Obama must do more to earn Congress’ nod

— Albuquerque Journal If President Barack Obama is to win the congressional buy-in he seeks for military action in Syria, he and his team need to do a better job of laying out our strategic objectives and what the U.S. stands to gain by intervening. Using chemical weapons — there is little doubt that has […]

Military life is what you make of it

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It is 11:30 p.m. on a Friday night at Incirlik Air Base Turkey. I have just received an e-mail informing me I have permanent change-of-station orders. My wife cannot control her excitement. I am doing my best to hide my own. We decide to wait until Monday morning to learn our fate. After 10 minutes […]

Q&A: ENMU athlete encouraged by famous brother

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball player Nelsha Peterson runs a drill during individual workouts at Greyhound Arena on Wednesday. Peterson is entering her sophomore year after averaging seven points and four rebounds a game last season.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com When young athletes get the opportunity to attend a university and play sports, it can be an exciting and frightening experience. Luckily for Nelsha Peterson, a sophomore basketball player at Eastern New Mexico University, she has a few good role models guiding her in her father Nelson […]

Zias hope to change fortunes

CMI staff PORTALES — Sia Poyer knows Eastern New Mexico University well, having graduated from the school and served as an assistant volleyball coach for 14 years. Poyer, who has spent the past eight seasons at Valdosta (Ga.) State, is determined to get the Zias back on track. His work is definitely cut out. Since […]

ENMU hires third baseball coach in 22 years

CMI staff David Gomez, an assistant coach at Alcorn State University for the last four years, was hired Tuesday as Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball coach, according to a school press release. Gomez will be just the third coach in the program’s 22-year history. He takes over for Chris Terry, who left in August to […]

Joining in harmony

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Choir participants play a name game to get to know one another better as they warm up for their first rehearsal.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Heather Vest said the best thing about directing Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir is that all of her participants are excited to be there. It’s certainly the case for 10-year-old Emma Lazara of Clovis because no matter where she lives in the country, music is the one universal […]

Portales police chief resigns

PNT staff Portales Chief of Police Doug Jones is resigning after less than one year at his position, according to Portales City Manager Doug Redmond. Redmond said Jones, who has been with the department since November, was not asked to resign. Redmond, in his second month as city manager, said he requested a meeting with […]

Fishing Report — Sept. 5

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cabresto Lake — We had no reports […]

Police Blotter — Sept. 5

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Tuesday Caller reported: • 9:18 a.m.: Criminal damage, Portales. • 9:41 a.m.: Requested officer, 200 South Knoxville. • 10:10 a.m.: Subject unresponsive, 400 block of South Avenue C. • 10:31 a.m.: Burglary, 2000 block of South Avenue I. • 12:51 p.m.: Cat in the road, 1100 block of […]

Events Calendar — Sept. 5

Today ENMU Job Fair — 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ENMU’s Sandia Room. Information: 562-2211. Friends of the Library — Noon, Portales Public Library. The program will feature Johnny Stroud, who will talk about researching family ancestry. Information: 356-3940. Teen crafts — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Locker accessories will be made. Open to students in grades […]

My Turn: Life not easy out here

My Aunt Katie would have turned 97 last Monday. She was the youngest of my father’s siblings, born shortly after the family arrived in south Roosevelt County in 1915 to scratch out a living in the sand hill country. One of the family’s first crops was watermelons. For most of his life, when we had […]

City manager: Police chief to resign

PNT staff Portales Chief of Police Doug Jones is resigning after less than year at his position, according to Portales City Manager Doug Redmond. Redmond said Jones, who has been with the department since November, was not asked to resign. Redmond, in his second month as city manager, said he requested a meeting with Jones […]

Fishing report — Sept. 5

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Cabresto Lake — We had no […]

Lady Rams fall in soccer, volleyball

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Alejandra Gonzalez pushes the ball up the field for Portales during the Lady Rams’ soccer match against Roswell Goddard on Tuesday at PHS. Gonzalez scored in the first minute for PHS, but the Lady Rockets recovered to spoil Portales’ home opener with a 5-1 victory.

CMI staff The Portales High girls soccer team came out with a bang on Tuesday. Junior Alejandra Gonzalez fired in a shot from outside the 18-yard box just 37 seconds into the contest, but Roswell Goddard scored in the second minute of play and went on to a 4-1 victory at PHS in the Lady […]

Zias optimistic despite forecast

CMI staff Third-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer coach Todd Padgett isn’t particularly concerned his team was picked for last place in the six-team Lone Star Conference’s preseason poll. He sees the Zias contending for a conference title, possibly as early as this year. “We’re better,” he said. “We’re older and more experienced.” The […]

Hounds soccer to play as independent

CMI staff The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team — along with the other two remaining Lone Star Conference members — will play as independents this season. With Incarnate Word moving up to the Division I Southland Conference after last season, the LSC was left with just three members — not enough to compete […]

ENMU stadium support sought

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
President Steven Gamble speaks at a Portales town hall meeting Tuesday on a proposal to use student fees to help pay for a new football and all-puprose stadium on campus at Eastern New Mexico University.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com His audience at Tuesday’s town hall meeting was minuscule, but that didn’t stop Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble from spreading the message that the school needs help from students to fund a new on campus football stadium. Gamble covered the financial overview of the project, […]

Council reviews plan prioritizing city’s projects

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com City water circulation upgrades and expansion of the Portales Cemetery topped the list of 51 capital projects in the city’s 2015-2019 Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan. The Portales City Council reviewed and made minor changes Tuesday evening to the plan, which is used to help identify the priorities of […]

Three ‘high’ students hospitalized

Three Portales High School students described by city Police Chief Doug Jones as “extremely high” were transported by ambulance from the school to the emergency room at Roosevelt General Hospital on Tuesday morning. PHS Principal Melvin Nusser said the students were vomiting and were sent to the office. Nusser said Tuesday afternoon it appeared the […]

Meetings Watch — Portales City Council: Sept. 4

The following took place at the Portales City Council Tuesday night at the Memorial Building: Portales Mayor Sharon King proclaimed Sept. 11 as Florists’ Transworld Delivery Good Neighbor Day in Portales. King proclaimed Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week in Portales. Public Works Director John DeSha gave an update on the U.S. 70 reconstruction project. DeSha […]