Church suspends fundraiser

A Portales church has suspended its annual fall charity fundraising campaign while it seeks clarification on panhandling laws after a family said it was threatened with arrest for collecting door-to-door. Toni Kiernan said she and her two sons were followed home by police officers Tuesday night after a resident complained about them knocking on doors […]

Old dogs, outdoorsmen never quit

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor I tried to get out the door without him, but he’d seen me reach for my hat and he wasn’t having any of it. My old dog was demanding to go on the walk with me. We hadn’t walked since his seizures in the fall. He just hadn’t been […]

Aug. 19, 2007 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by Portales Police Dispatchers during the past week. According to the reports: Saturday • At 3:26 p.m., a caller reported that her home had been broken into in the 1100 block of Leo Drive. • At 11:06 p.m., a caller reported that someone was knocking on her […]

Snakes on the plains

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By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer It appears snake encounters by residents inside Portales city limits are on the rise. “We’re having more (calls) this year than in the past,” said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. During the year, the department does receive a few snake calls, but the number has been higher this year. […]

Novak hearing completes second day

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Defense counsel for a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with murder spent Thursday grilling agents from the Office of Special Investigations about their investigation into the death of Kimberly Novak. Special Agent Mark Brashears testified during the second day of Airmen Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing that […]

Transit system steers toward more business

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales city councilor raised questions this week about whether the Portales Area Transit system is being marketed well enough. Councilor Jake Lopez said he knew of a resident who had recently walked to La Casa Health Center with a baby in arms for a doctor’s appointment. When he […]

Curiosity can lead to strange places

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist This is the story of a curious cow who lived on Mr. Marvin’s farm in the kingdom of Kansas. Her name was Yvonne. She was of Scottish and English heritage but farmer Marv guessed that she had some Native American Pronghorn antelope in her lineage because everyone knows that antelopes […]

Rural letter carrier saves Portales woman’s life

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By Karl Terry: PNT Staff Writer A Portales rural letter carrier is being credited with helping to save the life of an elderly Roosevelt County woman two weeks ago after she fell at home. According to co-workers at the Portales post office, Charles “Chuck” Jones was the first to notice something was wrong at the […]

Feathered friends move onto porch

By Karl Terry The Terry household officially began taking in boarders this week as a pair of barn swallows have taken a shine to our front porch and are now building a nest. I first noticed them going out the door one evening. I first thought the winged creatures were bats. They circled the yard […]

Technology works with the right neighbors

By Jim Lee My abilities in matters of any practical importance have been called into question on more than one occasion. This has recently happened again. Yet I still fail to understand why people doubt my abilities, particularly my amazing versatility and creativity. Why does everyone focus on the negative? OK, a few things have […]

Covert knowledge from my mother

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist When I was a kid, I stayed alert to the whims of the Axis power, namely my mother, and I found she had a vast array of covert knowledge hidden beneath her quaint farm-girl homilies. Her views on some of mankind’s most endearing areas of scholarship stick with me to […]

Police warn of magazine sellers

By Tony Parra Six people were arrested on charges of soliciting without a permit on Tuesday and appeared at the Roosevelt County Courthouse on Wednesday, according to Portales Police Department Capt. Lonnie Berry. Danielle Baker, 18; Gene Marion, 19; Bryan Fallin, 20; Sergio Silguero, 19; Douglas Gregg, 25 and Fernando Pomales, 21 were charged with […]

ENMU graduate spreads God’s message at age of 90

By Tova Fruchtman Long-time area residents might remember a preacher who went door to door recruiting people for his church. Hoyt Welch is 90 now, and still in God’s service. While health problems prevent him from preaching these days, Welch was honored by the Baptist Convention of New Mexico in October. An $11,000 yearly scholarship […]

There’s a reason it’s not available in stores

By Jim Lee Kathie, who always has a big smile and happy “hello” as she arranges carts in the front section of Wal-Mart, suggested a follow-up column on television commercials. Apparently she is just as weary of all the hype and greed dominating TV as I am. Kathie shares this frustration with many of us. […]

Rash of robberies hits county

By Tony Parra A rash of robberies in Roosevelt County involving televisions, VCRs and, in one robbery, guns, have tainted the summer for county residents. Richard Short of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department said the related robberies happen within the span of June and July. He said there have been nine related robberies similar to […]

Church set for second food giveaway

By Michelle Seeber Trinity Family Church members are preparing to give away about 28,000 pounds of food from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at their Family Center, located at 601 S. Ave. B. Pastor Jim Maxwell said the church is giving away the food in conjunction with Open Door Ministries of Joshua, Texas. “We’ve done […]

Kernan hopes for second term

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent A Hobbs school teacher who also manages her own business hopes her political career is just getting started. Gay Kernan, who has served for the last two years as a state senator for District 42, which spans from Hobbs to Clovis — is seeking another term in Santa Fe. She […]

Vandals damage school

PNT Staff Vandals broke into Broad Horizons either Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning, causing $700 in damage to glass windows and a glass door, police said Wednesday. The individual or individuals broke three 3-by-5 windows on the west side of the school building and a glass door which led to a classroom. At this […]

For George, a dog’s life is never boring

By David Stevens Lassie, Hank the Cowdog and Scooby-Doo have had their dog days. Now somebody should write a book or make a television show about the real-life adventures of George. John Considine’s dog has been homeless, tied up, befriended by strangers, even face-to-face with a pair of would-be house burglars. Chapter one. George was […]