To do list — Feb. 12

Today • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Afterschool at the Library — 4:30 p.m. Programming for kindergarten through sixth grade. Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • City council meeting — 6:30 p.m., […]

Officials raise concerns about retention bill

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Local school officials understand the reasons for retaining third-graders who aren’t proficient in reading. Their main concerns lie with how it’s going to be funded, and what happens if one year of retention isn’t enough to solve the problem. House Bill 41, introduced by Monica Youngblood, requires screening of […]

Teach the young to vote

Derek Major: Staff photo
Teacher Dennis Kerg working with his fourth period class Tuesday at Portales High School.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com A bill in the Legislature that would allow students to vote in school elections has educators and students in Portales talking. Some believe the bill could improve relationships between students and educators. “Students would have more input into the curriculum, what they learn and how they learn it, so […]

Police blotter — Feb. 11

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Monday • 8:08 a.m.: Prisoner transport, 100 block Airport road • 10:47 a.m.: Animal complaint, 1600 block South Avenue D • 11:15 a.m.: Domestic in Progress, 1000 block South Boulder Avenue • 8:12 p.m.: Domestic […]

Detention field officer likes small town Southwest life

Editor’s note: This is a weekly feature profiling public service workers Name: David Blackmer, 20 Occupation: Roosevelt County Detention Center Field Training Officer What attracted you to a job as a detention officer? Right now I’m studying criminal justice at Eastern New Mexico University and someday I hope to be a police officer in a […]

To do list — Feb. 11

Today • Preschool Storytime — 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 • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Tuesday • Books and Babies — 10:30 a.m. Storytime for children 0-3, Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Afterschool at […]

This column has liberals upset

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer A few thoughts I’ve pondered while wondering why cinnamon-flavored Valentine’s Day candy sells out much faster than cherry-flavored Valentine’s Day candy: • Shocking news from the town of Hagerman, where there was a school board election and nobody voted. The town had three unopposed candidates for three school board slots, […]

Cultural education kicks off

Joshua Lucero: staff photo

Guest speaker Toyese Oyeyemi Jr. talks to students and members of the public about social determinants of healthcare for African Americans Monday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building as part of ENMU’s African American Affairs Black History Month events. African American Affairs’ Black History Month events will focus on the culture and accomplishments of African Americans.

Staff report With Black History Month in full swing, Eastern New Mexico University’s African American Affairs is looking to promote cultural awareness. During February Multicultural Affairs and African American Affairs will host multiple seminars and activities aimed at entertaining and informing the public about African American culture. African American Affairs Director Rochelle McClenton said the […]

Commissioners debate road expenditures

Staff report Roosevelt County commissioners met Monday to determine their priorities with road repairs. What they discovered was keeping their roads in shape won’t be cheap. Commissioners held a working session with County Manager Amber Hamilton and Road Department Superintendent Rick Lovato to decide which county roads are top priority for being repaired so county […]

Local race honors departing airmen

By Brittney Cannon Staff Writer bcannon@cnjonline.com The Boneyard Grand Prix Military Appreciation Race is coming to the Bonestroo Dairy Farm in Portales on Feb. 21-22. “This is a big, first-class circuit, and a lot of local airmen race in it,” said Rusty Cates, founder of the West Texas Extreme Race Circuit, which is sponsoring the […]

Local chain stores to remain open despite bankruptcy

Staff report The two Radio Shack stores in Clovis and one in Portales will apparently remain open as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The local Radio Shacks aren’t on the list of 1,700 stores closed nationwide in the first phase or the reorganization, according to postings on Radio Shack’s website. The local stores […]

Senators support military commission

There is rising confidence across the Senate and House armed services committees that 2015 will be the year Congress passes legislation to modernize military compensation, with an alternative to traditional 20-year retirement and perhaps replacing the triple-option TRICARE health program. After decades of rejecting military compensation studies, whether from teams of Pentagon analysts or independent […]

What happened to good manners and courtesy?

Although I watch some news on the television, the vast majority of my knowledge of national and international events is read on the computer. Call me a moth to the flame, but I also read the comments from the common citizenry. On issues ranging from terrorism to photographs at a beauty pageant, I click on […]

To Do List

Today • Chamber board meeting — 11:30 a.m., Yam Theatre. Information: 575-356-5354. Wednesday • Preschool Storytime — 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 • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Ongoing • Food storage classes — 7 p.m. […]

Portales schools meetings watch

Portales Municipal Schools board members met Monday evening at the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices in Portales. They took the following action: • Recognized Portales High School senior Elli Chavez for participating in a legislative internship program. Chavez applied and wrote an essay to obtain the internship and was able to shadow Rep. Debbie Armstrong during […]

Police blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Friday • 12:17 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 1700 block of S. Roosevelt Road Seven • 1:41 a.m.: Threats in progress, 1000 block of North Abilene • 11:07 a.m.: Battery report, 1700 block North Boston • […]

Dora school news

Kiss-O-Gram deadline Today is the last day to order Kiss-O-Grams from any Dora Business Professionals of America member, for in-school delivery this Thursday. This fundraiser will help alleviate costs of travel for BPA members to upcoming contests. Kiss-O-Grams are 75 cents each. Presidents Day Dora schools will be in session on Monday. It will be […]

Putting on a big show

Jacob “Lil Show” Brooks dives off the ropes to slam Philip “Lil Nasty Boy” Campbell during the final round of Friday’s Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation Show.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com They may not be the same size as your average wrestler, but the men who make up the Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation are dedicated to giving their fans the biggest and best shows they can muster every week. Such was the case Friday evening at the YAM Theatre as […]

RGH listing not serious, officials say

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Roosevelt General Hospital appeared on the “at risk” list for The New Mexico Office of the State Auditor last week. But hospital officials say it’s just a paperwork issue and there are no serious problems. Deputy Chief of Staff for OSA Justine Freeman said RGH’s audit for the hospital […]

To do list — Feb. 8

Tuesday • Books and Babies storytime — 10:30 a.m., for ages 0 to 3 at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Wednesday • Preschool Storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Wii Wednesday Tween program— 4:30 p.m., for ages 9-12 at Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. Thursday • Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., […]