Breaking the silence at church

As I opened the iPad cover to fire up the NIV during church last week, the entire congregation got a few seconds of "Juke Box Hero" by Foreigner. My loving wife had been listening to a classic rock station just before church. I clapped the cover down quickly like a burglar that's just mistakenly lifted […]

Our People: The truth is the truth

Sandra Cole was born and raised in Clovis. She said her parents Will and Hazel Moten moved to Clovis in 1942 to escape the racial oppression they experienced in east Texas and to find work. Cole said she belonged to a small black population when she was growing up in Clovis. She worked as a […]

Community Calendar – March 3

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday's paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Sunday Blackwater Draw Museum — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. […]

On the front lines where Beef Begins

Over the years I have heard story after story of accidents related to calving season. I have researched the subject with a couple of guys at the sale barn, a purebred breeder and a retired cow vet. I came up with this list of Safe Calving Habits: Far and away the most common tale I […]

Local Brief – Voice of Democracy audio and essay contest

Derek Garcia, a senior at Dora High School, won at the local, district and state level of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Voice of Democracy audio and essay contest. The Voice of Democracy contest included more than 50,000 high school students competing by writing and recording broadcast scripts on a patriotic theme. This year […]

Altrusa’s Char-i-Tea event raises money for new library

The Altrusa Club hosted its first Char-i-Tea event Saturday to raise money and donate books for a new library at the New Mexico Baptist Children's Home. Hosted at the home's Massey Center, Altrusa Club members and their guests dined on finger sandwiches and pastries and had a choice of tea or punch as a drink. […]

Events Calendar – March 3

Today The Music Man — 2 p.m. Portales High School Auditorium. General admission is $5. Information: 356-7000. Wind Symphony Concert — 3 p.m. Eastern New Mexico University's Music Building in Buchanan Hall. Information: 562-2377. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m. Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Zumba — 5:15 p.m. Portales Recreation Center. $5 […]

My Turn – Lost chances are like ripples

Most people who've earned a few dozen birthday candles can skip today's column. It's about common courtesies that most flaming-cakers already know: Sometimes it's OK to fudge factual truths for more important ones. If someone offers you gum, don't turn them down. If you don't want it, simply put it in your pocket and tell […]

Students show stuff at science fair

Last year Zane Morris thought about what to do for his science project then realized he could easily use nearby sources on his father's farm. CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Mesa Elementary sixth-grader Zane Morris, left, explains his project on solar energy to Cannon Airman Ryan Nissim. Morris explored using photovoltaic panels to power irrigation […]

Lawmakers name priorities for last 14 days of session

Local legislators are relieved the state budget has been completed as the 2013 legislative session nears an end, but they say the next 14 days will be a scramble to get legislation heard and hopefully passed. "It's a mad house up there," said state Rep. George Dodge, D-Santa Rosa, who's district includes Roosevelt and Curry […]