Their view: Still time to curb carbon dioxide pollution

Shaye Wolf, climate science director for the Center for Biological Diversity, warns time is running out to get carbon dioxide pollution under control in a letter to the editor. As a scientist and a mom, I am horrified that carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere just hit a record high. Arctic monitoring stations are reporting […]

Cookie recipe turns car into oven

Even on a hot day, it doesn't take much to get my mind running in other directions. A few weeks ago, while driving around and wishing my air conditioning would kick in faster, I heard something on the radio for, "dashboard cookies." I instantly listened for more details, as you could throw the word, "cookies," […]

Military Update: Advocates fight commissary cuts

As congressional inaction on the debt crisis deepens the threat of indiscriminate ax wielding on defense programs by next January, advocates for base grocery stores hope to emboss a "hands off" sign on military commissaries and their $1.3 billion annual appropriation. In particular, they want Congress to ignore a "dangerously flawed" cost-saving option presented last […]

Editorial: Defendants pay high price after criminal trials

Those cleared in court shouldn't be wiped out defending themselves. The idea behind our trial-by-jury system is that if you're innocent of the charges against you, you should go free. By free, most people would mean free to go back to your life the way it was before. But as recent comments by Robert Blagojevich, […]

Meetings watch: City council

The Portales City Council met Tuesday night and took the following action: Approved the city's monthly bills for May in the amount of $1.2 million. Approved appointments from the Planning Commission. Heard a fireworks overview and update from Portales Fire Department Chief Gary Nuckols. Nuckols reminded councilors of the statewide ban of open fire and […]

Councilors exploring entertainment options

Portales city councilors are looking further into bringing a family entertainment center to the area, a project that many councilors see as having economic and quality of life benefits. The center proposed for Portales would be a non-smoking facility that would include five theaters, 12 bowling lanes, laser tag, a restaurant, an arcade and other […]

New Mexico High School Rodeo Association Finals results

Thursday-Sunday Curry County Events Center Boys Cutting 1st Round – 1. Bryce Howe, 75; 2. Josh Fish 73; 3. Chace Valdez 70; 4. Pace Blanchard 68. 2nd Round — 1. Bryce Howe, 73; 2. Pace Blanchard 72; 3. Chace Valdez 65; 4. Josh Fish 64. Average Winner — Bryce Howe. Championship Round — 1. Josh […]

Samoei , Elizondo top ENMU athletes

Eastern New Mexico University has named juniors Isaiah Samoei and Andrea Elizondo its greatest Greyhound and Zia, respectively, according to the university release. The honorees are chosen from a field that includes one nominated athlete from each ENMU athletic team, with school athletic staff voting on the top male and female athletes. According to the […]

Report: Missing girl considered running away

A 16-year-old Clovis girl, missing since June 7, had thoughts of running away prior to her disappearance, according to a supplemental police report provided on Tuesday. Aly Marques also had been in contact with an Albuquerque-area woman affiliated with a church group and "mentions she might visit when school is out," the police report shows. […]

Hail damage claims low

The number of insurance claims associated with a storm packing up to softball-sized hail that tore through parts of eastern New Mexico a week ago is lower than expected, according to local insurance companies. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune A recent hail storm in Curry and Roosevelt counties dropped softball-sized hail on the communities of Melrose […]

Insurance companies: Hail claims lower than expected

The number of insurance claims associated with a storm packing up to softball-sized hail that tore through parts of eastern New Mexico a week ago is lower than expected, according to local insurance companies. CMI staff photo: Alisa Boswell Numerous house windows and vehicles were severely damaged in a hail storm, which hit the local […]

Police blotter: June 20

Call logs for Portales police, sheriff and fire: Monday 9:57 a.m.: Caller reported a bird flew inside his house and he can't get it out, 1700 block of South Avenue M. 10:12 a.m.: Caller reported a truck is blocking her customers, 200 block of South Main. 11:34 a.m.: Call in reference to a bench warrant […]

My turn: Heritage Days made me feel right at home

The pride exhibited from Roosevelt County natives was strong during Heritage Days, strong enough to keep a smile on my face. And despite not being from here, they made me feel like this was my home. Just like people here tell me they wouldn't trade growing up in the county for anything else, I feel […]

Cannon spokesman: Minor gas leak closes road for an hour

Cannon Air Force Base officials on Monday night closed a road on base for about an hour to investigate a minor gas leak, Airman Jette Carr said this morning. Carr said a gas leak was discovered about 7 p.m. near an aircraft display and is being repaired today. A post on Cannon's Facebook page reported, […]

Meetings watch: RGH Board

The following items will be on the agenda for the Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Trustees meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital conference room: Financial report by Eva Stevens. Medical staff report by Anne Grayson. Nursing services report by Maxine Montano. Administrative report by Larry Leaming.

More rain needed to beat drought

While rain has been a more frequent visitor to eastern New Mexico over the last few weeks, drought conditions continue in the area. Most of eastern New Mexico remains classified as in extreme drought, the fourth worst of five drought classifications, according to the National Weather Service. Last year was sixth driest in recorded New […]

Businesses feeling pinch

Road construction on U.S. 70 is going as smoothly as can be expected, according to officials of Constructors Inc., the Carlsbad road company in charge of the First and Second Street road construction currently taking place. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Constructors Inc. Project Manager John Guldemann said the first phase of the U.S. 70 road […]

Police blotter: June 19

Call logs for Portales police, sheriff and fire: Friday 3:07 p.m.: Caller requested an ambulance for someone who fell, South Roosevelt Road S. 3:18 p.m.: Deputy served a bench warrant. 3:20 p.m.: Officer served a bench warrant. 3:28 p.m.: Caller reported a vehicle blocking his driveway, 200 block South Avenue G. 4:29 p.m.: Caller advised […]

My turn: Treasure the moments

Six years ago my husband and I took off on a cold November weekend to enjoy hiking in the White Mountain Wilderness near Ruidoso. The first day we hiked from the Monjeau Lookout along the Crest Trail loving the views, enjoying the crisp air. The wind was howling when we woke up the next day. […]

Meetings watch: City council

The Portales City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the city council chambers at City Hall. Agenda items include: A presentation of a feasibility study for a family entertainment center Ratification of the Finance Department's actions regarding bills for May Appointments of planning commission members Fireworks overview and update Portales MainStreet Program's request for […]