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 […]

Bird's Nest Causes Power Outage

A total of 3,256 customers, basically the entire city of Tucumcari, lost power from 7:06 a.m. to about 8:30 Saturday morning. Xcel Energy spokesperson Wes Reeves said the outage occurred because pieces of a bird's nest made contact with circuit protection equipment at the Tucumcari substation on Campbell Avenue.

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 […]

McGee: Music collection tough to let go

I've been in the process of getting rid of some things. No, I don't save stuff to the point that the only way through the house is a network of pathways through rooms crammed full of pack-ratted junk. I'm getting rid of things because I don't use them and they take up space. Well, that's […]

Judge gives permission to remove emaciated cattle from ranch

The New Mexico Livestock Board received a judge's permission Friday to remove about 1,000 emaciated cattle from a drought-stricken ranch near Fort Sumner. New Mexico Livestock Board officials served a search warrant at the sprawling Double V Ranch on May 17 and found at least 25 dead animals and others at risk of starving to […]

Engagements – May 26

Sweet-Sumner Mike and Vicki Sumner of Las Lunas announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Michelle Sumner of Corpus Christi, Texas, to Devin Sweet, of Corpus Christi, son of Tim and Pam Sweet of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows June 1, 2013, at Fulford Ranch in Brownfield, Texas, with a reception to […]

Births – May 26

Miller Jacob Lee Miller was born May 11, 2013, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis to Richard Miller and Stephanie Warren of Portales He was 10 pounds and 2.1 ounces. He has four brothers, Joshua Warren, Mark Warren, Matthew Warren and Jayson Miller.

On the shelves – May 26

The following books are available at the: Clovis-Carver Public Library Private: Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History by Denver Nicks relates how a young man from middle America signed on to serve his country and found himself serving a cause far more sinister in order to fulfill what […]

Photojournalism provides insight into history

The past several weeks, I've been exploring in this column programs born out of the Depression and the New Deal that not only gave men and women a sense of pride by having them work for an income, but also enhanced the beauty and in some cases the environment of our country. Everyone has his […]

Creative living: Freekeh grain, fantasy film to be featured

Information on cooking with Freekeh grain and working with Fantasy Film will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Bonnie Matthews is the co-founder of Freekeh Foods, and she says that Freekeh is the perfect whole grain for vegetarians because it's flavorful and still provides an abundance of nutrients, […]

Our people: Still going strong

At 90 years old, Mary Clotfelter is still going strong. Clotfelter grew up on a farm in Oklahoma and is the middle of five children. During World War II, she was a baby-sitter for the children of naval officers, many of whom worked at Pearl Harbor. Clotfelter met her husband Cecil while getting her degree […]