Right on schedule

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City of Portales Public Works Director John DeSha goes over plans for the city’s new wastewater treatment plant Thursday afternoon at City Hall. DeSha said the plant’s construction is 30-percent complete.

Staff report Construction of the new wastewater treatment plant and reuse facility is moving along smoothly, according to city officials. Portales Public Works Director John DeSha said construction of the $27 million plant is on schedule. The plant, which began construction in July, is slated for completion in August, according to DeSha. The wastewater treatment […]

Police blotter — Oct. 3

Police blotter Wednesday • 1:54 a.m.: suspicious circumstances, 600 block, West 14th Street • 7:19 a.m.: animal complaint, 800 block, West 16th Street • 7:20 a.m.: animal complaint, 1900 block, Avenue K • 8:58 a.m.: civil matter, 1000 block, West Second Street • 10:30 a.m.: trespass in progress, 1300 block, East Third Street • 11:45 […]

ENMU choir invited to Carnegie Hall

Staff report Eastern New Mexico University’s choir has been invited to perform next summer on hallowed ground — at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Jason Paulk, director of choral activities and associate professor of music at ENMU, said the MidAmerica Productions company, which promotes ensembles all over the world, invited ENMU to be a feature performer […]

To do list — Oct. 3

Today • Any Given Monday — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Studio Theatres. ENMU students free with student ID and general admission is $5. Information: 575-562-2377 Saturday • Oktoberfest — 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., First and Third on Main Street. Information: 575-607-9261 • City of Portales Cultural Affairs Committee canned food drive — […]

Our advances will be theirs one day

By Kitasana Dounglomchan Local columnist Thousands of years ago, if you wanted to kill someone who meant to do you harm, you had to use your hands to protect yourself. But at some point, a creative man — or maybe a chimpanzee — picked up a rock and realized that by using this it would […]

Getting started early

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Though it maybe a little early for most to be thinking about Christmas, that is exactly what the Portales Police Department has on its mind. For its 16th year, the police department will be donating gifts and food to needy families through its Santa Cop program during the holiday […]

Optimism grows with summer rains

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Stan Furry believes he will be able to harvest a dryland winter wheat crop this spring on his Broadview farm for the first time since 2010. Even with less rainfall than their counterparts to the south, Furry said farmers in northern Curry County are grateful and optimistic about the […]

To do list — Oct. 2

Today • Tween program — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • Preschool storytime — 6 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Any Given Monday — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Studio Theatres. ENMU students free with student ID and general admission is $5. Information: 575-562-2377 • Jonathan Helton, guest saxophone recital […]

Police blotter — Oct. 2

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday 12:15 a.m.: Larceny, 1900 block of S Avenue I. 12:42 a.m. Drunken driver, 500th block of E 18th Street. 1:42 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 1200th block of Hickory Street. 7:23 a.m.: Criminal damage, 700th block […]

‘Woolly bears’ going to cocoon soon

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Mother Nature has carpeted our property this year with an infestation of some of the fuzziest and hungriest caterpillars I have ever seen. I tracked down Roosevelt County’s agriculture agent, Patrick Kircher, this week at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair in Roswell, where he confirmed that these voracious villains […]

GOP candidate says jobs top issue

Jeff Byrd is a Quay County rancher and former environmental engineer. The Mosquero native is running as the Republican candidate for the two-year congressional term. His opponent is the incumbent, Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. The two also ran against each other in 2012. What do you think is the top issue for this area of […]

Area schools earn honor

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Commitments to excellence and student success has landed Dora Elementary and Texico High School the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools honor. The U.S. Department of Education selected 289 public and private schools across the nation for the Blue Ribbon program’s Exemplary High Performing Schools award. Dora and Texico are […]

Forecaster: This winter could be harsh

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Prepare to bundle up. This winter could be more harsh than usual, according to national weather forecasters. “However,” said Tim Shay, a senior forecaster at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “that does not mean it will be cold every day, or that it will rain or snow every […]

Meetings watch — Oct. 1

Roosevelt General Hospital Board Three things to know from Tuesday’s Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Trustee meeting: • RGH Chief Executive Officer Larry Leaming reported to the board that five new employees have been approved by the Medical Staff Committee and needed to be approved by the board. Board Member Randy Lieb had concerns as […]

To do list — Oct. 1

Today • Preschool storytime — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940 • Máscaras, trenzas, y greñas (Masks, braids and messy hair) — 2 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University’s Sandia Room. The talk is a part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Information: 575-562-2451 Thursday • Tween program — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Information: 575-356-3940. • […]

Sometimes the path is important

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist Tinder is a mobile application where people create profiles and find users within gender, age and geographic preferences. If both parties agree to get to know the person they see in the pictures, the app allows them to message each other. Cosmopolitan decided, in the name of research, to create […]

Portales library looks for Bond B funding

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com General Obligation Bond B provides funding for academic, public, school and tribal libraries. Voters can approve or disapprove during the Nov. 4 election. In all, libraries will receive $10.8 million if voters approve the semiannual request. If voters say no, property taxes will decrease by 65 cents a year […]

MainStreet, Chamber combine jobs

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Portales MainStreet and the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce have combined forces to bring entertainment and business to the Portales area. Amelia Christensen, president of the Portales MainStreet board of directors, said the organization has let go of Executive Director Debralynn Soza in an effort to “pool resources to […]

ENMU alumnus comes to KENW-TV

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ENMU graduate Allan Crawford, who got his bachelor’s degree in broadcast production, is back on campus, this time as producer and director of KENW-TV.

By Desiree Cooper ENMU Communications Eastern New Mexico University graduate Allan Crawford has returned as the producer and director of KENW-TV. Crawford, who graduated from ENMU with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast production in 2001, is looking forward to “bridging the gaps between different aspects of production, like the news side and the editing side.” […]

A sweet lesson

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Hispanic Affairs office assistant Edgar Munoz, center right, lifts and lowers a piñata as students attempt to burst it open Monday afternoon at the Campus Union Building.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com What started as a ritual meant to bring a prosperous harvest has progressed into a game reserved for special occasions. Monday afternoon, Eastern New Mexico University students were treated to the history of the piñata by Hispanic Affairs Director Doreen Chavez. Chavez, who presented a slide show on the […]