Mother suing for improper detainment

By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com A Clovis mother is suing the Curry County Commission and former employees of the Curry County Detention Center for improper detainment of her son resulting in post traumatic stress disorder. The case brought by Kelly Cook has been randomly assigned to U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Fouratt in Las […]

Pages past — July 9

On this date … 1951: A Clovis man, a regular at the city jail for public drunkenness, was arrested for trying to break into a jail cell. The man, 41, had spent the weekend in jail, but was released about noon on a Monday. Then Tuesday night, police said they caught him trying to re-enter […]

Berry: Garage sale taught life lesson

Last Saturday I passed a garage sale. I could not help myself; I had to stop. I don’t often go looking for garage sales, but I can never pass up a good bargain. I have found some really good and useful things. A few years ago I found a rotary phone. I paid a dollar […]

Johnson: Pets, like people, need relief from heat

It’s been a little hard not to notice, but in the interest of giving ample attention to the obvious, it’s hot outside. And if you fell for that cloud cover on Friday, you might as well give up on any hope of rain, fill the back yard pool, dig out the sunscreen and get ready […]

Jail ready for administrator

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Detention Center administrator position was posted last week since an interim administrator has held the position since January 11. Roosevelt County Manager Amber Hamilton said the RCDC felt that it was important to maintain some “essential functions” of the facility before worrying about filling the position, […]

Brown: Lots of miles put in on the farm

Modern farming involves a lot of driving. There’s the drive to and from the field, which is likely to vary from no miles to fifty miles, depending on the spread of your operation. I’m not saying there aren’t further fields, but I’m going with confidence intervals, not absolutes today. Then there’s the driving in the […]

To do list — July 8

Monday • Get Your Game On — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Game: Unplugged. Information: 575-356-3940 Tuesday • Full STEAM Ahead — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades 2-6. Activity: Melted crayon art. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: […]

Ag, family sciences unite

Staff photo: Anna George
Darron Smith, agriculture and family consumer sciences chair at Eastern New Mexico University, checks on the bell peppers and spinach growing Monday in the ENMU greenhouse.

STAFF REPORT After two semesters of practice, the Eastern New Mexico University agriculture and family consumer sciences department is preparing for an even better year of teaching children about eating healthy. The department received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture last year for the amount of $250,000 entitled Sustainable Food Production, Preparation […]

Elida High student makes rodeo finals

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National High School Barrel Race Qualifier Kasey Tibbs, an Elida graduate, competes in Truth or Consequences in 2015 under the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association.

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Elida High School graduate Kasey Tibbs, 18, will be participating in the National High School Finals Rodeo under the National High School Rodeo Association. The finals will be held in Gillette, Wyoming, from July 17-23. “I’m kind of nervous,” said Tibbs. “I’m really excited because it’s my first time […]

ENMU alumnus an Emmy winner, meteorologist

Nation

Kris Nation has been doing meteorology for 15 years, but when shots rang out on Umpqua Community College’s campus, Kris found himself taking a new role. Nation, who wore several hats during the broadcast of the Oregon tragedy, would be part of a team who later received an Northwest Regional Emmy for its coverage of […]

Williamson: Leadership class filling up

Mary Ayala has been in Portales and with Eastern New Mexico University for the past 24 years, including the last 10 as dean of the college of liberal arts and sciences. While she has always been an active member of this community, she says that spending the last year as one of the class members […]

To do list — July 7

Monday • Get Your Game On — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Game: Unplugged. Information: 575-356-3940 Tuesday • Full STEAM Ahead — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades 2-6. Activity: Melted crayon art. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: […]

Pages past — July 7

On this date … 1951: A Hobbs city patrolman and store clerk were shot to death by “a pair of hopped-up gunmen described by police as dope addicts,” the Hobbs Daily News-Sun reported. Dead were Patrolman Robert Butler, 68, and clerk Ira Grantham, 63. The suspects were Speight Parks, 27, and his brother, Gene Parks, […]

Rocket’s red glare

Staff photo: 
Kurt Munz-Raper
The sky is lit up with red, white and blue Monday night as part of the Portales fireworks display, cut short by technical 
difficulties with the firework shooter.

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com After days of celebrating and 102 degree heat, Portales residents were excited to settle down at the softball complex for the annual fireworks show. Catherine Mendoza, mother of 3-year-old Miles Mendoza, said this is the first year she has been able to bring her son to the fireworks. “I’m […]

Fire chief: Minor fireworks-related incidents reported

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com While the Fourth of July is a time of celebration, the festivities can sometimes get out of control, especially when fireworks are involved. Portales was not exempt from fireworks-related accidents this year, but the few that did occur were relatively small, according to Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols. “There […]

Pages past — July 6

On this date … 1971: Louis Armstrong, 71, died at his home in New York. The gravel-voiced singer and jazz trumpeteer had been battling kidney and heart disease for months, but had recently returned home from the hospital and was “practicing an hour a day on his gold-plated trumpet for a return to work,” United […]

To do list — July 6

Monday • Get Your Game On — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Game: Unplugged. Information: 575-356-3940 Tuesday • Full STEAM Ahead — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library for grades 2-6. Activity: Melted crayon art. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 2 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: […]

Town celebrates Fourth

Staff photo: Eamon Scarbrough
Leonardo Diangson and William Lampkins check on their food at a Fourth of July picnic at City Park.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff Writer escarbrough@pntonline.com The Fourth of July is a day meant to celebrate the United States’ independence, and while fireworks are one of the most popular ways to celebrate, the daytime lets families and friends celebrate their freedoms and presents them with an opportunity to be together. Several groups were gathered in […]

Business feature: Official ‘disappointed’ with farming, ranching ruling

Courtesy photo: Jennifer Lansford
Matthew Lansford checks on cow and calf pairs on his family’s farm, Lansford Inc. Lansford is one of the local employers affected by the recent New Mexico Supreme Court ruling on workers’ compensation for farmers and ranchers.

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com In an action that will financially affect the agricultural industry, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that it is unconstitutional for farm and ranch workers to not have workers’ compensation. The ruling follows last year’s New Mexico Court of Appeal’s ruling that farm and ranch workers are not […]

Pages past — July 5

On this date … 1971: A rookie placekicker in the National Football League had lost both his legs and part of his right hand in a fireworks accident on July 4. Dale Allen Eidson, who was scheduled to report to the San Diego Chargers for his first training camp this week, was setting off fireworks […]