Zias earn split, end losing streak to TexAnns

Sophomore Katie Ramsay pitched 5 1/3 innings in relief and also delivered a pair of hits on Friday as Eastern New Mexico University's softball team snapped a 14-game losing streak against Tarleton State with an 8-6 win in the opener of a Lone Star Conference doubleheader at Zia Softball Field. The win was the first […]

Portales girls a close second in Love meet

Portales High freshman Sheraya Cox outdid herself — by quite a bit — in Friday's Jim Love Invite track meet at PHS. Cox earned two qualifying marks for Class 3A state competition, including a distance of 15 feet, 9 inches to finish second in long jump, as the Lady Rams finished second with 92 points, […]

Portales wins pair on Friday

Kiersten Ramirez pitched two complete games, allowing six hits and one run, and got plenty of support from sister Kailee Ramirez at the plate as Portales swept a pair of games Friday in the first day of the Ram Softball Tournament. Kiersten Ramirez tossed a two-hitter in a 7-1 win over Cobre, with Kailee Ramirez […]

“Just for Women” just a little different

Just for Women is being hosted by the Portales Women's Club, which celebrated its 110th birthday this year. Proceeds from the event will fund Eastern New Mexico University scholarships and the ENMU homecoming dance, among other charitable donations. Fast facts What: Just for Women CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sheryl Borden of Portales and chairperson […]

In search of ponies: Cats have ability to help; choice another matter

It's hard to imagine them being capable of acts of heroism. First and foremost, even though they do come in larger sizes — tubby being the most likely — domestic cats just aren't powerhouses. Sure they're great at getting themselves out of harm's way, slinking through tight spaces, landing on their feet and climbing out […]

McGee: Magic box 1, Grant 0

A vacation in Florida a couple of weeks ago gave The Lady of the House and I the opportunity to catch up on watching movies. Being out-of-towners we rented our DVDs from the red vending machine called "Red Box" inside the Southern Supermarket. We have a few of these contraptions sprinkled around here on the […]

Fire displaces family of six

An early-morning fire on Friday caused extensive damage to a Clovis home. The fire at 519 Merriwether started in or near an outdoor shed about 12:45 a.m. and displaced a family of six, Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said. No injuries were reported. According to Westerman: The fire spread from the shed to the two-story […]

Tucumcari man sentenced to life in prison

It took a jury about 45 minutes to find Robert Wynashe of Tucumcari guilty of murder Friday in a trial delayed four years over competency issues. Wynashe 70, was sentenced to life in prison for the 2009 shooting death of Howard Russell King in Tucumcari. "The family is ready for closure," said Tom Blakney, lead […]

Prep baseball summaries – April 5

Friday Texico 9, Capitan 8 Capitan 104 003 0 — 8 11 2 Texico 203 200 2 — 9 13 2 Tracker Bowen, Raul Villegas (6) and Jacob Wilcox. John Myers, Miguel Reyna (5) and Jonah Walls. W — Reyna. L — Villegas. Top hitters — Texico, Jaron Hill 3-5, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Gentry […]

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 […]