Fishing for family fun

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Sonya Montoya and her uncle Tommy Salas chat while fishing Saturday during the catfish derby at Oasis State Park. Montoya and Salas came to compete along with five other members of their

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Patience was virtue at the fifth annual Biggest Catfish Derby Challenge Saturday at Oasis State Park. Some 177 competitors and their families lined the lake at Oasis, trying to win a cash prize and bragging rights for catching the biggest catfish. Competitors paid $5 to fish for […]

Hospital dispels ER rumors

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Roosevelt General Hospital officials are out to dispel rumors that imply patients will have to pay for the entire trip to the ER out of pocket during ongoing negotiations between a major insurance provider and a local physicians group. Because Sunbelt Oasis Emergency Physicians, the contracted physicians group […]

Holiday Closing List — Sept. 1

The following businesses, schools and government agencies in Portales will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday: City of Portales offices Portales Police Department administration Portales News-Tribune administration Portales Public Library Roosevelt County offices Roosevelt County Magistrate Court Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office administration   American Heritage Bank First Financial Credit Union J.P. Stone Community […]

Local Brief: Hunting season opens today

Hunting season is upon us with today serving as opening day for deer, elk, squirrels, doves, grouse and band-tailed pigeons in New Mexico, according to a NM Department of Game and Fish news release. Hunters are urged to stress safety in the field, especially during archery seasons when hunters commonly are dressed in camouflage. Hikers, […]

Things have changed

Labor Day was created by Unions to recognize the American Worker. It did not include ranching and farming; if they did it would destroy the ability of a farmer to get a loan. If a farmer included the cost of his daily labor on a financial statement, no banker could find a way to show […]

Events Calendar — Sept. 1

Tuesday Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Commission Room in the courthouse. Information: 356-5307. Books N Babies — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Down on the Farm” will be featured. Open to children ages 0-3. Information: 356-3940. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Portales City […]

Area Road Construction — Sept. 1

Area road construction and closure information for this week: City of Clovis Norris Street was opened Monday to traffic between Mollie Circle And Wilhite Road. Norris Street remained closed from the south side of Mollie Circle to Llano Estacado for reconstruction of the area which began with utility relocations as well as the installation of […]

After death, life well explained

Nancy Gentry recently reminded me of a tribute I wrote after legendary Portales resident Dallan Sanders, 60, passed away on Sept. 2, 1999, following neck surgery in Albuquerque. Spookily, due to a glitch, I received my final email from Dallan, titled “The Explanation of Life,” the day after he died. He wrote, “The surgery is […]

New Mexicans deserve due process

“What do you guys call Susana Martinez? Governor? Dictator?” Barney barked into my ear. It was my New Jersey friend’s Smirnoff voice, never a good sign. The Pinot Grigio Barney is slightly smoother. The erstwhile curmudgeon has this wrongheaded idea his state is a model of modern democratic eminence while New Mexico is still sitting […]

Public officials have no authority on marriage

The gay marriage issue has divided friends and neighbors, Christians and non-believers across the nation and around town. Despite the differences, most of us can at least agree on this much: It’s none of government’s business. New Mexico’s county clerks last week asked the courts to decide on whether they should issue marriage licenses to […]

The president’s “secret school”

The President graduated from the same high school as my brother. In our family it’s no big deal; my sister went there too. This was all back when our dad had a job in Hawai’i. They tested me to see if I’d be attending classes there but they wanted to set me back a grade, […]

Football fanatics heard throughout both counties

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Escorted by the motorcycles, the Clovis High School Wildcats football team hit the field for Friday night’s opener against Cherry Creek, Colo., at Leon Williams Stadium.

By Christina Calloway and Kevin Wilson CMI staff writers Before the sound of loud, passionate cheering coming from hundreds of dedicated Portales High School football fans, Dennis Lopez enjoys the sound of a cackling sizzle on the grill. The former Roosevelt County commissioner said that’s the sound people will hear before every Rams home game […]

Los Lunas attorney to represent accused killer Noe Torres

CNJ staff Los Lunas attorney Stacey Ward said she agreed Friday to represent accused child killer Noe Torres. Ward said she has been in talks with Torres’ mother and after receiving a down payment, Ward agreed to represent Torres. During an Aug. 12 hearing, Judge Drew Tatum told Torres he change attorneys. Ward said she […]

Former treasurer indicted by jury

CMI staff The former treasurer of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Foundation was indicted by a Curry County Grand Jury on Friday, accused of embezzling $296,000, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said Charles W. Fleming, 54, of Clovis, a certified public accountant, faces 20 felony charges of embezzlement. The […]

Protected: Rams get revenge on Robertson


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Prep football capsules — Aug. 30

Melrose 72, Alamo Navajo 0 • Records: Alamo Navajo 0-1, Melrose 1-0. • Difference: Melrose scored twice in the first 1:46 of the game and were never challenged in a contest that was ended at halftime by the state’s 45-point rule. • Difference-makers: Melrose, eighth-grader Cade Barnard ran for three touchdowns and threw for another […]

Cherry Creek dominates Clovis in opener


By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer When you win the battle at the line and give your skill players an open field to work with, football’s not a very complicated game. When you don’t, a night of football is pretty forgettable. Cherry Creek, Colo., did the former, and consistently got big plays when it […]

Lady Cats 2nd, Wildcats 6th in Invite

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis senior Rebekah Gallop heads down the final stretch towards a fifth-place finish, tops among the Lady Wildcats.

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer Clovis High’s girls were a strong second in Friday’s season-opening Clovis Invitational cross country meet at Ned Houk Park. The boys, meantime, had a tougher go of it. Senior Rebekah Gallop’s fifth-place showing led the Lady Wildcats to the runnerup spot in girls competition with 56 points, behind […]

Prep football scoreboard

New Mexico Cherry Creek, Colo. 42, Clovis 6 Dexter 7, Texico 0 Fort Sumner 55, Cloudcroft 14 Melrose 72, Alamo Navajo 0 Portales 14, Robertson 6 Hondo 60, Dora 26 Texas Farwell 29, Dimmitt 28 Shallowater 61, Muleshoe 14

Rams get another crack at Las Vegas Robertson

CMI staff After losing twice to Las Vegas Robertson in each of the last two seasons, including both years in the Class 3A playoffs, Portales High’s football team gets another crack at the Cardinals when the teams meet at 7 p.m. today in the season opener at Greyhound Stadium. Portales dropped a 13-7 decision to […]