Business owner: GMO effects unresearched

One agricultural expert says the future of farming depends on the use of genetically modified organisms in order to meet the food demands of a growing population. But one local business owner is worried about the long-term effects of consuming foods that contain GMOs because he says the research has not been done yet. New […]

Police Blotter – April 26

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday Caller reported: 2:23 p.m.: A motor vehicle accident, 1100 block of West First Street. 2:28 p.m.: Officer requested a case number for warrant service, 17th Lane and Avenue F. 3:23 p.m.: Reported a fight at the city park, Seventh and Abilene. 3:32 p.m.: […]

Self-reliance not such a bad idea

Throughout most of American history, interference in an individual's life by government employees, even under the worst administrations, was rare. Government and its regulations were practically invisible, like a ghost, and most people never noticed government because its laws didn't affect their lives or normal behavior in ordinary circumstances. The regulations that did exist were […]

Disability program needs more oversight

A mushrooming Social Security disability program appears headed down the track to insolvency. Currently about 10.9 million people are receiving disability checks, according to the Social Security Administration. The Congressional Budget Office reports that since 1970 the number of disabled workers receiving benefits has increased nearly sixfold. Last year about 3.2 million people applied for […]

Events Calendar – April 25

Today Movie and Popcorn — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. "Gnomeo and Juliet," rated G, will be featured. Open to ages 9-12. Information: 356-3940. Belly Dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., […]

My Turn – 70s senior photos left simple choices

As high school graduates of the late 1970s, my generation faced simple choices when it came to senior photos. For the guys, it meant procuring an ill-fitting jacket and tie from an older friend or relative. We girls were ushered into the school auditorium where the hired photographer was waiting with two shoulder-revealing options (we […]

Senators confident lesser prairie chicken solution can be found (updated)

U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall said they are confident a solution can be found that will protect the habitat of the lesser prairie chicken while allowing ranching and the booming oil and gas industry to flourish. The New Mexico Democrats are being criticized from not taking a stance on the issue by the […]

Q&A – Local awarded for service

Martin Mendoza was recently given a 25-year service award by the Portales City Council for his services in the Parks and Cemetery Department. Born and raised in Portales, Mendoza's first job out of high school was for the city. Jillian Holbert: Portales News-Tribune Martin Mendoza pulling weeds in front of Portales City Hall. What's the […]

Clovis may be in running for racino license

Clovis may be in the running for New Mexico's sixth and only remaining racino gambling license, though it's likely the drama may drag out another month. Paul Stout, a rancher and wind energy entrepreneur, confirmed Wednesday that he represents a client interested in the racino license and has looked at property near the city. Additionally, […]

Zias fall to Lady Buffs despite hot start

In a role reversal from last week's Lady Buff sweep, it was Eastern New Mexico University jumping out to the first-inning lead Wednesday. CMI correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero ia right fielder Savannah Chavez leans in to grab a fly ball from West Texas Lady Buff Renee Erwin in the top of the sixth inning of […]