Community Calendar week of June 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. Sunday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 11 a.m. […]

City, water co-op seek voluntary conservation

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales and Roosevelt County Water Cooperative are asking customers to voluntarily conserve water through an odd-even watering schedule. City officials say customers seem to be using more water because of the hot, dry windy weather, trying to keep their yards green. “When everybody decides to water […]

Barbecue can be healthy

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By Liliana Castillo Justin Johnson said it doesn’t take much to change a backyard barbecue into a healthy meal. “Instead of using hamburger meat, use ground turkey,” Johnson suggested. “It’s a lot leaner and is high in protein. You can also get turkey hot dogs.” Johnson is a certified personal trainer in Portales and makes […]

Sheriff’s office: Man arrested after Internet chat

Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Sheriff’s office and Rio Rancho Police Department cooperated on the arrest of a 22-year-old Rio Rancho resident, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. Kenneth Gregory, 22, was arrested Wednesday and charged with three felony counts of child solicitation by electronic communication device. The investigation of Gregory began […]

Portales man sought in stabbing

Freedom New Mexico staff A warrant was issued Friday morning for the suspect in a Wednesday stabbing, according to police. Victor Sotelo, 25, of Portales, is wanted for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, battery, two counts of aggravated assault and kidnapping, Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Sotelo is suspected of stabbing a 21-year-old […]

Dora’s Kyler Smith sinks hole-in-one

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer 1 in 12,750. Those are the odds of an amateur golfer recording a hole-in-one, according to Golf Digest. Many golfers go their entire lives without hitting an ace. Dora’s Kyler Smith did it earlier this month at the Portales Country Club. The 17-year-old joined friend and coach Ty Thatcher […]

Weather tough on seedlings, crops

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor High winds and hot temperatures have tested the skills of gardeners and farmers and tried the patience of everyone this spring. “We’ve certainly seen our share of warm and windy weather,” said Todd Shoemake, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “We’re getting a little sick of it […]

Portales teens score shooting points

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Two Portales high school students earned high point honors in the annual Youth Hunters Education Challenge state shooting competition last month in Raton. Garrett Lee, 15, won the overall high point individual award and Landon O’Rear, 17, won the high point individual award for the rifle competition in the […]

Committee approves Ute project

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — The House Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed legislation Thursday that would authorize the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties, according to a news release. The bill, which now heads to the full House, would authorize the U.S. […]

Events Calendar June 13

Today Old Fort Days and Rodeo in Fort Sumner — Information: 355-7705 Route 66 Festival — 5 p.m. Kvols Park in Tucumcari, music Old Fort Days and Rodeo — Information: 355-7705 Saturday Juneteenth Celebration — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Potter Park, Clovis Old Fort Days and Rodeo in Fort Sumner — Information: 355-7705 Oasis […]

On the Mound

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Red Sox pitcher Jaret Faust fires a pitch to the plate in the last inning of a game Wednesday with the Dodgers. The Red Sox won the game 17-1. The league tournament is this weekend with all-star selections announced next week.

Band set for concert at Ned Houk

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Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Community Band will perform a variety of standard band pieces, Broadway selections and a few marches in the informal setting of Ned Houk Park, according to conductor Dustin Seifert. “This setting will be more relaxed than in a concert hall, because people can talk and socialize while listening to the […]

Secretary of State speaks to group at ENMU

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer New Mexico’s acting governor for the day told a group of high school students assembled at Eastern New Mexico University to get involved in government. Secretary of State Mary Herrera, who was acting governor in the absence of the governor and lieutenant governor, encouraged and thanked the attending members […]

Scooter sales up with gas price

By Keely McDowell, Freedom New Mexico Local retailers say interest in scooters has risen in response to escalating gas prices. Ronnie Jones, general manager of High Desert Honda, said almost every customer who has come to purchase a scooter over the past eight months is not concerned with the price of the scooter, but inquires […]

Local dairy class offers hands-on experience

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The students look intently as professor Mike Hutjens sifts through the corn silage cupped in his hands, pointing out crucial components of the dairy feed, such as alfalfa and cotton seed. A University of Illinois professor, Hutjens talks about the importance each ingredient plays in dairy herd nutrition during […]

Local Briefs June 12

Staff reports Community Fan Drive under way The Print Shop, High Desert Honda and United Way of Eastern New Mexico are sponsoring Community Fan Drive 2008 from June to September.Many older individuals and families with small children sit in sweltering houses during hot New Mexico summers without air conditioning or even a fan, according to […]

Events Calendar June 12

Today Old Fort Days and Rodeo in Fort Sumner — Information: 355-7705 Friday Old Fort Days and Rodeo in Fort Sumner — Information: 355-7705 Route 66 Festival — 5 p.m. Kvols Park in Tucumcari, music Old Fort Days and Rodeo — Information: 355-7705 Saturday Juneteenth Celebration — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Potter Park, Clovis […]

Few salmonella cases reported locally

Staff and wire reports The number of Curry County salmonella cases climbed to five Wednesday, up one from previous reports, health officials said. According to Department of Health spokeswoman Deborah Busemeyer, there is a likelihood the patients were infected by tomatoes eaten at Curry County restaurants or purchased from area stores, though she said she […]

ENMU staff serving tennis

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer You won’t see Roger Federer or Maria Sharapova on the Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts this summer, but you will see plenty of ENMU employees and students battling each other to have fun and stay in shape in ENMU’s lifelong wellness program. The tennis program started June 7 […]

Chopper makes Boys State stop

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Residents who live near Eastern New Mexico University may have wondered why a small red, white and blue helicopter was flying so low over their homes Tuesday morning. The Albuquerque Police Department helicopter wasn’t searching for criminals nor on a search-and-rescue mission, but rather on its way to ENMU. […]