Elida volleyball team takes honor

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com The Elida Tigers volleyball team was named 2014 small school team of the year by MaxPreps, a website dedicated to high school sports. Tigers coach Darrell Chenault gave credit to all the players who have been a part of the Tigers’ five straight Class 1A state championships. “I’m extremely […]

Sen. Ingle talks state, regional issues

Sen. Stuart Ingle

Editor’s note: New Mexico Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, has served in the Legislature for 30 years and is the state Senate minority leader. His Senate District 27 has expanded over the years and now represents portions of Curry, Roosevelt, Chaves, De Baca and Lea counties in eastern New Mexico. As the Legislature prepares to convene […]

Health insurance enrollment events happening

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Several organizations are offering events for uninsured New Mexicans in Curry and Roosevelt counties this month to help people find health insurance before the enrollment deadline Feb. 15. “If you don’t have insurance and you need to get it, this is the only time you can enroll without penalty,” […]

To do list — Jan. 11

Tuesday • Insurance enrollment event — 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., La Casa Family Health Center, 1515 W. Fur. Information: 575-359-3764. • 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: […]

Police blotter — Jan. 11

The following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County Sheriff and area fire stations Wednesday • 5:08 a.m.: Fire (regular response), 1600 block East Brazos Street • 10:20 a.m.: Warrant service, 1200 block North Main Avenue • 2:48 p.m.: hit and run, 100 block Libra Drive • 5:39 p.m.: […]

Portales newspaper welcomes new managing editor

Staff report An Eastern New Mexico University graduate has been named managing editor of the Portales News-Tribune. Alisa Boswell, 30, who grew up in Clovis, studied English and journalism at ENMU. She most recently worked as the public relations representative for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce after four years as a reporter for Clovis […]

Higher education officials support president’s proposal

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Local higher education officials, while noting the need for more details, said in principle they support President Barack Obama’s proposal to make publicly funded community college available to all Americans. The sweeping program, which White House spokesman Eric Schultz said would cost the federal government $60 billion over 10 […]

Some being forced to pay union dues

By Dennis Roch Guest columnist When it comes to work and what we do for a living, America is a country of choices: We have the freedom to forge our own paths and follow our passions. We can choose who we want to be and where we want to work. Yet, despite those freedoms, in […]

Bill could help local teachers move up more quickly

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com A bill pre-filed by Sen. Mark Moores, R-Albuquerque, could have local teachers moving up more quickly through New Mexico’s three-tier teacher licensure system. The bill would allow teachers with ratings of “highly effective” and “exemplary” for two consecutive years to move up to the next level in the licensure […]

Honoring community impact

Tony Bullocks: Staff photo
Selmus Price walks to the stage to receives his 2014 Heart Award.

Staff report Plenty of awards, and a muster — that’s a group of peacocks — of bird-themed comments spiced up the night as the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce celebrated “A Feather in Our Cap” at its annual banquet. Held at the Clovis Civic Center, the event celebrated the chamber’s 2014, and honored businesses and […]

Portales City Council retreat cancelled

Staff report The Portales City Council’s weekend retreat in Roswell has been canceled. The city council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, with the only item an executive session to discuss personnel matters.

Best to keep family pets clear of flu bug

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies Sniffles and sneezes abound these days, making the unbearably cold and snow-packed world all that much more unpleasant for those who are stricken. ’Tis the season — cold and flu season that is. It can seem a plague-like attack that grips the sinuses, throat and/or lungs in ways […]

Snow brings thoughts of spring and yard work

By Grant McGee Local columnist Last weekend’s snow was pretty decent-sized, wasn’t it? Last Saturday morning I spent time looking at the snow-covered neighborhood from various windows of The Stucco Hacienda. Out the back window the back yard was all white and pristine. Crystals of settled snow glistened in the bright January light. Clean and […]

Clovis man found guilty of criminal sexual penetration

Staff report A Clovis man was found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual penetration, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Eusebio Jasper, 64, faces up to 33 years in prison following the two-day trial with sentencing pending. A Curry County jury deliberated for about an hour before returning the verdict. Jasper […]

Albert Mitchell reappointed as judge

By Steve Hansen shansen@qcsunonline.com Gov. Susana Martinez has reappointed Albert Mitchell as the judge for the Tenth Judicial District. Mitchell, who had lost a retention vote in the Nov. 4 general election, received the appointment over Don Schutte, another former judge, who had also applied to fill the position. Both candidates were recommended to the […]

Flu claims Curry County man

Staff report A 29-year-old Curry County man was among the first five confirmed flu-related deaths for the 2014-15 influenza season, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. No other information was given on the man, but Marisa Bargsten, an infectious respiratory disease epidemiologist for the department, said all five people were in a high-risk […]

Pages past — Jan. 11

On this date … 1974: Clovis city commissioners took steps toward acquiring additional land for expansion at Clovis Municipal Airport and appointing an airport zoning board. Lack of zoning at the airport was holding up funding from the Federal Aviation Administration, city officials said. Area property owners had opposed zoning because it would set limits […]

Vehicle crashes into local newspaper

Joshua Lucero: Staff photos

Staff report A silver Dodge Ram pickup truck crashed into the backside of the Portales News-Tribune building at approximately 12:15 p.m. Friday. The 19-year-old male driver of the pickup told Portales Police Department officials that he tried to slow down as he rounded the curve in the road behind the newspaper building, and his brakes […]

Utility preps for major upgrade

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Xcel Energy is making a massive upgrade to its transmission infrastructure.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com A $53 million project was approved earlier this week by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for Xcel Energy to add new transmission lines in Eddy and Lea counties. In addition, Xcel will be working on other projects throughout the state, including the Clovis and Portales areas. One of […]

Portales doesn’t follow state violent crime trends

Staff report There’s good news and bad news for New Mexicans when it comes to violent crime. The good news: The number of violent crimes in the country dropped by 4.4 percent from 2012 to 2013, and the overall number is down 15 percent from a decade ago. The bad news? Even with a national […]