Their view: Commissary place of community

Rebecca Adling, an Air Force wife, writes a weekly column in Cannon Connections, our weekly military publication. Here is her latest effort: My first memories of life took place on the coast of Florida when my father was stationed at Patrick Air Force Base. I had never heard or used the term grocery store. What […]

Editorial: Supreme Court upholding our right to know

"Transparency is an essential feature of the relationship between the people and their government." — N.M. Supreme Court Justice Patricio Serna, in an opinion written for the court Last week the state's highest court made an important — and unanimous — decision limiting who can claim, and what can be kept from the public under […]

License issue needs real solution

So here comes a critic from Alamogordo who won't divulge his last name and therefore I won't use his first. Let's call him "This Guy." This Guy laments a recent column here opining New Mexico's law allowing an illegal immigrant to obtain a driver's license is a good law and should stand. "Reading your article […]

Q & A: Portales’ Lopez to receive officials’ award

Portales resident Fabian Lopez is slated to receive the National Federation Officials Association Official of the Year award for girls basketball in the state of New Mexico later this month. The award will be presented at the New Mexico Officials Association awards banquet on July 21 at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel in Albuqueqrue. Courtesy photoPortales […]

Q & A: CHS grad Shough receives scholarship award

Recent Clovis High grad Kirsti Shough received the inaugural Fresquez Concessions, Inc. college scholarship award. The awards — one for boys, one for girls — were presented by the sponsor and the New Mexico Activities Association at a bqnquet at a restaurant in Albuquerque. Shough said around 200 high school seniors applied for the two […]

American All-Stars edge Roosevelt County

The Clovis American All-Stars jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the third inning and held on Friday night for a 9-7 victory over Roosevelt County at Dickenson Field in Clovis. CMI photo: Rick WhiteRoosevelt County's Baylor Diaz slides safely into third base as Clovis American third baseman Reiney Houfek tries to corral a throw […]

Chamber helping veterans find employment

Helping veterans get a start after their military careers is important, according to Curry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos, who is helping host an event to help veterans start their own businesses. "It gives the chamber an opportunity to honor our veterans," Kos said. "The fact that you can have (job) counseling […]

Portales woman’s roots run deep

Editor's Note: This is the first story in a centennial series. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Jane Mauk Hilliard near a portrait of her mother in her Portales home. Hilliard's roots are deep into New Mexico and she has made her own contributions to the state's history, including writing the salute to the New Mexico flag. […]

Police blotter: July 8

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Thursday 12:24 a.m.: Caller reported a battery and criminal damage, 700 block South Avenue A. 2:14 a.m.: Caller requested an officer, 600 block South Roosevelt Road T. 2:49 a.m.: Caller requested an officer, 900 block East Canadian. 3:01 a.m.: Caller requested an officer, Roosevelt General Hospital. 6:38 a.m.: […]

Meetings watch: Board of Education

The following items will be on the agenda for the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting 6 p.m. Monday in the L.C. Cozzens Administration Building: Professional and student organization reports. Administrative reports. Donations. Athletic/activities code of conduct. Resolution for notice of public meetings. Resolution approving and accepting cooperative agreement control with the New Mexico […]

My turn: Our behaviors are quite alien

Scientists estimate that there are 300 sextillion (300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) stars in the 14-billion-year-old universe — which, because of expansion, is approximately 158 billion light years across. There are potentially trillions of planets orbiting these stars — many of them billions of years older than our sun, allowing time for the evolution of complex life. Extraterrestrial civilizations […]

After rain delay, Clovis fireworks show impresses newcomers

Aracely Delgado, a 3-year-old bundle of energy, ran circles around her family Friday night at Greene Acres Park as they all awaited the Fourth of July fireworks show. CMI staff: Alisa Boswell: Gracie Urbina of Clovis takes pictures of fireworks with her cell phone Friday night at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. Urbina said it […]

State orders Portales pool to close

The state health department ordered the Portales city swimming pool closed Friday until further notice after it was confirmed a child with an infectious parasitic disease swam in the pool last week, according to city officials. Public Works Director John DeSha said a doctor with the New Mexico Environment Department notified city officials Friday that […]

In search of ponies: Bees, flowers have different kind of romance

Exploring a patch of thistles, bloom after bloom, the picture was the same. A big, round bee behind protruded from within each purple head, looking as if the rotund creatures had flown so fast at the flowers, they had crashed and become permanently imbedded face-first. But of course they weren't stuck, and, as soon as […]

McGee: Lady of the House knows best

Did you hear about the huge storm that ravaged some states back east last Friday? My West Virginia daughter was caught in it. It began with a phone call. "DAD! THE SKY IS BLACK AND A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 5 MILES AWAY AND THE BABY'S AT MOM'S!" daughter is yelling. "You're driving in a bad […]

Billy the Kid’ tombstone repaired after break-in

FORT SUMNER — The tombstone of Billy the Kid has been repaired. Officials at the old Fort Sumner Museum say the famous outlaw's 2000-pound tombstone was restored this week after vandals tipped it over and damaged it last month. De Baca County authorities say other graves in the cemetery were also vandalized and thieves broke […]

State orders Portales pool closed until further notice

The state health department ordered the Portales city swimming pool closed Friday until further notice after it was confirmed a child with an infectious parasitic disease swam in the pool last week, according to city officials. Public Works Director John DeSha said a doctor with the New Mexico Environment Department notified city officials Friday that […]

Walk This Way (July 6)

Often on the Atlantic City Expressway outside of Philadelphia there sat a police car. For a good year or so, I always suspected it was there to slow speeders down. One day I had a flat tire near where the car was supposedly watching for speeders. I say supposedly because at that point I found […]

Friends say musician was inspirational

Kayla Herrera, 20, laid her head on her friend's shoulder Thursday night as Ashley LeBlanc hugged her. Ashley LeBlanc: Courtesy photo William Nolan, a former Eastern New Mexico University student, was a talented musician and an inspiring friend, according to his Portales friends. Nolan was killed when he was struck by a vehicle Tuesday in […]

Farmers describe recent rainfall as adequate, but still not enough

Clovis received close to an inch of rain Wednesday night with Portales receiving half that during a rain and lightning storm that postponed July 4th fireworks displays in both towns. The firework shows have been rescheduled for the weekend. Local farmers said the downpour will definitely benefit crops but not enough to make a real […]