Residents flock to city council meeting to discuss rehab center

Mike Linn The Portales City Council’s meeting Tuesday night was packed with residents seeking to discuss issues related to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center planned near L. L. Brown Grade School. Mayor Orlando Ortega allowed only a few citizens to speak about the issue, stating that owners of the building must first obtain a […]

Police arrest boy in connection to robberies

Darrell Todd Maurina An 11-year-old boy is suspected in a series of armed robberies that plagued Clovis for the past month. Police say the boy used a plastic toy gun for his crimes — at least until his mother caught him shooting at a cat and took the gun away from him over the weekend. […]

Obits July 16

Dr. Howard Stone, 76 Dr. Howard Lyons Stone, 76, of Denton, Texas, a retired professor of education at Texas Woman’s University, died Sunday, July 13, 2003, in Denton. He was born on Oct. 20, 1926, in Kuling, Kiangsi Province, China, to the Rev. Albert H. and Mabel Lyons Stone. He attended Iolani School in Honolulu, […]

Attorney accepted to commission

Mike Linn The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday voted to accept the attorney services of Randy Knudson, who along with partner Stephen Doerr also represents the city of Portales and Curry County. Knudson will receive $1,800 for up to 30 hours of work a month he will provide on the county’s behalf. The commission voted […]

Workshop searches for solution

Kevin Wilson People from different walks of life are meeting in Portales for one common goal — to slow the decline of the Ogallala Aquifer. The workshop, “Land Uses and their Effects on the Ogallala Aquifer,” is in its second day at the Memorial Building. Today’s meetings start at 8:15 a.m. and continue until noon. […]

Roosevelt teams split games in Clovis

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Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Pitching was the only thing that wasn’t a problem early on for the Roosevelt County All-Stars. Once they took care of their hitting and fielding, it got easy after that. Roosevelt broke open a close game with an eight-run fourth inning, en route to a 21-5 pasting of Clovis […]

Senate confirms Brack as federal judge in New Mexico

Darrell Todd Maurina Robert Brack said he never planned to be an attorney. He never planned to become a state district court judge. And he certainly never planned to become a federal judge. So Brack, 50, said he could hardly believe the U.S. Senate voted Monday afternoon to confirm him for a new federal district […]

Community Calendar July 15

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Tuesday Arts & Crafts — Taught by Carolyn […]

Vaccines can prevent West Nile

Mike Linn Given the aridity of the climate in New Mexico, cases of West Nile virus in horses pales in comparison to other southeastern states. Moreover, human cases have been non-existent in the state and health officials are crossing their fingers in the hopes that this year won’t yield the first. To limit and prevent […]

Cycling for a cause

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Mike Linn Jane, a fictional character in the form of a puppet, said she had Down Syndrome and was a slow learner. She said she wasn’t like others because she had an extra chromosome. She also said with practice she can do many things ordinary people can — and she proved she can do some […]

Humor, Christianity shape father

By Angela Peacock A hard working family man who enjoyed a good practical joke is how family members said they will remember James Wood. Besides a wonderful sense of humor, Charles Wood said he will always respect his father’s belief that anyone regardless of their circumstances can improve themselves and their lives. “Dad instilled in […]

Personality Plus — Scott Aubuchont

Scott Aubuchont has returned to the haunts of his childhood — the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. Tell us about your childhood: “I grew up at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. I lived there for about 18 years.”   What’s so great about your favorite sport? “My favorite sport is basketball. I like playing […]

Trudo terrorizes on the track

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By Kevin Wilson Like methanol flowing through the engine of his go-cart, racing flows in the blood of Troy Trudo. What began as a hobby years ago is now a character trait for the 11-year-old, who has chosen one-eighth of a mile of dirt over a 94-foot basketball court or a 200-foot baseball field. “This […]

American holds off Roosevelt in All-Star tourney

By Kevin Wilson It took only three pitches for Stephan Mills to make his mark. It took about 90 more minutes for the pitching to leave a lasting impression. Mills hit a leadoff homer and combined with Seth Baily on a three-hitter to top a similar effort from Joe Sandoval, and the American All-Stars defeated […]

Buzard’s team sweeps five games down under

By Dave Wagner A group of Division II South Central Region women’s basketball players coached by Eastern New Mexico University’s Dan Buzard swept five games on a trip to Barbados late last month, although the competition wasn’t what the team had hoped to see. With the tiny West Indies island involved in a national tournament, […]

Volunteers help rodeo go smoothly

By Jack King CLOVIS — One night this week Karen McDaniel stayed at the rodeo arena wll past midnight getting a veterinarian for a contestant whose horse was coming down with colic. One night last year she and her husband, Cory, stayed until 3:30 a.m., digging up and repairing a broken water line. But, McDaniel […]

Initiative may fit the bill for Portales

Kevin Wilson For the most part, local leaders feel Portales is on track to become a state-certified community for economic development. The New Mexico Economic Development Department has created the Certified Communities Initiative, a plan intended to help at least 10 cities in the state. “The state is launching a program to work with New […]

Workshop examines Ogallala decline

MIke Linn Portales is hosting a workshop this week on examining ways to slow the rapidly declining water supply in the Ogallala Aquifer. In areas north of Portales, water from the Ogallala declines four times as fast as it is replenished, conservation officials explain, and even with modern farming irrigation systems the extended future of […]

Youth’s business venture turns charitable

Lukas Cash Taylor McIntire is not your average entrepenuer. The Arlington, Texas, resident eschewed the normal money-making projects of an 8-year-old like a lemonade and cookie stands and decided on something a little more ambitious. He collected cooking recipes from his mother, Kellianne Harper, and her friends and some from his grandmother, and assembled a […]

Group cycling across country, raising money

Mike Linn They’ve peddled up mountains and coasted through valleys. Passed prairie dogs by morning, dodged road kill by day. At one point a group of cattle joined them on a one mile stretch a few miles east of Albuquerque. It’s all a part of the Pi Kappa Phi national fraternity’s 4,000 mile cycling trek […]