Poppies call to remember sacrifices

Christmas has its poinsettia, Thanksgiving a cornucopia, St. Patrick's Day its shamrock and Easter is known for lilies. Memorial Day has a simple but bright red poppy as its symbol. I think my first awareness of Memorial Day as a holiday was probably connected to the little Buddy Poppies sold in downtown stores leading up […]

Seniors’ journeys just starting

At the end of today, 164 Portales High School graduates will be turning their tassels and walking across the stage of the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena into their new lives. Here is what some members of the 2013 PHS graduating class had to say about their high school journeys and their futures: Tatiana […]

Someday comes too fast

Remember those wonderful childhood dreams … "When I grow up I'm going to be…" As a little girl I dreamed of my knight in shining armor sweeping me away on that beautiful white charger. That "someday" finally came for me. My tall dark and handsome knight married me. We talked of having children "someday." That […]

Events Calendar – May 24

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales High School graduation — 7 p.m., ENMU Greyhound Arena. Information: 356-7000. Saturday Memorial Day tailgate — 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University's College of Business parking lot. The event is hosted by the Greyhound Amateur Radio Club of Portales and […]

My Turn – New ‘Iron Man’ wins cool points

I think the Iron Man 3 movie had the second installment beat a little bit in coolness points. I loved all three of the movies. They all had good action, good story lines and Robert Downey Jr. plays the role of Tony Stark beautifully. Not to mention, with all of the action, they are still […]

ENMU’s Briska 14th in prelims

PUEBLO, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Kaspars Briska finished 14th overall in Thursday's preliminaries of the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the NCAA Division II national outdoor track meet, hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo. Briska, who had a top time coming in of 9 minutes, 4.71 seconds, finished in 9:37.34 on Thursday. He needed to make […]

Police Blotter – May 24

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday 2:59 a.m.: Caller reported an unusual and strong "stink," 2000 block of South Roosevelt Road 6. 4:25 a.m.: Caller reported a suspicious noise by the back door, 1800 block of South Globe. 7:58 a.m.: Caller reported a suspicious alarm, U.S. 70. 9:15 a.m.: Caller reported a barking […]

Animal cruelty charges being investigated

A De Baca County rancher could be charged with one or more counts of animal cruelty and have his cattle seized, according to 10th Judicial District Attorney Tim Rose. Rose said on May 17, members of the New Mexico Livestock Board, two veterinarians and himself searched the De Baca County rancher's property, inspecting about 500 […]

Political debates can wait, focus on disaster relief

The latest natural disaster in Oklahoma should not become another political debate, but the tornado, its destruction and the path to rebuilding should prompt important discussions — after the recovery is under way, the dead are counted and buried and the rebuilding going strong. What we saw on Monday in Oklahoma, though, reminds us again […]

Column incubator for feds ideas

Federal employees must read my columns and use the warnings therein as a blueprint for future schemes, just as Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" and George Orwell's "1984" seem to have been adopted as suggestions for governing rather than as the dire warnings they should have been. Recent news that the National Transportation Safety Board is […]

Panel rejects Pentagon’s request for base closings

WASHINGTON — A new round of military base closings is going nowhere in Congress. The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee passed a bill Thursday rejecting the Obama administration's request for more domestic base closings. Military leaders are cutting the number of troops and argue the drawdown will leave them with more installations than they need. […]

Panel rejects Pentagon's request for base closings

WASHINGTON — A new round of military base closings is going nowhere in Congress. The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee passed a bill Thursday rejecting the Obama administration's request for more domestic base closings. Military leaders are cutting the number of troops and argue the drawdown will leave them with more installations than they need. […]

10 arrested for drug trafficking

Thursday marked the end of a four-month long drug-trafficking investigation in Portales that led to the arrests of 10 suspects. Portales police said they are expecting seven more arrests. The suspects were arrested on felony charges of the possession, sale and trafficking of meth. Christina Calooway: Portales News-Tribune Silviano "Silver" Lucero, 24, of Portales is […]

International cheese industry professionals visit Southwest Cheese

Cheese industry professionals from all over the world descended on Clovis this week to learn about United States cheese production and operations at Southwest Cheese. Visitors from Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Egypt, the Philippines, and Lebanon toured the cheese plant and a local dairy, and also attended several educational sessions. "This is a cheese buyers' mission," […]

Four apply for district judge position

Three Clovis lawyers and an attorney in Portales have applied to become the next district judge for Curry and Roosevelt counties. One of the four will be picked by Gov. Susana Martinez to succeed 9th Judicial District Chief Judge Teddy Hartley, who is retiring in June. A press release late Wednesday from the Judicial Selection […]

Q&A: Aikman among youth coach’s heroes

Bradley Mitchell coaches the Cubs Little League baseball team and serves at the athletic coordinator at Portales Junior High School. Born and raised in Portales, Mitchell graduated from Eastern New Mexico University and taught history at PJHS for nine years before switching over to physical education this year. His wife Erin works as a kindergarten […]

Events calendar – May 23

Today 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. Yoga — 7 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales High School Maypole — 8 p.m., PHS Gymnasium. Information: 356-7000. Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., […]

There are rainbows even in darkest of tragedies

Oh, those heartbreaking images from the storm-ravaged Midwest. The nearest brush I have had with a tornado (and the nearest I hope I ever have) was 20 years ago. As the twister roared by east of us, baseball-sized hail decimated the roofs of every building we owned and shattered every north-facing pane of glass. We […]

Police blotter – May 23

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday Caller reported: 1:15 a.m.: Criminal damage, 900 block of West 14th Street. 1:36 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident, N.M. 467. 5:38 a.m.: Semi unable to cross railway due to signal malfunction on railway, Highway 467 and US 70. 7:03 a.m.: Telephone pole broke and […]

There are rainbows even in darkest of tragedies

Oh, those heartbreaking images from the storm-ravaged Midwest. The nearest brush I have had with a tornado (and the nearest I hope I ever have) was 20 years ago. As the twister roared by east of us, baseball-sized hail decimated the roofs of every building we owned and shattered every north-facing pane of glass. We […]