Legislature: Education, crime on governor’s agenda

By Justin Horwath The New Mexican Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday set forth a sweeping agenda for the short 2016 legislative session, calling on lawmakers to get tough on crime, further stiffen DWI penalties, implement her education and economic development proposals and to finally pass a Real ID driver’s license bill that has been a […]

Pages past — Jan. 20

On this date … 2006: Drugs topped the list of several area lawmakers’ priorities as they headed to Santa Fe for the annual legislative session. Sen. Clint Harden was pushing for mandatory sentencing related to methamphetamine crimes. Harden said his intent was to “get cooks out of the kitchen.” Rep. Anna Crook was looking for […]

To do list — Jan. 20

Today • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Into the Woods. Information: 575-356-3940 • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Game day: Kinect Sports Heroes. Information: 575-356-3940 Thursday • Teen program — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for ages 13-18. Activity: Bird cages. […]

Rodriguez: Teach kids value of service

Opinion We need to teach our children, that, although they may mean the world to us, the world doesn’t revolve around them. My thoughts when my daughter Laura showed me an adorable outfit that read, “Crown me.” Laura is an outstanding mom of the year to my grandbabies, Gena, 2, and Giovanni, 5. She had […]

Residents march in memory of MLK

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Portales residents and Eastern New Mexico University faculty and students begin the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march down South Abilene Monday night in honor of the historical figure.

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com Festivities honoring a historical icon began Monday with an oak tree. But this was no ordinary oak tree, according to Portales City Councilor Oscar Robinson. “Our purpose of putting this tree here is to link the city of Portales to the university. This tree is in line with the […]

Clovis Spirit Invitational results

Clovis Spirit Invitational Saturday Rock Staubus Gymnasium Grand champions Varsity Cheer: Portales Co-Ed Cheer: Clovis Varsity Dance: Clovis Junior Varsity/Freshman Cheer: Portales Junior Varsity/Freshman Dance: Clovis High School Freshman Academy Middle School Cheer: Marshall Middle School Middle School Dance: Gattis Middle School Cheer awards Routine with music, 6A: Clovis Routine with music, 4A: Portales Routine […]

ENMU students getting back in gear

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Cathy Gray, left, and freshman Tia Urioste have lunch at the Campus Union Building Monday afternoon. Monday was the first day back for ENMU students following the winter break.

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com The 2016 spring semester kicked off Monday for Eastern New Mexico University students. With some students just one semester away from graduation and some completing their first ever semester of college, each Greyhound had different thoughts, hopes and expectations for their spring 2016 classes. Tyler Howard is studying business […]

New power substation to be built

Staff writer A new power substation is set to be built in west Portales near a proposed city park. According to Wes Reeves of Xcel Energy media relations, the substation — to be named “Greyhound” — is being built to support a new 115-kilovolt transmission line loop that will bring more power to Portales. “When […]

Pages past — Jan. 19

On this date … 1976: John Burton, 42, of Clovis, a trusty at a state prison, had escaped. The fugitive was accused of kidnapping six people, including a state police officer, in efforts to remain free. None of the hostages had been injured. Burton’s father told the Clovis News-Journal his son had been happy with […]

Opinion: Reformers urged not to redefine ‘savings’

By Tom Philpott Military update Advocates for preserving the military commissary benefit warned a House subcommittee Wednesday to avoid reforms that promise to preserve current savings for patrons but instead change how savings are measured, creating a lesser benefit that shoppers over time might reject. Advocates for service families and the military resale industry also […]

To do list — Jan. 19

Today • After school @ the library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Activity: Cardstock Robots. Information: 575-356-3940 • Portales City Council meeting — 6:30 p.m. in council chambers of Memorial Building. Information: 575-356-6662 ext. 1012 Wednesday • Preschool story time — 10:30 a.m. at Portales Public Library. Book: Into the […]

Police blotter — Jan. 19

Jail log Released Friday-Sunday As of 7 a.m. Monday • Amanda Irene Bonilla, 31, time served • Charity Hardin, 34, other jail • Mark Harris, 43, charges dismissed • Tiffany Jenkins, 37, other jail • Crystal A. Lozano, 30, bond • Damian Lozano, 23, time served • Jose A. Zapien, 21, bond Booked Friday-Sunday As […]

Slew of water bills introduced

By Rebecca Moss The New Mexican State Rep. Bill McCamley, a Mesilla Park Democrat, is concerned that the rains and heavy snow over the past year have led people throughout the state to forget the harsh effects of drought. “We get one year of good rain, and suddenly everyone is saying we don’t have a […]

Universisty staff trains for shooter

Correspondent photo: Anna George
Lt. Shawn Gore teaches Eastern New Mexico University faculty and staff on Friday about the behaviors and 
strategies of active shooters.

By Anna George Correspondent With students flooding back to Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) for the spring semester, ENMUPD is spending their final days of break preparing faculty and staff for the terrifying possibility of an active shooter. “It’s one of the big, pressing topics of society today,” said ENMU Lt. Shawn Gore. Lt. Gore […]

Q&A: Budget, oil priorities for Sen. Ingle at session

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, has been a lawmaker for 30 years. His Senate District 27 consists of portions of Curry, Roosevelt, Chaves, De Baca and Lea counties. What issues do you feel are a priority during this […]

Two legends mourned, remembered


Staff report Lightning bolts are a sign of sadness this week with the deaths of rock ‘n’ roll legend David Bowie and “Harry Potter” star Alan Rickman, who both died last week at the age of 69. • Alan Rickman, who has acted in 68 titles according to IMDB.com, first broke into the movie world […]

To do list — Jan. 17

Monday • MLK Day celebration — 5 p.m., MLK March begins at Memorial Building and ends at MLK statue at ENMU. A ceremony in Buchanan Hall will follow. Information: 575-356-8541 Tuesday • After school @ the library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Activity: Cardstock Robots. Information: 575-356-3940 • Portales City […]

Boswell: Direct comments at right person

Opinion I think one of the things that made me love my significant other most is his integrity. There are very few people I know who are kinder, more gentle and more tactful with people than Shawn Gore. His level of patience at times astounds me as he never gets worked up or upset over […]

King legacy of freedom in spotlight

Pamelya Herndon

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Discrimination is not just about race anymore. “Race has been an issue in a lot of areas for our country for years and I don’t think it will go away anytime soon,” said Pamelya Herndon, executive director of Southwest Women’s Law Center in Albuquerque. “But we can also look at […]

9-year-old double bee champ

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Alyssa Neighbours, 9, receives a plaque from ENMU Languages and Literature Department Chair Carol Erwin Friday afternoon after the bee. On top of $50 in Barnes & Noble gift cards, Neighbours will also have a $500 
scholarship waiting for her at ENMU.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com A 9-year-old Portales student took the win for not only the junior division of the Roosevelt County spelling bee but also came out of the senior division victorious after out-spelling junior high students. Alyssa Neighbours of Valencia Elementary championed both divisions, taking two $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards […]