Local gardens survive summer

Margie Plummer held her hand over her eyes, shielding the sun as she surveyed her extensive vegetable crops behind her business, Turnbough's Corner, just outside Portales. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Roosevelt County gardener Margie Plummer, right, picks okra from her garden off of U.S. 70 with her grandson, Andrew Plummer, 10, on Wednesday afternoon. Plummer [...]

Ticket feature: Blues Brothers to kick off Cultural Arts Series

With performers from Portales to Chicago to India — and many parts in between — Clovis Community College is set for its upcoming Cultural Arts Series schedule. Courtesy photo The Clovis Community College's Cultural Arts Series is scheduled to begin Sept. 22 with The Blues Brothers Revue at Marshall Auditorium. With 11 events running through [...]

Residents plan to stay in town for Labor Day holiday

Locals say they're spending Labor day weekend at home even though AAA's recent travel survey found that more Americans plan to hit the road for the holiday. Portales housewife Carol Martin said she and her family may break from their traditional outing to Sumner Lake State Park and stay in town for Labor Day. "We're [...]

Police blotter - Aug. 30

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday Noon: Someone walked up for fingerprints. 1 p.m.: Someone walked up for fingerprints. 1:18 p.m.: Someone walked up for fingerprints. 1:28 p.m.: Caller reported an individual using a stolen credit card, walk up. 1:31 p.m.: Caller reported an alarm, 1300 block South Avenue G. 1:45 p.m.: Someone [...]

My turn: Fair booth honors longtime resident

More than a few of us wondered if a Roosevelt County Fair could happen without Lillie Belle Toombs. Lillie Belle, who died early this month at the age of 90, "was the heart of the Home Arts building" for seven decades of Roosevelt County Fairs, according to Connie Moyers, our local extension home economist. Diane [...]

Pigskin Preview 2012

Click on part 1 and 2 to download a PDF version of the Pigskin Preview or view it below as an image. Part 1 Part 2

Lady Rams slip past Hobbs in opener

HOBBS — Veteran Portales volleyball coach Ruth Chavez probably won't be sending the tape of Tuesday's season opener against Hobbs into the Volleyball Hall of Fame, but she was pleased with the result. PHS lost two games handily, but pulled out a couple of close ones and left two with a 25-14, 15-25, 25-23, 14-25, [...]

Hoaxes flourish in social media

This was supposed to be a column where I remembered the late Bill Nye. I was going to talk about seeing him on TV when I was a kid, and how I will still chant to myself, "Bill Bill Bill Bill Bill Bill Bill Bill BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY," whenever he'd come on places [...]

Police blotter: Aug. 29

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Sunday 12:11 a.m.: Caller reported someone chasing her, 1000 block North Avenue B. 12:15 a.m.: Caller requested an officer for a delayed report on a domestic situation, 200 block East Juniper. 12:25 a.m.: Caller reported a vehicle racing, Sixth Street and Avenue D. 1:01 a.m.: Caller reported someone [...]

Peanut producers optimistic about crop

Local peanut farmers are hoping for a sunny and dry September to finish off what they're predicting will be a much better harvest than last year for Roosevelt County's prized crop. Sunland Inc. President Jimmie Shearer said last year's harvest was horrible. File photo New Mexico State University graduate students survey a peanut field in [...]