United Way needs help with cleanup

STAFF REPORT United Way has scheduled a workday today in the Successful You Career Closet from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will be putting the room to order, tidying up and putting some finishing touches on the room. “Anyone willing and able to stop by to assist will be welcomed and appreciated,” said a […]

Livestock auction managers indicted on 139 charges

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com A Roosevelt County grand jury has indicted the managers of High Plains Livestock Auction on charges of forgery, fraud, conspiracy and racketeering, according to a news release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Calvin Pareo, 50, and Darcie Pareo, 41, of Portales could face up to life in […]

Here’s hoping for the best

If I wanted to hire a chef to prepare a grand meal for a dinner party, maybe I’d seek out seven or eight of them to ask about their qualifications. I might bring them all together in one meeting to let them do what they could to win my business. They’d probably want to bring […]

Subcommittee chairman plans to reform commisaries

Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nevada, is a brigadier general in the Army Reserve, a soldier-physician thrice deployed and also a discerning commissary shopper. Heck bristles at seeing half-empty shelves and goods askew because commissaries, unlike commercial grocers, rely on vendors to stock most items, and some do so only a few times a week. Shoppers, he […]

Police blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by dispatchers for Portales police, Roosevelt County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 6:48 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 2800 block of South Roosevelt Road U • 10:26 a.m.: Criminal damage, 400 block of East 17th Street • 10:27 a.m.: Larceny, report taken, 1000 block of West 18th […]

Holiday closings

The following businesses will be closed Wednesday for Veterans Day: • City of Portales Offices • Portales Recreation Center • Fire Department Administration • First Financial Credit Union • James Polk Stone Community Bank • Magistrate Court • Municipal Court • Portales Area Transit System • Portales Police Department Administration • Portales Public Library • […]

To do list

Today • After school @ the Library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public Library for grades K-6. Activity: Fall leaves and pumpkin jars. Information: 575-356-3940 • RGH Blood drive — 8:30 a.m.-noon at hospital. Information: UnitedBloodServices.org Wednesday • American Legion Post 31’s 69th annual ceremony — 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Building. • Veterans Day […]

Pages Past

Nov. 10 On this date … 1980: The Chi Omega Alumni were planning to gather for a “Santa’s Workshop” at Elinor Wallace’s home at 1516 Abilene in Portales. A newspaper announcement concluded with: “Remember to bring scissors.” 1975: George Haynes, of 2309 Williams in Clovis, was the winner of $15 in the Clovis News-Journal’s football […]



That’s Lynn Martin, 91, posing with a photo of himself taken about 1944. Yes, he is wearing the same military uniform jacket that he wore more than 70 years ago. Connie Martin Patterson said her dad, a Marine, has lived in Clovis since 1947. “He has a flag pole outside his house and often has […]

17 defended officer before termination

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Seventeen individuals who have worked with former Portales Police Officer Larry Garrison came to his defense last month before he was terminated from the Portales Police Department. Letters from the 17 were sent to Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos, noting Garrison’s character and moral standards. City officials released the […]

Oasis hosts 25th Kids Fishin’ Clinic

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
Roger Maddy and his daughter Emma Maddy, age 11, try to catch some fish following the 25th Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic at Oasis State Park on Saturday afternoon.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com OASIS STATE PARK — On a brisk Saturday morning, children from Roosevelt and Curry counties came to the Oasis State Park to learn the proper techniques of fishing in the 25th Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic. Jim Whary, the park manager who has participated in 22 of these clinics, said […]

VFW post adopts Wall of Honor

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Local Portales veterans organizations will be holding ceremonies on Veterans Day Wednesday in honor of those who served in the military. ENMU is also holding an event in honor of the day.

By Jackie Johnson STAFF WRITER jjohnson@pntonline.com The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515 in Portales has been celebrating Veterans Day for more than 50 years, but this year, it is incorporating something new in recognition of the holiday, according to member Mike Woolley. Woolley said the organization will be inducting one World War I and […]

Notebook — Nov. 8

Congratulations to Eastern New Mexico University, which has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media. According to a release from the school, the designation is awarded to higher education institutions embracing military students and dedicating resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. “We are pleased to once again […]

ENMU hosts annual preview day

Correspondent photo: Anna George
From left, Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Taylor Wapaha, professor Lonzo Lassiter, and professor Colt M. Owens man the ENMU communications department table on Saturday at the campus fair segment of Green and Silver Preview Day.

By Anna George Correspondent Eastern New Mexico University welcomed well over 300 guests to its campus Saturday morning, according to Director of Enrollment Services Cody Spitz. The campus hosted its annual Green and Silver Preview Day where high school juniors and seniors and their families can visit the campus, meet the people and learn about […]

Boswell: Mindful of blessings this month

November can be a hard month for me to swallow each year. I know this is the time of year when people are cheerfully getting geared up for the holidays, but for me, it is also a time of year with some painful anniversaries. Not to mention, this time of year, I miss my family […]

Pages past — Nov. 8

On this date … 1970: The Off-Campus Programs office at Eastern New Mexico University had announced plans for two classes it hoped would “broaden the education of area youngsters.” “Introduction to ballet” was for students 6 to 17 and would meet Saturdays for 12 weeks. Cost was $15. “Basic conversational French” was for students 8 […]

To do list — Nov. 8

Today • The Elephant Man — 2 p.m. at University Theater Center at ENMU. Admission: $5, free for students with ID. Information: 575-562-2711 Monday • Native American Dancers & Musicians — 7 p.m. in Buchanan Hall at ENMU. Admission: Free. Information: 575-562-2377 Tuesday • After school @ the Library — 4:30 p.m. at Portales Public […]

Rams are a perfect 10

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Portales junior quarterback Junior Ramirez prepares to launch a deep pass while senior tackle Adam Hernandez provides protection during Friday’s District 4-4A matchup against New Mexico Military at Blackwater Draw. The top-ranked, unbeaten Rams posted a 26-7 victory.

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — In Portales’ quest for its first ever 10-0 regular season, it was the unexpected players who stepped up and allowed the Rams to defeat the NMMI Colts 26-7 on Friday night in the District 4-4A and regular-season finale for both teams. Seldom-used wide receiver Michael Fox […]

Farm and ranch worker’s comp addressed

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com Since the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled the exclusion of farm and ranch laborers from workman’s compensation unconstitutional, area farmers and ranchers have had concerns on how the ruling will impact their expenses. Rachel Bayless, Worker’s Compensation Administration’s general counsel, came to Clovis Thursday night as part of […]

Motocross event comes to the Boneyard

Courtesy photo: WTXRC
A motocross event is coming to Portales this weekend with all-terrain vehicles races, utility task vehicle races and bike races. The event is being held behind Bonestroo Dairy off of New Mexico 467 all day today and Sunday.

STAFF REPORT The West Texas Extreme Race Circuit (WTXRC) is returning to the area this weekend for round six of their 2015-16 series. According to Rusty Cates, WTXRC is a family-owned race circuit of moto and off-road enthusiasts dedicated to promoting and advancing off-road racing in the West Texas/Eastern New Mexico area. Cates began the […]