Police blotter — July 11

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:17 a.m.: Bolo, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 12:50 a.m.: Open door/window, 1500 block of South Avenue K. • 4:44 a.m.: Threats in progress, U.S. 70. • 7:08 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 7:13 a.m.: Animal complaint, […]

This is a little awkward

Audra Brown

By Audra Brown Local columnist Audra Brown is more than a little awkward when writing an introduction about herself, which may be considered odd due to the fact that she considers herself handy at most things, including writing. She writes a lot, mostly fiction in the areas of not-romance. She’s had several stories published, and […]

On the learning curve

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Third-grade students dissect owl pellets found near small animal skulls; part of the owl thematic unit.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Portales Elementary Schools are trying to bring their reading proficiency scores up by having students near proficiency attend a four-week, four-hour-a-day summer school. The summer school for elementary students is grades first through third and the school is only focused on literacy. The school’s goal is to get the […]

Escapees’ status was reclassified

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Eddy County jail officials classified Senovio Mendoza Jr. as a maximum-security inmate when they transferred him to Roosevelt County’s lockup in March, Portales jail records show. But Roosevelt officials reclassified Mendoza, making him eligible to work outside the jail, because they believed he had already been sentenced for his […]

Events calendar — July 10

Today Yoga Fit — 8:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Mad Scientists — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Grades Kindergarten-6th. Information: 356-3940. Swim Meet — 3:30 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: anthonybschroeder@icloud.com City Pool — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Portales City Pool. Information: 359-4805. Lap Swim — 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Portales […]

Police blotter — July 10

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 1 a.m.: Officer requested, 200 block of West Third Street. • 1:04 a.m.: Officer requested, location unknown. • 1:54 a.m.: Follow up requested, 1200 block of West Fir Street. • 2:38 a.m.: Alarm activation, 4400 block of South Roosevelt Road W. • 3:08 a.m.: […]

Young readers get free book with appointment

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Young children heading to the Roosevelt General Hospital Clinic often toddle out the door with a book or two in hand, thanks to a program called Reach Out and Read, and to two women who are devoted to implementing it locally. Dr. Erika Garcia, who practices family medicine at the […]

Alumni reunite to perform

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The Eastern New Mexico University Alumni Band performs every two years in June. Current ENMU students and faculty also perform with the past ENMU band members.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Every two years, a group of Eastern New Mexico University alumni reunite to form a band and perform in front of the local community. The ENMU Alumni Band has been in existence since 1988 and not only do they perform, but they have a banquet to reunite. The last […]

Drug plan reactions mixed

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Wal-Mart Pharmacy Technician Kendra Lopez fills a prescription Tuesday afternoon in the store’s pharmacy. The pharmacy will be accepting the Coast2Coast discount prescription card. Coast2Coast has been operating since 2006.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County officials are hopeful with the county’s participation in the Coast2Coast discount prescription card program, citizens will have access to low-cost medication. “With health care costs on the rise, prescription drug discounts will help ease some of the financial burdens individuals and families are facing at a time […]

Events calendar — July 9

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Kids Tennis Camp — 8 a.m. to 8:55 a.m., Portales Rams Tennis courts. For 4-8 year-olds. The camp is free. Information: lbrown@portalesschools.com or 760-4151. Kids Tennis Camp — 9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m., Portales Rams Tennis courts. For 9-14 year-olds. The camp is free. Information: […]

Police blotter — July 9

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 1:12 a.m.: Shots fired, 300 block of East Spruce Street. • 7:03 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 7:11 a.m.: Animal complaint, 200 block of Floyd Golden Circle. • 7:57 a.m.: Welfare check, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • […]

Life full of death defying stunts

By Christina Calloway Staff columnist It hit me Saturday that I’ve been defying death for quite some time. Wisdom comes with age, so it’s no surprise when I was a kid, I didn’t second-think all the carnival rides I’ve ever been on. It all started coming back to me when I thought I was in […]

Cases about nothing pay nothing

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist We’re having a silver anniversary about nothing this week. It was 25 years ago a popular comedian showed the world he wasn’t much of an actor in “The Seinfeld Chronicles.” Later shortened to “Seinfeld,” its nine seasons still stand as a pillar of television comedy and have made Jerry Seinfeld […]

Escapee has violent past at jail

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By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Eddy County inmate who escaped from Roosevelt County officials while on a work detail Wednesday was also involved in a fight in the Roosevelt jail two years ago. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb has said officials did not know Senovio Mendoza Jr. was being held on murder charges; […]

Clovis police investigating homicide

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com A Tucumcari man found dead Monday afternoon in a vacant residence on Sheldon Street was either shot or bludgeoned to death, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department. Whitney said Monday evening the man’s identity is being withheld until family is notified. Whitney said the victim […]

Events calendar — July 8

Today Kids Tennis Camp — 8 a.m. to 8:55 a.m., Portales Rams Tennis courts. For 4-8 year-olds. The camp is free. Information: lbrown@portalesschools.com or 760-4151. Kids Tennis Camp — 9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m., Portales Rams Tennis courts. For 9-14 year-olds. The camp is free. Curious Crafts — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Grades 2nd-6th. […]

Check visiting rose gardens off wish list

For years I’ve heard of the beautiful roses in Tyler, Texas. It was a destination on my wish list, and a few weeks ago I finally had the opportunity to drink in that perfumed air and stroll through some of those lovely gardens. While I work in my own little rose beds, pruning, dead-heading and […]

Program helps parents find purpose

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By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com David Briseno knows the job of a parent is an important one. He uses his parenting skills gained dealing with four children and three grandchildren to teach parenting classes at the Portales Municipal School’s Family Leadership Institute. July is Purposeful Parenting Month and Briseno teaches parents what it means […]

First of three portables arrives

Lillian Bowe: Staff photoSemi-trucks hauling a portable office to the Roosevelt County Courthouse had to drive over the sidewalk to get into the parking lot. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb said Williamson Renovations, the company moving the portables, would be pay for damage to the sidewalk.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com One of the three portables offices, which will be used to house the employees of Roosevelt County Courthouse during the replacement of HVAC system, arrived on Monday at the north parking lot of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The two halves of the portable office being hauled by two semi-trucks […]

Police blotter — July 8

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday • 1:05 a.m.: Noise disturbance, location unknown. • 1:08 a.m.: Noise disturbance, location unknown. • 3:50 a.m.: Noise disturbance, location unknown. • 8:29 a.m.: Officer requested, 1200 block of North Main Avenue. • 10:36 a.m.: Civil matter, walk-in. • 10:43 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 1300 block […]