Area Road Construction — July 19

Area road construction and closure information for this week: City of Clovis Due to inclement weather in June and July, the schedule for opening Norris Street from Wilhite Road to Mollie Circle has been delayed. The roadway was originally scheduled to open prior to the start of the school year but has now been rescheduled […]

Events Calendar — July 19

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Saturday Nature Walk — 7-9 p.m., Oasis State Park. The event will start at the park’s Group Shelter area. Parking is $5 per vehicle for non-permit holders. Information: 356-5331. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. […]

My Turn: ‘Superman’: Good mix of action, story

The new Superman movie “Man of Steel” was worth seeing in the theater. It will definitely appeal to action-loving, male audience members. But more than just action-packed, the movie had the best story line than any other Superman movie I’ve seen before. I have not seen all of the previously made non-animated Superman movies, but […]

Letter to the Editor — July 19

Plethora of justifications for our pride in Portales Our note concerns how very proud we are of Portales. We had a wonderful Fourth of July celebration. It was maybe the best ever. There are a lot of other things to be proud of but what makes our town the best around are the people who […]

Officials should rethink selling The Pit’s name

— The Santa Fe New Mexican Some things should not be for sale. And that would include the name of The University of New Mexico’s famous basketball arena, The Pit. For $10 million to $15 million, though, UNM athletic officials are willing to sell the naming rights to an interested company or family. The new […]

Libertarians’ heroes all-too-human

Just like anyone else, most libertarians have heroes, both real and fictional, who inspire them through traits we share, or wish we shared. Libertarians’ heroes are also all-too-human. They are flawed and don’t always manage to do the right thing. Few people can always avoid initiating force. Most people will sometimes violate private property rights. Yet, […]

Ropers eye top spot


By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer Kory McConnell and Kade Sherwood finished Wednesday at first place in U-19 team roping event after two rounds at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals at the Curry County Events Center. Sherwood and McConnell finished first in the first round and third place in the second round, but […]

Recreation center programs continue to grow

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Portales Recreation Center Summer Program participants exchange jokes as they eat lunch together at Rotary Park under a tree.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Portales Recreation Center Director Jodi Kibbe says watching children grow has been a rewarding experience. As the programs at the recreation center continue to grow since she became director in January 2011, Kibbe says it gives her a chance to reach the children of Portales. “It’s one of […]

Farm Bill fight continues

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer The Senate may have given an easy ride to its version of a highly-anticipated Farm Bill, but House Democrats and Republicans continue to battle it out in their attempt to pass the bill through the House. U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., and Steve Pearce, R-N.M., stand on […]

Q&A — ENMU multicultural affairs director is on 14th year

Eastern New Mexico University: Courtesy Photo
Diana Cordova, director of multicultural affairs at ENMU.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Diana Cordova is the director of multicultural affairs at Eastern New Mexico University. Her office offers resources for all students on campus and its goal is to create cultural awareness. Her office includes the offices for Native American, Hispanic, African-American, and International student affairs. These offices help […]

Police Blotter — July 18

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Tuesday Caller reported: • 11:44 a.m.: Fight, 1900 block of Diamond Way. • 12:09 p.m.: Stray cat, 500 block of South Abilene. • 12:36 p.m.: Neighbor dispute, 100 block of Texas Drive. • 12:54 p.m.: Requested standby, 1700 block of North Boston. • 1:59 p.m.: Larceny, 800 block […]

Buffaloes adding Eagles to eight-man fold

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer There will be a few Clovis Christian students on the sidelines wearing Melrose’s maroon uniforms, but it would be a stretch to call them Bugles or Eagleoes, or mark it as the end of Clovis Christian School football. This season will be the first year of a combined […]

Events Calendar — July 18

Today Rock Stars! — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Employees from the Blackwater Draw Site will visit. Open to all ages. Information: 356-3940. Belly Dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales Farmer’s Market — 5 p.m., North Chicago Street, across from Big Valley Automotive. Information: 760-0690. Boot Camp — […]

My Turn — You can get what you want

I was looking through an old scrapbook recently (the 1930s equivalent of surfing the Internet) when I came across a large advertisement from the August 28, 1936, Portales Daily News headlined “Portales at a Glance!” It listed 79 categories of local businesses, ranging from “gent’s furnishing store” and “ladies’ ready-to-wear” to coal dealers and a […]

Clovis to host High Plains Junior Rodeo finals

CMI staff CLOVIS — The annual High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals begin a four-day run today at Curry County Event Center, the 39th consecutive year the event has taken place in Clovis. Rodeo performers between the ages of 6 and 19 will compete. The finals brings an end to the HPJRA season. Putting on […]

Janitorial business started simply

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Wade Martin (cleaning TV), Wesley Martin, Sam Cantwell, and Anastasia Lutnesky form Excellence House Cleaning and Janitorial.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer In December 2011, their business was only an idea. By December 2012, they were all able to quit their other jobs. Excellence House Cleaning and Janitorial has been operating since January 2012 under the direction of a a group of 20-somethings with one college degree between them. […]

Program feeds hundreds daily

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Matthew Shelly, 17, hands out chocolate milk to the last bunch of children who came to eat lunch at Rotary Park.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer There is such a thing as a free lunch for Mary Lou Payen’s children, but it’s more than just free from cost, for Payen it’s free from hassle. The foster mother of three brings her boys to the La Casa meal site, a participating organization in the Summer […]

Funding approved for broken dispatch system

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer The Portales City Council approved money to replace a broken dispatch and recording system that area law enforcement agencies depend on Tuesday in hopes to expedite the replacement process. It was an action the councilors felt deserved immediate attention at their last council meeting because until the system […]

Learning lessons at the ENMU auction

It’s Saturday morning, better known as Saturday sleep-in. Why would you deprive yourself? That’s what I said to myself when the alarm went off at 8:30 a.m. Or that’s what I meant to say to myself; it came out a little closer to, “Uggghhh, whyyyyyyy????” By the time I got to the shower, I had […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt County Commission — July 17

The following took place at the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday morning in the Commission Room of the Roosevelt County Courthouse: County Assessor Kenner Carrasco reported that there are five to seven apartment complexes in Portales that are tax-exempt but shouldn’t be. He reported that they are in the process of getting those properties to […]