Former students will always be my friends

One of the many blessings in my life comes from former students. Thirty-one years of teaching left me with happy memories. A special bond between teacher and student lasts forever. Such was the case when a lieutenant colonel walked up to me in a restaurant. "Aren't you Mrs. Clayton?" My eyes searched his as I […]

Their view: Proliferation of campuses symptom of larger problem

A new report from the Rio Grande Foundation sheds some light on the sheer scope and magnitude of New Mexico's higher education system. Here's a sampling: There are a total of 12 campuses to choose from in the Albuquerque Metropolitan area alone. There are nine campuses in or within a one-hour drive of Las Cruces. […]

Dusk falling on era of authority

If you follow these columns I'll assume you either have a passion for liberty, or you don't, but you like to get stirred up and have someone at whom you can direct your misgivings. Either way I'm glad to help get your blood circulating. If you are in the group who values liberty, and want […]

Editorial: Republicans misunderstand Limbaugh’s fame

There is no doubt Rush Limbaugh is a famous Missourian. As the controversial ultra-conservative host of a radio program that caters to a right-wing perspective, Limbaugh has carved his niche as one of the dominant Republican pundits of his generation. Given Missouri has something called the "Hall of Famous Missourians" in the Missouri State Capitol […]

Police blotter - May 25

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 10:01 a.m.: Caller requested close patrol in an alley, 1500 block of South Avenue C. 10:12 a.m.: Caller reported they need a cat trap, 1000 block of Community Way. 11 a.m.: Walkup for fingerprints, 1700 block of North Boston. 11:08 a.m.: Caller reported a vehicle parked on […]

Lady Rams’ Rowley signs with LCU

Portales High senior Tylar Rowley has signed a national letter of intent to play golf next year at Lubbock Christian University. Rowley finished a solid senior season at PHS by tying for sixth place and earning a medal at the recent Class 1A-3A state golf tournament in Albuquerque, helping the Lady Rams to a third-place […]

ENMU’s Samoei eighth in D-II nationals

PUEBLO, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University's Isaiah Samoei finished eighth on Thursday night in the men's NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field championships, hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo. Samoei, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya, posted a time of 31 minutes, 43.47 seconds to give the Greyhounds one team point. As a top-eight finisher, […]

My turn: Visit to Clovis zoo part of fun weekend activities

Last weekend, I finally got some much needed sleep over my three-day weekend but mixed in with the sleep was a trip to the Clovis zoo, lots of play time with my niece and nephew and some fun talks with my mom. The only thing more fun than experiencing fun things for yourself is watching […]

Press release: Smoke advisory issues for areas affected by wildfires in Gila wilderness

(Santa Fe) — The New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico Environment Department today issued a smoke advisory for areas of New Mexico affected by smoke from wildfires in the Gila Wilderness in southwest New Mexico. Wind directions from the west to east have caused smoke impacts as far away as Roswell and into […]

Candidates discuss issues at EPCOG forum

State office candidates took two hours Thursday morning at a political forum discussing issues affecting the state and country, with many finding common ground. A candidate forum hosted by the Eastern Plains Council of Government included five candidates in three state legislator races (CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson) The forum, sponsored by Eastern Plains Council […]

Governor, DA uninjured in plane mishap

SANTA FE — A private plane carrying Gov. Susana Martinez and Clovis-Portales District Attorney Matt Chandler landed without its landing gear down Wednesday in Santa Fe, but there were no injuries, officials said. The emergency landing took place about 10 p.m. at Santa Fe Municipal Airport. The governor was returning from a campaign event in […]

Graduating seniors share memories, plans

Dora Schools The Dora graduating class of 2012. With three Roosevelt County high school graduations set for this weekend, Dora, Elida and Floyd seniors prepare to walk the stage as they end one chapter in their lives and begin another. Twenty seniors will graduate from Dora High School at 3 p.m. Sunday at Guy Luscombe […]

My turn: Value better with local merchants

Because air conditioners are sentient beings (never try to convince me otherwise), ours decided to call it quits when it saw warmer weather in the forecast. The efficient young man who came by to issue the death proclamation urged us to check the website of a major national retailer because that was where we'd find […]

Police ramp up seatbelt enforcement

Portales police officers issued 60 percent more seatbelt citations in the first five months of this year than they did in all of 2011. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune The Portales Police Department is cracking down on seatbelt and child restraint violations through additional patrols used to target violators. They are able to do so through […]

Ticket feature: Tops in Blue performing Monday

Some of the red, white and blue's most talented active military, Tops in Blue, will perform in concert Monday night at Marshall Auditorium. Courtesy photo The Air Force's Tops in Blue show will make a tour stop 7 p.m. Monday at Marshall Middle School Auditorium. The free concert, scheduled for 7 p.m., is the second […]

Q&A: ENMU grad talks about her writing

Editor's note: This interview was edited for clarity and style. Melrose native Jamie Dickerman graduated from Eastern New Mexico University last May with a bachelor's degree in communication, with an emphasis in journalism and a minor in political science. Last month she released her latest novel, "Blackout," about a terrorist attack that kills the nation's […]

Police blotter - May 24

Call logs for Portales police, fire and sheriff: Tuesday 10:04 a.m.: Caller reported an odor of gas in his house, 1500 block South Abilene. 10:17 a.m.: Caller reported smelling gas in the area, 1900 South Avenue D. 10:18 a.m.: Caller reported a noise disturbance, 700 block North Avenue J. 10:31 a.m.: Caller reported a fire […]

Program offers hands-on dairy experience

David Volleman grew up on a dairy farm in the Texas hillcountry and decided to pursue a career in the dairy industry in high school. Courtesy photo: Robert Hagevoort Students of the 2012 Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium Teaching class receive a lecture on dairy ration evaluation Wednesday at a local dairy. "I like being […]

Court to decide on disability pay

A disabled veteran has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider anew whether states violate federal law when they allow divorce courts to count a veteran's disability compensation in calculating spousal support. The petition also invites the justices to consider an issue that states are more sharply divided over: Whether federal law bars state courts […]

Their view: Allowing Sunday liquor sales would limit choices

John Livengood, president and CEO of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, offers his view of Sunday alcohol sales. This week, the governor of Connecticut signed a bill expanding the off-premise sale of beer, wine and liquor on Sunday. Like Indiana, Connecticut had previously only allowed the carry-out sales on Sunday of wine at wineries […]