commencement Fall commencement is scheduled for  10 a.m. Saturday in Greyhound Arena at Eastern New Mexico University. There are 390 candidates for graduation, with 230 signed up to walk across the stage. Dustin Seifert, director of the ENMU band, will be the commencement speaker. After commencement, the Alumni Association will sponsor a reception in […]

Dora school news — Dec. 9

Basketball • Today — Dora at Tatum (junior high, junior varsity, varsity), starting 3 p.m. • Thursday through Saturday — varsity tournament at Lake Arthur. Book fair The Scholastic Book Fair being held in the library ends Thursday. FFA orders For those who ordered meat, fruit and cookie dough items from the Dora FFA members, […]

Portales school board election venue changed

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Portales Municipal Schools board approved changing the site of February’s school board election during Monday’s meeting. The Feb. 3 election site will be moved from the Memorial Building to the Zia Room at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices after the board learned that the Memorial Building would be […]

Empty stocking fund: Family J

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family J • Household members: 11 • Children: 10 • Special circumstance: This mother of 10 is caring for her children while struggling with lupus and fibromyalgia. Three of her children are also battling illnesses — two with autism […]

Still learning after all these years

By Sandy Fields Local columnist There are so many things I didn’t know when I was child. And so many things I’m still learning. How very thankful I am for the love that covers over my multitude of sins. I grew up among people who had endured the brutality of war. I knew nothing about […]

Calvary Baptist spreading holiday cheer around the world

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Calvary Baptist Church is taking donations of small toys, toiletries, clothing and school supplies for its Operation Christmas Child effort. Operation Christmas Child fills shoe boxes with small items and sends them to children overseas in countries that include Ghana, Macedonia and Peru. Calvary Baptist Church, which is […]

Murder case headed to jury

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com The mood in the courtroom was tense Monday afternoon as defense attorneys and prosecutors gave their closing arguments in the murder trial of Erik Pina. Pina, 19, is accused of shooting Jose Montoya in the head at his home in 2011 and stealing his vehicle, a custom 1998 Isuzu […]

Police blotter — Dec. 9

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 9:54 a.m.: Officer requested, 1000 block North Avenue N. • 10:09 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident (without injuries), 300 block East Lime Street. • 12:50 p.m.: Theft report, 1000 block East First Street. • […]

Festive creativity

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Family members sit at the table of Altrusa member
Judy White Saturday morning during the Holiday Happening at the Campus Union Building ballroom. Lisa Jaynes, far
left, daughter of Judy White, helped her sister Carol
McDowell create the “Camping at Christmas” theme for their table.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com For Altrusa Holiday Happening first-timer Alex Montoya, the event brought out a creative side of Roosevelt County residents that he had not seen before. Montoya, who decorated one of the 60 tables on display in the Campus Union Building ballroom during the 17th annual Holiday Happening on Saturday morning, […]

City school officials say anti-bullying effort working

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Schools in New Mexico counties are combating bullying in compliance with state law and officials say they are seeing positive results. The state Public Education Department requires every school district and state-chartered school to implement bullying prevention programs, according to the education department’s website. The website defines “bullying” as […]

Faith Triumphant hosts Christmas House celebration

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Faith Triumphant Church is hosting its third annual Christmas House celebration at the Generation Building on the corner of 15th Street and South Avenue D. The celebration will be held Dec. 12-14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It features a Santa Claus for kids to take pictures with […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 7

Editor’s Note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s Focus: Family I • Household members: 6 • Children: 5 • Special circumstance: This mother is raising three girls ages 2, 7 and 10, and two boys, ages 11 and 17. Two of the children are her step-daughters, who recently […]

To do list — Dec. 7

Today • Executive committee meeting — Noon, Chamber of Commerce board room. Information: 575-356-8541. • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Wednesday • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Wii Wednesday — 4:30 p.m. Tween’s choice, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. […]

A good day to remember Port Beasley

By David Stevens Editor Port Beasley claimed he was “the scaredest man there.” He probably wasn’t, but this is his story. He had just finished breakfast on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, when hundreds of planes began to fly into Pearl Harbor. “Bullets hit about three feet away from us,” Beasley told a newspaper […]

Parade goes smoothly

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
From left, Adilene Trillo, Analiya Trillo, and Imari Rodriguez rush to grab candy Friday night during the 28th annual Christmas Jubilee Light Parade in Portales. The three girls were most excited to see Mr. and Mrs. Claus during the parade.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@pntonline.com Candy, lights, and Santa Claus were a few of the reasons for Portales residents to line the streets Friday night. The 28th annual Christmas Jubilee Light Parade made its way from the Portales Recreation Center to the town square with more than 40 floats in tow. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce […]

Annullment: Where nobody knows your name

By Grant McGee Local columnist Do you have any family secrets? I got to thinking about the time my momma told me a family secret that rocked my world. My mom and I were out to lunch, chowing down on some good deli sandwiches and chatting about the latest drama in my life: a divorce. […]

Sea lions treat their young boys different

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies In the first months and years, young animals go forward with verve for life, bounding with energy as they explore and play. As time goes by, they venture further and further, still tethered to their mothers by an invisible line, yet barreling into life in ways that help […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 6

Editor’s Note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s Focus: Family H • Household members: 3 • Children: 2 • Special circumstance: This single mother is raising one 7-year-old boy and one 2-year-old girl as she struggles with multiple disabilities. The family loves to watch movies together. The boy […]

Abengoa plant may reopen

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com More than two years after the Abengoa plant went off-line, Houston, Texas, based Natural Chem Group is looking to acquire the plant and resume operations. Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. Director Stan Livengood said the company is looking to acquire the Abengoa plant as part of a plan to […]