The Spouse Briefs: Our daughter has hold on dad's heart

Growing up, I only had sisters. I had no frame of reference for what it was like living with boys. When I was pregnant for the first time I assumed that I too would start out with a girl. I was wrong. My first baby was a boy, followed by a second boy and then […]

Rams win soccer opener

The defending Class 1A/3A state runnerup Portales Rams got their season off to a good start on Thursday, and in part they can thank their combination football-soccer players. Sophomore forward Ramon Tarango scored one goal and senior forward Zach Blaeser assisted on another as the Rams shut out Ruidoso 3-0 at the PHS pitch. PNT […]

ENMU names interimi cross country coaches

Eastern New Mexico University has selected Casey Blevins, Danielle Jones and Josh Browning to coach the school's cross country program on an interim basis this fall, athletic director Jeff Geiser said Thursday. Blevins will serve as the men's coach and Jones as the women's coach. Both are former ENMU cross country and track runners. The […]

ENMU anticipates record enrollment

Officials at Eastern New Mexico University anticipate a record enrollment for the fall semester. Clovis Community College officials said enrollment is about the same as last year. Eastern New Mexico University president Steven Gamble anticipates enrollment at ENMU will go up 5 percent when the final numbers are counted on Sept. 7. Gamble expects the […]

Fear not, take control of your life

I was talking to a really nice guy recently who said he doesn't agree with a lot of what I write. That's understandable. It happens all the time. But what bothered me, and frankly left me without a response at the time, is that he referred to the world as "terrifying." Is the world "terrifying?" […]

Time to steer public toward natural gas use

There's a fancy term for what would fix much of what ails the nation's until recently booming natural gas industry: market equilibrium. There's too much gas and not enough demand. Clearly, what's called for are Goldilocks prices for natural gas. Not too high. Not too low. Just right. Above all, predictably stable. We can dream. […]

Rams blank Ruidoso in opener

?The defending Class 1A/3A state runnerup Portales Rams got their season off to a good start on Thursday, and in part they can thank their combination football-soccer players. Sophomore forward Ramon Tarango scored one goal and senior forward Zach Blaeser assisted on another as the Rams shut out Ruidoso 3-0 at the PHS pitch. JOSHUA […]

Report: Jail short-handed, guard failed to notice broom-handle attack

A Curry County detention officer watching jail inmates with surveillance cameras told investigators she didn't see Louis Guerra attack Jaime Perez. She didn't realize there was a fight until she saw another officer take Perez, covered in blood, out of his cell. The officer's statement is part of a 99-page administrative investigation into the June […]

Firefighters raise money for muscular dystrophy

Portales firefighter Scott Candeleria holds a boot up to oncoming traffic Thursday afternoon on First Street to raise money and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the PPD's annual Fill the Boot campaign. Portales firefighter Floyd Hancock saw a few drivers along U.S. 70 on their cell phones and other drivers look in the […]

Seniors awarded for longest county residencies

Causey residents John and Teresa Nance admire their wooden plaque Thursday afternoon. The couple was chosen as Roosevelt County's Pioneers of the Year during the annual Pioneer Day lunch, which is held in conjunction with the county fair. The Jake Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds was filled with a variety of ribbons, reading […]

Fair symbolic of God’s abundance

I look forward to the county fair this time of year. The sights, sounds and smells entice me. I marvel at people's talents. The creativity and ingenuity of all the participants is overwhelming. The crafts, art displays, booths, food preservation and all the many other things remind me of God's abundance upon our lives. I […]

Portales man faces kidnapping charges

A Portales woman told police she was kicked, raped and held captive for two days, escaping only when her assailant left her alone to attend his anger management meeting. Frank Stroud, 49, of Portales was arrested Thursday morning on charges of kidnapping and criminal sexual penetration, according to Portales police. According to the arrest affidavit: […]

Events Calendar – Aug 24

Today Roosevelt County Fair — 8 a.m.-midnight, Vendors, events and rides, Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Adult tickets $5 and children $3. Children under 4 years old get in free. Information: 356-8541. Saturday Roosevelt County Fair — 8 a.m.-midnight, Vendors, events and rides, Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Adult tickets $5 and children $3. Children under 4 years old […]

Police Blotter – Aug 24

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 8:40 a.m.: 911 hang up, 1900 block of West Second Street. 9:38 a.m.: Caller reported a search warrant being performed, 700 block of South Avenue B. 9:38 a.m.: Caller reported an animal problem, 600 block of South Roosevelt Road 8. 9:43 a.m.: Caller reported a dead rat […]

Portales man charged with kidnapping, sexual assault

A Portales woman told police she was kicked, raped and held captive for two days, escaping only when her assailant left her alone to attend his anger management meeting. Frank Stroud, 49, of Portales was arrested Thursday morning on charges of kidnapping and criminal sexual penetration, according to Portales police. According to the arrest affidavit: […]

My Turn – Fair atmospheres are contagious

OK, so maybe I lied. I still love the fair. Last weekend, I felt less than enthused about the fair arriving this week. I told one of my friends that I think the fair loses its glamour when you're a reporter. So I reluctantly set out for the fairgrounds Monday to begin my first day […]

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Youths show off goats

Bryce Derrer hoisted up his goat Matthew to display how much care he's put into raising and training him. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Judge Jesus Trujillo walks around to check the muscle tone of the entries in the bred goat show on Tuesday afternoon at the Roosevelt County Fair. The fair continues today with a […]

Ticket feature: Residents forming community choir

Ken McDonald doesn't want the music to stop, and all indications are he's far from the only one. CMI photo: Kevin Wilson Ken McDonald, director of music ministries at First United Methodist Church in Clovis, is trying to put together a community choir. The group would not be affiliated with any church. The chorus' board […]

Practice run

Clovis is getting a slightly earlier start on its annual preseason tradition. The Wildcats are loading up the bus Thursday morning for Alamogordo, the neutral site for the annual scrimmage with Las Cruces. The scrimmage is set for 4 p.m. at Alamogordo High School. The early scrimmage was requested by Las Cruces, Clovis coach Eric […]