My Turn: Sequel just as charming

Alisa Boswell

As I mentioned before, the first Despicable Me movie endeared itself to my heart as one of my favorite animated movies due to the lovable characters, the fun antics, and the heartwarming story line. “Despicable Me 2” is definitely just as charming and lovable. This one follows leading character Gru as he delves back into […]

Lawmakers must address scam with licenses


On its editorial page this week, The Albuquerque Journal reminded taxpayers that their state lawmakers need to take action to end New Mexico’s driver’s license scams. We certainly agree. The issue was back in the news Monday when a former public notary from Portales reached a plea agreement after facing allegations she fraudulently obtain New […]

Libertarianism strictly individual philosophy

Kent McManigal

Commentator Michael Lind called it “The question libertarians just can’t answer:” “If (the libertarian) approach is so great, why hasn’t any country anywhere in the world ever tried it? Why are there no libertarian countries?” It seems Lind doesn’t understand what he’s asking; he certainly doesn’t understand libertarianism. That’s a common problem with criticisms of […]

Q&A: Summer in full swing

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Hanna Wade, 6, swims at the City Pool with other children from the Portales Recreation Center.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer The Portales Recreation Center provides a place for local children to learn and have fun during their summer program. Games, activities, and field trips highlight what the children participate in daily. We sat down with young Hanna Wade, 6, as we got to know one of the […]

Veteran assistance expands

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Roosevelt and Curry counties are among 19 in the state receiving help through an expansion of Goodwill Industries of New Mexico’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which offers case management and temporary financial assistance for homeless and near-homeless veterans. According to Terry Armstrong, case management director for […]

Chairman: Dry may be norm in New Mexico

Although drought persists in New Mexico, Curry and Roosevelt counties have seen improvement over the last month. The area of D4 exceptional drought has receded in both counties. Roosevelt County has dropped to a D2 severe drought.

By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer The chairman of a newly formed state drought subcommittee says a study showing decades-long droughts in New Mexico is an eye-opener. Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Dona Ana County was referring to a precipitation study of the last 2,000 years based on tree rings that showed there was a […]

Local Brief: Last trafficking suspect in custody


The last suspect wanted in connection with a drug trafficking sting is in custody. Abran Baeza, 22, of Portales was arrested without incident Tuesday afternoon at a residence in the 1500 block of South Roosevelt Road 3, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. Baeza was among 17 Portales residents accused in warrants issued in […]

Local Brief: Free movie to show at Yam Theatre


There will be a free showing of the Disney Pixar movie “Up” 7 p.m. Friday at the Yam Theatre in Portales, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, This movie is sponsored by the Roosevelt Chamber Ambassadors and Hunton Insurance Agency. There will be chairs for seating or kids may […]

Cannon housing deal going into effect Aug. 1

A deal plagued by delays between the Air Force and a civilian contractor to privatize housing at Cannon Air Force Base will go into effect Aug. 1, according to a press release from three members of New Mexico’s Congressional delegation. Under the plan, Balfour Beatty Communities will renovate 361 homes, demolish 402 homes and construct […]

Xcel Energy to improve capacity, reliability

Xcel Energy is set to spend $24.7 million on a multi-year project to improve the reliability and capacity of the electric transmission system that serves Portales, according to an Xcel press release. “The existing system is just not capable of sustaining the kind of growth we’ve seen and the additional growth we expect to see,” […]