Fishing clinic teaches angling basics

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Benna Sayyed A number of Clovis and Portales children spent Saturday outdoors in Oasis State Park learning all about fishing. The park’s 21st annual fishing clinic educated children ages 6 to 17 on fishing, showing them how to cast a fishing pole, clean fish, and use various kinds of tackle. The clinic also showed youngsters […]

Hounds face winless Lions, former QB

Dave Wagner At long last, the Eastern New Mexico University football team is facing an opponent without a number attached to its name. After four consecutive outings against teams ranked in the NCAA Division II top 20, the Greyhounds visit winless Texas A&M-Commerce in a 5 p.m. (MDT) Lone Star Conference clash today at Commerce, […]

Ranchers: USDA not paying out on policies

Argen Duncan A number of New Mexico ranchers say the U.S. Department of Agriculture isn’t giving them the insurance payments they paid for and need. Last year, the USDA Risk Management Agency offered a pilot program in which ranchers in New Mexico and other states could work with private insurance companies to buy policies they […]

Five-minute recipe to get thousands of Twitter followers for your business – But why do you want them?

Shelley Straitiff How many Followers do you have? Who cares? By the stacks of books and blog posts, obviously someone thinks the number means something. You can even sign up to get paid for tweets based on how many followers you have. That will soon be proven worthless. Social media needs to be about strategy […]

School officials observe rise in special education students

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Argen Duncan Portales Municipal Schools has seen the number of special education students rise more than the overall enrollment increase, and administrators say they’re doing whatever they need to serve every student. At the May school board meeting, Director of Special Student Services Jacqueline “Jackie” Burns said the number of special education students increased 10.8 […]

Combating IEDs, losing battle

As in Iraq where it became the most effective weapon of insurgents, the IED, or improvised explosive device, has raised the casualty count significantly for U.S. forces in Afghanistan the past two years. A surge in ground forces and a change of strategy, to have more U.S. troops dismount from vehicles more to mix with […]

Experience shades expectations

It has not exactly been a year when cross country, or back country for that matter, skiers could pick and choose their time and place for recreation. In fact, by this time last year enough snow had fallen in the Curry County area for a number of skiing outings, but this year, even a trip […]

Statistics: Burglaries up

Argen Duncan The city of Portales saw an above-normal number of burglaries in 2010, but a significant decrease in DWI cases, according to city Police Department statistics. “We did have an increase in several areas,” said Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry, adding officers had been busy. However, Berry said the rates of solved cases […]

Community commemorates King

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Argen Duncan A number of Portales citizens heard a call to live out Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of love and service to others Monday. The community’s 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. event, with the theme “celebrating” our youth, began with a march from the Roosevelt County Museum to the Memorial Building. The Cannon […]

Developers push to meet housing needs

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Argen Duncan The Portales area has seen new development in six subdivisions in the last 13 months, a large number for the city, the planning and zoning director said. Since November 2009, Portales Planning and Zoning Director Sammy Standefer said four new subdivisions have been approved and two have begun a new phase of development. […]

Portales past: Nov. 14, 1955

Nov. 14, 1955: The Portales Daily News: Assistant District Attorney James C. Compton said he intended to file juvenile delinquency charges against a number of Clovis youths unless they start cleaning up the paint that was spread over the Portales High School building last week.

Hounds’ lineman adjusts to injuries

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Dave Wagner Like a number of his cohorts on the offensive line, Eastern New Mexico University senior guard T.J. Cleavinger just keeps plugging along. Cleavinger, a 6-foot-2, 310-pounder from Garland, Texas, underwent shoulder surgery in January. He injured a knee two weeks ago at Southwestern Oklahoma, but keeps playing. “He’s running on experience and guts,” […]

My turn: Apology to my Facebook friends

By Wendel Sloan: PNT columnist Thanks to my technical ignorance, I may have accidentally offended a number of Facebook friends. After recently discovering the “Like” button, when I’ve been especially enthusiastic about a post, I’ve been clicking twice — thinking this was like adding an exclamation point. Well, I found out this week that two […]

Church profile: University Baptist Church

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University Baptist Church Location: West 15th Street and South Avenue I Phone number: 356-4501 Services: • Sunday: Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Morning worship service at 11 a.m., evening worship Service at 5 p.m., Bible study and youth activities at 5:45 p.m. • Wednesday: Bible study, prayer and youth groups at 7 p.m. Description: Pastor […]

Number of local DWI arrests jumps significantly

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Police saw a significant increase statewide in drunken driving arrests from 2008 to 2009. And in eastern New Mexico, the jump was more dramatic. The state’s ninth district, which includes Clovis, Portales, Tucumcari, Vaughn, Fort Sumner, Santa Rosa, Anton Chico, Corona, Newkirk and Conchas, saw […]

PHS Choir holds variety show

Freedom New Mexico The Portales High School Choral Department has scheduled a variety show at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. The show features Portales students ages 8 and up in a number of formats, including singing, dancing, flag twirling and yo-yos. Admission is $5, and children 5 and younger get in free. Tickets are […]

RGH offers flu clinic

Freedom New Mexico To address the large number of flu-like illnesses that are being seen this year, a flu clinic is running 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, on the east side of Roosevelt General Hospital Physicians Clinic, 42121 U.S. 70, beginning today. This is a clinic for patients with flu symptoms only. […]

RGH clinics moving closer to rural status

PNT staff The Roosevelt General Hospital Board learned Tuesday the Portales clinic is 90 days away from being able to bill as a designated rural health clinic, once Medicare and Medicaid send a billing code. The new billing number will allow the clinic to bill under the rural health clinic designation so in time they […]

Enrollment increases at ENMU

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer As the new school year begins, Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble expects enough of an increase in credit hours taken to earn more money from the state. Freshmen and transfer applications and the number of returning students look strong, he said. “I will be surprised if our […]

Take time to demonstrate patriotism

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist I could probably count the number of times on one hand I’ve actually been off on Memorial Day or one of the other three-day weekend holidays. Over the years I’ve worked at the newspaper on Memorial Day. Even