Ag producers hope to not repeat farm bill quick fix

Members of the agricultural community are hoping they won't see a repeat of what happened late last year as Congress continues to work on a new farm bill. The bill, which many farmers were in support of because it included disaster assistance programs, never made it to the floor of Congress. Instead, the existing farm […]

Credit score can hurt in job hunt

David Hemley said if employers are using a candidate's credit score as an initial screening tool for hiring, they probably shouldn't because it's not indicative of that person's job performance. Hemley, a professor of economics at Eastern New Mexico University, is concerned that the unemployed in New Mexico may stay that way because a state […]

Officers conducting warrant roundup

Dozens of state law enforcement officers began an effort Tuesday to search for more than 100 fugitives who have failed to appear on felony cases over the last decade, according to a release from the Ninth Judicial District. Each person on the search list has been arrested, indicted and released from jail, then later failed […]

Honoring those who have fallen

Joe Terry of Portales said his father's service inspired him to join the U.S. Army because he understood that it was something he had to do for his country. "He always said it was a responsibility of citizenship," Terry said. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Lt. Col. Travis Norton of Cannon Air Force Base talks about […]

Students display growth through art show

Recent Eastern New Mexico University graduate Mikaela Lombardo will be showing her flesh pottery and murals at the Show Me Your Venus art exhibition at the Yam Theater throughout this week. The exhibition is a collaborative effort among Lombardo, who heads the group, and five of her university friends comprised of graduates and graduating seniors. […]

Thank veterans while you still have the chance

My great-uncle Ottis passed away two years ago, just around his 98th birthday. Born in 1913, Ottis would've turned 100 this week, May 30th, Memorial Day. I knew him from family visits about once a year. Either they came here to see us, or we went to Oklahoma City to see them. He was quiet […]

Events Calendar – May 28

Today Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Yoga — 7 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Wednesday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Zumba — 5:15 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Circuit Training — 5:30 […]

Everyone has a story to tell

When I'm asked where I get ideas for this column, I explain that in my travels among the agricultural masses, everyone has a story to tell…and they tell me! Almost always they include getting bucked off, run over or humiliated in some form, by large domestic mammals. However, there are some subjects that are just […]

Holiday Closings – May 26

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will be closed Monday for the Memorial Day holiday: City of Portales offices Portales Police Department Portales News-Tribune business offices (newsroom is open, call 356-4483) Portales Public Library Roosevelt County offices Roosevelt County Magistrate Court Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office American Heritage Bank First Financial Credit Union […]

Local stitches quilt for charity

Laura Merrick spent three months hand stitching a big pink quilt that has raised $1,500 so far for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation. At age 90, this is no small feat. Merrick suffers from arthritis in her hands. "I don't quilt continuously because my back hurts, my eyes hurt so it takes longer […]

Area Road Construction – May 26

Area road construction and closure information for this week: State and Federal In Portales, Constructors Inc. will be working from east on Second Street, east of Avenue C,. Traffic will be restricted to one lane. Also, westbound First Street, starting at north Boston Avenue, will be restricted to one lane. First and Second streets and […]

Events Calendar – May 26

Today Dora High School graduation — 3 p.m., Guy Luscombe Gym. Information: 477-2211. Monday Sixty-seventh annual Memorial Day Program — 10:30 a.m., Portales Cemetery. The program is sponsored by the American Legion. Information: 760-3444. Tuesday Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Yoga — 7 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. […]

Celebrating the nation’s fallen heroes

As the nation prepares to celebrate its fallen heroes Monday, Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry wants to remind you of the efforts of one Portales High School class. The PHS class of 1958 saw fit to honor members of the armed forces who died while serving any war since the county's inception, […]

Obama should demand serious action from IRS

Overshadowed by the trio of Obama Administration scandals that have dominated Washington's attention in recent weeks is the renewed attention to sexual assaults and harassment in the military. Behavior that ranges from inappropriately boorish to criminal has long been a major problem. The issue resurfaced this month after an Army sergeant who was assigned to […]

PHS students learn journalism

The class only meets once a week. The rest of the week, Portales High School journalism students are out in the field getting hands-on experience. Students say learning journalism and working on the Portales School News Page, which runs at the back of the Friday edition of the Portales News-Tribune, has taught them responsibility and […]

Morally wrong to impose your religion on others

I last saw Janet Leslie Reynolds in 1978 when I was "friends" (pre-Facebook) with her older cousin Helen in the graduate counseling program at East Texas State University — and Janet helped in the family restaurant. Since then, Janet has married, divorced, and now lives with Beth — a nanny. My Florida Facebook friend does […]

Wait for uptick or head for the hills

That wild and crazy Richard Branson says New Mexico's space future will roar into reality on Christmas Day when he will blast into orbit — wheee! — himself and others who coughed up a couple of hundred thousand bucks. Rich promises a soft landing. This deadline will pass as others have, of course. However, there […]

Glad to be grads

Marcus Sanchez said he saw a group of students whose futures may entail college, the U.S. armed forces and motherhood as he looked onto the crowd of his fellow Portales High graduates, but most importantly, he saw his friends. Sanchez was one of the seniors to salute his class before they made the grand walk […]

ENMU’s Jones 16th in 800 preliminaries

PUEBLO, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Alesha Jones finished 16th out of 22 runners in Friday's preliminaries of the NCAA Division II national outdoor track women's 800 run, hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo. Jones, from Wilcox, Ariz., posted a time of 2 minutes, 14.55 seconds to finish sixth in the first of three heats […]

In search of ponies: Programs help pets stay in homes

It's hard to say when exactly it became a money thing. At one time, welcoming an animal into the family was as simple as sharing table scraps, extending the existing resources and making room for one more. But as time went on and society became more commercialized, so keeping pets and products emerged to make […]