Laws do no determine right and wrong

Should "wrong" be illegal? Telling lies is generally acknowledged to be wrong, so should it be illegal to tell your wife she doesn't look fat in that dress when she does? Should it be illegal to tell kids Santa Claus visits them? When you criminalize everything you make it all subject to ridicule and increase […]

Upfront efforts key to reducing wildfire risks

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so the old saying goes. Of course, folk wisdom doesn't always hold up when examined rigorously. When it comes to reducing damage from wildfires, however, it appears that prevention really does matter. A report — "Lessons Learned from Waldo Canyon" — prepared after the devastating […]

Let’s reach the finish line

"Thud!" There it goes again. What is that noise I keep hearing? Imagine my surprise to see a bird hitting our window pane. I watched in utter amazement. Every few seconds that same little bird hit the same pane, batting his little bird brain with what I imagined a big "ouch!" You surely are a […]

The milk snake: A reptilian jewel in our area

Roosevelt, Curry, and other eastern New Mexico counties are endowed with one of the most beautiful snakes in the Southwest. That is the milk snake, which would certainly appreciate a more appropriate name. The title of this snake comes from a legend of course, and it originated years ago from dairy farmers who stated that […]

Setting it Straight – April 5

An article in Thursday's edition about a play did not include all the times for the performances. The Brickstreet Players' "Arsenic and Old Lace" performance is at 7 p.m. April 12-13 and 2 p.m. April 14 at the Lyceum Theatre in Clovis. The Portales News-Tribune endeavors to accurately report local news events. Errors of fact […]

Events Calendar – April 5

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Spring dance — 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Admission is $5 per person. Open to grades k-8. Information: 356-8598. Saturday Just For Women — 8 a.m.-noon, ENMU Greyhound Arena. Tickets are $15. Information: 219-1893. Dancing With Our Stars — 6 p.m., […]

My Turn – Egg hunts not the same without me

I guess I must have built a reputation over the years with my family, because I logged onto my Facebook account the week after Easter to find posts and comments about how Easter egg hunts aren't the same without Alisa. Glad to know my childish enthusiasm on holidays is being missed, especially since I miss […]

Portales resident critically burned in house fire

Pauline Johnson of Portales asked the community for prayers Thursday night while her daughter-in-law was being treated at a Lubbock hospital for burns suffered in a house fire earlier that day. Sharon Johnson, 63, who is wheelchair bound, had to be rescued by firefighters after her home on North Avenue B caught fire Thursday morning. […]

Another explosive device in eastern New Mexico

SANTA ROSA — New Mexico State Police are investigating after an explosive device was found at a famous diving spot in eastern New Mexico. Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said the state police bomb squad was called out to the Blue Hole on Thursday after a visitor noticed a suspicious device in the fresh-water spring. The park […]

Police Blotter – April 5

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 11:59 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 800 block of West 14th Street. 12:22 p.m.: Caller reported a motor vehicle accident, 200 block of North Chicago. 12:55 p.m.: Caller reported a possible suicidal subject, 100 block of Mesilla Park. 1:30 p.m.: Caller requested a […]

Ticket Feature – Arsenic and Old Lace coming to Main Street

Arsenic and Old Lace will soon be on Main Street. The classic American drama, being put on by the community theater group Brickstreet Players, will provide entertainment for the entire family, according to director Jennifer Brandon. "It's a great play," Brandon said. "There is comedy. It's not something you have to analyze and really think […]

Wheelchair-bound woman burned in house fire

A wheelchair-bound Portales woman suffered critical burns Thursday morning from a fire at her home on North Avenue B. The woman, 63, was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital where she was treated for her injuries in the burn unit, according to Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols. Nuckols said firefighters responded to the home in the […]

Events Calendar – April 4

Today Sandy Hook Memorial — 4-5 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University's Education Building. Information: 562-2253. Teen Craft — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Marble magnets will be made. For ages 13-18. Information: 356-3940. Belly Dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Relay For Life of Portales team and committee meeting […]

My Turn – Seminar for all, despite name

Curt Jaynes, owner of the Garden Source nursery in Portales, will be one of the few people sporting a Y chromosome this Saturday morning at the Portales Women's Club's "Just for Women" seminar at Greyhound Arena, and it doesn't bother him a lick. Curt was on the agenda when the event started nine years ago, […]

Council: Recovery plan wanted

Portales city councilors are demanding that action be taken by the New Mexico Department of Transportation to make sure U.S. 70 reconstruction project contractor Constructors, Inc. is held accountable for not being on schedule. City officials feel powerless in the progress of the $8.3 million project that has reduced the highway to one-lane roads since […]

Q&A – Farmer inspired by challenge

Wesley Brown, along with his wife Linda, was recently awarded the Floyd Lions Club Citizen of the Year at this year's Floyd Jamboree for his services as the sound designer of the show. He grew up in a family of farmers, and when he was 14 he started his own farming business. As a result […]

Sirag homer helps Zias pull split

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Freshman catcher Kyra Sirag went 2-for-3, including a three-run homer to hold off a Cowgirl comeback, helping the Eastern New Mexico University softball team defeated New Mexico Highlands 8-6 Wednesday afternoon to pull a doubleheader split at Brandt Field. The host Cowgirls held off a comeback in the opener and held […]

Police Blotter – April 4

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 12:14 a.m.: Caller reported a traffic accident, 1200 block of North Chicago. 4:41 a.m.: Caller reported a residential burglary alarm, 1200 block of Libra Drive. 6:47 a.m.: Caller reported a semi truck swerving, U.S. 70. 8:38 a.m.: Call was a 911 hang-up, 100 […]

Three-way battle at QB for Hounds

For three seasons, the Eastern New Mexico University football program pretty much knew what it would get from the quarterback position with Wes Wood. CMI correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero Greyhound defensive coordinator Oliver Soukup directs defensive players Wednesday morning during the Greyhounds football practice at the Greyhound practice field The Muleshoe product has now graduated, […]

Lady Rams notch 12-2 win over Lady Cats

The Portales Lady Rams got a quick start Tuesday night, then erupted for six runs in the bottom of the sixth to hand Clovis High a 12-2 softball loss at Wheeler Park. Freshman Kiersten Ramirez tossed a six-hitter for PHS (4-3) in a game called in the bottom of the sixth inning on the 10-run […]