Letter to the editor: Mudslinging getting worse

This year's political campaigning is absolutely sickening. Every day we are inundated with flyers about one of the candidates. Every other evening we are called about how we are going to vote. At this point in the campaign, I really think we should have a candidate who would be absolutely loyal, can't tell a lie […]

Editorial: Boxer Tapia’s struggles, victories will be remembered

Champion. Celebrity. Big-hearted. Troubled. Addict. Every life is filled with victories, complications and contradictions, and so was the life of Albuquerque native Johnny Tapia. But Tapia's life was bigger than most, as reflected in the coverage of his death by the major news and sporting media and celebrity gossip sources from around the world. The […]

Driver’s licenses do not make roads safer

I find it somewhat disturbing that both candidates in the District 7 Republican state senator primary race consider violating the fundamental human right of free travel a pressing issue. The "most significant local issue," in fact. Of course, this violation is dishonestly framed as ending the issuance of "driver's licenses" for "illegal immigrants." It is […]

Silence helps us hear God’s voice

Many voices compete for our attention. The demands of employment, family obligations and other activities seldom leave a quiet time in our busy schedules. Finding time is important for bodies and souls. Let's get alone with God and keep silent. After all life can only be lived one day at a time. We can only […]

Ministry seeks to strengthen spirituality among youth

Two hundred and 12 degrees is the boiling point of water but it is also a place where young people can worship God on Wednesday nights. Alisa Boswell: PNT staff photo Trinity Assembly of God lead pastor Kelly Fulfer, top right, delivers a sermon Wednesday to members of the 212º youth ministry at the Trinity […]

Program offers leadership experience

Brad Sedillo walked humbly across a stage in a room filled with boys roaring in applause for his big win. Sedillo was just elected governor of New Mexico, that is, in New Mexico's Boys State program. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Representatives of Armijo city in Boys State approached the senate to receive approval for funds […]

Sowing seeds of hope

Roosevelt County Detention Center inmate Grant Clark grabbed a garden hoe and began to shuffle around soil in the afternoon sun behind the detention center. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Five Roosevelt County Detention Center inmates were asked by detention center officer to participate in the growing of a vegetable garden at the center. Detention officer […]

Local columnist honored

Local columnist and Eastern New Mexico University Media Relations Director Wendel Sloan won first place in New Mexico in a national competition for his opinion columns. The National Federation of Press Women recognized Sloan for his columns in the Portales News-Tribune and the Clovis News Journal on Sundays. Two of his columns will advance to […]

My turn: Fun activities mixed with weekend of chores

Some of my Memorial Day weekend was tedious, I'm sad to say. I had a long weekend away from work as many others did, but each day contained tedious tasks which had to be done, such as cleaning, computer work and car work. But despite all these tedious tasks, I had a lot of fun […]

ENMU’s Wolfe named academic All-America

Senior first baseman-designated hitter Mitch Wolfe has been chosen to the first-team Capital One Academic All-America team for the 2012 season. Wolfe, from Litchfield, Ariz., had been a two-time All-District 6 choice for the academic squad and was a three-time Lone Star Conference all-academic honoree. To be eligible for the Capital One honor, a player […]

Zias add midfielder

The Eastern New Mexico University women's soccer team has added Jacquelyn Perez, a center-midfielder from El Paso, to its squad for the 2012 season. Perez was twice awarded all-district honors at El Paso's Coronado High School. She represented the state of Chihuahua in the U-17 Mexican nationals. "Jackie is a natural playmaker," ENMU women's coach […]

Police blotter – June 1

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 10:31 a.m.: Caller requested a cat trap, 1400 block of North Avenue O. 10:44 a.m.: Caller requested to speak to an officer about a civil issue, 300 block of East Rose. 10:52 a.m.: Caller requested a cat trap, 1400 block of North Avenue O. 10:55 a.m.: Caller […]

My turn: Auction benefits community

For 36 years now, the annual KENW tele-auction has been a source of summer entertainment in my house. I love that all of the items are donated (many by local merchants!), and that all of the proceeds help support our very own public broadcasting station. I'll confess that I miss the days when the whole […]

Candidate Q&A: Bob Wooley

Editor's note: Both candidates running for state representative of District 66 are currently the incumbents of districts 66 and 57. They are running for the District 66 because of recent redistricting. Republican candidates running for state representative of District 66 were asked five questions for Tuesday's primary. Answers were limited to 150 words and edited […]

Candidate Q&A: Dennis Kintigh

Editor's note: Both candidates running for state representative of District 66 are currently the incumbents of districts 66 and 57. They are running for the District 66 because of recent redistricting. Republican candidates running for state representative of District 66 were asked five questions for Tuesday's primary. Answers were limited to 150 words and edited […]

One year later

Sandy Van Der Veen sat at her desk, scrolling through her various event calendars and advertisements. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Portales MainStreet Manager Sandy Van Der Veen, left, tells Daniel Wray and Natalie Robertson about some of the Yam Theatre's highlights during a tour of the building Wednesday afternoon. The couple is considering the building […]

Fishing report – May 30

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed […]

Xcel officials say area unaffected by blackouts

Xcel Energy officials are confident their Texas and New Mexico customers will be all right, even with the possibiilty of rolling blackouts in the Texas energy grid, but noted that conservation is always helpful in the heat of May through August. "It's a little bit down from where we were last year," Xcel spokesman Wes […]

Police Blotter - May 31

Editorial: Cost of war in Afghanistan not justified

The recent NATO summit provided confirmation of what many Americans have suspected for some time regarding the war in Afghanistan: It is coming to an end with an outcome much less desirable than what had been promised when the first troops arrived a decade ago. The "surge" of 2010 was not a game changer. The […]