Youth participate in livestock sale


By Christina Calloway Between the loud cheering and toe tapping that matched the auctioneer’s rhythm, if audience members paid attention, they might have known they were being fooled by Tayler Fraze’s confident smile. While the 16-year-old reigned supreme as the steer grand champion at the Roosevelt County Fair, she said it was an emotional […]

Two steppin’ at the County Fair

“Show me how to two-step,” said The Lady of the House. We were standing in the kitchen on a Saturday night getting ready to go see a country act at the County Fair. “Why the interest in two-steppin’?” I asked. “I figure the only live music I’m gonna get around here is sweet-faced cowboys crooning […]

Vultures: Disposers for unpleasant biology


Possibly instinctual, but more likely born of myth, lore, countless movies and more than one cartoon, the sight of their hunched shoulders and piercing eyes staring from a bald, leathery head is just, well, creepy. Knowing they delight in rotting carrion compounds that sensation — make that compounds exponentially — when you see nearly three […]

Home Arts Barn has variety of exhibits

CMI staff photo: Kevin Baird
Reggie Yarbrough stops to look at a Boy Scout exhibit in the Home Arts barn at the Roosevelt County Fair. Yarbrough, who recently moved to Portales from Alaska, said this is the first county fair she has been to. Yarbrough is a police officer in Portales.

By Kevin Baird For Reggie Yarbrough, the Home Arts Barn at the Roosevelt County Fair was a chance to learn more about her new community. A Portales police officer and transplant from Palmer, Alaska. Yarbrough said Friday it was her first time at a county fair, and she was enjoying the fair as she […]

Rams ready for opener

CMI photo: Tony Bullocks
Portales senior running back Bronte Staugaard takes a handoff from senior quarterback Daniel Sanchez in the Rams’ scrimmage on Friday against Capital at the PHS practice field. Portales hosts Las Vegas Robertson to open the season next Friday at Blackwater Draw.

By Dave Wagner The Portales High football team was glad to see some new faces on Friday as it tunes up for next week’s season opener. The Rams, who hosted a four-way scrimmage with Capital, Eunice and the Clovis junior varsity at their practice facility, open the regular season on Friday night at Blackwater […]

Cats solid in scrimmage with Alamogordo

CMI staff ROSWELL — Against a young Alamogordo squad, the Clovis Wildcats played every bit the veteran role as the teams faced off on Friday in a scrimmage at the Wool Bowl. Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus was pleased with the effort, noting his team outscored Alamogordo 10-2 even with running back Kamal Cass pulled early […]

Lady Rams blanked in soccer opener

CMI staff ROSWELL — Roswell Goddard spoiled the coaching debut of Portales High’s Sara Vasquez on Friday, handing the Lady Rams a 3-0 loss in the quarterfinals of Roswell’s Alien tournament. PHS returns to action at 9 a.m. today against Santa Teresa in the consolation semifinals, then will face either Chaparral or Valencia for fifth […]

WT’s Carthel relieved of duties

CMI staff CANYON, Texas — Don Carthel, who coached West Texas A&M to football prominence over the past eight years, was relieved of his duties on Thursday for what it called a violation of NCAA Division II Bylaw 10.1. WT athletic director Michael McBroom told the Amarillo Globe-News that Carthel violated the rule by “knowingly […]

Police: Abduction warning a hoax


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Clovis police say a warning about a man trying to abduct area children is a Facebook hoax. The report apparently duped police at Eastern New Mexico University and campus security at Clovis Community College. On Thursday, CCC Director of Campus Security Freddie Salazar passed along an email received […]

Competition spans three generations


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer It was all family at the 2013 Roosevelt County Fair Replacement Dairy Heifer Show, as Dottie Tipton got to watch her grandchildren compete 40 years after competing herself. “When I was young I showed registered Herefords,” said Tipton. “I competed myself in these same fairgrounds from 1972-1974.” […]

Police Blotter — Aug. 23

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Wednesday Caller reported: • 10:51 a.m.: Stolen vehicle, Portales. • 11:06 a.m.: A request for bench warrant service, U.S. 70. • 11:18 a.m.: A request to speak to a deputy regarding a follow-up on a case, Roosevelt County. • 11:55 a.m.: Vehicle hit by parked car on side […]

Lujan talks ethanol, immigration at Clovis stop

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

CMI staff U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M, told his Clovis constituents Thursday he does not support the use of ethanol derived from corn, and it should be stricken from the Renewable Energy Standard. “The question has been, ‘should food be used to operate machinery?’” Lujan said. “The growing consensus is that it shouldn’t.” Lujan […]

Jesus’ pain excels all

Joan Clayton

Think of the most intense pain you have ever had. Jesus’ pain excels every pain known to mankind and more. Would you voluntarily allow the flesh on your back to be torn into shreds? Jesus did. Can you understand a love that would allow nails driven in your hands and feet? Jesus did. The truth […]

Events Calendar — Aug. 23

Today Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser — 7 a.m.-9 a.m., Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in the Jake Lopez Building. The cost of breakfast is $5 and funds will go to the first place State 4-H Livestock Judging Team to help send it to the National Livestock Judging Contest. Information: 356-4417. Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 […]

My Turn: Movie marathon nets reviews

Alisa Boswell

I did a movie marathon last weekend due to having zero ambition to do anything else. After four days with a house full of company, I think my boyfriend and I were ready for a quiet day. We rented new releases and spent the entire day on the couch. The following are two of the […]

PHS soccer teams prepare for new season


By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer Portales High School is kicking things into gear as soccer season has rolled around. The boys and girls teams have new coaches who have big goals. Nathan Dodge takes over a boys program with a roster that includes 13 freshmen among its 25 players. “We only have […]

New Zias basketball coach adds pair of signees

CMI staff First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Josh Prock has added two prospects to the returnees from a year ago. Signing with ENMU were Breanna Conway, a 6-foot-1 junior post from Murrieta, Calif., and a transfer from Prock’s old stomping grounds, Howard Payne University, and Rodneisha Milum, a 6-foot junior post from […]

Respect other people when listening to your music

We all agree music is a great gift to the human race and shared music is one of our greatest pleasures; but some people attempt to warp those facts. What I mean is not so much those people who go down the street with their radios (especially car radios) blaring at top volume, but those […]

Forced sharing isn’t sharing

Recently, in this column, I have been trying to illustrate concrete ways libertarianism works in real life, each and every day, sometimes for people who don’t even realize they are behaving as libertarians. The common thread should be obvious: It’s not difficult to act in a libertarian manner. It’s how almost all of us were […]

Take precaution to guard against West Nile Virus

Complaints about rain are not allowed on the High Plains, but recent wet weather does present a health risk we must take seriously. Mosquitoes come with the summertime moisture and they can carry the deadly West Nile Virus. Eastern New Mexico received another harsh reminder about the virus earlier this month when the Department of […]