Study proposes pay changes

If endorsed by the White House and enacted by Congress, a new blueprint for modernizing military compensation after 11 years of war would reshape many traditional service pays to strive for more efficiency. The 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, after two years of study, has produced some wide-ranging recommendations, from replacing combat zone tax […]

Police blotter: June 27

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Monday 12:28 a.m.: Officer requested to respond to caller's home, 700 block of West 16th Street. 1:07 a.m.: Caller requested a deputy regarding suspicious activity, South Roosevelt Road 6 and South Roosevelt Road P. 2:56 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 1700 block of South Avenue O. 5:40 a.m.: […]

Bar owner to continue no-cost taxi service

Dawg Houze owner Chad Heflin said he will continue to keep his bar's taxi service free of charge because it's his way of giving back to the community. He originally planned to charge for the Dawg Houze transportation when he began operating the service in late April but decided charging patrons isn't worth the hassle. […]

Missing Clovis girl found

Aly Marques A 16-year-old Clovis girl, missing more than two weeks, has been found safe in Detroit, family members said Tuesday night. Aly Marques will be "returning to Clovis as soon as arrangements can be made," her uncle, Sam Haskell, wrote on his Facebook page. "We haven't been given any other details yet." Haskell said […]

Residents coping with heat

Some Portales and Clovis residents enjoyed cool treats to beat the triple-digit heat Tuesday, others say they're used to the hot temperatures in the summer. Joshua Lucero: PNT correspondent Kadyn Collins, 9, gets a snow cone Tuesday afternoon from the Snow Cone Zone Tuesday to cool off after a day at the Portales Recreation Center. […]

Portales native killed in train collision

Beverly Hall's voice cracked as she tried to find the words to describe her husband's character. John Hall "There's no words to describe what an amazing man he was," she said. "He loved God so much and that carried over into his love for his family. He always had integrity in everything that he did." […]

Tasks delegated for incoming regional growth planner

The Local Growth Management Committee decided Tuesday what tasks will be delegated to a regional growth planner. In the committee meeting on May 1, committee members discussed where to go with the position after previous regional planner Rick Draker terminated his contract in the end of April. The Local Growth Management Organization was created to […]

My turn: Lebron deserved this ring

LeBron James critics are now going to have to come up with some different material to taunt him with. The man finally got his championship ring. In an NBA final series where many thought Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant would lead his team to defeat the Miami Heat in six games, the Heat stole it […]

Officials: Arizona bill not likely to have much local impact

Officials polled across New Mexico doubt the Supreme Court upholding the most-discussed portion of Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 will have much local impact. But the reason why is, like Monday's decision, somewhat split. In a 5-3 opinion released Monday, the high court eliminated three portions of the law. Portions struck down by the Supreme Court […]

Doherty awarded Melrose baseball position

Melrose promoted from within Monday, giving Jim Doherty coaching duties for the Buffalo baseball squad. Doherty, who came to Melrose from Des Moines last year, finished his first season as boys basketball coach. "Coach Doherty is an outstanding coach and has a background in baseball and basketball," Melrose Schools Superintendent Jamie Widner said. "He played […]

Zias add four distance runners

Four athletes have been signed to compete for the Eastern New Mexico University women's cross country and track and field teams, according to a release from the university. The four athletes, all from New Mexico high schools, include Amber Saiz of Belen, Farrah Hood of Gallup and Hobbs teammates Andrea Whittman and Jherica Rhodes. n […]

Summer busy time for catching strays

Jeanne Barnes said in her neighborhood of Portales on South Main Avenue, stray cats are a problem to the point that she bought her own cat trap. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Portales Animal Control Officer Wally Chambers demonstrates how to use a cat trap at the Portales Animal Control office. Chambers said the department's 15 […]

Streets to undergo draining, widening work

Several streets on the north side of Portales are undergoing what city officials say is a much-needed street drainage channelization and infrastructure project. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Richard Esquibe of K. Barnett and Sons brushes out the new curb on North Avenue M. The near $490,000 project, funded by a Community Development Block Grant, will […]

Police blotter: June 26

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Thursday 11:44 a.m.: Deputy attempted to locate a subject with a bench warrant, 1400 block South Avenue K. 12:25 p.m.: Caller requested an officer for a probation violation, 1400 block South Avenue E. 12:32 p.m.: Caller reported having neighbor troubles, 500 block East Third Street. 12:54 p.m.: Caller […]

My turn: Small town folk stay just as busy

A couple of weekends ago I went to an afternoon concert. Like other weekends, this one was jam-packed, but I didn't want to miss it. After all, the granddaughter of my good friends was part of this traveling group of singers. A friend asked where my father was, because he knows how much my dad […]

Cannon retires Talon

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — The 27th Special Operations Wing on Friday held an aircraft retirement ceremony on the flightline at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Col. Buck Elton, 27 SOW commander, was on board the MC-130E Combat Talon I, tail number 64-0523, as it made its final flight into Cannon from Duke Field, […]

Judge enters not-guilty plea for murder suspect

The man accused in Clovis' most recent homicide waived bond and reading of the charges against him on Monday morning. District Judge Donna Mowrer entered a not-guilty plea after Jimmy Reagan stood mute when asked for a plea. Reagan, 31, remains in custody at Curry County Adult Detention Center, facing 33 charges, including capital murder, […]

Supreme Court upholds part of Arizona immigration law

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials declared victory Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the "show me your papers" provision of the state's immigration law, while immigrant rights groups vowed to prevent that part of the law from ever taking effect. While it struck down parts of the law, the court preserved a section that […]

No rest for Custom participants

It all depends upon your perspective, when it comes to the 24-7 schedule of the Custom Classic softball tournament in Clovis, and Steve Watkins of Juice liked his team's angle late Saturday morning. CMI correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero Shortstop Tyler Swisher of Extreme throws to first after catching a line drive for an out during […]

Three youths headed to junior high national rodeo

A trio of local youths have qualified for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo, scheduled to being Sunday in Gallup. The competitors are: Hannah Hughes, an eighth-grader at Texico Junior High, competing in barrels and breakaway Shelby Mayfield, a seventh-grader at Yucca Middle School, competing in pole bending Madison Haley, a seventh-grader at Portales Junior […]